Site # 1: Henry Hutchinson
Henry Hutchinson was buried here, with military honors, on July 17, 1839. He was accidentally shot by a companion while on a scout, pursuing Indians who had murdered the family of Green Hill Chaires in eastern Leon County. In May, 1840, Henry's brother Charles hired George Proctor (father of John Proctor) to "put a head and footboard to the grave around which was put a paling of pitch pine." Although the grave is now unmarked, its whereabouts can be easily identified because Charles sent a map, noting its location, to his sisters who lived in New York.
Here's an excerpt from Charles's letter to the sisters, including a description of where the gravesite is:
I worked this morning on the grave of bro Henry, helping Geo. Proctor put a head and foot board to the grave around which was put a paling of pitch pine for which together with the two boards at the head and foot I paid him thirty dollars.... the headstone has his two initials painted in black (HH) upon the inside.
You will see by the plan which I have been drawing, the exact location of the graveyard & the situation of brother's grave--The grave by the side of & North of brothers with a star at the head of it is R.R. McNelly's who was a clerk here with Harry [i.e., Henry Hutchinson], who died but about two months before our brother--You will observe that McNelly's grave lies in the street as does several others. The place has been considered public land until about 4 weeks since, when the streets were cut thro' and the land on either side sold at auction--that on which our brother remains was purchased by the corporation [that is, the City] for a grave yard, & that on the north side was purchased by the members of the Episcopal Church, for a similar purpose.
Mrs. Gamble is first & only one buried in that yard [St. John's]--she was a member of that church--you will observe that the grave of our brother & Mrs. Gamble are nearly opposite. Mrs. G's is about 10 feet from the corner & our brothers is about 15 feet--Our brothers paling is about one foot inside the line where the fence is to run--As yet neither of the grave yards are enclosed, but are to be so immediately.... [Mrs. Gamble's husband] has been at work for two days past beautifying the grave setting out grass & roses etc. He is going to get tomb stones and an iron railing in New York this summer....
The graves in the streets have to be removed--you will see by the map that the line of the street runs between Brothers & McNelly's--I should think there were about twenty, which will have to be removed out of the two streets.
Apparently the graves in the streets that Charles Hutchinson mentioned had still not been moved a decade later. The December 8, 1849 Floridian and Journal said of the Old City Cemetery, "In many of the streets there are graves, and we must respectfully request the propriety of removing them, on the lots, where they should have been placed."