16 July 2015

George Phillip Lamb, Atomic Veteran

From Wikipedia:
Atomic veterans are United States military veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation while stationing in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the American occupation of Japan before 1946 (including certain veterans who were prisoners of war there) and thousands of servicemen who took part in atmospheric nuclear tests (1945-1962)...

...A formal investigation of the radiation exposure these veterans received, as well as radiation experiments conducted on humans, was initiated in 1994, by former President Bill Clinton, who apologized for their treatment in 1995. "In 1996, the U.S. Congress repealed the Nuclear Radiation Secrecy Agreement Act, which rescinded the Atomic Veteran “oath-of-secrecy,” thus allowing Atomic-Veterans the opportunity to recount stories of their participation in Nuclear weapon testing and post test event activities, without legal penalty. By this time,however, many thousands of Atomic Veterans, the majority of whom were afflicted with a host of radiation induced health issues, such as cancer, had taken that “secret” with them, to their graves.
George Phillip Lamb
PFC US Army
Korea
Apr 30, 1928 - Sep 19, 1989
Atomic Veteran 

George's obituary can be found in the 21 September 1989 Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), page A-14. It states he was a retired farmer and produce dealer, as well as a member of Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. Lamb was laid to rest at Louisville City Cemetery in Jefferson County, Georgia.

15 July 2015

Final Scenes from St. Paul's Graveyard (Mostly Wordless Wednesday)

Here are some final scenes from my 2013 visit to St. Paul's Church and Graveyard in Augusta, Georgia.


More Church Photos.

To Commemorate the Great Congress of Five Indian Nations Held Here at Fort Augusta in 1763, when Seven Hundred
Indians Came to Meet the Governors of Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina.
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Erected by the Augusta Committee of the Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
1930






(Click to enlarge.)

More information on Fort Augusta.

13 July 2015

Mary and James Nesbitt, Mother and Son


In Memory of
MARY
the Wife of
HUGH NESBITT
who departed this life the
8th Day of December
A.D. 1802
in the 25th Year of her age.

Also
of JAMES WILSON NESBITT
their Son
who died the 7th Day of January
A.D. 1803
Aged 7 weeks & 2 Days

I'll bet some childbirth issues were involved.


St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia



12 July 2015

In Memory of Maria, Wife of Samuel Gregory Starr


In Memory of
MARIA
wife of Samuel G. Starr,
fhe died Nov. 5, 1817, Æ 28,
she was daughr of
Ebenr R. & Hannah White.
(of Danbury Conn.)

A quick search at GenealogyBank revealed a death notice for Maria that was run in a few Connecticut newspapers. This notice gave us her husband's middle name:

Connecticut Herald (New Haven, Connecticut)
9 December 1817, pg. 3
DIED.
In Augusta, (Geo.) Mrs. Maria Starr, wife of Mr. Gregory Starr, late of Danbury, and daughter of Mr. Ebenezer R. White.
One other note: The three blocks of art carved near the top of Maria's tombstone provide a bit of symbolism. In between what I would call daisies is a weeping willow draping over an urn. According to Stories in Stone by Douglas Keister, "The willow and urn motif was one of the most popular gravestone decorations of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries." The willow not only represents grief and sorrow, but also immortality.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia


11 July 2015

Robert Mitchell Sunk Under His Disease at Augusta


to the Memory of
ROBERT MITCHELL
of Queens County in New York
who died March 22nd 1808 [9?],
in his 32nd Year.

He left his home in search
of health, but sunk under his
disease at Augusta.


St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia


06 May 2015

Faith in the Cross (Wordless Wednesday)

Original Photo © 2008-2015 S. Platt

05 May 2015

Gov. Stephen Heard's Grave (Tombstone Tuesday)

Gov. Heard's Grave
Stephen Heard, Governor of Georgia in 1781, lawyer, planter, surveyor and soldier of the Revolution, lies buried in this
family cemetery.  With a price on his head he was captured by the British at the Battle of Kettle Creek, and
condemned to die.  On the eve of his execution he was rescued by his servant "Mammy Kate" with the aid of her
husband "Daddy Jack," both of whom lie buried near him.  Heard's home "Heardmont" once stood nearby in the 10 acre
park established by the Stephen Heard Chapter, D.A.R.  Coming to Georgia from Virginia, Heard, an Irishman,
established Heard's Fort, now Washington, Ga., in 1773.



Sacred to the memory of Colonel Stephen Heard. He was a soldier of the American Revolution,
and fought with the great Washington for the liberties of his country. He died on the 15th of
November, 1815, in the 75th year of his age, beloved and lamented by all who knew him. "An
honest man is the noblest work of God."

Programming Note: Mammy Kate was profiled yesterday on this Southern Graves blog.

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