25 June 2014

James Madison Alden: a Possible Connection and Missed Opportunities

James Bowie was my 2nd cousin (7x removed). You know, the guy who designed the Bowie knife and fell at the Alamo. Well...I think so, anyway. I cannot yet personally prove the relationship, and there is conjecture among family historians of the Lincecum - Bowie connection. To put it plainly, it seems some of the Bowies don't want to claim the Lincecums. I don't know why, really. I guess a famous naturalist is not as cool as a "knife maker". (She said with tongue firmly in cheek.)

The real subject of this post, anyway, is James Madison Alden. He was first married to Charlotte Elizabeth Bowie. That (might!) make him the husband of my 3rd cousin, 6x removed. James led a neat life, at least in his early years. He joined the Navy and began work on the west coast of the United States in 1854, when just 20 years old, as an artist / cartographer for the U.S. Boundary Commission. He spent his days drawing the views before him. Here is one of my favorites, dated 1858:

Fraser's [sic] River Camp

James Madison Alden

Though I know what's "pretty" to me, I'm no art critic. So I'll let Katherine Church Holland of the California Historical Society* eloquently describe the work of James Madison Alden.
James Madison Alden's quick sketches convey the working methods of an artist recording cogent facts about a newly discovered landscape. His finished works attest to the powers of his sense of color, innate appreciation of form and skilled handling of the watercolor medium. Through his eyes, through his strokes, the landscape of the western edge of North America -- vistas of sea and land -- becomes a reality.
Slight enhancement of original by Loretta Castaldi at FindAGrave.
When recently revisiting the life of Mr. Alden, I wondered where was his final resting place. I expected it to be in Florida, since I knew that's where he died in 1922. But, I was wrong. Here's a notice I found in the 22 May 1922 Evening Star newspaper of Washington, DC (via GenealogyBank):
ALDEN, At Orlando, Fla., May 10, 1922, JAMES MADISON ALDEN, late lieutenant, U.S.N., in the 88th year of his age. Interment at Arlington.
Though I'm thrilled with the information, it also elicited a sigh. I've been to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia more than once. Had I known then, I sure would have liked to visit with Lieut. James Madison Alden.

[*The page on the California Historical Society website on which I found Ms. Holland's article, no longer exists. It was titled "Past Exhibitions: James Madison Alden, Watercolors & Drawings", and the address was http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/past_exhibits/james_alden/index.html. You can view it using the Wayback Machine.]

17 June 2014

Julia's Cross (Tombstone Tuesday)

In Memory of
Julia Eveline
Wife of Dr. J. T. Dickinson,
of Albany, GA
Died Aug 6th, 1867
Aged 35 years

Greensboro City Cemetery
Greene County, Georgia

Photo © 2013 S. Lincecum

14 June 2014

Isaac Stocks, Revolutionary War (Soldier Saturday)

Isaac Stocks
Pvt GA Troops
Rev. War

Greensboro City Cemetery
Greene County, Georgia

According to a U.S. Headstone Application for Military Veterans, Isaac's grave site was not marked with the stone pictured above until 1939.

12 June 2014

The One Whose Death was Swallowed Up in Victory

Georgia Baptists was published just two years before the death of Thomas Stocks. A section of the book contains biographies, one of which is devoted to him. It should be called an autobiography, though, since Thomas wrote the piece himself. The bulk of the article is of course devoted to Thomas's connection with the Baptist faith. Here are a couple of snippets chronicling two event dates that made it to his tombstone:
I was born the 1st of February, 1786, in an Indian fort, near my present residence, in Greene county. The Oconee river was then the line between the whites and the Creek Indians, who were so troublesome as frequently to drive the whites into forts...The men worked in squads, a few days on each farm, and had to put out sentinels to protect them from surprise while at work. While most of the men were thus employed, the Indians frequently attacked the forts, but were invariably repulsed, a few prudent men and the women defending them successfully...This state of things continued until the lands lying between the Oconee and Apalachee rivers were ceded to the United States government...

