26 October 2010

George C. Elder, Policeman (Tombstone Tuesday)

George Christopher Elder, Sr.
May 8, 1967
Aug 28, 2004

City of Conyers

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery;
Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

23 October 2010

"A Remarkable Funeral" at the Rose Hill Cemetery Blog (& a Little Link Love)

I recently posted an article at my Rose Hill Cemetery blog entitled A Remarkable Funeral: Burial of the Victims of the Woolfolk Tragedy.

If you live in the middle Georgia area, you might have heard of the Woolfolk murders. In August 1887 Thomas Woolfolk supposedly killed nine of his family members with an axe. I use the term "supposedly" because there has been much debate over whether or not Thomas was the true perpetrator of the crime. He was convicted and hung for the murders at Perry, Georgia in 1890.

While I do not recount the details of the murders, I have provided a short video of the family plot and a newspaper article describing the funeral. I do link to an article describing the particulars of the crime, if interested.

On this lot are the graves of nine victims of a kinsman who slew with an axe almost his entire family. This was Thomas Woolfolk, and the extraordinary crime was committed one night in August, 1887. He paid the penalty of his deed on the gallows.

-- Even though this is an odd spot for a little link love, I would also like to point you to an interesting article from Quigley's Cabinet - Fisk Funeral. It's about today's (re)burial of an American Revolutionary War soldier.

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery Photos Now Online

I have posted more than 40 photos from Midway Baptist Church Cemetery to my Picasa web albums. This small church cemetery is located in Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia.

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery

Surnames include Blasingame, Clark, Davis, Elder, Gates, Greene, Hamrick, Ingram, Lamar, McCallum, McCord, Moseley / Mosely, Williams, and Yarbrough.

Photos may be viewed individually or as a slideshow. Some commentary is included, and comments are enabled.

22 October 2010

"Hard Work Conquers All" & the UBC Emblem

I found this symbol recently on a ledger marker in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery at Lizella, GA. I figured it connected to the masons somehow, but a little bit of digging suggests that is not the case.

This is the symbol for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. The UBC is North America’s largest building-trades union, with more than a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries. It was founded in 1881 by Peter J. McGuire. His tireless work in the early years of the union led to the eight-hour workday, the founding of the American Federation of Labor, and wages that more than doubled. P. J. McGuire built union membership to more than 167,000 by 1903. He also crafted a lasting and historical memorial to all workers — the Labor Day holiday.

Here is what the UBC emblem means to the organization, according to their website:
In 1884, delegates to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Fourth General Convention adopted this emblem to serve as a symbol of the union’s ideals. After a century and a quarter, some of the items are no longer common on jobsites, but the values they represent remain a vital part of the Brotherhood.

· The motto, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” means “Labor Conquers All Things.”

· The ruler signifies the Golden Rule.

· The compass reminds members to stay on track in their lives and work.

· The jack plane is a simple symbol of the trade.

· The colors were carefully chosen: pale blue for the purity of labor; dark red for the dignified labor that flows like blood through those who toil.

· The shield embodies the concept that all members are morally bound to protect the interests of the organization and its members.

21 October 2010

The Yarbrough Men

Hubert Cleveland Yarbrough (1887-1968):
Brother of Walter L. Yarbrough &
Uncle of Melvin Leon Yarbrough.

Walter L. Yarbrough (1894-1971):
Brother of Hubert C. Yarbrough &
Uncle of Melvin Leon Yarbrough.

Melvin Leon Yarbrough (1923-1950) was born in Macon, Georgia to Earnest E. Yarbrough, a brother of Hubert and Walter Yarbrough. Melvin, a Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps, was killed in action while "fighting the enemy in Korea." His death was "hostile," and the cause was "multiple fragmentation wounds." Melvin was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Each of these military men were laid to rest in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery at Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia.

20 October 2010

Louisa's Blossom (Wordless Wednesday)

19 October 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Dates Unknown

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery
Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia
Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

15 October 2010

James Gates: Citizen, Husband, Father & Master

Sacred to the Memory of JAMES GATES, Who was born in Newbury District, So. Ca. Dec'r 18th, 1804. Died in Houston Co, Ga. Nov'r 21st, 1852. Æ 47 Yr's 11 mo's & 3 dy's. Long a citizen of Bibb Co. he was repeatedly honoured with offices of public trust. In the various relations of Citizen, Husband, Father and Master, he was strictly upright, kind, affectionate & humane.

On the 8th of July 1846 he was received into full fellowship in Midway Missionary Baptist Church & on the 16th of Nov'r thereafter was ordained Deacon.

Having lived a life of viral piety, he died in the full triumphs of a saving Christian faith. By his death the church, the community & his family were bereft of a most useful & much beloved member.

Weep not my friends,
Dry up your tears;
I must lie here,
Until Christ appears.

James Gates' box tomb.

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery
Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia

Photos © 2010 S. Lincecum

14 October 2010

Simply to Thy Cross I Cling

A beautiful symbol of faith. This image of a woman clinging to a cross is sometimes paired with words from the hymn written by Augustus Toplady in 1776, Rock of Ages.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

[On the day I prepared this post, the Stone Gardens blog coincidentally carried a similar post: Symbolic Monday - Woman Hanging onto Cross. Great minds think alike!]

13 October 2010

A Gaggle of Geese Flyby (Almost Wordless Wednesday)

A flock of at least a hundred. They were terribly loud; we heard them well before they arrived.  I wish I had gotten video, but I was too busy trying to get photos.

12 October 2010

In Case You Missed It -- September 2010

Sorry for the delay in posting the latest popular posts. The weather is starting to cool, and I am out and about more than usual in recent months.

As a reminder, the most popular posts over the life of this blog (according to Blogger stats) are in the right sidebar. I believe readers have found this feature useful, since some of the most viewed posts over the last thirty days can also be found in that list. I sincerely appreciate all of you looking around for more content. I have almost 500 posts you can wade through. :-)

Back to the current "most popular" list:

- Undertakers, Coffins, & Furniture

- Southern Cross of Honor

- FamilySearch Indexing Find for Saturday Soldier: Charles Stevenson

- William Weekley Drowned in the San Diego Bay (& My First Experience as a FamilySearch Indexer)

- In Hoc Signo Vinces: the Knights Templar

- Funeral Mound of the Mississippians

- Love, Life, and Truth

- More than 100 Photos from Evergreen Cemetery Now Online

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

- Most Recent Road Trip: Charleston, South Carolina (#5 of 5)

**If you are interested in all the "Road Trip" postings in the five-part series, here are links to the first four.

- It's Time for a Road Trip, and Tombstones are on the Horizon! (post 1 of 5)

- Brad Paisley Concert & Linwood Cemetery (Road Trip #2 of 5)

- Savannah & Her Beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery (Road Trip #3 of 5)

- On the Road Again to Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Road Trip 4 of 5)

As always, thanks for following Southern Graves!

11 October 2010

Though at Thy Parting We are Sad... (Today's Epitaph)

Sarah Elizabeth Ingram
Mar 28, 1855
Oct 14, 1911

Though at thy parting we are sad,
The angels in Heaven are smiling and glad.

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery
Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

08 October 2010

A Story Evolves from Clues Found in an Obituary

The image above is from a 31 January 1920 Monroe County, Georgia census record. It shows the family of Lunnie L. Mosely, his wife Ruth, and widowed mother Mattie A. As much as we genealogists use, need, and treasure census records, it's amazing the information they DON'T reveal. For instance, can you tell from this document that Ruth is 6-7 months pregnant? I'd say not. So how do I know this? Clues were found in an obituary, of course!

