Exploring Alabama’s long lost cemeteries.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by DeBandi, May 8, 2010.

  1. VStromNC

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    Dave,

    Wow, Good stuff. These type of RR's always fascinate me. You make me want to start looking around my neck of the woods.



    Jon
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  2. Brown Dog

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  3. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    I actually did that yesterday around 6:30. :D


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    I've discovered the lost Hamilton Family Cemetery.

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    The names.

    Armstrong,
    Chenault, Evelyn B.
    Hamilton, Isaac Jane, 24 Apr 1858 - 15 Mar 1877
    Hamilton, Isaac, 18 Aug 1822 - 14 Dec 1903
    Hamilton, James, 26 Nov 1860 - 21 Jul 1899
    Hamilton, Jane, died 18 Aug 1906, age 22 years
    Lee, Berthie, wife of C.P. Lee, 1 Oct 1852 - 5 Aug 1882, [Burthenie
    Hamilton married Columbus P. Lee 19 Nov 1872, Blount County]
    McPherson, Elizabeth, wife of Henry McPherson, 10 May 1835 - 13 Oct 1893
    McPherson, Henry, 1828 - 1893
    McPherson, Nancy, 30 Aug 1853 - 1 May 1873
    Wood, Jeremiah, 11 Sep 1814 - Sep 1877


    I have writings from Mary Gordon Duffee, stories of strolling up the old "Tuscaloosa Road" past the homes of the McPhersons, Mr. Wittich, Mr. Mann and Mr. Shannon, and upon the summit of the hill, the homes of Dr. Estill, Isaac Hamilton, and Dr. Robinson.



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    The location :nono of this lost cemetery will have to remain a mystery. It's on private property and the land owner requested that I not publicize the location.


    It's amazing just how many of these lost cemeteries are all so close to my home.


    I have many more lost graves to find. :nod
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  4. craftycoder

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  5. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    The locals speak of a cemetery up on the hill to the north. The location is somewhat confusing. They cannot tell me the exact area. All they remember is that this cemetery is different than all the others.

    The story of hand laid stone and small tombs is very intriguing to me.


    Today, we will set out on a journey to try to find this mysterious old cemetery.





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    The first challenge will be this gate. We need to be on the other side.




    I'm between thunderstorms. It's wet and sloppy.



    A few minutes of creative riding, and the gate is history.


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    I've got several miles of searching and lots of intersections ahead.




    More later... :pynd
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  6. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer

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    I used to be heavy into genology...fathers side was from Ireland. So many from Ireland immigrated to SC, GA and eventually Alabama due to the potato blight (famine) in and around Tipperrary, Ireland. It was estimated that 20% to 25% of the Irish population immigrated during and after 1840 and most ended up in the South.

    Several books are available that lists the ship rosters showing the date and name of the passengers arriving in the 1800's. Most in AL, GA and Carolinas arrived at one of several ports in South Carolina. So often the spelling of last names changed either due to passengers being illiteriate or they dropped the O', Mac, Mc in front of the names.

    At least with my relatives only the more wealth could afford inscribed headstones. I accidentially dug one up on my farm last summer...typical headstone like in your pictures but no inscriptions.

    Keep your report coming.

    LnC
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  7. ricohman

    ricohman Marinoni man

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    Old graveyards are fascinating and sad. One of the sadest I've yet seen was in Halifax where there were so many graves of young children. I think that was a smallpox epidemic.
    Great pics, except for the black and white ones.
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  8. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    After several miles of this




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    Something tells me to stop.
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  9. Longbow

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  10. rescueMAN

    rescueMAN Been here awhile

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    Hhmm, this is just too interesting, and awaiting the next instalment :freaky

    You sure got way better riding country than we have here in the UK too
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  11. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    After looking at my notes, I realized that the terrain matched the local's description of the area.


    A few minutes into the woods, I found this small headstone.



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    Then, I find another.


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    I just managed to get through the trees on the bike.
















    Soon I discovered a stone wall.










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    Could this be the place?


    More later. :pynd
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  12. KDouble

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    Good stuff can't wait to see whats coming! :ear
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  13. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    This stone wall is incredible.






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    The stone is local.

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    I'm definitely in the right place.







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    :huh
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  14. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    This is not your everyday cemetery.

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    I've found the small tombs the locals spoke about.



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  15. DBM

    DBM Let's Just Ride!!

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    Here's one we found on Cheaha mountain. I am pretty sure that I have the GPS numbers for this spot. Let me know if you want them.

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  16. Staxrider

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    Remembering the dead used to be an intregal part of being from the south but not so much anymore. Another great report. Thanks.

    alabama usgenweb project
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  17. Madhouse

    Madhouse Semi-Goodlookin!

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    I'm enjoying this thread very much. Thanks for taking us along with you!
    Old Cemetary's interest me also and have visited many in south Alabama. I use to be appauled by broken head stones thinking perhaps vandals were breaking them. After seeing several stones like the following, I now think that falling trees through the years have taken a toll on many headstones.
    These pictures were taken at grave sites along the "Old Federal Road" in Monroe County Alabama:
    Looks like some carving going on in the tree that surrounds this headstone.
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    Not far away from here in northern Baldwin County near the Ft. Mims massacre site is the resting place of the famous Creek Chief Red Eagle also known as William Weatherford. I'm distant relative to this man.

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    Thanks again DeBandi for taking us on these extremely interesting trips. I sure wish I could tell a story as good as you can!:thumb
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  18. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Interesting, LnC.

    I found two different spellings of the same last name.


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    REID and REED




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    These are very difficult to "read". :*sip*


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  19. DocAxeYarYar

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    Very awesome posting. I admire your dedication to bring this important history back to so many of us. Its amazing the life people lead more than a hundred years back. On our TAT trip we came by Cosmos cemetery, est 1907 in OK, and it was very touching. This headstone is so simple and eloquent. I wonder who he was, and the life he lived.

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