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"Pattie's Grave" (And a Saturday Slideshow)

Oakview Cemetery located on Cotton Avenue in Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia has many beautiful monuments. The one I am sharing with you today is that of Martha Jones. The front side of her stone simply says "Pattie's Grave." If you continue to walk around her towering steeple and angel, you will learn more information about Mrs. Jones. (That's actually a good lesson to note: always be sure to check the sides and back of a tombstone whenever possible. You never know what you might find.) In this case, etched on each side of Martha's gravestone was a vital moment in her life. Here is the entire inscription:


Pattie's Grave

Martha Dillon Wright,
Born in Augusta, Georgia,
October 17, 1833.

Married to Edwin Thomas Jones
At Appling, Columbia County, Georgia,
April 4, 1850.

Died at the Plantation of Her Husband,
In Dougherty County, Georgia,
July 2, 1860,
Aged 26 Years, 8 Months and 26 Days.
I took so many pictures of Pattie's Grave. I put together a sl…

Beneath This Stone is Interred the Dust which was Once a Lovely Form (Tombstone Tuesday)

I found this unique stone in Oakview Cemetery in Albany, Georgia. This young lady was obviously well loved and missed, and her epitaph says as much.

Consecrated To The Memory Of
Nella Vason Jones
Beloved Daughter Of Edward V. & Marla M. Jones
Who Departed This Life The
30th Day Of November 1968
Aged 19 Years

Fair Stranger Whose Feet Have
Wandered To This Land Of Silence
Contemplate This Stone. Beneath
It Is Interred The Dust Which Was
Once A Lovely Form, Inhabited By
A Mind Superior In Intelligence
Worth And Amiableness To Most
Of Her Sex. As A Daughter, Sister
Or Friend Few Whom she Left Behind
Can Boast So Bright An Example.

Age 103 -- Amazing Grace, Indeed (Wordless Wednesday)

Fred McDaniel Died in Unusual Manner

This Woodmen of the World memorial is for Fred McDaniel. He was born 9 April 1883 to Paul and Minnie McDaniel, died 23 February 1919, and was laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery (aka Reynolds City Cemetery); Taylor County, Georgia. A devastating family tragedy befell Mr. McDaniel at the age of 35.

24 February 1919
Macon Weekly Telegraph, Georgia
Trigger Pulled By Baby, Father Shot
Fred McDaniel, Who Lives Near Reynolds, Seriously Wounded in Unusual Manner.

REYNOLDS, Feb 23 -- A very unusual sort of accident occurred this morning, when Fred McDaniel was accidentally shot at his home one mile west of Reynolds. McDaniel had just returned from the field where he had gone to shoot birds, when his wife drove in from town in their automobile, and they had paused in the yard, talking. While thus engaged McDaniel allowed the shot-gun to lean against his person, and their three-year-old child, who was playing about them, got a hand on the trigger, causing the gun to fire. The load entered Mc…

Henry Stanford Trawick & Family

This pedestal tombstone with an urn top is located in Hillcrest Cemetery (aka Reynolds City Cemetery); Taylor County, Georgia. I was a little confused by it, at first. On one side, there is an inscription for H. S. Trawick, born April 19, 1860, Fell Asleep ______ & S. W. Trawick, born Mch 28, 1866, Fell Asleep ______. I've seen many stones for couples with one death date missing, of course, but having both death dates never inscribed is much less common. There are two gravestones on the ground beside this larger memorial with completed dates, however. Henry S. Trawick died 21 April 1915, and Susie Waters Trawick died 14 December 1911.

