Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Hale County Murfees

Last spring, I had the opportunity to accompany Murfee Gewin (of the Murfee Family) and John Anderson, MMI Class of 1969, to the old Murfee Family cemetery over in Hale County, Alabama. Murfee and John do an annual trek over there to spray chemicals in the cemetery and cut weeds, etc. I was just along for the ride and toting my camera.

Note: All images are courtesy of the MMI Archives.

The Murfee Family cemetery is located to the right of the road just below the tall, single tree (you can barely make out the fence). John had to cut us a path to the cemetery! The remains of the Murfee home, by the way, are totally engulfed in the woods, kudzu, and other over and under growth to the right and in front of the cemetery!

John Anderson and Murfee Gewin (background with sprayer) working in the cemetery. I’m the photographer!

Believe it or not, the remains of the Murfee house are in there!

The father of James Thomas Murfee, MMI’s founder and first president, is buried in this Hale County cemetery just off Alabama/County Route 21 not far from Havana and the site of the Green Springs School, Henry and Julia Tutwiler’s famed institution. Coming from Virginia, James Wilson Murfee (1808-1889), a long-time school teacher in Hale County, is buried next to his fourth wife, Elizabeth S. Edwards Murfee, who died in 1906. Our James T. Murfee was born to his second wife, Ann Parker Murfee.

Two images of the graves of James Wilson and Elizabeth S. Edwards Murfee in the Murfee Family cemetery in Hale County.

Finally, I have included several new images of the graves of James Thomas and Laura Owen Murfee in the Marion City Cemetery. Someone (I assume a Murfee Family member) has recently cleaned the tombstone and it is much more readable than it was.