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Old South Bend Cemetery of Atlanta, Georgia

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South Bend Cemetery is located next to the Atlanta Youth Academy, near the intersection of Constitution and Forest Park Roads in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Doug Yancey and a group of volunteers have been working for five years to transform this sacred spot from an overgrown mire to a clean and visitable cemetery.

Why? To honor his father's request to be buried next to his parents. The 100+ graves date back to the 1800s and contain the names of Clark, Duncan, Ford, Grogan, Harper, Hubbard, Hughes, Johnston, Jordan, Lawrence, Schell, Shepherd, and Yancey.

The story of Mr. Yancey and the reclaimed South Bend Cemetery was written about in an article by Bo Emerson for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- Family Transforms 1800s Cemetery From a Jungle Into a Garden.

If you are looking for more information, you may get in touch with Mr. Yancey. His contact information is at the bottom of the news article linked above.

Margaret Peavy Hitt, Newspaper Woman (Still Personal)

Margaret Peavy Hitt passed away almost nine years ago. That's it. Pretty short time in the grand scheme of my personal genealogy. When I discovered Margaret was a third cousin of mine, this notion made me a little sad. Like Margaret, I have lived a large portion of my life in the state of Georgia. In fact, from about 1997 - 2000, I lived less than an hour's drive from her! I sure wish we could have met.

Margaret Peavy Hitt was one cool chic. She was a woman with a newspaper career. Even though women have had a foot in the door of that field for centuries, it was just that -- a foot in the door. The National Women's History Museum has a great online exhibit I highly recommend, Women with a Deadline. I just finished reading it and learned oh so much. Did you know:

· The Women's National Press Association was founded in 1882, but women were not allowed into the male dominated National Press Club until 1971.
· Nellie Bly pioneered investigative journalism in the …

Proving Margaret Peavy Hitt, Pt 2 (It's Still Personal)

So, a couple of days ago I told you how I happened upon the grave of a third cousin of mine some time ago in Atlanta, Georgia's Oakland Cemetery.

As mentioned in the previous post, my source of information for how Margaret fit into my family tree is/was from a Peach County, Georgia history and lineage book published by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1972. Margaret Peavy was the daughter of Jack Peavy and Katherine McGaw. Jack was a son of Charles Drury Peavy and Belle O'Brien Bowles. Charles was a son of William Henry Peavy and Elizabeth Jackson. William was a son of Littleton Dickson Peavy and Ann Mims. Littleton and Ann were my third great-grandparents.

Now that we got that out of the way... Have you ever began learning about an individual that might be a relative and discovered they were such an interesting character that you really wanted to be able to claim them? Yep, I'll bet most of us have been there. That's what it was like for me after I r…

Margaret Peavy Hitt & Genealogy Serendipity (A Personal Tombstone Tuesday)

While on a recent visit to Atlanta, Georgia's Oakland Cemetery, I happened across a tombstone with a fairly common surname from my mother's side of the family. I always snap a photo of these finds, just because, well, you never know.


This is the only angle I shot. No close ups, no studying of surrounding stones. Nope, not any of that smart stuff. Still, I'm glad I took this photo because Margaret Peavy Hitt is my third cousin. Genealogy serendipity strikes again!

Of course, I did not know this until I returned home and took a peek at my genealogy database. And, truth be told, I still don't have proof of this relationship. My source for the data is a Peach County, Georgia history and lineage book by the Daughters of the American Revolution published in 1972.

Margaret's obituary did wonders for bolstering my theory. The names included in the item published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution all fall into the proper places within my family tree. It also gave…

Antoine Graves Eclectic Mausoleum (Almost Wordless Wednesday)

Find-A-Grave contributor icedobe has a nice photo with the doors open here.

Our Own, Our Beautiful, Our Undefiled (Today's Epitaph & Tombstone Tuesday)

Alphius J. Moor Leads Me to the Oakland Cemetery Book

Yesterday, I shared a post about Pvt. G. W. Dupriest, who rests in the Confederate Memorial Grounds of Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia. Visible in the photo included in that post (and shared here) is the tombstone placed for Alphius J. Moor. Pvt. Moor(e) served in the Confederate States Army with Company E of the 51st Alabama Regiment, Partisan Rangers. His death occurred 14 April 1863.

In reviewing his compiled service record on Fold3, I discovered A. J. Moore was on a list like the one on which Pvt. Dupriest was found -- "Register of Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States who were killed in battle, or who died of wounds or disease." I couldn't quite make out everything written regarding his death, though. His date of death and place being a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia were the only parts clear to me.


A Google search informed me about what I believe to be the cause of A. J.'s death -- Erysipelas. Yet I still wasn't sure about the …

Pvt. G. W. Dupriest

Pvt. G. W. Dupriest is one of the 7,000 Civil War soldiers resting in Atlanta, Georgia's Oakland Cemetery. More specifically, his remains lie in the Confederate Memorial Grounds of the cemetery. Though his government issue headstone only bears his name and unit (Co B, 34 Ala Inf, CSA), there are records available that provide a bit of information about the death of Pvt. Dupriest.

Fold3 has images of Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of Alabama online. Page 2 of Pvt. G. W. Dupriest's file states he is on a "Register of Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States who were killed in battle, or who died of wounds or disease." His date and place of death: 23 July 1864 at Atlanta, Georgia. This was the day after the Battle of Atlanta.



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