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Lackey Stephens (#47598396)
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Fifty years ago, 1968, an article by Sarah White was published in the Tuscaloosa News concerning the deplorable condition of the Old Northport (Robertson) Cemetery. In the latter part of the 1970's and effort was made to restore the cemetery which was then known as the Robertson-Stone Cemetery. Due to some complications and controversy the project was abandoned as well as the cemetery. The property has lain dormant since then and continued to be consumed by the ravages of nature creating a dense overgrowth of vines, bushes, debris, and trees. Seemingly, the local residents of Tuscaloosa County know little of the history of the pioneers buried there or the contribution they made to the Northport area during its infancy.
In 2008, W. Lackey Stephens, Chairman of the Shirley Place Foundation and Charles (Chuck) Gerdau, President of the Friends of Historic Northport started a movement to preserve this historic landmark for the community. Working with the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Commission, Stephens was able to get the old cemetery placed on the Alabama Historical Cemetery Register. This is the third cemetery in Tuscaloosa County to be so honored. Alabama gained its statehood in December of 1819 and the first recorded burial in the cemetery was Catherine (Murchison) Findley in 1821.
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Stephanie Booth
Old Memphis Cemetery
Thank you for the photos and all of the compiled information you shared about the Old Memphis Cemetery. Please also thank those who have cleaned up the area so that the cemetery will be preserved. I was looking for some Wilson cousins of mine, and found them here on Find A Grave, thanks to you. Parthenia Wilson, W P Wilson, Mattie Wilson Cole, Margaret Isabella Wilson Foster, R Oscar Cole.
Added by Stephanie Booth on Oct 02, 2016 5:34 PM
Medlins in Northport Cemetery
Thanks so much for trying to take headstone photos of this family and describing their location. Thank you for the information and work as a volunteer for Find A Grave members.
My best,
Added by Alice on Nov 19, 2014 3:44 PM
Familly Pictures

Thanks for the message. It's always nice to be appreciated. I wish I could have gotten them all but my phone died while I was visiting.
I was browsing some other memorials when I came across a picture you added of Ebenezer Stephens that I hadn't noticed before. It's the younger one of him and he appears to be standing beside a seated figure. Do you have the full picture? If so, I would love to see it.
Thanks for all the picture you've added too. It's always amazing to be able to actually see a person your researching.

Added by Angie on Jul 17, 2014 5:28 PM
RE: Photo-Tom Fewell
Sorry, I missed that you replied. I saw the pictures in a tree on Thanks for the info.
Added by Angie on Mar 31, 2014 3:36 PM
Hi Lackey,
We hope this message finds you well and that the progress with the cemetery is going well.
Thank you again for the amazing tour of the cemetery. It was a special highlight in our
week long visit to Alabama. We often talk about
the fate that intervened and how fortunate we were to cross paths with you that day in 2009.
Best wishes,
CA cousins Nancy and Brenda
Added by Bagwell on Mar 01, 2014 9:59 PM
Henry E Stephens
I don't have his memorial.
Added by Karen on Feb 20, 2014 10:21 AM
Patricia Adams Guillory
Northport Cemetery
Hi Lackey, I found an obituary for a Robert Day whom died in St. Louis Missouri. His obituary was in the Tuscaloosa News Mar 16 1950 and states he was buried in Northport Cemetery in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Have you found a Robert Day in the cemetery ?

Added by Patricia Adams Guillory on Jan 20, 2014 10:20 AM
Pictures of Thomas Richard Fewell

I have a quick question. How do you know pictures you have on Thomas Richard Fewell are of him? I saw the same pictures used for Jesse Stephens (Wife Adah's great-grandfather). Thanks for clearing this up for me.
Added by Angie on Oct 09, 2013 11:40 AM
Joseph T. Richardson
Mary Simpson
Hi. Thanks for the photo from Northport Cemetery. Is it known that this box-tomb is her grave, or is that just a guess? Is there any inscription or local tradition?
Added by Joseph T. Richardson on Oct 10, 2012 3:36 PM
Delaine Shirley-Noyer
Shirley Family in the Old North Port Cemetery
My mother visited and took photos of the headstones our Shirley relatives buried in the Old Northport Cemetery in 1985. Wow, someone did a FANTASTIC job cleaning up the three headstones-I can't even read what's in the photos on mine. Thanks a bunch if it was you or pass along my appreciation to whomever is responsible for a job well done.
Added by Delaine Shirley-Noyer on Jun 04, 2012 8:00 PM
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