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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 Creeks at Treaty of Cusseta. Compilers of published cemetery records of 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." As lamented of the Marble Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery site by E. Grace Jemison in "Historic Tales of Talladega": "There are now only a few people who have so much as a memory of the once sacred spot".

Antebellum planters and Victorian era farmers had family burial plots upon their own land. Pioneer church consecrated ground lay fallow after congregations moved. Alabama law, Act 2007-4008, allows access to grave sites by family members and researchers who provide reasonable notice to property owners. Land owners normally accommodate polite requests to photograph gravestones without an impolite citation of state law. Code of Alabama Section 13A-11-12 states any person who willfully defaces or removes a gravestone has committed a misdemeanor. The disturbance of buried remains is a felony. Statute of limitations laws stipulate a one year period for misdemeanor offenses.

The oldest marble headstones and slabs in Talladega County, dated from 1834 to 1860, were sometimes inscribed with the name of the local quarry or agent. The Herd Brothers and Richard Miller were the first marble quarriers in the county. 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, following the death of the eldest Herd, George. An "A. Herd & Bros." receipt from 1855 reflects the cost of a 6 1/2' by 3' slab to have been $35, about $975 real price today, with clasped hands sculpted for $5 and letters cut at 5 cents apiece, to be paid within 12 months.

African American marble headstones from the Victorian Era are limited in number, less than a dozen stones at the two oldest public cemeteries, Oakhill and Westview, in Talladega. However, beginning in 1914 and continuing until 1930, marble headstones were provided at an affordable cost by the Mosaic Templars of America (MTA), of Little Rock, Arkansas. These "Chamber" stones are approximately 28" in height and 16" in width, with a rounded and forward sloping top. The MTA symbol, encircled letters "M","T","A" and "3V's" spaced within crossed shepherd staffs, is cut in bas-relief upon the upper face of the stone. The staffs represent the biblical exodus led by Moses and Aaron, with "3V's" for "Veni, Vedi, Veci"; I Came, I Saw, I Conquered. MTA members, many of whom endured slavery and witnessed emancipation, paid an annual tax for their stones.

Those insured from 1890 thru 1930 by the Woodmen of the World (WOW) Life Insurance Society of Omaha, Nebraska, received distinctive marble tree stump markers which were normally 4'-5' in height. Although initially free to WOW policy holders, by 1900 a $100 rider was required to cover their expense. The stones were discontinued in 1930 due to having become cost prohibitive. These monuments, also seen in the form of stacked cut logs, have the WOW logo with symbolic axes, scrolls on a rope, and "Dum Tacet Clamet"; Though Silent, He Speaks.

Sandstone from local quarries, most notable the one at S. M. Jemison's farm on Kelly Creek, was used for headstones and obelisks from 1845 thru 1865. This "mustard colored" stone was said to have been attractive when first cut. Sandstone blocks, one inscribed "1862", were used to build the wall enclosing Sunnyside Cemetery. Cenotaphs, grave markers placed in honor of deceased individuals whose remains lie elsewhere, are present within family plots in public cemeteries. Veterans Administration (VA) headstones for state soldiers of the Civil War have also been used for this purpose.

An in-the-ground interment, marked or otherwise, is no longer a 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".

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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Curry Cemetery, Talledega
Thanks for the information about the Curry Cemetery. Just went by what the Funeral Home quoted in the obituary. I have removed the memorial. Thanks again.
Added by Bren on Jul 16, 2014 3:37 PM
Brad Roberts
David Scott Murray in Curry Family Cemetery
Thank you very much for the good work. I'm sure my relatives (that I don't know) will enjoy them, too. His daughter Mary Polly Murray married Col William Curry. Thanks for the pictures of them both. Her mother is buried in Lincoln Co, GA. I'll try to follow up with links for them all.
Added by Brad Roberts on Jul 14, 2014 5:21 PM
RE: Headstone of Richard M. Kirkland
Hi Mike - sorry to be so long, but I come on the site only occasionally and just found your message.

It is very kind of you to give this attention to the stone of Richard Kirkland, my 2-G Grandfather. I live several states away and have never made it to the cemetery, much as I would like to. It has always fascinated me that he was buried with his first wife's relatives, especially given that it was his third, much younger wife who buried him!

Thank you for providing this status.
Added by LGH on Jul 13, 2014 11:18 PM
Henry at Oakhill
Thanks, Mike. That's a lot of helpful information and solves several questions.
Added by Ray on Jul 07, 2014 12:11 PM
RE: Wright Cemetery
Yes, that would be wonderful and I would appreciate the assist. If this cemetery is where I am thinking it is then it does have a name, but if it isn't the same one then I should show you where the other one is and maybe we could figure it out. There are a lot of Bittles' missing and I am having a difficult time with them but they are all kin I am sure. Thank You for offering your time most of all.
Added by Penny on Jul 05, 2014 11:52 PM
Wright Cemetery
Mike, I was trying to locate where this is on my map but have no way of looking at GPS coordinates on my home computer. With your photos, this looks like a description of where my Aunt Cora told me that my great grandmother was buried. Its hard to tell without being able to pinpoint on a map. I am wondering why Elizabeth Bittle would be the only "Bittle" buried there though. This headstone was not a cheap one for the days it was done. I am wondering if there are any more in that cemetery that are hidden or broken up like this one. Something I do in tend to check on when I go back in the fall. I definitely want to visit this sight. Thank you.
Added by Penny on Jul 05, 2014 11:56 AM
J.B. Bittle
Mike I will take a look at that because I am very interested in this for sure. THanks for the tip.
Added by Penny on Jul 03, 2014 9:48 PM
Robert Bryant Jarman, Sr.
My photos
Sure u may use my photos
Added by Robert Bryant Jarman, Sr. on Jun 28, 2014 9:10 AM
Bittle Family
I emailed Cheryl Rossi. I also gave her my phone number for her to call me. Hopefully she reads her email before she heads out to locate this cemetery. It can be confusing! LOL Thanks for all your help!
Added by Penny on Jun 05, 2014 1:15 AM
Robert Martin & Dwight Nelms
Francis Martin
thanks so very much for your time in placing the information on Francis Martin memorial #11001159.
You are appreciated very much.
Robert Martin
Added by Robert Martin & Dwight Ne... on May 24, 2014 6:38 PM
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