Where is Clayton’s Cove?

Have you ever heard of Clayton’s Cove?  What about Ayres?   Or Taylor?  According to an article in the Trussville Tribune, these names are all associated with a once thriving town in east Jefferson County.  This area is now part of Clay.

Read about this place and the historic Mt. Cavalry Presbyterian cemetery in the online article here.

BGS Meeting — July 24, 2010 — Demonstration of Grave Dowsing

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.). Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, July 24th at 2 p.m.

Location: Historic Oak Hill Cemetery

Speaker: Billy Wilborn

Program Topic: Demonstration of Grave Dowsing

Mr. Wilborn will demonstrate the art of grave dowsing. Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, oil, gravesites, and many other objects and materials, as well as so-called currents of earth radiation, without the use of scientific apparatus.

Please wear comfortable shoes. We will meet at the chapel. Mr. Wilborn will be selling dowsing rods for $5.00 at the meeting if anyone is interested in purchasing one.

BGS Meeting — January 23, 2010 — Who is Buried at the Birmingham Country Club?

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are always welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, January 23rd at 2 p.m.; Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speakers:  Jim Anderson & Charlie Harris

Program Topic: Who is Buried at the Birmingham Country Club?

Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

Proving a local doctor’s claim started a search for the identity of graves in a mysterious small cemetery plot.  Research by Jim Anderson and Charlie Harris has led to discoveries connecting presumed slave descendants to property on which now sits Health South’s corporate headquarters.  Along the way a picture of life in Shades Valley during the turn of the century comes into focus.  Such notable family names as Tannehill, Blach, Bearden, and McElwain crop up in the findings along with lesser known families of Johnson, Cammack, and Raburn.  The search involved plotting property boundaries, identifying long-lost travelways and reconstructing chains-of-title from modern-day maps back to the original land patent deed grants.

Come see how the dots connect, and help us with dots that don’t.

Headstone Repair and Cleaning Workshop

The Chilton Cemetery Association in conjunction with the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance is holding a headstone repair and cleaning workshop at the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Chilton County on June 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. This workshop is free and open to all.

From I-65, take the 219 Jemison/Thorsby exit and turn east onto County Rd 42 for half a mile. At the four-way intersection, turn left onto County Rd 51 for two miles at which time you’ll go back over the interstate. Continue on County Rd 51 for one mile to the Rocky Mount Cemetery on your right. Ample parking is available.

Contact Kat Reece via email if you have questions.

For additional information and map showing the directions, click here.

Piper, Bibb County, Cemeteries Rediscovered

The Birmingham News has an article online from Friday’s (4/11/2008) newspaper titled “Remnants of Bibb County mining towns uncovered in the woods.” The article gives some historical background on the mining towns of Piper and Coleanor, while mentioning Belle Ellen briefly. It gives much detail on how the cemeteries were discovered – (2) African-American cemeteries and (1) White Cemetery thus far. There is speculation about another there as well. A few names from the marked graves are mentioned… unfortunately it appears that many are unmarked.