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LIBERTY HILL CEMETERY, (Liberty Hill Road just east of Pulaski Pike), MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA

Mapping the location

Census reporting for three of the families  here - 1850

TEXT COLOR: Graves located on the east side of Liberty Hill Road.
TEXT COLOR: Graves located on the west side of Liberty Hill Road.

Overviews of the Cemetery on the east side (Darwin) of Liberty Hill Road: 3733/3734/3735/3758/3759/3760/3761
Overviews of the Cemetery on the west side of Liberty Hill Road:
4919/4945/4946/4947/4948/4949/4950/4951/4961/4962/4963/3765/3766/3767/3768/3769/3770

ALEXANDER JAMES E.
- Born Feb. 12, 1798 - died November 15, 1868. 4911/4912
ALEXANDER, - - - - - - -,  - - - - - Daughter of  - - - - - - - & Duanna Alexander born in Northumberland Cty Va. Oct 28, 1806. died Madison Cty Ala. Feb 24, 1852. 4888
BROOKS, MAY WALSH - January 3, 1896 - April 15, 1934. Mother. stone further back into cemetery 4959/4960
CRINER, LUCY JAMES - In memory of Mrs. Lucy James Criner, wife of Isaac Mc. Criner, born August 18, 1839 - died Oct. 22, 1861. Sleep soft in dust, wait the Almighty's will then rise unchanged and be an angel still. 4871/4872
CRINER, ISAAC Mc. - In memory of Isaac Mc. Criner, born Nov. 25, 1827 - died Sept. 22, 1863. The Christians hope no fear can blight, no pain his peace destroy. He views beyond the realms of light of pure and boundless joy. (Note: This is the son of Isaac Cringer, Madison County's first permanent white settler. Isaac McClure Criner was with the Fourth Alabama Infantry of the Confederate Army when he was shot from ambush and killed. He married Lucy J. Strong Mar 3, 1858.) 4868C/4868/4869/4872/verify year dates: 4870
DARWIN, WILLIAM WASHINGTON - Born Aug 12, 1769 York Co SC, Died 1852 Madison Co. AL. 3743
DARWIN, GEORGE W. - Erected by Susan Darwin in memory of her husband, George Darwin, born October 8, 1799, died June 30, 1865. Farewell, we yield thee to the tomb with many a bitter tear. Though twas not meant a soul like you should longer tarry here, fond clustering hopes have sunk with thee, that earth cannot restore, Love casts a garland on the grave that may not blossom more. 2nd headstone: 3745/3rd headstone:3746/original headstone: 3747C/3747
DARWIN, ROBERT COWAN - Born 1820, Died Feb 1840 Madison Co AL. 3744
DARWIN, SUSANNAH TRUE, - Born 1817 - Died unknown. Wife of George W. Darwin. 3741
DARWIN, MELISSA - Wife of J. P. Darwin.  born Dec 31, 1847 - died Dec 29, 1879. (stone broken - top part with names: 4918/The bottom part of Melissa's monument with dates: 4927/4928
DARWIN, JANE ADAMS - Born 1774 - York Co SC, Died Rhea Co. TN,  Wife of William W. Darwin 3742
DARWIN, EVELYN C. - March 15, 1917 - October 19, 1973.
   3762C/3726/3762/3763/3764/3727
DARWIN, JEFF D.
 -   December 31, 1913 - June 3, 1999.  3762C/3726/3762/3763/3764/3727
DOUGLASS, KEZIAH - Keziah Douglass, born Feb. 9, 1789, died May 30, 1858. In tender remembrance of her many virtues and of the sweet relationship now broken Is this stone erected by her children. In knowing that our loved ones are in our Father's care and the loving memories . . .  can never be apart. 3755/3756/3757
GRANT, WILLIAM
- Died June 16, 1896 aged 77 years. 4885/4886/putting the puzzle together: 4880/putting the puzzle together:4881/putting the puzzle together:4884
HEREFORD, W. F. (William Francis) - Born Jan. 25, 1822 - died June 29, 1904. 4955/4956
HEREFORD, LUCINDIA W. - Born April 17, 1838 - died March 5, 1891. Dearest loved one we have laid thee in the peaceful grave's embrace but thy memory will be cherished till we see thy heavenly face. (Note: The stone is engraved by: "D.M.Kitchens & Bro., Winchester, Tenn." who supplied the stone; Lucindia W. Strong was the third wife of William Francis Hereford.
HEREFORD, MARY B. - In memory of Mary B. Hereford, born Nov. 16, 1824, died Feb. 19, 1866. (Note: Mary Rice Flippin was the second wife of Wm. Francis Hereford.) 4937C/4937/4936/4938
HEREFORD, LUCY A. S. - In memory of Lucy A. S. Hereford, daughter of Martha T. & W. F. Hereford, born January 12, 1850 - died Aug. 9, 1854.
HEREFORD, MARTHA T. - In memory of Martha T., Wife of William Hereford, daughter of Robert and Lucy Strong. Born Dec. 25, 1828 - died June 23, 1853. (Martha T. referred to here was Martha Tabb Strong, first wife of Wm. Francis Hereford.)  4954/4953/two? footstones initials M.T.H. - next to the Criner's - short stone: 4873/tall stone:4874/4957 (Was there two Martha Hereford's?)
JOHNSON, MARY B. (BROOKS) - Aug. 29, 1879 - Feb. 12, 1956. Our loved one. 4943/4945
JOHNSON, HENRY J. - March 27, 1859 - April 3, 1928. Our loved one. 4944/4945
JOHNSON, LUCY JAMES - August 12, 1911 - June 10, 1913. A little flower of love that blossomed but to die transplanted now above to bloom with God on high. 4952
JOHNSON, S. J., "Uncle Jack.", Uncle Jack, April 11, 1862 - Feb. 14, 1942. Our loved one. 4942/4945
JOHNSON, MARY A. - Born in Lagrange, Fayette Co. , Tenn. , July 19th, 1830, died Sept. 5th, 1905. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
