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
Erected 2012 by by family, friends, and the community.
Location. 34° 33.434′ N, 86° 19.493′ Touch for map. 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. Marker is in this post office area: New Hope AL 35760, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Vienna (New Hope) (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pennsylvania Bell Tower (approx. 4.4 miles away); Kate Duncan Smith - Daughters of the American Revolution School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Becker Hall (approx. 4.4 miles away); Grant, Alabama: A Scenic Mountain Town (approx. 4.8 miles away); Decatur County (approx. 4.8 miles away); Cathedral Caverns (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Hope.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 45 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.