16 December 2015

Buford Calhoun, from Mother's Arms (Wednesday's Child)

Buford P. Calhoun
Born Mar 17, 1914
Died May 7, 1915

From mother's arms
to the arms of Jesus.

Pine Ridge Cemetery
Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia

15 December 2015

Martha Thombley in the Peaceful Grave's Embrace (Tombstone Tuesday)

Martha T. Thombley
Born Feb 2, 1832
Died Nov 24, 1900

Dearest loved one we must lay thee,
In the peaceful grave's embrace.
But thy memory will be cherished,
Till we see thy heavenly face.

Pine Ridge Cemetery
Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia

13 December 2015

Lillis Roundtree Doles Assassinated! Lynching Ensued.

Once in a while I come across a tombstone that sends a little shiver down my spine. That ever happen to you?

While visiting the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia (founded 1883), I came across a badly broken stone that seemed to tell of a dastardly deed done in 1885. Resulting in what was likely one of the earlier burials in the cemetery. The woman died young, married one year and dead the next, and the word assassinated was conveyed. (See what I mean? A little shiver, I tell ya.)

The following photos are from 2011. I've included what I *think* was the tombstone inscription underneath the second image.

Filling in the gaps with Lillis' FindAGrave memorial, this is what I got:

[Something with "Memory"]
[Li]llis C. Doles
Da[ugh]ter of Wm A. & M. [L.] Roundtree
Wife of [J]essey Doles
Was [B]orn April 21, 1868
Wa[s Ma]rried June 19, 1884
[Joine]d the Pr[imit]ive
Baptist Church Aug [1,] 1884
And Was [Ass]assinated
March 28, 1885
Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
for They Shall See God

Want to know what happened? I'll let an article from the 31 March 1885 Macon Telegraph (Georgia; pg. 4) fill in "the particulars." Caution: there is some nasty history ahead.

A Mob in Dooly County Take the Law in Their Own Hands.

MONTEZUMA, March 20 [sic] -- The full particulars of the Dooly county murder have just come in and prove it to have been one of the most revolting crimes committed lately.

Jesse Doles, a young farmer living seven miles from Vienna, the county seat of Dooly county, was on Saturday afternoon plowing in his field, not very far from his house. His wife was as usual attending to the domestic affairs. About 3 o'clock in the afternoon the aspect of weather was threatening, and Mr. Doles unhitched his mule and started home before the usual time. Reaching the house and entering he saw his wife stretched upon the bed, lifeless, her throat cut from ear to ear, her head stabbed and arms considerably bruised, and showing every evidence of having been most brutally assaulted. She had been raped. Wild with grief, Mr. Doles sought his neighbors and told the terrible tale.

The search began, and the next morning the murderer was caught near the place where the crime was committed. George Rouse was his name, an ex-convict, a coal black negro. He confessed his guilt to the arresting posse and requested to be guarded and not jailed. The arrest was made early Sunday morning.

Sunday night the guards were overpowered by a mob of cool but determined men, and after Rouse's body had been mutilated, he was stripped and was hung, and is now hanging in full view of passers-by from Montezuma to Vienna. Some of the prominent negroes of this county insisted on taking charge of the prisoner and burning him at the stake, but the whites would not yield him up.

When Rouse was caught, he was splotched with the lady's blood, and he had cut out the knee of his pantaloons to avoid detection.

This is one of the many cases in which the acts of these worthy Dooly county lynchers will be sustained.
While it might appear that justice was served, remember the history of the South and the practice of lynching. It's likely many victims of Judge Lynch were innocent. While I certainly mean no disrespect to the memory of Lillis Roundtree Doles, nor is it my intent to minimize her suffering, I challenge you to not assume George Rouse was guilty. May they both rest in peace.

12 December 2015

Mary Cone: Memories Chasen Grief (Today's Epitaph)

Mary and her husband Thomas F. Cone (1860-1935) are buried at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia. It's Mary's epitaph that caught my eye, as well as my heart.

Mary E.
Wife of T. F. Cone
Mar 30, 1859
Dec 10, 1918

May God use the memory of
her life to chasen our grief.

11 December 2015

Cemetery AKAs

As in, also known as.

Most seasoned researchers, cemetery or genealogy, know that cemeteries sometimes are known by more than one name. I want to post about one that is a bit confusing in the hope someone out there can enlighten me.

This cemetery is in a field at the intersection of Bowen and Findlay roads in Vienna, Dooly County, Georgia. According to the cemetery information at FindAGrave, this is known as Porter Family Cemetery. The notes also say it was once family land.

This makes good sense to me, since many burials are of the Porter surname.

However, when poking around the lives of some of the residents of the cemetery, I found it to be called by another name. First, is George Seago. I found an entry for him in the book Confederate Soldiers of Dooly County, Georgia by M. Secrist (page 57, highlight mine).
Seago, George W. -- Private in Company F, 57th Regiment Georgia Infantry, Crawford County, Georgia, "Bragg Rifles," May 1864. Surrendered at Greensborough, N. C., April 26, 1865. Born in Houston County, Georgia, January 31, 1847, son of Jeremiah (who served in the war with him) and Bethia (Self/Selph) Seago. Soldier died Vienna, Georgia, July 14, 1924; buried at Sandy Mount Cemetery in Vienna, Dooly County, Georgia.

