This cemetery was established beside the Mount Zion Methodist Church in the early 1800s. Local family burials continued there for many years after the church was disbanded and the building moved to the nearby village of Manningham about 1900. The cemetery is on private property in Township 11, Range 13, in the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 28, 1/4 mile south of County Road 54 (Ridge Road). The land was originally purchased by Matthew Patton in 1821.
When this cemetery was first surveyed by Myra Ware Williams Crenshaw in the mid-1960s, she found five headstones (Levi M. Waters, Martha M. Waters, Mattie Waters, G. W. L. Brown, and a double-marker for Thomas H. & Nellie E. Brown). She noted that Storeys were said to be buried there as well, and that there were many graves only marked by wooden stakes. The Storey family had once owned the property and lived a short distance from the cemetery.
Mount Zion Methodist Church was an early church serving the Manningham and Ridge communities. The church is mentioned in M. E. Lazenby's "History of Methodism in Alabama and West Florida" (1960) as one of the very early churches on the Cedar Creek Circuit. One of its first ministers was Rev. Samuel Oliver, a native of Ireland who was born in the 1770s and died in 1865. He is buried in Greenville's Pioneer Cemetery (Butler County).
Mt. Zion Methodist Church became "M.P." or Methodist Protestant when the Methodists split into Methodist Protestant and Methodist Episcopal.
- Added: 26 Mar 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2607942
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