...In 1826, I was convicted of sin, under Jack Lumpkin's preaching. My wife had been a member of the church several years. After passing through many and sore conflicts, it pleased God to reveal His son in me as my Saviour. No one who has never experienced that feeling can ever be made fully to understand it, but he that has felt it in his heart knows that it is God's work, and not man's...
Thomas Stocks died 6 October 1876. His tombstone in Greensboro City Cemetery glaringly reflects the life he had on earth: The open book (presumably the Bible) atop what could be a pulpit. The bundle of wheat and sickle could have a couple of meanings. One that is readily applicable to Thomas is the sign of a long and fruitful life. He was 90+ years old when he died. Another is a representation of the Christian harvest, when God separates the good from the bad. (Maybe a tad over-simplistic? Here's an explanation from Wikipedia.)

Thomas Stocks
Born Feb 1st, 1786
United with the Baptist Church 1828
Died Oct 6th, 1876

"He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith." Acts 11:24

When Thomas died, a short (and pretty cool) blurb was printed on page 2 of the 11 October 1876 Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) newspaper [via GenealogyBank] --
Hon. THOMAS STOCKS, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Greene county, is dead. He was ninety-two years old at the time of his death, and had consequently lived during the entire Federal Administration of affairs -- from Washington down to Grant.

The back of Thomas's tombstone reads:

"When this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then will be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory."

11 June 2014

Annie Derry Jones (Wednesday's Child)

Annie Derry
Infant Daughter of E. D. & M. K. Jones
Born June 14, 1889
Died July 18, 1890

"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

~ Greensboro City Cemetery in Greene County, Georgia

09 June 2014

Henry Burns, Rebuilt and Upright

Here rests all that is mortal of
Born Dec 22nd, 1844 in Chamber Co. Ala,
he died Nov 1st, 1873 in Atlanta, Ga.,
a brave soldier of the Confederate Army, a faithful member of the Baptist Church, a
consistent Mason, a patriotic Citizen & a true friend.

As the editor of the "Greensboro Herald" from 1868 to 1872 he advocated with great ability,
the doctrines of Jeffersonian Democracy and firmly opposed all departures there from.

In early youth, poor and unknown, by virtuous industry, in a few years he acquired a
competency and won an emiable name.

His noble example lives -- a stimulus to the _____ ambition of young manhood.

When I visited Greensboro City Cemetery (Greene County, Georgia) almost a year ago, this stone appeared to have recently been put (back) together and reset.  Indeed, a photo from about 2011 posted to FindAGrave shows this stone lying on the ground.  As can be easier seen from the back, the contraption you see in the photo is holding the stone together in place and upright.

08 June 2014

Henrietta's Precious Dust Reposes Here (Today's Epitaph)

In Memory of
Henrietta M. Dawson
Wife of Hon. William C. Dawson
And daughter of Dr. Thomas and Sidney Wingfield
Born in Washington, Georgia Oct 7th, 1801
Died in Washington City, D.C. April 7th, 1850
And here her precious dust reposes.

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.

Greensboro City Cemetery
Greene County, Georgia
Photo © 2013 S. Lincecum
She was blessed with a strong intellect,
admirable judgement,
and peculiar gentleness
of disposition.
As a member of the Social Circle
and of
the Church of Christ,
she will be remembered
for her cheerfulness
and piety
harmonious and attractive.

Sister, Wife and Mother,
she was exemplary, pure and lovely
in all
the beautiful proprieties that adorned
her character;
have left,
for those who knew her, a hallowed
and precious fragrance
which can never be destroyed.

"We hear thy voice. It cometh oft
In sorrow's gush and memory's swell
When sigh we for its welcome soft
Or whisper of its sad farewell.
It comes with happy tone and blest,
And bids us to thine own sweet rest."

[Henrietta was the wife of William C. Dawson, also profiled on this blog.]

07 June 2014

Ann Thornton and Sweet Babe Sarah

© 2013 S. Lincecum


SACRED to the Memory of
Born May 11th, 1850
Died Jan'y 9th 1878

© 2013 S. Lincecum

It's easy to notice Mrs. Ann Foster Thornton died at a young age -- just 27 years.  Looking at the back of her ornate tombstone, I might have found a clue as to why.


Sleep on sweet babe,
and take thy rest.
God called thee home,
He thought it best.

© 2013 S. Lincecum

If Sarah Pierce Thornton is Ann's sweet babe, then one or both might have died due to complications of childbirth. They rest at Greensboro City Cemetery in Greene County, Georgia.

Shared at Cemetery Sunday.

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