LAFAYETTE STREET CEMETERY
LOCATED IN DECATUR ON LAFAYETTE STREET, BETWEEN BANK STREET AND RAILROAD STREET.
THIS SECTION OF LAFAYETTE STREET WAS ONCE CALLED "DEAD MAN'S ALLEY" IN THE LATE 1800'S AND EARLY 1900'S, NOT BECAUSE OF THE CEMETERY, BUT BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE MET VIOLENT DEATHS ON OR NEAR THE NARROW PASSAGEWAY. ALSO KNOWN AS BANK STREET CEMETERY "T5S R4W SEC 18". COPIED MAR 23, 1983.
THIS IS A VERY OLD CEMETERY WAS NEGLECTED BUT LOOKED OK THIS JULY 27, 2005.
INFORMATION WAS TAKEN FROM MORGAN COUNTY CEMETERIES BOOK 1984 BY MARILYN SUE SHORT MARINE AND IVYDENE SIMPSON WALLS.
MRS KATHLEEN PAUL JONES AND PAULINE JONES GANDRUD COPIED THIS CEMETERY AND PUBLISHED IT IN ALABAMA RECORDS, VOLUME #32, IN JAN 1936.
JUST A NOTE: WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY I PLAYED AT THE RED SHEILD BOYS CLUB, THE BUILDING NEXT TO THE CEMETERY AND DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE CEMETERY WAS THERE. IT WAS COVERED WITH GRASS AND TREES.FRANK IRONS SR.
Bio by Phil Wirey: Captain Alex Ross, born in Spotsylvania County, VA, son of Vincent Ross (Italian immigrant) and husband of Elizabeth Cooper, early Justice of the Peace and Constable for Morgan County, and along with Michael Sensabaugh and others founded the Decatur Female Academy in the early 1840's. A number of Ross' served in the Creek Indian War in the Tennessee Militia and it believed that this is where he got his title. He is listed as the architect and builder of the first Methodist Church built in 1834 and is on the 1830 Census seen living in Madison County and on the 1840 Census he is seen living in Decatur in the vicinity of John Rhea and the McCartney Hotel with wife, four sons and three daughter. There are no Ross's shown on the 1850 Census.
- Phil Wirey