Then there's Miss Nora Seago. I found a funeral notice for her in the 26 February 1936 Macon Telegraph (Georgia). [Page 6, highlight mine.]
Deaths and Funerals

VIENNA, Ga., Feb. 25. -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Miss Nora Seago, who died here Saturday from an attack of influenza. Revs. P. T. Holloway and R. L. Harvey conducted the services, and the interment was in the Sandy Mount Cemetery, near Vienna.

She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Ida V. Akins, Mrs. Fannie Lupo, Miss Jennie Seago and Mrs. J. W. Selph.

So, what's the big deal, right? Porter Family Cemetery is also known as Sandy Mount Cemetery. Well, there's a bit more to share. The county to the south of Dooly is Crisp, formed from Dooly in 1905. And guess what. Cordele, Crisp County, Georgia (not far from Vienna, Dooly County) is home to Sandy Mount Church Cemetery.

Anybody know the connection between the two cemeteries, or if there even is one? I'm wondering if there is something in the church history that connects the two. Or maybe the entire area was known as Sandy Mount before the county division? Just a bit of curiosity on my part.

04 December 2015

Lowell Oakes Knew His History

Especially his family history.

I love, love, love to find stones like these. Lowell put seven generations of his paternal ancestry on the back of his granite tombstone. Even though a good genealogist would not take this information as the gospel, it is a great starting point. And I firmly believe it could provide a casual passerby with a spark of desire to find out more about their personal history.

Gene Oakes was born in Montezuma, Georgia in 1948, the eldest son of Luther Avery Oakes, Jr.  He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era, and spent the last 16 years of his life in Jacksonville, Florida.  His 2006 obituary states, "He will always be remembered as a man who dearly loved God, family, Jaguar football, history, lighthouses, genealogy, collecting hot sauces, traveling with family and sitting on his porch to watch the birds." Sounds like a cool dude.

Son of
Luther Avery Oakes, Jr.  Jan 15, 1916 - Jun 16, 2009
Luther Avery Oakes, Sr.  Sep 25, 1888 - Mar 11, 1956
Malachi Smith Oakes  Apr 11, 1863 - Aug 10, 1940
William Thomas Oakes  Nov 15, 1822 - Jun 2, 1897
Jonathan H. S. Oakes  Abt 1790 - Abt 1859
Isaac Oaks  May 13, 1760 - Abt 1845
John Oaks  Abt 1735 - Unknown
(click to enlarge)

Both Lowell and his father rest in Pinehurst City Cemetery at Dooly County, Georgia. Luther's personal story has a solemn wow factor to it. L.A. Oakes, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, was a survivor of the Bataan Death March as well as a 3 1/2 year Japanese Prisoner Of War.

02 December 2015

Death of Joseph Lee Peavy (This Time It's Personal)

A personal genealogy query.

I have been logging information found on the Peavys buried at Pinehurst Cemetery in Dooly County, Georgia. One is Joseph Lee Peavy (1881-1932). He was a son of Jesse Calloway Peavy, and the husband of Mamie R. I think Joe spent all his life in Dooly County. He was a farmer, and had at least three children, two of which are buried in his plot: Vivian Peavy Foshee (1906-1975) and Charlie Calloway Peavy (1908-1954).

I located Joseph's death certificate on FamilySearch.org, and was surprised to find his cause of death listed as fractured skull (accident). A secondary cause was "encephalitis" -- inflammation of the brain. The document seems to suggest the accident happened in Vienna. This locale is in Dooly County, Georgia, but a bit north of Pinehurst (where Joe was ultimately laid to rest).

"Georgia Deaths, 1928-1939," database with images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-13527-45788-45?cc=1385727 :
accessed 2 December 2015), 004600793 > image 192 of 594; Georgia Archives,

The 1930 U.S. Federal census places Joseph L. and family on the "Vienna & Hawkinsville Rd." Was this a farming accident on the family farm? I've begun looking to local newspapers to try to find the tale, but have found very little. One a blurb about Joe's family being at his beside in a local hospital (condition described as an "illness"), and the other a mention of the funeral after it had taken place.

Does anyone know what happened to Joseph Lee Peavy? I'm super curious to learn the story.

P.S. My connection to Joe Peavy is a bit convoluted, to say the least, since I am related to two Peavy lines that married into one another. Family Tree Maker says Joe is the "grand nephew of husband of 1st great grand aunt of husband of 2nd cousin 2x removed" of moi. Hilarious!

01 December 2015

M. E. Williams (Tombstone Tuesday)

M. E. Williams
Aug 2, 1861
Dec 29, 1914
At Rest

Pinehurst City Cemetery
Dooly County, Georgia

I always find the rough-hewn look visually appealing.

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