30 September 2009

Barnard Hill Died While Presiding in Court

Barnard Hill
Born Mar 21, 1804
Died Sep 27, 1877
While presiding in court.

Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum

At the time of Judge Hill's death headlines in the local papers read, "A COURT OF DEATH;" "Died in the Harness;" and "Death of Judge Hill at Knoxville." The following is one such news article:

29 September 1877, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

"GEORGIA NEWS

-- A special to the Telegraph-Messenger dated Fort Valley, 27th, and signed by T. J. Simmons, W. S. Wallace and A. S. Miller, says 'Judge Barnard Hill died in the court room at Knoxville, at half-past six o'clock this afternoon, of apoplexy.' He was quite an old man and was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court by Gov. Smith. He formerly resided in Talbotton, and has, until appointed Judge, been a frequent attendant on the courts in Columbus. He was specially noted as a superior equity lawyer. His health has been delicate for a long period. The remains will be buried in Talbotton, wither they were carried yesterday, escorted by numbers of the Macon and other bars."

29 September 2009

He was Endowed with Great Mental Powers (Tombstone Tuesday)



Rev. Jackson Park Turner
Of the Ga. Con. M. E. Ch. Sth.
Born Apr 9, 1823
Born Again Mar 18, 1841
Licensed Dec 18, 1841
Admitted to the Ga. Conf. 1842
Died July 24, 1854
--------------------
He was endowed with great
mental powers which were
consecrated for 12 yrs to the
Gospel of Christ:  when he
closed a short career.

Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum
Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Talbot County, Georgia

28 September 2009

Noble Woman of Talbotton Passes Away After a Useful Life

Ann Dillworth
Wife of Col. Jno. N. Birch
Born in Petersburg, VA
Feb 21, 1802
Died Aug 28, 1897

Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum

Mrs. Birch was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia. Here is a death notice from the 31 August 1897 Columbus Daily Enquirer:

"MRS. ANN D. BIRCH DEAD.

Noble Woman of Talbotton Passes Away After a Useful Life.


Talbotton, Ga., Aug. 30 -- Mrs. Ann D. Birch, aged 96, died at the residence of her grandson, Dr. J. B. Douglass, this morning.

She was a devout Christian and member of the Methodist church more than eighty years, having been a resident of Talbotton seventy years. She was the grandmother of Dr. J. B. Douglass, Of Talbotton; W. B. Hill, of Macon; Herbert Hill, of Monticello; Mrs. James Bishop, of Eastman; Thomas and Robert A. Matthews, of Thomaston, and W. C. Douglass, of Raleigh, N.C. The burial will take place here tomorrow at Oak Hill cemetery."

Also resting in Oak Hill Cemetery is Ann's husband. He actually has two tombstones. One is an old marker, while the other is a newer granite stone shared with his wife (pictured above). Here is a transcription combining information found on both:

John Neville Birch
Colonel of Georgia Militia
Born in Prince Edwards Co, VA
June 6, 1795
Died Mch 12, 1835
in Talbotton, GA
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum

27 September 2009

Smith Family Cemetery Photos

My grandparents asked me recently if I had been to the cemetery on the corner of Bass and Houston Lake Roads in Warner Robins. Since that area has not long since been cleared out to make room for a pretty church and expanding roadways, I figured I'd better go take a look. What I found was the Smith Family Cemetery. I knew of the cemetery and knew it was in the area, but had never been. That's because "in the area" at the time I learned of it meant somewhere in the woods on property not belonging to me.

There are four posts that might have at one time connected a chain-link fence.  Only two tombstones were visible to me, but there are small bouquets of flowers and bricks marking likely 5 other burials.  Another photo:


The first stone I recorded was a military tombstone.  Transcription:

Alvin T. Smith
Georgia
Pvt
157 Depot Brigade
World War I
September 7, 1894
April 19, 1958

Here are couple more photos of Alvin's stone:





The second stone was for a young William E. A. Smith, born Jan 16, 1864, and died July 13, 1888.



Addie Howell, author of Cemeteries and Obituaries of Houston County, Georgia, surveyed this cemetery in 1976. At that time she gave the location as the Tucker Farm on Houston Lake road. She found one more Smith grave than I did, an infant born and died in 1887.


