24 June 2016

Ida Pruett and Puerperal Septicemia (Cause of Death Defined)

Part of me hates I've pared Ida's life down to a cause of death defined post.

Ida Lee was born 11 October 1885 in Gwinnett County, Georgia to W. S. and Francis (Bailey) Fowler.  She married Norton N. Pruett after 1911.


Ida was just 36 years old when she died on 24 January 1922.  Cause of death, per her death certificate available at FamilySearch.org, was noted as Puerperal Septicemia.  Septicemia is essentially blood poisoning.  If not treated promptly, it can lead to "circulatory collapse, profound shock, and death."

Puerperal Septicemia, also known as puerperal or childbed fever, is "an infectious, sometimes fatal, disease of childbirth; until the mid-19th century, this dreaded, then-mysterious illness could sweep through a hospital maternity ward and kill most of the new mothers.  Puerperal fever results from an infection, usually streptococcal, originating in the birth canal and affecting the endometrium. This infection can spread throughout the body, causing septicemia." [Online source cited Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health.]

Ida Lee and Norton N. Pruett (1864-1929) rest at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County.  Nearby is Ida's mother, Francis (1857-1924).


A tender mother and a faithful friend.

See also Cause of Death: Puerperal Eclampsia.

23 June 2016

Two Sarahs for William Jinks

William David Jinks, after his death in 1909, was laid to rest beside his first wife, Sarah Langley, at Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  William, the son of David and Mary Jinks of North Carolina, was 79 years old at the time of his death.


When visiting the Jinks' FindAGrave memorials, I read a note stating the name on the stone placed for this (first wife) Sarah might be incorrect, because Sarah Barbara was the name of William's second wife.


That's awkward.

William Jenks married Sarah Langley 9 March 1852 in Gwinnett County.  This couple can be found in census records for 1860, 1870, and 1880 (all Gwinnett County).  What's interesting is the 1880 census taker listed William's wife as Sarah B. with a birth year of 1828.

William's first wife passed away 27 March 1898.  One year and nine months later, on 2 November 1899, William married Sarah B. Parks.  This is reflected in the 1900 census, when the "number of years married" question was answered with a zero.  It also should be noted that Ms. Parks was 43 years younger than William David.  So the dates on the tombstone pictured above (1829-1898) cannot be confused with those belonging to the second Sarah.


BTW, William David Jinks was the father of Dr. Marion Jinks.

22 June 2016

Death of Dr. Marion Jinks

Here are a couple of images relating to the death of Dr. Marion W. Jinks.  He was born 7 April 1869 in Georgia, and died 8 December 1935.  The good doctor was a son of William David Jinks and husband to Elizabeth E.  All rest at Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County.


Dr. Jinks' cause of death was somewhat unique:  Acute Nephritis cause from absorption of poison from Teeth.


"Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-13529-25739-8?cc=1385727 : 4 April 2016), 004557961 > image 11 of 598; Georgia Archives, Morrow.

18 June 2016

Ezekiel E. Parke: Georgia Soldier, Revolutionary War


Ezekiel Evans Parke
Georgia Soldier
Rev War

Greensboro City Cemetery at Greene County, Georgia

Ezekiel Evans Park, (1757-1826), a patriot of '76, lived on a plantation near Greensboro.  He was a graduate of William and Mary College and was a man of culture.  Mr. Park witnessed service in a number of engagements and was wounded at the battle of Guildford C. H., in North Carolina.  -- Lucian Lamar Knight, Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends, 1913.

North America Family Histories, 1500-2000, citing Lineage Book of the Charter Members of the DAR, Vol 028, says this:

Ezekiel Evans Parke, (1757-1826), a graduate of William and Mary College, volunteered under Gen. Nathaniel Green in his campaign against Cornwallis, in North Carolina.  He was wounded at Guilford Court House.  He was born in Virginia; died in Greensboro, Ga.

14 June 2016

1.3 Million Deaths

I'm a military brat, and proud of it.

The military brats subculture has emerged over the last 200 years.  The age of the phenomenon has meant military brats have also been described by a number of researchers as one of the America's oldest and yet least well-known and largely invisible subcultures.  They have also been described as a "modern nomadic subculture".  [Wikipedia]


My two grandfathers, Asa Logue (left) and B. J. Lincecum, and my father.  Not pictured is my maternal
grandmother.  She also served.  All saw war, though not all saw front-line combat.

I never considered myself as part of a subculture, but I suppose it's true.  Being America's oldest subculture makes sense, as the United States Army turns 241 today.  Since America' birthday is considered to be 4 July 1776, the United States Army is actually a year older than the country.

