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Carl A. Bailey Cemetery

Few records exist for the early Black burials in the area which is now Charlotte County, Florida and today, only two of the early burial sites or cemeteries for Blacks can be located from the data available in this county's records. Both have tax ID numbers and both are now considered to be on county owned property. Only one of these, the Carl Bailey or Cleveland Cemetery as it was originally called, is still active and the earliest identifiable grave there now is that of Joseph Swine who died in 1904. At that time this area was in Desoto County and grave markers or obituaries were found for eight other burials made in this cemetery before Charlotte County was officially formed on the 23rd day of April 1921. Undoubtedly there were other early burials there too - possibly some even before these eight known graves.
For several years a small area in the southeast corner of this cemetery has been neglected. Part of this is the south 1/2 of Lot 3 of Block 28 which was purchased the 14th of January 1892 by the following trustees of the African M. E. Church - namely, George Brown, Sam Williams and S. Thompson (Pastor). Was this land purchased for a cemetery? Whether or not it was cannot be confirmed but the fact remains that many members of this early church and perhaps other Blacks were buried, not on this lot but nearby in the present cemetery area which at that time was owned by W. I. Scott of Oneida County, New York. Mr. Scott died and in 1911 his widow sold most of the land he owned in South Cleveland to Mr. Herbert Scholes of Utica, New York. Two years later, Mr. Scholes sold the north 1/2 of lot 3 and lots 1, 2 and 4 to 'The Punta Gorda Colored Investment Company' but no mention was made of its use as a cemetery. Actually six of the nine aforementioned graves in this cemetery existed before they purchased this land. As previously mentioned, several others were probably buried there too such as George Brown's 1st wife who died in November 1892, the Reverend G. W. Vaughn who died suddenly on November 9th, 1902 and was buried the very next day,... Certainly there was a need for this cemetery and perhaps the number of graves which existed at that time prompted the June 1913 purchase of the other parts of block 28. The deed did name the company's trustees - George Brown, C. B. Commarter, S. A. Giles, Jack Davis, H. Mobley, A. C. Dorsey and John Vandlitt. Later, after Charlotte County was formed, the state assumed ownership of all of block 28 and on May 16th, 1955 resold the south 1/2 of lot 3 to the W. P. Cooper Company, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida. A few months later, ie January 1956, the Cooper Co. sold the property to Mr. J. C. Hagerman and today it is owned by the heirs of his and Charlie Hagerman's estates. In reality most, if not all , of the visible graves in this cemetery are in an area which can be defined by lots 1, 2, and 4 and 1/2 of lot 3. However one has a problem deciding which half of lot 3 lies in the N - S direction - this makes a N or S half somewhat meaningless. In 1957 the cemetery, known as Cleveland Cemetery was renamed for Lt. Carl A. Bailey after he died in an auto accident in North Carolina. Carl, his parents, and most of the Bailey family are buried in this cemetery. Later that year, the county purchased additional property but the plans for the new addition were not finalized and approved until March 1974. The addition provided for 1696 new graves and a caretaker's area but as of now no one has been buried in it. Charlotte County Public Works is the cemetery's current caretaker.

