Tombstone Records From Claybank Church Cemetery, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama

Tombstone Records from Claybank Cemetery Located about two miles from Ozark, Alabama on Ozark - Daleville Highway, June 10,1948

In 1829 Elisha Matthews donated a small tract of land near the place where an old Indian trail crossed the Cooley trail as a site for a community church.The first Claybank Church was built during 1829 and 1830.Assisting in the construction were Isaac,Curtis,and Ned Byrd, Billy Martin, John Merrick, and Eli Ruffin.A second church was built on the site in 1852.This structure still stands today, located about 100 yards from the busy intersection of Andrews Avenue and Highway 231. There is a certain sense of peace and traquility under the mighty oak trees at this site just yards away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.


In 1948 the tombstone records were transcribed by an individual unknown to me at this time. The Claybank Cemetery was only one of many sites visited.The following list is taken from these records on file at the Dale County Library.It is as true to the original as possible. The order of the document is unclear until you stroll through the cemetery. The names are listed row by row.I encourage to make this stroll if you are ever in Dale County.



Lizzie E. Dowling June 25,1853 Oct 31,1938 Wife of N.B. Dowling

N.B. Dowling Aug 15,1853 Mar 28,1938 Hus of Lizzie E. Dowling

Leila Belle Dowling May 26, 1876 Jan 14,1933 Dau of S.L. & Sarah Jane Dowling

Samuel L. Dowling Nov 3,1841 Jan 15,1919

Sarah Jane Windham Feb 22,1839 June 15,1925 Wife of Samuel L. Dowling

Rev.John Dowling July 20,1818 Feb 28,1900 Son of Rev.Dempsey Dowling

Charlotte Dowling Oct 20,1888 Wife of Rev. John Dowling Sr.

Erin Elizabeth Dowling Feb 10,1902 Sep 11,1902 Inf. Dau of R.Y. & Melissa Dowling

Pauline Dowling Feb 13,1897 June 24,1899 Inf.Dau of RY & Melissa Dowling

Alonzo G. Dowling Dec 26,1888 June 16,1922

F. Melissa Prigden July 1,1866 Apr 18,1943 Wife of R.Y. Dowling

Robert Y. Dowling June 14,1865 Aug 30,1924

J.B. Dowling July 16,1903 Oct 20,1928

Sarah E. Thomas Feb 23,1839 Sep 10,1917 Wife of F.M. Prigden

F.M. Prigden Apr 10,1838 Feb 21,1908

Jefferson Dowling May 6,1848 Mar 12,1887

Margaret Dowling Oct 7,1850 Aug 16,1887 Wife of Jefferson Dowling

Nellie Parker July 16,1855 Nov 2,1887 Wife of W.F. Parker

Zenada Byrd Ard Jan 12,1868 Apr 15,1942 Wife of Eratus Byron Ard

Eratus Byron Ard July 4,1861 Nov 23,1922

Warren Martin Sorrell Feb 2,1884 Aug 29,1925

William H. Slay May 1,1862 Dec 14,1939

Wesley W. Slay Sep 14,1935 Ala. Pvt. US Army

James B. Whitman Jan 13,1935 Oct 24,1935

Ida Cordellia Johnson Dec 29,1876 Sep 16,1942 Wife of James Randall Johnson

Laura Rebecca Dowling Barnard.Oct 21,1867 July 17,1947 B. Ozark Died Washington DC.Dau of Simeon & Sarah Jane Welch Dowling. Married George Smith Barnard Dec22,1889.

Judge George Smith Barnard. June 30,1863 Jan 13,1901 Married Miss Laura Dowling Dec 22,1889.Mason emblem on tomb. Born Eufaula,Ala. Died Rome,Ga.

Caroline Elizabeth Dowdell. Nov 15,1892 Aug 22,1931 Dau. Of Silas A. & Jamie Samford Dowdell. Married George Smith Barnard Opelika, Ala.July 31,1917.Born Shreveport La. Died Montgomery Ala.

