In Our Hearts Forever 

“Thanks to our parentage, researchers, contributors and principal partners involved in establishing, preserving, rebuilding and maintaining this special church”

Welcome to Liberty

Methodist preachers, even in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, were circuit riders and traveled many miles each year on horseback spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and establishing new churches along the circuit. During the early 19th century in America, the Methodist Episcopal Church was experiencing problems and divisions over issues such as the authority of the church and slavery.

Perry and Greene Counties in Alabama were created on December 13, 1819. Pioneers from the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia came to this part of Alabama when the area was opened to settlement. It was during this period in early America, Liberty Methodist Episcopal Church found its roots in Perry County, Alabama.

On October 9, 1838, John B. Ryan sold approximately two (2) acres of land in Greene County to the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States of America which provided the location for Liberty Methodist Church. From its humble inception in Greene County Liberty Church has been a prominent part in this area of what is now northeast Hale County Alabama.

There have been many preachers at Liberty Methodist Church since it was formed in the early 1800s. Robert Ramey, former Hale County School Superintendent, said all three (3) of his great-grandfathers were preachers of Liberty Methodist Church and Mark Smith (3rd Great-grandfather) was the first. Reverend Mark Smith is buried in an unmarked grave in the church cemetery.

Collection of newspaper clippings gathered while searching for information regarding the history of Liberty, the community and unmarked graves in the cemetery. 

Collection of old, new and storm damage photographs provided by those interested in maintaining the history of Liberty United Methodist Church.

Documents discovered while establishing and validity of Liberty United Methodist Church property records and boundaries of the cemetery.

Many that settled in this part of Perry County, which is now northeastern Hale County Alabama can be found in Liberty or surrounding cemeteries. If your linage is not listed on the pages below, we would appreciate hearing from you. Anything you could possibly share to complete this incomplete section would be a great help.

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