• Builders of lakefront home aim to move graves, rebury bodies

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The builders of a lakefront home northeast of Atlanta want to move a cemetery in the front yard, prompting opposition from at least relative of those buried there.

    "In my opinion, the remains of my ancestors should rest in peace," Wes Hulsey told The Times newspaper.

    Hulsey said he plans to attend Monday night's Hall County Planning Commission meeting, where builder Richard Padgham is set to make the request. The final decision will be up to county commissioners.

    A report from an archaeological services firm says the home owners want to move the cemetery about 40 feet (12 meters) away.

    The two dozen graves include members of the Thompson family, one of Hall County's founding families, WSB-TV reported . Hulsey says the bodies of two slaves from the early 19th century also are buried there. The known dates of death for the people buried there are from 1854 to 1916.

    Their original resting place was in the basin of what is now Lake Lanier. The bodies were moved to the lakefront property in 1957, according to a report by Southeastern Archeological Services Inc. They are among at least 769 graves from 25 cemeteries that were moved from what's now the lake basin when the giant man-made reservoir was being created, the report states.

    Property owners Timothy and Susan Carey and the builder could not be reached for comment, WSB and The Times reported.

    Hulsey prefers that the bodies stay right where they are at, he told The Times.

    "I was raised with a firm belief that burial places are sacred, and for thousands of years this is a universal moral belief held by mankind," he said.

    Next Up: