29 July 2012

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.

23 July 2012

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 late 1880's in many ways. The most staggering example was by pretending to be insane and admitting herself to an insane asylum to expose abuse of the mentally ill.
· Anna Northend Benjamin was one the first female war correspondents during the Spanish-American War. She claimed, "you think it ridiculous my being here, you are laughing at me wanting to go, that's the worst of being a woman." Not only did she go, but she endured nicely and even scooped her competitors.
· The Muckraker movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was helped along by a woman, Ida M. Tarbell.
· According the 1900 U.S. federal census, there were more than 30,000 journalists in the United States. Less than 8% of them were women.

Given these tidbits of information, I would classify any woman involved with newspapers and journalism well into the 20th century a pioneer for women in that field. That includes Margaret Peavy Hitt.

According to Margaret's obituary, she was actually following in her mother's footsteps. Katherine McGaw Peavy Poole was one of the first women reporters for the Hearst owned Georgian newspaper. When it's publication ceased, she went on to write for The Atlanta Journal.

Furthermore, newspaper reporting is also found in Margaret's paternal side. Her uncle, Arthur Peavy, was a reporter for the Miami Herald.

It was stated, "Mrs. Hitt was a former City Room general assignment reporter, columnist and feature writer for The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Consitution. During her junior and senior high school days, she worked every summer (without pay) as a copy girl for The Georgian newspaper."

During World War II, Margaret wrote a daily column about military accomplishments of Georgians in the armed forces. She even interviewed Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt when her husband's funeral train stopped in Atlanta. After the war, Margaret wrote the "Peachtree Parade" society column for The Atlanta Journal.

Margaret Peavy, 1941
Louisiana State University
Image via Ancestry's
U.S. School Yearbooks
Margaret was a 1939 graduate of Washington Seminary in Atlanta and attended Louisiana State University. She was secretary of the 1941-42 Atlanta Debutante Club and wrote the daily column, "Debs Daily Doings By One of Them" anonymously for The Atlanta Journal. At her debut party, Margaret carried a bouquet of orchids given to her by Margaret Mitchell. Yes, that Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind.

Margaret was a member of various organizations, including The National Society of Colonial Dames of America, Historic Oakland Cemetery, The High Museum of Art, and The Georgia Historical Society.

Upon her death, it was asked that contributions be made to the Historic Oakland Foundation, the cemetery in which she was laid to rest. Yes, we must be kin!

Rest in peace, cousin. Even though we never met, please know your legacy and influence live on.

Photo © 2012 S. Lincecum

[Note: due to copyright, I did not include Margaret's obituary here in its entirety. It was printed in the 31 July 2003 Atlanta Journal-Consitution (Georgia), and is available online via GenealogyBank.]

19 July 2012

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

Photo © 2012 S. Lincecum
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 read Margaret's obituary in the 31 July 2003 edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As far as fitting her into my family tree, the first tidbits I gleaned from the obituary to help with that were about her mother and uncle.

Margaret's mother was mentioned as "Mrs. G. M. (Kitty) Poole." Well, that was news as I did not know that Margaret's mother married again after Jack Peavy. Next, Margaret's uncle was listed as "Macon, Georgia native Arthur Peavy." Good news there, as one of Jack's siblings was indeed Arthur. And the family resided in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.

I went off to search for Margaret in the census records. I was fortunate that Georgia's 1940 census had very recently been indexed, as that made it much easier to find her. Look at the jackpot I uncovered:

Fulton County, Georgia 1940 Federal Census
Enumeration District 60-52, sheet 10-A, lines 6 - 11
George Mercer Poole household (via Ancestry.com)
Not only did I find Margaret listed with her mother Katherine (Kitty!) and step-father George Mercer (G. M.!) Poole, but Katherine's mother is also listed -- Eva F. McGaw. Yahoo!

I was also able to find Margaret in 1930. She was with those same parents in Fulton County, Georgia. This time they were listed as Mercer G. and Catherine Poole.

This is great information, indeed, but I've been having a difficult time finding Margaret with Katherine and Jack. Jack was listed with his father, along with brother Arthur and four other siblings in the 1920 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia federal census.

I turned to city directories and found Katherine and her mother Eva residing in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia in 1916 and 1919. Then I searched for Jack, and look what I found in 1924 Macon:

Macon, Georgia 1924 City Directory
Jack with Catherine, & Marg't Peavy (via Ancestry.com)
Jack Peavy, along with a Catherine and a young Marg't, all reside at 416 Forest avenue.

Would this evidence suffice as proof according to The Genealogical Proof Standard? Um, no. However, I am going to claim Margaret Peavy Hitt as my third cousin while I continue searching! :-)

Stay tuned, and I will share with you the coolness of Margaret Peavy Hitt.

17 July 2012

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.

Margaret Peavy Hitt with husband Edward Greenway Hitt, Jr.
Photo © 2012 S. Lincecum

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 me a few leads to try and prove said theory of cousinship. If you'll permit a delve into my personal genealogy here on this blog, I'll share with you my research journey.

...to be continued...here.

11 July 2012

Antoine Graves Eclectic Mausoleum (Almost Wordless Wednesday)

Antoine Graves (1862-1941)
Only Mausoleum in the African-American Grounds
of Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, Georgia.

Photos above & below © 2012 S. Lincecum.
Find-A-Grave contributor icedobe has a nice photo with the doors open here.

10 July 2012

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

Thomas L.
Son of A. B. & A. T. Small
b. Sept 15, 1869
d. Aug 2, 1879

We give thee to thy God - the God that gave
A well spring of deep gladness to our hearts,
And precious is thou art,
And pure as dew of Heaven.  He shall have thee,
Our own, our beautiful, our undefiled,
but thou shall be His child.

Rose Hill Cemetery
Macon, Georgia
Photo © 2012 S. Lincecum

07 July 2012

Alphius J. Moor Leads Me to the Oakland Cemetery Book

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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 name of the hospital. While continuing to search online, I stumbled across a resource from the Georgia Archives entitled simply Oakland Cemetery Book. From the archives website:
This book records Confederate soldiers buried in Oakland cemetery between February, 1862 and July 5, 1864. On that date the sexton of the cemetery apparently fled the city, and these records cease before the fiercest fighting around Atlanta, which culminated with Federal troops occupying the city on September 1, 1864.

This book is most useful for providing a date and place of death for Confederate soldiers who died in Atlanta hospitals between February, 1862 and July 5, 1864. It may also be used to locate graves in Oakland Cemetery, but many of the soldiers listed in this book were subsequently moved to new burial locations. Users should contact the Oakland Cemetery Sexton's office for current grave information.

The book is a transcription made in August, 1884, from the originals, which are now lost.
Using the handwritten (wow!) index, it was fairly easy to locate A. J. Moore, who died 14 April 1863 at Atlanta's Fair Ground Hospital No. 2. Great resource!

06 July 2012

Pvt. G. W. Dupriest

© 2012 S. Lincecum
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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