Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery

While we were in Montgomery, we visited Oakwood Cemetery – here are a few of the more interesting monuments:

This is the monument of Daniel S.E. Starr and his wife, Sophronia. Mr. Starr was against the War (War Between the States) and was taken from his jail cell (where he was being held before his trial for writing what was believed to be an abolition manuscript) and hanged. He’s believed to be the only citizen of Montgomery – although he was originally from Connecticut – to die for this position.

William Burr Howell, Varina Davis’ father (Varina was Jeff Davis’ wife):

Christian Kreutner, who manufactured guns for the Confederacy:

Confederate section:

Mary Hill’s monument:

She and seven of her children died from the scarlet fever epidemic and they are all buried here:

“Buried here are 78 officers and men of the Royal Air Force who lost their lives whilst training in Montgomery, Alabama during the Second World War. Nearly 1000 men who died during that war or the First World War when serving with the forces of Britain or the other Commonwealth countries lie buried in cemeteries throughout the United States of America. Their graves and this cross of sacrifice which commemorates them are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.”

Audrey and Hank Williams’ monuments:

A metal monument:

Federal soldier section:

Sayre family:

Zelda and Scott are not buried with them but they have this marker there:

Samuel Wreford, 1866. His mausoleum was built to include eight family members but he is the only one here. His casket was a cast iron canoe.

John Schockler – this monument reads in part: “…rest my remains. Was born in N. Orleans the 22nd of Nov. 1844 was brought up by friends; not taking their advice, was drowned in this city in the Ala. River the 27th of May 1855; now I warn all young & old to beware of the dangers of this river, see how I am fixed in this watery grave. I have got but two friends to mourn.”

Next to that is this monument, “In memory of my only friend, Mrs. Caroline Schockler…”

This unmarked space is where James Chastaine is buried. He attended all the high society functions of Montgomery – was considered a real dandy – and later burglarized the homes he visited. I believe this was mid-to-late 1800s.

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