Exploring Alabama’s long lost cemeteries.

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

  1. BUBB

    BUBB lynch not Zimmerman

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  2. Sgtv4512

    Sgtv4512 Adventurer

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    White chalk does wonders.........rub the stone with a chalk stick and the words come to life before your eyes. I've tried flour too, but chalk is much better!
  3. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Its kinder/gentler to drape paper across the stone and give it a rub with charcoal or other. Someone more artistic than I might explain better.
  4. Sgtv4512

    Sgtv4512 Adventurer

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    I see your point about being more gentle.......This from my GGG Grandfathers stone
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  5. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Great tip guys. Thanks. :thumb
  6. Byars_rider

    Byars_rider n00b

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    I am descended from those people, we moved north to Massachusetts. Last time I visited those graves must have been 1979. Very cool pictorial.
  7. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Thanks and welcome to advrider Mr. Byars "Byars_rider".

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  8. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    John traveled over eleven hours to this long lost cemetery in Alabama.


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    He was able to see the final resting place of his great,great,great ,great grandfather.


    The fascinating story later.





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  9. BMW Kurt

    BMW Kurt Hermeticist

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    I too am fascinated by old cemeteries. On the way home from Florida this past week I passed a Confederate Cemetery in Butts County GA. It was ironic because all of the state prisoners that were mowing, etc. were black. Should have got a shot of that. I guess one reason we are fascinated by cemeteries is that they are our final destination.

    Also should have got a shot of the water tower that said "Welcome to Beautiful Butts County"! :lol3

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  10. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    I got an email last week from a complete stranger. He found me through countless hours of research. He is investigating his ancestors.

    It seems that his fourth great grandfather is buried in a lost cemetery and no one knows the location. John is searching for Henry McPherson.

    John seems to be a great guy with a passion for history and discovering his family lineage. I happen to know the exact location where Henry McPherson was laid to rest.


    I offer to help and make arrangements with the lost cemetery landowner. John arrived yesterday with his friends, Ken and Robin.

    John and Ken drove some eleven hours to search for Henry McPherson.


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    Robin (left) is from Huntsville and is a noted scholar on Blount County genealogy.





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    Godspeed to you, John McPherson. :thumb
  11. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :clap Wow...that's awesome! :bow
  12. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Awesome Debandi...
  13. RandyG

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    Great story, thanks for sharing.
  14. ChopHawk

    ChopHawk Been here awhile

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    DeBandi, what a story. you rock! always enjoy reading your adventures.

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    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Hey Debandi!!! I bet you feel pretty, darn good right now!!! Good for you, David!!! You're such an awesome guy!!!
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  17. Jocassee

    Jocassee Petrolhead

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    I enjoyed this thread immensely.

    I could not possibly dignify this subject more than you have already done, but it is good to know that others care as much about the history of our region and its people as you do. My family has been in the South going on nearly 400 years now and I have enjoyed learning about all the facets of both our own people and the people of the South in general.

    As to the stacked-stone graves, or crypts, I cannot speak only to say that I have never heard of such a thing in my neck of the woods (SC). There were, as another poster said, large amounts of Welsh folks living in what became iron country in the last half of the 1800s and it would not surprise me to learn that the phenomenon was originated or influenced by them for some reason.
  18. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    I do hardwaregrrl.

    Thanks for all the kind comments.
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  19. Steelybeast

    Steelybeast Been here awhile

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    Great job Debandi. I never seen anyone trace a head stone like that. Creative idea to say the least and to be able to carry it back with them. My Dad was a big geneology person and I remember going to many a cemetary with him in the 70's. He would take pictures of old headstones and some were hard to read.

    Just for the picture, he always carried a big piece of chalk, like the kind that kids use for drawing on sidewalks. He would turn it sideways & run it up and down the face to make it stand out for the photo. The 1st rain would just wash it off.
  20. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Thanks, Steelybeast.


    John used this Old Stone Rubbing Kit.


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    Available at http://www.amazon.com/Old-Stone-Rubbing-Kit-Gravestones/dp/193366200X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303823384&sr=8-1

    He was kind enough to send a kit to me last week. :thumb