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Joseph T. Richardson (#47312643)
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Bio Photo I grew up among the weeds and gravestones at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery south of Danville in Morgan County, Alabama, where four generations of my family lay buried. I never missed a Decoration Sunday, and hearing my loved ones talk of those who had gone before, it always felt as if they were still with us through those memories.

The genealogy bug bit me at the very young age of sixteen, and it burrowed deep into my soul and grew into a passion for history and the South. I'm now a graduate student in Southern history at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

I surveyed Friendship Cemetery in 2009 and photographed all of the graves. The initial work of uploading it all is done, but I am gradually researching the families and filling out their records. The listing on FindAGrave should be a complete enumeration of marked graves. I will strive to keep it updated.

I've focused a lot of my genealogy work on the family of Zachariah Dutton, but I also feel a connection to the many other families whose roots are at Friendship and in that area, or whose paths have crossed that of the Dutton family. Some names, by no means inclusive: Penn, Day, McDonald, Gibson, Hogan, Simpson, and Kitchens.

I have many other roots among the early settlers of Alabama, including the surnames, in North Alabama: Alldredge, McCulley, Keel, and Frazier; and in South Alabama: Richardson, Cook, Bowdoin, and Green. In South Carolina, my lines extend back into the Douglass and Hodges families.
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Luteen Carroll
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Her birth and her dads date of death are to far apart. Luteen Carroll
Added by Luteen Carroll on Nov 04, 2015 11:19 AM
Sandi Smith
I really am sorry for offending you. I honestly didn't mean it that way and I think the effort you've put forth with chronicling the cemetery is admirable. I was only thinking of it as house cleaning, so to speak. Kinda like "why do I have two coffee pots when I only need one?" :-)

How about we just leave them as is until such time as more space is needed? If I do manage to cobble together enough pictures that I need the extra space, I'll let you know. Again, I had no intention of offending you or insulting your work.
Added by Sandi Smith on Oct 14, 2015 8:53 PM
Sandi Smith
RE: Redundant photos
I didn't mean to upset you with regards to the photos. I just see no reason to have two of the same shot.

I will argue that not all of the ones you posted are newer or better. You uploaded yours only a month after I posted mine and in most cases they are nearly identical in both quality and context.

I did delete three of mine this morning because the photos you posted were clearer or gave an unobstructed view (such as one of mine where the wedding date was blocked by flowers).

And while I do understand wanting to photograph the whole cemetery yourself, when someone else has already done photos of some of the headstones it just seems silly and/or rude to say that your work is better or more relevant. We're all volunteers here who need to work together. No one person owns a cemetery.
Added by Sandi Smith on Oct 14, 2015 2:18 PM
Sandi Smith
Friendship Cemetery (Danville, AL)
Could you please remove the redundant photos from the Friendship Baptist Church memorials? There are some you added photos to that already had headstone pictures. Not trying to be nitpicky, just want to leave the extra slots open for other relevant photos. Thanks!
Added by Sandi Smith on Oct 13, 2015 6:09 PM
Lisa Hale
McDonalds in genealogy research
Hi again. Sorry! I just noticed the McDonald surname in your bio.
I descend from John McDonald of Jefferson County, Georgia, from ca 1798 to ca 1840. John's wife was at least part Cherokee (proven by mtDNA), and shares a common female ancestress with Ghegooie of the Bird Clan, ancestress of Principal Chief John Ross. This John McDonald (of Perthshire, Scotland) is not to be confused with John McDonald (of Inverness, Scotland) husband of Anna Shorey (daughter of Ghegooie of the Bird Clan). Anyway, I'm told my John McDonald's wife's name was "Mary" - I have no documentation to prove this though. The family has connections to Joseph and Samuel Barber of Jefferson County, Georgia. John and Mary McDonald had issue:
Jane H McDonald married Shepherd Green.
Rachel McDonald married Robert Littleton Albritton (my line).
Mary Anney McDonald married Thomas Green Jr
John II McDonald
Lovey Emmaline McDonald
James Madison McDonald
John Allen McDonald
Randall McDonald
Adline McDonald
Sarah McDonald.

Some of these children moved into Sumter Co GA, then in to Madison County, Florida.

Rachel & Robert Albritton moved to Burke Co, GA, then to Lee County, GA. Their daughter, Mary Ann Albritton married William James, and moved to Barbour County, Alabama, where quite a few of the Chickamauga Cherokee moved. I haven't been able to track them in Cherokee records as yet - don't know if they are in under Cherokee names, and I don't know them, or if Chickamauga, and running from federals. After Barbour County ALA, Mary Ann and William James moved to Rapides Parish Louisiana, where Mary Ann died. William James and family then moved to Texas, finally settling in Cass County, Texas.

I'd appreciate any info you run across concerning this family. Wado, Lisa.
Added by Lisa Hale on Sep 18, 2015 11:14 AM
Lisa Hale
William Dutton (1821-1883)

Hi, William Dutton was married to Mary Hogan, a daughter of James Hogan (1793-ca 1836 died Lawrence County, Alabama). Mary may have died before 1838 when her father's estate was probated in Lawrence. She isn't listed in the heirs, but William Dutton is listed. It's possible that she is buried in the same cemetery in an unmarked grave, or she may be buried elsewhere - I don't know. Anyway, Mary Hogan was a sister to my Elizabeth Hogan who married Jonathan Basham, and lived at Basham's Gap, Morgan County, Alabama. Jonathan and Elizabeth married probably in Cherokee Nation, TN, Sequatchie Valley (area later became Bledsoe County, TN), as Jonathan is listed in 1809 on a petition there. They removed back to Morgan County, Alabama shortly after the petition date.
The Hogans are thought to be part Cherokee. James Hogan's wife/wives are a mess to be straightened out. Still working on that. Thanks! Lisa (
Added by Lisa Hale on Sep 18, 2015 10:56 AM
Bill Wallace
Nettie F Lovelady Martin
Find A Grave # 48076981: according to her head stone she is the daughter of Amos V & Martha W Lovelady

Amos Find A Grave# 28354278
Martha Find A Grave# 28354250
Added by Bill Wallace on Feb 11, 2015 10:28 PM
Pine Grove Cemtery in Lafayette Co MS
You posted a couple of pictures from this cemetery. I am needing directions. The Westmoreland photos you posted are my grandparents
many times back. Also do you know anything about the Martha N Lambert that is listed? Thanks!

Added by Marka on Jan 22, 2015 6:21 PM
kelly browne
Thank you
Thanks for the photos of the Hunters, with the broken headstones. I really appreciate your making a "whole" photo of them.
Added by kelly browne on Jan 01, 2014 4:23 PM
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