26 November 2009

I'm Thankful for... You!

25 November 2009

Free Access to Colonial, Revolutionary War & DAR Databases

WorldVitalRecords is offering free access to Colonial, Revolutionary War, and Daughters of the American Revolution databases through November 30th. This includes 200 free databases covering vital, court, and military records through the Revolutionary War. You can search everything from information on Mayflower families to lineages submitted by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Some noted databases:

- Abstracts Of Wills And Inventories, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1742 - 1801
- Abstracts Of Wills, Inventories, And Administration Accounts Of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1757 - 1800
- American Wills Proved In London, 1611 - 1775
- Births, Deaths And Sponsors, 1717 - 1778 From The Albemarle Parish Register Of Surry And Sussex Counties, Virginia
- Calendar Of Wills, 1626 - 1836
- Death Notices In The South-Carolina Gazette, 1732 - 1775
- Genealogical Abstracts From 18th-Century Virginia Newspapers
- Known Military Dead During The American Revolutionary War, 1775 - 1783
- Scots In Georgia And The Deep South, 1735 - 1845
- The Germans Of Colonial Georgia, 1733 - 1783

For a complete list of free databases, click here.

Col. Stephen Lee, Relative of Gen. Robert E. Lee

Laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery at Asheville, North Carolina are members of the Colonel Stephen Lee family. Transcription of the obelisk topped tombstone:

Mrs. Caroline Lee
Died Dec 18th, 1855
Age 48 Years

Caroline Lee
Died Aug 10th, 1857
Age 21 Years

Emily K. Lee
Died June 15th, 1893
Age 62 Years

In Memory Of
Col. Chas C., Thomas, Stephen, and Joseph.
Sons of Stephen & Caroline Lee,
Who Died In The Southern Cause.
Blessed Are The Dead
Who Die In The Lord.

In Memory Of
Col. Stephen Lee
Born in Charleston, SC
June 7th, 1801
Died in Asheville, NC
Aug 2nd, 1879

Here is what the Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour has to say about Col. Stephen Lee: "Colonel Stephen Lee, a distant relative of General Robert E. Lee, left Charleston to open a school in Asheville in 1846. His school, known as 'Lee's Select School for Boys' became famous across the south for its discipline and curriculum. He spent his entire life teaching at his school except for the years of the Civil War. During the war, Lee fought bravely for the Confederacy... At the end of his service, Lee formed a company called the 'Silver Grays.' These men were so well trained by Lee that on April 6, 1865, his small company of less than 300 men repulsed a Union army of 1,100 soldiers who came to Asheville with the intention of burning it down. After the war, Lee gave tracts of land in the Chunn's Creek section to his former slaves. Lee's land holdings before the Civil War included land from the top of Beaucatcher Mountain to the Swannanoa River."

Col. Lee is also mentioned in Western North Carolina: a history (1730-1913):
Col. Lee's school for boys was far famed and many of the best citizens of this country and South Carolina remembered with gratitude, not only the drilling in Latin and Greek received from this most successful educator, but also the lessons in high toned honor and manhood imparted by this knight "without fear and without reproach." Col. Lee came from South Carolina and opened his school first in a large brick house built by himself on Swannanoa, known as "The Lodge..." Col. Lee afterwards moved to Chunn's Cove, where he taught until, at the call of his country, he and his sons and his pupils enlisted in the cause which they believed to be right. He was a graduate of West Point and distantly related to Gen. R. E. Lee.

Col. Stephen Lee, son of Judge Thomas lee of Charleston, S.C., was born in Charleston, June 7, 1801, was educated at West Point and for some years after taught in the Charleston College. In September, 1825, he was married to his cousin, Caroline Lee, also of Charleston; they had fifteen children, nine boys and six girls. Some years after he was married he moved to Spartanburg, S.C., where he lived only a few years, moving with his family to Buncombe county, N.C. In Chunn's Cove he started his school for boys, which he kept up as long as he lived, except for two or three years in the sixties, a part of which time he was in command of the 16th N.C. Regiment, serving his country in West Virginia and the rest of the time drilling new recruits and preparing them for service. Besides serving himself, he sent eight boys into the Confederate army, four of whom gave their lives to the cause. At the close of the war he returned to his school duties and prepared many young men for their life work. He died in 1879, and is buried in the Asheville cemetery.

