Fayette County, Alabama
~ Jenkins Family Cemetery ~
Southwest of Pea Ridge (S29-T15S-R10W)
Herbert M. Newell Jr. & Jeanie Patterson Newell - 28 Mar 1959
JENKINS, Verris R. - Feb 2,
1861 - Sept 30, 1933
JINKINS, M.C., wife of Gen'l
L.W. Jinkins - May 15, 1825 - Aug 14, 1890
JINKINS, L.W. (Gen'l) - Sept
16, 1822 - Jan 20, 1863
DEVOURS, M.A. - Feb 18, 1851 -
Aug 2, 1888
JENKINS, Mary A., wife of Lewis
Jenkins - Abt. 1786 - Aug 30, 1855
JENKINS, Lewis - Nov 15, 1786 -
Jan 27, 1863 ~ Pvt. Austin's Regt.
S.C. Militia, War of 1812
WHEELER, Maggie M., wife of
C.A. Wheeler - died Dec 8, 1893
HYDE, Earnest, son of J.M.
& S.E. Hyde - Oct 31, 1902 - Aug 4, 1903
by Carrie Deavours
a special to the Broadcaster
In the deep woods, almost hidden away from the world, is a graveyard of
distinguished people who left their mark on Fayette County History but
whose living descendants are few in number.
This is the resting place of Lewis
and Mary A. JENKINS and a few
their offspring. Inscribed on his tombstone is: Pvt. AUSTIN's Regt. S.C. Militia -
War of 1812 - born November 15,
1786 and died January 27, 1863. His wife Mary A. [SANDERS]
JENKINS born abt 1786; died August 30, 1855. Her grave is
oldest one marked.
General L.W. JENKINS,
evidently their son, was born September 16, 1822
and died January 20, 1863 thus dying seven days before his
father. His wife was born May 15, 1825 and died August 14,
1890. They had at least five sons and two daughters. [L.W.
Jenkins was a son of Lewis Jenkins, and several of his children were
buried here according to Greenberry Jenkins' book.]
The son Verris ["Buck"
JENKINS was] born February 02, 1867, died
September 30, 1933, married Susanna
FOWLER, born 1867, died in
1958. She is buried in the Berry Cemetery.
One daughter, M. [Mathelda] Alice
JENKINS, born February 18, 1851, died
August 02, 1888, married George
Washington DEAVOURS. They had
triplet sons, but only one Lucian
lived to maturity.
The other daughter Maggie M. [JENKINS] wife of C.A. WHEELER, M.D., died
December 08, 1893. Dr. WHEELER was well known in the North River
beat and married Siney KIMBRELL
after Maggy's death. They had one
son Kelcy. The doctor is
buried at Musgrove Chapel.
The JENKINS men were a unique class. They nicknamed most all
their acquaintances, both male and female, and not just ordinary
names. I made a collection of many of them from my dear
father-in-law, the late H.V. DEAVOURS.
They called my father, Bedford SAWYER,
the Whangadoodle. In
he helped "put up" a phone line and it was called the "Whangadoodle
Line." Once at a writers conclave, I asked the guest speaker, a
Poet Laureate of South Carolina, Dr.
Archibald RUTLEDGE, what the word
meant, as I had seen a reference to it on a visit to Hepsidam, Winston
County. He thought it was a mystical creature of undefined
characteristics, a human usage.
Uncle John SAWYER was the Gander, Uncle Henry was Duggan,
cousins Austin and Verris, Dobber
and Rufe. John SMITH
was Sidehar (side harrow), Isaac DEAVOURS, the Gabbet,
and William SMITH, Diadapper.
But they also named each other. Verris
[JENKINS] was called Buck, Sidney P. [JENKINS], buried
at Mt. Zion Methodist Cemetery, was Thacker,
Alvin Sumner [JENKINS], buried at Studdards
Crossroads, was Dude. I
can't recall those
given to Freeman S. and William P. (other than Bill) but
some of the
relatives may know. Mrs. Eula
HAMMACK told me her husband Bill
was called Bogs,
didn't exactly cherish the assignment. My mother Margaret SAWYER, was the Goose,
Mrs. Florentine BROWN was the Cultivator.
Once Mr. Jim ELLIS "rung up" Mr. FREEMAN to inquire of his wife, Sis, who had been "under the
weather," to which he replied, "Oh, she's complainin' of feelin' better
this mornin'." Another time he called to ask about some sick and
aged, very sick man: "Oh, he went west last night" (died).
My husband and I cleared off this old burial ground on a recent
Saturday. It was badly overgrown. I got the feeling of
stepping back into history, viewing the unusual care used in committing
these loved ones to their last resting places. First a large
skillfully hewn stone about seven feet by five feet was laid, then
another, about six feet by four feet laid on top of this, then the
marker. A hewn rock wall encircled it. A cedar tree and a
thick stone were placed in each corner. A four-strand wire fence
rusting away, enclosed it. One small grave, not a Jenkins, read Earnest HYDE, son of J.M. and
S.E. HYDE, born October 31, 1902 and died
August 04, 1903.
These people were honest, moral and skillful. They lived better
than most. All had large orchards, bees and vegetable gardens. Mr. FREEMAN had a Cider
Mill. They were also rock masons, and a
few chimneys still stand, attesting to their art. Well curbs
their were their specialty, knowing how to cut a perfectly round or
square hole to accommodate the old oaken bucket. They lived near
each other and had few children. Lewis
JENKINS likely had land
granted to him for war service.
Any relative reading this might want to revisit this quiet and lovely
spot. If so, you will have to wind your dusty way through and
around mounds of dirt and rock, for Mr.
PEABODY's coal trucks have
hauled their broad acres away!
Source: Undated, loose
newspaper clipping on file at the Jasper, AL, library.
Information within brackets [ ] was added by the submitter.
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