I am a proud native son of the Big Cove Community in Madison County, Alabama. All branches of my family had settled there by the early 1900's – some much earlier than that. In fact, my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Clan Grayson, was the original settler of Big Cove. I have researched and studied genealogy since I was about fifteen years old; and I have found it to be a very gratifying pastime. I have extensively researched the Bird, Hunter, Adams, Brumbalow, Stapler, Vann, Hinshaw, Jacks, McKenzie, Guffey, Morgan, Brown, Godwin, and Smith Families, as well as other allied surnames and families of friends within the Big Cove Community. I have a very large collection of old family photos, which have made their way around the internet after having posted them on Ancestry.com. I have mixed feelings about this. I do not mind sharing these priceless photographs; but I do wish people would ask before claiming them for their own and reposting. But oh well – history is meant to be shared. I am happy to help anyone researching families in the Big Cove Community or other families with which I have a connection.
Also note, several of my entries reference a few books that I have written. Copies of these books are in Huntsville, Scottsboro, and Grant public libraries.
Consider the tone of your bio. Why sound hateful and selfish? If a family member requests a memorial and you only maintain the grave as a number, why not just transfer so that the family member can make a nice memorial for their loved one. Please do not let your ego get in the way of what is important - perserving the memory of loved ones for future generations. Lets try to help each other do that.
That being said, THANK YOU so much to everyone who has been willing to complete a transfer for me! You are the best!
Crestwood Cemetery If you will call the Crestwood Cemetery office (256-492-5430)and get the grave location, I will fulfill the photo request. The cemetery office charges non-relatives $20 for a location or I would ask them myself. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org when you get the Section number and lot number.
RE: Ellen McClain I do indeed find it odd, but a lot of this connection is odd, and very difficult to find accurate information. Apparently Ellen's husband John, was drowned by his family members in Scottsboro, according to lore anyway. His father called him Thomas because he sometimes thought he was his brother, and other lore says that he was actually Willis's cousin, not his brother, so I am all confused but still looking, lol. Would appreciate any info you can come up with and I'll do the same. Thank you Carole Hogan
RE: Stapler You are very welcome for the transfers of the Stapler family. I am sure you can do more justice to their memorials than I can since they are not my kin and I didn't know them. I only knew Dorothy Stapler Brockway and her brother, Rodger, at school when I went to New Hope. Have a good day. Mary Jo
Ellen McClain Ellen McClain was my grandmother's sister. My Grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Guthrie, who married Willis Morgan McClain. Ellen was Sarah Ellen Guthrie who married John William McClain, altho I have some reservations about this part. He was also called Tom. He died in Scottsboro Al, about 1910. They had two daughters, Pearl and Nona (nora?), she then married Fred Morgan and moved to Texas. I am Not so good at this and have no ancestors to cross check with but you are welcome to check out my tree on Ancestry and help me make any corrections. Her father was James W. Guthrie and her mother was Hannah Stephenson Guthrie.
RE: Gutherie I am honestly stumped on this one too. You're right, I do know about most Guthrie's from AL.,but I can't figure out Ellen's first McLaine husband. I can't even fit Ellen into my own tree. My family are "Guthrie" and they do have different spellings sometimes, but I can't figure this one out.
Richard Larry Gray The lady that fulfilled my photo request added a note with the photo that states Richard is not buried in Bryant at Carns but is actually buried at Bryant Free Holiness Church in Bryant, Alabama. If you would like to correct this, just click the "edit" on the burial, then just enter the correct cemetery name to change the cemetery.
Floyd Marshall Byrd Do you have any information to share about this gentleman? I am looking for a gentleman by the same name who is my great grandfather who had lived and had family in Marked Tree. His father was John Byrd. I am not sure if he was married to anyone else but at one time his wife was Mable Louise Christopher. I frankly don't have any other information.