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John Farish Martin Left No Widow or Orphan to Decorate His Grave (Today's Epitaph)

John Farish Martin rests in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery, Gwinnett County, Georgia. He was born in Virginia 10th March 1789, and died in Gwinnett County 9th September 1856. His epitaph continues,

He left no widow or orphan to
mourn his loss or decorate
his grave, as he lived and
died a Bachelor.

Mr. Martin can be found in both the population and slave schedules of the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Gwinnett County, GA. He was owner of real estate valued at $20,000 in the Town District, as well as 59 slaves. Listed with Mr. Martin in the population schedule, curiously enough, is a young boy of 13 years. His name? John F. Martin, Jr. Hmmm... I have not researched this family, so I certainly cannot say for sure the true relationship between the two John F. Martins. But we must remember, relationship terms were used much more "loosely" in the past. The young John F. Martin might actually be the elder's nephew, or something else entirely. That's the fun of geneal…

God in His Wise Providence has Called Home One of His Faithful Servants

Harriet Eva Orr Graham Strickland was born on Christmas day of 1845 in Lawrenceville, Georgia to James M. Orr and Mary Ann Cobb. After two marriages (being widowed both times) and four children, Eva entered into eternal rest 10 July 1897 in Atlanta, GA. A lot of life in less than fifty-two years.

Eva was laid to rest next to her sister Emma Orr Bates in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, GA.


Eva's obituary from the 13 July 1897 Atlanta Constitution (Georgia):
In Memoriam.
The remains of Mrs. H. Eva Strickland who died at the home of her daughter in West End last Sunday morning, were carried to Lawrenceville last Sunday afternoon, where the interment took place, Rev. Dr. Craig, of Atlanta, officiating.

Mrs. Strickland had many friends and relatives in Atlanta and over the state who will be pained to learn of her death. Before her first marriage to Major Robert Howell Graham, of Warsaw, Ga., just after the close of the late war, she was Miss Eva Orr, and was born …

From Fairview to Lawrenceville (Church Record Sunday)

I try to be fairly organized when posting southern grave information here, simply because I need an easy way to know what I've posted. So I usually try to complete an online tour of one cemetery in my photo database before I move on to the next. It doesn't always happen that way, to be sure, but I'm usually close. If you'll remember, I recently "finished" posting about Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. The next cemetery in my current working files is the Lawrenceville Historic (or Pioneer) Cemetery.

My first photo subject is the tombstone for Mrs. Emma F. Bates. She was born 18 December 1853 a daughter of James M. Orr and Mary Ann Cobb (both also buried in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery). Emma died 28 June 1901, and her stone was erected by her mother who died less than a year later.

When doing a little digging about Emma, I found that she too went "from Fairview to Lawrenceville." From Fairview …

Finally Finished Fairview

Not a great title, I know, but I couldn't resist the alliteration...

I've been giving you snippets for about seven months, and I'm finally ready to share everything in one place. Photos from Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia are now all online -- more than 110 of them.

As a reminder, you can view them as a slideshow or individuals, and comments are enabled. Click on the small slideshow below to go to the Picasa Web Album. Enjoy!


Surnames included are the following: Adair, Alexander, Bagby, Brown, Byrd, Carter, Casey, Craig, Crow/e, Dunlap, Gossett, Green, Gresham, Haney, Hood, Huff, Hutchins, Jackson, Kelley, Liddell, McGee, Mitchell, Moss, Noel, Pattersen, Rakestraw, Reid, Roberts, Russell, Simmons, Sparks, Steadman, Strickland, Stuart, Terrell, Thompson, Wight, Williams, and Wilson.

Pause, and on this Dial Cast an Eye

As mentioned yesterday, this sundial and bench are located in the Fairview Memorial Garden at Fairview Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. The sundial tells us to "count none but sunny hours," and has an image of a winged hourglass. On the bench is another sentiment to ponder:

You Who Would Learn Death's Secrets 'Ere You Go,
May Probe And Probe But Yet You Cannot Know.
So Pause And On This Dial Cast An Eye
To Watch The Shadows As They Come And Go.

For This It Means: A Clan Will Soon Be Gone,
Who All Thru Life To Old Fairview Was Drawn,
They Pass Like Shadows As The Sun Moves On,
And One By One Comes Back To Rest Here-On.


