Exploring Alabama’s long lost cemeteries.

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  1. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    Great idea!! Old cemeteries are so interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Mike Honcho

    Mike Honcho Got Beaver?

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    I dig it brother! Always love your RR. Very nice! :thumb

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  3. Sundowner

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    The addition of your research information discoveries along with clear photos of the headstones makes this a truly excellent ride report. I aways enjoy your reports. Thanks for sharing this one with us. :thumb
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  4. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    I did manage to find this other small cemetery from circa 1891.

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    No roads lead to this cemetery either...




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    "Rev. L.D. Hatch died, here at Blount Springs, Alabama, on the 7th of October, 1886, in the seventy-third year of his age. Mr. Hatch was a native of North Carolina, and he moved to Alabama about the year 1883. He graduated at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and afterwards in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, New Jersey. The latter part of his life was devoted to the noble and self-sacrificing work of a missionary among the negroes in the bounds of Tuscaloosa Presbytery."


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    "Kind, generous, noble, and devout, he lived among us without reproach as a gentleman, patriot, and christian, held in universal esteem; and when called to a higher and better world, he died without fear,amid the universal regrets of a community in which there was not one who bore towards him the last ill-will."






    Godspeed to you Mr Hatch.
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  5. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Today, I found the long lost resting place of Isaac B. Points.


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    This lost cemetery has an estimated 50 graves with only two headstones remaining. The remaining headstones are original.
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  6. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    DD, You dont have to ride very far to visit these awesome places :bow .
    You a Lucky Fellar :evil
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  7. AlabamaCowboy

    AlabamaCowboy Been here awhile

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    Nice report..as usual !
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  8. Bryn1203

    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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    +1 Great photo's.

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  9. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    Fantastic pics! I too, am a big fan of cemetaries and have afew on file, though none as obscure as yours! Well done:clap
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  10. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Every once in a while I remember a one of these my grandmother took me to in Demming wa. On hill top that was slipping away. Still a lost place because only the really old people knew of it. 30 years on I couldn't even tell you were it was. How long well we all rest before being forgotten? London has thousand of graves under well traveled sidewalls that only the ghost know of.
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  11. GreeKKTiNoS

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  12. Oil-Burner

    Oil-Burner Ssssssssmokin

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    This is an excellent RR, subscribed :lurk
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  13. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    It always make me wonder about the history of the folks in those old graves when I see em out and about. Did you discover them out for a ride or did you have to look up where they were? It was cool to hear the story about those sites. Pix are neat as well. Good job.
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  14. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    As I was looking around the lost cemetery you could see the depressions in the ground that hold the bodies of men, women and children. Most of the graves have long since lost their markers.

    About 50 yards behind Isaac B. Points, I discovered Monroe Burns.


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    So far, we have traveled only six miles from where we started in the driveway.


    Soon, we will venture out farther to discover other long lost cemeteries.
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  15. BADDAD

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    I would like to know how you find these old cemetaries. Is there are registry, online or Co. Courthouse maybe? I live east of Muscle Shoals and being a transplant from SOCAL I am fascinated by all the old graveyards around. As usual great report and pics, If you are not a history teacher you should be.
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  16. mnormand

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    Very nice indeed! Well done!

    Friend down here took me to an old 1800's woods site like those, brick above ground graves opened/busted, couple of bones around, and laying there rusting in the weeds...a child's riveted metal casket with a small window for looking in/out!!?? :eek1 :eek1 :eek1
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  17. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Bingo. I think Dave would make a great teacher.
    Im glad I met him, rode with him & call him my friend. :thumb
    Keep it coming DeBandi :lurk
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  18. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Thanks, BADDAD.

    These lost cemeteries are not easily found. I've lived in these hills and hollers for some twelve years. I found these from just exploring and listening to the locals. I'm also a collector of local history items on Blount Springs. I run across people that help me collect information about the area. The locals really help when it comes to finding these lost pieces of history.


    The local courthouse or library would be a great place to start.
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  19. Drilldogger

    Drilldogger Been here awhile

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    Found this thread by accident. I'm from Ontario, Can. :D I have found some pioneer cemeteries in the area, and I love looking for ghost towns. I've even found some of my own ancestors graves. Our township was an end point for the underground railroad, which has created some interesting places to visit.
    Around here many folks buried their own on their own farms, so we find graves in unusual places.
    Anyways sorry for the hijack, but I really enjoyed the read!
    Doug
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  20. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Local legend claims that a cemetery is hidden just on the edge of this field.




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    As I began to examine the area, I realized that there is some very thick underbrush.


    Several minutes into looking around I noticed what could be several headstones.

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    Incredibly thick underbrush! And, this area is known for rattlesnakes.


    I think I've found what I was looking for.


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    I wonder who these people were? :scratch
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