CANTON, GA – You'd think a church that's nearly 200 years old would know who's in their back yard, but then, you might be surprised.
"The graveyard goes back to 1832; Gov. Joseph A. Brown donated the property to the community to make a community cemetery," Rev. Joe McKechnie told 11Alive News on Wednesday.
That historic cemetery is now overseen by the equally old Sixes United Methodist Church on Bells Ferry Road in Cherokee County.
Gov. Brown's parents are among the many notables buried there. But there've long been suspicions that there were more than the 400 or so marked graves.
"There'd been rumors in this community circulating for a long time that there're a lot of bodies of slaves or Native Americans and miners who came in from other parts of the country to strike it big with gold mining," McKechnie said.