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30 June 2011

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 genealogy!

27 June 2011

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 and reared in Lawrenceville and lived there for many years. Her first husband died soon after their marriage, leaving one daughter, Mrs. Edward G. Warner, of this city, who survives her. About fifteen years ago she married Dr. B. M. Strickland, of Cave Spring, Ga., where she had since resided up to some ten months ago, when she came to Atlanta, thinking the change would be beneficial and her health regained thereby.

This, however, was not to be, and after months of suffering, which she bore with heroic fortitude and patience, she passed away, thus ending a life that was full of deeds which will live forever in the hearts of those who knew her so well.

Three children by her last marriage, Berta, Lucile and Benjamin Strickland, also survive her, her husband, Dr. Strickland, having died about four years ago.

God in His wise providence has called home one of His faithful servants, whose delight was chiefly in doing good for the happiness she might give to others rather than that the world should know of it.
Atlanta, Ga, July 12, 1897.

26 June 2011

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 Presbyterian Church to Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, that is.
Lawrenceville
Rev. J. B. Mack, D.D., evangelist of the Synod of Georgia, acting on authority delegated to him by the presbytery of Atlanta, organized this church on April 12, 1891. There were the following 26 charter members, all of whom were dismissed from the Fairview church: ...Mrs. Emma Bates...1
Some information as to why another church of the same denomination was built can be found on the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church website: "Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church was established in 1891 and was located on Oak Street in Lawrenceville on the old school house hill. We were established as a mission church of Fairview Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in what is now the Presbytery of Greater Atanta. We were established for the convenience of residents in Lawrenceville who found the drive to Fairview by horses and buggies, over rough roads and exposed to the weather, very difficult. Twenty six members withdrew from Fairview to form the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church. There are many descendants of these charter members living in the Lawrenceville area today."

Note:
1. James C. Flanigan, Gwinnett Churches: a Complete History of Every Church in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with Short Biographical Sketches of its Ministers (1911); digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 June 2011).

23 June 2011

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.

22 June 2011

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.


21 June 2011

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 "inside" the church graveyard?

Fred A. Moss
August 31, 1893
July 27, 1966

Ah, With Your Love My Fading Days Provide,
And In This Rose-Encircled Garden Side,
Inter My Bones When I've Retired From Life,
To Wait And See Whatever May Betide
I learned quite a bit about Dr. Moss when I began to research his story. He was born in Western North Carolina, but his parents soon after migrated a little ways south into North Georgia. Fred attended to his formative schooling at Hiawassee Junior College and Young Harris. He graduated from Macon's Mercer University in 1913. At that young age of twenty, Fred became the superintendent of schools at
Alma, GA. By 1921, he had already obtained a masters degree from Columbia University, and was Professor of Psychology at George Washington University (from where he received a PhD in 1923). He continued his distinguished career as a professor, physician, and psychologist, adding author to his titles in the late 1920's and early 1930's. In 1936, he opened and directed his own Moss Sanitarium in Alexandria, Virginia. Which, by the way, contained a rose garden that yielded "enough roses for a vase to be placed in each patient's room from early May until November."

In a white-columned hilltop mansion on a plantation-like estate in Alexandria is where Dr. Moss was the last 30+ years of his life. There, too, was a 500 plant rose garden. He also spent some of his time on advisory and directory boards of banks, as he became well acquainted with the stock market. He made good there, as well.

About 1965, Dr. Moss published another book entitled The Quest of Happiness, containing verses and quotes reflecting his philosophy on life. One such quote:

Whether to Arlington or to old Fairview,
some such place you'll go when life is through,
And what you've done or been will be forgot,
No matter what you do or fail to do.


Fairview, of course, refers to the church in Lawrenceville that his great-grandfather James Russell helped build, and where Mr. Russell and wife were laid to rest upon their deaths. Though he passed away at his Alexandria, VA home in 1966, Fairview was the final resting place chosen by Dr. Moss, instead of ol' Virginia. Why, I'm not sure. Maybe the lure of being by family for all eternity was too great to resist.

