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Springtime Cemetery Photo Essay

I originally posted these to my new Rose Hill Cemetery; Macon, Georgia blog (Rose Hill is where the photos were taken). I think the pictures are so pretty, I wanted my Southern Graves readers to see them, as well!







Tombstone Tuesday: Sassers at the Bonaire Cemetery

Here are some SASSER family gravestone photos and inscriptions from the Bonaire Cemetery in Houston County, Georgia. These are from the gated family plot.

Ruth
Daughter of S. H. & J. M. Sasser
Born June 19, 1911
Died Feb 9, 1913
Budded on Earth to bloom in Heaven.
James Wilbur
Son of S. H. & J. M. Sasser
Born Mar 26, 1914
Died May 23, 1915

Jack
Son of S. H. & J. M. Sasser
June 24, 1906
March 23, 1907

Steven Henry Sasser
Oct 23, 1875
Apr 26, 1951

Johnnie Barker Sasser
July 15, 1876
Jan 24, 1952



Mamie Agnes
Daughter of S. H. & J. M. Sasser
Born Oct 2, 1900
Died Apr 23, 1901
Gone, but not forgotten.

Alton Barker Sasser
Pvt US Army
World War II
Apr 19, 1901 - Jun 20, 1977

Mother
Mary A. Sasser
April 15, 1852
Feb 27, 1942
[s/s Clayton Sasser]

Father
Clayton Sasser
Sept 7, 1847
Feb 19, 1915
[s/s Mary A. Sasser]

All Saints & All Hallows, Maryland

Maryland doesn't actually qualify as a "southern" state, but I thought I'd share some photos and inscriptions from a couple of cemeteries anyway.

"All Saints Episcopal Church

All Saints, one of the original parishes of Maryland, included all the land north of Hunting Creek in Calvert County. The present church was started in 1774 by exchange of tobacco under the rectorship of Reverand Thomas John Clagett, later the first bishop consecrated on American soil."


Here are a few BOWIEs in the cemetery:

Yates Kent Bowie
Feb 23, 1877
Dec 22, 1955
Catherine Bowie Belt
Jan 5, 1937
He leadeth me
In Loving Memory
My Beloved Son
William B. Bowie
June 5, 1873
Dec 17, 1916
In That Morn That Angel Face Will Smile
Which I Have Loved Long Since And Lost - Awhile
"All Hallows Church
All Hallows Parish, South River, one of the original thirty parishes created by law in 1692 when the Anglican Church was established in Maryland. The present early Georgian church was built c.1730. Several …

Most Recent Road Trip: Charleston, South Carolina (#5 of 5)

During a recent visit with my aunt, I was reminded that I had not blogged about our most recent road trip. "I've been tuning in," she said. Sounds like a polite way of saying, "I'm waiting." So here we go to Charleston, South Carolina.

I actually have blogged about the trip to Charleston last year in a few snippets. I'll link to them throughout.

The first great thing about our most recent road trip was the hotel. We stayed at the Francis Marion Hotel. It's a historical hotel, first opening in 1924. The Francis Marion underwent a $12 million National Trust award-winning restoration. I loved it. The only drawback I noticed was the bathroom was small. Didn't bother me, though. The view was fantastic. You could see much of downtown Charleston and the harbor. In the picture below, the steeple in the distance is from St. Philip's Church (more about that later).


The Francis Marion has a nice restaurant called the Swamp Fox. They cooked…

Jene Delmar, Billboard Publishing Company

Jene Delmar
Sept 21, 1895 - Mar 31, 1961
Magnolia Park Cemetery
Warner Robins, Houston County, Georgia
I think I found Jene's World War II draft registration card. If so, Mr. Delmar was a Yankee that moved South!


This states Jene was born in Malone, New York. His place of residence was described as "Lives in a Trailer. Always on Road." Jene used his employer's mailing address as contact information - "Billboard Publishing Company, 2527 Opera Place, Cinnci., Ohio."

I wonder what drew Mr. Delmar to central Georgia.

