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Darling Anna (Today's Epitaph)

Duluth Church Cemetery
Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

Pete was a Dear Boy (Tombstone Tuesday)

Pete left us 60 years ago today.

Duluth Church Cemetery
Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

The Howells of Duluth

Evan Howell came to the area now known as Duluth, Georgia in 1821 from North Carolina. At that time, there was only one road opened in the section. This was the Peachtree Road, an offshoot of an old Indian trail that ran along the bridge south of the Chattahoochee River. Mr. Howell realized that more roads were needed in order for the area to develop, so he obtained permission in February 1833 to construct a road from the Chattahoochee River across his land to intersect Peachtree Road. This intersection became known as Howell's Cross Roads and was know by this name for 40 years. It evolved into a major artery for the railroad.

In 1873, Evan Howell's grandson, Evan P. Howell, saw an opportunity to build and link a U.S. railway system from North to South. After Rep. J. Proctor Knott made a pitch to Congress, a bill was passed to finance a railroad from Howell's Cross Roads in Georgia to Duluth, Minnesota. Evan P. Howell decided it was appropriate to change the name of…

Symbolism of the Oak Leaf

The oak leaf is a powerful symbol. As Douglas Keister puts it in Stories in Stone, "Just as the lion is the King of Beasts, the oak is the King of Trees." Oak leaves symbolize strength, endurance, eternity, honor, liberty, hospitality, faith, and virtue -- all combined show the force of the Christian faith.

Oak leaf tombstone located at Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum.

Sentimental Sunday's Baby Knox

Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery
Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia

All photos © 2010 S. Lincecum

Little Fingers, Little Toes

Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery (est. 1886)
Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia
Photos © 2010 S. Lincecum

Maud (Henry?) Hambrick & the Railroad

This fairly typical tombstone was found at Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. It is inscribed with the following:

Maud Hambrick
Born Oct 13, 1882
Died May 26, 1907
A precious one from us has gone, The voice we loved is stilled. A place made vacant in our home, which can never more be filled.

Pretty straightforward, right? Well, Maud had a couple of surprises for me. First of all, I initially assumed "Maud" was female. After noticing the engraving above the epitaph, I was a little perplexed. In the cemetery it was a little difficult to see, but the image at the top of the stone appeared to be a big truck or something to that effect.

When I got home, I tried to enhance the image. This is what I came up with:


You might have to enlarge the image to see what I'm about to describe. It looks to be a train engine. To the extreme left is the front, with 623 on it. Moving to the right, you can see the "smoke stack" (I don't kn…

A Pair of Infant Shoes, Times Two!

About a month ago, I wrote a A Short Essay on Victorian Children's Gravemarkers for the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal. While the most common recurring Victorian theme on an infant's grave is that of a sleeping child, there are other symbols frequently found. One is a pair of infant shoes, clearly representing a child now gone.

At the time I was writing the article, I did not have any photos of sculpted infant shoes on a tombstone in my personal archive. Then a funny thing happened. Just a few short days after the article was published, I attended the Atlanta Family History Expo in Duluth, Georgia. I made sure to make a side visit to the Duluth Cemetery and there found two examples of this very symbol! So here they are.


Eugene & Virginia are Watching and Waiting (Tombstone Tuesday)

Duluth Cemetery
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Photos © 2010 S. Lincecum

Iron Infant Grave Markers & Covers

Cora Lilian and Little Phoebe died in the early 1870's. Over their graves were placed these cast iron markers / covers. They are topped with a sculpted bouquet of flowers and sleeping baby. The sun was not cooperating with me and my camera, but I hope you can see the tremendous detail on these markers.


At the head of each marker (Cora's is broken) is a circle where is inscribed their names and death dates. Atop this is a crown.

I am not sure of the surnames for Cora and Little Phoebe, but they were laid to rest next to Asbury J. (1847-1924) and Fannie E. Mewborn (1851-1895).

Located in Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery at Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Photos © 2010 S. Lincecum.
Update! According to some great reporting by Traci Rylands at Adventures in Cemetery Hopping, these cast iron tombstones were likely invented by Joseph R. Abrams.

Today's Epitaph & Symbolism of the Laurel Wreath

I really like this simple tombstone for James Henry Shaw. The engraving at the top is of a laurel wreath. This represents victory, eternity, and immortality. The association with eternity and immortality comes from its leaves, which do not wilt or fade.


Under the death date for Mr. Shaw is a simple, yet powerful phrase: Saved by Grace.

This tombstone is located in the Duluth Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia. Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum.

Irwinville Cemetery Photos Now Online

I have posted more than 30 photos from Irwinville Cemetery to my Picasa web albums. This is a small town cemetery located in Irwin County, Georgia.

Irwinville Cemetery
Surnames include Bishop, Clements, Holden, Underwood, Vinson, Walker, and Watson.

Photos may be viewed individually or as a slideshow. Some personal commentary is included, and the ability for you to add comments is enabled.

You Can't Always Trust the Dates on a Tombstone: The Case of Uriah Holden

In the world of genealogy, a primary source is one recorded at or very soon after an event by someone with intimate knowledge of the event. Even though you might think the death date on a tombstone would be a primary source, this is not always the case. An obvious example of the contrary would be an ancestor who died in 1796 has a shiny new granite grave marker -- definitely added many, many years after the death and likely not by someone with intimate knowledge of the death.

I came across a curious case of weird dates on a tombstone while visiting the Irwinville Cemetery in Irwin County, Georgia. The stone in question is here:


Focusing on the side for Uriah Holden, the tombstone looks like a "period piece" and figures to be trustworthy. Only after I got home and started poking around to find a bit more about Uriah did I find some inconsistencies.

In the 1910 Cassville, Bartow, Georgia US Federal census, "Urier" and "Lizziebath" are found on page 19B …

What Happened to the Bishop Children? (Tombstone Tuesday)

At Irwinville Cemetery in Irwin County, Georgia -









Three BISHOP daughters, Annie Rena, Jesse Elizabeth, and Mamie, all died 14 February 1897. Sister Maggie Lee died little more than a month later. Brother Benney and mother Elizabeth both died in the year 1899, about three months apart.

While mother Elizabeth and son Benney likely both died as a result of complications from his birth, the four sisters might have died from an accident or illness. I've been searching through newspapers to try and find a story about this family tragedy, but have come up empty thus far. Does anyone know what happened to the Bishop children?

David Clements Family in Irwinville Cemetery

David Clements was a member of another pioneer family of Irwin County, Georgia. He was a son of Abraham P. and Nancy Branch Clements. David was born in January 1845 and married Susan Whiddon 5 November 1865. They had ten children, nine surviving to adulthood.

A fact about the David Clements family I found interesting is this: out of the nine children surviving to adulthood, five of them did NOT get married. And four of those five were women. I must admit, when I was photographing the tombstones for members of this family in Irwinville Cemetery, I assumed many of the stones were for married women. Only after consulting census records did I realize the truth. This information was validated further by an entry in the History of Irwin County (page 517) by J. B. Clements:
DAVID CLEMENTS FAMILY
David Clements married Susan Whiddon. Children: A. E. Clements, who did not marry; W. A. Clements, who married Sara Smith; J[ames] P. Clements, who married Mary V. Smith; J[acob] Y. [E?] Clem…


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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)