Name Birth Death
Allen, Alex6/19/188912/29/1966
Allen, Annie B.//1890//1981
Allen, Loyis T.10/20/19204/21/1972
Allen, Susie M.11/1/19106/18/1975
Andrews, Hulda L.//1909//1985
Andrews, James//1882//1947
Andrews, Martha B.//19023/4/1984
Andrews, Richard Lee//1901//1957
Armstrong, Frank11/22/19269/15/1978
Arnold, Albert Mack3/13/18991/2/1970
Bailey, Archie7/24/187912/14/1956
Bailey, Arthur Leon3/20/192511/14/1959
Bailey, Carl A.9/1/192911/23/1957
Bailey, Josephine M.3/15/18883/8/1976
Bailey, Mable12/1/192411/13/1959
Bailey, Paul9/3/19224/2/1987
Baker, B. J.//1942//
Baker, Doris Isaac12/22/19325/26/1986
Barnes, Aaron//6/18/1940
Barton, Gus//1932//1990
Bell, Twelin//1900//1986
Bennett, John B.//1877//1947
Berdenia, Mamie//1916//1976
Birden, Louis B., Sr.//19038/6/1977
Blanchard, Joseph3/15/187912/25/1949
Blanchard, Minnie7/31/18798/30/1963
Boone, Mary//1905//1984
Boykins, Delphine//5/30/1956
Briggs, Willie//1902//1976
Brown, Eliza//12/3/1910
Brown, George8/25/186711/18/1951
Brown, Pearly Lee2/28/18951/29/1912
Brown, Ruth H.10/24/18928/30/1905
Brown, Tommie2/18/1885//1967
Bryant, Lafayette//1957//1973
Bryant, Walter//1903//1975
Butler, William H.//1894//1970
Caney, Edward1/16/18662/4/1944
Carter, Irene10/21/19128/15/1977
Carter, Leroy//1922//1973
Caul, Miss Henry G.//1922//1983
Chambers, Elizabeth B.//1906//1990
Clemons, John Z.2/1/192211/5/1986
Coleman, Bessie11/8/19059/23/1963
Coleman, Hattie////1957
Coleman, Thomas3/8/18977/18/1966
Cooke, Louise////1960
Cooper, Alma//1921//1973
Crowder, Thomas//1917//1987
Curtis, Margaret//2/19/1923
DeBose, Hattie4/5/188011/21/1953
Denmark, Nathalee//1915//1978
Doby, Mattie C.//1939//1989
Doby, Stephen M.4/30/198510/20/1993
Dorsey, A. C.7/9/18741/3/1946
Dorsey, A. C., Jr.9/11/190712/18/1944
Dorsey, John Sam//1900//1986
Dorsey, Matte3/14/189012/24/
Dorsey, Rena Lucy//1904//1979
Dorsey, Richard//1901//1971
Dorsey, Willie6/11/18992/11/1954
Evans, Maebell////
Ferrell, Almeter Brown10/16/19464/9/1985
Fields, Ella V.7/12/18941/13/1959
Fisher, John R.//1894//1968
Fisher, Leonella//1885//1957
Fleming, Addica//1901//1965
Fleming, Narcissus//1874//1946
Fleming, Richard////1983
Fleming, Will10/21/187210//1976
Franklin, Mattie L.////
Fulford, Hester////
Fulford, Leonard P.1/18/189910/11/1918
Fulton, Bernice12/25/190312/13/1969
Fulton, Silas, Sr.8/17/18898/16/1968
Gifford, Almedia//1944//1954
Gollman, Illinois B.//1886//1959
Gollman, Mack//1875//1944
Gollman, Nathaniel//1908//1989
Green, Mattie Mae2/14/1930//1955
Hamilton, Isaac//1879//1958
Harris, Cornelious//19001/1/1986
Harris, Ronald11/18/19683/23/1969
Haynes, Dennis//1922//1980
Haynes, Marlater//1921//1977
Haze, Victoria12/14/18997/5/1924
Henry, Frank D.//1886//1956
Henry, Pearl//3/5/1973
Hester, George////1971
Hill, C. H.//1901//1949
Hill, Eugene A.9/27/19184/25/1947
Hill, Isaac4/14/19141/24/1968
Holcomb, A.////
Holmes, Gertrude//1901//1985
Hopkins, Naomi//1913//1979
Hopkins, Roosevelt12/25/19034/30/1966
Hunter, Evelyn S.//1931//1992
Hurst, Willie6/8/18912/4/1978
Isaac, Norman//1910//1974
Jackson, James R.//1889//1984
Jackson, Webster Lee2/17/19254/30/1966
Johnson, Christine//1914//1968
Johnson, Morris1/23/19173/27/1964
Johnson, Myron O'Niel9/3/19092/23/1969
Johnson, Roosevelt//1913//1965
Johnson, Sallie A.//1902//1981
Johnson, Sandy5/1/18956/6/1955
Jones, Fannie M.//1907//1960
June, Lewis8/31/18867/8/1951
Kenady, Fred////1958
Kender, Naomi//1905//1984
