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In 2006, a metal case was found in the marsh grass below the bluff of Lamar and Edie Smith's property in McIntosh County. The case was identified as a Fisk mummy case and determined to hold the remains of a male person. The case was held at the Darien Funeral Home for 4 years until the McIntosh Historic Preservation Commission, chaired by Missy Brandt, forged a path to the reburial of the case. With the help of historic documents provided by Buddy Sullivan, Mattie Gladstone, and family members, the body held in the case was determined to be that of Maj. Gen. John McIntosh (Col. John). His case washed out of a family cemetery on the bluff that was once part of Fairhope Plantation on the Sapelo River. According to county cemetery records assembled by Mattie Gladstone, Col. John's family was buried in this cemetery. GPR (ground penetrating radar) indicated there were 3 graves next to the bluff. Since there was a great danger of the remaining cemetery washing into the river, a court order was obtained to excavate and exhume the remaining graves. The skeletal remains of one body was found in one gravesite, an imprint of a coffin was found in another gravesite, but no other remains or graves were uncovered. The remains recovered from the gravesite were buried along with Col. John in a ceremony befitting a Revolutionary War Hero at Mallow Cemetery (where the family markers had been removed to in the early 20th century) on October 23, 2010.

Excavation and Exhumation

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Excavation and Exhumation

Fairhope Farewell

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Fairhope Farewell

Mallow Reinterment

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Mallow Reinterment

McIntosh Manor Reception

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McIntosh Manor Reception