24 November 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Clara Chunn Chapman

Clara E. Chunn
Wife of Robt H. Chapman, D.D.
Born Oct 12, 1812
Married Oct 18, 1831
Died Aug 13, 1858

Riverside Cemetery; Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina

According to the text from the Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour, Clara's grave was moved to Riverside Cemetery from the Episcopal Church on Church Street. Chunn's Cove in Asheville was named for her.

23 November 2009

McElveen Mausoleum

This mausoleum is located at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. I neglected to write down all the information of the readable inscriptions, as I was in a hurry. Nonetheless, I was able to get the following with my digital camera:

Ella Pace McElveen
Wife of G. W. McElveen
Born Rogersville, Tenn May 1860
Died June 1899

Our Mother
Parolee Blevins Pace
Born Rogersville, Tenn Mar 31, 1836
Died Waco, Texas Jan 26, 1921

I photographed this mausoleum because I thought it was neat how the woman sculpted at the top appeared to be coming out of the greenery.

22 November 2009

Buchanan Family Monument Photos

The Buchanan monument at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina is more than meets the eye. There is a large angel sculpture atop the monument, carved entirely out of limestone left over from the construction of the Biltmore Estates by Fred Miles, a stone carver for the Biltmore. At each of the four corners below the angel are cherub faces. And farther down are pairs of faces, again at each of the four corners. These faces seem to represent the Buchanan family -- an adult male, adult female, and children.

In Memory of
William Allen Buchanan
Born in Kingston, Jamaica
Died September 8, 1871
Aged 49 Years
And His Beloved Wife
Sarah Elizabeth
Died December 27, 1915
Aged 83 Years
And bring thee peace.
Also In memory of Their Daughter
1862 - 1930
In The Peace of God
William Allen Buchanan
Born June 7, 1856
Died Nov 5, 1931
At Rest
Also In Memory Of
Stella Buchanan Barrett
Died 15th of June 1887
In Her 33rd Year
W. A. Barrett
Aug 16, 1879
Nov 11, 1921

21 November 2009

Killed By a Desperado

B. F. Addison
Killed By a Desperado
Nov 13, 1906
Aged 56 Years
Gone But Not Forgotten

Mr. Ben Addison, a black merchant, was laid to rest in the designated "colored" section of Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina.

On the cold winter night of 13 November 1906, a crazed drunken man named Will Harris went on a shooting rampage that left five men dead. One unfortunate victim was Ben Addison. Mr. Addison owned a store at 53 Eagle street in downtown Asheville. He was shot when he opened his door to see what the commotion was about.

[Source: text from "Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour," which uses a script from a video entitled "Journey Beyond the Gates," produced by the students of Charles D. Owen High School -- the 1997 Advanced Placement U. S. History Class]

20 November 2009

In Memory of Eighteen German Sailors Who died in the U.S. Army Hospital at Asheville, NC 1918-1919

In Memory Of Eighteen German Sailors Who Died In The United States Army Hospital At Asheville

Nicht grossern Vorteil wusst'ich zu nennen
Als des'Feindes Verdienst erkennen.

No greater gain for the human spirit
Than a sense of our foeman's merit.

Karl Von Aspern
Karl Bening
Adam Biffar
Wilhelm Denecke
Karl Flum
Fritz Hoffman
Hans Jakobi
Karl Kilper
Emil Kobe
Karl Koschmieder
Heinrich Lochow
Hermann Menzel
Johann Wilhelm Meyer
Johann Meyerhoff
Viktor Wilhelm Rieke
Richard Paul Schlause
Wilhelm Stockhausen
Fritz Hermann Wahnschaffe

Erected By Kiffin Rockwell Post American Legion

The memorial transcribed above is located at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. Text from the Riverside Cemetery Walking Tour: "Riverside Cemetery is the final resting place for World War I German Prisoners of War. Several thousand sailors were first transferred from Ellis Island to a detention center in Hot Springs, North Carolina. A typhoid epidemic resulted in 18 of the sailors dying. The POWs were given a place of rest at Riverside Cemetery."

