Saturday, June 09, 2007

Old Cemetery

Tomorrow is decoration at the Davis Cemetery where my people are buried. It's a small cemetery on the edge of Dora that dates back to the 1800's. The burial ground was donated by Dr. Daniel Davis who happens to be one of my ancestors. The old section of the graveyard is on a hillside shaded by oak, hickory and pine.
There is a soldier buried there who fought in the War of 1812. There are also veterans of the civil war, World War I & II, the Korean war and Vietnam. It's a quite place most of the time but it does lie a few hundred yards from the railroad tracks that run from Birmingham through Walker County and on to destinations in the west. Trains blow their horns for the crossings at Dolisky, Red Star and Old Dora and the sound echo's through the hills and hollows. Sitting in the shade at the grave of my father, the sound of the train can be lonesome and haunting.
A few years ago I decided to do a website for the cemetery. Janice Hicks Bennett had a list of names of the people who were buried there along with the dates of birth and dates of their deaths. I have also been collecting photographs and stories about those buried there and posting the information on the website. The idea is to get as many photographs as possible and tell a little about their lives. I have a long way to go you have to start somewhere.
I plan to write about this project in the newspaper next Sunday and hopefully generate some interest.
I hope you all have a great weekend.


  1. Rick, that's the kind of information people who are researching their ancestry love to find. Why don't you try to link the site to Cindy's List, which is a compilation of genealogical sites around the world? It's at

  2. Thanks Granpappy. I sent our link to cyndi's List. It is an impressive site. I also put a link on the Davis Cemetery site to her site.


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