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MATLOCK CEMETERY, Grimwood Road, MADISON COUNTY ALABAMA
Mapping the Location
 


Area Views of the cemetery premises: 3398/3407/3408/3410/3411/The old Home: 3412/3413/3414


CAMPBELL, Elizabeth J., 11 Oct 1875 - 21 Oct 1946. Mama.  Having finished lifes duty she now sweetly rest. 3399/Mama:3400
FARRELL, Mary Ann Kersey, 7 Oct 1827 29 Dec 1893.  (Gravestone not found)
FARRELL, Sgt Richard William, 1 Jan 1820 - 6 Apr 1899.  (Gravestone not found)
MATLOCK, Edward Dyer, 14 Feb 1865 - 31 Mar 1942. 3405
MATLOCK, Franky, 1879 - 1881, A little time on earth she spent till God for her his angel sent. 3402/3401
MATLOCK, Lena Augusta, 17 Apr 1878 - 26 Apr 1957.  Meet me in the morning. 3406
MATLOCK, Mary C., 1838  - 1908. 3403
MATLOCK, William Dyer 1840 - 1910. PVT Co D, 1st Tenn Inf. Confederate States Army. 3403/Military:3404

Pets in this cemetery:
In the NE corner of this family plot are three small grave stones marked as follow. These are all dogs I think:
Puss Irvine, 1952, A faithful dog
3409
Queenie, 1956. 3409 
Max, Jan 8 1996 - Dec 11, 2007. 3409

Obviously I don't have a say in a private family cemetery as long as the Matlock are making the decision, but I don't recommend burial of pets in a cemetery because of the confusion it may cause later when this graveyard may become abandoned and torn up from livestock and or trees smashing down on the stones. Fragments of stones will then co-mingle causing such a mass of confusion that who knows what the information will falsely depict. A better option is to get together with other pet lovers and establish a pet cemetery somewhere. Small cemeteries will either take one or two routes. They become a neighborhood cemetery and continue to grow and are maintained or they become abandoned after the last of the family dies out.  If luck ensues the cemetery will fall into the hands of a landowner who respects it as a cemetery and continues to maintain it. If not it will be abandoned and become a thorn in the side of a land owner who is naturally unkempt anyway. To him a cemetery on his property is largely just an annoyance getting in the way of his productive gainful use of land. It is that scenario that problems begin to unfold in the decline and destruction of a small family cemetery. The longer that a cemetery goes after the last burial the more likely it will become abandoned.

Listings & Links developed by C Wayne Austin using photos dated 10 Jul 2012. Added here with appropriate commentary & editing 19 May 2014. This cemetery was listed in the book Madison County Cemeteries Vol 1 page 41 by Dorothy Scott Johnson.