26 September 2009

Mashed Between the Cars

In Memory of
Albert B. Wallace
Born Feb 11, 1860
Died Jan 25, 1889
A brother has gone from our circle
On earth we shall meet him no more
He has gone to his home in Heaven
And all his afflictions are o'er.


Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum; from Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Georgia.

I believe I found what caused Albert to be taken at such a young age...

27 January 1889
Columbus Daily Enquirer, Georgia

"MASHED BETWEEN THE CARS.

Albert Wallace, a White Brakeman, Meets a Terrible Death in Troy.
A terrible accident occurred at the Troy Central road depot on Thursday afternoon.  Albert Wallace, better known as Bud Wallace, a white brakeman, while coupling cars, was caught between a flat and the engine and terribly mashed about the stomach and chest.  The engineer noticing the fearful predicament Wallace was in, at once moved the engine slightly forward.  The injured man scrambled to a seat and fell into is.  Dr. Brown was in prompt attendance, but he at once saw that the unfortunate brakeman's condition was hopeless, and he so informed him.  Everything was done, however, to assuage his pains.  Wallace died of his injuries on Friday night.  His remains were brought to the city by the noon train yesterday, for interment.  He belonged to Marion county, was unmarried and about twenty three years og age.

Wallace was well known in this city as an honest, upright man.  He formerly clerked for Mr. Dave Rothschild."

27 January 1889
Macon Weekly Telegraph, Georgia

"CRUSHED BETWEEN CARS.

Albert Wallace of geneva, Ga., Killed While Coupling Cars.
COLUMBUS, Jan. 26 -- [SPECIAL.] -- Albert Wallace, the young man of Geneva, Ga., who was mashed at the depot at Troy, Ala, day before yesterday, died last night at 12 o'clock.

The accident occurred by negligence while coupling cars.  He was 22 years old and well though of by the railroad company.  He was well known in this city."

28 January 1889
Columbus Daily Enquirer, Georgia

"Laid to Rest Yesterday
The remains of Albert Wallace, the young man who was killed in Troy a few days ago while coupling cars in the Central road depot, were removed to his late home near Geneva yesterday at noon, for the purposes of interment, where they will be laid to rest with his ancestors."

Although not all of the information provided by the papers matches the tombstone inscription, I still believe these items apply to Mr. Albert B. Wallace whose tombstone is pictured above.  I found an Albert B. Wallace in the 1880 Marion County, Georgia Federal census, Marion county is adjacent to Talbot county, and Geneva is located just south of Talbotton in Talbot county.

25 September 2009

James Dismuke & the Hourglass

James Z. Dismuke
Born Oct 17th, 1800
and Died March 23rd, 1861

"The pains of life are past,
Labor and sorrows cease;
And life's long warfare closed at last,
His soul is found in peace."

"The memory of the just is blessed."

For forty years He was a devoted and useful Member of the Methodist church;
And the virtues of his character as A humble and faithful Christian,
Shone through all his Relations in life.

Mr. Dismuke had inscriptions on all four sides of his gravestone, as transcribed above.  He was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia.



Also found on the Dismuke gravestone was the image of an hourglass with wings.  Douglas Keister, when  referring to this mortality symbol, states the following:  "The symbolism is clear: time is passing rapidly, and every day, one comes closer to the hour of their death.  A bolder interpretation of the hourglass suggests that since it can be inverted over and over again, it symbolizes the cyclic nature of life and death, heaven and earth."

24 September 2009

Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori

This large monument was found in Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia.  Here is the inscription:

Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori
Erected by the Confederate Guards in Memory of their Captain
Thomas S. Moyer
who fell in battle on the plains of Manassas.

The first line comes from Book 3 of the Odes, a collection in four books of Latin lyric poems by Quintus Horatius Flaccus (aka Horace) published in 23 B.C.  It can be translated into English a few ways:

- "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country;"
- "It is noble and glorious to die for your fatherland;" and
- "It is beautiful and honorable to die for your fatherland."

Thomas S. Moyer, born about 1841, was the son of Enos (or Enoch) and Anna Moyer.  He joined Company D, 7th GA Infantry Regiment (Cobb Confederate Guards) as Captain 4 May 1861.  This company was assigned to Col. Francis Bartow's Brigade in Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Army of the Shenandoah.  In July 1861, this army marched from their station to support Confederate troops at Manassas Junction in Virginia.  Since most of the brigades arrived on the 20-21 July, many men marched directly into battle.