Maggie Baker Dowling Oct 4,1874 Mar 23,1920 Wife of E.L. Dowling.

Irene Gurtrude Dowling Dec 28,1897 May 31,1900 Dau. Of D.Y. & R.J. Dowling Rebecca J. Dick July 13,1846 July 20,1923 Wife of D.Y. Dowling

H.E. Dowling Feb 12,1873 Feb 23,1925

Lacy Ann Elizabeth Aug 6,1852 Oct 3,1933 Wife of J.A. Andrews Martin.

Mary M. Matthews Jan 29,1829 Mar 26,1924 Wife of William H. Martin

William H. Martin Apr 4,1829 Oct 24,1855 Husband

Judge J.P. Dowling Aug 6,1848 Feb 7,1931 Husband

Zilphia Ann Dowling July 4,1850 Oct 31,1925 Wife

H. Jessie Dowling Sep 14,1842 June 29,1843 Son of E. & A. Dowling

M. De Lafayette Aug 19,1837 June 24,1843 Son of Noel & Sarah D. Dowling Dowling.

Noel Dowling Dec 25,1809 June 15,1892 Son of

Rev. Dempsey & Marsha Dowling. Born Darlington, SC

Sarah D. Dowling Nov 17,1813 Nov 9,1894 Dau of Rev. John & Sarah McDonald. Born Jasper Co, Ga.

Randall McDonald 1820 1908

John Calvin McKay 1833 1878

Fletcher Dowling Feb 12,1812 Aug 31,1857

Martha Dowling Mar 4,1787 Jan 15,1859 Wife of Rev. D. Dowling

Rev.Dempsey Dowling Dec 14,1783 Apr 26,1865 Husband of Martha Dowling

Nancy L.Dowling Aug 5,1824 Mar 26,1910

Rev. N.A.Skipper 1794 1878 Age 84 years

E.G. Skipper 1814 1898 Age 84. Wife of Rev N.A. Skipper.

I. Jewell Byrd May 30,1882 Oct 2,1910 Wife of Wade Byrd

Ronnie Byrd Sep 12,1910 Oct 8,1910 Dau of Wade & I.Jewell Byrd

Wade T. Byrd May 13,1919 Jan 25,1920 Son of Mr. & MW.H. Byrd

Ophelia Byrd Mar 7,1854 Jan 27,1931

William A.Byrd June 15,1850 Feb 6,1931

Wilber Bascom Carr Aug 24,1909 Oct 23,1909 Son of Roy & Lilly Carr

Nancy D. Hallford Oct 22,1857 Jan 4,1901 Wife of J.S. Hallford

Mary Sula Wynn Aug 6,1870 Dec 21,1937

Emlia Mullins 1843 1933 Wife of G.L. Hallford

G.L. Hallford Sep 4,1843 Nov 8,1895 Husband of Emila Mullins

Oscar Dowling 1866 1931 Dr. President of La. State Board of Health 1910 -1920.

Laura L.Doswell April 20,1845 April 29,1909 Dau of Dr. Thomas C. & MarthaDoswell. Wife of Rev. A. Dowling

Rev. Angus Dowling Feb 20,1834 Jan 8,1904 Son of Noel & Sallie D.Dowling.

H. Bascom Dowling 1869 1948 Son of Rev. A. & Laura L. Dowling.

Hattie Dowling Nov 27,1871 Oct 4,1873 Dau of Rev. A. & Laura L. Dowling.

Laura V. Dowling Jan 5,1902 Feb 22,1902 Dau of Bascom & Callie Dowling

Inf son of Bascom Dowling Petrey & Jo Harris Petrey. Oct 24,1947

Georgia Burnett Aug 2,1883 Dec 8,1936 Dau of H.P. & Dora Dowling. Wife of G.E. Burnett

Monty Dowling Dec 18,1878 May 15,1899 Inf Dau H.E.& L.D. Prigden. July 16,1904

Inf Dau of H.P. & Dora Dowling. July 27,1898 Aug 7,1898

Little Edward Linus Oct 31,1887 June 9,1889 Son of NP & Endora Dowling Dowling.

