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CAPT. MOONEY CEMETERY
or
CAMP CAPT. MOONEY CEMETERY
or
ELLIS ROAD CEMETERY


The Capt. Mooney Cemetery (aka "Ellis Road Cemetery") was copied by Thomas H. Sikes and appeared in Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly (JGSQ) Volume 5, Number 1 in March 1977. At the time, he noted 43 tombstones. In JGSQ Volume 25, Number 2 (Summer 1997), George M. Gallamore, Jr. (JGS Genealogy Research Chairman) wrote that the "new" listing reflected the information provided by the caretaker, Johnny A. Lammons, of 61 graves, 11 of which were unidentified. The cemetery was again copied on 16 Mar 2001 by Barbara Crissman and Kathy Balistreri. On Mar 10, 2006, Ann Staley and Barbara Crissman revisited the cemetery to clarify items for this publication.

The tombstone photography was done by Barbara Crissman and Ann Staley. The cemetery burials are listed in the "plots" or the "sections" they were found for ease in finding a person. This was deemed more appropriate given the layout of the cemetery.

Directions: Take exit 358 (SR-111/Cassat Ave.) north off of I-10 for 3/10 of a mile to Highway Ave. Turn west (left) onto Highway Ave. 8/10 mile to S. Ellis Road. Turn south (left) onto S. Ellis Rd for 3/10 mile to the cemetery. The cemetery will be on the right.

The surviving stones indicate that interments were as early as 1877; however, if a battle was fought on the site, there were probably soldiers buried there earlier than 1877. The cemetery is in Township 2, South, Range 28, East, Section 19. It is a family cemetery of about 1-1/2 acres and is owned by the Dr. Thomas M. Palmer Chapter #2261 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy by Quit-claim deed OR4772-519 by Nathan E. Roberts to Maggie Lee, Trustee, on 29 Dec 1976.

Cemetery information can also be found in:

  1. Edwards, Lucy Ames, compiler. Grave Markers of Duval County, Florida 1808-1916. Jacksonville, FL: no publisher, 1955. (Jacksonville Public Library Call Number GEN 929.375912 E26g)

  2. Sikes, Thomas H. "Ellis Road Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida". Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 1977)

  3. Gallamore, George M., Jr. "Camp Mooney Cemetery". Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Summer 1997)

  4. Gallamore, George M., Jr. "Camp Mooney Cemetery Addendum". Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Fall 1997)

  5. The USGenWeb Archives. The Tombstone Transcription Project. Duval County, FL.

  6. "Civil War Soldiers Buried in Duval County, Florida". The Southern Genealogists Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 148 (Dec 1993)

  7. "Civil War Soldiers Buried in Duval County, Florida". The Southern Genealogists Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 150 (Jun 1994)

  8. Florida Department of Military Affairs. Special Archives Publication No. 34: WPA Veteran's Grave Registration 1940-1941, Duval. Reprint, St. Augustine, FL: State Arsenal, no date.


Camp Captain Mooney Cemetery (Ellis Road)

By Tina Frady

Camp Captain Mooney Cemetery is surrounded by legend and speculation as much as by fact, sitting just 100 yards north of the band of asphalt that nearly cost it its life.

The foggy beginning of the written history of Camp Captain Mooney is undocumented, according to Larry Skinner, who, as a member of the Museum of Southern History, has been researching the cemetery for a number of years. However, Mr. Skinner credits Mrs. J E. Walker, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, with being determined to save the plot of Westside ground during construction of Interstate 10 (I-10) in the 1950’s.

Preserving the plot she believed to be the burial place of Captain Jesse E. Mooney and five of his Saddler's Guard Louisiana Militia, as well as five fellow CSA soldiers from Florida and South Carolina regiments, was an extremely important goal for the UDC and for Mrs. Walker. By causing I-10 to be rerouted, Mrs. Walker ensured the cemetery would be there for the continuing debate that would follow her preservation efforts.

Skinner speculates that Mrs. Walker’s research efforts were unintentionally incomplete and inaccurate. Citing the letters of Winston and Octavia Stephens published in Rose Cottage Chronicles, Civil War Letters of the Bryant-Stephens Families of North Florida, Skinner points out that Mrs. Walker may have confused the prominent Mooney family in Jacksonville with Captain Jesse Mooney, for whom the cemetery is named.

On March 16, 1863, Confederate Captain Stephens wrote to his wife from “In Camp at Mooney’s place 5 miles out from Jacksonville.” Octavia writes in her diary on March 17 that Capt. Stephens met her that day and “came here to Mrs. Mooney’s with me.”