Dr. Fred A. Moss & the Fairview Memorial Garden (Tombstone Tuesday)

The Fairview Memorial Garden at Fairview Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia was "established by Dr. Fred A. Moss in memory of his parents James M. and Ora Russell Moss, and of his great-grandparents James S. and Nancy Aiken Russell." On the back of the granite memorial marker pictured above at far left, is the following:

"Yet Ah, That Spring Should Vanish With The Rose!
That Youth's Sweet-Scented Manuscript Should Close!
The Nightingale That In The Branches Sang,
Ah Whence, And Whither Flown Again, Who Knows! - E.F."

Though my visit was in the fall of last year, I could envision the rose bushes all greened up and beautiful. There's a nice walkway with a few benches, as well as a sundial. Each bench contains a sentiment about death and / or the rose. Also during that visit, I wondered about Dr. Moss. Who was this person who not only likely financed this memorial garden, but also chose to be buried within it instead of "ins…

Mary Hath Passed to the World of the Redeemed (Today's Epitaph)

In Memory of Sallie, & to Commemorate Juneteenth

[Originally posted a little more than a year ago, brought to the top in honor of Ms. Jones and Juneteenth.]

Annie's Life was... (Today's Epitaph)

Annie was born 25 September 1877 to James K. Craig and Eugenia Peeples. She married Samuel Newton McGee while in her early twenties, but died 1 September 1919 at the young age of 41.

Her tombstone (pictured above, third from left) depicts a lovely epitaph:
Thy life was beauty, truth, goodness and love.
Also included is a descending or "diving" dove from Heaven. As mentioned before on this blog, a dove sculpted in this way represents the Holy Ghost, part of the Holy Trinity in Christianity.

Virgil Craig Died for His Country & His God (A Bonus Tombstone Tuesday: Flag Day Edition)

Virgil G. Craig
Co B, S. A. T. C. Uni. of GA
Dec 5, 1899
Oct 17, 1918
He died for His country and His God.

(Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Photo © 2010/1 S. Lincecum.)

Virgil Guerry Craig was but a young man when he was taken by sickness toward the end of World War I. His WWI draft registration card states he was a student at the State College of Agriculture in Athens, GA in 1918. He was described as tall and slender with brown eyes and brown hair.

Though I do not know for certain if Virgil enlisted or was drafted, I do know he never saw combat. In fact, he never even left the United States. Virgil had only been a member of the Student's Army Training Corps for approximately 17 days when he died.

The cause of Virgil's death was either influenza or pneumonia (both?), as reported in the Macon Telegraph on 19 October 1918 and The Atlanta Constitution on 18 October 1918.
Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
19 October 1918:

ENTIRE U.S. FEE…

He was the Orphans Friend (Tombstone Tuesday)

According to online family trees, Mr. Russell was born in North Carolina to William Russell and Sarah McRee. He first married Sophia Parks, then later married Iantha Huff.

My curiosity was piqued by the "He was the Orphans friend" part of his epitaph. Anyone have any specifics as to why this was true?

Mamie Williams Kelley: One of the Most Popular Matrons of Lawrenceville

Mamie Craig Williams was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia to J. Craig Williams and Rebecca Byrd.1,2 She likely married Otis S. Kell[e]y some time after the 23 January enumeration of the 1920 US Federal Census which listed Otis as single with his parents Giles and Ada on Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.3 At best, the marriage lasted less than two years. The couple being parted by the death of Mamie.

Resting near Mamie is her child Otis, Jr., born prematurely on 4 August 1921. Baby Otis lived but two hours, unnamed at the time of death.4,5 The death certificate was signed by G. S. Kelley, M.D. I believe this to be the father of Otis, Sr., listed as Giles S. Kelly in the 1920 US Federal Census with an occupation of medical doctor.6 It is unclear whether the child was a boy or a girl. The certificate was filled out listing the unnamed child as a female, but Dr. Kelley referred to the baby as "him." Regardless, Grandpa Kelley likely presided over the birth and death of his gr…

Happy Birthday, Donald & Thank-you, Mr. Nash

I have a confession to make: I am in absolute love with Donald Duck. He is by far my favorite Disney character, and he made his screen debut on this date in 1934. At that time, and for the following fifty years, the voice of Donald that I laugh at and love to hear was expertly provided by Mr. Clarence C. Nash.

