Exploring Alabama’s long lost cemeteries.

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

  1. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Very neat work. Lots better than the sheet of paper taped and a squared off piece of charcoal I did an Great Aunt's with several years back for a family member in Iowa searching.
    Thanks for sharing all the old graveyards. Just so interesting the things you run across roaming about.
  2. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    Hi DeBandi
    I hope you and your family avoided the terrible storm that roared across the south. My prayers go out to all of the folks who lost family, are injured, or lost their homes. We have been all feeling sorry for our self in Ohio because of cold wet weather but it is nothing in comparison to the terrible weather in other areas of the country.
  3. tompee

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    Definitely one of my favourite threads on ADV
  4. AlabamaDan

    AlabamaDan n00b

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    I ran across this thread doing genealogy research on the Byars family,

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    I'm a 3rd great nephew to William George Byars. His father Jonas is my 4th great grandfather. I don't ride, but I love your site and adventures already.

    William George Byars was born March 6, 1846 married Mary Jane Thomas in in 1854 and they about nine children. He died May 16, 1902. Saturday will mark the 109th anniversery of his death. I believe the name of this old cemetery is Cedar Grove Cemetery and it's not completely forgotten, but little known.

    Have you listed all the lost cemeteries in the Blount Springs area you've found? My families have been in Blount County since the Creek Indians fought them for it.

    Really good stuff. (I love the photo transition you have earlier too btw.)
  5. ChubbyThumper

    ChubbyThumper Been here awhile

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  6. AlabamaDan

    AlabamaDan n00b

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    Turns out I can't find the old Byar's burying place. I was a little kid when i went there. Can you PM me?
  7. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Will do.. :thumb
  8. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Thanks much for sharing your interests and travels with us. Ive run across quite a few small mostly forgotten family plots out here in Northern California.
    Riding singletrack gets me way back in long forgotten areas sometimes.
    Sometimes just one gravesite next to an old miners fallen down cabin way out in the sticks. Lonely life's work and a quiet resting place.
  9. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Hello AlabamaDan.


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    I visited the final resting place of your ancestors today.





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    The GPS coordinates have been sent to you via PM.

    Please let us know when you go visit the peaceful location.

    I'm proud of you for researching your family history.

    Let me know if I can help. :thumb
  10. perryg114

    perryg114 Adventurer

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    I know of an old Cemetery right next door to me. It may be an old slave cemetery. It is in the New Market, AL area. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    If you have not been to Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville you should go. There is a lot of history there. It is not lost but cool never the less. They have a cemetery stroll every year where they have people reenacting the lives of some of the famous people buried there. <o:p></o:p>
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  11. philipbarrett

    philipbarrett Been here awhile

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    Apparently, harried immigration officials would also "assign" names to people they had difficulty understanding and would reuse the same popular ones.
  12. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    I'm glad Philip brought this thread back, as I had missed it. I, too, see many forgotten cemeteries on my explorations around Alabama. Just never thought of doing a report on them. Great job, David.
  13. Bart Jones

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    Don&#8217;t know how I missed this either. Good stuff Dave, reminded me of these primitives I found down in Coosa Co. After hunting season, we need to see if I can remember where it is.
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  14. davyboy

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    brill readin,i really enjoyed readin the duffee headstone~born tipperary ireland,only down the road from me.:clap
  15. tompee

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    Wow Bart Jones, love those primitive, "hand made" tombstones. Very personal, makes you think a lot more about the poor people who buried that person and made the monument. Not professionals, they would have been doing it for their family members or close friends
  16. PonyExpres

    PonyExpres ScratchinMyAss

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    At first I started reading this thread and thought it may be a bit morbid... After reading on I found it to be quite intersting...

    It was nice of to take those folks around to see what they could dig up on their family grave sites.

    Thanks. great pics too.
  17. markas

    markas Small-time Explorer

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    Very interesting story, great idea to explore and write about those cemeteries! Excelent thread!
  18. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    just catching up here and a question occurs to me:
    what maps or online geo-resources might be best at showing the existence of old cemeteries? I've seen such marks on paper maps, such as the local favorite "Roads Of Texas". if anyone knows a more generic answer, post it!
  19. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    I've heard for years that there is another abandoned cemetery on the mountain.



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    Today, I found it.




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    Names like Hogland, Baker & Handley. They're at peace on the top of the mountain facing east.



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    Many of the names have disappeared as the years have passed.




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    Charlie Baker has been at peace here on top of this beautiful mountain since 1895.









    The family of Aaron Dutton Hogland updated his stone.


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    Thank you for your service Mr. Hogland...















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    Long lost cemeteries are fascinating to me.
  20. dlrides

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    Thanks for continuing this saga !

    Very interesting


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