26 April 2013

Another Ride on the Genealogy Roller Coaster (This Time It's Personal)

A couple of months ago, I posted about the death of my 4th cousin, L. B. Lincecum, who was killed by 33,000 volts of electricity. At the time I had newly requested a photo of his burial site via FindAGrave, and today, contributor Lewis Bean fulfilled my request. **Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!**

After viewing the image of Buster's tombstone, I sighed with a bit of sadness and disappointment. See that empty oval to the left of his name? I'm 99.9% sure it once contained a photo of dear cousin L. B...and the genealogy roller coaster took me for another ride.

L. B. (Buster)
Son of L. G. Lincecum
Jan 5, 1906
Jan 10, 1930

Columbia Cemetery
West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas

Photo contributed by Lewis Bean via FindAGrave.

25 April 2013

The Hanging, Burial, and Reburial of Andrews Raiders

Along the outer wall that parallels Memorial Drive SE in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery is a historical marker that tells the story of the final result of the acts of seven of Andrews Raiders, as well as James J. Andrews himself:

Photo by S. Lincecum
"280 feet south of this location on June 18, 1862, seven of the Union Army's brave Andrews Raiders were hanged and buried. On April 12, 1862, 22 Andrews Raiders seized The General, a tender and three boxcars at Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) and raced toward Chattanooga on the Western & Atlantic Railroad in an effort to burn bridges and otherwise dismember a supply artery vital to the Confederacy. They had covered 87 miles when The General was overtaken by valiant pursuers led by Conductor Fuller. Of the Raiders, only these seven plus James J. Andrews, their leader, were executed by the Confederate Army. In 1866, remains of the seven were exhumed from this location and reinterred at the National Cemetery at Chattanooga. Andrews' remains were reinterred at the National Cemetery in 1887. The first awards of the Congressional Medal of Honor were made to members of the Andrews Raiders.

* * * * *

Executed June 18, 1862, at Atlanta City (now Oakland) Cemetery

· John M. Scott - 21st Ohio Vol. Inf.
· Marion A. Ross - 2nd Ohio Vol. Inf.
· Samuel Robertson - 33rd Ohio Vol. Inf.
· Charles P. Shadrack - 2nd Ohio Vol. Inf.
· Samuel Slavens - 33rd Ohio Vol. Inf.
· George D. Wilson - 2nd Ohio Vol. Inf.
· William H. Campbell - Civilian, Salineville, O.

Executed June 7, 1862, Downtown Atlanta

James J. Andrews - Civilian, Flemingsburg, KY."

Andrews Raiders Memorial
Chattanooga, Tennessee National Cemetery

Photo © 2006-2013 S. Lincecum

24 April 2013

Grief Personified (Wordless Wednesday)

© 2013 S. Lincecum

23 April 2013

General Engineer Jeff Cain (a Great Locomotive Chase Tombstone Tuesday)

Several days ago, I concluded a short run of posts about Anthony Murphy, a man who figured prominently on the Confederate side of the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. That same day, over at the Rose Hill Cemetery blog, I posted about Peter Bracken, another prominent figure in the chase. Since it seems I have a little theme running here, I'll now share with you the burial site of Jeff Cain, engineer of the famed General seized by Andrews Raiders.

Jeff Cain (1827-1897)
Photo © 2013 S. Lincecum

Jeff Cain, as does Anthony Murphy, rests in Atlanta's Oakland cemetery. He actually isn't far from yet another famous interment, golfer Bobby Jones. The back of Mr. Cain's tombstone gives a rendition of his role in the chase, though it is somewhat misleading: Jeff Cain. The historic engineer of the W. & A. R. R. manned the famous General on the thrilling wartime run. It was he who drove the locomotive in the historic chase of the Andrews raders May 12, 1862.

Here's an obituary for Jeff Cain that may also contain a couple of minor inaccuracies:

His Chase of the Andrews Raiders in Georgia in 1862 Made Him a Famous Engineer.

ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 12. -- "Jeff" Cain, an engineer made famous by his connection with the Andrews raiders in 1862, died here yesterday, from consumption, and was buried today. Cain was born in Pennsylvania, in 1824, and came to Georgia in 1857 to run an engine on the Western & Atlantic railroad, running from Atlanta to Chattanooga.

His train was boarded in Atlanta one day in 1862 by a dozen men, countrymen in appearance, but in reality union soldiers, who had been detailed for the hazardous duty of tearing up the Western & Atlantic road. As soon as the train was in motion they seized Conductor Fuller and Engineer Cain, dropped them off in the woods, and, putting on full steam, started north.

Cain and Fuller secured another engine, chased and captured the raiders, seven of whom were shot in Atlanta. When the war closed and the road, which is the property of the state, was put in order again, Cain was re-employed for life, and a pension ordered to be paid him whenever he became unfit for duty.

Mr. Cain was a union man at heart during the war, and really sympathized with the raiders, but felt that his duty as an employe [sic] was to his superiors, whom he faithfully served. [Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 13 February 1897, pg. 3]
According to a route map provided by AndrewsRaid.com, engineer Jeff Cain dropped out of the chase just north of Kingston, GA, when the Confederates had to continue again on foot. This might have been due to Cain's ill health with tuberculosis.

18 April 2013

The Gossip Surrounding Murphy's Will


...was the headline that ran in the Macon Telegraph (Georgia) little more than a month after the death of 80 year old Confederate veteran and builder of Atlanta, Anthony Murphy.

The short article continues:
Widow and Other Son Divide an Estate of Half a Million in Value.
ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 2. -- The will of the late Anthony J. Murphy, famous as one of the captors of the Andrews Raiders in 1862, was admitted to probate in Ordinary Wilkinson's court this afternoon. It disclosed the fact that two of the sons were cut off with only $2,000 each, which they lose if they contest the will. The estate, which is valued at $500,000, is divided equally between the widow, three daughters and a third son, Charles Murphy.
Wait! Wasn't there another son?

An article in the Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) goes into a bit more detail.
The will of Anthony Murphy, Atlanta's pioneer citizen who recently died, was recorded yesterday in the office of the ordinary.

The will gives no estimate of the value of the property left by Mr. Murphy, but it is believed to be over a million dollars, consisting of real estate, bonds, and other securities.

The will was written with pen and ink and probably by a lady member of his family. It fills four and a half pages, and was signed on May 26, 1909, less than a year ago...
Details of Murphy's real estate holdings are given. He owned quite of bit of property in Atlanta, as well as Haralson, Polk, and Cherokee counties, Georgia. He also held "mineral interests where there is gold, in 40 acres in Cleburn county, Ala." All of this was to be sold, and taxes and legal liabilities were to be paid. Here's where it gets interesting:
To John K. Murphy, $2,000; to Anthony Murphy, Jr., $2,000; the balance of the proceeds to be equally divided between Annie E. Tanner, Kate M. Sciple, Adelia M. Robinson and Charles C. Murphy.

The next paragraph states that all money, bonds, notes, stocks, etc., shall be equally divided between his wife, Mrs. Adelia R. Murphy, Annie E. Tanner, Kate M. Sciple, Adelia M. Robinson and Charles C. Murphy, or their heirs.
I still think someone's missing.
It is stated that all the debts due the estate by R. E. Murphy, John K. Murphy and Anthony Murphy, Jr., shall be cancelled, provided they do not try to contest the will.

A further provision is made that if either John K. or Anthony, Jr., contest the will they shall not receive the $2,000, and what they owe the estate shall be collected.
Well, there you have it. Sounds like three of the boys got their inheritance while Daddy was still alive and well. Of course, that's pure speculation on my part.

17 April 2013

Obituaries Abound for Anthony Murphy

On the morning of 29 December 1909, much of the east coast of the United States woke up to find this on the front page of their newspaper:


From the Tampa Tribune (Florida), all over the state of Georgia, to the Charleston News and Courier (South Carolina), and even up to the Washington Post (District of Columbia) -- Most ran the same general obituary, but some had a nuance or two. Each and every one described Mr. Murphy's participation in the Great Locomotive Chase to some degree.

