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MURPHY-KEMPER-COCKBURN CEMETERY, TVA RESERVATION, SHEFFIELD, COLBERT COUNTY ALABAMA
Mapping the location

Area Views - Thickets and more thickets on TVA reservation. In there is a cemetery. It strikes me rather odd that this thicket is surrounded by beautifully maintained lawns of Tennessee Valley Authority who ignore this history: 8149/8150/8151/8152/8153/8154

MURPHY, James O., 14 Feb 1834 - 28 Jan 1888. "Gone but not forgotten". 8110/8109
MURPHY, MariahMar 1846 - 14 Jan 1880. "Earth has no sorrow ........can not ...."  (wife of James O. Murphy; year dates are questionable but likely 1846-1880.) 8111C/8111
BARNER, Wallace C., 12 Aug 1849 - 18 Jul 1850  8122 Footstone: 8123
BARNER, George Thomas, 25 Mar 1848 - 13 Jun 1852. "Son of Amanda M. & John W. Barner". 8115
BARNER, Marvisebella, Aug 1832 - 15 Aug 1833. "daughter of John A. & Viola Barner". 8112/8113
BARNER, William H., d. 21 Nov 1843. "born Prince Edward Co., Va., 20 Mar 1780." (Broken Slab stone, inscription fading. mb.)  8139/8140/8141/8142/8143/8144/8145
COCKBURN, George, (26 Oct 1779) - 11 Sep 1849. "In the 67th year of his age", "A sinner saved from death". (Note: dob sent to Mary Bob in e-mail from James Goff goffer@chouteautel.com ;Slab stone.) 8128/8129
COCKBURN, James H.17 Aug 1838 - 16 Oct 1843. "Son of G. & E. Cockburn". 8126
COCKBURN, Rebecca, 16 Sep 1840 - 5 Oct 1893 "daughter of G. & E. Cockburn". 8127
COCKBURN, John W., 26 Jul 1842 - 4 Oct 1843. "Son of G. & E. Cockburn".  8125
COCKBURN, Theophilus, 18 Apr 1837 - 9 Jul 1837. "Son of G. & E. Cockburn". 8124
COCKBURN, Infant, b & d 10 Sep 1846. "daughter of George Cockburn". (monument will soon be crushed by this Hackberry tree growing up in its space, if not cut soon.) 8118/8119
COCKBURN, Thomas H., 21 Jul 1832 - 16 Sep 1833. "Son of G. & E. Cockburn". 8117
COCKBURN, G. A., 5 Sep 1845 - 8 Sep 1845. 8116
GIBSON, Ann E., 20 Jul 1829 - 28 May 1855. "Wife of John C. Gibson". (Slab stone, broken in half. mb)  8146/8147
JOHNSON, Mary Isabella, Aug 1835 - July 1843. No photo
PORTLOCK, Henry T., d. 19 Sep 1841. "Son of John A. & Mahala Portlock", " Aged 1 year & 17 days". 8138
PORTLOCK, Julia A., 1 Jan 1838 - 9 Sep 1854. "daughter of John A. & Mahala Portlock". 8136/8137
SIMPSON, T.F., 26 Dec 1846 - 26 Jul 1847. Footstone. (Twin of M.L.) 8130/8131/8132
SIMPSON, M.L., 26 Dec 1846 - 26 May 1848. Footstone. (Twin of T.F.) 8130/8131/8132
SIMPSON, Willie G., 31 May 1851 - 3 Jul 1853. (dislocated from base and one the ground. mb)  8133

No readable inscription: 8120/8121
Unreadable - mud caked slab tomb
- inscription is there - just unable to clean it enough for reading: 8114/8148
Bottom half of a broken stone: Thou was as lovely as the . . . . .  innocent as a lamb.May thy spirit ever repose in the Glory Land. 8134
Footstone: "J. C. (or I. C.)" 8135 (Could this be the footstone for John or James Cockburn?)

This cemetery has had a protective rock wall surrounding most of it at one time but now it is mostly fallen down. The Privey Hedge growing in this cemetery is very dense, vicious and almost precludes anyone visiting here, at least normal people (unlike me). This stuff which is a transplant from Europe is very tough and hardy and fast taking over in the south (our wet climate) as a pesky plant that grows so thick it is impenetrable unless you happen to own a bulldozer. Don't know which is worse on old graveyards this stuff or Cudzu from Asia.