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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 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…

Mrs. Una Clements, a South Georgia Pioneer (Tombstone Tuesday)

Mrs. Una Clements, Sycamore

Sycamore, Ga., August 24 -- (Special) -- Mrs. Una Clements, one of south Georgia's pioneers, died at her home in Irwinville Sunday at 2 o'clock, and was buried in Ashburn Wednesday at 3 o'clock. Mrs. Clements was a Whiddon before her marriage, which is one of the oldest families in south Georgia. Hers was a long life of usefulness, she being nearly 90 years of age at the time of her death." (Atlanta Constitution, Georgia, 25 August 1917 via

Una was the daughter of Lott Whiddon, one of the first settlers of Irwin County, Georgia. She married R. W. Clements 19 December 1865.

R. W. Clements (died 1898) and his wife Una were both laid to rest in Irwinville Cemetery at Irwinville, Irwin County, Georgia.

Photo © 2010 S. Lincecum.

In Case You Missed It -- October 2010

What is Life Without R. W. Clements (Tombstone Tuesday)

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)