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Asleep in Jesus! Blessed Sleep. (Today's Epitaph)

Caroline Holmes was laid to rest in Felton Cemetery at Montezuma, Georgia. Her tombstone inscription:

Mother
Caroline Card Holmes
Feb 12, 1846
Oct 17, 1909
Asleep in Jesus! Blessed sleep, From which none ever wake to weep.

Caroline's epitaph is from a hymn written by Margaret Mackay (1802-1887):

Asleep in Jesus! Blessed Sleep

Asleep, in Jesus! Blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep;
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.

Asleep in Jesus! Oh, how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet,
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost his venomed sting!

Asleep in Jesus! Peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest
No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour
That manifests the Savior's power.

Asleep In Jesus! Oh, for me
May such a blissful refuge be!
Securely shall my ashes lie
And wait the summons from on high.
Fellow Graveyard Rabbit M. Diane Rogers also writes a bit about this epitaph as found on one of her ancestor's gravestones at The Graveyard Ra…

Illinois Monument at Andersonville (Wordless Wednesday)

One from the Monumental Bronze Company (Tombstone Tuesday)

C. C. Grant's tombstone was made by the Monumental Bronze Co. of Bridgeport, CT. It is located in Felton Cemetery at Montezuma, Georgia.

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

Housekeeping at the Southern Graves Blog

Well, as you can see, I made a change or two to the blog. I hope it's for the better!

I first took advantage of Blogger in draft and worked with their new template designer. I love it. It makes it much easier to change the background of your blog. As you can see, I decided to acknowledge St. Patrick's Day a day late. I have not decided on a steady background just yet. It may take me a few attempts before I settle. The layout will stay the same though, so any navigational links you might be used to from the sidebars will still be there.

I also added a few things to the bottom of each post. The labels specific to each post can now be found there. If you are looking for similar articles, this is another way to find some. I also added a way for you to rate posts because comments and feedback are always appreciated.

I am especially excited about the location feature Blogger added. At the bottom of applicable posts will be a location link. The location will usually be o…

Women's Relief Corps, Order of the Eastern Star, & Mother Enterprise

Mrs. Nettie C. Hall's (1841-1908) ledger marker is located in Evergreen Cemetery at Fitzgerald, Georgia. At first glance, there might not seem to be a whole lot of information inscribed here. However, there is actually much included in these few lines. Let us start at the top.

W. R. C. stands for Women's Relief Corps. From the W. R. C. website: "The National Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, Inc., is a patriotic organization whose express purpose is to perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic, as we are their auxiliary organized at their request on July 25 and 26, 1883 in Denver, Colorado..." The first statement of their mission reads, "To perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and its heroic dead; to assist in every practicable way in preserving, and making available for research, documents and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and its members..."

The Grand Army of the R…

In Hoc Signo Vinces: the Knights Templar

I came across this emblem during a recent visit to Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Georgia. It is one of the most detailed symbol of the Knights Templar I have seen. At the top is a knight's helmet. A cross in crown is on top of a Maltese cross with crossed swords behind it. Included is the motto In Hoc Signo Vinces, a Latin rendition of a Greek phrase meaning "in this you will conquer."

According to Wikipedia.org, the Knights Templar were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages. It was officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, became a favoured charity, and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades.

Today, the Knights Templar is "an international philanthropic chivalric order affiliated with Freemasonry." Predom…

My Journey to Visit the Brother that Did Not Survive

Remember Henry Chaple? He was one of two brothers from a New York regiment that were captured at Plymouth, NC during the Civil War. They were both sent to Andersonville Prison Camp in Georgia. Henry survived, but his brother did not. When I photographed Henry's grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Georgia, I had no idea of his story. After I returned home and learned more, I decided I wanted to also pay my respects to the brother that did not survive. His name was Alfred Chapel.

We headed down I-75 yesterday morning. It was raining, and the forecast was not great. I was determined to go, however, since various things had interrupted my plans in recent weeks. I was armed with Alfred's grave site number that I had obtained online, as well as a map and my digital camera. At some point, before we reached Andersonville, I began to wonder about Alfred's arrival to the prison camp. Since he was captured in April 1864, it is very close to being exactly 146 years ago. Was it …

In Case You Missed It -- February 2010

Dora's Zinc Bedstead (Tombstone Tuesday)

This type of gravestone is not common in my area at all. A zinc marker is pretty rare all by itself. A zinc bedstead is even more so. It can be found at Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia. Inscription: Dora, Wife of S. O. Swafford, Died Aug 3, 1906. Love Is Eternal.

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

Walter's Diamond Die

Walter Berry
Born in Delaware Co, Ind.
Oct 21, 1861
Died Nov 22, 1911

Walter's tombstone is known as a diamond die. The diamond shaped stone is on top of a stone base.

See the three chain link above Walter's name? This emblem shows he was a member of the Odd Fellows. I have written about this emblem and organization before. The article is here --> Odd Fellows and Rebekahs

This stone is located in Evergreen Cemetery at Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia.


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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)