The Macon Telegraph (Georgia) added that Murphy was a builder of Atlanta and that he left a fortune estimated at between two and three hundred thousand dollars.

Died Wealthy was part of the headline in the Augusta Chronicle (Georgia). It stated, "The war left Murphy penniless, but he set out to work again cheerfully and when he died, had amassed a fortune of half a million dollars in the saw mill and lumber business."

The Charleston News and Courier (South Carolina) lauded him a southern pioneer.

Anthony Murphy
Born Nov. 29, 1829
In County Wicklow, Ireland
Died Dec. 29, 1909
Adelia R. Murphy
Born Hall County, GA
Sept. 11, 1840
Died Atlanta, GA
Dec. 13, 1916

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
Photo © 2013 S. Lincecum


Funeral Services of Pioneer Atlantan Held Wednesday Afternoon.

The funeral services of Anthony Murphy took place from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. C. E. Sciple, 916 Peachtree street, yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and the interment was in Oakland Cemetery.

A large gathering of friends were present to mourn for their departed fellow, and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.

The city has never seen a more public-spirited citizen than Anthony Murphy. He grew up with the town, and his every public action was directed toward the progress and welfare of Atlanta. His private life was above reproach. Considerate of everyone and having a deep understanding of and sympathy for his fellows, he made thousands of friends.

The following friends of the deceased acted as pallbearers: Frank Rice, John L. Tye, Archie Forsyth, J. R. Gray, Frank Hawkins, Preston Arkwright and A. J. Orme. [The Atlanta Constitution (Georgia), 30 December 1909 -- viewed online at Ancestry.]

16 April 2013

Anthony Murphy, More than a Machinist (Tombstone Tuesday)

