Carter Cemetery has notable significance

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 1, 2010

New information has come to light relative to the Carter Cemetery in the Cold Water community.

The GPS coordinates for the location are 31-26-251N and 86-24-424W.

A couple of informative responses to last week’s writing make possible a further look at this historic site.

Thomas Carter, a resident of Andalusia who is a descendant of William Carter and others buried in the cemetery, has strong, personal interest in it.

He reported that he and his brother, James Carter, promised his mother before her death, that they would maintain the cemetery.

After his brother’s death, Thomas has been assisted by his daughter, Barbara Carter.

They have uncovered and made visible the small concrete slabs that mark the graves of many who are not identifiable at this late date.

This family has looked after the cemetery for the last 60 years or so.

Rebecca Gantt, a resident of the area and a descendant of the Johns family who has ancestors buried there, shared that she recalls the event during which the marker commemorating the service of Robert William Carter in the Revolutionary War was placed near the center of the cemetery.

The exact location of his grave is unknown. Rebecca remembered there being men wearing period dress and some playing drums and fifes at a program conducted by members of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Although this occurred about 10 years ago, the specific date is not known to this writer.

Rex Everage, a native of Andalusia, who currently resides in Enterprise, is actively involved with the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He shared details of the dedication ceremony and confirmed that it was the Chapter of the Sons of American Revolution who placed the marker.

This organization, Wiregrass Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, has a Web site at the following address:

The page is titled “Sons of the American Revolution Alabama Society.”

At this site, one may check out the goals and purposes of the chapter.

Patriot graves is one choice that is a list of the identified Revolutionary War Veterans.

The site has the following statement. “The Wiregrass Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has undertaken a project to locate, catalog and mark the graves of Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in the counties that make up the Wiregrass area of Southeast Alabama.

The catalog information for patriot graves includes service record and background information, location of the grave to include GPS coordinates and a picture of the grave marker.

If you have information of additional patriots buried in the Wiregrass area, please contact the Graves Committee Chairman.”

In the chapter’s roster of graves, at least four patriots are identified as being buried in Covington County: William Carter, Jeremiah Dixon, John Lyles and Samuel Williams.

Other records suggest two additional patriots that are most likely buried in the county: Joseph Bozeman and James T. Dannelley.

This is an interesting historical feature for the county since it was not established until 1821.

The accompanying pictures depict the grave marker for William Carter and the ceremony, which was conducted to dedicate it.

Anyone who might have additional information related to the Carter Cemetery or the burial sites of other patriots of the American Revolution is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or e-mail:

The sources for this writing, which are listed in the content, include area residents, Carter descendants, Rex Everage and the Wiregrass Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and The Heritage of Covington County, Ala.­­­