*** This Mt. Herman Cemetery is NOT the cemetery that is located next to the Mt. Herman Church. There is another Find-a-Grave page for that cemetery.***
This Mount Herman (or Mt. Herman) Cemetery is located on County Road 19 (Millville Road or Country Club Road) north of York in Sumter County, AL.
It is NOT affiliated with the current Mt. Herman church that sits closer to York on the opposite side of the road.
NEITHER is this Mt. Herman Cemetery a part of the Smith's Chapel Cemetery which sits immediately in front of it. As you pass the Smith's Chapel Cem. sign going north, on your right you will see a closed & gated road which is the entrance to this Mt. Herman Cemetery.
These are the burial grounds for what was once the Mt. Herman Baptist Church, located on this same hill. (Sec 12 T 18 R 4 W). Built in the 1830's as a log church (with slave labor), the church building was 100 feet long with unpieced heart pine beams running the length of the church. The boards were 8 inches to 2 feet wide, and the building was 55 feet wide. It could seat 500, and reports say that it was "always full on Sunday". The church also had a separate slave section, and the main part of the church was separated by an aisle that ran down the middle from the front entrance. Among its founders were these families: the McGowens, Wheelers, Sanders, Cobbs, Lancasters, Leards, and others. A frame church building was built about 1854, and the log building was later torn down to make more space for the cemetery. The church disbanded sometime after 1890. On August 24, 1908, it was reorganized, and Nancy "Nannie" Cameron was one of the new members. They were: John Dial, J.J. Gooden, Henry L. Wheeler, Mrs. Fannie Dial, Mrs. Nannie Cameron, Mrs. Ollie Bond, Mrs. Lyda McGowen, Mrs. Alma McGowen, Mrs. Erma Lancaster, Miss Colon Campbell, and Miss Mary M. Lancaster. The last recorded service for this church was May 19, 1918. The building burned in a forest fire in 1933, and the church literally ceased to exist from that point.
This is a census of the graves in this Mt. Herman Cemetery taken May 2, 2007.
**AGAIN** -- This Mt. Herman Cemetery is NOT to be confused with the cemetery at what is now Mt. Herman Church, belonging to a black congregation and located on the left side of the road heading north from York. That church and cemetery are not located where the original Mt. Herman Church, School, and Cemetery were located. There is a sign marking the cemetery, although it incorrectly spells Herman as Hermon. The cemetery sits adjacent to what is currently marked as the Smith's Chapel Cemetery, which contains black graves.
This old Mt Herman Cemetery is separated from the Smith's Chapel side by only a very small metal fence row and lots of trees and bushes. In fact, from the Smith's Chapel side, you might not even see the Mt Herman side.
The cemetery faces the woods behind the cemetery. It must be noted that throughout the cemetery, there are multiple "stones" which presumably mark locations for either lost or future graves.
GPS Coordinates: 32.54931, -88.34936
- Added: 20 May 2015
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2579451
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