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This cemetery has been known by several names over the years, i.e.: Mead Cemetery; Burney Cemetery; & Gibbs Cemetery. It is located on private property and is difficult to find unless you have a guide to it.
Directions: From Huntsville take Highway 23 South for 4 miles; turn left on Highway 74 and go for 2 1/4 miles. Turn left on County Road #2185 and go 1 1/4 miles; Turn left on County Road #2187 for 1 1/4 miles; then turn left on County Road #2410 and go 1 1/4 miles. Turn right on County Road #2400 and go about 2 1/2 to 3 miles. You will be at a farm with address of 2622 Madison 2400. You will need permission of the landowner to continue.
To reach the cemetery you must travel through a pasture; ford Reeds Creek; travel on through a cattle corral; cross another small stream; and go up a steep hill in a pasture. The cemetery is located in a grove of trees and has no fence around it, in the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Section 5, Township 16 North, Range 25 West. On April 3, 2006, I visited the cemetery, stood among the broken tombstones & took the GPS coordinates of N36.07020 W -093.64201.
Henry Wall owned this property for over 50 years and he said when he first moved here that he counted 28 fieldstone graves at this location. Because there is no fence and cattle have stood in it, the stones have been knocked down and covered up by dirt.
Joy Russell, Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society