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michael slay (#48359000)
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Henry Holmes
Mr. Slay, I have Management rights to 4 other Rutland;s in this same cemetary. if you think they are your relatives, I could transfer them also if you would like.
Added by Henry Holmes on Oct 24, 2016 6:55 AM
Henry Holmes
RE: Cherokee AL Cemetery
Also if you want, I will transfer these memorials to you to manage. let me know.
Added by Henry Holmes on Oct 23, 2016 2:52 PM
Henry Holmes
RE: Cherokee AL Cemetery
Sorry, I even misspelled your name, forgive me please.
Added by Henry Holmes on Oct 23, 2016 2:45 PM
Henry Holmes
RE: Cherokee AL Cemetery
Mr. Slayton, Sorry about taking so long to answer this request. I don't do as much as I used to because of age and health. Yes , that is the cherokee cemetary where they are located. I talked to the man who owns the land this is on. He lives on that road. He is the one that told me that it was a predominatly black cemetary. It was a hard one to photograph because it is so overgrown and in such disrepair.
hope this helps you out.
Added by Henry Holmes on Oct 23, 2016 2:43 PM
RE: Louisville Cemetery Question
I did some digging. I know they have an on-site office of sorts. The caretaker has a house in the cemetery (apparently he's a racecar driver in his leisure time). Here's what I found that might help out:
Louisville Cemetery Association, Inc.
1339 Poplar Level Road
Louisville, KY 40217
Phone: (502) 636-5444
Added by Rachel on Dec 19, 2014 3:28 PM
RE: Cherokee Alabama Cemetery
Dear Michael,

I'm so very glad to hear that you're going to spend a couple of days at the Cherokee Cemetery. As long as you're wearing gloves and boots, you should be okay. Just be aware of poison ivy and snakes. We've gone into areas of overgrown vegetation in abandoned cemeteries where the only thing that kept of safe was the gloves and boots. The good news is that you'll be on level ground. Some graves however are sunken, so use caution in that regard as well. I fell into a grave that caved in under me in 2004, and spent time in the emergency room of the Russellville Hospital with a dislocated elbow. Ouch! You'll need a saw to cut through some vines and undergrowth if the cemetery is the same as when I was there. A sturdy rake will also be useful.
I'm out unsolicited advice is the result of a strong maternal instinct.
Please, take lots of photos and send me details of your adventure.
My best to you (and your cousin)
Added by Joyce on Mar 14, 2014 7:53 AM
RE: Caldonia Parker grave photos
They're beautiful, Mike! Thank you! Thank you!
Added by Serendipitytoni on Mar 13, 2014 3:35 PM
Caldonia Parker grave photos
Michael, "Thank you" seems so inadequate to express what I feel! I appreciate so much your taking the time to take and post these photos! You're awesome! I'd like to rotate them... any suggestions?
Thanks so very much!
Added by Serendipitytoni on Mar 13, 2014 2:59 PM
RE: Cherokee Alabama Cemetery
Hello Michael,

I found the map that I originally used to locate cemeteries in the Cherokee, AL area in 2002. I had gotten the map at the 'Police Station' in Cherokee. The 'Colored' Cherokee Cemetery is called 'Rutland Cemetery' on my map. Apparently, that was the original name for it, but 'Cherokee Cemetery' is the name on topographical maps.
I entered the Cemetery from Russell Road. Seems to me that your Rutland family must have owned the land, and donated it for burials. There is another Rutland Cemetery south of the Town of Cherokee which could be why the 'Rutland' name isn't used on most sites. The 'Rutland' Cemetery south of Cherokee Town is also known as the 'Joseph Rutland Family' Cemetery
The list of burials on Find A Grave is by NO means complete. I have not done an inventory on the cemetery since I don't live in the area. However, the man who entered most of the Memorials on Find A Grave in the Cherokee Cemetery under discussion, indicated that there were more graves but that he didn't have the time and means to keep going on the project. I had hoped to be able to put some interested folks together in the area to clear the graves and take some photos, but time and distance keeps getting in the way. If you live anywhere near there, and can get some folks to help you, please, please make this a priority project. The headstones are crumbling as I type. I've been of no help in your quest, but wish you the best as you continue your journey.
As to my own greatgrandmother: Yes, I did finally locate her grave with the help of about 20 people fanned out across a 160 acre farm in the middle of a forest. The lone grave had neither been visited nor touched since she was buried there in 1886. It's an amazing story of perseverance and Divine Intervention that finally led us to her grave. Some people simply can't rest until they know that they have NOT been forgotten. Such was her case, and for over forty years she called to me to find her. My dear, dear Syntha is now at rest, and her spirit no longer wonders the hills of Colbert County, Alabama.
Best regards,
Joyce #47404499
Added by Joyce on Mar 07, 2014 5:48 PM
Grant family
Michael Thank you for the photos of the Leo Grant family at Oak Ridge. They are distantly related to me. May I use your photos in my family tree? You will receive credit for the photos.

Tom Grant
Added by SHG on Mar 04, 2014 2:49 PM
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