History

On October 2, 2021 members of the Drawdy-Rouse Cemetery will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the cemetery!

A portion of the land where the Drawdy-Rouse Cemetery stands was originally 160 acres of land that was homesteaded in 1862 by the Drawdy family, made possible by the Homestead Act of 1862.  In 1871 the Drawdy family set aside two acres of land for a family cemetery. Local pioneers were invited to be buried in the Drawdy family cemetery.

In 1927 the Rouse family bought an equal amount of land, to the south side, which adjoined the Drawdy cemetery site. In 1986 the two cemeteries merged, for a total of four acres of cemetery.

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Leon E. Drawdy

Leon Drawdy was born 3 June 1913 St. Cloud, Florida; died Nov. 12, 1962, Orange Co., FL

Ensign Drawdy served with future President John F. Kennedy on the PT109. At the time of his death, President Kennedy sent a letter to be read, as he was unable to attend the service. Leon Drawdy was mentioned in the book and movie, detailing the events of PT109.

Information on John F. Kennedy and PT-109 at https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/jfk-in-history/john-f-kennedy-and-pt-109https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_Torpedo_Boat_PT-109http://pt-king.gdinc.com/PT109-5.html

“On the morning of April 25, 1943 Ensign Thom took the boat to Sesapi to pick up l09’s new CO — a twenty-six year-old product of Harvard who introduced himself to Thom as Jack Kennedy. That same day, the men who would make up the nucleus of the 109’’s new crew — Firemen Edmund Drewitch and Leon Drawdy, and Gunner’s Mate Charles Harris also reported to the boat.”

Leon Drawdy, second from left, standing. Jack Kennedy, standing, far right (shirtless).

July 1943, Members of the crew of PT-109 pose for a photo on deck.
Top row left to right are Al Webb (standing far left, friend and not a crew member), Leon E. Drawdy, Edgar E. Mauer, Edmund T. Drewitch, John E. Maguire.
Bottom row left to right are Charles A. Harris, Maurice L. Kowal, Andrew J. Kirkesy, Leonard J. Thom, and John F. Kennedy (standing far right).

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Daniel Webster and Mary Jane Ivey Rouse

Mr. Daniel Webster Rouse (above), a pioneer resident of Orange County and Union Park was born Jan. 1, 1863, in Americus, Georgia, and came to what was then known as Fort Christmas in East Orange County in 1869 with his parents, later moving to a home on Rouse Rd. in Union Park.
In 1897 Mr. Rouse married Mary Jane Ivey (above) of Orlando. For some time, Mr. Rouse was engaged in the cattle and citrus business. When Daniel died at the age of 91 in 1954 he left his wife, four daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

obit Jesse David Rouse and Daniel Webster Rouse

Veteran Burials

Charley A. BOWMAN. No dates. “Col 1/INF. SP AM War”

For more information on the cemetery,  contact:

Bill Rouse

321-663-4446

or email drawdyrouse@yahoo.com

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