Old Valley Head Cemetery
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January 29, 2010 Dekalb County’s Old Valley Head Cemetery added to Alabama Historic Cemetery Register The Alabama Historical Commission recently added Old Valley Head Cemetery in Valley Head to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register. “The cemetery register is a prestigious listing of historic cemeteries in Alabama,” said Lee Anne Wofford, cemetery program coordinator. “The AHC considers the notable historic cemeteries in this register to be particularly worthy of preservation and appreciation, and therefore deserving of this special recognition.”
There are now three cemeteries in Dekalb County on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register, which features 320 cemeteries statewide. Old Valley Head Cemetery is historically associated with the Valley Head Baptist Church, which was constituted in 1845. From 1845 to 1898 the church was known as Mount Zion. In 1920, the local congregation built a new church building in another area of Valley Head. There are ten marked graves and numerous unmarked burials here. The earliest marked grave is dated 1888. It is possible that Dr. James Gardner (1788-1848) and his family members are buried here. Dr. Gardner settled in Valley Head around 1835 and owned substantial property in the township. The Alabama Historical Commission administers the Alabama Historic Cemetery Program that gives aid to the general public, government officials, civic groups, and others in identifying, documenting, registering, and conserving Alabama’s historic cemeteries. The Alabama Historic Cemetery Register officially recognizes and honors family and community cemeteries that were established at least 40 years ago. Listing in the state cemetery register is an honorary designation imposing no restrictions on property owners. State law protects all cemeteries from willful desecration and destruction.
To protect, preserve, and interpret Alabama’s historic places is the mission of the Alabama Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office.
Historic Name: Old Valley Head Cemetery Common Name: Old Valley Head Cemetery
Address: Dean Road, Valley Head, Al
County: DeKalb Co AL Proximity to Town: Within town limits
Directions to cemetery from nearest town: From Valley Head Town Hall Travel toward Hammondville on AL Hwy 117, across from Valley Head City Park turn up dirt road for mile, cemetery on left in wooded area.
Township/Range/Section: T5-R10-SEC30 Quadrangle Sheet (USGS) USGS
U.S. National Grid (USNG) Coordinates: 16S FD 26668 26659 (NAD83)
Longitude: -85.619 -85° 37' 09''
Latitude: 34.5739 34° 34' 26''
Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Coordinates: 16 626668 3826659
GPS Coordinates: Latitude 34° 34' 25" Longitude -85° 37' 09"
Tax Map (if available): Cemetery located west of water tank on Dean Rd.
There is a head stone in the old Valley Head Cemetery that is missing a name, I believe based unpon my research, that it is the head stone of James Riley Cooper, son of James Cooper and Lucinda Hawkins.
Head stone dates: Oct 11 1854 - Apr 22 1896.
Born Oct 11 1854 Died Spt 23 1896
Dean Road from Alabama Highway 117 to Cemetery
Thomas Dean 1810-1880 Dates are approximate
Lucretia Scruggs Dean 1826-1880
Two Burden Children Our Baby, H. & Y. B. Loula May, Infant Dau. Of H. & Y. Burden Mar. 24, 1892-Sept.2, 1892 Age 5 mos. 8 days
Oct. 22, 1824 -June 15, 1888
Oct 22, 1824 -Jun 15, 1888
William B. Taylor, Jr. Feb 8, 1848-Sep 1873 Oldest marked grave in Old Valley Head Cemetery
Linda Hawkins Wilson September 2001
Old Valley Head Cemetery
This small cemetery is near the Valley Head Cemetery, but is cut off from it.
The graves are now in the woods. There are a few marked graves, but it's
obvious from the many sunken places that there are many more that are unmarked.
There is a dirt road going up the hill right across the road from the Valley
Head Park. The cemetery is in the woods, near the top of the hill, on the left
side of the dirt road. Watch for snakes; we found one. Many gravestones have
been broken. Linda Hawkins Wilson, Verenice Cooper Hawkins, and Sue Forrester
surveyed the cemetery in 1997.
Notes in parentheses from research done by Linda Hawkins Wilson.
Oct. 22, 1824
June 15, 1888
Dec. 19, 1824
Sept. 22, 1907
(James Cooper was born in Wayne Co., KY, and is believed to be the son of
William and Susannah Cooper. He served in the 1st AL & TN Vidette Cavalry
during the Civil War and applied for a pension from the United States. He died
before the pension could be processed, but his widow later drew the pension.