Skinner cites sources that give Jesse Mooney’s date of death as 1884. This would indicate that Captain Jesse is not the Mooney buried with the Confederate soldiers near Ellis Road.

To people interested in Southern heritage, preserving the cemetery is imperative. There is plenty of time for investigating and debating. If I-10 were now ribboning through the area with thousands of motorists roaring by, all opportunity for research and honor would be lost.

Various views of the cemetery.

Cemetery Sign

Cemetery Sign No. 2

Flag Pole Plaque

UDC Plaque

View 2 View 3 View 4 View 5 View 6 View 7 View 8 View 9


Name

Born

Died

Comments

Tombstone Markers and Plaques
Flag Pole Group of Gravestones
Row 1 - Left to right
John Sauls Jun 6, 1840 Jan 22, 1893 Pvt / Co A 3 SC Cav / CSA
E. A. Fernandez     C.S.A.
Row 2 - Left to right
William J. Gillen, Jr. 1834 1894 Florida / Pvt Co A 2 BN Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
John N Spearing 1816 1907 Florida / 1st Sgt Co I 8 Regt Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
Cornelius Roberts Apr 11, 1840 Oct 28, 1916 Florida / Pvt Co D 11 Regt Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
William C. O'Neal Jan 1, 1841 Sept 7, 1909 Florida / Pvt Co F 3 Reg Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
Holmes Steele Jan 15, 1820 May 7, 1867 Captain Co A 3 Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
Row 3 - Left to right
David Y Russell   June 22, 1912 Florida / Pvt Co A 1 Regt Fla Res / Confederate States Army
Abraham B Geiger 1831 1901 Florida / Pvt Co G 10 Regt Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
John H Chase Sept 23, 1827 May 28, 1916 Florida / Confederate States Navy
Jim Bardin 1834 1894 Florida / Pvt Co F 3 Regt Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
E S Hernandez 1822 1887 Florida / 3D Sgt Co B 3 Regt Fld Inf / Confederate States Army
Row 4 - Left to right
Conner Roberts     Florida / Pvt Co I and 8 Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
Isaac Silcox   Oct 14, 1906 Florida / Pvt Co I 8 Regt Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
Samuel A Cook 1831 1903 Virginia / Pvt Co H 5 Regt VA Inf / Confederate States Army
J W White     Florida / Pvt Co I 6 Regt Tenn Inf / Confederate States Army
James S Turknett     Florida / Pvt Co K 2 Regt Fla Cav / Confederate States Army
Row 5 - Left to right
James Daugherty 1820 1898 Florida / Pvt Co C 5 Regt Fla Inf / Confederate States Army
End of Flag Pole Group
Cemetery View 1
View of stone placements     [Photo showing stone placement to each other]
14     ["CSA ?" on back of stone; Concrete stone; stamped letters]
Margaret Greek Jan 9, 1918 June 16, 1935  
Unknown Soldier     CSA
13     [CSA ?; "13" on back of stone; Concrete stone; stamped letters]
K.W.     CSA [?] [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
Unknown Soldier     CSA
Unknown Soldier     CSA
Unknown Soldier     CSA
Unknown Soldier 5   Mar 1, 1864 Confederate States Army; Killed In Action Battle Of McGirts Greek At Camp Capt Mooney
Beam Plot
Wm David Beam Apr 12, 1904 Oct 2, 1957 Father
Minnie H. Beam     Mother
S[D?]avid E. Beam     Father
s[D?]avid E. and Minnie Beam     [Photo showing their placement to each other.]
Beam Plot     [Photo of the family plot]
Ellis Plot
Archie R. Ellis 1922 1976 US Army / World War II
Charles Curtis Ellis 1892 1926 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Charlie James Ellis Dec 23, 1910 Sept 15, 1918 Weep not father / and mother for / me, For I am / waiting in Glory / for thee
John O. Ellis Jan 19, 1920 Dec 23, 1982 US Army / World War II
Ellis Group [Photo of the Ellis Group]
Moody Plot - within a fence
Mrs. M.V. Moody Apr 27, 1874 Aug 15, 1917 Mamma
Fleming R. Moodie     Co F / 1 LA. Inf. / Sp. Am. War
UNK 33     [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
Moody Plot     [Photo of the Moody Plot]
Silcox Plot
Emma Silcox Jan 4, 1918 Jun 26, 1927 At Rest [Double stone with Dora Silcox]
Dora Silcox Jan 4, 1915 Jun 26, 1927 At Rest [Double stone with Emma Silcox]
Emma and Dora Silcox Stone     [Photo of Emma and Dora Silcox double stone]
Mary Silcox Aug 16, 1912 Jun 26, 1927 At Rest [Double stone with Francis Norton]
Francis Norton Aug 13, 1908 Jun 26, 1927 At Rest ["Silcox" is at bottom; Double stone with Mary Silcox]
Norton-Silcox Stone     [Photo of Norton-Silcox double stone]
Leaty Silcox Dec 26, 1877 Dec 28, 1941  
Silcox Plot     [Photo of part of the Silcox Plot]
Near the Silcox Plot