This First Battle of Manassas resulted in a victory for the Confederates.  Captain Thomas S. Moyer suffered wounds during this battle, however, that cost him his life.  He died 5 August 1861.

23 September 2009

We Interrupt this Blog for a Tired Old Song that Apparently Still Needs to be Repeated

Please give credit where credit is due. If you find a cemetery or tombstone photo on the internet, and you would like to add it to FindAGrave, please ask that person to donate the photo or get permission to post it yourself. That photo is not yours for the taking. What makes you think you are entitled to it? You have no idea what I had to clear from my path, wade through, or what bugs I had to get bitten by in order to obtain that photo.

I have recently found several of my photos on FindAGrave that I did not post there, nor did I give my permission to the person who did the posting. They were not all posted by the same person, so that means there are several individuals out there that think stealing is OK.

Why did you think the theft was necessary? If you found the photo all by your lonesome through linking or search engines, then chances are others could have found it, too. As much as I love FindAGrave, it is NOT the only place on the internet to find tombstone photos. Not everything is housed there, nor does everything have to be.

As I've already stated, I adore FindAGrave and will not make a stink about this with them or the individuals who committed the crime... at this time. I have made several hundred contributions to the site and will continue to do so.

Unfortunately, you are going to start finding an ugly copyright notice on more and more of my photos. You can thank the thieves for that.

Note: The Ask First! button was created by Lorelle VanFossen, and it is used with permission.

Mama & Papa's Darling Jesse (Wordless Wednesday)











22 September 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Lizzie Brown's Own Words

Lizzie J.
Wife of W. S. Brown
Born Apr 6, 1845
Died June 17, 1892
She hath done what she could.
"Asleep in Jesus."
Her own words:
"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me."

Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum
Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Talbot County, Georgia

21 September 2009

The Urn as Funerary Art

Funerary art is, according to Wikipedia, "any work of art forming or placed in a repository for the remains of the dead...  an aesthetic attempt to capture or express the beliefs or emotions about the afterlife."

The urn is probably second only to the cross as the most common example of 19th century funerary art seen in the cemetery today.  That is a little surprising, actually, given that these cemeteries contain burials, not cremations.

For centuries before Christ, cremation was the most common form of disposing of dead bodies in Europe and the Near East.  It was dominant in Greece in 800 B.C. and in Rome by 600 B.C.  Early Christians considered cremation to be pagan, however, and by 400 A.D. earth burial had completely replaced it.  Modern cremation did not come about until the 1870's.

Many cemetery symbolism lists state the urn represents death, sorrow, and mourning.  Fewer suggest it symbolizes immortality.  This might stem from the ancient Egyptian belief that life would be restored in the future through vital organs placed in the urn.

A more specific description of the what the urn symbolizes today is given by Kimberly Powell at genealogy.about.com:  "The urn is commonly believed to testify to the death of the body and the dust into which the dead body will change, while the spirit of the departed eternally rests with God."

Oftentimes, but not always, an urn at the top of a gravestone will be draped.  This could add another layer of meaning to the art.  The cloth could symbolically guard the ashes.  Douglas Keister, author of Stories in Stone, states the drape can also be seen as a symbol of the veil between earth and Heaven.



All photos © 2009 S. Lincecum.

20 September 2009

For the Touch of a Vanished Hand

In memory of our only darling
Thomas Hill
Son of W. S. & Lizzie J. Brown
Born March 25, 1867
Died Dec 17, 1883
Aged 16 Years, 8 Months, & 22 days.
Oh! for the touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still.

The last lines of the inscription on young Thomas Brown's gravestone are from the poem "Break, Break, Break" by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

"Break, break, break
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

O well for the fisherman's boy,
That he shouts for his sister at play!
O well for the sailor lad,
that he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me."

Written after the death of a close friend, these lines by Tennyson evoke feelings of loss, melancholy, and nostalgia.  A perfect fit for the cemetery.

Thomas Hill Brown was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia.

