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Columbia Cemetery - Columbia, Alabama
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hoteltwo
N 31° 17.620 W 085° 06.868
16R E 679465 N 3463682
Quick Description: Marker is located within the cemetery, this double-sided marker on West Church Street notes how the land was acquired for the cemetery and the history of some of those interred.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 3/15/2018 6:25:23 PM
Waymark Code: WMXY69
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lazer
Views: 2

Long Description:
Marker text:

The Columbia Cemetery was started in the 1830s on land given by Rev. Edmund Talbot. It postdates the abandoned Omussee Creek Church Cemetery located a mile SW of here. A "public Meeting house," which served as the Columbia Baptist Church, was built on these grounds in 1834. Richard P. and Sarah McGriff gave an early land addition on the north end of the cemetery. In 1859, Nathaniel Ferris Oakley built a new Baptist Church, which remained on these grounds until 1885. In 1882, an extension to the north was made on land acquired from Henry C. and Elizabeth McGriff. Wiley Brooks built the "summer house" at the cemetery entrance in 1883. A perimeter wrought iron fence was erected in 1883 and has been extended over the years. In 1919, a land addition to the west was acquired from Nora Davis Campbell. In 1932, the Protestant Episcopal Church gave land to extend south to Church Street, In 1983, the family of Marion L. and Viola H. Oakley gave a land addition to extend the cemetery to the west.
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Interred here are some of Columbias first settlers and many others who shaped the towns long and storied history. Many elaborate headstones adorn these grounds. The oldest marked grave is that of William J. McGriff, an infant who died on June 10, 1839. Interred here are many soldiers of the Confederacy including three members of the Columbia Blues who were killed in the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia. Many veterans who served in the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War are interred here. Some gave their life in service to their country. Many former state, county, and town officials are interred here. Captain Callie French Tomlinson of showboat fame on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers is interred here. Callie was the first woman in the U.S. to earn both steamboat pilot and captain licenses. She is honored in two national halls of fame. In 2013, this became the first cemetery in Houston County to be listed in the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.
Marker Name: Columbia Cemetery - Houston County

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Erected by the Friends of Columbia and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.

Date Dedicated / Placed: 2015

Marker Number: None

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