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MOORESVILLE CEMETERY, Mooresville Alabama) LIMESTONE COUNTY, ALABAMA
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Area Photos: 8302/8303/8322/8323/8347/8365/8315/8307/8353/8413/8415/8418/8419/8420
Mooresville Cemetery Signage: 8417
Work in progress in salvaging the broken Nelson Box tombs from sinking into the ground and being lost:8351/8352/8355/8356/8362/8366/8368/8422/8423/8424/8425/ 8426/8427/8428/8429/ 8430/8431/8432/8433/8434/8435/8436/8437/ 8438/8439/8440/8441/ 8442/8443/8444/8445/ 8446/8447/8448/8449/ 8450/8451/8452/8453/ 8454/8455/8456/8457/ 8458/8459/8460/8461/8462/8463/8464/8465/ 8466/8467/8468/8469/ 8470/8471/8472/8473/ 8474/8475/8476/8477/ 8478/8479/8480/8481/ 8482/8483/8484/8485/ 8486/8487/8488/8409/8410

BAILEY, Virginia Conoly, Feb 21, 1871 - 25 Aug 1905. Gone but not forgotten. Erected by. . .(opps, missed the name) .  8386
BARNES, Mary Evalena, w/o T. J., 28 yrs, died Jan 19, 1905.
BOLIN, Erskine, 1895 - 1939.  8299/8301
BOLIN, Gertie, 1902 - 1939.  8300/8301
BRADLY, Francis W., died Aug 26, 1829, aged 29 yrs. A heart that generous virtue warmed, kind noble and sincere, with manly honor strongly armed, in silence slumbers here.  8324/8325/8326/8327
CLARK, Claude, (No dates). (not found in 2011 survey)
COWAN, Riley, 1878 - 1946. h/o Minnie Vaughn Cowan. 8414 *
COWAN, Minnie Vaughn, 1885 - 1957, daughter of Clabe Vaughn.  8411 *
COWAN, Emmett, Jun 29, 1908 - Dec --, 1937. God called thee Home he thought it best. (s/o Riley Cowan; h/o Maudie E. Vaughn.)  8412 *
COWAN, Maudie E. Vaughn, Apr 21, 1915 - Dec 11, 1957.  In Heaven there is one angel more. (wife of Emmett Cowan; Grandaughter of Clabe Vaughn) 8407 *
DAVIDSON, Nancy, (No dates). (not found in 2011 survey)
DEMPSEY, Annie Bell, b. 1930 - d. 12 Jan 1931, (baby girl of Lee Dempsey & Bessie Brown Dempsey Living 1930 Census Mooresville,Al. (listed as Dupray, Lee, Bessie, Norey her sister; unmarked grave, info per Carolyn Roland Paulger 7 Aug 2013)
DUNKIN, B. F., Oct 31, 1820 - Jul 26, 1823.  8375/8376/8377
DUNKIN, B., Sep 5, 1826 - Sep. 1, 1827.  8373/8374/8377
ELLISON . . ., (6 graves, Lived on Erwin White's place -  (Wheeler Reservoir))  (not found in 2012 survey)
ENGLISH, Carl, (No dates).  (not found in 2012 survey)
ENGLISH, Children (4 graves, no dates or given names). (not found in 2012 survey)
FOGG, Bill, (no dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
FOGG, Francis, (no dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
FOGG, Louisa A. (Robinson), w/o William, died Aug 31, 1906, 36 years.  We will meet again.  8318/8319/8320/8321
FOGG, Tom, (no dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
HAFLEY, James H., Aug 18, 1861-Jul 7, 1895.  (not found in 2012 survey)
HAFLEY, Mary V., d/o J. W. & V. L., Jul 21, 1865 - Aug 8, 1880  8379
HAFLEY, Virginia L., w/o J. W., Mar 15, 1834 - Sep 19, 1867. 8382
HEARN, John L., (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
HEARN, Susan, (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
HURN, William Thatch, Dec 20, 1874 - May 18, 1941. (perhaps this surname could be spelled Hearn.) 8334/8340/8341
HOWARD, Phillip G., Apr 14 1841 - Aug 22, 1889. 8345/8346/8347
HOWARD, Viola O., d/o P.G & M.J., Aug 27, 1886 - Jul 3, 1887  8342/8343/8344
LAW, John, (no dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
MARTIN, John N., May 15, 1824 - Feb 5, 1884. 2nd Lieut Co D 35th Alabama Infantry, Confederate States Army.   8394/8395/8396/8397
MARTIN, . . . . ., Jun 10, 1859 - (death date & given name missing).   (not found in 2012 survey)
MARTIN, Charlie, s/o J. W. & N. B., Jun 8, 1867 - Sep. 6 1867.  8390/8391
MARTIN, Gabbie A., d/o W. G. & M. F., (no dates).  (not found in 2012 survey)
MARTIN, Hattie L., d/o J. W. & N. B., (no dates).  (not found in 2012 survey)
MARTIN, Infant s/o W. G. & M. F., 1 yr, 3 months (no dates).  (not found in 2012 survey)
MARTIN, Louis E., s/o W. G. & M. F., Mar 6, 1854 - Jul 13, 1869.   (Only footstone found - L.E.M.) 8495/8393
MARTIN, Mary F., d/o J. W. & N. B., Dec 10, 1860 - Oct. 10, 1863.  8389/8391