According to the pension application, he married Lucinda Hawkins on May 2, 1847.
There is a stained glass window in the Valley Head Baptist Church that is
dedicated to James and Lucinda Cooper)
(Lucinda Hawkins Cooper was the daughter of John Hawkins and Elizabeth Cook.
She was born in TN, probably McMinn Co. Children of James and Lucinda are
Amanda Cooper Chadwick, Mary Emaline Cooper Warren, James Riley (Dick) Cooper,
John Hawkins Cooper, William D. Cooper, Josephine Cooper Kirby, and Charles
Sherman Cooper. Lucinda was living with son Charles in Etowah Co., AL when she
died in 1907)
Loula May, Infant Dau. Of Our Baby, H. & Y. B.
H. & Y. Burden
Mar. 24, 1892
Age 5 mos. 8 days
Lucretia Dean Peace
Thomas Dean Rest
(Thomas Dean was born abt 1810 in VA. Lucretia Dean was born abt 1811. Both
died after 1880 in Dekalb Co. They were living in Dade Co., GA in 1850, but
moved to Dekalb Co., AL by 1860. Their children are Mary Ann Dean Gifford,
James Monroe Dean, Aaron Center Dean, David Dean, William Marsh Dean, Leander
Dean, Thomas Sherman Dean, Julia Ann (Elisa) Dean, John Dean, Abraham Dean, and
Margaret Dean Thompson. The Deans came from McMinn Co., TN. Thomas may be the
son of Aaron and Susannah Dean.)
William B. Taylor, Jr. Feb. 8, 1848- Sept. 3, 1873
Albert Winston Cemetery Surveyed by VB Beaty 2004
African American East Valley Head Cemetery located between John’s Chapel and the Davenport Methodist Church, Valley Head, DeKalb Co, AL. Surveyed VB Beaty 2004
Bynum, Sallie McMath Aug 30, 1924 - Jul 26, 1983
Davenport, Forrest Sep 15, 1896 - Jan 31, 1961
Davenport, Margaret E. Oct 4, 1923 - Dec 4, 1988
Davenport, Pelham F. Jr. May 30, 1934 - May 9, 1962 TN CPL HQ Co 313 Sig BN Korea
Davenport, Dovie LEE HE_LEY 1905 - 1989
Hardy, John H. Jr. Jan 26, 1937 - Apr 8, 1964 SP4 ALA Flight Craft Maint Co TC
Harrison, Oscar Jul 25, 1869 - Jan 31, 1959
Harrison, Nancy W. 1879 -1968
Harrison, Oscar W. Mar 30, 1911
Harrison, Johnnie M. Jun 30, 1915 - Jan 20 1976
Harrison, Henry E. Apr 15 1913 - Nov 11, 1981
Johnson, George W. Rev Oct 20 1894 - Oct 6, 1961(Two stones: 1884)
Johnson, Lottie Mae Apr 5, 1901 - Jun 1, 1997
Kornegay, Willie Mae Aug 25, 1916 - Mar 22, 1986
McElrath, Anna L. Walker Oct 11, 1948 - Oct 16, 1986
Moore, Emma Jean Mar 5, 1950 - Aug 13, 1998
Prater, Rufus Thomas Jr. Mar 18, 1973 - Mar 22, 1973
Redding, Mary Jan 9, 1900 - Feb 10, 1972
Underwood, Jeff W. Mar 20, 1907 - Oct 15, 1980
Underwood, Jeff Jr. Jul 22, 1948 - Nov 4, 1981
Underwood, John Henry May 30, 1946 - Nov 1, 1969
Walker, Edd Mar 5, 1890 - Jan 17, 1957
Walker, Mattie Oct 1, 1883 - Jan 26, 1966
Winston, William Jul 5, 1905 - Feb 20 1968
Winston, John Jul 4, 1868 - Aug 31, 1960
Winston, Susie Jun 18, 1879 - 2 Nov 1953
Winston, Pearl Aug 9, 1907 - Jan 5 1982 PFC USA WWII
