I believe he is buried at Old Toccoa Baptist Church, Toccoa, GA. Old Toccoa sits on Andrew's final homeplace that he bought in 1824 & 1828. There are about 130 unmarked graves here, but 3 have crude inscriptions on river rock headstones that are definitely Yearwood's. No other rocks have such inscriptions that are still recognizable. One has "Mrs. S. Yearwood, Died" with no date. To the right is "A.T. Year" and part of what looks like a "w", with the rest broken off. One or two graves over is what appears to be "Mr. B.O. Yearwood, Died Oct. ?, 1875. I cannot be 100% sure that this is Andrew, his wife Sarah, and their son Bird, but it makes sense to me. Below is some history that I have pieced together from Habersham County deeds, and church records.
The history of Old Toccoa Baptist Church can be traced back to two of Andrew's sons, Bird and Archibald, and his son-in-law, Abel Taylor. The original location of the church, and where it stands today, is on the old Lot 183 in District 12 of Habersham County. This land was originally deeded to Abraham Richardson through a headright grant in 1828, and subsequently bought by Andrew 20 days later. In 1831, Andrew sold half this tract of land containing 125 acres to his son Bird Yearwood for $65. In 1834, Bird sold the same tract back to his father for $200. This tract was on the northeast side of a branch running through the property, and was sold to Tilman in 1838. The northeast half of Lot #183 would be sold back and forth between Andrew and his sons Bird, Tillman and Archibald 6 times between 1831 and 1849. Andrew retained the southwestern half until shortly before his death when he sold his homeplace to Martha Yearwood, wife of Oliver S. Yearwood. The Church is located on the southwest corner of this original tract.
The beginnings of the organization of Old Toccoa Baptist Church can be seen in a deed dated December 8, 1847 of one acre of land, cut from Lot 183 in District 12, from Archibald Yearwood to himself, Bird Yearwood, and Abel Taylor as trustees for the Toccoa Settlement. Archibald had purchased part of Lot #183 from Tilman, and sold it back when he removed to Paulding County. The land was transferred for a consideration of "goodwill" for the convenience and use of a schoolhouse "where it now stands". The deed also states that Archibald Yearwood will defend the title against the current trustees, and "their successors on account of resignation as Trustees or removal, or refusal, to act as such there to be bestow(ed) in other Trustees appointment for said purpose by the citizens of said settlement…" This statement suggests that Bird, Archibald, and Abel Taylor were chosen as the original Trustees of this local school.
During the 1800s, it was commonplace for schoolhouses to also serve as a place of worship for the local community. The church was officially incorporated in 1858 as a Baptist church, with Abel Taylor, and Ausey Anderson elected as the first Deacons. William Kelley was elected the first pastor, and Elizah Sisk, Clerk. In December 1882, Tilman Yearwood again owned Lot #183, which was adjacent to the Church meeting house. In 1882, Tilman sold one and one-half acres of Lot #183 to Toccoa Church for $5 dollars. The deed stipulates that the Church may hold the tract of land "so long as there may be a church kept up at that place…"
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