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Old 06-06-2010, 02:07 PM   #46
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I too really enjoy your history RR's

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.

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Old 06-06-2010, 03:05 PM   #47
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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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Old 06-07-2010, 04:31 AM   #48
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After several miles of this









Something tells me to stop.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:24 AM   #49
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:35 AM   #50
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Hhmm, this is just too interesting, and awaiting the next instalment

You sure got way better riding country than we have here in the UK too
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:02 PM   #51
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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.










Then, I find another.








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
















Soon I discovered a stone wall.
















Could this be the place?


More later.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:56 PM   #52
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:14 PM   #53
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This stone wall is incredible.










The stone is local.
















I'm definitely in the right place.











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Old 06-13-2010, 04:24 AM   #54
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This is not your everyday cemetery.



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



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Old 06-13-2010, 05:54 AM   #55
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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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Remembering the dead used to be an intregal part of being from the south but not so much anymore. Another great report. Thanks.

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Old 06-13-2010, 08:35 AM   #57
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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.




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.





Thanks again DeBandi for taking us on these extremely interesting trips. I sure wish I could tell a story as good as you can!
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Originally Posted by LewisNClark
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.


LnC

Interesting, LnC.

I found two different spellings of the same last name.




REID and REED














These are very difficult to "read".


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Alabama Lost Cemeteries

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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