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Mapping the Location

Area views inside the Cemetery thicket: 8212/8213/8214/8228/8229/8230/8231

PHILLIPS, Mary J., 15 Apr 1830 - 21 May 1891 (stone not found in this survey - 19 Mar 2013)
WALKER, Stephen, (b. Cir 1783) - died 1858, age: 75 yrs. Gone but not forgotten. 8227/8226
WALKER, Elizabeth S., wife of Stephen Walker, Age 78, no dates. Tho lost to sight, to memory dear. 8225
WALKER, Jullia, wife of S.T. Walker, 2 Jun 1838 - 19 Jun 1888. A loving wife, a mother dear lies buried here. 8220/8216/8221
WALKER, Stephen T., 1831 - 1924. (Granite marker.) 8222/8215
WALKER, Clarissa, wife of S.T. Walker, 9 Aug 1834 - 11 Feb 1905. 8217/8218/8219/8221
WALKER, Sidney, son of S.T. & Jullia Walker, born 5 Oct ----, died 1 Dec 18--. Sleep on sweet babe and take thy rest God called thee home, He thought it best. (Nothing else readable. A big part of the stone broken off.) 8224/8223

This cemetery is infested with Privy Hedge and contains about 6 gravestones lined up in one row. Any other analysis is difficult because of the dense brush. You will likely have to cut your way into this cemetery so be armed with Lopping Shears, the kind that will cut limbs and shrub up to 1 1/2 inches thick. I cut enough Privy hedge to get the photos. This cemetery needs to be cleared, but where is family or someone that cares??

As I approached the cemetery something scampered out of the thicket and back toward the road. I looked up to see an animal which I believe could have been a cross between a dog and a coyote. It bolted out of the thicket and was scrambling so fast to get away that I could not get a good look, but it had the size, thick body & long hair of a Shepherd dog, and the coloring of a red Labrador Retriever, but the facial features & head of a Coyote or Wolf. Now that was a scary encounter as the animal scrambled so hard to get away I could literally see its muscles rippling and hear the hard thumping on the ground. It ran in a crouched position much like a stalking cat does. It bolted out of the thicket & down the field to the bank of the road, into to the hedge row and out again to cross the road. All that to get away from me. It disappeared into the forest across the road. I had never seen an animal like that, but have long been suspicious that dogs were possibly inter-breeding with coyotes producing a strange looking wild dog that acted something between a wolf and a coyote. I know that it was wild & not a domestic because I have never seen a dog hide and run that way to get away. They call those Dingoes in Australia. Wonder what they will call them here? Truth of the matter every time a Coyote crosses with a dog there is a new breed which lives or dies, and when the cross gets the traits of a dog it quickly succumbs for lack of ability to hunt. If it inherits the survival traits of the Coyote, no matter what it looks like, it acquires very cunning traits that allows it to survive and interbreed again in adulthood.

This presentation is based on the photography of C. Wayne Austin 19 Mar 2013. Typing and some organization by Mary Bob McClain Richardson of Birmingham Al. This material was presented on page 335 Lincoln Co Cemeteries (book.) by Tim & Helen Marsh, abt 1987. Added here 14 Aug 2013.