An attorney suing the city of Sandy Springs, Georgia, for rejecting his plans to build a house on land containing a little-known historic Heard Family Cemetery may have trouble proving he has a clear title to the property, records show. The city on Sept. 27 responded to the lawsuit, saying that the property was intended for “perpetual” use as a cemetery. The city has asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
An article by Dan Whisenhunt published in the Reporter Newspapers states a small family cemetery containing the body of Confederate War veteran Heard. He later became a judge. He left the land to be used for “perpetual” use as a cemetery. It is believed that several of Judge Heard's relatives are buried in the same cemetery.