MARTIN, Mary F., w/o W. G., May 14, 1827 - Jun 29, 1881. She walked by faith, lived in hope and practiced charity. Faith has changed into sight, Hope into glad fruition and charity developed into perpetual love8392
MARTIN, Nancy B., w/o J. W., Feb 9, 1835 - Jun. 21, 1881. 46 Yrs. 4 Mos & 12 dys.  8387/8388
McBEE, W. H., Feb 11, 1887 - Jan 6, 1923. Gone but not forgotten.  8309/8310/8312
MEYER, Bobby Joe, 1 yr, 2 Mos & 12 days, died Oct 27, 1935.
MILLS, Alice, (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
MORRIS, Margaret Alice, w/o R.A., Apr 7, 1862 - Feb 17, 1901. Mother. An Angel visited the green earth and took the flowers away.  8330/8329/8328
NELSON, Fredrick B., 1791 - Jun 30, 1849.  8432/8363/8360
NELSON, Winnifred B., aged 32 yrs. w/o Fredrick died May 11, 1831.  8422/8423
NELSON, Lieut. Fredrick B. Jr., 1st Lt Co D 2 Regt Tn Inf., Mexican War, Feb 24, 1821 - Apr 18, 1847. Killed at the battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico in command of the rifle guards of Memphis, Tenn., while leading a charge on the enemy fortifications.  8446/8348/8367/8447/8349/8350/8353
NELSON, Samuel D., Sep 21, 1827 - Jun 24, 1848. 8435/8369/8370/8371/8372/8359
NELSON, Agnes P., w/o Samuel, Sep 30, 1828 - May 7, 1858.  8436/8437/8357/8358
NEWTON, John B. Sr., 1894 - 1934.  One worthy of remembrance. (Lived on Ben Lindsey Place -  (now Wheeler Reservoir))  8313/8314/8322/8323
NEWTON, Doris, 1930 - 1934 . 8316/8322/8323/8315
NICHOLS, Children (2 graves).  (not found in 2012 survey)
OLIVER, Infant of C.A., (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
OLIVER, Infant of C.A., (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
OLIVER, John C., Sep 30, 1841 - Dec 22, 1913. Pvt Co D.,  35th Alabama Infantry, Confederate States Army.  8331
OLIVER, Letty Ann,(No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
OLIVER, Claude A., May 1, 1876 - Jun 14, 1948. Daddy 8337/8339/8338
OLIVER, Lou Tisdale, Mar 10, 1879 - Jun 1, 1951 Mama  8336/8339/8338
OLIVER, Unidentified, (2 graves)  (not found in 2012 survey)
OLIVER, William M., (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
PEEBLES, Martha, (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
PENDERGRAS, Rob, 1887 - 1929.  8305/8306/8307
SEAY, Beauregard, s/o L.P. & A.E., Apr 2, 1863 - Oct 12, 1863. 8398/8399
SEAY, Mary E., d/o L.P. & A.E., Nov 5,1859 - Oct 24, 1863. 8400/8401
SEGER, John C., May 12, 1826 - Sep 13, 1912. 8295
SEGER, John C., May 12, 1826 - Sep 13, 1912. 8298
SELLERS, W.L., 1854 - 1910. 8308
SELLERS, Eliza, w/o W.L., 1865 - 1907. 8308
SHELTON, Ann B., w/o F. R., Apr 3, 1813 - Oct 27, 1856. 8380/8381/8385
SHELTON, Fredrick A., s/o F. R. & A. B., May 3, 1842 - Jul 25, 1844. 8383/8385
SHELTON, Luke A., s/o F. R. & A. B., Mar 25, 1845 - May 11, 1847. 8384/8385
SLEDGE, John Thomas,  01 Nov 1859 - 16 Oct 1932. age 73 years, Widowed, husband of Emaline Sledge, Father's name, John Sledge who was born in Europe, Mothers Name Elizabeth Alexander who was born in Europe, Occupation of John Thomas was a farmer,  lived on 6th Ave W.H. Huntsville Madison County Alabama. Interred in Mooresville. Ref Death Record#cn 25922. (no tombstone record found in Mooresville Cemetery, but might be one of about 2,000 unmarked graves.) Death Certificate
SLEDGE, (3 other graves might be for the Sledge family; not found in 2012 survey, original source record - name misspelled as Sludge.)
TRAUP, Cheney, (no dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
VAUGHN, Ada, (born 1887 - d. 2 Feb 1922).  (dau. of Clabe Vaughn; Why is she buried under maiden name Vaughn She was married 1. ------ Lindsey 2. Henry Dempsey) *
VAUGHN, B. C., (No dates).  (not found in 2012 survey)
VAUGHN, Clabe (Claiborne) 1850, Hardin Tn. - d. 24 Jan. 1923 (unmarked grave, info per Carolyn Roland Paulger 7 Aug 2013) *
VAUGHN, Jesse (Lee), 1906 - 1937. 8408
VAUGHN, Will, ??? 18, 1900 - Dec 14, 1939. (dates not clear). 8403/8404/8405/8406
WHITWORTH, Sylvia A., Jun 9, 1940 - Apr 24, 1941. 8335
WOODRUFF, Ed, (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
WOODRUFF, Maria, (No dates)  (not found in 2012 survey)
WORNUM, Mrs. Lucinda, Jan 1, 1827 - Dec 30, 1891. 8304