Mrs. Gordon Bosqueait 1900 1965 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Gordon Bosqueait 1920 1970 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Touchton Plot - within a fence
Touchton Plot     [Photo showing their placement to each other.]
Mr. Touchton 1880(?) 1945(?) [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Mrs Touchton 1895(?) 1950(?) [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Mr and Mrs Touchton     [Photo showing their placement to each other.]
Collie Townsend 1880(?) 1940(?) Loyal Friend Of Touchton Family [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Infant Girl Touchton     1936(?) [Only date; Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Infant Female Touchton     1938(?) [Only date; Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Townsend-Touchton Plot     [Photo showing Collie's placement to the two children.]
Wamsley Plot - within a fence
Wamsley Plot - Front View     [Photo showing placement of stones to each other]
Wamsley Plot - Back View     [Photo showing placement of stones to each other]
Mary L Wamsley July 22, 1849 June 4, 1921 Mother [on top]; Though lost to sight, / To memory dear / Wife of T. M. Wamsley
Sarah Emily Wamsley-Deese 1888 1939 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Thomas M. Wamsley Sept 26, 1844 Dec 3, 1922 Father [on top]; Gone but not forgotten
Thomas M Wamsley Sept 26, 1844 Dec 3, 1922 Florida / Pvt Co F 3 Regt Fla Inf / Confedrate States Army [Second marker is a military marker]
L. L. Wamsley Mar 22, 1803 May 8, 1888 Come Ye Blessed
Louis W. Wamsley Aug 26, 1841 Nov 3, 1915 Florida / Pvt Co K 8 Regt Fla Inf / Confeberate States Army
Maud B. Wamsley Jan 31, 1878 Oct 19, 1885  
Emma A. Wamsley Nov 3, 1874 Oct 1, 1877  
Rest of Cemetery
Mosley Family     [Photo of a group of stones]
Bertha Mosley Glasscock October 22, 1918 September 15, 1989 Mother / "Girlie" / Gone, but not forgotten
Leacy Ann Mosley Mch 29, 1893 Feb 8, 1942 Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees [across both graves] [Double stone with Alfred J. Mosley]
Alfred J. Mosley Sept 6, 1889 Mch 12, 1971 Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees [across both graves] [Double stone with Leacy Ann Mosley]
Alfred and Leacy Mosley     [Photo showing their placement to each other.]
Dennis Clayton Mosley Mar 31, 1923 Apr 14, 1977 S1 / US Navy / World War II
Elizabeth Bryan Oct 22, 1862 Nov 12, 1940  
Elmer H. Hoppers Sept 9, 1891 May 5, 1925 Father
James T. Jackson 1882 Jan 16, 1917 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
John A Anderson     Florida / Pvt Co G 5 Regt Fla Inf / Conferate State Army
Unknown No. 15 1885(?) 1945(?) [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Bertha Mosley 1850(?) October 19, 1912 [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
UNK 31     [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
UNK 32     [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
John T. Anderson Nov 25, 1846 Feb 4, 1912 Pvt. Co M, 10th S.C. Inf CSA [2 markers; one is a military marker]
Valdemar A. Eiby   Aug 10, 1886 Aged 7 days / Sleep our baby boy [Appears in JGSQ, Vol. 25:2 as Haldeman Eiby; also see article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Catherine R. Thomas 1834 1908 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Colen Thomas 1838 1908 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Robert L. Gardner Sept 22, 1865 May 7, 1929 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Roberta L. Gardner Jan 5, 1894 Oct 30, 1899 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Mary M. Gardner Feb 18, 1861 Apr 18, 1907 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
John H. Turner   Jan 7th 1882 Here Sleeps / Age 29 Yrs [Stone is broken; see article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
William E. Powers May 7, 1867 Aug 15, 1934  
Evalina Rebecca Rudd Apr 13, 1891 Feb 4, 1927 Our Mother
22     [Concrete piller; stamped letters]
12 UNK     [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
UNK 16     [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
Unknown No. 20 1862(?) 1922(?) [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Emma Eliza Mosley Mar 2, 1841 Oct 2, 1923 Mother
Wm Mosley July 19, 1839 Oct 27, 1913 My Dear Husband [On top of the stone: "Father" / "We loved you so"]
Emma Bell Mumford     Sister [On top of stone]
Alma Louise Mosley July 12, 1905 June 4, 1907 [Triple stone with Mason Mosley, Jr. and Olive Mosley]
