Tombstone’s home has been found

I spoke with Randy Mooremann with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. He has been in contact with the Morgan County Sheriff’s office and they have located a great-grandchild of Mr. Taylor’s. They are presently working out the details to get the tombstone back home.

According to Mr. Mooremann the tombstone was originally stolen along with another back in the early 1970’s. The other tombstone was recovered soon after, but this one had never been located … until now.

This is great news! Another tombstone returned to its proper resting place.

Update on Ed Taylor tombstone

The Decatur Public Library was gracious to assist in tracking down the “home” of Mr. Taylor’s tombstone. Susan pulled a copy of Mr. Taylor’s obituary and faxed to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. I have transcribed the obituary below:

Decatur Daily
Monday, December 8, 1969

Ed Taylor

Funeral services for Ed Taylor, 83, Decatur 5, who died Friday at a local hospital, will be at noon Sunday at Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church. Belle Mina, Rev. H. Pendleton, officiating. Burial will be in the Living Water Cemetery, Limestone County, Reynolds Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include the widow, Elnora Taylor, a daughter, Mrs. Annie B. Brown, and a son, Charles Taylor all of Decatur 5; a brother, Cornelius Taylor, Decatur; a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Pitts, Athens; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great grandchildren.

Hopefully someone will recognize a name and be able to assist in getting this tombstone back where it belongs.

Standifer Cemetery to be Relocated

Standifer Cemetery Relocation

The Standifer Cemetery, located in the Grants Mill Community of Jefferson County, is in the process of being relocated to Grants Wood Baptist Church. Standifer Cemetery consists of fourteen graves, with only one headstone that is discernible. The grave in reference is that of Joel D. Standifer (25 December 1838-28 March 1904) and his grave is in impressive above-ground vault, which is the centerpiece of the cemetery.

Joel D. Standifer married Martha Jane Hamilton on 10 August 1856 in Shelby County, AL. She was born 14 January 1841 Shelby County AL and died 1916, buried Mt. Hebron, Leeds, Jefferson County AL.

Known children of Joel D. Standifer and Martha Jane Hamilton Standifer are:

William I. Standifer (6 May 1859-17 June 1889)

Henry W. Standifer (26 August 1860 – 27 March 1863)

Israel Thomas Standifer (9 December 1865 – 8 April 1949)

Belinda Eveylena Standifer (2 May 1868 – 16 October 1935)

Mary Elizabeth Standifer (4 August 1871 – 19 June 1933)

Standifer Family information courtesy of the Standifer Family Research website:

Thanks to Scott Martin, BGS Vice-President, for the information.

Civil War Graveyard in Tuscaloosa County to be Moved

Near the town of Vance, Evans Cemetery will be moved to make way for a new industrial park. According to the article, they will move the cemetery sometime later this summer.

Read the full article in the Tuscaloosa News

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Additional information from BGS Vice-President, Scott Martin:

The Birmingham News, 19 June 2007

Vance plans to relocate the remains of a small Civil War cemetery late this summer as part of its efforts to build a municipal park. The Evans Cemetery may hold the remains of several Union and one unidentified Confederate soldier who were killed during the Battle of Trion toward the end of the Civil War. In woods between U.S. Highway 11 and Wire Road, the cemetery is part of about 40 acres that the city purchased from the Wallace Tingle family. For the 19th century remains to be relocated to nearby Vance Cemetery will require legal advertising, a license from the Alabama Historical Commission and the hiring of a licensed funeral home or registered archaeologist,. Mayor Keith Mahaffey states this will happen late this summer.

This article has not made it “online” yet – I will post a link to the article as soon as I find it.


March 24th BGS Meeting – Cemetery Relocation

Scott Martin, BGS Vice-President

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 welcome!

Next meeting: Saturday, March 24th at 2 p.m.; Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Scott Martin

Program Topic: Cemetery Relocation & Relocated Cemeteries of Jefferson County, Alabama

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

Cemetery relocations are more commonplace than you think, especially in areas undergoing rapid development. To make way for public works and private construction projects, long-forgotten graves and remains are often relocated. BGS Vice-President Scott Martin will discuss the Cemetery relocation process and the requirements of the Alabama Historical Commission when relocating a cemetery. His discussion will also include an overview of known cemeteries in Jefferson County that have been relocated.