History of the Restoration Movement

Barnes Family Plot

Fair Prospect Cemetery
Naftel, Montgomery County, Alabama

J.M. Barnes was a gifted preacher of the gospel. His life was taken from him in one of the earliest car accidents in the history of car related deaths in South Alabama, though he lived to see his 77th year. Barnes is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Montomery, Alabama. J.M. Barnes' first wife Lucy, was buried near his parents and other family members in the Fair Prospect Cemetery in southern Montgomery County, Alabama. There is a marker there placed in J.M.'s memory, near that of his first wife and parents, Elkanah & Mary Barnes. Also in the plot are J.M's sisters buried with the Barnes' brothers-in-law, M.L. Kirkpatrick, and Samuel Jordan.

Directions To The Grave of Elkanah, Mary & Lucy Barnes

The Barnes are buried in the Fair Prospect Cemetery in southern Montgomery County, Alabama. If heading south on I-65 proceed past the I-85 interchange and take Exit 168 (Hwy.80) and go east (left if traveling south). Signs on this exit will also direct you toward Hwy 331. Go east about one mile and turn south on Hwy 331. Travel 28 miles south to mile marker 77. You will come up on County Road 68 (Naftel Rd.) on the left. Don't turn there. Less than 100 yards past the Naftel Rd. turn off on the right hand side is a driveway. The mailbox numbers showed 24730 & 24680, Hwy. 331. Note a little dirt road that heads back north up into a wooded area. At the end is the Fair Prospect Cemetery. Look in the middle of the cemetery for a fenced-in area. You will find the Barnes' family plot.

Also buried at Fair Prospect: Thomas J. Golson, Bartlet Hilliard, W.J. Haynes, J.V. Davis, Samuel Jordan. Kirkpatrick, along with J.M. Barnes and Samuel Jordan started a school together in 1881 called, Highland Home College. Kirkpatrick was the brother-in-law of J.M. Barnes and co-proprietor in the college for a period of time. It was a school that served the brotherhood for many years. See more on this school HERE!

GPS Location
N 32° 00.680 x W -86° 17.356 Facing E.
or D.d 32.01125102516773, -86.28918528556824

Photo Taken 08.08,2013, This Is A New Historical Marker Added At The Entrance Of The Drive To Fair Prospect Cemetery

Fair Prospect Cemetery



Lucy R.
Wife of
J.M. Barnes
and daughter of
J.H. & Harriet Buff.
June 17th, 1834
March 10th, 1878


Memory of
Elkanah Barnes
June 5, 1797
and died
December 19,
His own words,
I am an honest man.


Mary Barnes
January 24, 1811
August 25, 1891
I have fought a good fight

Earl Kimbrough Lecture at Faulkner University 3 March, 2014

"Miss Polly": A History of Mary Lumpkin Barnes

PDF of Lecture / Power Point

Special Thanks

Special thanks are extended to C. Wayne Kilpatrick and Tom L. Childers. In March, 2010 while visiting in Montgomery, Alabama, a day trip was taken to visit some of the restoration related sites in south Alabama. The end of the trip involved a visit to Fair Prospect Cemetery in southern Montgomery County. The photos you see on this page were taken by them and your web editor.

J.M. Barnes

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