30 November 2016

Delmar Warren's Pyramid Tombstone

"Egyptian, is perhaps the most funerary of all architecture," writes Douglas Keister in Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents.  This, of course, makes perfect sense.  The very definition of an Egyptian pyramid, at it's core, is a tomb.  History.com's article about the Egyptian Pyramids says this:

The pyramid's smooth, angled sides symbolized the rays of the sun and were designed to help the king's soul ascend to heaven and join the gods, particularly the sun god Ra.

Oftentimes, especially in cemeteries located in the southern United States, Eqyptian architecture is combined with more mainstream Christian symbols.  Delmar Warren's pyramid tombstone at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia, however, is pretty plain.


Frankly, the simple display looks out of place amid the crosses, angels, flora, and fauna carved in stone around it and throughout the cemetery.  So why was this particular tombstone placed for Delmar Arliss Warren (1911-1982)? A line from his obituary (16 January 1982, Augusta Chronicle) could hold the answer:

Mr. Warren attended schools in Macon and was a graduate of Georgia Tech.  He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, was a member of the American Institute of Architects and was a Methodist.

Furthermore, the 1940 Bibb County, Georgia Federal census – search it free here – provides Delmar's occupation as Architectural Designer.

Simple as that.

29 November 2016

Dr. A. B. Sams: Be Ye Also Ready (Tombstone Tuesday)

From Clayton Baptist Church Cemetery at Rabun County, Georgia -


Dr. A. B. Sams

Jan 5, 1819
Feb 1, 1893

Be Ye Also Ready
For In Such An Hour
As Ye Think Not The
Son Of Man Cometh

27 November 2016

Elisha Millican Canup Ate Too Much Corn? (Cause of Death Defined)

Elisha Millican Canup, born 1865, was a son of Jackson Canup, and a husband to Cleo Burton.  He died in 1930 at Rabun County, Georgia (possibly in Mountain City).


While viewing his death certificate, I came across an unfamiliar term.  What caused Elisha's death was a disease called Pellagra.  It is defined as "a deficiency disease caused by a lack of nicotinic acid or its precursor tryptophan in the diet. It is characterized by dermatitis, diarrhea, and mental disturbance, and is often linked to overdependence on corn as a staple food."

An article at Wikipedia also notes this:

…Soon pellagra began to occur in epidemic proportions in states south of the Potomac and Ohio rivers. The pellagra epidemic lasted for nearly four decades beginning in 1906.  It was estimated that there were 3 million cases and 100,000 deaths due to pellagra during the epidemic.

I thought the "in states south of the Potomac and Ohio rivers" bit interesting.  Appalachia Georgia certainly fits in that category.

Elisha Canup was laid to rest in the graveyard of Clayton Baptist Church, at Rabun County, Georgia.


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26 November 2016

Berta Cook and Luke 8:52 (Today's Epitaph)

BeechMethodist-OldMarionBaptist-ODaniel 014Berta Cook, daughter of Julian R. and Laura Elvira (Jones) Cook, was just 21 years old when she died.  Part of the epitaph on her tombstone is Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.  "Not dead, but sleepeth" is not an uncommon inscription to find on a tombstone, but I rarely see the source attached.  Berta's stone provides it:  Luke VIII, 52.  Full verse from the KJV Bible:

And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.

Though Berta died in the community of Bullard, Twiggs County, Georgia, larger papers -- like the Union-Recorder of Milledgeville and the Macon Telegraph of Bibb County -- carried news of her untimely death.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
26 August 1896 – pg. 5 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]


She Was a Bright Young Lady and Well Known in Macon:

News was received in the city yesterday announcing the death of Miss Berta Cook at Bullards, which sad event occurred yesterday morning at 6 o'clock, after a short illness.

The deceased was a daughter of Mr. J. R. Cook, a prominent planter residing at Bullards, and had relatives and friends in Macon to whom the news of her death was a sad blow.

