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A 1930 Isbell family reunion photo…

shows descendants of Levi Isbell at the 1930 family reunion at the Isbell home on Main Street, Albertville, Alabama. The home was later demolished but stood on the court house square across the street from the court house. Levi Isbell was the brother of our James Isbell. Levi Isbell married Sarah “Sallie” Birdwell and James Isbell married her sister Elizabeth Birdwell. James and Elizabeth Isbell are my third great-grandparents on my Murray line. The Murrays who married Isbells moved from around Paint Rock and Larkinsville in Jackson County, Alabama sometime between 1865-1870 to Colbert County, then Franklin County, Alabama.

1930 Isbell Reunion at home of Levi Isbell

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8 responses

  1. paolipam

    There are several “old time” Isbells buried in the Florence family cemetery at Florence Chapel community near the very small town of Paoli, OK, 73074. My mother, Vera Pauline Rodke (her mother was a Murray) says the Isbells were married into our family way back. Mom was born & raised at Florence Chapel and knew all the Florences well. I think most of the Isbells’ grave markers are still there. Seems like they were remarkable because they were made of cast aluminum. Don’t remember the names or dates. The lady who took such great care of the cemetery, Sondra (Shumate) Copeland, now lies in it. Not sure if her heirs are keeping it up.

    August 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    • I looked up Florence Cemetery and there are two Birdwells documented as buried there, but found no markers for Isbells or Murrays. Is there a way to get better information on the cemetery. It looks like there is a lot of space in the cemetery where maybe markers used to be. Your grandmother was a daughter of the son of one of my Murrays from Franklin County, now Colbert County, Alabama. Any info on the Isbell line especially would be appreciated.

      August 18, 2014 at 2:59 am

      • paolipam

        There are probably not any Murrays buried at Florence Chapel cemetery. I’ll try to get over there and take some pictures of the Isbell & other headstones. Lots of the headstones are missing or broken. Also, will see if Mom wants to go to the Hopping cemetery (where Murrays & Isbells are buried.) The headstones at Hopping are not vandalized at all. I don’t remember Birdwells. I had a teacher in 7th grade at Pauls Valley (the county seat) that was named Birdwell. Seems like there are Vandivers buried somewhere around here, too. Not sure though.

        Oh, are you decended from a Methel? My mom had a great aunt Methel she remembers living here in OK, but she doesn’t think she is your Methel. I fugure one was named for the other.

        August 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      • No, that on was not my Methel. But I would so appreciate photos…..so very much. Thanks.

        Carolyn Murray Greer

        September 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

    • Aluminum cast markers would be great…I wonder why no one does those.

      September 29, 2014 at 12:12 am

  2. paolipam

    Oh, it occurred to me while driving home yesterday, there are also Isbells in the Hopping cemetery just east of Wayne, OK. My mother also said there are Isbills in and around Wayne, OK, that she believes are of the same Isbell family, but they don’t think so.

    August 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    • I would bet you are right, if we go back far enough.

      September 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

  3. paolipam

    If you are searching cemeteries near Wayne, OK, you should check out the Purcell, OK, cemetery. It is huge. Many of your relatives you are searching for may be there since it’s just 7 miles north of Wayne, OK.

    August 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

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