19 November 2009

Today's Epitaph: Daniel Ogden Lives in Memory Alone

About a month ago, while visiting Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina, I come across the grave of Daniel Ogden pictured here. I was actually on my way to see a more "prominent" memorial in the cemetery when I noticed Daniel's gravestone was fallen over and lying on the ground. I snapped a few photos, simply because I always get the urge to document stones that look to be in trouble.

When I got home, I found a sweet epitaph for Daniel etched in the stone. I also snagged a little more information about him with a bit of research.

Daniel W. Ogden
Feb 10, 1882
July 19, 1917
It is sad that one we cherish
Should be taken from our home,
But the Joys that do not perish
Live in memory alone.
All the years we've spent together,
All the happy golden hours,
Shall be cherished in remembrance;
Fragrant sweets from memories' flowers.

I found Daniel in the North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 collection at Ancestry. It states Daniel was born in Liddieville, Louisiana to Daniel W. Ogden of Woodville, Mississippi and Epsie Brown of Winnsboro, Louisiana. Daniel was married at the time of his death, and his occupation was Meat Cutter. His address was 403 West Haywood Street in Asheville, though his usual residence was listed as Mississippi.

Daniel's cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis. It seems Daniel was one of the many with this disease who came to the Asheville area hoping the clean mountain air would improve their health. Sadly, for him, it did not. He passed away at the young age of 35.

18 November 2009

Abraham Lincoln's Bodyguard (Wordless Wednesday)

17 November 2009

H. Clay Wilson was a Man of Many Virtues and Few Faults (Tombstone Tuesday)

H. Clay Wilson
1856 - 1900
A man of many virtues
and few faults.

Riverside Cemetery
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina

Photos © 2009 S. Lincecum

16 November 2009

Military Monday: Confederate General James Green Martin

Gen. James Green Martin
Born in Elizabeth City, N.C. February 14, 1819
Died in Asheville, N.C. October 4, 1878
Brevet Major, U.S.A. for gallant conduct in Mexico, 1847. Brig. Gen. C.S.A. Army of Northern Va. 1864. General-In-Chief, N.C. Troops, 1861. In Command of Western N.C. 1865.

General Martin was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery; Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. He was a son of Dr. William Martin and Sophia Dange. General Martin was known as "Old One Wing" because he lost an arm in the Mexican War.

- James Green Martin on Wikipedia

15 November 2009

O. Henry - Author, Cowboy, Druggist, Sheep Herder, & Convicted Embezzler

William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), son of Dr. Algernon Sidney Porter and Mary Jane Virginia Swaim, was laid to rest upon his death at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina. Better known as O. Henry, Porter was a well-known short story author. One of his most famous stories is "The Gift of the Magi."

     There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. ― O. Henry, "The Gift of the Magi"

There are a few obituaries and funeral notices regarding Mr. Porter below. None of them, however, mention that he was convicted of embezzling funds from a bank in Texas. Before his trial was set to begin in 1896, William fled to the Honduras, where he wrote Cabbages and Kings and coined the term "banana republic." When he got word his first wife, Athol Estes, was dying, William returned to Texas and turned himself in. William's bail was posted so he could be with his dying wife. Athol died in 1897, and O. Henry spent 1898-1901 in the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus.

I tell you this because I noticed that when people visit William's grave, they sometimes leave him coins. A nod to his colorful history.

Duluth News-Tribune, Minnesota
6 June 1910
William Sydney Porter, Well Known and Popular Magazine Writer, Succumbs in New York Hostpital -- Work Was Humorous, Attracting Much Attention.
Literary Career Started On Staff of Houston Daily Post -- Formerly Cowboy, Sheep Herder, Druggist and a Traveler -- Little Known of Private Life.

NEW YORK, June 5 -- William Sydney Porter, better known under his pen name of "O. Henry," writer of short stories, died today at Polytechnic hospital. He underwent an operation last Friday and never rallied. The nature of his ailment was not made known. Mrs. Porter, who had been in South Carolina, was not summoned by telegraph, but did not arrive here until after her husband's death.