Tombstone Tuesday: Ira & Myrtle (Swanner) Pegues

Ira Pegues
9-1-1894 ~ 12-7-1981
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Myrtle (Swanner) Pegues
5-14-1903 ~ 2-8-1960
Her Home Was Her Career

Magnolia Park Cemetery
Warner Robins, Houston County, Georgia
Ira Pegues was born in Alabama to David King Pegues (1846-1935) and Jerusha Gullatt (1849-1934). Ira had 11 siblings. The following 1910 US Federal census entry does not show all the siblings, but still shows a large family:

(Jackson County, Alabama)
- Pegues, David K. (hoh) age 64 - m 41 yrs - b AL - father b SC - mother b NC - occ general farmer
- Pegues, Jerushia (wife) age 60 - m 41 yrs - 12 children, 9 living - b AL
- Pegues, John M. (son) age 39 - b AL - occ general farmer
- Pegues, David K. (son) age 22 - b AL - occ public school teacher
- Pegues, Maud (dau) age 20 - b AL
- Pegues, James C. (son) age 17 - b AL - occ home farm laborer
- Pegues, Ira (son) age 15 - b AL - occ home farm laborer
- Brown, Annie H. (dau) age 32 - wd - 4 children, 3 living - b AL
- Brown, Maud M. (g-dau) age 11 - b AL - father b TN
- Bro…

Tombstone Tuesday: 2nd Bliss Sister

Joseph Pearce Wheless
Jan 1, 1867
Aug 28, 1944
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Beulah Bliss Wheless
Nov 4, 1866
Oct 11, 1945
Last week's Tombstone Tuesday was about Gertrude Bliss McMillan. This week, we are discussing Gertrude's sister, Beulah Bliss Wheless. As a reminder, Beulah (as well as Gertrude) was the daughter of James S. and Julia C. Bliss.

Beulah married Joseph Pearce Wheless, a railway store keeper, about 1892. They had at least four children: Bessie, Gertrude, Pearce, and Catherine.

Beulah and Joseph's tombstone is just behind and to the left of Gertrude Bliss McMillan's stone in Bonaventure Cemetery; Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Just farther to the left of Beulah and Joseph's is a tombstone for two of their children:

Pearce Wheless
Sept 21, 1892
May 24, 1895
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Catherine Wheless
June 28, 1904
Oct 23, 1906

Undertakers Must Be Idealists

Atlanta Constitution, Georgia
1914

SAYS UNDERTAKERS MUST BE IDEALISTS
W. E. Platt Says That Funeral Directors Should Be Humanitarians.


W. E. Platt, of Augusta, declared in an address Wednesday to the funeral directors of the state at their opening session at the Piedmont hotel that undertakers as well as those who follow other professions must be idealists and that the funeral director should be a humanitarian and subordinate the desire to make money or reputation.

The convention opened at 10 o'clock in the assembly hall of the hotel and over a hundred delegates were present. Mayor Woodward welcomed the delegates and the response was given by James B. Hart, of Macon. Means of obtaining a most satisfactory state law regulating the shipping of human bodies in conformity with the regulations of the National Association of Funeral Directors was discussed.

The final session will be held this morning and will be as follows:

Called to order 9:00 a.m. by C. L. Stevenson, president.
Invocation -…

Tombstone Tuesday: Gertrude Bliss McMillan

Gertrude A. Bliss
Wife of Thomas H. McMillan
Oct 5, 1864
Apr 14, 1903
Ever thoughtful of home and loved ones,
as wife and mother she was all that one could be.

Gertrude was born in Savannah to James S. and Julia C. Bliss. She seems to have been a member of a wealthy family. In the 1870 Chatham County federal census, Gertrude's father had an occupation of "Pilot," and there were three domestic servants listed in the household.

Gertrude married Thomas H. McMillan, a prominent Savannah businessman about 1882. They had four children: Daniel B., Thomas H. Jr., Alice B., and Raymond. According to the 1900 Chatham County federal census, Thomas Sr. was a turpentine manufacturer, born 1854 in North Carolina.

From A History of Savannah and South Georgia, Vol. II by William Hardin, published 1913 - "Mr. MacMillan married, in Savannah, Gertrude Bliss, who was born and educated in this city. Their union has been blessed by the birth of four children, namely: D. B. MacMillan, w…


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The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)