James King Sr. Feb 9,1881 May 23,1888 Son of NP & Endora Dowling.

Dora Dowling Mar 22,1857 May 25,1914 Dau of Edward & Anna Cats.Wife Of N.P. Dowling

Noel Peler Dowling May 7,1845 Aug 23,1923 Son of Noel & Sallie D. Dowling. Co. E 53 Ala Deo Vindice 1861- 1865

Angus H. Dowling Nov 23,1884 Jan 2,1921

Edenburg Hughes June 1,1869 Oct 30 (1869?) Dau of N & D Hughes

John P. Dowling Oct 10,1859 Jan 19,1860

Inf son of John & C.Dowling

Jeptha V.Bailey 1869 1929

Nannie Brown Bailey Apr 11,1884 Mar 23,1937 Mother

John C. Brown Dec 29,1853 Feb 19,1927 Father

S.Victoria Brown June 30,1857 Mar 7,1946 Mother

Mattie Emma Hood July 11,1872 Oct 24,1912 Wife of Robert E. Holman Inf. Son Dr. JC & SV Holman. Jan 13,1882

Ligon Holman Nov 28,1878 Sep 10,1880 Son of JC & SV Holman

Thornton R. Holman Dec 26,1868 Aug 18,1870 Son of JC & SV Holman

Dr. John C. Holman Jan 13,1829 Mar 15,1904 Father

Susan V. Dowling Sep 19,1850 Feb 28,1915 Mother

Albert Holman Dec23,1882 Aug 19,1922

Marjorie Holman July 21,1911 April 30,1915 Dau. Of Marvin & Sallie B. Holman

Rugers Holman Aug 17,1905 Aug 15,1909 Son of Marvin & Sallie B. Holman

Dr H.L. Holman May 19,1874 Dec 30,1944 A.M. M.D.

Edmonia Inge Dec 8,1880 July 15,1935 Wife of Dr. HL Holman

Richard Inge Holman Mar 11,1901 April 22,1907 Son of Dr. HL & Edmonia Holman

Inf Son of HL & Edmonia Holman. Aug 3,1899

Inf Dau of Dr HL Holman & Florida Arwood Holman. Mar 26,1939

Mary Carolyn Morgan May 18,1938 July 16,1943 Dau of Ceo.C & Imogen Morgan

Joel C. Matthews Aug 7,1890 July 6,1892 Son of EW & JC Matthews

Elisha G. Matthews Dec 10,1870 April 4,1896 Son of WE & NJ Matthews

Nancy J. (Matthews) May 1,1832 June 26,1888 Wife of WE Matthews

Sarah J. Savage July 23,1829 April,22,1887 57 yrs 10 mos 25 days

Altus L. Matthews June 12,1883 Dec15,1887 Son of WW & MA Matthews

W.E. Matthews Oct 2,1825 Feb 8,1886 Father

Lucy Matthews Mar 24,1854 Age abt 32 yrs. Wife of MA Matthews

Jane Hendrick Mar 3,1867 Nov 26,1931 (Maiden name Matthews) Mother

Thomas Allan Hendrick Aug 19,1857 Oct 22,1923 Father

Jane E. Stokes Noal Nov 10,1914 April 8,1944

H.A.R. Martin Jan 16,1856 May 4,1931

Annie Pridgen Martin Oct 3,1869 Mar 16,1937

Connie Wyatt Dowling Feb 13,1880 April 30,1938

H.Lawrence Dowling Oct 11,1902 May 19,1944

W.R. Hudson June 8,1863 Oct 7,1944 Our Father

Mary E. Hudson July 16,1875 June 30,1942 Our Mother >P>Jerome C. Tarter 1898 1946

Surelda J. (Tarter) 1845 1921 Wife of Henry Tarter

Henry Tarter Co C 8th Ky Cav.

