Crawford-Dorsey Cemetery GPS coordinates 33.27.207N 84.18.787W 982 ft. elevation. This
cemetery was begun in the original Henry County but became part
Of Clayton County in 1858.
This family cemetery is located on the old homestead near the original house which was
Built in 1820 by William Crawford. The location is at the corner of McDonough Rd
And Freeman Rd. It is currently inside the Clayton County Water Authority Sprayfield.
There is a Revolutionary soldier buried here. His name is Isham Phillips 1741-1837.
His daughter Mary 1791-1851 was married to John Dorsey. There are 6 graves in a row
With the two above marked graves that are deteriorated and the inscriptions cannot be read but one
of these must be John Dorsey. His son Stephen Green Dorsey 1822-1915
And his wife Lucinda 1824-1894 are buried here. John Dorsey bought the property from
Mr. Crawford about 1835 and it then became the property of Stephen Dorsey after his
Fathers death. There are several graves located in this cemetery including the grave of
A Union soldier who died at the house. There are several box graves with sea shells on
The top of them which make them unique. Today they are deteriorating and some type
Of repair could be needed as they are crumbling.
The Stephen G. Dorsey plantation was a total of 2400 acres of land. 1900 acres in Clayton County
and 500 acres in Henry County. He owned 41 slaves. The property was
Placed on the National Registry of Historic places for the Home and Cemetery. The property is
located in the city of Lovejoy. During the Civil War there were three distinct
Incursions on the Dorsey Plantation. On July 29, 1864, General McCook USA made a
Raid upon the Lovejoy Station and went to the Dorsey House for food and supplies. On
August 20, 1864 Union General Hugh J. Kilpatrick made a raid on Lovejoy Station and
His troops were again on the Dorsey Plantation and entered the house. Mrs. Dorsey said
That they had to lie on the floor because there was shell fire outside and some of the
Explosions damaged the house. The CSA forces were waiting for the Union forces in the
Sunken railroad (a natural trench line) and the USA forces under Col. Minty lost approximately 180
men at the railroad. He made his breakthrough charge against
Sul Rossâ€™ Texas Brigade CSA on the Dorsey Plantation which took only a few minutes.
According to Official Records the incident was a minor event in the history of the Civil
War. The third incursion on the Dorsey Plantation happened when General Hardee CSA
Evacuated Jonesboro on September 1, 1864 and was joined by General John Hood CSA
From Atlanta on September 2, 1864. The Confederate forces were located at the new William
Crawford home which is the Senator Talmadge home today west of the railroad.
The CSA forces were intrenched to the west of the railroad on the property of a Mr. John C.
Nash. To the east of the railroad the Union forces once again came to the Dorsey
Plantation and stayed on the property for four days before returning to Atlanta. This incursion was
the most damaging to the Dorsey Plantation. This group of troops built earthworks behind the
Crawford-Dorsey Cemetery which are still there today. Also,
There was heavy fighting and wood was taken from the house to help build coffins to
Bury the Union dead down behind the Dorsey home. Wood was also taken from other
Structures to shore up the earthworks. The Crawfordâ€”Dorsey Plantation suffered heavily and
Mr. Stephen Dorsey tried after the war to get payment for the damages
Done to his property. He was denied because he was a Judge of Clayton County during
The war and he allocated monies to be used for the Confederate cause. The House and Cemetery
were added to the United States Dept of Interior Registry of Historic places on
July 5, 1984. In December 1984, after an article about the House and Cemetery appeared in the
Clayton News Daily the house was destroyed by arson . But the
Cemetery still remains on the Registry.
We would like to thank The US Dept of Interior, The Atlanta Historical Society,
The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, and The Georgia Historical Artifacts
And Research Group for the information listed above about the Civil War. Also,
We would like to thank Mrs. Vessie Rainer for her dedicated work in compiling
Her Cemetery book and the Mother of Counties.
National Historic Registry Documents
Atlas Of The Civil
Crawford- Dorsey House