19 September 2009

Saturday Soldier - Lieut. Edward Waterman

Lieut.
Edward Waterman
12th Ga Regt
Killed at Petersburg, Va
April 2, 1865
Aged 23

Edward was born about 1842, the son of Joseph and Caroline Waterman.  For a brief essay about his Confederate service, you may visit his memorial on FindAGrave.  Edward was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia.  His mother rests on one side of him, and his brother John Thomas rests on the other.

17 September 2009

Today's Epitaph: The Good Die First

Today's epitaph comes from Mary Philpot's pedestal tombstone in Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Georgia.  Here's the entire inscription:

In Memory of
Mary A. Philpot
Died Nov 13, 1893
Aged 50 Years
"The good die first,
and they whose hearts
are dry as summer dust
burn to the socket."

I never cared for English Literature when I was in school, so I had to look this one up.  Mary's epitaph is a quote from William Wordsworth's The Excursion, first published in 1814.

16 September 2009

The Shade of the Trees

In Memory of
Iola
Daughter of W. H. & J. D. Philpot
Born Nov 27, 1857
Died Feb 12, 1882
We loved thee, my
daughter, and miss thy
sweet face and kind loving
words.  But thou hast gone
to meet thy angel mother
and rest under "The shade
of the trees."

The tombstone pictured and transcribed above can be found in Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Georgia.  The epitaph is very loving.  One thing that stood out to me was the quoted phrase, "The shade of the trees." I was curious about it and performed a search on the phrase.  I have a hunch it is from a portion of the last words of Stonewall Jackson:  "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees." It fits the time frame of Iola's life well.

Here is a poem I found in an 1867 book, The Southern Poems of the War by Emily Virginia Mason.  The only reference to an author is above the poem:  "By James." Any of the lines from this poem would be a befitting epitaph.

"Over the river," a voice meekly said,
Whose clarion tones had thousands obeyed,
As in ranks upon ranks they grandly rushed on,
To battle for liberty, country, and home!

"Over the river," immortality's plains,
In verdure eternal where peace ever reigns,
Rejoice with their beauty his vision of faith,
As his spirit approaches the river of death!

"Over the river, 'neath the shade of the trees,"
Advancing to meet him bright angels he sees,
They beckon him over to rest in the shade,
And dwell in the mansions the Saviour hath made.

"Over the river, 'neath the shade of the trees,"
Whose fruit of twelve manners his taste shall e'er please;
Beneath whose soft foliage his spirit may rest,
"Over the river," in the home of the blest.

"Over the river, 'neath the shade of the trees,"
Freed from the earth's sorrows he'll rest at his ease;
Life's conflict is over, its battle is won,
And his brow will be wreathed with the victor's bright crown.

"Over the river," now a Heavenly guest!
"'Neath the shade of the trees," forever at rest!
In that glorious land, enraptured he'll sing,
The praises of Him who of Kings is the King!

15 September 2009

New Resource Online: New York Mortality Schedules, 1850–80

New York is not a southern state, I know, but a recent new posting by Ancestry is worth noting.

From website:
"About U.S. Census Mortality Schedules, New York, 1850-1880
Part of the U.S. Federal Censuses from 1850-1880 included a mortality schedule enumerating the individuals who had died in the previous year. Because each of the censuses from 1850-1880 began on June 1, “previous year” refers to the 12 months preceding June 1, or June 1 (of the previous year) to May 31 (of the census year).

This database contains an index to individuals enumerated in these mortality schedules in New York. Not all information that is recorded on the actual census is included in the index. Therefore, it is important that you view the image on which your ancestor is recorded to obtain all possible information about him/her."

Learning Center Article - Spotlight on New York Mortality Schedules, 1850-80

Some other states' mortality schedules at Ancestry are Arkansas (1860 & 1880), Florida (1885), North Carolina (1850-1880), South Carolina (1850-1880), Texas (1850-1880), and Virginia (1850-1880). All can be searched here.

11 September 2009

John Waterman: Georgia Journalist, Sweet Potato Enthusiast, & Strong Prohibitionist

Sometimes a wander through the graveyard is just that - a wander.  Not a thorough research trip, as I would always like to have the time to conduct.  Such was the case when I visited Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia almost a year ago.  Consequently, this is the only photo I have of the rough-cut granite headstone for Mr. John Thomas Waterman.  It is from a farther away shot I cropped down.  To even further complicate things, I never really studied the entire gravesite of Mr. Waterman.

