30 June 2009

Cullen E. Grant, Spanish American War Veteran (Tombstone Tuesday)

Cullen E. Grant
Co. A
3 U. S. V. Inf.
Sp. Am. War
[at foot of grave]

Cullen E. Grant
March 29, 1874
March 29, 1927
Louella Jones Grant Cole
Feb 6, 1884
Sept 3, 1979

Byron City Cemetery; Peach County, Georgia

According to his death certificate found on FamilySearch, Cullen's full name was Cullen Edward Grant. He was the son of J. T. Grant, and he was born in White Plains, Georgia. Cullen's occupation was listed as farmer. His place of residence at the time of his death was Unadilla, Georgia, and he was the husband of Louella Grant. Phil C. Grant, Cullen's brother, was the informant.

Cullen Edward Grant died at the U. S. Veterans Hospital in Atlanta, De Kalb County, Georgia. He was admitted on the 23 of March 1927, and his date of death was given as 30 March 1927 (a day off of the death date on his tombstone). Cullen's body was released for burial in Byron, Georgia 31 March 1927.

25 June 2009

Thursday Link Love: EyeWitness To History

Yesterday, a link was added to the Genealogy Research Resources Group at Diigo. The link was to the website titled EyeWitness to History.com: History through the eyes of those who lived it. It's a great site, and I encourage all to visit it.

Here are several items I found while snooping around.

- Inside a Nazi Death Camp, 1944: "Hitler established the first concentration camp soon after he came to power in 1933. The system grew to include about 100 camps divided into two types: concentration camps for slave labor in nearby factories and death camps for the systematic extermination of "undesirables" including Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally retarded and others."

- Crash of the Hindenburg, 1937: "Radio reporter Herbert Morrison, sent to cover the airship's arrival, watched in horror. His eye witness description of the disaster was the first coast-to-coast radio broadcast and has become a classic piece of audio history." [You can really listen to it!]

- The Suicide of Socrates, 399 BC: "On a day in 399 BC the philosopher Socrates stood before a jury of 500 of his fellow Athenians accused of "refusing to recognize the gods recognized by the state" and "of corrupting the youth." If found guilty; his penalty could be death..."

- The Death of Alexander VI, 1503

- The Execution of Charles I, 1649: "King Charles I was his own worst enemy. Self-righteous, arrogant, and unscrupulous; he had a penchant for making bad decisions. His troubles began the moment he ascended the throne in 1625 upon the death of his father James I. Charles simultaneously alienated both his subjects and his Parliament, prompting a series of events that ultimately lead to civil war, his own death and the abolition of the English monarchy."

- A London Hanging, 1726: "Hanging was the principle method of judicial execution in England from the 1700s until capital punishment was abolished in 1964. Hanging could be the sentence for numerous crimes ranging from burglary to murder. Until 1868, when the procedure was moved in-doors, a hanging was a public event that attracted curious crowds and generated a carnival atmosphere. The intent of this gruesome public display was to deter criminal behavior for all who witnessed it."

- The Death of Lord Nelson: "It was one of the greatest sea battles in British history and gave birth to a legend..."

- The First Casualty of the Civil War, 1861: "Elmer Ellsworth was a hero in the North even before the first shots of the Civil War..."

- The Tragic Fate of the Donner Party, 1847

- The Death of President Franklin Roosevelt, 1945

- Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, 1914

- Life and Death Aboard a B-17, 1944: "America joined Britain's strategic air campaign designed to destroy Nazi Germany's industrial capacity soon after her entrance into World War Two. Launching Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" and Consolidated B-24 "Liberators" from bases in England's eastern countryside, the Americans bombed their targets during the day while the British attacked at night."

24 June 2009

Champion Pig Club Member is Dead

When I learned the topic of the newest edition of the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival [now defunct] is going to be "Obituaries," my first thought was "I can do that!" Soon after, however, I became somewhat overwhelmed. Sounds silly, maybe, but true. I have, at the very least, hundreds of tombstone photos to choose from. How do I pick one?

I recently visited the Byron City Cemetery in Peach County, GA for some other business and thought I'd choose a stone there. Nothing seemed to grab me, though. When I got home and loaded the pictures I did take into my computer, I started looking at photos from some of the other cemeteries I've visited. I don't quite know how it happened, but I fixated on William Wesley Middlebrooks.

As you can see, there is nothing special about Wesley's gravestone. It's a simple granite block with his name, birth year, and death year: William Wesley Middlebrooks, 1903 - 1917. Wesley is buried in Liberty Church Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. He is buried next to his father, William Green Middlebrooks (1872-1943), as well as (presumably) his mother, Fanny Huff Middlebrooks (1876-1957), and his sister, Ruth Virginia Middlebrooks (1896-1910). All of the Middlebrooks' stones are the same, and I think they were added some time after their deaths.

Wesley's obituary turned out to be somewhat easy to find, thanks to the Internet and the databases at GenealogyBank.

28 November 1917
Macon Weekly Telegraph
William Wesley Middlebrooks, Son of Farm Demonstrator, Expires After Battle With Pneumonia.
He Had Been Enthusiastic Farmer and Father Planned to Turn Over Farm to Him.

William Wesley Middlebrooks, aged 14 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Middlebrooks, died yesterday afternoon at the family residence near Walden, after an illness of only one week with pneumonia.

William was one of the brightest boys of the Rutland high school and was also a prominent member of the Boys' Pig Club, his pigs having won blue ribbons at the State fair. He was well liked by all who knew him and he numbered his friends by the score, all of whom will be grieved to learn of his death.

