Friendship Cemetery

Thanks so much to Ethan Geer for his work in providing cemetery information and transcriptions. We no longer have a good contact email for Ethan, and would appreciate help with that. Any new listings or entries can be submitted by e-mailing Trish Elliott-Kashima

Directions to Friendship Cemetery

Take I-75, exit 336, travel north on Hwy 41 for 2 miles, turn left on 201 South for 5 miles, Turn Right on Gordon Springs Rd. Turn right on Lower Gordon Springs Rd. Follow till pavement ends, gravel drive on left will lead you to the cemetary.


Benjamen Keaton

In memory of; Benjamen Keaton; infant son of; Wm. D and Elizabeth Berry; Born; Jan 7th 1852; Died; July 26th; Aged 6 months and 19 Days;

Ethan Geer
Alfred B. Reid and Mary W. Reid (double stone) Alfred B. Reid; May 24, 1794; Jan. 9, 1858; Mary W. Reid; Oct. 17, 1798; May 16, 1875; [Footstones F.B.R./M.W.R.] Ethan Geer
Washington K. Gordon Sacred in the memory of; Washington K. Gordon; Born; 6th Day of March 1827; Died; 18th of July 1848; In the 21 year of his life; For your's precious to his death; He was an exemplary member of; the Baptist Church And departed; this life in prospect of a; blissful immortality; His God did love him; And thus he blessed him; And when he took him; Angels met him; Jesus smiled; And bid him come. Ethan Geer

Notes of Ethan Geer: This cemetary has been ravaged by the hands of time and vandals. There are more than 20 burial sites and scattered remains of tombs. It also contains many of the first white settlers of this part of Whitfield co. Washington Gordon was the son of Zachariah Gordon, a wealthy planter and preacher from Upson county Ga. He was also the brother of the famed and illustrious son of Georgia Senator, orator, and Gov. John Brown Gordon. The family settled in Gordon Springs by 1839. Where upon Zachariah founded Friendship Baptist Church. He would circuit ride as a preacher to the many neighboring communities as far as Peavine Baptist in Rockspring, Ga. Zachariah also operated a 40 room resort based upon the many mineral springs and their medicinal qualities that flow from this lovely valley to form the headwaters of the east Chickamauga creek. The name of this resort was called "A Watering Place". There is evidence that people in the 1850s traveled as far away as Memphis TN., Charleston, S.C. and Nashville TN. to partake of the waters here. Later John Brown Gordon would move to Dade co. Ga. to start a coal mine operation. But much of his childhood was spent in Gordon Springs. This is something that is lost on many in the area, and only came to me by the devoted work of Sybil Reed Tate.


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