JOHNSON, W. T. - Born May 1, 1824 - died Dec. 13, 1892. He took thee from a world of care, an everlasting bless to share. (Only the epitaph remains.) 4879/footstone _ -. T. J. remains: 4905
JOHNSON, GEORGE H. - In memory of George H. Johnson, son of W. S. and Mary A. Johnson, born April 4, 1857 - died July 24, 1858.
JOHNSON, ROBERT E. - In memory of Robert E., son of William and Mary Johnson, born July 25, 1851 - died October 15, 1852. 4922C/4922/4923
LAWHON, LEWIS N. - Born Sept. 2, 1839 - died Aug. 3, 1901. A loved one sleepeth here. 4958
LAWHON, ENEMA MAY - Born Feb. 20, 1898 - died Jan. 28, 1900. Budded on earth to bloom in Heaven.
LAWHON, MILTON & MILDRED - Born May 23, 1901. Milton died June 25, 1901; Mildred died June 23, 1901. Safe in the arms of Jesus. 4961C/4961
LEWIS, JANE - In memory of Jane, wife of Bracy Lewis, daughter of Benjamin and Nancy East. Born in Goochland Cty., Va. , Oct. 7, 1793, died March 14, 1853. 4882/4883/4883C/dated section lying elsewhere:4897
MITCHEL, CHARLEY M. - Charley M., son of A. & W. Mitchel. Born Sept. 8, 1875 - died May 1, 1878. Budded on earth to bloom in Heaven. 3731C/3731/3732
MITCHELL, ALEX. - Died June 7, 1910, aged 62 years. Sleep in Jesus. (Alexander Mitchell married Willie Strong 11-26-1874.) 3728/3730
MITCHELL, WILLIE E. - Willie E. , wife of Alex Mitchell. 1856 - 1937. Asleep in Jesus. 3729/3730
PHILLIPS, LUCY D.
- 1845 - 1874. 3740
PULLEY, TOMMIE B. - In memory of Tommie B., son of R. L. and Georgia Pulley, born October 31, 1857 - died August 11, 1858. 4925/4926
ROUTT, ANDREW J. - In memory of Andrew J. Routt, son of William and Susan Routt, was born in Madison Ct. , Ala., Sept. 27th, 1828 - died Dec. 15, 1857. 4931/4932
ROUTT, ANDREW J. - Born Sept. 8, 1855 - died April 12, 1927. 4934/4935
ROUTT, SARAH J.
- Born Sept. 18, 1833 -died Feb. 1, 1915 Age 81 years, 4 mo., and 13 days. Asleep in Jesus. (Sister of Martha Strong; Andrew J. Routt married Sarah Strong 10-31-1849. 4933/4935
ROUTT, infant - In memory of an infant son of A. J. & S. J. Routh born and died Sept. 16, 1854. 4916/4917
SCOTT, LENA E. - Daughter of John P. L & G. A. Scott. Born December 28, 1871, died April 4, 1886. Erected by her uncle Ben P. Scott. Note: John Scott Georgianna Routt 11-8-1870.
SCOTT, S. M. - Born Dec. 4, 1826 - died Dec. 9, 1865.  4903/4904/footstone -.M.S. remains: 4906
SCOTT, ELIZABETH E. - Wife of S. M. Scott. Born Feb. 17, 1832 - died Nov. 29, 1878. Note: The above double marker was also inscribed on back of the monument as follows:  "Erected by their sons N. T. , J. P. , D. R. , C. T. , W. M., B. P. and P. N. Scott. " 4903/4904/backside of monument:4913/4914
STEELE, WILLIAM THOMAS - Born April 2, 1867 - died July 14, 1885.  only footstone found initials W.T.S.: 4900
STEELE, JOSEPH W. - Born Jan. 2, 1866 - died June 1, 1866.  missing death date. 4907/4908
STEELE, ANGELINE C. - in memory of Angeline C., wife of J. C. Steele, daughter of Andrew & Elizabeth McWilliams. Born Jan. 6, 1820 - died March 8, 1854. (Angeline C. McWilliams was the first wife of Joseph Chambers Steele). 4901/4902/footstone A.C.S: 4896/4895/backside: 4915
STEELE WILLIAM C. - Born Feb. 7, 1849 - died April 15, 1853. only a fragment was found. 4909/footstone initials W.C.S. remains next to grave: 4894
STEELE MARY C. - Born June 25, 1851 - died May 4, 1853.
STEELE, MARTHA S. - Martha S., wife of Joseph C. Steele. Born Nov. 10, 1828, died April 1, 1858. (She was second wife of Joseph Chambers Steele). 4898/4899
STEPHENSON, WILLIAM A. - 1856 - 1894. 3736/3735/3739
STEPHENSON, MARY
- 1880 - 1888. 3737/3735/3739
STEPHENSON, JEFF - 1833 - 1886.  3738/3739
STRONG, ROBERT - In memory of Robert Strong, consort of Lucy J. Strong. Born Goochland, Virginia, November the 20th, 1802, and died May 22, 1856. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord that they rest from their labours and their works do follow them. 4877C/4877/4875/4876
STRONG, LUCY J. - In memory of Lucy J. Strong, wife of Robert Strong, born in Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, May 20, 1811 - died January 9th, 1862. God has called for her to go and leave this world of sin and woe. She has obeyed and gone to rest and sleeps upon her "saivour's brest.  (Spelling copied exact; Robert Strong married Lucy Douglass Jan. 15, 1828)
STRONG, ROBERT DONNEL - Son of Robert & Lucy J. Strong. Born July 26, 1847, died November 6, 1863. (Given name broken off.)  4878
STRONG, MARGARET - In memory of Margaret, daughter of Robert & Lucy Strong, born July 26, 1849 - died June 21, 1852. 4920/4921/4923
STRONG, SUSAN - In memory of Susan, daughter of Robert and Lucy Strong, born October 8, 1845 - died July 6, 1853. 4890/4891/4892
TERRY, JOSEPHINE E. - Daughter of George L. & Mary B. Terry. Born Nov. 30, 1856 - died Nov. 28, 1858 aged 1 year, 11 mo. & 28 days. 3753C/3753/3754
TERRY, GEORGE D. - Son of George L. Mary B. Terry. Born Dec. 2, 1854, died Dec. 11, 1858 aged 4 years and 9 days. 3752C/3752
TERRY, JAMES - Son of L. T. & M. B. Terry was Born August 13th, 1863 - died July 11th, 1864. 3748C/3748/3749/3750/3751
WHITE, FLEMING BATES - Born in 1802 - died June 26, 1882. (stone sunk into the ground.) 4887C/4887