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, GA
© 2013 S. Lincecum
Anthony Murphy's claim to fame is most likely his participation in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Yet he was alive for more than 29,200 days, and that was literally just one of them. From Memoirs of Georgia (Southern Historical Association, 1895):
Anthony Murphy, capitalist, Atlanta, Ga., son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Keyes) Murphy, was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, Nov. 6, 1829. [Tombstone says Nov. 29.] ...They emigrated to the United States in 1838, and settled first in Schuylkill county, Pa...Anthony was nine years of age when his parents emigrated to this country; he lived with them until he was eighteen years of age, and was educated at the public schools. At the age mentioned he went to Trenton, N.J., where he was apprenticed to the machinist's trade. After serving three years he went to Piermont, N.Y., worked there a year in the Erie railway shops, and then went to the Pittsburgh (Pa.) shops, where he worked at his trade another year. In 1854 he came to Atlanta, and after working four years as a machinist, he ran on the road as a locomotive engineer eighteen months. After this he was made foreman of the motive power and machine shops of the Western & Atlantic (state) railway, which position he held until 1861. That year he went into the employ of the Confederate states, but at the end of six months he went to Columbia, S.C., as master machinist of the Columbia & Charlotte railway. After a short stop in Columbia he returned to Atlanta, and soon afterward went to Montgomery, Ala., and took charge of the motive power of what is now the Louisville & Nashville railway, and remained there until driven out by Gen. Wilson's raiders. After the war he came back to Atlanta and engaged in the saw-milling and lumber business. In 1869 he built a saw-mill in Dodge county, Ga., with headquarters in Atlanta, which he continued until 1882. In this venture he was phenomenally prosperous, and at the date last named retired from active business and has since operated as a capitalist. It was during Mr. Murphy's connection with the Western & Atlantic railway (April 12, 1862) that the famous "engine chase" and capture of the locomotive "General" occurred. He was foreman of the machine and motive power, which was absolutely under his control. That morning he was called to examine an engine which supplied the power to cut wood and pump water for the locomotives at Alatoona. While at breakfast at Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) he heard a noise as of escaping steam, and at the same time noticed that the engine was moving, and remarked to the engineer and fireman, "Some one is moving your train." On reaching the door he saw the engine with three cars moving out of sight. Sending a man on horseback to Marietta to wire the superintendent, he started with the conductor and engineer on foot, knowing there was a squad of section hands with a hand, or pole-car, just ahead. Taking this the pursuit was continued until farther on they obtained an engine, with which, after overcoming all obstructions they overtook the engine just north of Ringgold, where the raiders had deserted and taken to the woods. But for his knowledge of the road and his control of the motive power which he utilized, the result might have been very different. Mr. William Pittinger, one of the Federal raiding party who escaped, in a book published by him, says: "The presence of Anthony Murphy that morning was purely accidental. As an officer of high authority on the road, commanding all engineers and firemen, knowing all the engines and everything about the road perfectly, his presence at that time was most unfortunate for us. He was a man of great coolness and good judgement. His first act was far-sighted. He sent a man on horseback to Marietta to notify the superintendent at Atlanta by wire." To Mr. Murphy, more than to any other man, is due the successful termination of that exciting "engine chase." In 1866 he was elected a member of the city council of Atlanta, and served by re-election nearly three years, and was again elected in 1870. This service was rendered during the most trying period of Atlanta's history and rendered efficiently. He originated the water works movement in 1866, was president of the water works board for some years, floated the bonds issued for their construction -- the work being completed in 1874. During this period he originated and superintended the construction of immense cisterns for saving water for fire extinguishment, was the principal mover in the matter adopting steam fire-engines and purchased the first steam fire-engine, and actively co-operated with Dr. O'Keefe in establishing the present magnificent public school system. Mr. Murphy's early training, together with his practical common sense and strictly business methods, made his services at this time of inestimable value to this city. Mr. Murphy was a jury commissioner for a number of years, and served two terms on the county board of roads and revenues, of which he was chairman of the committee on buildings, and built the present model alms-house. He advocated the building of the Georgia Air Line (now R. & D.) and represented the city's stock, was an important factor in saving what is now the Georgia Pacific railway, was one of the promoters of the building of the Atlanta cotton factory and as one of its board of directors was an earnest and watchful worker during its construction, was one of the committee of forty-nine who formulated the present city charter which saved the city from threatened bankruptcy, and was appointed by Gov. Gordon one of the commissioners to appraise for the state the value of the road, rolling stock and betterments of the Western & Atlantic railway. Quiet, reticent, undemonstrative, he is yet an almost invincible power when brought into action -- it is only then that his true value is developed. A more evenly balanced mind is rarely found. While his head is cool, a warmer heart throbs not in the breast of man. Blessed with a sound judgement, an unbending integrity and governed by the most scrupulous exactitude in all business transactions, it excites no wonder that he has been deservedly financially successfull and is held in the very highest esteem by all who know him. Mr. Murphy was married in 1858 to Miss Adelia McConnell, who, and her parents before her, are natives of Georgia...This union has been blessed with eight children, seven of whom are living: Annie E., wife of G. H. Tanner, clerk of Fulton county superior court; Kate F., wife of Charles E. Sciples, of Sciple Sons, Atlanta, Ga.; Robert E., John K., Adelia, Anthony, Jr., and Charles C. Mr. Murphy is not a member of any church (though he was raised a Roman Catholic), but is Catholic "in spirit and in truth," liberally contributing to the dissemination of Christianity irrespective of the agency. He keeps fully abreast with the progressiveness of the age, is fully alive to the highest interests of Atlanta and is an earnest and energetic worker in promoting those interests.
Whew! Believe it or not, there's more to come about Mr. Anthony Murphy.

09 April 2013

Peavys in the Barber Cemetery (A Personal Tombstone Tuesday)

Thomas J. Peavy and Sarah L. Mills were my 2nd Great Grand Uncle and Aunt. They, along with at least three of their seven children, were laid to rest in Barber Cemetery at Concord, Gadsden County, Florida.

Thomas J. Peavy (1842-1921)

Sarah L. M. Peavy (1851-1935)

Maggie E. Peavy (1872-1896)

Olliver D. Peavy (1875-1899)

Annie I. Peavy (1884-1899)
Died just 5 days after her brother Olliver.

