30 April 2016

Z is for Zilphy and Zollie (A to Z Challenge Complete!)

It's not often I find "Z" names in the cemetery.  Just in time for the challenge, I find two!

100_1343Zilpha (aka Zilphy) was born about the year 1819, and joined the Missionary Baptist Church in 1840.  Zilphy married Jerry Myre (Jeremiah?) Broxton and had several children.  When she died in 1881, Zilphy left "one son, 5 daughters, 12 grand children and her dear husband."

Zilphy and Jerry share a stone obelisk in Harmony – Smyrna Cemetery at Dooly County, Georgia.  He was born 20 August 1819, and died 8 November 1888.  The inscription to both Zilphy and Jerry from their children:

Died as they had lived
in full assurance of a
blessed immortality.
Our loved ones is Gone.
Good by dear father
and mother.  We hope to
meet you in that better

And then there was Zollie.  Born 20 April 1882 in Georgia, he was one of eight children born to Charlie and Ella Peavy.  Zollie spent his younger years and early adulthood farming.  He then married Julia Belle Ransom 26 February 1922 in Dooly County.  She was about twenty years his junior, but I think the marriage was the first for them both.  Zollie and Julia had at least four children before nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) caused Zollie's death in the summer of 1930.

The handwritten inscription on Zollie's simple gravestone, especially with the endearing moniker of Daddy, tugs at the heart a bit.


And that's a wrap! This completes the A to Z Blog Challenge.  A sincere "Thank-you!" to all that followed along.  I am especially grateful to all that took the time to comment.  I have discovered a few more blogs to follow through this challenge, so I plan to be talking with you again soon!

Did you miss a post or two over the last month? You can see all my A to Z Challenge posts here (in reverse order). I hope this is not the end of our relationship, and that you'll continue to follow this Southern Graves blog!

29 April 2016

Y is for Yet, Yes, and Yaarab (A to Z Challenge)

This is technically the last post I'll be writing for the challenge because Z is already in the queue.  I could not find a single Y idea to satisfy me, so today is a hodgepodge.

100_1359The first two Ys are from epitaphs.  Both come from tombstones placed in Harmony – Smyrna Cemetery at Dooly County, Georgia.  As far as I can tell, however, there is no relation between the two individuals.  First up is a dear mother whose name is Lucy Taylor.

Our Dear Mother
Lucy Taylor
Born June 24, 1867
Died Feb 21, 1909
Dearest mother thou has left us
And our loss we deeply feel
But tis God that has bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled
Where in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears is shed

Next is little "Boby" ~








In Memory Of
Our Little Son
Robert W. Floyd
Son of J. M. & Sarah E. Floyd
Born Feb 20, 1866
Died Oct 7, 1870
Yes Our Boby Is An Angel
But He Seems Not Far Away
He Is With God In Heaven
And We Hope To Meet Him There One Day

And finally, down below, is G. W. Sparrow.  Mr. Sparrow was an engineer who died 8 December 1914 at just 46 years of age.  A portion of his epitaph is the simple, yet profound, Thy will be done.  What I really want to share, however, is a symbol on his stone.  It indicates that Engineer Sparrow was a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.  More simply put, he was a Shriner.  I've written about the symbol before here.  G. W. Sparrow's stone also has an addition.  Yaarab is etched above the usual Shriner symbol.  From what I can gather, this indicates the temple of which Sparrow belonged.  YaarabShrine.net has more information.  G. W. Sparrow rests at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia.

Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery

[If you're wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts:  I am attempting to follow the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order). Only one more day!]

28 April 2016

X is for Xenophanes, Greek Philosopher (A to Z Challenge)

I had to dig deep for this one! Hardest letter by far, for me.

Xenophanes was a Greek philosopher, theologian, poet, and social and religious critic…He satirized traditional religious views of his time (c. 570 – c. 475 BC) as human projections.

Xenophanes espoused a belief that "God is one, supreme among gods and men, and not like mortals in body or in mind." Some say this shows Xenophanes was one of the first monotheists in the Western philosophy of religion.  Detractors point to the addition of other gods in that statement.  [Wikipedia]

Another quote that is attributed to him is one I'd like to point out.  I thought it fit well with a photo I took a little over four years ago at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia:


the whole sees, the whole perceives, the whole hears

It is believed Xenophanes was referring to God.  Whether or not the G should be capitalized for his purpose is debatable.  For my purpose, there is no debate.

[If you're wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts:  I am attempting to follow the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page. Just a couple days left!]

