GLOVER CEMETERY, (NE of Intersection of Burgreen &
Browns Ferry Rd.) LIMESTONE COUNTY ALABAMA
Mapping the Location
Area Overviews of the Glover Cemetery: 4036/4037/4038/4039/4035
GLOVER, Nathaniel, 9 Oct 1797 - 12 Sep 1840. "SACRED to the memory of Nathaniel Glover, born in Northampton County, North Carolina, October 9th in the year of our Lord 1797, was married to Miss Rebekah Clover August 17, 1820 and immigrated to this state in the fall of 1820, and departed this life Sept. 12, 1840 in the 43rd year of his life leaving a wife and six children and many fine friends to mourn his loss. He was a kind husband, an affectionate father, good neighbor, and was loved by all that knew him. [J.J.P (initials of inscriber)]" 4011/4012/4013/4014/4015/4016/4017/4018/4019/4020/4021/4022
GLOVER, Rebekah, 27 Sep 1832 - 22 Aug 1834, Age 1 yr, 10 mos and 28 dys, d/o Nathaniel & Rebekah Glover. "SACRED to the memory of Rebekah daughter of Nathaniel & Rebekah Clover was born September the 27th 1832 and departed this life on the 22nd day of August 1834 aged 1 year 10 months & 28 days." 4030/4031/4032/4033/4034
GLOVER, James Alexander, s/o Nathaniel & Rebekah 21 Feb 1831 - ?? ?? ?? (I have no verification of this entry.)
GLOVER Alexander, 4 Aug 1800 - 6 Jan 1835. "Sacred to the memory of Alexander Glover, born in Northhampton County, North Carolina, August the 4th in the year of our Lord 1800 and departed this life Jan. 6th, 1835, leaving a wife and four children." Again, stonemason J.L. Preston inscribed his name as the maker of the stone. 4024/4025/4026/4027/4028/4029
PERKINS, Fredericca, died 1 Dec 1828, age 78 yrs (Upright stone recently crushed by vandals from the top down. All that remains now is the "aged 78". 4023/4023L
NOTE: There was a large dismantled box tomb adjacent to Nathaniel that was probably for his wife. (I could not verify this either though it may be true. CWA)
While I was there the bulldozers were busy clearing the adjacent land for a new medical business purported to be coming here. What is interesting to me is that there was a clump of trees next to the road which was destroyed by their efficient efforts that I had always assumed to be a slave graveyard. Usually in pre-civil war days there was a slave graveyard near the white settler graveyard, but I don't believe anyone considered this as it is now disappeared and a building is underway.
Subject: Glover Cemetery (news article - sent)
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Date: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:23 am
1820 - Alabama Became a State
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 “THE GLOVER CEMETERY”
Madison Spirit - Mr. John Rankin
An old cemetery with five marked graves and probably several more that are unmarked is east of Burgreen Road and north of Brown's Ferry Road and diagonally opposite the B&B Cross Roads Restaurant in Limestone County.
It is in the wooded area behind one of the recent housing developments along County Line Road in Madison.
The cemetery appears to have been established by the family of Nathaniel Glover. He was the only person of that surname to patent government land in the western part of Madison County in the 1800s. In 1833, he patented 83 acres north of Brown's Ferry Road and along both sides of today's Dock Murphy Road between Liberty Middle School and County Line Road. However, according to the extensive inscription on his box crypt tablet, Nathaniel Glover came to the area in 1820, almost a year after Alabama became a state. Glover must have also occupied land to the west in Limestone County.
The fragments of Nathaniel's box crypt were reassembled in 2003, and the inscription was enhanced to read the entire legend on the tablet. It was as follows with spelling as shown:
"Sacred to the Memory of Nathaniel Glover. Was born in Northampton County, North Carolina October the 9th in the year of our Lord 1797. Was married to Miss Rebekah Glover August 17th 1820 and Emigrated to this State in the fall of 1820 and departed this life on the 12th of September 1840 in the 43rd year of his age, Leaving a wife and six Children and maney friends to morne his loss. In life was a kind husband and an affectionate Father, a good neighbor, and was loved by all who knew him."
The initials of the inscriber were noted as "J.L.P.," and from another tablet in the cemetery that gave the last name, it is known that the initials were those of J.L. Preston. Census records through 1880 show that James L. Preston of Decatur was a stonemason born about 1810 in Pennsylvania.
Nathaniel's box crypt, along with all others in the cemetery, was broken into pieces some time ago. Thunderstorms often topple large trees that can fall across box crypts and shatter them, as well as break other types of tombstones. In fact, only one tombstone remains intact here, and it is not likely to be original. The tombstone for Fredericca Perkins, who died at age 78, appears to have been of more recent vintage than the indicated death date of 1828. The relationship of Mrs. Perkins to the Glovers is unknown. All other grave markers in the cemetery are for Glover family members.
Another adult-sized box crypt tablet contains the inscription, "Sacred to the memory of Alexander Glover, born in Northampton County, North Carolina, August the 4th in the year of our Lord 1800 and departed this life Jan. 6th, 1835, leaving a wife and four children." Again, stonemason J.L. Preston inscribed his name as the maker of the tablet. Entries on Ancestry.com show that in Northampton County, N.C., a Capt. Jones Glover (1765-1828) and his wife, Judith Love, had children named Nathaniel, Alexander, John William and Mary of ages that fit the local family of Glovers.
The 1830 Limestone County census shows Nathaniel living next door to a Will P. Glover who was 10 to 20 years younger. This Will P. Glover may have been a son that Nathaniel named after his brother John William. Apparently, Nathaniel's brother Alexander came to Alabama and is buried in the cemetery with Nathaniel. However, Nathaniel probably died in Lawrence County because he is found with his family in the 1840 census, which was taken just before his death. Since at least two of his children are known to be buried in Limestone's Glover Cemetery, Nathaniel must have specified that he be returned here for his own burial.
This Cemetery presentation is based on the photography of C. Wayne Austin on 3 Aug 2012, Final editing and uploaded here by C. Wayne Austin. It was also presented in the book Tombstone inscriptions of Limestone County Alabama Cemeteries by Linda Smith on page 181.