Pharr (Higgins Towler) Cemetery, Gwinnett County, GA (Coordinates: 335638N0835409W)

Surveyed by Demetrius Cox (, 1 January 2001.

©2001 by Demetrius Cox. All rights reserved.

Surnames: Higgins, Towler

Directions: From Highway 316, turn SOUTH onto Harbins Road. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to intersection with Brooks Drive, and turn RIGHT. Proceed approximately 1 mile WEST on Brooks Drive, slow and look for cemetery on immediate LEFT, adjacent to residential gravel driveway.

Survey initiated from west end of cemetery, left to right. This small, 60 x 70 open area rests on a plateau surrounded by large trees and forest. Overall condition of the area is good, with no active forest encroachment. Site located in a RAPIDLY developing area adjacent to a high traffic thoroughfare and should be monitored for encroachment. The site contains at least 25 marked graves in four rows, however, only two graves possess headstones with inscriptions. All others are marked with small pieces of fieldstone, which could be easily moved. Investigator comments contained in brackets. All corrections, suggestions, and queries are welcome.

Pharr Cemetery is in need of precise survey, including measurement of dimensions, marking of graves, and a graphical rendering of each physical grave location.

Row 1

In memory of

John J. Higgins

b. March 24, 1842

  1. August 8, 1862

Inscription reads: "Not lost blessed thought, but gone before where we should meet to part no more"

"H.P. Guess and Co., Stone Mountain, GA"

[Head stone broken, with top resting upright against base. Grave situated in north west corner of plot, next to several marked graves.]

Row 3

[4 ornate obelisk, heavily weathered, leaning slightly towards 8 long grave with marble foot marker inscribed with "E.J.". Design of arched gate with centered star ascendant at crest on face of obelisk. Difficult to read. Monument should be rubbed to capture full inscription. Grave situated in Row 3, Plot 1.]

Eliza J.

Wife of C.E. Towler

b. February 10, 1860

d. February 16, 1888

Inscription on obelisk obverse: "In life she ezhibited all the graces of a christian; in death her spirit re???? to God who gave it."

Inscription on base: "TOWLER"