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Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama
GPS: 34.50705, -87.80770
Sec. 28, T6S, R12W
Russellville, AL 35653
Published: June 8, 2023
Total records: 1
Hester Cemetery was said to have been started as a burial ground for persons who died from Small Pox. It was placed far away from others. To date, there are only two known graves. The cemetery is located on the east-side of an unnamed dirt road, about 2,000 feet south of the dam at Russellville Reservoir.
You can reach it from County Rd 624 east of Russellville, then turn right on Mt. Zion Rd, heading uphill into the woods. At the first fork, you bear left (west). The cemetery lies at the next fork, about 200 feet before the fork, on the right.
The Franklin County Assessor publishes the following legal description of the cemetery...
COM. AT NW COR OF SEC. TH S 2400'(S) TH E 1060' (S) TO A GRAVEL RD. & THE PT. OF BEG. TH ELY210' (S) TH SLY 210'(S) PARALLEL TO RD. TH WLY210' (S) TO RD. TH NLY 210'(S) ALONG RD. TO THE POB. SEC. 28 T6S R12W:
The transcription below was originally published in Alabama Genealogical Society Magazine, Volume 2, Number 2, April 1968. It was transcribed by Mrs. W. Burgess Mahan and James Edwards Wilson, Jr. They provide the following directions...
"Follow Alabama Highway 24 west to Mt. Zion Church. Turn right (north) and follow the left hand road for 1.3 miles. There are two graves in two iron fences on the right of the road. One grave is marked."
- Hester Cemetery, Russellville, AL, (433 KB) - Alabama Genealogical Society, April 1968, copy of the original transcription.
HESTER, Hudson, born Sept 5, 1833, died Feb 14, 1866, erected by R. M. Hester
Note: Since the April 1968 date of the original transcription, a new grave marker was since added for the second (unknown) grave, which is said to be that of "JAMES, A. J.", more about him at Find-a-Grave.
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