Miss Cook was about 20 years of age and was loved by all who knew her.  Her Christian character and amiable disposition attracted all who came in contact with her, and doubly endeared her to the hearts of her parents.  Her friends extend to the bereaved family their deepest sympathies.

The funeral services will occur from the family residence this afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Union-Recorder (Milledgeville, Georgia)
1 September 1896 – pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]

Death of Miss Berta Cook.
Mr. C. M. Wright received a telegram last Thursday morning, bearing the sad intelligence of the death of Miss Berta Cook, which occurred that morning at the home of her father in Twiggs county.  She was ill only three days with malarial fever.

…She is a granddaughter of Mrs. E. A. Cook and a niece of Mr. W. A. Cook of this county.  Some years ago she attended the M. G. M. & A. College.  Last summer she visited her cousin, Miss Louise Wright, in this city, and won many friends by her charming manners and sweet disposition.  Her untimely death causes profound sorrow in a large circle of relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held at the old homestead at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

Berta was laid to rest at (what is now) Beech Springs Methodist Church Graveyard in Twiggs County, Georgia.  Her mother and brother Cornelius rest near her.

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23 November 2016

Thomas Green Had No Record of His Age

All that remains of Thomas Green, Sr. (1775-1865) rests at Harmony Baptist Church Graveyard in Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia.


Fold3War1812PensionBountyLandWarrantAppFile-TGreenSrIn the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files database at Fold3, I found an interesting account regarding the time of Mr. Green's birth.  The document included in Pvt. Green's file was a letter from a Justice of the Inferior Court of Fannin County, Georgia.  It was dated 24 December 1855, and reads, in part:

[Thomas Green Senior] "who claims Bounty Land under the act of March 3rd, 1855, Number 79651, for his services in the War of 1812, and who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical Thomas Green Senior, who claimed and received Eighty Acres Bounty land, under the act of September 28th, 1850, and that he now claims the additional number of Eighty Acres, under the act of March 3rd, 1855, and that deponent from the fact that he has no record of his age is unable to fix the definite period of his birth but, that he was informed by his parents that he was Born about or shortly after the commencement of the Revolutionary War…"

Furthermore, J. H. Morris Jic stated Mr. Green was "a man of truth and veracity."

So, there you have it.  Straight from the horse's mouth and the justice's pen.  Thomas Green, Sr. was born about April 1775.

21 November 2016

The Golden Bowl was Broken: a Blount Family Cenotaph

[Originally posted at the Rose Hill Cemetery blog.]

Lots in Rose Hill Cemetery at Macon, Bibb County, Georgia began to be sold about May of 1840.  According to the cemetery's records, the lot where the following stone, memorializing members of the James Blount family, was placed was purchased by Simri Rose – the developer of Rose Hill – on 28 July 1840.  Unless remains were moved from another location, the stone placed is a cenotaph:  "a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere." [Merriam-Webster]

Rose Hill - Aug 2013-003

James Blount
Born 28th June 1780
Died 12th Dec 1820
Son of Col. Edmund and Judith Blount
of Washington Co, N.C.

Elizabeth Blount
Consort of James Blount
Daughter of P. S. and Nancy Roulhac
Born 4th Oct 1786
Died 17th Feb 1834

Edmund Sharpe Blount
Son of James & Elizabeth Blount
Born 10th Sept 1806
Died in 1826

Erected by John M. Blount, 1851.

This marble to thy memory
the "Golden Bowl was broken"
when scarce I knew thee

for the lessons thou hast taught me

I can give thee but a tomb, it
bears thy name too soon.

Note:  "the Golden Bowl was broken" references the Bible.  Ecclesiastes 12:6 (KJV), to be specific – "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth..."

5…because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.

6Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

7Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it…

15 November 2016

PFC Lawrence E. Patton, Killed In Action (and His Gold Star Mom)

Tombstone Tuesday from Harmony Church Graveyard in Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia:





The Gold Star Mothers veterans service organization has been around since 1928.  Longer than I thought.

In the name of accuracy, I do not know if Ida Mae Patton – the mother of PFC Lawrence E. Patton – was "officially" a member of this organization.

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