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14 figures from Huntsville's past buried at Maple Hill

April 22, 2008
This Alabama newspaper lists 14 names of famous--and infamous--Alabamians buried in a historic cemetery.  And one of them was a surveyor ...


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Huntsville Times
 
Many famous - and infamous - North Alabamians are among the 80,000 people buried in Maple Hill Cemetery.
 
Here are a few of them:
 
Madame Jane Childs (1806-1882). Wife of Athens College's president during the Civil War, she stood at the college's entrance to block Yankee soldiers from burning the campus.
 
Gov. Clement Comer Clay (1789-1866). One of five former Alabama governors buried in Maple Hill, Clay was Huntsville's first lawyer and served in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. He and his wife, Susanna, lost everything during the Civil War and are buried in modest graves.