Crowley Cemetery, Avondale Mall,
Decatur, Dekalb Co., Georgia

This cemetery holds the family of James M Crowley

Submitted by southernbellenana@yahoo.com

James M Crowley moved to Decatur, Dekalb Co., Georgia in about 1822 – 1823, which is now a southeastern suburb of Atlanta. He owned about 500 acres. The Atlanta area was Creek Indian Territory until the Indians ceded the land to our government in 1822.

They put their cemetery on a hill overlooking their land about 100 yards north of their house and put a barbed wire fence around it. When James died in 1829 he was one of the first ones buried there.

Allen Crowley owned the land from 1829 to Nov 1846, when he moved his family by wagon train to Northern Mississippi. It is believed that Seaborn Crowley family owned the land from 1846 to 1896 when it was purchased by the Hill Family (also Crowley relatives). In about 1960 the Hills sold part of the land and leased the other part so that the Avondale Mall could be built. The mall is near the intersection of Memorial Drive and Columbia Road. The Mall was completed in 1963. The builder agreed to build a mausoleum around the cemetery, which is now in the parking lot.

The mausoleum is built of granite stones and is about 60ft long and wide and is about 25 ft high. A huge amount of dirt and trees had to be removed from the hill where the cemetery was in order to make the parking lot and to build the mausoleum. The graves are on top of the mausoleum.

There are seven adults and four children that lay in unmarked box tombs:

These first two are the only ones that have inscriptions

Delaney Crowley Cross ... wife of Zachariah D. Cross ... born 1808 ... died April 17, 1892. Age 82 years.

Zachariah D. Cross ... Aug 15, 1815-Nov. 18, 1891.

Benjamin C Crowley ... Aug. 03, 1812 - Jan. 03, 1869

James M Crowley ... born 1777 ... died Feb 9, 1828. Came to Dekalb County from Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

Dorcas Smith Crowley, no inscribed marker. Died about 1851 or 1852. Wife of James Crowley, Sr..

James Crowley, Jr ... Died when a young man.

Mary J. Tuggle Crowley ... July 12, 1823- Sept.14,1863 ... wife of Benjamin C Crowley.

John Hawkins ... no inscribed marker. Father of John M. Hawkins. This was recorded Dec. 11, 1931. (note; he was friend of the family)

There were 40 or 50 slave graves buried surrounding the cemetery, but when the mall was built they made no effort to save these graves.

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