04 April 2013

Moultrie was Murdered! (This Time It's Personal)

Photo by S. Lincecum
I've been a frequent visitor of Byron City Cemetery (Georgia) for several years now. And every visit includes stops by the graves of cousins, one being that of Moultrie Alfred Warren, Jr. He was a third cousin of mine by way of his mother, Sadie Almira Peavy Warren. Engraved on Moultrie's ledger marker, in addition to his birth and death dates, is "Professional Engineer." And those aforementioned dates reveal Moultrie died at the young age of 43 in 1956. I have often wondered what was the cause -- now I know.

Via FamilySearch.org
A World War II draft registration card from 1940 shows a 27 year old Moultrie Alfred Warren, Jr. living in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia and employed by the United States government and the science organization of Geological Survey (USGS). In 1947, Moultrie became engaged to Ruth Tomlinson, daughter of Homer R. Tomlinson. Moultrie and Ruth were a very studious couple. Ruth was a graduate of Winthrop College (Rock Hill, SC). She also attended the graduate schools of the Universities of South Carolina and Florida, as well as studied at Bellevue Hospital and Cumberland Hospital in New York.

Mr. Warren attended the University of Georgia and was graduated from the Georgia School of Technology. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy and, at the time of his engagement to Ruth, was attending the graduate school of the Department of Agriculture in Washington.1

Moultrie and Ruth had one son, born in 1950.

A 1955 city directory for Savannah, Georgia listed Moultrie Alfred Warren as eng in charge US Geological Survey.2 About a year later, Moultrie was dead -- beaten to death by a co-worker:
Ex-Lincolnite Held In Georgia Slaying
...Man Studied Geology at U of N

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- The head of the U. S. Geological Survey office was beaten to death with a window sash weight Monday by a fellow geologist whose work he had criticized, police reported.

The body of Moultrie A. Warren Jr., 40, Savannah, was found in his Customs House office after Coast Guardsmen in a recruiting office across the hall heard a scream and investigated.

Police quoted the Coast Guardsmen as saying Fred B. Hudson, 35, a geologist formerly of Lincoln, was striking Warren with the sash weight when they rushed in.

Hudson, who came to Savannah from Lincoln in 1954, was arrested on a warrant charging that he "hit Warren on the head with an iron sash weight with malice aforethought, thereby killing him within the confines of the U.S. Custom House."

Hudson was given a hearing before U.S. Commissioner William A. Wells Jr. No request was made for bond.

Wells said Hudson pleaded guilty and quoted him as saying he killed his superior because Warren had been "harassing" him over a period of months and casting reflections on his ability as a geologist.

Investigators said the two men had been working together since the geological survey was set up in Savannah in 1954 and quoted workers in the building as saying there had been no previous indication of bad feelings between them.

Warren was married and had one child, a son. Hudson was single.

Studied At NU
Hudson studied a general geology course at the University of Nebraska and also took graduate work there. His University instructors said he had a "general breakdown" during an interruption in his studies before he left Lincoln in 1954.

They described him as a quiet student, almost a recluse. They also said he was older than most of his fellow students.3
Sash Weights.
Photo by WithAssociates via Flickr
An additional news item, in the form of a photo caption, stated the following: "A Federal grand jury will determine charges since the slaying took place in Mr. Warren's Customs House office." [Omaha World Herald (Nebraska), 2 May 1956, pg. 34.]

The grand jury must have come back with a murder charge, but at some point or other over the next four years, Hudson's sanity came into question:
Ex-Professor's Sanity Hearing Set
SAVANNAH -- Frederick B. Hudson, former professor at the University of Nebraska, will undergo a sanity hearing here Wednesday to determine if he is mentally competent and able to stand trial for the death of a government worker in 1956. Hudson, 39, has been held in the Chatham County jail since arriving from the U. S. medical center in Springfield, Mo.

The former professor is charged with the death of Moultrie A. Warren, Hudson's superior in the customs building in Savannah at the time of the slaying. Hudson...was committed as mentally ill after the death of Warren, bludgeoned with a window sash weight in April 1956.