A few days ago I visited Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia. It was my first visit to this fairly small church cemetery. Just from looking around at all the MOSELY headstones, it seems this burial ground could have once been on their family property. At the very least, they were prominent members of the church. After I returned home, I began looking a little deeper into some of the lives the tombstones stood for. When I came to Lunie Mosely's (1886-1920) stone, I was curious to know why he died so young. His death was just a few days shy of his 34th birthday.

A simple search with first and last name didn't reveal much in my favorite newspaper database, GenealogyBank. I then went to Ancestry and found the census record mentioned above. The real find, though, was an obituary for Mrs. Annie Ruth Mosely Johnson. Unfortunately, Mrs. Johnson passed away about seven months ago. But her obituary helped put together the story of the death of Lunie Mosely who, as it turns out, was her father.

Macon Telegraph, Georgia
1 April 2010
"Annie Ruth Mosely Johnson, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Monroe County Hospital, of injuries resulting from two falls...

Mrs. Johnson was born on Apr 23, 1920, in the Moran area of the county to Lunie Levane Mosely and Mamie Ruth Scott Mosely. Sadly, her father was killed by lightning when she was just two months old..."

There it is. I went back to GenealogyBank and easily found the news item I wanted:
Macon Telegraph, Georgia
25 June 1920


Dies Instantly When Struck On Farm at Montpelier Springs.


Brother Watches As Man and Animal Sought Shelter of Barn.

Lightning that struck on the farm of Mrs. M. A. Mosely, at Montpelier Springs, on the Thomaston Road, at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, killed her youngest son, Lunnie L. Mosely. A mule that was standing close-by was killed by the same bolt. No other damage was done to the property, and so far as known this was the only place in Middle Georgia that was struck by lightning during yesterday's thunderstorm.

Mr. Mosely was 32 years old, married and the father of one child, Annie Ruth.

L. F. Mosely, his oldest brother, looked on yesterday afternoon as L. L. Mosely was struck down. He rushed up to his brother's side, and as he reached him the stricken man raised himself to a sitting posture and died in his brother's arms without being able to utter a word.

Watches Bolt Strike.
L. F. Mosely brought the news of the death of his brother to this city last evening. He said that he was standing in the barn and that his brother had just come in from a field with the mule, seeking shelter. The storm was approaching at the time and as he was looking at his brother and the mule, just outside of the barn door there was a blinding flash. When he was able to see again his brother and the mule lay upon the ground.

Besides his mother, wife and daughter, Lunnie L. Mosely is survived by five brothers and two sisters.

L. F., J. L., L. J., L. G., and L. S. Mosely, and Mrs. L. C. Baultney, of Unadilla, and Mrs. L. P. Cosey, of Montpeliar Springs. The family is well known in Macon.

The funeral will take place this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the family graveyard, Rev. H. H. Mosely, a member of the family officiating.
An article about the funeral of L. L. Mosely published in the same newspaper a day later states his wife was the former Miss Ruth Scott. It further states Mr. Mosely was a member of the Baptist Church.

The Midway Baptist Church Cemetery is located at 1200 Moseley Road with the cross street being Lower Thomaston Road. All the information gathered suggests I not only visited the final resting place for Mr. L. L. Mosely, but also the property of his family on which he breathed his last breath. The epitaph on Lunie Mosely's tombstone is, in part, Although he sleeps, his memory doth live. I would say this is still true, more than 90 years later.

[Note: Mattie A. Mosely, mother of Lunie, is also buried at the church cemetery. I photographed her stone, and it is displayed in the Love, Life, and Truth post.]

06 October 2010

Love, Life, and Truth

The Bible describes God as the emanator of all Love, the giver of all Life, and the source of all Truth. Add this to the cross in crown and the open gates leading to presumably Heaven, and you have a pretty "Christian themed" tombstone design. Such is the case for the stone memorializing Mattie A. Mosely. It is interesting to me because seeing "Love" at the top is not unusual, but the addition of "Life" and "Truth" farther down is not often seen in my area.

Mattie A. Mosely
Jan 11, 1849
Mar 14, 1924

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery
Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia

Both photos © 2010 S. Lincecum
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