Mason Mosley Jr Nov 29, 1906 Dec 5, 1906 [Triple stone with Mason Mosley, Jr. and Olive Mosley]
Olive Mosley Dec 24, 1909 Dec 24, 1909 [Triple stone with Mason Mosley, Jr. and Olive Mosley]
Alma, Mason, and Olive Mosley     [Photo showing their placement to each other.]
Nellie Murray Sept 16, 1900 Mar 19, 1933 Asleep in Jesus
Mrs Sarah E. Murray Jan 27, 1866 Sept 26, 1913 Dear Mother, how we miss you / Since from earth you passed away, / And our hearts are aching sorely, / As we think of you each day. [On top of the stone: Her Book the Holy Bible]
Lavonia Mosley Jackson 1888 1924  
Edward Wright Moore Sr. May 10, 1887 Nov 13, 1940  
Julia Wilford Feb 13, 1869 Sept 22, 1919  
Mis Ellen Baty 1861 1925 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Captain Jesse E. Mooney     Saddlers Gd / LA Militia / CSA
Pallie Cail Mosley Sept 1906 Jan 4, 1941  
Mrs. Ardel Wilford 1849(?) 1925(?) [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Mason C. Mosley Oct 18, 1881 Jul 13, 1909 Our Boy / Son of Wm. and Emma Liza Mosley / Though lost to sight to / memory dear
Charity M. Weeks(?)   Aug 1953 [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
J A K     [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
M     [Concrete stone; stamped letter]
O     [Concrete stone; stamped letter]
P     [Concrete stone; stamped letter]
Q     [Concrete stone; stamped letter]
Unknown No. 8     [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown No. 9     [Concrete stone; handwritten]
23     [Concrete stone; stamped letters]
Unknown No. 26     [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown 29 1895(?) 1955(?) [Concrete stone; handwritten; "(?)" is on the stone]
Unknown Soldier     CSA
Marker     [Concrete stone]
Marker     [Concrete stone]
Marker     [Concrete stone]
Marker     [Concrete stone]
Gravestones not located
Jane Fitzpatick   Oct 29, 1901 [Works Progress Administration, compilers, The Florida Times-Union Index for the Years 1898-1899, 1901, 1915-1925< (Actually for 1901) indicates that an obituary will be found in the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 30 Oct 1901, page 6, column 3.]
Florence Wimberly   Nov 26, 1919 [Works Progress Administration, compilers, The Florida Times-Union Index for the Years 1898-1899, 1901, 1915-1925< (Actually for 1919) indicates that an obituary will be found in the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 27 Nov 1919, page 9, column 1.]
Genevie Bringle   Apr 28, 1920 [Works Progress Administration, compilers, The Florida Times-Union Index for the Years 1898-1899, 1901, 1915-1925< (Actually for 1920) indicates that an obituary will be found in the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 30 Apr 1920, page 4, column 5.]
Annie Barton   Sept 2, 1920 Age 73 [Works Progress Administration, compilers, The Florida Times-Union Index for the Years 1898-1899, 1901, 1915-1925< (Actually for 1920) indicates that an obituary will be found in the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 3 Sept 1920, page 16, column 2.]
Jeannette Hoppers   Feb 12, 1921 Age 21 Months [Works Progress Administration, compilers, The Florida Times-Union Index for the Years 1898-1899, 1901, 1915-1925< (Actually for 1920) indicates that an obituary will be found in the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 13 Feb 1921, page 10, column 3.]
Martin (Buddy) Stephens 1848 May 4, 1907 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Martha [Mary Jane Thomas] Stephens 1846 Aug 8, 1915 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Mrs. Lou Abbott   May 27, 1917  
Henry Abbott Diedu1   Jul 7, 1919  
Wade Erwin Wilcox   Jan 13, 1921 Age 20
Charles Gardner     [See Jacksonville Journal of 6 Sep 1929 and article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Gardner Feb 4, 1935 Mar 5, 1935 [See article in JGSQ, Vol. 25:3]
Infant Silcox of Maggie Lee Silcox   1935  
William E. Stevens      
Unknown No. 10 1880 1940 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown No 17     [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown No. 21 1864 1924 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown No. 24 1870 1930 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown No. 25 1882 1932 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown No. 28 1890 1950 [Concrete stone; handwritten]
Unknown Soldier 30 CSA   1864 [Concrete stone; handwritten]


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