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George C. Elder, Policeman (Tombstone Tuesday)

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

City of Conyers
Police
GA
#581

Midway Baptist Church Cemetery;
Lizella, Bibb County, Georgia

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum

"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.

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.

"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…

The Yarbrough Men

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.

Louisa's Blossom (Wordless Wednesday)

Tombstone Tuesday: Dates Unknown

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.

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!]

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.




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 Re…

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

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 yo…

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.



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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)