Here Blooms The Rose, For Old Times' Sake It Grows,
To Speak Our Love For Those Who Here Repose.
Come Kiss Its Lips And Whisper In Its Ear,
It Might Pass On Your Message, Ah! Who Knows?


Note: Much of the information for this post came from the Fred A. Moss Charity Trust.

20 June 2011

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

At Rest
Mary
Wife of W. J. Casey
Died Mar 14, 1912
Age 73 Years

She hath passed to the world
of the redeemed and holy.

Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

19 June 2011

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.]

Sallie Jones
D. Oct 28, 1928
B. In Slave Time
Gone But Not Forgotton

Shiloh Cemetery
Henderson, Houston County, Georgia

18 June 2011

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

(l-r) James K. Craig, Eugenia Peeples Craig, Annie McGee, Samuel
Newton McGee at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery in
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Photo © 2010/1 S. Lincecum.
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.

14 June 2011

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. FEELS INFLUENZA'S GRIP

Epidemic Is Still on Increase in Most Parts of Country, Causing Thousands of Deaths...

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Reports to the public health service today from thirty-five states showed that Spanish influenza is still on the increase in most parts of the country. Conditions in army camps also were less favorable...

Situation at Athens Improves
ATHENS, Oct. 18 -- Nearly two weeks have elapsed since the local board of health put into effect the order closing all churches, schools and theaters and prohibiting public meetings as precautionary measures against an epidemic of influenza...

...So far there have been only three deaths from influenza in Athens, one of them a soldier patient, Virgil G. Craig, attending the University Army Training School. His home was at Lawrenceville.


The Atlanta Constitution (Georgia)
18 October 1918:

MORTUARY

Virgil G. Craig

Lawrenceville, Ga., October 17 -- (Special.) Virgil G. Craig, age 19, died at the University of Georgia this morning of pneumonia. He enlisted in the chemical engineers S. A. T. C. October 1. His remains were brought here on the afternoon train and funeral and interment will be at Fairview Friday at 3 o'clock. He is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Craig; two brothers, Samuel, Jr. and Fred Craig, and one sister, Miss Vera Mae Craig.
Virgil's parents (Ida H., 1869-1961, and Sam, 1863-1941) rest with him at Fairview.

Photo © 2010/1 S. Lincecum

Source List

Fairview Presbyterian Church Graveyard (Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia). Grave markers.

Georgia. Macon Telegraph. 19 October 1918.

Georgia. The Atlanta Constitution. 18 October 1918.

"World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918." Images. Genealogy, Family Trees and Family History Records online - Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com : 2011.

He was the Orphans Friend (Tombstone Tuesday)

Dr. Wm. J. Russell
Born Aug 24th, 1799
Died Oct 7th, 1872

He was the Orphans
friend.

Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

Photo © 2010/1 S. Lincecum
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?

10 June 2011

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

Mamie Williams
Wife of Otis S. Kelley
July 7, 1888
Aug 28, 1921

Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

Photo © 2010/1 S. Lincecum
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 grandchild. And I'm sure he was present at the funeral and burial the following day.7

Two weeks later, to the day, Mamie would join her newborn child in Fairview Cemetery.8 Her obituary from The Constitution (Atlanta, GA):

MORTUARY
Mrs. Otis Kelley.

Lawrenceville, Ga., August 29 -- (Special.) -- Mrs. Otis Kelley, age 30, died at a local hospital in Atlanta early Sunday morning of appendicitis. The remains were brought to Lawrenceville and the funeral and interment held at Fair View church Monday. Mrs. Kelley was formerly Miss Mamie Williams, of Oakland. She is survived by her husband and father, J. Craig Williams, and two sisters, Ruth and Susie Williams, all of Oakland.

She was a member of the Presbyterian church and one of the most popular matrons of Lawrenceville.


