Dawson Cemetery is a little cemetery on Shallowford Road on the far outskirts of Marietta.
You never know who you might dig up in a cemetery.
Otis Brumby was the publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal. In fact, the publisher of the paper now is Otis Brumby, which I am sure the one lying here is a progenitor of the present publisher. There are two cemeteries closer to the Square that most of the town’s elite are buried in, you can walk through the those cemeteries and recognize the name of streets and successful companies in Marietta. You would expect Otis Brumby, publisher to be buried in one of those, not 10 miles away from a town that he helped shape.
I think the reason he is buried here is because he married a Dobbs and there are a good many Dobbs in this cemetery.
I am sort of studying the Westmoreland Family of Cobb County. One of my great grandfather’s son married Gwen Westmoreland and I got a hold of a dairy by Gwen’s sister that covered about 50 years and read it. James Westmoreland was one of their brothers. Now, I feel I know the family well. You might see me at their next reunion filling up my plate in the covered dish line.
And here is a Johnny Reb, killed in the Civil War.
The cemetery is next door to an elementary school and across the street from a middle school (aka junior high).
Years ago, I remember riding down Shallowford Road a little after 4pm, and noticed a crowd of teenage boys in the Dawson Cemetery. I looked more in detail as I rode by. Two boys, fist balled, were standing in a strained stance, with fists balled, staring at each other. Other boys were smiling and apparently wanting to see a good fight. It looked so typical for that age – it could have been a Norman Rockwell illustration.