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Back Issues of Markers & the Bussey Family Cemetery

I just received my Association for Gravestone Studies newsletter and am delighted to find out that all back issues of the Markers journal have been digitized and put online. Here's the blurb from the newsletter:

"Back issues of Markers available online
As part of AGS's partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to house the AGS Archives, the University has digitized all back issues of Markers and made them available online. Here is the link:

http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/umarmot/?p=991"

Also wanted to let you know I am working on getting the Bussey Family Cemetery online. This cemetery is located in Talbot County, Georgia. Here's a direct link to the work in progress -- Bussey Family Cemetery. A transcription is also available in the USGenWeb Archives. It was recorded in 1972. My transcriptions were completed last year, so some new burials are included.


He Sits & Waits (Wordless Wednesday)

Memento Mori

Last week, I went on a trip with my Mom and Aunt to Asheville, North Carolina. While there, we took a short drive to Black Mountain to visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum. This museum is located in the old Black Mountain Fire House. According to the museum website, the fire house was designed and built in 1921 by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect at the Biltmore Estate. There is no charge to go through the museum, and donations are gladly accepted. There are a lot of neat things to see, and there is a wealth of information about local families and their histories in the area. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it.

This mourning brooch was one item on display. Here is the information that went with it:

Memento Mori
"Memento Mori" is a Latin phrase that may be freely translated as "remember that you are mortal," and is a theme that threads throughout history and art, literature, and funeral customs.

Mourning jewelry became popular after the death…

Roberta's Angel (Wordless Wednesday)

William Walker's Wordless Wednesday

Interesting & Lovely Little Girl (Tombstone Tuesday)

Sacred to the Memory of
Floretta Virginia Delony
Second daughter of Edward & [Piannah?] Delony
who was born on the 3rd of May, 1833
and died the 2nd of Oct, 1835
aged 2 years & 3 months.
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Edward Delony
was born in Mecklenburg Co, VA &
emigrated to Georgia in 1825. His wife
formerly [Piannah?] Shephard was
born in Morgan Co, GA where she was
married to him in Oct 1828.
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Floretta Virginia
The interesting and lovely little girl to whose memory
these lines are inscribed was a dear sweet littl
child with the most tender and affectionate heart, she
was the fondest sympathies of her doting parents,
and oft she would run to her mother to renew her
soft kisses and tender little embrace, but she has gone
from this cold heartless world and now dwells in a
Paradise of Angels, a bright little cherub
chanting songs of praise to our eternal God.

This tombstone can be found in Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbot County, Georgia.

Rocks, Rocks, and More Rocks

Why do people put rocks on grave stones? Some time ago, I learned that the rocks signified a visitor. That is true enough, but I decided to learn a little more about the custom and share my findings with you.

Putting rocks on tombstones is most often described as a Jewish custom. There are many "Ask a Rabbi" columns out there, but I did not find one that knew for sure where the custom originated. They all agreed, however, that a rock symbolized a visitor and when put on a tombstone said, "I remember you." I also read that some people pick up a rock wherever they are when they think of a person that has passed. Then, the next time they visit the grave, they place the rock to say, "I wish you were here."

Rabbi Shraga Simmons offers a deeper meaning: "We are taught that it is an act of ultimate kindness and respect to bury someone and place a marker at the site. After a person is buried, of course, we can no longer participate in burying them. Howe…

A Wealth of Walker & Nottingham Information

I absolutely love to find tombstones like these. Of course, I've never come across one that pertains to my family. Nonetheless, seeing an individual's lineage inscribed in granite is a genealogist's dream. Too bad there are no attached sources! :-)

I felt compelled to type it all here, hoping someone interested may stumble upon it.

Caroline Walker Nottingham (July 21, 1882 ~ Sept 8, 1963), a daughter of the Confederacy, was laid to rest next to her husband Eliot Theodore Nottingham (Sept 12, 1871 ~ Jan 4, 1961) in Roberta City Cemetery; Crawford County, Georgia. On the back of the granite family stone, the names and dates of 5 generations of Walkers and Nottinghams were inscribed:

Eliot T. Nottingham - Married Caroline Walker Nov 16, 1904 - Of This Union Was Born William Marshall Nottingham
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Caroline W. Nottingham
Daughter of William J. Walker (1851-1911) & Annie R. Walker (1860-1932)
Granddaughter of Charles H. Walker (1812-1896) & C…

Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen

Clarence Moseley Peel
Nov 8, 1897
Oct 8, 1955

Roberta City Cemetery; Crawford County, Georgia
Below the dates on Clarence's marble gravestone is the insignia for the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. This union was founded in 1883 in Oneonta, New York when eight brakemen met in a caboose in the yards of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad to form a benevolent organization. By the time of its merger with three other railroad labor unions to form the United Transportation Union in 1969, it had the greatest membership of any of the operating railroad brotherhoods.

Once a protective organization and an insurance society, the Brotherhood services its members on the collective bargaining and grievance front as well as in legislative, political, and fraternal activities. The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT) was established to represent members' interests in obtaining a satisfactory contract with management.

The rail service members of the BRT included conductors and their assistan…

When She had Passed, it Seemed Like the Ceasing of Exquisite Music

Georgia Anna Sharman
Wife of Zackery Taylor Harris
Mar 13, 1851
Sept 13, 1938

Homeward serenely she walked with God's benediction upon her;
When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.