And though I did not plan to include this sentiment when I first decided to write this post, here it comes.  The reason we are a largely invisible subculture, in my opinion, is we learn duty at a young age.  You don't ask questions, and you don't whine.  You perform your obligatory task.  And, yes, I'm one of those who firmly believes that spouses and children of soldiers also serve their country.  I don't pretend it is to the same degree as those directly involved, but it is still service.  Like it or not, when a parent is a member of the United States military, that is their priority.  When the country calls, they must go.  Period.  No questions, no whining.  (I am in no way implying soldiers are not good, loving, solid parents.  So don't go there.)

A few sources, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, estimate the number of soldiers who died serving the United States since the American Revolution to be 1.1 to 1.3 million.  Since I don't think the numbers include those who died at a later date due to wounds received or disease contracted, I'm leaning toward a number even higher than 1.3 million.

As you might imagine, soldiers of the United States Army figure dearly in those numbers.


"The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom."
This memorial is dedicated with appreciation to the men and women whose loyalty and service during
times of war and peace define the character of this great nation.
"Remember Their Sacrifices"


"Two hundred forty-one years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army.  Today, the Army
is the strategic land power of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries."


The American Soldier – Always Ready, Always Leading – is "trained and ready to engage the nation's enemies in
conventional, asymmetrical, or full spectrum combat operations."

Fannin County Veterans Memorial Park

God and the Soldier we adore
In times of danger, not before.
When danger has passed,
and all things right
God is forgotten and
the Soldier denied.

Happy 241st Birthday, U.S. Army! I am forever grateful for your service, and deeply humbled by your sacrifice.

12 June 2016

Little Louis LeConte: Cherished Hopes Have Been Blighted

For those of you who like reading old obituaries (I know I'm not the only one), this one's worth your time.  I haven't personally visited the grave of little Louis, but couldn't help sharing when I stumbled upon this:

Georgia Weekly Telegraph and Journal & Messenger
6 December 1870, page 5

Death has invaded a happy home, and robbed it of its brightest jewel.  Cherished hopes have been blighted, and fond hearts are bereaved.

Little LOUIS LECONTE, son of William L. and Virginia T. LeConte, a bright and beautiful boy -- sweet as a fragrant flower, and sparkling as a gem of the sea -- died at the residence of his parents, near Adairsville, Georgia, on Friday night, 11th of November, of membranous croup.

What a dark night it must have been to that stricken household! Methinks the stars must have looked less bright, and the winds have sighed with deeper sadness, as fond hearts, all crushed and broken, bowed around the bier of the loved and lifeless form.  And yet angels were there -- not visible to mortal eyes -- to bear the disembodied spirit to its Heavenly home.  Nor did they minister alone in the chamber of death.  The precious Saviour, who said "suffer little children to come unto me," was there, to claim the sainted boy, and to whisper to surrounding hearts:  "It is I; what I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter."

Dear, darling child; how brief was his life, but how beautiful -- how full of promise and hope! He was scarcely three years old, and yet he is dead! Ah, no! -- he has but commenced a new and happier life -- and the little songs he sang on earth will have a richer melody, and the bright mental powers he exhibited will have a higher and fuller development in the magnificent temple, and amid the brilliant society of the Paradise of God.

wlleconte-fagWm Louis LeConte rests at Poplar Springs Cemetery in Adairsville. His parents are there, too.

For those who would like a little more knowledge, croup is "a condition resulting from acute partial obstruction of the upper airway, seen mainly in infants and young children; characteristics include resonant barking cough, hoarseness, and persistent stridor." Membranous croup is "inflammation of the larynx with exudation forming a false membrane." This may also be called bacterial tracheitis, "an acute crouplike bacterial infection of the upper airway in children, with coughing and high fever." [Source.]

09 June 2016

Cerebrovascular Accident #tbt (a Personal Throwback Thursday)

This post was written just over six years ago.
Wow. I've been blogging a while. Enjoy the knowledge.

Nancy Pairlee Yarbrough Tilley Brown was born 28 April 1877 and died 7 February 1968 in the state of Texas. While looking at her death certificate, specifically the cause of death and medical certification section, I came across something I had not seen before.

The first part was self-explanatory: Section 18, Cause of Death - Part I - Death was caused by (immediate cause) Cancer of Bladder. Part II is where I saw something new to me: Under "Other Significant Conditions Contributing To Death But Not Related To The Terminal Disease Condition Given In Part I" was Arteriosclerosis. C. V. A. I remember from school that arteriosclerosis is hardening of the arteries, but I had to search on C. V. A. It stands for "cerebrovascular accident" and means cousin Nancy had a stroke. From eMedicinal.com:
"Arteriosclerosis (build-up of calcium on the inside of artery walls) and atherosclerosis (deposits of fatty substances) have about the same effect on circulation. Either condition causes strokes, coronary disease (angina), and high blood pressure...Older people are at greater risk for this kind of heart trouble. When arteriosclerosis occludes the arterial supply of blood to the brain, a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), or stroke occurs."
Now we know.

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