We appreciate the work and dedication of Spencer & Betty Waters. They recorded so many abandoned cemeteries in Lawrence County. Without their work many of these cemeteries would not be on findagrave today.
Spencer Waters surveyed this cemetery in the 1960's at that time he recorded only one stone which was the tombstone of Caldonia Landers. He states "This appears to be a small family cemetery on the Old Moulton - Florence road, some 3 or 4 hundred yards southeast of Iron Bridge. A couple more graves can be distinguished here by the sandstone markers although no inscriptions are readable on them."
I also talked with Don Landers a grandson of Caldonia. Don said that he could remember there being about 3 more graves which only had rocks used as markers. He did not know who might be buried in these graves.
We have no idea how large this cemetery might have been or who might have been buried there. Mr. Waters gave this cemetery the name Landers Cemetery, due to Caldonia's tombstone. Throughout the years several people visiting the Lawrence County Archives were in search of the Old Rutherford Cemetery. We know the Rutherford family owned the land where this cemetery is located and Caldonia's maiden name was Rutherford. Therefore we have chosen to use the name Old Rutherford for this cemetery.
GPS Coordinates: 34.53735, -87.38012
- Added: 26 Jun 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2454901
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