Other findings - incomplete monuments - unmarked graves:
Part of a small box tomb with only a given name faintly inscribed as: "Lucy",  but nothing else except "In memory of".
4889
base of round monument remains - no top found: 4910
Unknown piece of a monument out by itself:
4893
Unknown monument - top of stone missing - next to Robert Johnson child:
4924
Unknown monument - top of stone missing: . . . .But thy memory . . . .:  4939/possibly the top lies crumbled here next to this stone: 4940/4941/4942/4943/4944/4945/4946/4947/4948/4949/4950
Unknown monument - top of stone missing - epitaph remains: Blessed are the dead which die din the lord: 4941
Footstone and other stone unknown beside Andrew Routt. 4930
Open area - other side of Melissa Darwin:
4929

The west section of the Liberty Hill Cemetery is in bad shape with several monuments missing the top and thus the inscription. In other cases tops or parts of tops were found but could not easily be connected to the broken bases. Needs further work and some of the puzzle parts can be reassembled. From Dorothy Johnson's record of this cemetery we are missing monuments for Lucinda W. Hereford, Lucy A.S. Hereford, Mary A. Johnson, George H. Johnson, Enema May Johnson, Lena E. Scott, Mary C. Steel, Lucy J. Strong, but we found a couple more stones than she did that someone probably dug from the ground since her visit.

I did some restoration work by digging out the stones that were sinking into the grounds and including this survey know some more parts that can be reassembled. Also it is clear the lawnmowers are a factor in damaging the cemetery by running constantly over the partially buried stones here. More needs to be done to get the stones out of the way of the mowers before the workers crush them and also get the stones above the ground so they dry more quickly after rains.

Listings & Links developed by C. Wayne Austin using photos dated 24 Sep 2012 & 5 Oct 2012. Added here 8 Oct 2012. This cemetery was shown in the book Madison County Cemeteries Vol 1 page 129-132 by Dorothy Johnson.