This gravesite is located off of Hwy. 99, just north of Hwy.
82 and across from Josie B. Road. According to a paper company employee,
who has worked this particular land since the 1940s, there were only two stones
here. One for Thomas Dover and the other for John Vickery. I have
found both stones, demolished beyond repair, by careless bulldozing. One
piece of Thomas Dover's gravestone is about 200 feet away, next to the highway.
It is not known if there more gravesites here, but it is
possible. There are many bricks laying around, maybe from a wall or other
This land was once called Dover Hall Plantation in the
town of Bethel and Thomas Dover was it's very wealthy owner. At the time
of his death, it is assumed from legal documents, that he did not have any
direct heirs, and he left the 900 acre plantation and all of it's 71 plus
slaves, cattle, and buildings, to his nephew William Dover Jenkins.
From the pieces of the stone, I could read: "SACRED To
the memory of THOMAS DOVER who departed this life June 13th 1845 in the 84th
year of his age..."
The other stone, for John Vickery, reads: "IN memory of
JOHN VICKERY...departed this life..." There was also a footstone with the
initials "J.V." found nearby.
Who John Vickery was, is another imponderable.
According to Margaret Davis Cate's records,
there were three stones out here, the two mentioned above, and one for a George
March. If her records are correct, then the stone I transcribed for Thomas
Dover is in error concerning his age. Below are the transcriptions as
recorded by Ms. Cate.