Near New Hope in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
John Whitaker, born 1761 in Pitt County, NC, was a Revolutionary War Soldier and established this cemetery. He and his second wife Winnie sold their land in Pitt County in 1801 and migrated to Rowan County where Winnie died, then to Mulberry, TN and finally to Madison County, AL. Whitaker, an early settler in the Bend of Paint Rock, arrived here as a widower with seven children. He married Susan Graham and they had 11 children. John Whitaker was the first person buried here after his death in c. 1835. There are now and have been many Whitakers living in Madison, Marshall, and Jackson Counties. Families buried here include Whitaker, Keel, Stapler, Ikard, Seaton, Vann and Webster. In the early years of the cemetery, families maintained their family plots. As late as the 1990s, this practice was still the only way of upkeep. On June 11, 1999, the Whitaker Cemetery Perpetual Care Trust Fund was established. This rural family cemetery is maintained by family, friends and many generous donations. This cemetery remains "a family cemetery" as John Whitaker intended.
Listed on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register in 2010
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1917.
Location. 34° 33.434′ N, 86° 19.493′ W. Marker is near New Hope, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Ikard Road, 0.3 miles north of Nebo Road, in the median. Ikard Road goes into, and wraps around, the cemetery from Nebo Road. There is a green "Whitaker Cemetery" sign at the Nebo Road intersection. The marker is in the center of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Hope AL 35760, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hayden Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Poplar Ridge School (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort Deposit Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away); Bethel Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Vienna (New Hope) (approx. 4.2 miles away); New Hope Cemetery / Town of New Hope (approx. 4.4 miles away); Pennsylvania Bell Tower (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Hope.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 824 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on January 19, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.