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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, da

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

Isaac Stocks, Revolutionary War (Soldier Saturday)

Isaac Stocks Pvt GA Troops Rev. War 1795 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.

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 o

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

Henry Burns, Rebuilt and Upright

Here rests all that is mortal of HENRY M. BURNS 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

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. AS DAUGHTER, Sister, Wife and Mother, she was exemplary, pure and lovely in all HER KINDNESS OF HEART, AND 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

Ann Thornton and Sweet Babe Sarah

© 2013 S. Lincecum SIMPLY TO THY CROSS I CLING SACRED to the Memory of ANN FOSTER THORNTON Wife of JOEL F. THORNTON 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. SARAH PIERCE THORNTON 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 . (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

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)