The Vaiden Cemetery is one of the oldest in
A marble monument marks the place where Dr. Cowles Mead Vaiden, and his wife, Elizabeth Herring Vaiden are buried. This marble stone, approximately 20 feet high, has an angel on top with the right hand raised and a finger pointing heavenward. The square area below is adorned with symbols; justice scales, a honey comb, an hour glass, and others. Dr. Vaiden was a man of integrity and many talents; a doctor, a farmer, a philanthropist, and a statesman.
A grave of
historic significance is that of John Cain, a Revolutionary War Drummer
Boy. He was born
another military grave. The marker bears the following inscription:
"Lucas C.S.A. Alabama 1862." This is the grave of an ill
confederate soldier whom Mrs. Mary Pleasants nursed in her home and after his
death, had him buried in
In the southwest section of the cemetery is a
plot with a stone bearing the inscription, "32 Soldiers Known Only To
God." These soldiers died in skirmish fighting between
On one side of the cemetery's Confederate Memorial, is the inscription: "Dedicated to the Memory of the Confederate Soldiers, Known and Unknown, Who Gave Their Lives During the War for Southern Independence 1861-1865 and are Buried in this Cemetery."
Before the turn of the century, Joseph Vaiden Herring cared for the graves in this plot and many other graves in the cemetery, and through his interest, the Vaiden Chapter of the U.D.C. was organized. On memorial Day, the children would gather at the Courthouse, have a ceremony, and march to the cemetery to place flags and flowers on these 32 graves marked by a single brick.
efforts of Mrs. Mable Wilson Bruce and the cooperation and support of
interested citizens, the present marker was erected which bears the following
A grave marker that causes many to stop and contemplate, bears this inscription: "My Husband, Sacred to the Memory of Joseph H. Harrell. Died March 31, 1859, age 27 yrs. 2 mo. and 29 days." All that is known about this man is that he is listed as a pharmacist among the early settlers of Shongalo. He died well over a century ago and his grave is in a lot surrounded by an iron fence. It is not known why his wife is not buried here but the beautiful marble monument that marks his grave is a visible expression of her deep sorrow. It is a carved lady, in a sitting position, bowed in grief. Local people refer to this grave as the one with "the Weeping Lady." For a closer look at the Weeping Lady, Click Here.
A smaller section of the cemetery, referred to as the Cain-McClurg section, joins the Shongalo section.
In the early 1900s, the Industrial Order of the Odd Fellows donated a plot, approximately one acre, adjoining this section. Many descendants of the older Shongalo-Vaiden families are buried in this section. Some family plots contain the graves of four generations.
When the next cemetery expansion became necessary, the latest addition, known as the Wright-Fullilove section was added.
In 1974, the
A look at a century-old grave and then at a more recent one brings the feeling expressed by William Cullen Bryant: "All that breathe will share thy destiny."
Percy W. Kaigler Grave -- Died October 20, 1909
Cecil Kaigler and His Mother at the Kaigler Grave
Grave of Dr. C.E. Wright -- 1933
Dr. Vaiden's grave in the
In 1880, Dr. Vaiden's funeral was interrupted by a messenger shouting
"horse thief." Several men left the
service to catch the culprit. When apprehended, tha man pled starvation, and
was not convicted. The $10,000 marble statue for Dr. Vaiden's grave was lost
at sea off the east coast when the ship bringing it from
Fallen Angel -- December 21, 1990
Vaiden Monument – 1999
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