William D. Tarter Nov 30,1934 Age 69

Laura Ann Tarter Feb 12,1938 Age 70. Wife of WD Tarter

Dr. James L. Akins April 22,1883 Nov 11,1926 Masonic Emblem on Slab

William H. Akins July 22,1863 July 7,1921 Masonic Emblem on Slab

Alice Akins May 18,1886 Feb 2,1925 Wife of WH Akins

Willian E. Martin Aug 24,1854 Mar 3,1935 Father

Wyatt R. Martin Aug 30,1889 Mar 28,1931 Son

Ada N. Sansbury Nov 3,1859 July 15,1933 Wife of WE Martin

Nathan N. Godwin Mar 12,1874 Feb 26,1932

Robert M. Dowling Feb 9,1871 Oct 25,1947

Flora Grace Apr 30,1881 Nov 17,1927 Wife of RM Dowling

C.M. Dowling July 27,1868 Jan 17,1923 Charlie

Sallie Hammock Mar 2,1859 Dec22,1930 Wife of CM Dowling

Viola Dowling Feb 16,1857 Aug 10,1868 Dau of EM & TJ Dowling

William A. Hill June 26,1859 March 9,1944

E.M.C. Dowling Feb 7,1843 Jan 7,1929 So Cross of Honor Deo Vindice 53rd Ala Calv Co.

Tamsey Jane Britt Mar 20,1838 Dec 6,1919 Wife of EMC Dowling

Paul M. Kingsley June 13,1906 Nov 16,1908

Twin son of OF & LJ Kingsley

Lela May Godwin Oct 11,1877 Aug 13,1946 Inf Dau of Harvey C & Grace M. Dowling. Mar 30,1902

Grace N.Dowling Mar 30,1909 June 30,1935 Wife of Warren Candler Budd

Harvey C. Dowling Aug 19,1875 July 24,1933

Albert Towns Dowling Feb 10,1890 July 8,1937 Ala Pvt 322 Inf. 81 Div

Tallie M. Martin June 27,1877 Sep 30,1922

Lena M. Valentine Feb 19,1869 July 20,1945 (Wife of Isaac Valentine)

Dr. Malcelin O. Grace Dec 21,1884 Jan 2,1933

Rey Howard McDonald Dec22,1901 Oct 28,1923

Bennie Lee McDonald Dec 8,1898 Apr 2,1919

T.W. Whitlock Feb 22,1886 Oct 31,1911

Amanda Grace Jan 7,1861 Dec 26,1933 Mother

Philip C. Grace Mar 16,1850 Feb 15,1905 Father

Betsy Ann McDonald Oct 14,1841 April 2,1901

Elisha Matthews May 15,1803 July 4,1889 Mason emblem on stone

Lacy Matthews Nov 23,1804 Oct 25,1884

Martha Ann Britt July 27,1845 Nov 30,1899

James C. Ross Co I 33 Ala Inf CSA

Telitha S. Matthews Aug 9,1837 Feb 7,1908 Wife of JC Ross. Dao Elish & Lacy Matthews

Margrett A.J. Ross Oct 1,1871 Sep 30,1874 Dau of JC & TS Ross

B.F. Cobb Dec 13,1834 Jan 27,1894

Mezella Pridgen Apr 7,1873 Apr 22,1932

W.H. Pettus

M.T. Matthews June 14,1832 Jan 28,1896

Little Fletcher (Dowling) July 3,1879 May 14,188

0 Son of Jefferson & Margaret Dowling.

Lillie A. (Terry) Oct 11,1860 July 10,1885 Wife of WT Terry

R.A. King Inf Son Mr & Mrs E.E.Stephens. Oct 29,1921 Oct 29,1921

Mrs E.E. Stephens Aug 15,1885 Feb 3,1945

Little Sam Metcalf June 5,1892 Oct 1,1893 Son of AB & ER Metcalf

Mrs. A.B. Metcalf Mar 23,1862 Aug 7,1910

Rev. W.E.W. Andrews Nov 19,1832 Feb 15,1907 Father

Cornelia M Murdock Dec23,1831 Mar 1,1913 Mother (Andrews)

