Gone But Not Forgotten
ALABAMA IN THE WAR OF 1812
Fort Williams Cemetery was moved in 2006
The cemetery site and the adjacent area has been renamed "Riverbend" and
is now being developed as a River Community on the Coosa River.
Fort Williams, located at the mouth of Cedar Creek and the
Coosa River in what is now Talladega County, Alabama was constructed
in 1814 to serve as a supply depot preparatory to the Battle
of Horseshoe Bend on March 27, 1814. After this battle, Jackson
returned to Fort Williams. The cemetery at Fort Williams became
the final resting place of more than a hundred Tennessee militia
and others. These others include Cherokee allies who fought with
Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, but who were buried
apart from Tennessee militia and Creek Indians who were forced
to come Fort Williams in 1832. For more information on these
individuals, see Creek Indian Removal, the Creek Trail of Tears.
More than 3,000 Creek were collected at Fort Williams in 1832
and many died there because the fort's commissary lacked adequate
The following is a partial list of War pf 1812 veterans who
were buried at the Fort Williams Cemetery:
1. Pankey, Riley Pvt.
[Born 1784, died Apr 20, 1814 Ft. Williams Talladega County]
was among the first to be buried at Fort Williams. Many of those
buried at Fort Williams were members of the 39th Regiment US
2. Duncan, Allen Sgt
3. Austin, John Pvt.
4. Laton, Joshua Pvt.
5. Sharper, Jacob, Pvt.
6. Watson, George Pvt.
7. Abbot, Samuel Pvt.
8. Tracy, Paris Pvt.
9. Sawry, Henry Pvt.
10. Jones, John Pvt.
11. Ellis, James Pvt.
12. Bright, Elijah Pvt.
13. Pursell, William, 1st Sgt
14. Brooks, George Pvt.
15. O'Neal, Isom Pvt.
16. Beeler, Joseph Pvt.
17. Stubbs, Everett Pvt.
18. McGill, William Pvt.
19. Summers, Johnston Pvt.
20. Bray, Solomon, 1st Corp
21. Bell, Phillips, Pvt.
22. Hamblen, Thomas Pvt.
23. Hamilton, James Pvt.
24. McCoy, James Pvt.
25. Dawson, Thomas Pvt.
[Born 1784, died Oct 10, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
26. Meants, David Pvt.
27. Robertson, Joseph Pvt.
28. Sawyer, Smiley Pvt.
29. Hutchinson, Rueben Pvt.
30. Glasco, Robert Pvt.
31. Captain Nicholas Gibbs III born 1772 in Orange County NC
Died on 14 MAR 1814 in Horseshoe Bend, AL
Memorial at Gibbs Home, Corryton, TN
Captain in US Army, War of 1812
From Knox Co. Roster of Soldiers of the War of 1812, which is
possession of Mr. Frederick R. Gibbs. Nicholas Gibbs had the
2nd Lieutenant. He died on March 14, 1814, from wounds received
Battle of the Horseshoe. Tradition has it that he was a close
Andrew Jackson, and that members of the Gibbs family were frequent
at the Hermitage. Several of his letters to Andrew Jackson are
be preserved at the Hermitage.
32. Miltonberger, William Pvt.
33. Feffew, Jeffery Pvt.
34. Pankey, Stephen Pvt.
[Born 1778, died May 6, 1814 Fort Williams]
35. Ford, Thomas Pvt.
36. Yates, Robert Pvt. [Yeats]
[Born 1794, died Apr. 11, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
37. Freeman, Moses Pvt.
[Born Apr 5, 1780, died Jan 9, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
38. Payne, William Pvt.
39. Hill, Spencer Pvt.
40. Rice, Roland Pvt.
[Born Dec 12, 1781 Mass, died Nov 8, 1814, buried Fort Williams
41. Cloud, William Pvt.
[Born 1795, died Mar 27, 1814, buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
42. Ucher, John Pvt.
43. Ritchey, Thomas Pvt.
44. Rector, Enoch Pvt.
45. Nail, Archibald Pvt.
46. Harden, William P. Pvt.
47. Weddle, Elias was born Apr 16, 1770 in Holland, he died
on Mar 27, 1814 at Horseshoe Bend 2nd Lt.
48. King, Edward 1st Lt.
Page 2, The Indian War of 1812 Cemetery:
49. Smith, Bryant Pvt.
50. Sims, Alfred Sgt.
51. Cahoon, Andrew Pvt.
52. Cox, Gale Q.M.
53. Bruner, Jacob Pvt.
54. Gross, George Pvt.
55. Johnson, Thomas J. 1st Lt.
56. Bunch, William Pvt.
57. Huffman, John Pvt.
58. Crumley, Jacob, Sr. Pvt.
[Born 1771, died Apr 28, 1814, Fort Strouthers]
59. Marshall, Joseph Pvt.
60. Masoner, Peter Pvt.
61. Horton, Caleb Pvt.
62. Hill, Richard Pvt.
63. McConka, Samuel Corp
64. Rogers, Spencer Pvt.
65. Boaz, James Pvt.
[James Boaz of East Tennessee Militia died on May 14, 1814,
buried Fort Williams Cemetery]
66.Yount, Jacob Pvt.
67.Hellums, George Pvt.
68.Dockrey, Able Pvt.
[Abel Henry Dockrey born 1783, died May 2, 1815, buried Fort
MILITARY: Abel Henry Dockery enlisted as a private in the War
of 1812 on
June 20, 1814 in Capt. Henry Newlin's Co., Col. Philip Pipkin's
Infantry. He left on 4 November 1814 because of illness. He
was left behind
at Ft. Williams, AL, when his unit left. He died and was buried
near there, at the National Cemetery (from Soldiers of Maury
The inscription on his grave marker reads:
PVT. NEWLINS' CO., 1 WEST TN MILITIA, WAR OF 1812 at National
Childersburg and Sylacauga, AL.
69.Leeper, John Pvt.
70.Rankin, David 1st Lt
[Born Feb 4, 1791, died Mar 27, 1814, buried Fort William Cemetery]
71.Thompson, Moses Pvt.
72.Kathcart, Joseph Pvt.
73.Rice, Able (Musician)
[Note: Able Rice brother to Roland Rice died in 1837 in Illinois]
74.Moiers, Williams Pvt.
75.French, John Pvt.
76.Holmes, Joseph Pvt.
77.Fields, David Pvt.
78.Alstatt, Nicholas, Pvt.
Born Nov 28, 1793,
died Mar 27, 1814]
For more info see History Fort Williams