Montgomery Cemetery 
Montgomery Cemetery
On the rise above this marker, is the family cemetery of                                      Burials from 1842 thru 1879
Major J. M. C. Montgomery (1770-1842), probably the first
white man to settle permanently in what is now Fulton
County.  A soldier in the War of 1812, Montgomery served 
under Lt. George R. Gilmer, (later Congressman and 
Governor of Georgia) during 1813-1814 at Fort Gilmer, at 
the Standing Peachtree adjacent to the mouth of Peachtree 
Creek.  Settling here in about 1820, he acquired farmlands 
on both sides of the Chattahoochee River, those on the 
west bank lying in what was still the Cherokee Nation. 
 In addition to his activities as a soldier and a farmer, 
Montgomery served subsequently as Justice of the Peace,
 Postmaster, Census Taker, Presbyterian Church Trustee, 
Tax Collector, Tax Receiver, Sheriff, Indian Agent, and 
Legislator.  On December 25, 1837, he was authorized to
establish a Ferry across the Chattahoochee River at the
Standing Peachtree (Bolton).  Montgomery's (later
DeFoor’s) Ferry, at the site of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad
Bridge became a noted crossing place over the 
Chattahoochee and the name persists in Montgomery 
Ferry Drive in Atlanta.  The Montgomery Family Cemetery 
is one of the oldest authentic landmarks in this area.