States: Alabama: Lowndes
According to the research notes left by the late Rosa Lyon Traylor, the Edwards family cemetery is located at the bend of the Alabama River on what was the Edwards’ plantation. There are two Edwards burying grounds, one for the family and one for their slaves. These two cemeteries are indicated by symbols on the most recent Lowndes County map issued by the Alabama Department of Transportation. It appears that they are located slightly northwest of the White Hall crossroads. I do not have the map before me, and I do not know the road numbers, but I would estimate the distance (by air) between White Hall and cemeteries to be about three miles (longer by ground). I have never been there myself.
According to Mrs. Traylor, David Edward migrated to Alabama Terriroty from Virginia by way of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. They settled a plantation of several thousand acres and about 200 slaves in Lowndes County, Alabama near White Hall, on the Alabama River - circa 1816. The area around him was still populated with Indians. (Nearby was the home of the Creek Indians, known as Holy Ground. Up the Alabama River from the Edwards land toward Montgomery was a strip of land in the River known as Holy Ground Bar.) The family “squatted” on these lands, and later the Edwards property was entered in the U. S. Land Records on October 26, 1818.
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