27 April 2016

W is for Willow Carell Musselwhite and Wordless Wednesday (Mostly)

[If you're wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts:  I am attempting to follow the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page. Oh, and wish me luck!]

26 April 2016

V is for the Vigilance Committee Hanging at Versailles, Indiana

1897 in Ripley County, Indiana saw a community fed up.  It seems there was a gang going 'round committing acts of marauding and thievery.  And this had been going on, day and night, for years.  It ended, for at least some gang members, September 15th.

Headlines were ablaze in newspapers across the country:

Judge Lynch Settles Five: Mob at Versailles, Ind., Deal Out Justice to Robbers.  [Duluth, MN]

Outraged Citizens Take Quick Vengeance: Five Men Strung Up by the Neck at Versailles, Indiana.  [Wheeling, WV]

Indiana Robbers Lynched.  Five Disposed of at Versailles at Once.  [Emporia, KS]

Five Men Lynched Because They Stole: Mob at Versailles, Ind, Strings Up a Quintette of Burglars.  [Boise, ID]

And here's the story as told by Georgia's Vienna Progress (23 September 1897):




Taken By Force From the Authorities and Death Meted Out To Them By the "Hempen Route."

A special of Wednesday from Osgood, Ind., says:  "Incensed by numerous depredations, repeated burglaries and daylight robberies, the people of Ripley county, Indiana, have taken the law into their hands and meted out to the perpetrators a punishment greater than provided for by the law.  A mob took from the authorities and lynched Lyle Levi, Bert Andrews, Clifford Gordon, William Jenkins and Hiney Schuler.

Stout ropes, not over six feet in length, had served to send each to his eternity and their feet were but a few inches from the ground.

The mob was composed of citizens from Milam, Sunman and other towns.

The mob on horseback entered the town an hour after midnight and called out Jailer Kenan, who, upon refusal to give up the keys, was overpowered.

The mob soon pushed its way into the cell rooms and in their impatience fired on the five prisoners and then dragged them to a tree a square from the jail door and hung them up.

Andrews and Gordon had already been wounded, having been shot several times while attempting to rob a store at Correct several days ago.  Schuler was in school for attempting burglary and Levi and Jenkins had been indicted by the grand jury for robbery.  They had failed to give bond and were put in jail.

It was thought that Levi and Schuler were both dead from the shots fired by the mob when they were taken from jail.

The bandages on the wounded men were found later in the day on the streets through which them men were dragged along.

Lyle Levi was an old soldier and bore on his face wounds received during the civil war while fighting for the Union.

None of the lynchers are known.  They all came from a distance.

Versailles is a town of 800 people.  It is one of the oldest in the state, and although it is five miles from a railroad station and has no telegraphic communication with the outside world, it is still the county seat.

For four or five years, and even longer, the farmers of the county have been the victims of a lawless gang.  Farmers would come into town with a bunch of cattle, or load of farming products, and next morning they would be found along the roadside suffering from a wound and minus the proceeds of their sale.

I really was surprised to find a couple of gravestone images for the alleged criminals / victims online.  The "old soldier's" FindAGrave memorial is here.  Bert Andrews' stone from Otter Village Cemetery in Ripley County is pictured below.  [Photo by Barbara Hill via FindAGrave.  Used with permission.]


Notice this part? "In The Vigilance Committee Hanging At Versailles." This appears to be a relatively new stone, and I don't know if it is a replacement or if Bert's gravesite was ever marked before.  It does seem that the community rallied around the vigilante mob, though.  This from the 16 September 1897 Columbus Enquirer (Georgia, pg. 6):

Versailles, Ind., Sept. 15. – Governor Mount sent the deputy attorney general here tonight to secure the names of the members of the mob, but public sentiment is wholly with the lynchers, and the deputy attorney general is unable to make any headway.  No jury could be found in this county that would convict any member of the mob, and it is thought the coroner's jury action this afternoon, declaring the five men were hanged by "persons unknown" will end the matter.  Governor Mount's telegram to the sheriff only creates derision.

[If you're wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts:  I am attempting to follow the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order). Oh, and wish me luck!]

25 April 2016

U is for Uncle Mike Peavy (a Personal A to Z Challenge Post)

I have a lot of Peavys in my family tree.  A lot.  There's a direct line, and there are collateral line/s that married into other collateral line/s.  It's quite convoluted, actually.  In many instances, if my genealogy software didn't tell me the connection, I'd be pretty clueless.  Basically, it seems that if the surname is Peavy (with or without an e before the y) and it's found in middle Georgia, we're related – or at least "connected."