What's the big deal, you ask? After a bit of research, Mr. John Thomas Waterman has become one of those "people I wish I knew." Sometimes this happens when I begin researching an individual represented only to me by a stone in a cemetery.  What I learn leads me to think they were charming or funny or otherwise interesting in some way, and I wish I could've known them "in their time." Mr. Waterman is an example.

The basics of John Thomas Waterman are this:  he was born in 1847 to Joseph and Caroline Waterman, likely in Jones County, Georgia.  His father was a teacher, retail merchant, and photographer from Maine.  John married Annie Brown of Talbotton, and they had a few children.  John died in Atlanta, Georgia in 1895.

John Thomas Waterman was a newspaper man.  He bought, ran, and sold several newspapers in the course of his lifetime.  It appears that his first was the Houston Home Journal in 1870.  This paper served Perry and Houston County, Georgia.  This is interesting to me because I was born in Houston County and know the Journal well.  Who knew a trip to Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton would connect me to home!

Something else I find interesting about Mr. Waterman is his love of the Georgia sweet potato. John was known throughout Georgia, and he was well liked among other journalists.  Oftentimes, friendly word jabs were traded back and forth between editors within their newspapers.  John was often involved, and I enjoyed reading the inside jokes even though I didn't always get them.  While living in Forsyth, Georgia, John's property was often referred to as the "potato patch." His love of sweet potatoes was well documented in the newspapers.  A blurb in the 10 November 1882 Macon Weekly Telegraph says this:  "John Waterman looks exceedingly young for one of his years.  He accounts for it on the ground of 'potatoes and prohibition.'"

Yes, John Waterman was described as a strong prohibitionist.  A paragraph from the 10 November 1882 Macon Weekly Telegraph provides this:  "Every man has his own opinions about spirits.  The spirits about which the most noise is made are not always the purest or the most profitable spirits.  People will differ; but, in our judgement, the straight turpentine spirits of southeast Georgia are a vastly better and more profitable article than the crooked corn spirits of north Georgia.  If the authorship of this inflammatory paragraph is demanded, we refer the inquirer to John Waterman, of Forsyth."

Mr. Waterman's death was covered well in the Georgia newspapers.  An article describing his life and death is included in its entirety below, in case someone else out there thinks John is someone they would like to have known.
DEATH OF JOHN T. WATERMAN

The Georgia Journalist Unexpectedly Died in Atlanta Yesterday Afternoon.

CRISP'S PRIVATE SECRETARY,

Served His Apprenticeship in the Establishment of J. W. Burke & Co., and Was Well Known in Georgia as an Able Writer.


Atlanta, April 16 -- (Special) -- Col. John T. Waterman, the well-known Georgia journalist, and private secretary to Judge Crisp since his incumbency as speaker of the national house of representatives, died here this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Mr. Waterman for several days has been in Atlanta during the past several days looking after some business in connection with the Hawkinsville Dispatch and News, of which paper he was at one time a proprietor, but since his duties called him to Washington he has been connected with the paper as associate editor.  He has been stopping while in Atlanta with his friend, Mr. C. H. Johnson, 261 Whitehall street.  Mr. Waterman was stricken with apoplexy last night at 12 o'clock.  From that time until his death this afternoon he was unconscious.

A number of prominent Methodists spent the morning at Mr. Waterman's bedside.

Deceased retired last night apparently enjoying good health, and in a cheerful mood.  At 12 o'clock Mr. Johnson heard heavy breathing in Mr. Waterman's room, and investigation showed the latter to be in an almost lifeless condition.  Three physicians were hastily summoned.  Under treatment Mr. Waterman rallied, but only for a few moments.  The attack was pronounced apoplexy.  At 1:30, the sick man was beyond the hope of recovery.  Mr. Waterman was born in Macon about fifty years ago.  He was married to Miss Annie Brown of Talbotton.

Mr. Waterman has been a prominent figure in Georgia journalism for the greater portion of his life, having edited the Monroe Advertiser, the LaGrange Reporter, the Griffin News, the Warrenton Clipper, the Thomaston Times, the Athens Banner-Watchman, the Evening Capitol of this city and the Hawkinsville Dispatch and News.

Mr. Waterman was also a strong prohibitionist.

