Woman works to preserve family, Madison Co. history at grave site

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OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT)-- A Madison County woman is working to honor her family, and preserve a part of the area's history.

Jewell Freeman says her great-great-grandfather, "Squire" Richard Dickson Cobb, didn't get a proper grave marker when he died in 1894. She isn't sure, why, but she wanted to remedy the situation.

120 years later, she and her family have added one at the site in Byrd Cemetary in Owens Cross Roads.

"[It's] just to remind his descendants who he was, and just to keep his memory alive," she said.

Freeman has saved her great-great-grandfather's obituaries, published in three different Huntsville newspapers after his death. They read that he passed away in his sleep, aged in his 90's.

He was a Madison County Commissioner for nearly 2 decades before and after the Civil War, said Freeman. She added he was also a justice of the peace during his life.

"I'm pretty proud to have ancestors who were good citizens," she said.

To honor him, his descendants have marked his grave with an obelisk, a tall grave marker standing between the trees as a present from his great-great grandchildren.

"I think we should never forget our ancestors, they went through a lot to get us where we are today," said Freeman.