Another side of the large tombstone has inscriptions for two more individuals. M. D. Waters (son of E. B. & Mary C. Waters; likely brother of Susie Waters Trawick) was born 4 July 1872 and "fell asleep" 5 June 1901. L. W. Trawick was born 18 February 1885 and "fell asleep" 3 March 1901. I think L. W. might be a ch…

By Fate to Earth, & By Faith to Heaven: Mary Ella Ruffin

Today's epitaph:

Mary Ella
Wife of G. T. Ruffin
Oct 30, 1864
Dec 17, 1912
By fate to earth,
By faith to heaven allied;
She lived to bless,
But to be blessed she died

Through All Pain She Smiled

Sacred to the memory of Eva McDaniel, 1 July 1897 - 3 August 1915. She was a daughter of Paul E. and Minnie Windham McDaniel. All three are buried in Hillcrest Cemetery (aka Reynolds City Cemetery); Taylor County, Georgia.

Eva was a young woman of eighteen years when she was killed in a car accident in Andersonville, Georgia. Here are a couple accounts of the accident. Newspapers were viewed online via GenealogyBank.

Macon Weekly Telegraph, Georgia
4 August 1915
"YOUNG WOMAN IS KILLED WHEN AUTO TURNS OVER
Miss Eva McDaniel Victim of Accident at Andersonville

ANDERSONVILLE, Aug 3 -- An automobile containing five prominent young people of Reynolds and Oglethorpe overturned in a sand bed here at 7 o'clock tonight, killing one of the young women and injuring four other persons.

The dead:
Miss Eva McDaniel of Reynolds, killed by being thrown from the car. She gained her feet after the accident but dropped over dead. Her body was bot bruised.

The injured:
Eugene Saunders, dri…

Double Column, Arch, & Urn with a French Vase (Wordless Wednesday)

Death Certificates & Floating Memories

Just a couple of quick notes:

(1) The Georgia State Archives has added Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930 to Georgia's Virtual Vault. From the site: "This Death Certificate search system is provided as an interim solution until the records for 1928-1930 can be indexed and added to the Death Certificate Collection. Many users have asked for these records, so we are providing them with scanned images of the original Vital Records index."

Thanks to Lowcountry Africana for posting this to the Georgia Root Diggers group at GenealogyWise.

(2) Some of you might remember that I often read The Daily Undertaker blog. I would like to highlight another of his posts, Floating Memories: A Ghost Month Tradition in America. It is an interesting subject with beautiful photos and an equally beautiful video from Hawaii. Check it out!

Marshall Family Monument

"In Loving Remembrance of Our Family Wherever Burried"
I like that. It also makes me wonder if there is a story behind it. Hmmm...

Clasped Hands: The Devil is in the Details

"Clasped Hands," "Hands Together," and "Shaking Hands" are phrases used to describe the image below. This particular image was carved into the upper part of a pedestal tombstone with a vaulted roof erected in Hillcrest Cemetery; Reynolds, GA for Tempie Hill.


This symbol has a few accepted meanings. A heavenly welcome, an earthly farewell, simple unity, or friendship.

If you look a little more closely, you will notice the sleeve attached to one hand is feminine, and the sleeve attached to the other hand is masculine. These hands, carved in this way, symbolize holy matrimony.

I have seen the clasped hands symbol fairly often when perusing tombstones. Often enough, that I have gotten a little "used to it." I looked at this particular stone several times while at the cemetery, and I have looked at the photos I took several times more. Only when I enlarged the clasped hands image did I notice one was feminine and one was masculine. When resear…

Today's Epitaph: Fannie Powell's Sleeping Dust

Fannie Hill
Wife of W. I. Powell
Born Oct 5, 1864
Died Aug 5, 1895
Kind angels watch her sleeping dust,
Till Jesus comes to raise the just;
Then may she wake with sweet surprise,
And in her Saviour's image rise.

Hillcrest Cemetery (aka Reynolds City Cemetery)
Taylor County, Georgia

Did you notice the death date? Mrs. Powell died 114 years ago today.

Tombstone Tuesday: Irbane Heustess Ingram

Irbane Heustess
Son of George & Julia Ingram
Died Feb 5, 1900
Age 14 Yrs, 4 Mos

Hillcrest Cemetery (aka Reynolds City Cemetery)
Reynolds, Georgia
This has to be one of the most original names I have ever come across.

In Case You Missed It -- July 2009



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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)