HISTORY OF OLD HARMONY CEMETERY
1784 INDIAN MASSACRE
In the summer of 1784, William Jones with his two young sons, were among a group from Georgia making their way through the Indian land. They camped at this place where there was a large spring and made plans to continue their journey to what is now South Alabama.
While they slept, a band of Indians attacked the camp. William Jones was killed, his son Edmond, five years old, was asleep in one of the wagons. He looked out and saw several Indians on horses carrying away his three year old brother. The next day John Gunter came to the site of the massacre and found Edmond Jones. After he buried the dead, he took Edmond to live with him.
This area was ceded to the U. S. at the end of the Creek War. In August 1818, Edmond returned here and entered the land, receiving title in 1822. He built a “Meeting House” as a memorial, which was used for the “needs of the community”, and he executed a deed for three acres as a cemetery, which has since been expanded. Multiple Confederate Veterans, such as James Madison Metcalf, of the 19th Alabama Infantry, are found buried here at Old Harmony, under official C. S. A. markers.
Old Harmony Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Etowah County and is the third cemetery in Etowah County to be listed on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register. Old Harmony has also been recognized by the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century and the Etowah County Historical Society.
DONATE TO OLD HARMONY CEMETERY
The cemetery is registered as a nonprofit corporation (since 1984) under state and federal laws. The official name is: "Old Harmony Cemetery Association, Inc." and the official address is: 628 Kirby Road, Rainbow City, AL 35906.
The association is registered under the Alabama Nonprofit Corporation Act and may receive tax deductible contributions under "Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any other corresponding provision of any future U. S. Internal Revenue Law".
The cemetery does accept donations, and your gifts are tax deductible. To donate please contact Richard Baker, Treasurer, Old Harmony Cemetery Association at: donations@OldHarmonyCemetery.com
We wish to thank the City of Rainbow City, Alabama for its web support and assistance.