Mrs. Harris was laid to rest beneath this granite tombstone in Roberta City Cemetery; Crawford County, Georgia.

Today's beautiful epitaph is from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Evangeline (canto I, part the first).

According to research from the Family History Files of Rozine Britt-Bickel, Georgia was the daughter of Owens Carroll Sharman and Georgia Anna Miller. An obituary1 for Mrs. Harris reads, "Oldest Hotel Operator in United States Succumbs to Heart Attack at the age
of 88 Years
." The 13 September 1938 item goes on to state, "Mrs. Georgianna Sharman Harris, 87, known throughout the nation as the oldest hotel keeper, died at her home here in Roberta today. Mrs. Harris and her husband have been active in Georgia hotel business since they began in…

Riverside Cemetery a Finalist in "This Place Matters" Contest!

Only a couple days left to vote!

Sarah, a Twitter friend, alerted me to the finalists for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Places that Matter Contest. Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia is on the list! At this moment, the cemetery is in 3rd place.

Other finalists include the following:

- The Bradley-Boggs House in Pickens, South Carolina
- Spokane Preservation Advocates "Unveiling" in Spokane, Washington
- Plum Island Boathouse in Door County, Wisconsin
- St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg, Florida
- The Star Hotel in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
- Morris Avenue in Bronx, New York
- Miller's Grocery in Christiana, Tennessee
- Humble Oil in San Antonio, Texas
- Hapa Trail in Kaua'i, Hawaii
- Alaska Founders Monument in Seward, Alaska
- Tuxedo Junction in Birmingham, Alabama

See all the finalists and vote for your favorite today! You can vote once a day between now and 12PM eastern, October 9th.

If you joined a little late,…

Here Lies All the Family (Tombstone Tuesday)

Here Lies All the Family
Husband, Wife, and two Sons.
Also
Mrs. Elizabeth Armstrong
mother of
Mrs. Keziah Ford
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To the Memory of
Hezekiah Ford
who departed this life
Nov 11th, 1838
In his 43rd year.
He left a wife and two
children to mourn their loss.
The two children
are now resting with th
blessed and good.

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To the Memory of
Mrs. Keziah Ford
who departed this life
July 3rd, 1868
In her 73rd year.
She leaves many friends
and relatives to mourn her
loss, but her memory will ever
live in the hearts of those who
loved her dearly.

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It was God that called, and
changed the storm of life to
endless peace. Farewell thou
loved one though thy dust
sleeps silent till the resurrection
morn, yet lives thy memory
with the one alone.

Welborn Smith Gave His Life for His Country

Welborn Hill Smith
June 7, 1924
Gave His Life for His Country
June 21, 1944

Welborn was a member of the United States Army Air Forces. He was killed in action during World War II, and his name is on the WWII Honor List of Dead. Welborn was laid to rest in the Roberta City Cemetery in Crawford County, Georgia.


Photos © 2009 S. Lincecum

The Old Man's Funeral

Today's epitaph is inscribed on a marble ledger marker found at Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia.

My Husband
Allen F. Matthews
Born Aug 18, 1851
Intered into rest Feb 27, 1901
Bravely he gave his being up and went,
To share the holy rest that waits a life well spent.

The last lines match closely with a couple of lines from a poem written by William Cullen Bryant, The Old Man's Funeral.  Here is the poem in its entirety:

I saw an aged man upon his bier,
His hair was thin and white, and on his brow
A record of the cares of many a year;--
Cares that were ended and forgotten now.
And there was sadness round, and faces bowed,
And woman's tears fell fast, and children wailed aloud.

Then rose another hoary man and said,
In faltering accents, to that weeping train,
"Why mourn ye that our aged friend is dead?
Ye are not sad to see the gathered grain,
Nor when their mellow fruit the orchards cast,
Nor when the yellow woods shake down the ripened mast.

"Ye sigh not whe…

An Update on Nellie's Epitaph

Yesterday I shared with you a tombstone and epitaph placed in Oak Hill Cemetery for Nellie B. Jackson. I've since learned the phrase "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die" is a quote from Thomas Campbell's poem Hallowed Ground.

It is quite a long poem; I'm not going to post it here. (I already have one scheduled for you tomorrow.) I did include Hallowed Ground in my new Southern Epitaphs blog / database, if you're interested and would like to read it there --> To Live in Hearts We Leave Behind...

Mrs. Electra Francena Leonard

Mrs. Electra Francena Leonard
Born Nov 28, 1832
Died March 26, 1868

She was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Georgia
Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum

I have nothing more to add, I'm afraid.  I simply love her name!

By the way, this is my 300th post! A warm hug and thanks to all my wonderful visitors and faithful readers.

To Live in the Hearts We Leave Behind...

Nellie B. Jackson
Daughter of Joseph B. & Sarah VanHorn Jackson
Died Oct 1st, 1886
Aged 40 y'rs.
"To live in hearts we leave
behind is not to die."

When reviewing the above transcription, I became acutely aware of the date.  Today is the 123rd anniversary of the death of Ms. Nellie Jackson.  While hoping her epitaph is true, I put Nellie in my heart.

In Case You Missed It -- September 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)