Successful Farmer

Young Middlebrooks was an enthusiastic young farmer and his father, the Bibb County farm demonstrator, was planning to turn over to him the management of the Middlebrooks farm on Jan. 1.

The funeral services will be held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family residence near Walden. The services will be conducted by Dr. C. R. Jenkins, of Wesleyan College, and Dr. G. L. Yates, pastor of the First Baptist Church, and the interment will be in Liberty Chapel cemetery.

I like this obituary because it tells a good bit about young Wesley. It's often hard to find information about individuals that pass away at a such a young age.

Liberty Chapel is now known as Liberty United Methodist Church. The church and the cemetery are located on Liberty Church Road, where it meets Houston Road. The cemetery is a large one, and my visits are always pleasant. If you go at the right times, you can hear the beautiful sound of the church bells ring.

Jack, the Ever Faithful Companion, Studies Cemetery Research in His Sleep (Wordless Wednesday)

21 June 2009

10 Best Places to See Dead People

Family Tree Magazine recently released their annual 101 Best Web Sites for 2009. Most have probably seen it already, but I've been meaning to add links here for the ones applicable to this blog. Here we go!

- American Battle Monuments Commission
- Ancient Faces
- Cemetery Surveys
- Dead Fred
- Find a Grave
- Interment.net
- Kentucky Historical Society
- Mortality Schedules
- Names in Stone
- Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Here are some additional links from other categories:

- Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates (death records 1844-1958)
- Cook County, Illinois Vital Records (20+ years old death records)
- Maine State Archives (death index 1960-1996)
- Massachusetts Archives (death records index 1841-1910)
- Minnesota Historical Society (death cards records index 1904-1907; death certificates index 1908-2001)
- Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (53,835 deaths 1864-1877; 392,787 deaths 1908-1957)
- Seeking Michigan (1 million death certificates 1897-1920)
- Utah Death Certificates Index

- AfriGeneas (death databases)
- Footnote (profiles of deceased individuals)

- Illinois State Archives (statewide death index pre-1916 & 1916-1950)
- Missouri Digital Heritage (pre-1910 death records; death certificates 1910-1957)
- Washington State Digital Archives (death records)
- Wisconsin Historical Society (obituaries; 400,000 deaths pre-1907)

- FamilyRelatives.com (death records)
- FindMyPast (pre-1837 burial parish records; government death index 1837-2006)
- Irish Family History Foundation (gravestone inscriptions)
- ScotlandsPeople (wills & testaments 1513-1901; deaths 1855-2006)

- Alabama Department of Archives and History (WWI deaths)
- Library of Virginia (34,402-name Virginia Military Dead Database)

And a few from me:

- Farber Gravestone Collection "The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource containing over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones."
- Hillsborough County, Florida Cemeteries
- Georgia Death Certificates (1919-1927)

17 June 2009

Update on Unmarked Graves from 1800's Found in South Bibb County, Georgia

More than a month ago I posted about an article I read regarding some unmarked graves from 1800's found in south Bibb County, Georgia. They were believed to be part of a slave cemetery on a McArthur family plantation. An update has recently been reported. The number of burials is up to 38, and it's believed that the cemetery was used beyond emancipation. Descendants from all parties involved are working together to uncover as much as possible. It is really nice to see. Follow the link to read the full article by Phillip Ramati --> Black families used south Bibb County cemetery beyond slavery era, DOT finds.

16 June 2009

This Rico Rant Might Interest You

Rico at Rico's Rants posted some large numbers and photos from "24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil." Check it out here --> Our lives, their freedom; it's the American way.

May God Bless All of Our Soldiers

12 June 2009

The City of Lost Graves

A few days ago, the Today Show spotlighted Milledgeville, Georgia in their An American Story segment. The story is about the thousands of lost and unnamed graves on the grounds of the Central State Hospital. Here is the video. It's less than 5 minutes long and well worth a watch.

08 June 2009

Adrienne Dure's Gravesite Reminded Me of an Important Lesson

A few days ago, I visited Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia to search for the gravesite of Adrienne Dure, the mother of George A. Dure, an individual I was researching. With some effort, I found where she was laid to rest. This little trip reminded me of an important lesson, and I chronicled the search in a post at the Rose Hill Cemetery; Macon, Georgia blog entitled Another DURE Family Plot, but This Time with No Tombstone in Sight. Here's a blurb from the post:

I was reminded of a very important lesson when looking for the grave site of Adrienne Dure: just because you don't find a tombstone in a particular cemetery does not mean an individual was not buried there. And! Just because you transcribe all the stones in a cemetery doesn't mean you have recorded all of the burials. Of course, this is something I already knew, but it is always good to be reminded. Tombstones sometimes carry more information about a person, and they sometimes can even give you a "feel" for a person. However, burial records for a cemetery are just as important to the researcher who cannot locate a stone.

07 June 2009

Want to Take a City's Pulse? Head for the Graveyard.

The above is the title of a 4 May 2008 article published at guardian.co.uk. I found the article by using www.thefreelibrary.com, a link which was shared via a Diigo Group.

The author of the article is not given at The Free Library, but I love some of the words he or she used when describing cemeteries:

Forget landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building or the Colosseum; cemeteries are the punctuation marks in between, quiet islands amid the city racket. A great one is an architectural jewel in its own right, a Vanity Fair party of spot-the-dead-celebrity, a stark warning from history, a store of cracking anecdotes or a life-affirming communion with past generations.

Above all, I love cemeteries because they make the past tangible, like a fading photograph or great-grandmother's hairbrush.

Also mentioned in the article are the Highgate Cemetery in London, the Pierre-Lachaise in Paris, and the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial. Check it out!
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