Mr. Porter was born in Texas 62 years ago, and began his journalistic career on the Houston Post. Before that he had been a cowboy, sheep herder and druggist, and an extensive traveler. The general public knew little of his private life, for he shunned interviewers and was content to be known merely through his writings as "O. Henry..."

...He had been in poor health for some time, but it was thought his illness was not serious. Wednesday he dined with friends and seemed in his usual spirits. Friday night he was taken ill and was moved to the hospital. A minor operation was performed, but up to within one hour of his death, it was thought he would recover.

Derangement of both liver and kidneys, however, proved more deep seated than had been thought, and he sank rapidly.

The burial will be at Asheville, North Carolina.
State, South Carolina
6 June 1910
William Sydney Porter, Known as "O. Henry," Dies in New York. Native of North Carolina.

...Mr. Porter was born in Greensboro, N.C., 46 years ago and began his career on the Houston Post...

Lived in North Carolina
Asheville, N.C., June 5 -- William Sydney Porter, who died in New York today, spent much of his time in this city. He was prominently connected with the Worth family in the eastern part of the State. As a young man he served as drug clerk in Greensboro, and when just past his majority went to Texas, where he engaged in ranching and commercial pursuits. He drifted to Houston and began his newspaper work on the Houston Post, and while there married. From Houston he went to New York and continued his newspaper work, and also began writing his short stories of the plains which immediately attracted attention. His first wife died after he went to New York.

While writing under the nom de plume of O. Henry, his work attracted the attention of Miss Sarah Lindsay Coleman of this city, who herself was writing under the nom de plume of Sarah Lindsay. Inquiries made of her publishers revealed the fact that they were old friends, having had a youthful attachment while he was still a school boy in Greensboro. This old attachment resulted in their marriage in this city about two years ago.
Charlotte Observer, North Carolina
8 June 1910
'O. Henry' to Be Buried at Asheville.
New York, June 7 -- Funeral services for William Sydney Porter, who under the name of "O. Henry" became known as one of the foremost short story writers in America, took place today in the Church of Transfiguration ("The Little Church Around the Corner") around which the author constructed several of his stories.

Many personal friends of the author attended. Mrs. Sarah Lindsey Porter, his wife, was the only relative present. The dead author's parents died some years ago, and he had no close relatives...

12 November 2009

Terry Mausoleum

This TERRY mausoleum is located in Riverside Cemetery; Asheville, North Carolina. It was erected for Franklin Silas Terry and his wife Lillian Estelle Slocomb. They were the owners of the grand estate in Black Mountain, NC called In-The-Oaks, named after the oak leaf in the SLOCOMB family coat of arms.

A beautiful characteristic of this mausoleum is the detailed bronze door.

11 November 2009

Death Records from Ireland, Australia, & France + Free Access to U.S. Military Collection

Ancestry.com recently released some more images of original military records. According to the website, the Ireland Casualties of World War I, 1914-1918 database "contains the book, Ireland’s Memorial Records - an 8 volume set compiled by The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial, originally published in 1923. These volumes provide information on over 49,000 Irish men and women who died in the Great War."

More recent additions include an update to the Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007, as well as a new collection of approximately 1.2 million death records -- Paris & Vicinity, France, Death Notices, 1860-1902. The latter "contains death extracts from the historic department of Seine, France from 1860-1902. The extracts were compiled from newspaper and other death notices by ARFIDO S.A., a French genealogical and heir research association. Information extracted includes name of deceased, their death date, and death place." You'll need to know French to adequately search this one.

Also, Ancestry is offering everyone the ability to search their U.S. Military Collection for free through November 13th.

10 November 2009

Embree Hoss Blackard, United Methodist Clergy (Tombstone Tuesday)

Embree Hoss Blackard Sr., D.D.
1900 - 1995

Riverside Cemetery
Asheville, North Carolina

When visiting Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina, I came across an emblem I had not seen before. It represented the United Methodist Clergy and was attached to the BLACKARD family stone. A bit of research revealed Mr. Embree Hoss Blackard had been a member of the clergy for 70 years, longer than anyone in the Western North Carolina Conference (at the time of his death in 1995).