John J. Andrews Dec 7,1855 Dec3,1927 Mason emblem on stone

W.E. Andrews May 15,1852 Sep 7,1930 (Husband)

Mollie Andrews Oct 15,1854 Aug 29,1947 (Wife)

Joel Parker Oct 17,1852 Aug 19,1920 (Husband)

Susan Virginia Parker Apr 12,1869 Aug 17,1891 (Wife)

Aquilla S. Andrews Nov 1,1853 Mar 2,1886

M.A. Andrews Aug 6,1827 Aug 8,1904 Mother

S.J. Andrews June 15,1827 Oct 23,1907 Father

John Wesley (Matthews).Feb 9,1865 Nov 16,1877 Son of WF Matthews

Martha A. (Cox) Mar 18,1863 July 12,1865 Dau of WF & Martha Cox

Claudius M. (Hudgens) Apr 20,1874 Oct 10,1876 Son of AM & RA Hudgens

Harley Obie (Dowling) Jan 7,1882 Sep 26,1882 Son of DY & RJ Dowling

H.T.L. Cox May 20,1871 Dec 25,1901

Georgia Ann (Martin) Nov 7,1854 Jan 11,1889 Wife of RP Martin

Martha A. (Cox) Nov 17,1837 Apr 27,1896 Wife of WF Cox

Louisa Harris Dec12,1868 Sep 15,1872 Dau of James & Mary Harris

Ara Menta Harris Dec 2,1870 Jan 11,1872 Dau of James & Mary Harris

Nina Towns (Sconyers) Sep 20,1882 Sep 25,1882 Dau of Elisa & Dave Sconyers

James K. Dowling Mar 6,1840 Sep 6,1861 Son of Noel & Sarah Dowling. In the service of his native Alabama Near Pensacola Fla. Aged 21 yrs 6

William Dowling Sep 16,1868 Sep 16,1868 Son of DY & RJ Dowling

Marcelous Dowling Oct 31,1866 Mar 16,1869 Son of DY & RJ Dowling

Aliva Augusta Dowling Aug 28,1883 Sep 8,1884 Son of DY & RJ Dowling

Simeon Dowling May 15,1835 Nov 24,1911 Father

Sarah J. Dowling Sep 29,1835 Apr 23,1914 Mother

Martha E.Dowling June 1,1866 Dec21,1886 Dau of S & SJ Dowling

Lillie Estelle Smith June 16,1871 Aged 8 mos 16 days

James F. Dowling Dec 1,1874 Jan 31,1875 Son of S & SJ Dowling

Ella Irene (Dowling) Jan 21,1865 Sep 23,1872 Dau of S & SJ Dowling

Lizzie D. Dowling Mar 27,1881 Sep 20,1882 Dau of S & SJ Dowling

Henry A. Skipper Apr 22,1860 Oct 12,1861 Son of RG & Sarah Skipper

Alabama B. (Skipper) June 27,1864 Mar 6,1865 Dau of RG & Sarah Skipper

S.A. Skipper Feb 24,1837 May 24,1909 Wife of RG Skipper

R.G. Skipper Oct 30,1833 Dec 12,1911 Mason emblem on stone

Isaac Ledbetter 1846 1919

Meigs M. Holman July 4,1860 Nov 25,1926

Inf of Mr. & Mrs.MP Holman.

Mary Anna Dowling Mar 11,1870 Feb 18,1891 Born near Ozark Ala. Married Feb 12 1890 . Wife of MM Holman.Died El Paso, Texas.

