Valley Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery * Land & Kin
Valley Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Dallas County, Alabama
On Valley Creek Church Road, off State Hwy 22 North.
When you come out of Selma on State Hwy 22 North right outside the city limits to the left is Valley Creek Church Road. Turn left on that
road and go about four miles, The cemetery is on the right on a hill and you really have to watch for it or you will pass it.
Surveyed and recorded by Kay Pomeroy & Jean Pickering
The Green, Martin, and Ford family lived throughout Dallas County in Valley Creek, Woodlawn, Summerfield and Selma. The history of my family begins in slavery, and has developed along farming, and the families whose land my ancestors worked.
This cemetary record of Valley Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery includes plots from the Crawford, Morgan and Kenan families of Valley Creek. These are the places my family would have worked and lived, along the gravel background leading into an isolated, wooded hamlet of farms. Other families in this cemetary include Waugh, Bondurant, Callen, Gilmer and others.
James Ellis Crawford Nov. 26, 1859 Oct. 17, 1916. Dearest PAP thou hast
left us here thy loss we deeply feel but tis GOD who hath bereft us,
He can allour sorrows heal.
Note: My great-grandmother, Mary Ella Martin-Morton (Mel, Mary) worked on the Crawford Place in Valley Creek, off Rangeline Road. She raised several children there, including my grandfather. The Greens and the Martins are cousins, and would often visit each other.
Roy R. Morgan Pfc. US Army World War II May 15, 1916 Dec. 1, 1988.
John Lewis Morgan October 19, 1885 July 14, 1969
Vesta Crawford Morgan October 5, 1889 September 1, 1985
Infant son of John & Vesta Morgan Aug. 18, 1910
Note: An older cousin told me, that her family worked the land of John Morgan. I used her recollections when researching family history and found the families of Willie and Ethel Greene and of Sol Greene to live next to John and Vesta Morgan in Valley Creek My great-grandfather, Pettus Ford, is also said to have worked the Morgan Place.
One head stone
William Josiah Rountree born July 10, 1843 died March 10, 1916
Confederate Soldier 1861 1865
Sarah Elizabeth Morrison wife of W.J. Rountree born Aug. 1847 died Feb.
26, 1914 She hath done what she could. Sarah Rountree
Jessie D. Rountree son of W.J. &s.e. Rountree Aug. 14, 1866 Dec. 2,
Granville Allen Young Sept. 30, 1833 Feb. 4, 1922
Note: 1930 Census, Valley Creek (Dallas County), AL
Green, Lizzie b. 1891
Green, John b. 1864 (Husband)
Father: Grandville Allen
Nephew: Dock Green b. 1915
I think this family is kin. My Uncle Solomon “Sol” Green/Greene also had a son called Dock.
James Kenan, born 1808 in N.C. died 1874 in Ala.
Erected by his wife in memory of William K. Kenan, youngest son of Tho & Mary R. Kenan who was born in Duplin County North Carolina 27th of September 1819 died in Dallas County Alabama July 31st 1858. There is a voice which sorrow hears. When heaviest weighs life galling chains, tis heaven that whispers “dry your tears the pure in heart shall meet again” (on back) Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
D.L. Kenan, 1816 1910 Son of Mary Rand and Col. Thomas Kenan.
(Mary Rand Kenan)
Victoria Corr, wife of Danial Love Kenan May 5, 1843 May 1, 1935
William Owen Kenan, Feb. 9, 1869 Dec. 16, 1923
Thom- AN 1812
(This stone is broken next to the Kenan’s)
Sarah L. Smith daughter of Col. Thomas and Sarah L. Kenan, who died the 20th of Nov. 1845 and composed firmly in the righteousness of Christ.
Sacred to the memory of our father Col. Thomas Kenan and our mother Mary Rand Kenan. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Col. Kenan was the son of Genl. James Kenan of Duplin County North Carolina. He was born on the 26th of Feb. 1771 and died on the 22nd of Oct. 1843 in the 73 year of his age. He frequently represented his native County in the Legislature and the Wilmington District in Congress. In Jan. 1833 He removed with his family to Dallas County Ala. where he resided at the time of his death. Mrs. Kenan was the daughter of John Rand and Elizabeth Hinton, she was born in Wake County North Carolina on the 17th of Jan. 1781 and died in Dallas County Ala. on the 21st of Sept. 1856 in the 76th year of her age.
Note: The Martins are said to have worked in Kenan’s Mill, grinding corn. The Green(e) lived in Summerfield near Kenan’s Mill, on a farm.