Family Cemetery, Henry County, Georgia
Biographical Sketch of Arthur Dupree
By the middle to late 1820's the influences of the Christian movement were being felt as far south as Georgia. With the writing of the Christian Messenger, Barton W. Stone's influence was strong far and wide. Many of the works that were started and perhaps faded away into oblivion would have never been recorded had it not been for letters written to the Christian Messenger and other journals. In addition, the power and influence of camp meetings were of great significance to the early growth and development of New Testament Christianity on American soil.
One such man and his wife who was influenced by Stone was Arthur and Temperance Dupree. The Duprees owned thousands of acres of land where they labored raising cotton. Located in the north central part of the state, in the Flippen District of Henry County, they had access to various parts of the state where they could teach the message of God to the lost.
In the December, 1828 edition of the Christian Messenger, p.43 a letter from another gospel preacher, James Buy, wrote to Bro. Stone saying,
In the January, 1830 issue, p.47, Dupree wrote to The Christian Messenger, stating the beliefs of early disciples in Georgia.
It should be noted that many of the followers of the teachings of Stone, as well as Stone himself, were still striving to throw off the shackles of denominational error. It was not until around 1832 that the Christians/Disciples accepted and taught that immersion was essential to salvation.
In 1832, Arthur Dupree conducted a Camp-Meeting at Republican Church near Skull Shoals in Clarke County (now Oconee). This church was made up of a group of O'Kellyites who had moved into the area from North Carolina. During that camp meeting, Dupree immersed a "large number of converts." One young man in that group, who later played a major role in the development of New Testament Christianity in the state of Georgia, was Nathan Williamson Smith. A few months later, Smith met his wife-to-be, Miss Martha Smith, in a similar camp meeting that Dupree held in Wilkes county.
Dupree and a number of other Christians evangelized throughout the state of Georgia, and were the people who initiated the restoration movement in that state.
Temperance, Dupree's devoted wife, passed away in the 56th year of her life in 1828. Arthur passed just four days shy of his 68th birthday in August, 1841.
Locating The Final Resting Place Of Arthur & Temperance Dupree
In July, 2001, your webmaster went to the Fortson State Archives And Records Building on Capitol Ave. downtown Atlanta. There the location of the final resting place of Arthur Dupree was kept on microfilm. Much to my delight I found it was within 20 miles of my home. However, all I had was a document recorded in 1950 stating that the Dupree family cemetery was on Hickory Flats Road in the Flippen District of Henry County. There was only one problem, no such road existed on maps in 2001. So, knocking on doors and calling businesses in the Flippen District, information came that a new school was built on Brannon Road called Hickory Flats School. Could it be that Hickory Flats School was located on what was once called Hickory Flats Road? Well, the only way to find out was to go there and knock doors in the area. An initial trip over in the area brought little fruit. However I came home and got on the internet and looked up cemeteries in Henry County on a geneological site, and found that indeed the small family cemetery was on Brannon Rd. So back to Brannon Road we headed. The info we had said that it was a small cemetery on the property of 1320 Brannon Rd. just north of Springdale Drive. The present owner of the property is a Mr. Jeff Degen.
Not quickly locating the cemetery, my daughter Rebecca and I went up the long driveway to a home set back into the heavily wooded area. As we drew nearer the house, out of the corner of our eyes we saw an old dilapidated house surrounded by thick underbrush. It was almost eerie. Was this the old home place of Arthur and Temperance Dupree? Mr. Degan was not sure, but was very helpful in locating the little graveyard back up next to the road in a heavily wooded area. I was amazed at how the granite stones had been preserved through the years.
Directions To Grave
South of Atlanta, Georgia on I-75 take Exit 224, Hudson Bridge Road exit and head left (east). Travel until Hudson Bridge dead ends into Hwy. 42/23. Turn right on Hwy. 42/23. Very shortly turn left on Brannon Rd. Go about a mile and just before Springdale Rd. to your left is 1320 Brannon Rd. Pull into the driveway and stop immediately. Go into the woods between you and Springdale Rd. It will be about 25 feet into the woods. You can not see the graveyard easily from the street, though it is less than 30 feet from the road. It is covered by thick undergrowth, but you can get in with little trouble. (Now you may leave with a few Georgia Red Bugs when you leave, but you won't have any trouble getting to the graves.) There are only five graves in the cemetery.