N.G. Halford Mar 31,1868 Aug 25,1872 Dau of CL & EJ Hallford

Julia M. Halford June 17,1901 Oct 6,1910 Son of Mrs.Jennie Hallford

Jessie C. Hallford Aug 3,1888 May 14,1889 Dau of SE & PJ Hallford

Tulia Hallford Aug 22,1883 Sep 8,1884 Dau of SE & PJ Hallford

Shellie Oscar Skipper June 7,1877 Mar 26,1892 Son of RG & Sarah Skipper

J.W. Towns Smith Nov 1,1847 Mar 24,1889

Samuel H. Hallford 1806 1864

Zillih Hallford May 11,1813 May 7,1898 Wife of Samuel H. Hallford

Mandy Dowling Wife of Wesley Dowling

Joseph M. Edmondson Jan 20,1870 Nov 6,1940 Father

Lena Dowling Pridgen Oct 3,1876 Aug 15,1943 Wife of Marcellus F. Pridgen

Marcellus F. Pridgen Mar 23,1878 Mar 6,1933

Jessie E. Andrews June 17,1885 July 27,1888 Son of JA & EL Andrews

Mary A. Andrews Mar 1,1887 July 31,1888 Dau of JA & EL Andrews

Daniel Martin Apr 30,1880 Jan 26,1881 Son of D & MF Martin

Clevil Crumpler Dec 9,1892 Apr 24,1893 Son of J & GD Crumpler

Maggie A. Dowling Sep 18,1887 Wife of Edward Dowling Aged 45 yrs 11 mos 18 dys

Edward Dowling Oct 15,1820 May 21,1906 Aged 86. Born Darlington,SC. Moved Dale County Mar 10,1826

Emma Arnold Greene Jan 18,1882 Jan 16,1942 Wife of WH Greene

Anna Dowling May 8,1822 Sep 16,1874 Wife of Edward Dowling

Stephen Eddie Dowling Aug 10,1862 Oct 19,1881 Son of Edward & Anna Dowling. Aged 19 yrs 2 mos 9 dys

Daisy Byrd July 15,1881 Jan 7,1888 Dau of Ransom M & MJ Byrd

Maude Byrd Dec 18,1885 June 1,1887 Dau of Ransom M & MJ Byrd

Idat Brackin Aug 4,1874 Aug 31,1879 Dau of W & SF Brackin

Sallie Conner Dec 13,1851 Wife of Warren Brackin

Simeon W. Brackin Aug 1,1846 Mar 2,1914 Pvt Co E 5th Fla.Cav 1864-65

Almeida Windham (Brackin) July 1,1846 Apr 25,1935 Wife

Robert J.Dowling Apr 4,1844 Jan 1,1892 Aged 47 yrs 8 mos 27 days

Shelley Duke Dowling Mar 27,1873 May 2,1901 Son & Only Child of Robt & Drucilla Dowling

John W. Dowling Dec 6,1832 Dec14,1893

Annie Jane Thompson June 20,1837 May 19,1912 Wife of Capt. John W. Dowling B. Key West Fla. D.Montgomery Ala

Caldonia Chalker 1856 1927 Dau William & Rebecca Land Chalker Wife of AB Byrd

Angus Birtis Byrd 1856 1938 Son of Curtis & Elizabeth Harper Byrd

Mary Emily (Byrd) 1880 1938 Dau Angus Birtis & Caldonia Chalker Byrd

Capt. Alex H. Dowling Mar 27,1909 Aug 29,1946 Son of Marvin & Alberta Byrd Dowling. Died in crash of US aircraft on Mt Obio Near Grenoble France.

Alberta (Byrd) 1878 1942 Dau Angus Birtis & Caldonia Chalker Byrd.

Marvin Dowling 1875 1916

Roxey Ann Brackin Mar 17,1860 Mar 11,1864 Dau of Mathias & Francis J. Brackin

Ben J. Dowling Nov 26,1882 Dec 8,1911

Shellie M. Dowling Jan 2,1877 Mar 28,1877 Inf of JM & EE Dowling

Annie V. Dowling Sep 6,1893 July 24,1895

Jarret M. Dowling 1855 1935 Father

Ella Cria Dowling 1856 1931 Mother


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