If you have any information on this cemetery please
Below is a reprint from an insert in a recent "Friends of the Library
"bulletin regarding Roquemore Cemetery. I have not visited this
cemetery but as soon as the weather cools off I plan to. It sounds like it
is close to the Russell Co. line but I believe it is still in Barbour.
Marie Godfrey searched for this cemetery when doing research for her books.
unknown to her - she found it. She recorded some of the graves in her
"Cemeteries in Barbour County" but failed to find the ones she was
looking for. Somehow, through the years, the broken tombstone was uncovered and
put together revealing the Roquemore name and dates from a time long
past...Sacred to the Memory of H?P Roquemore, born April 6, 1818, died Sept.
The cemetery lies at the north corner of Rocky Mount Road and
Highway 431, twelve miles north of Eufaula. Further proof that this is
indeed the Roquemore Cemetery can be found in Helen Foley's "Alabama
Series-Vol II (Deaths)," Here we find the notice that 'George
Douglas, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Stovall was buried in the Roquemore
burial ground, twelve miles north of town.'
Only three other graves have names: (1) Elizabeth
Silas-only daughter of J. and M. Silas, born 4-23-1831, died June(?) 1851;
(2) J.L. Abercrombie b. 3-30-1831, d 10 -01-1861. The third tombstone is
broken but the name appears
to be Joh_n-son of J.J. and E.C.F....(?). The other letters are missing,
but I think that the name is probably Franklin. The Abercrombies and
Franklins were early families of Russell County and had large tracts of land in
the area. I have found only one reference to a Mary Silas who married John
Stratford of Fort Mitchell, AL.
There are six brick and concrete graves made with big double
sized bricks. No names are visible. There are many sunken places and
some mounds of dirt, indicating other unmarked graves.
One of the early property owners was Couric. Later, it
was purchased by the Garrisons and the land surrounding the cemetery was planted
in pine trees. This corner of the property was left unplanted and it
remained untouched for many years. It now belongs to Ronnie Marshall who
has bulldozed up to the marked graves. Many unmarked graves were in
some of that area. He said he intends to hand-clean the remaining area and
mark it as a cemetery. I hope he will!
The epitaph on one grave reads:
Ere sin could
light or sorrow fade
with friendly care
bud to heaven conveyed
And bid it
Forgotten and uncared for - but the names and families of
ther speak volumes about the early history of our area.
-Contributed by Ann Bowden Corcoran
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