According to Wikipedia, Mr. Nash was born 7 December 1904 in Watonga, Oklahoma. He married Margaret Seamans and had two children.

In addition to the voice of Donald, Mr. Nash also performed as Daisy Duck in her early appearances, as well as Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

Mr. Nash died 20 February 1985 and was laid to rest in San Fernando Mission Cemetery at Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California. His wife joined him in 1993. On their shared lawn style gravestone is an image of Donald and Daisy Duck.



Thank-you, Mr. Nash for providing me and so many others with side-splitting enjoyment that is felt even to this day. It is a legacy of yours that will be s…

God Forbids Her Longer Stay (a Wednesday's Child Epitaph)

Yesterday brought you a touching Tombstone Tuesday post about the five DUNLAP children resting in Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Lawrenceville, GA. Two of the little girls have epitaphs that I was able to pinpoint as being from a hymn written by Charles Wesley, entitled On the Death of a Child:

WHEREFORE should I make my moan,
Now the darling child is dead?
He to early rest is gone,
He to paradise is fled:
I shall go to him, but he
Never shall return to me.

God forbids his longer stay,
God recalls the precious loan,
God hath taken him away,
From my bosom to His own;
Surely what He wills is best,
Happy in His will I rest.

Faith cries out, It is the Lord!
Let Him do as seems Him good:
Be Thy holy name adored,
Take the gift awhile bestow’d,
Take the child, no longer mine,
Thine he is, for ever Thine.
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A Touching Tombstone Tuesday: the Dunlap Children

In Memory of
James Clarence
Son of Ja's C. & Rebecca Dunlap
Born Oct 3rd, 1861
Died March 11th, 1863
Aged 1 y'r 5 mo's & 8 days
The Lord gave, and the Lord
hath taken away; blessed be
the name of the LORD. - Job 1 C. & 21 Vs.
No! if a wish could call him back
We would not have our darling son
Brought from his everlasting rest
Snatched from his heavenly Father's breast.


Affections Tribute to
Flarenca Augusta
Daughter of Ja's C. & Rebecca Dunlap
Born Aug 29th, 1857
Died Nov 24th, 1860
Aged 3 y's 2 mo's & 25 days
No pang of sin is given the
door we shut upon her tomb
__?__ her in Heaven.


To the Memory of
Clara Emma
Daughter of Ja's C. & Rebecca Dunlap
Born April 4th, 1852
Died Dec 29th, 1854
God forbids her longer stay
God recalls thy precious loan
God hath taken her away
From our bosom to his own
Surely what he wills is best
Happy in his will we rest


Here Rest the Remains of
Theressa Lillian
Daughter of Jas. C. & Rebecca Dunlap
Born …

A Somewhat Familiar Epitaph for Thomas Mitchell

The remains of Thomas Hanby Mitchell rest in Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Lawrencevile, Gwinnett County, Georgia. His gravestone inscription begins with the following:

Sacred To the memory of Thomas Hanby Mitchell, Son of Madison Redd Mitchell and Mary Ann Key Mitchell, Born June 7, 1830, Departed this life September 19, 1876. "It is not death to go to heaven, our Father's home."

Farther down young Mitchell's stone is an epitaph partially seen before on this Southern Graves blog. It was on the tombstone for R. W. Clements down in Irwinville, Georgia. Both epitaphs begin with -
What to us is life without thee?
Darkness and despair alone.

While Mr. Clements' epitaph continues with a sorrowful tone of
When with sighs we seek to find thee,
This tomb proclaims thou art gone.

Thomas Mitchell's ends on a hopeful note:
But we hope ere long to meet thee,
In our Father's home above.

There are two more MITCHELLs buried nearby Thomas. One is Mrs. Carolin…

She Welcomed Death... (Today's Epitaph)

Mrs. Huff was laid to rest in Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. She lies near her husband, John A. Huff (1821-1904). Mr. Huff was a half-brother to Ross R. Huff, the subject of yesterday's post.

Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum.


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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)