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mike reeves (#47684672)
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Bio Photo My family interests are in the Reeves of Newton County, Mississippi, and Joneses of Elmore County, Alabama. "This do in remembrance..." of them in a biblical sense, if you will. Local historical interest in Talladega County, Alabama, formed in 1832 from land purchased from Creek Tribe at Treaty of Cusseta.

Antebellum planters and Victorian era farmers had family burial plots upon their own land. Pioneer church consecrated ground was left fallow when congregations moved. Land owners will normally accommodate polite requests to photograph gravestones without an impolite citation of state law. Alabama law, Act 2007-4008, does allow access to grave sites by those family members and researchers who provide reasonable notice to property owners.

The earliest marble headstones and slabs in Talladega County, dated from 1835 to 1860, were sometimes inscribed with the name of the local quarry or agent. The Herd Brothers were the first marble quarriers in the county, with H. P. Oden & Co. working jointly with them. Dr. Edward Gantt purchased the Sylacauga quarry subsequently named after him from John Herd in 1845. H. P. Oden & Co. were successors to the Herd business in Winterboro in 1855.

African-American marble headstones during the period 1914 thru 1930 were usually for local members of the Mosaic Templars of America (MTA), of Little Rock, Arkansas. "Chamber" stones have a uniform shape with an encircled symbol comprised of the letters "M","T","A", and "3V's", in relief within crossed staffs. The 3V's stand for: "Veni, Vedi, Veci"; I Came, I Saw, I Conquered. MTA stones memorialize many who endured slavery and witnessed emancipation.

Those insured from 1890 to 1930 by the Woodmen of the World (WOW) Life Insurance Society of Omaha, Nebraska, received distinctive marble tree stump markers. These had the WOW logo with symbolic wedges and axes, as well as "Dum Tacet Clamet"; Though Silent, He Speaks.

Cenotaphs, grave markers placed in honor of deceased individuals whose remains lie elsewhere, are present within family plots in public cemeteries. These are also sometimes seen in the form of Veterans Administration (VA) headstones for state soldiers of the Civil War.

Code of Alabama Section 13A-11-12 states any person who willfully defaces or removes a gravestone has committed a misdemeanor. If they also disturb the buried remains, it then becomes a felony. Statute of Limitations Laws stipulate a one year period for misdemeanor offenses.

An in-the-ground interment, marked or otherwise, is no longer the cultural norm in our society. National Funeral Directors Association data reflects the cremation rate in this country rose from 3.5% to 43% during the past fifty years, with almost 20% of Alabamians in 2012 electing "ashes to ashes".

Compilers of published tombstone records in Talladega County, Carolyn Lane Luttrell and Joseph W. & Francis S. Upchurch, observed decades ago that stones had already "...disappeared through erosion of time, vandalism, and bulldozers."

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmear'd with sluttish time.

Sonnet 55
Wm. Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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RE: Charles Power & Carolyn Power Jenkins links
They are my in-laws. If you want to transfer, that would be fine. Thank you.
Added by mjpsc on Apr 14, 2014 6:45 AM
Jean McCollum
Rosa Lee Nesbitt
Hi this is my great grandmother if you could transfer her to me would be great. Are you kin to her? Thanks
Added by Jean McCollum on Apr 09, 2014 10:46 PM
Christy Quattlebaum
RE: Joseph P. Quattlebaum (1903-1971)

I would love to manage his memorial. Thank you for updating the information.
Added by Christy Quattlebaum on Feb 20, 2014 2:59 PM
Elizabeth Harris Long Baskin & Thomas Stuart Baskin
Thanks Mike for the transfers. Amazing that you could even find them from the looks of the cemetery. Many thanks for your hard work.
Roy Vee Baskin
Added by rvb on Feb 14, 2014 8:08 AM
Terryl Lynn Whitaker
Robbs Family Cemetery Transfers
Thank you so much for transferring Nancy and Edward Robbs memorials to me.
I truly appreciate it.
An update on the Townsend Cemetery:
I am currently " fighting city hall". Going through the channels...
The owner of the property is not very nice and
Is just annoyed and unconcerned by a "possible family cemetery" on her property.
Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication. It does make a difference and will make a difference for generations to come.
Added by Terryl Lynn Whitaker on Feb 12, 2014 8:05 AM
nathan forrister
RE: Emeline Rebecca Evans Reeves
Good to hear from a Miss. cuz....also am continuing to look for family links will try to share anything I have with you. Nathan Forrister
Added by nathan forrister on Feb 06, 2014 6:49 AM
McClellans photos
Thank you so much for your efforts and the information about the cemetery being destroyed. I am making a note in my database and removing the request.

Happy hunting and again, many thanks for your time.
Added by AJ on Jan 28, 2014 10:57 AM
Jennifer Nail Williams
RE: Mary Lester England
Send me an email ( when you have a minute. I've got some things on Dena Nail for you.
Added by Jennifer Nail Williams on Jan 26, 2014 10:04 AM
Terryl Lynn Whitaker
Robbs Family Cemetery
Thank you do very much for transferring Watson and Mahuldy's memorials over to me. That means a great deal to me! More than you will know.
I appreciate all you do.
You seem to like hunting down abandoned cemeteries...
There is another one...
But the markers are no longer there...
Along the railroad tracks by Lincoln..
I have the info from a 1932 transcription but would love photos of the location.
Townsend McClellen cemetery.
My GGGrandfather is buried there..
Wade Hampton Townsend. His wife, granddaughter...
Thanks again!
Added by Terryl Lynn Whitaker on Jan 23, 2014 8:03 AM
Terryl Lynn Whitaker
RE: Robbs Family Plot in Talladega County
Hi Mike!
I just got home from a visit out of town.
Yes. Watson and Mahulda are J.W.Robbs ( at Oakhill) parents.
I would Love these photos and a transcription of graves located at the Robbs Cemetery, if you have one. I just learned that this cemetery is located along Talladega Creek, " by Waldo". I did not know about this cemetery.
Do you have gps coordinates ? Location?
Thomas Newton Townsend , the Oakhill grave you did not fibs, could be there in an unmarked grave... It wasn't like them to not put a marker but who knows.
Added by Terryl Lynn Whitaker on Jan 22, 2014 7:41 PM
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