Notes

1. "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch.org - Free Family History and Genealogy Records. (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 9 June 2011), death certificate image, Mamie Craig Kelley, 28 August 1921, no. 20349, Georgia State Board of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics.
2. "Mortuary: Mrs. Otis Kelley," The Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia), 30 August 1921, p. 12; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 June 2011), Historical Newspaper Collection.
3. 1920 U.S. census, Gwinnett County, Georgia, population schedule, p. 17A, Giles G. and Ada and Otis S. Kelly; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 June 2011); citing National Archives Bureau of the Census Record Group 29.
4. FindAGrave.com, Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 June 2011), photograph, gravestone for Otis Kelley, Jr. (1921-1921), Lawrenceville, Georgia.
5. "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch.org - Free Family History and Genealogy Records. (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 9 June 2011), death certificate image, Unnamed Kelley, 4 August 1921, no. 17638, Georgia State Board of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics.
6. 1920 U.S. census, Gwinnett Co., Georgia, pop. sch., p. 17A, Giles G. and Ada and Otis S. Kelley.
7. "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927," FamilySearch.org - Free Family History and Genealogy Records, death certificate image, Unnamed Kelley, 1921, no. 17638.
8. "Mortuary: Mrs. Otis Kelley," The Constitution, 30 August 1921.

09 June 2011

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.

Photo by Wade & Ruth Henry via FindAGrave

Photo by Alan Brownsten via FindAGrave

Image by
DisneyClips.com
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 shared for many years to come... and Happy Birthday, Donald!

08 June 2011

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

Clara Emma Dunlap (1852-1854)
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.

07 June 2011

A Touching Tombstone Tuesday: the Dunlap Children

Five DUNLAP children (listed below from left to right) at
Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery in
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

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 Oct 21st, 1859
Died Feb 25th, 1863
Aged 3 y'rs 4 mo's & 4 days
Faith cries out, It is the Lord
Let him do as seems him good
Be thy holy name adored
Take the gift awhile bestowed
Take the child no longer ours
Thine she is, forever thine.


In Memory of
Ja's Lawrence
Infant son of Ja's C. & Rebecca Dunlap
Born July 22nd, 1856
Died Oct 30th, 1856
Aged 3 mo's & 8 days
Suffer little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of Heaven.


It seems the sentiment on each stone was tenderly placed, slightly different from the one before to mark each child as an individual. Can you picture it? All the deaths and burials took place in winter months, with one in early March still likely bearing cold temperatures. An entire family dressed in black, huddled together against the weather around a tiny grave. And in the year of 1863, only a couple weeks separated two of the burials.

James C. Dunlap, father to these children, was born about 1816 in South Carolina. He lived well into his eighties, and before he died prepared a history of the Dunlap family.* In it is stated that James and Rebecca had fourteen children. Eight lived to adulthood and six died young -- three boys and three girls. Five of them are listed above.

Using census records and the online family tree Some Metro Atlanta Families & Their Connections & Origins (owner username: papadaddybob) in addition to the tombstones pictured above, here is a pieced together list of thirteen children of James C. and Rebecca Dunlap:

Mary (1843-1907)
Sarah Cordelia (1845-1910)
Martha (1846-1922)
Samuel (b abt 1848)
John G. (1849-1908)
Clara Emma (1852-1854)
Francis "Fanny" (d 1930)
James Lawrence (b & d 1856)
Florenca Augusta (1857-1860)
Theressa Lillian (1859-1863)
James Clarence (1861-1863)
Anna R. (d 1936)
Edgar (b abt 1868)

[*The transcribed History of the Dunlap Family is online with the family tree linked above.]

06 June 2011

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. Caroline A. Mitchell, daughter of James Orr and Ann Anderson Orr (1814-1884). The other is Madison R. Mitchell (1799-1858). Caroline is approximately sixteen years Thomas' senior and approximately fifteen years Madison's junior, so I wasn't sure to whom she was married. A little digging shows Caroline was married to Madison in 1841. Mary Ann Key was Madison's first wife (and Thomas Hanby Mitchell's mother).

01 June 2011

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

ELLEN
Wife of John A. Huff,
May 20, 1828
July 13, 1914

She welcomed death
as the fruition of her
eternal hopes.
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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