Winston, Annie Lee Oct 28 1900 - Dec 9 1958
Winston, James T. Feb 15, 1910 - Jun 26, 1991 Pvt USA WWII
Winston, Virgil M. Feb 8, 1908 - Jul 30, 1975
Winston, Ruth H. Oct 19, 1916
Word, Charlie W. Dec 10, 1900 - Aug 17, 1977
Word, Effie M. Jul 15, 1902
Wright, Geneva Nov 20, 1898
Wright, Jesse Jun 28, 1899 - Apr 17, 1969
Price Cemetery, Valley Head, DeKalb Co AL Surveyed 14 Jan 2004 by VB Beaty
William Overton Winston Family Cemetery Survey Mar 13, 2004 by VB Beaty Valley Head, Alabama
Stone with out Name b. Jul 27, 1871d. ---- 19, 1880/9
Alexander, Adelaide Louise b. Jul 9, 1881 d. Feb 3, 1961
Alexander, C. C. b. Jun 1843 d. Mar 1888
Alexander, David C. b. Mar 28, 1868 d. Mar 14, 1932
Alexander, David C. II b. Mar 16, 1909 d. Oct 19, 1989 Col USA Buried in Arlington, VA
Alexander, Dorothy Atkins b. Oct 9, 1908 d. Jul 9, 1986 w/o David C. Alexander II
Alexander, Isabelle Evaline b. Jun 2, 1899 d. Oct 8, 1899
Alexander, Lotta Brown b. Jan 16, 1873 d. May 23, 1950
Alexander, Lucy Paine b. Dec 13, 1879 d. Feb 13, 1949
Alexander, Margaret Overton b. d. Jun 23, 1928
Alexander, Myrtle Huron b. Dec 16, 1878 d. Jun 19, 1930
Alexander, Robert Burns b. Jul 19, 1875d. Aug 14, 1936 “Rob”
Alexander, Rosa Evaline b. Jan 24, 1847 d. Nov 17, 1899
Alexander, Theodore Watson b. 1873 d. Jul 20, 1914
Chitwood, Palmira F. b. May 26, 1833 d. Jul 25, 1892
Chitwood, Talitha C. b. Jul 23, 1830d. Dec 25, 1900 w/o Wm Chitwood
Chitwood, Wm b. Aug 29, 1827 d. May 26, 1910
Couentry, Josephine Hill b. 1924 d. 1976
Davenport, Addie Winston b. Mar 6, 1851d. Dec 23, 1893 w/o N.S. Davenport
Davenport, Annie b. Jul 1, 1877 d. Aug 30, 1887
Davenport, Nicholas Spring b. Apr 26, 1849 d. Jul 7, 1916
Davenport, Robert Paine b. Aug 7, 1880d. Jul 29, 1902
Hill, Lucy Winston b. 1894 d. 1969
Hill, Thomas T. b. 1883 d. 1977
Mallory, Charles Martin b. d.
Mallory, Judith Alexander b. d.
Mallory, Willard J. b. Jun 27, 1910 d. Apr 29, 1978
Osterlund, Constance Vaughn b. Feb 2, 1905 d. Jan 26, 1992
Paine, Ben J. Dr. b. d. Mar 22, 1881 48 yrs 5 mos
Paine, Maria Louise Winston b. Oct 22, 1841 d. Nov 11, 1923 w/o Dr. Ben J. Paine Paine,
W. O. W. b. Aug 10, 1862 d. May 17, 1916
Poston, Joe Thomas b. May 10, 1929 d. Aug 13, 1998 SN US Navy WWII
Tuttle, Brownie A. b. Jan 31, 1903 d. Jan 27, 1992 w/o Edwin M. Tuttle
Tuttle, Edwin M. b. Sep 20, 1894 d. Aug 5, 1984
Winston, Ben J. B. b. Jan 29, 1853 d. Oct 21, 1880 Ship Anchor
Winston, J. N. (John Nelson) Dr. b. Mar 13, 184d. Feb 10, 1921 I am the Wisdom and the Life
Winston, Kate Chitwood b. Dec 14, 1856 d. Jun 1, 1942 w/o Dr. J. N. Winston, Sr.
At Evening time it shall be Light Zech 14:7
Winston, Maria L. B. b. Jun 26, 1812 d. Mar 7, 1891
Winston, Wm O. b. May 31, 1804 d. Jan 13, 1871
Winston, Wm O., Jr. b. Jul 27, 1874d. Apr 19, 1889 “Billo” Asleep in Jesus