100_1282So here's one for the Peavy researchers – all about Uncle Mike.  [I have nine Michael Peavys in the family tree, btw.  Some with sources, some without.  (Honesty rules!)]

Vienna News (Georgia)
18 August 1911 – pg. 1


"Uncle Mike" Peavy, one of the old citizens and landmarks of Dooly county, died late Tuesday night at the home of a son, Mr. Richard Peavy, near this city.  He had suffered a slight attack of malaria and chills but was believed to be recovering when his case developed pneumonia a few days ago.  Several children survive him and hundreds of friends unite in mourning his demise.  The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, interment at Harmony.  -- Unadilla Leader.

If I'm correct, this Michael Peav(e)y was born in 1825 to Mary Youngblood and Eli Peavy.  Various sources give Uncle Mike and his wife Mary Ann Hudson five children:  Francis M., Richard, Margaret Elizabeth, Jesse James (also the name of one of Mike's brothers), and Anna C.  I can find Mike in the "easy" census records (where everybody white is named) of 1910, 1900, 1880, 1870, 1860, and 1850.

So, if you're researching this Peavy line, there's an obit and a tombstone for ya!

Here's the zany connection per genealogy software:  "Brother-in-law of 1st great grand aunt of husband of 2nd cousin 2x removed" of me! I can add this:  the 1st great grand aunt is Martha Ann Vinson (1819-1893), wife of Green B. Peavey.  Please don't ask me to figure out the rest.  Smile with tongue out

[If you're wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts:  I am attempting to follow the Blogging from A to Z Challenge(links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page. They will be in reverse order. Oh, and wish me luck!]

24 April 2016

Estelle Harvard Clements: Methodist Missionary to Cuba

Sliding this in among the A to Z Challenge posts. Hope you're enjoying it, whether participating directly or following along.

Harmony - Smyrna Cemetery-001Estelle Harvard was born 8 October 1877 to Julia Paul and Dave Harvard.  At the age of 23 years, Estelle married Rev. Euston Edgar Clements.  [Image at right from Ancestry's Passport Applications.]


The marriage of Miss Estelle Harvard and Rev. Euston E. Clements was solemnized Wednesday morning, October the tenth, at ten o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Hon. and Mrs. D. W. Harvard, near Unadilla.

…Rev. and Mrs. Clements waited only to receive the congratulations of those present, before leaving for Unadilla to board the train for Key West which will be their future home.

The bride is the only daughter of Hon. D. W. Harvard, one of Dooly county's oldest settlers and most highly respected citizens, who is representing the county in the legislature for a second term.  She is a graduate of LaGrange Female College and has made an enviable reputation as one of the finest instructors in this and other counties.  Wherever she has gone her earnest Christian character, sweet and lovely disposition, splendid intellect and many accomplishments have made her a power for good and won her hosts of friends who extend best wishes for her future happiness.  She will be greatly missed here where she was always active in every good work; but all unite in saying she has entered a sphere for which she is perfectly fitted.

Rev. Clements has been one of the strongest and most earnest young preachers in the South Georgia conference during the past two years and is popular not only with his congregation but with all who know him…He goes to take charge of the Methodist mission at Key West…  [The Vienna Progress (Georgia), 18 October 1900, pg. 5, col. 3.]

100_1278True Christian, Devoted Wife, Loving Mother
Rev. Euston Clements was a Methodist missionary to Cuba, and at  least from time to time, Estelle joined him.  A tablet placed at her grave in Harmony-Smyrna Cemetery (Dooly County) reads, in part:

She loved and lived and served in a most perfect manner, the work of Christ among the Cuban people.  To her memory [from the] Methodist Church, Havana, Cuba.

Estelle died 23 April 1918 in Atlanta, Georgia:



Just before going to press news was received of te [sic] death of Mrs. Euston Clements, of Havana, Cuba, which occurred at a sanatorium in Atlanta Tuesday.  Mrs. Clements' death followed and operation performed there several days ago.  She will be remembered at Miss Estelle Harvard, daughter of Mr. Dave Harvard, of Unadilla.  She enjoyed the love and admiration of a wide circle of friends and relatives in this county.  Since her marriage to Rev. Euston E. Clements who with several children survives her, she has lived in Havana where they have been engaged in mission work for the Methodist Episcopal church.  The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon at Harmony.  The services were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.  [Vienna News (Georgia), 25 April 1918, pg. 1.]


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