Caring For Our Past

There are many cemeteries in Chilton County that have been forgotten or are neglected. These are the graves of our ancestors who came into the wilderness that was Alabama.  They spent their sweat and blood to develop the communities we all enjoy today. These are also the graves of our veterans who fought and died for our liberties and freedoms.

They deserve to be remembered and their resting places restored and maintained.

Isabella Methodist Cemetery Survey (24 reads)
March 26, 2011, starting at 9:00 a.m., the CCA will hold a cemetery survey workday at the Isabella Methodist Church Cemetery.  Volunteers will need to be able to diagram a row of graves using  measuring tape, graph paper, and a symbol chart.

Jeff Reece will be taking photographs of the headstones so volunteers may also need to clean the headstone using water and a brush if the headstone is too dark to photograph well.

All supplies needed to complete this survey will be furnished by the CCA and volunteers need only bring their willingness to help.


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Joseph Ellison at Williams Goodgame (29 reads)

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On March 5, 2010 members of the Ellison family and Jeff and Kat Reece met at the Williams Goodgame Cemetery to install the new headstone for Joseph Ellison.  Joseph died in a hunting accident when he fell from a tree.  An article about the accident was published in The Chilton View on August 1, 1889 and can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Contributions for the headstone came primarily from Benny and Ed Ellison, pictured here with Joseph’s headstone.  The Chilton Cemetery Association had previously poured a concrete ledger on Joseph’s grave to prepare it for the headstone placement.

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L to R:  Benny Ellison, Ed Ellison, Larry Ellison, Brantley Ellison, and Llannie Ellison

Kneeling: Berneal Ellison

Members of the Ellison family gathered at the gravesite and provided the muscle to move and place the heavy granite stone.

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Lovelady/Chesnut Hill Cemetery (44 reads)


Historic Atlas of Alabama (Vol 2, Cemetery Locations by County) number: 136
Cemeteries of Chilton block designation: Z
Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance number: 11-001420

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Diagram Number Image Information Notes
1 James E. Johnson
September 14, 1877
April 25,1890
Son of J. F. and E. C. Johnson
2 Unknown
3 Unknown
4 Unknown
5 Unknown
6 Unknown
7 Willie Elizabeth Loveday
June 27, 1876
May 22, 1955
8 James Richard Lovelady
May 8, 1872
August 2, 1931
Woodmen of the World
9 German S. Lovelady
August 7, 1899
August 3, 1910
10 Harvin J. Lovelady
March 7, 1896
January 28, 1901
11 H. J. Lovelady
Dates Illegible
Son or Daugh of J. R. & W. E. Lovelady
12 Weston “Dueie” Lovelady
December 22, 1903
March 19, 1904
13 Carvin J. Lovelady
November 17, 1893
January 4, 1916
Woodmen of the World
14 Unknown
15 Unknown
16 Susan Lovelady
Died July 19,1908
Aged near 65 years
17 Duffie Lovelady
Feburary 24, 1881
July 26, 1904
18 Jeneary Lovelady
September 4, 1876
July 10, 1879
19 John N. Lovelady
April 28, 1848
January 28, 1891
20 Sarah Lovelady
May 5, 1826
February 25, 1895
21 M. J. Nichols
22 Unknown
23 J. W. Nichols
24 Unknown
25 Unknown
26 Unknown
27 Unknown
28 Unknown
29 Unknown
30 James David Lovelady
February 24, 1853
October 4, 1924
31 Matilda Ann Lovelady
May 12, 1843
32 Sarah Velma Lovelady
November 27, 1887
January 20, 1888
Daughter of W. R. & R. M. Lovelady
33 Unknown
34 Unknown
35 Unknown
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Foshee Cemetery (67 reads)


Historic Atlas of Alabama (Vol 2, Cemetery Locations by County) number: 95
Cemeteries of Chilton block designation: O
Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance number: 11-001455

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Diagram Number Image Information Notes
1 William F. Foshee
January 28, 1846
May 25, 1911
No military stone, but,
served in
Co. D, 62nd Ala Inf
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2 Mary Foshee
August 25, 1843
August 13, 1916
3 Sam Foshee
June 26, 1877
June 9, 1937
4 Essie Foshee
April 15, 1886
January 27, 1942
5a Ruby Foshee
August 26, 1888
Death date not inscribed
5b Nellie Foshee
June 29, 1882
June 27, 1956
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Williams Goodgame Workday (768 reads)

May 8, 2010, members of the Chilton Cemetery Association, the Williams family, the Seales family and Boy Scout troop 259 gathered together at the Williams Goodgame Cemetery to try and save what remains of one of the county’s historic cemeteries.The first Sheriff of Chilton County, Thomas H. Williams, is buried here with his family. Also buried here are his in-laws, John and Sarah Rasberrey Goodgame and their grandson Reese Goodgame. Neighbors of the Williams family, Edward Willis and his son Grover, are also buried in the cemetery as is Joseph Ellison.

Sheriff Williams was also a Second Lt. in the Confederate army, Edward Willis also served in the Confederacy, John Goodgame served in the Creek War of 1836.

Grant Seales and members of the Williams family prepare to clear the road frontage
We had a good group of volunteers: William Ray, David Dennis, Janette Bailey, Ivan Truss, Craig & Heath Bennett, Charles Ellison, Jason Williams, Bobby Williams, Butch Williams, Alice Williams, Forest & Wanda Emfinger, Bernice Williams Emfinger, Grant & Susie Seales, Clint Seales and Caitlin Seales.

(If I left anyone out please let me know)

Susie Seales, and her daughter Caitlin cleaning the Williams family obelisk
Pieces of the iron fences are missing, here members of the Williams family are reassembling some pieces that were found on the ground and therefore could have rusted much quicker.
We tried to salvage all the pieces of the original head and foot stones that we could.  Unfortunately the vandals broke them up into fist size pieces.

Here David Dennis and Janette Bailey are placing the stones on the correct graves.

This is all that remains of the original stone for Annie Williams who died at age 2, we only know that these pieces are part of her headstone because they match up with the broken part of her stone still embedded in the concrete.
Nancy Williams, who also died at two years old.
The remains of the headstone for Robert L. Williams
We didn’t find any pieces of Sallie L. Williams headstone, these are pieces of her footstone.

On our next workday we’ll use forms and lime mortar to attach these pieces to their respective concrete slabs. We’ll also be pouring new slabs for several graves. We do have headstones to replace all the broken ones but we want to save as much of their original stones that we can.