According to his obituary in the 6 August 1995 Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Dr. Blackard was a native of Trenton, Tennessee, and a son of the late Reverend Doctor James W. Blackard and Louisa White Blackard. Information obtained from the Riverside Cemetery website states he was married to Margaret Griffith who died in 1975 and Frances Blair Blackard who died in June 1995.

Also buried in the Blackard family lot is Margaret Griffith Blackard (1897-1975) and Embree Hoss Blackard, Jr., M.D. (1929-1991).

07 November 2009

Sam Reed, Mortician & Caretaker of Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery on StoryCorps

Ms. Amber Leigh left a comment yesterday on the most recent In Case You Missed It post, and I'm highlighting it here so hopefully more readers will see it.

"...I'm writing from StoryCorps, America's largest nonprofit national oral history project. I thought you and your readers would be interested in listening to StoryCorps' latest story to broadcast on NPR this morning. Sam Reed, a mortician and the caretaker of Atlanta's historic Oakland Cemetery talks about how his interest in the funeral business started at a young age. You can take a listen here: http://www.storycorps.org/listen/stories/sam-reed.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of people from across the country have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share and is also archived for generations to come at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to the award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. Select stories have also been published in the New York Times bestselling book, Listening Is an Act of Love.

I hope you take the time to listen and share.

Amber Leigh"

My thanks to Amber for bringing this wonderful story to our attention. I enjoyed it very much!

"I just know this is what I was destined to do." ~ Sam Reed

02 November 2009

A Few Days Left for Free Access to Ancestry's Cemetery & Gravestone Collections

I'm a little behind in posting this, but there's still time! Ancestry is providing free access to their "creepiest collections" of cemetery and gravestone data through November 5th. You may search them directly from this Halloween landing page.

One of the featured collections is Selected U.S. Headstone Photos, containing "more than 74,000 headstones (some with multiple names) for individuals who died in the early 19th century through the present day."

Other collections of southern graves included:

· Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots;
· Aiken County, South Carolina Cemetery Inscriptions;
· Aiken County, South Carolina Cemetery Inscriptions: Graniteville;
· Aiken County, South Carolina: Cemetery Records;
· Alabama Cemetery Records;
· Barbour County, Alabama Tombstone Inscriptions;
· Bullock Co., AL, Old Confederate Cemetery;
· Cemetery Records of Choctaw County, Alabama;
· Cemetery Records of Dale County, Alabama;
· Cemetery Records of DeKalb County, Alabama;
· Cemetery Records of Jefferson County, Alabama;
· Cemetery Records, Barbour County, Alabama;
· Cemetery Records, Blount County, Alabama;
· Cemetery Records, Fayette County, Alabama and Neighboring Counties;
· Cemetery Survey, Etowah County, Alabama;
· Covington Co., AL, Bushfield Cemetery;
· Etowah County, Alabama Cemetery Records;
· Graveyard Register of Friedland Moravian Church, Forsyth County, N.C.;
· Inscriptions from the Cemeteries of Dale County, Alabama;
· Loudon County, Tennessee Cemetery Inscriptions;
· Mason County, Kentucky, Cemetery Records, Volume I;
· North-Central Georgia Cemeteries;
· Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia;
· Page County, Virginia, Cemetery Records, Vol. I (Luray Cemetery);
· Pleasant Hill Cemetery Inscriptions, Pritchett, Texas;
· Prospect Hill Cemetery Inscriptions, Front Royal, Virginia;
· Register of the Confederate Dead Interred in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.;
· Shenandoah County, Virginia, Cemetery Records, Vol. 1 (Woodstock);
· Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts;
· The Evergreen Old Historical Cemetery in Evergreen, Alabama, Conecuh County;
· The Old Jewish Cemeteries at Charleston, S.C.: a Transcript of the Inscriptions on Their Tombstones, 1762-1903;
· Tombstone Inscriptions of King George County, Virginia;
· Tombstone Inscriptions of Orange County, Virginia;
· Tombstone Records of St. John's Lutheran Graveyard, Cabarrus County, North Carolina from the 18th Century to June 1936;
· Tombstone Records Stanly County, North Carolina, Albemarle, N.C.;
· Tombstone Records, Stanley County, N.C., Albemarle, County Seat;
· U.S. Military Burial Registers, 1768-1921
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