King, Sammie//1909//1979
Lane, Clarence R.7/9/19664/23/1986
Leonard, Samuel C.10/17/19729/1/1991
Lewis, Victoria//1886//1976
Lloyd, Elizabeth//1919//
Logan, George W.7/3/19179/25/1993
Long, Henry7/22/19084/1/1973
Long, Nick//1900//1977
Maxwell, Emortley Will//3/31/1939
Maxwell, Jimmie Lee2/25/192510/8/1972
Maxwell, Mrs Emmer J.////
Mays, Effie9/30/18818/11/1948
McCalater, Henrietta////
McCloud, Marion//1885//1968
McKeever, Hendra E.//1914//1978
McKenzie, Lusiana6/1/18808/27/1963
McNealy, Charlie//1912//1973
McNealy, Eddie//1955//1983
McNealy, Georgia//1919//1988
McNeil, Ted//1907//1979
Merrill, Lee//10/27/1946
Merrill, Maud//18798/30/1966
Middleton, Daniel9/25/18938/28/1966
Middleton, Renalder E.10/15/19303/2/1991
Mitchell, William T.8/22/19479/27/1967
Morris, Minnie B.//189010/19/1964
Munn, Bessie//1900//1975
Neal, Geroy//1923//1991
Newkirk, Agnes//1913//1975
Newsome, Carey E.//1921//1973
Newsome, Katrean A.//1921//1988
Nickerson, John5/16/19042/28/1965
Olive, Henry B.6/25/19169/28/1993
Oliver, M. L.2/18/18857/8/1950
Page, William F.//1900//1973
Penkney, Jennie E.////
Piedra, Alfredo//1897//1963
Pratt, Charles10/9/18729/4/1932
Pratt, Joseph B.4/18/19005/12/1941
Pratt, Minnie Lee11/23/19138/1/1941
Puckett, Charlie7/16/19003/28/1979
Pugh, James D.4/30/192312/22/1981
Richardson, Sallie//1914//1987
Roberts, Annie//1876//1963
Roberts, Lorenzo Lee12/3/19226/17/1983
Robinson, Elvin//1873//1955
Robinson, Oneida//19219/11/1984
Robinson, Richard//1891//1961
Samuel, ?//1887//1956
Samuel, Roosevelt//1906//
Sanders, Pearley//1909//1967
Sargent, Henry6/28/18957/17/1972
Semour, Miss Melmalee11/1/19211/12/1940
Seymore, Arron//1875//1951
Seymour, Estella11/2/189012/13/1968
Singleton, Joanne//1950//1973
Slay, Nelson//11/23/1943
Smith, A.//3/25/1911
Smith, Arthur M.10/24/191210/13/1969
Smith, Charles10/19/192912/6/1964
Smith, Daniel C., Sr.//1865//1935
Smith, Eddie Lee////1970
Smith, Hannah C.//1902//1959
Smith, Henry12/5/19122/3/1957
Smith, Leona B.//1901//
Smith, Mary helen//1932//1989
Smith, McKinley//1878//1958
Smith, Nettie Mae//19182/2/1985
Smith, Peter//1832//1907
Smith, Rachel////
Smith, Rebecca//1903//1973
Smith, Sarah E.//1897//1958
Smith, Son//18933/3/1985
Staley, Josephine B.5/16/191511/22/1975
Studvin, Clarence12/19/191912/21/1969
Sullivan, Carrie Lou A.2/29/190210/20/1988
Swine, Joseph//1800//1904
Taylor, Deanna//1897//1980
Taylor, Lewis//1911//1980
Taylor, Olivia White//1902//1972
Thomas, Amelia////
Thomas, David3/12/19525//1983
Thomas, John////
Thomas, Rollette, Sr.9/3/19454/3/1975
Thomas, Simon, Jr.//1909//1948
Thomas, Walter Eli//1960//1991
Ward, Renalder10/19/19042/23/1958
Ware, Riley, Sr.//19152/26/1985
Washington, Albert//1910//1988
Washington, Carrie////
Washington, Clara Pearl//1893//1942
Washington, D. C.////
Washington, Joe//8/28/1949
Washington, Louie//1900//1975
Washington, William//3/3/1926
Whaley, Bertha L.//1892//1945
Whaley, John W.//1889//1953
Whitley, Charley//1897//1977
Williams, Bertha//1908//1976
Williams, Henry//1895//
Williams, John A.//1874//1947
Williams, Johnnie F.5/10/19107/18/1963
Williams, Mercedes//1926//1990
Williams, Queen N.//1942//1990
Willis, Carrie G.//1884//1974
Wilson, Robert Lee8/26/195212/22/1969
Wooden, Herman//1917//1976
Worthy, John H.8/1/19106/16/1971
Young, Freeman6/1/19014/2/1949
Zackery, Benjamin11/23/189110/11/1962
Zanders, Harold L.//1912//1978
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