I am a descendant of the Dewoody Family of Limestone County, Alabama one Margaret Adams Dewoody married as her second husband, William Matkin, whose first wife was Margaret McDonnell, daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth (Dunsmore) McDonnell. McDonnell Cemetery is maybe a mile northeast of the Matkin Cemetery in the restricted section of Redstone Arsenal, and east of Matkin Mountain. William and Margaret (McDonnell) Matkin had five children:
1. Martha J. Matkin, born ca 1835.
2. Mary Patton Matkin, born 07 Aug. 1836, died 07 Oct 1840.
3. Cornelia A. Matkin, born ca 1838.
4. Ann E. Matkin, born ca 1840.
5. William A. Matkin, born ca 1842, served in Co. G, 4th Alabama Vol., C.S.A. He served with my great uncle, Alexander Heath Simpson and was at the first battle of Manassas.
Margaret is buried in the Matkin Cemetery and a gravestone marks her grave and reads as follows: "Sacred to the memory of Margaret Matkin, daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth McDonnell, consort of William Matkin, Born March 20, 1800. Died March 8, 1849; Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."
Another marker a six-foot obelisk reads: "Sacred to the memory of Mary Patton Matkin, daughter of William and Margaret Matkin, born August 7, 1836, died October 7, 1840."
There were no marked graves for Margaret (Dewoody) or William Matkin, but there is another obelisk that is not inscribed.
The Matkin's were friends and neighbors of John and Margaret Ann (Dickson) Simpson living nearer to present day Triana. John' son Arthur Marcus Simpson married Lura Lee Dewoody, whose father William Aiken Dewoody was the brother of Margaret Adams (Dewoody) Matkin.
In a letter dated Dec. 13, 1861, Alexander Heath Simpson wrote from Dumfries, Virginia as follows: "Dear Ma, As Primus, a negroe boy belonging to Bill Matkin will start home in a few days to spend the Christmas holidays. I will write you a letter... Ma, if it is convenient, please send me a few pounds of butter by Primus Matkin; he will be leaving for this place as soon as the Christmas holidays are over."
Margaret McDonnell was the aunt of James Smith McDonnell, the owner of a general mercantile store, a cotton brokerage, and an electric cotton gin at Altheimer, Arkansas. His son, James Smith McDonnell, Jr., founded McDonnell Aircraft which became McDonnell-Douglas.
The cemetery is located on the northeast cornor of Redstone Arsenal in a troop training area. The Matkin cemetery is about 60 feet by 45 feet, enclosed by a field stone fence, and has trees and English Ivy growing on it. To view the cemeteries in this part of Redstone Arsenal, permission must be given and you must ask a few weeks prior to your planned visit. I hope this information may help you in your research.
Dennis Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org