Methodist church cemetery joins state historic registry

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2008

Staff report

Concord Methodist Church Cemetery has joined the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.

The cemetery contains the remains of early pioneer families of Lowndes County. The earliest burial is that of a 4-year-old child, T.H. Powell, who died May 12, 1841.

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The land was part of an original 319-acre grant to Francis Meriwether Gilmer

on April 10, 1829. The Gilmer family were prominent Methodists in Lowndes and Montgomery counties.

Other names in the cemetery include Banister, Elsberry, Grant, Hargrove, Kelly, Ledbetter, McGehee, Powell, Ramey, Sellers, Starks, Venable, Williams and Worthy.

At one time, there was a Concord Methodist Church here. The church fell into disuse, and the remaining members transferred to Lamar Memorial Methodist Church in Letohatchee.

Concord Methodist Church Cemetery is the fourth cemetery in Lowndes County to be listed in the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register, which features 164 Alabama cemeteries.