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William Felton had the Vigor of a Roman Athlete (but Little Else Physically)

His mind, however, was another matter. This is how he was described by Lucian Lamar Knight in Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends:

"Dr. William H. Felton...was a power upon the stump...Over six feet in height, awkward and angular, his tall figure bent by a stroke of paralysis, and his whole body tremulous by reason of disordered nerves, there was never a man who could surpass him in rocket flights of unpremeditated eloquence and especially in seething thunderbolts of denunciation. Though he leaned heavily upon his stick, he seemed to grow not only in strength but in statue and to acquire by degrees as he waxed more and more eloquent something of the vigor of a Roman athlete. His very infirmities seemed to impart an electrical energy to his withered frame and to suggest a dynamo hidden somewhere on his person...To quote Tom Watson: "No flag was ever dipped to the foe while he held it, nor did he ever once say to triumphant wrong -- 'I surrender'." …

Reason for the Ryman, The Only Sam Jones is Dead (Tombstone Tuesday)

Mentally heroic, magnetic to a degree which drew all men to him, physically and morally a man militant and unafraid, Sam P. Jones was known to thousands in all parts of this country. [1906]

But I had never heard of Rev. Jones before arriving at his draped obelisk at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, GA the spring of 2011. And still didn't think much of him until learning he was the reason Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium was built. Yes, the home of the Grand Ol' Opry. That Ryman Auditorium. A little factoid such as that will make this fan of country music dig a little deeper.


The story goes that Samuel Porter Jones, born 16 October 1847, was quite the whiskey drinker. It ruined his law career and strained familial relationships. He even described himself as "the wickedest young man in Georgia," and further stated: "I was going to hell a mile a minute when I stopped and went the other way." That turnabout came on the deathbed of his father in 1…

Lucinda Lackey Lost Her Battle with Breast Cancer (A Personal Tombstone Tuesday)

While working on the collateral Zumwalt line, I found information on the death of Lucinda Zumwalt Lackey. Lucinda Jane was the daughter of Tom and Elsie Billings Zumwalt, and my 4th cousin. She married Green Lackey, and they had eight children. When the federal census taker visited Lucinda and Green for the last time, he found the empty nesters in Kerr County, Texas. By the time of her death in 1926, Lucinda had resided there for 55 years.

According to her death certificate, Lucinda died September 1926 after battling breast cancer for at least 18 months. She was laid to rest at Nichols Cemetery in Ingram, Kerr County, Texas. A few years later, Green joined her.


Mrs. L. J. Lackey
Beloved Wife of Green Lackey
Jan 1, 1847
Sept 25, 1926

Thomas Charles Rauls (A Personal Tombstone Tuesday)

Thomas Charles Rauls (my 1st cousin, 4x removed) was a son of Powhatan Rauls (1849-1922) and Hannah Yount (d. 1891), as well as the husband of Myrtle Alexander (1894-1960).  The final resting place for Thomas and his wife is Whitener Cemetery in Marquand, Madison County, Missouri.

Photos from original images by David & Judi Cloninger via FindAGrave. Enhanced images shown here by S. Lincecum, © 2010.

Faithful is the Word (Today's Epitaph)

[Originally posted at the Rose Hill Cemetery blog.]


Husband of Annie Amos White (1842-1929), who is at rest beside him in Rose Hill Cemetery at Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.

The Monument to Count Pulaski: a Tombstone or Not?

Yesterday, I shared with you a couple of photos and information regarding the monument to General Nathanael Greene in Savannah, Georgia. That monument, more than 70 years after it was originally raised, became a tombstone for General Greene and his son. Did the same thing happen with the monument to Count Pulaski?

Though originally planned for Chippewa Square, the cornerstone for the monument to Casimir Pulaski was relaid in Savannah's Monterey Square in 1853, with the finished product being dedicated a couple of years later.

From Lucian Lamar Knight's Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends:

"...It is fifty feet in height; a column of solid marble resting on a base of granite and surmounted by a statue of the goddess of liberty, holding a wreath in her outstretched hand..."


"...On each of the four corners of the base is chiseled an inverted cannon, emblematic of loss and mourning. The coats of arms of both Poland and Georgia, entwined with branches o…

The Reinterment of the Remains of Major General Nathanael Greene (Tombstone Tuesday)

A monument to Major General Nathanael Greene has been standing in Savannah's Johnson Square since before 1830. The "shaft of granite, fifty feet in height" has bore two tablets made of bronze since about 1885. One on the south side portrays the full figure of Greene, sword at his side. The other provides an inscription:


Since 14 November 1902, this monument has also been General Greene's tombstone. After a long search and recovery, the remains of Nathanael Greene and his son George Washington Greene were placed here. Directly above where they were interred is a bronze wreath placed by the Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It reads:
To Commemorate
The Reinterment of the
Remains of
Major General
Nathanael Greene
Beneath this Shaft on
November 14, 1902

From the Rending Gloom to the Blaze of Day (Today's Epitaph)

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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)