Hudson, if adjudged sane, will face a murder charge. A medical petition declares the ex-teacher is paranoid, suffers delusions and is dangerous. It asks that he be recommitted.4
The verdict? This headline ran a couple of days later in the Omaha World Herald:

Suspect in a Slaying Sent Back to Asylum

So, was the confessed killer ever put on trial? Um, I don't know. I'll have to keep digging!


1. "Tomlinson Engagement Is Announced," Richmond Times (Virginia), 27 April 1947; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 3 April 2013), Historical Newspapers.

2. "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)," database and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 April 2013), entry for Moultrie A. Warren, 1955 Savannah, Georgia.

3. "Ex-Lincolnite Held In Georgia Slaying," Lincoln Star (Nebraska), 1 May 1956; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 April 2013), Historical Newspapers Collection.

4. "Ex-Professor's Sanity Hearing Set," Marietta Journal (Georgia), 13 September 1960; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 3 April 2013), Historical Newspapers.

02 April 2013

Relocated Southern Cemeteries Index, 1787-1975 (and Tombstone Tuesday)

Less than a week ago, I logged on to Ancestry to find a newly added database entitled Web: Tennessee, Relocated Cemeteries Index, 1787-1975. In case you were not aware, an Ancestry database that is prefaced with the word "Web" is usually readily accessible on the internet without a subscription. While the convenience of searching through Ancestry is nice, since I'm already a subscriber, I went directly to the source and gave it a browse. After all, I was not even aware it existed online!

The database is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority website as TVA's Cemetery Relocation Database:
To carry out its mission in the Tennessee Valley, TVA had to alter the landscape. The agency’s major construction projects required relocating roads and utility lines, as well as inundating many acres of countryside. As an extension of these construction projects, TVA undertook the difficult and delicate task of relocating thousands of graves.

Surveys were conducted of all cemeteries in the project areas. Beginning in 1933, more than 69,000 graves were investigated, and over 20,000 graves were relocated. TVA moved the graves from areas that were to be flooded and from isolated sites to comparable burial places nearby.

The removal was done in accordance with state law and the wishes of the next of kin. In addition to relocating the graves, TVA cleaned, repaired, and reset monuments and headstones at the reinterment sites.
Entries in the database which can be viewed in PDF or Excel format provide first and last names, birth and death dates, project name, state and county, original cemetery and grave number, year the grave was relocated, and new cemetery name, number, and grave number.

Photo by Larry & Edie Doepel
via FindAGrave
An example is this entry for Silas Arthur:
ARTHUR SILAS / 1848 1923 / Norris Reservoir / TN CAMPBELL / BAKERS FORGE 240-602 / 1934 / BAKERS FORGE MEM 4 WH,A,X,7

Silas' remains were relocated about eleven years after his death in 1923 and original burial in Bakers Forge Cemetery. The new site selected is in Demory, Campbell County, TN and named Bakers Forge Memorial Cemetery.

A bit of information about the Norris Reservoir project from Wikipedia:
Photo: Brian Stansberry
(Creative Commons)
"Norris Dam is a hydroelectric and flood control structure located on the Clinch River in Anderson County and Campbell County, Tennessee, USA. Its construction in the mid-1930s was the first major project for the Tennessee Valley Authority, which had been created in 1933 to bring economic development to the region and control the rampant flooding that had long plagued the Tennessee Valley...The building of Norris Dam and its accompanying reservoir required the purchase of over 152,000 acres (62,000 ha) of land. 2,841 families and 5,226 graves were relocated. The community of Loyston, located about 20 miles (32 km) upstream from the dam site, was entirely inundated. Approximately one-third of Caryville, at the head of the reservoir's Cove Creek embayment, was flooded and a number of structures in the town had to be moved."

I'm compelled to mention that one should not assume Tennessee is the only state represented in this database. You can also find projects and relocations that effected Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina (and that's just viewing the surnames beginning with the letter A).

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