is a collection of inscriptions from cemeteries within the boundaries of St. Stephens
Historical Park. These inscriptions are touching tributes preserved on stone by the
families of men and women, many of whom died in the blossom of youth. The inscriptions
provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of inhabitants of the town of Old St.
Every effort has been made to
reproduce the inscriptions faithfully, including the original spelling and format.
Brown places this monument over the
grave of her whose virtues whilst she lived,
brought to him the truest happiness and whose
death has left a melancholy void in his bosom,
that Earth can never again fill.
In life thou were fairest and fondest to me
In death my lone heart shall be buried with thee.
IN MEMORY OF
MRS. CAROLINE MEDORA
SAMUEL THOMPSON BROWN
and daughter of the
HON. WILLIAM CRAWFORD, ST. STEPHENS ALA.
BORN APRIL 20TH 1823
DIED APRIL 29, 1841
Rest, fair one, Rest. Thy pang of death is
Unknown inall, save it is the last:
Thy infant slumbers on thy heaveless breast-
Rest, Mother-Infant-Blissful spirits, rest.
Thou art gone, but we will remember thee:
Morning shall tell us of thy purity and brightness, and
Evening breathe into our hearts the music of thy voice:
Thou art gone, but we will not forget thee: thy gay and
Artless innocence may cheer us no more but the memory
of thy virtue shall remain graven on our hearts forever:
This marble may not tell how devoted thou were to thy
Husband, how dutiful to thy Parents, how affectionate
To thy Friends: but all who knew thee, loved thee, and
The Tears of the stranger fell on thy grave.
This is possibly the most remarkable of all the memorials
in Old St. Stephens. This inscription was taken from the large obelisk in the center of
the Crawford Family Cemetery. It is located near the entrance of the St. Stephens
Historical Park, and may be visited.
A memorial in the Hays Family Cemetery.
lies the Body of
SARAH MARIA HAYS
Henry H.B. Hays
Coln George Fisher
She died on 16th of April 1818
Aged 19 Years 8 Months and 11 Days
In the same grave is deposited the body of
an Infant Son who was born and died
on [illegible] of April of the same Year
This monument is erected by a disconsolate
Husband as a testimony of his love for
the best of wives and whose memory
will be always dear to him
Requiescant in pace
["Rest in peace"]
The remaining stones shown on this page are found in the Old St.
Stephens Cemetery, on a hill not far from the town. These inscriptions come from the five
remaining markers. There are also many unmarked grave depressions, and several collapsed
brick and stone vaults.
M. VAN PATTEN
in Schenectady County, New York,
March 7th 1814;
in St Stephens, Alabama
Jan. 15th 1840.
is erected to his memory by his
We were two who hand in hand
Were strangers journeying in the Land
Though parted now we'll meet again
Far from this world of care and pain
In that pure region of the soul
Where the shining planets roll
Far from this dark...[at this point
the inscription becomes illegible.]
To the memory of
Dr MIDDLETON DOUGHERTY,
of Charlotte N.C.
who died July 16th 1835,
while on a visit to Alabama
He was skilful as a physician,
exemplary as a Christian
and beloved as a man.