Exploring Alabama’s long lost cemeteries.

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

  1. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    which 'mountain' are you referring to?
    lookout?
    sand mountain?
    ??

    the civil war produced so many poignant and tragic circumstances. the horror is beyond anything we have known as citizens of later times.
    i've been digging my ancestors on father's side for a long time with limited success - they lost everything in the war but it produced interesting side effects. somebody correct my understanding here, but a man who later became a relative by marrying one of my great great aunts was on pension from her father, my great grandfather, because he served in my g-grandfather's stead in the war, while g-grandfather continued his mercantile business as critical to the war effort, importing and otherwise obtaining commodities that were desperately needed. the son-in-law was buried in the family plot in a historic cemetery in N. Carolina. understandably, the caretakers of that cemetery don't allow rubbings/etchings of the stones so pictures must suffice
  2. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    Most excellent and interesting thread. :clap

    Not to hijack - rather in case someone is interested in a simple and effective preservation technique:

    Here in New England there are many old, lost cemeteries/burial grounds. Many can be found thru local libraries. Often there is an Historian at your local library and/or historical society who can help find/locate these hallowed grounds, and many of these folks are desperate for folks to find and help preserve the history/information on these old stones.

    My son did his Eagle Scout project in response to this need; in the oldest section of a local cemetery where many of the stones were deteriorating and difficult to read, and, he devised a way to capture the info on the stones w/out touching them, simply by taking pictures of the stones - at night, w/ hand-held lighting. Of course requires getting out at night. :huh Then he catalogued the information and created a web site(FREE space avail off ancestry dot com) hopefully to preserve the info in perpetuity. If someone would like to do a similar preservation project to help your town/county or your very own family: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~grovecemgfl/default.html

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    Thanks for the work and sharing a Wonderful, Thoughtful RR ! :beer

    All the Best, dean :ricky
  3. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Been here awhile

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    YAY! :clap Thanks for another installment DeBandi.

    RidingUpAndDown-- What an awesome idea. I am going to have to use that method in the future. Your boy did a great job getting those photos. Thanks for sharing. :D
  4. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    It happened again a few days ago. I received a private message from a complete stranger. He was interested in learning more about the history of Mary Gordon Duffee. As usual, I’m cautious when it comes to sharing information with total strangers. However, he did go through all the tedious steps required to register on ADVrider in order to reach me.


    His name is Jim. He’s researching Mary Gordon Duffee for a book he is writing. I was impressed by his historical intellect, and I asked how I could help. He is requesting permission to use one of my photos in the book and wanted to see her gravestone. I met Jim and his friend, Marty, yesterday at a local BBQ joint.


    We went up the mountain so I could show him the old Duffee gravesite and homestead.


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    Amazingly enough, James R. Bennet is a former legislator and two-term secretary of state who began his career as a reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald. He has been a member of the American Historic Ironworks Commission, which has administered the Tannehill historic site since 1970, and is the author of several history books on the Alabama iron and steel industry. A few of the titles include:

    - Tannehill and the Growth of the Alabama Iron Industry
    - Historic Birmingham and Jefferson County
    - Iron & Steel (A Guide to Birmingham Area Industrial Heritage Sites)

    I realize now, he is not a stranger at all. I happen to own all of his books. I just had not connected the dots.





    We are thankful for all the work you have done and the effort put forth to protect, preserve, document and educate on the subject of Alabama industrial history. We are all better educated because of your efforts.

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    Godspeed to you, James R. Bennett.

    I anxiously await the release of your current book project, Tannehill Ghost Stories & Other Selected Shorts. :thumb
  5. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Wow :eek1
    I told you Dave, you missed your calling .
    Maybe you can get a late start now with
    Your old job behind you ... :clap

    Congrats :nod
  6. custmmc

    custmmc Been here awhile

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    Excellent work.
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  8. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    this is such great work - timely to me since we recently lost my father-in-law, a "great one" of the great generation - died here at my home on his 90th birthday, we transported back to his beloved Birmingham, laid to rest with his bride and infant son and mother.
    His mother had to "make do" in the Depression era after her husband died untimely - she bought an old building in Woodlawn area and started a grocery store on the bottom floor, family huddled down to live upstairs - all the kids worked.

    But I wanted to mention this as you may be able to quickly check my facts. One of my "learning" areas to ride, was a tad contraban when I was learning - the old mining roads of Ruffner Mountain. The area thankfully has since been made into a park of sorts - nature center, etc, and rightly so since it is a lovely spot amidst a lot of less than pristine urban sprawl - My recollection is that there is an old graveyard on the mountain alongside one of the old mining paths...
    oops - EDIT- found it. "Bass Cemetery" it is NEAR the nature center boundaries but not in there:
    http://hauntin.gs/Alabama/Birmingham/Bass Cemetery/2413/

    thanks Google!

    Also, if you haven't perused it: the Wood family for whom Woodlawn is named, has a very old private cemetery tucked away just off the main drag in Woodlawn. Mostly goes unnoticed 'cause it amounts to a lot in an old urban area, rather obscure, easy to miss.
    57th street near old Woodlawn High School - my alma mater and that of my six siblings. Incredible that the cemetery reaches back to 1824!

    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/12/calendar_fundraiser_to_help_fa.html

    https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&...&sig=AHIEtbRyX1bATgjZ8gHzrZkrLguXuuYurw&pli=1
  9. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    So sorry about your father-in-law.

    Thanks for the kind words and all the great information.....:nod
  10. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    The book is out!

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    A book of Alabama folklore detailing 26 ghost stories tangentially associated with the Tannehill Ironworks and the Birmingham iron and steel district. Heavily illustrated, this volume includes 132 pages. Published by the Seacoast Publishing Company, this is a book that's fun to read leaving the reader to decide if the paranormal exists or if unexplained happenings have some other logical explanation. It will strain your imagination in a delightful way.
  11. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    I discovered this



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    very special place yesterday.....



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  12. whitepony

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    absolutely AMAZING pictures. and i wanna hear more about your husquvarna bike!!!! what kind is it are they comparable to most of the map bikes? always heard great things about them.
  13. twinsig

    twinsig Been here awhile

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    Very nice bro and very interesting.

    Blackjack Cemetery on blackjack mtn between acmar & trussville was an old slave cemetery, had markers but no visible names. Most of the markers would be a rock or two. Creepy at night but teenagers will do stupid stuff.
    That entire area was great DB riding in the day...

    33°37'26.84"N
    86°32'35.59"W

    Train Trestle we would cross on our DBs ya had to get into 3rd and move along to smooth-out the bumps, stupid, very stupid. But youre bringing back nice memories. Thank you sir.

    33°36'47.81"N
    86°33'21.84"W

    Wow, now theres houses above the train tunnel, wonder what thats like at midnight?

    33°36'28.06"N
    86°34'32.97"W
  14. backwoodsKLR

    backwoodsKLR Ride more, Post Less.

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    If you look at this one on Google Maps, they didn't quite stitch the images together right and it makes the trestle look even scarier!! :lol3
  15. davyboy

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    terrific result:clap:clap,
  16. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Thank you davyboy..... :webers
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    I guess suing would not go far. Maybe a Poltergeist will get her.
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  20. mashrider

    mashrider Been here awhile

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    nice work! I have been finding old markers here on the northern side of Cullman county. I met you one time at About Bikes, in blounts ville
    Regards
    Mike