The remains will be taken to Talbotton for interment.

BORN IN MACON

Mr. Waterman was well known in Macon, as also in nearly every other community in the state.  Here he spent his early life and received his education.  His father was Mr. Joseph Waterman, a photographer, whose establishment was in Triangular block.  John T. Waterman, when yet a lad, was apprenticed in the printing establishment of J. W. Burke & Co.  When he had learned his trade, he went to Forsyth and became prominently identified with the newspaper and business interests of that place.  From Forsyth, he went to Thomaston, where he engaged in a newspaper enterprise.  He was next known as editor and proprietor of the LaGrange Reporter, which paper he conducted for a number of years, building it up to the highest plane attainable by the Georgia press.  Mr. Waterman next took charge of the Athens Banner, which he continued to control until the lamented George P. Woods of Hawkinsville sold him an interest in the Hawkinsville Dispatch.  Editor J. R. Beverly was at the time in charge of the Hawkinsville News.  Editor Woods' health failed, the Dispatch and News were consolidated, and the two papers were purchased by the firm of Beverly & Waterman.  In this capacity Mr. Waterman continued until Congressman Charles F. Crisp was elected speaker of the house. Mr. Waterman received the appointment as Speaker Crisp's private secretary, maintaining only a nominal connection with the Dispatch and News.  As Washington correspondent for that paper, however, his weekly letters attracted considerable attention from the numerous readers, and were extensively quoted by the press.

Mr. Waterman leaves a widow, a son and two daughters -- Mr. Frank, Miss Carrie and little Anna Waterman.  His widow was Miss Annie Brown, sister of Capt. Harry Brown, who is so well known in Georgia politics.

Mr. Waterman's family reside in Hawkinsville.  It was generally understood that when his engagement was ended with Speaker Crisp, Mr. Waterman would again obtain possession of the News and Dispatch.

10 September 2009

Three Pretty Mathews All In a Row

Mrs. M. A. M. MacClellan
Born Sept 25, 1848
Died June 1, 1885

Mrs. L. C. Mathews
Born May 16, 1826
Died Feb 28, 1885
Hope looks beyond the bounds of time,
When what we now deplore,
Shall rise in full immortal prime,
And bloom to fade no more.

Jennie V. Mathews
Born March 10, 1857
Died Jan 8, 1881
Rest thee Jennie where the shadows wave
O'er thy early unexpected grave;
Weeping loved ones have not long to wait,
[_?_] they meet thee at the pearly gate.

The tombstones pictured above are found in Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Georgia.  The first, Mrs. Molly A. Mathews MacClellan, was daughter of Josiah M. and Lavenia C. Mathews.  The second is Lavenia C., wife of Josiah M. Mathews.  The third is Jennie V., another daughter of Josiah and Lavenia.

09 September 2009

Leonora's Rose (Wordless Wednesday)

08 September 2009

Though Death Intrudes Between (Tombstone Tuesday)


The photo above was taken at Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia. The four headstones prominent all belong to members of the RICHARDS family. From left to right - Mary Howard Richards (1883-1884), J. Howard Richards (1839-1895), Mary L. Richards, and William Clinton Richards (1878-1899). It is possible Mary Howard and William were children of J. and Mary L.

The stone for Mary L. Richards is the tallest and most detailed of the four. At the top is an open book. Some say this represents the human heart, opening its feelings to the world and God. I've always felt it to represent the Book of Life, the place where Christians believe their name is written when they receive Jesus as their Savior.

A nice sentiment is written to Mary on her stone as well. Here is the full inscription:

Thy Will Be Done
Mary L.
Wife of John H. Richards
July 23, 1846
Aug 8, 1905
Mother, you are not dead to us,
But as a bright star unseen,
We hold that you are ever near,
Though death intrudes between.

07 September 2009

Augustus Pou Persons

Augustus Pou Persons
Oct 29, 1858
July 24, 1927

Oak Hill Cemetery
Talbotton, Talbot County, Georgia

A. P. Persons was born in Talbotton, Georgia to Henry and Emily Pou Persons, and he was the grandson of Thomas H. Persons of Virginia. Augustus' father and grandfather were both merchants in Talbotton. Augustus followed in their footsteps and also followed his father when he attended the University of Georgia, became a lawyer, and entered public service.

