Historical Markers

Blue Front

Location: Inside Eastside Cemetery, Statesboro, Georgia

County: Bulloch

Coordinates: 32.451177, -81.771173

Marker Type: Bulloch County Historical Society



The first internment in Eastside Cemetery occurred on March 8, 1890. Willie Heddleston (Hedleston) was born April 17, 1856 and was a printer for the Eagle Publishing Co., owned by J.A. Brannen. They published the Statesboro Eagle newspaper and sold stationery, books and periodicals.

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His parents were William Davis Hedleston and Ann Susannah Ulmer. Both are buried in Burnt Fort Cemetery in Camden Coutny. GA.

His wife was Alvarette (Allie) Brannen Hedleston. Willie's daughter Ernestine Hedleston married James Shields Kenan, Sr. His grandson, James Shields Kenan was later publisher of the Bulloch Times and was the first president of Bulloch County Historical Society.

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