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"What are you doing, Mr. Fish?" (A Tombstone Tuesday Ghost Story)

"Nothing at all," he would reply.

What makes this simple Q & A a little odd though, is Mr. Fish is dead, and the conversation is taking place on both sides of the walls of his burial vault. The (ghost) story goes, after his wife and child died of typhus and were entombed in the crypt, Mr. Fish went inside with his rocking chair and bricked himself in. Legend has it that children would knock on the door, and the short and sweet conversation would commence.

Unfortunately (or 'fortunately,' depending on one's perspective), there is no truth to this story. The biggest reason being Mr. William Fish died two years before his youngest son, and a dozen or so years before his wife:
Southern Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)
10 January 1843
Departed this life at his residence in Washington county, on Sunday evening the 1st inst., Mr. WILLIAM FISH, in the 43d year of his age. Mr. Fish was a highly worthy and enterprizing citizen, an affectionate husband, a kind father…

There Is No Death! for Julia Jordan

Julia Flournoy Hurt Colquitt Jordan rests in Linwood Cemetery at Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia. She is buried in a plot next to her father and first husband, Col. Peyton H. Colquitt, C.S.A (d. 1863). The front of Julia's elaborate tombstone is inscribed with the following:

Julia Flournoy Jordan
Only Child of Joel Early & Fannie Hurt
Born June 13, 1842
Died Dec 30, 1891

Beyond These Shadows There's Peace

The back of her monument contains a beautiful verse from a poem called "There Is No Death!" by J. L. McCreery:
The Birdlike Voice Whose Joyous Tones
Made Glad These Scenes Of Sin And Strife,
Sings Now An Everlasting Song
Around The Tree Of Life.Julia's second husband was Leonidas A. Jordan, "one of Macon's most popular and highly esteemed citizens...a cultivated gentleman of great wealth,...known throughout the state as one of the largest planters and real estate owners in Georgia."1

Julia's death was sudden, the cause attributed to the…

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)