In addition to being a lawyer and a partner in the Persons Bros. general merchandise firm, Augustus was editor of the Talbotton News Era, 1888-1889. A. P. Persons was also twice mayor of Talbotton.

In 1904, Augustus married Miss Jennie Beall McCoy. The union was covered in the 24 September 1904 Atlanta Constitution, Georgia:

"McCoy - Persons
Talbotton, Ga., September 23 -- (Special) -- Announcement is made of the approaching marriage of Miss Jennie Beall McCoy, of Talbot county, to Hon. Augustus Pou Persons, the wedding to occur Wednesday, October 5.

Miss McCoy is a daughter of Hon. John Henry McCoy, a prominent citizen of this county. She is one of the most beautiful and attractive young women in middle Georgia.

Hon. A. P. Persons is well known throughout Georgia as a distinguished member of the state bar and through having served with distinction in the Georgia senate. He is highly esteemed and has warm friends throughout the state."

06 September 2009

Justice was His Cardinal Trait

Today's epitaph was found on the marble ledger stone made for Henry C. Green, located in Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Georgia. At the head of his ledger marker was a military stone that included an engraving of a "Southern Cross." Here is the complete inscriptions from both gravestones:

Henry C. Greene
Co I
46 GA Inf
C.S.A.

Sacred to the Memory of
Henry C. Greene
Born in Talbot Co, GA
June 18, 1844
Died in Talbot Co, GA
Nov 24, 1901

Justice was his cardinal trait, but at all times,
The kindness and generosity of his soul shone forth,
He was in truth one of God's noblemen.

05 September 2009

Saturday Slideshow: Hillcrest Cemetery

04 September 2009

Freeman Family Obelisks

The obelisk, a form of Egyptian architecture that is said to represent a ray of sunlight, is fairly common in the southern cemeteries I have visited. What I don't see very often, though, is the double obelisk. I found an example of this in Oak Hill Cemetery, located in Talbotton, Talbot County, Georgia. This is a single stone, but there are two obelisks attached -- one for Mr. Freeman and one for Mrs. Freeman. Looking closely, you can see where both of these sculptures have been repaired. I don't know if this was due to vandalism or nature.

Inscriptions:

Father
T. A. Freeman
Born July 26, 1851
Died July 2, 1906
There is a bright region above,
We long to reach its shore,
To join with the dear ones we love,
"Not lost, but gone before."

-----------------------------
Mother
Martha I. Freeman
Apr 24, 1846
Dec 22, 1923

Nearby rests the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman, Mattie Belle. She was but 2 Yrs. 2 Mos. 20 Days. Inscribed on the back of her stone is this: "She was but a jewel lent us, To sparkle in our midst awhile. Then God called and took His treasure, Before she knew an earthly guile."

03 September 2009

Chief Justice Robert Henry Jordan


Just inside the entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia is what looks to be an above ground vault for the Jordan family. While I think it was designed as such, it's likely a false crypt. This large, beautiful memorial is made of marble and contains the following inscriptions:
Robert Henry Jordan, Jr.
May 14, 1948
Oct 22, 1966
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Chief Justice
Robert Henry Jordan
Feb 6, 1916
Oct 23, 1992
Court of Appeals of GA 1960-71
Supreme Court of GA 1971-82
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Jean Ingram Jordan
Nov 5, 1923
June 10, 2005

Robert Jordan, Sr. also served in the GA State Senate from 1953-54 and 1959-60. He was born in Talbot County, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia. He served in the US Army 1941-45 and was the author of There Was a Land, a history of Talbot County, Georgia.

The Georgia General Assembly, in House Resolution 25, stated Robert Henry Jordan served his country with honor, was an outstanding legal scholar, and was an exemplary public servant. The portion of U.S. Highway 80 from downtown Talbotton, Georgia, east to the Taylor County line is designated as the Robert Henry Jordan Memorial Highway.

You may see a portrait of Mr. Jordan at the UGA School of Law Portrait Collection.

01 September 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Charles Neisler

Here is a common ledger marker that was decorated, or sculpted, more than I usually see. It struck me as very pretty.

Charles Hugh Neisler
Jan 30, 1876
May 18, 1936
"Earth changes, but thy soul and God stands sure."

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