Unidentified graves:
4 graves - persons lived on Sugg's place.
2 graves - persons lived on Pitt's place.

* 1910 Census the above were living together District 12 Lincoln County Tn. RULE Cowan was head of household.
I will work on identifying the other Vaughns. B. C. might be Clabes son Berry that lived in Richland. People were moving to Bell Mina/Mooresville in late 1920 thorough 1930, for employment,  Wheeler Dam was being built and there was work on the Wheeler (lake) reservoir.  per Carolyn Roland Paulger, cartwag@att.net, 7 Aug 2013.

Grave Sinks are numerous & abound all about the 4+ acre site. This was once a substantial landing site. Pioneer settlers floated down the Tennessee River in the early 1800s to settle here. Mooresville Alabama is considered the oldest town in Alabama history. Early in history this was a territory of Mississippi.  In those days folks passed away and  there was no formal headstones set over their graves. This informality of burial without markers, though lessened continued, and is occasionally present today.

Unknown grave surrounded by a recent metal fence with the head of the grave marked by a cross: 8416
Unknown old brick possibly marking or covering a grave. 8332/8333
Unknown grave marked by crushed homemade marker: 8421
Unknown soul very old head and footstone marking grave - probably as early as 1820s - only the footstone remains complete but does not have inscription:8490/8491/8492
Unknown soul, base but no inscribed top. 8378
Unknown soul, a wooden cross installed over an unmarked grave. 8402
Unmarked graves- Multiple grave sinks in a row hard to see from a photo:8294/8296/8297
As many as 75 sunken graves with no marker present all around the cemetery- photo does not pick up on them: 8294

Vandals (or just dumb treasure hunters) have gotten into the Nelson Box tombs and destroyed them, by dismantling the tombs and breaking the slab tops, sides & ends into small pieces. Of course they found nothing, but spiders, wasps and an occasional snake. They also dug into the graves. A deep hole was found in front of the Military Monument of Fredrick B. Nelson Jr. and the soil was piled up high on top of part of the top of his broken tomb. Among the ruins I found the scavenger's old flashlight while raking up the leaves indicating this crime was committed during the night. The flashlight was about a 1960s model.
Perhaps these broken tombstone parts could be reassembled and glued back together, assuming all the parts are still there, but I was unable to find all the parts.  8354/8364

Note: All five of the Nelson Box tombs were inscribed by J. White of Memphis Tennessee, probably using stone cut from the Missouri quarries & floated downstream where the quarried stone was then finished and inscribed there in Memphis. This stone is field Spur ( I think) and much softer than the granite used today. 8483C

Pages 304 - 306 Limestone County Cemeteries. LOCATION: SW quarter of NW quarter, Sect. 8, T5S, R3W on Wheeler Refuge behind the community of Mooresville. This is an extremely large cemetery with graves scattered over the entire area. Almost none are marked.  What stones remain are difficult to find. Portions of the information on this cemetery came from the TVA burial removal records that was donated by Mr. James Douthat of Mountain Press who also allowed us to use the information from his book "Wheeler Reservoir Cemeteries". A 1915 TVA survey map showed this cemetery contained about 2,500 graves. presented Mar. 12, 1989 by Linda & Wayne Smith of Tombstone Records of Limestone County Alabama.

This presentation was published by C. Wayne Austin after discussions with Michele Jackson who has an ancestral interest in this cemetery. The work also resulted from a couple of visits early in the 2012 year and included efforts to dig up and reassemble the tops of the Nelson Box tombs.  Other probing efforts were made to locate the lost tombstones over this large and largely lost graveyard but only a couple of those turned up from that and those are included above. Photographs were made of all stones before the incomplete or partial restoration of the Nelson area but the reassembled photos are also included above.