29 June 2016

Southern Graves II (Wordless Wednesday)

24 June 2016

Ida Pruett and Puerperal Septicemia (Cause of Death Defined)

Part of me hates I've pared Ida's life down to a cause of death defined post.

Ida Lee was born 11 October 1885 in Gwinnett County, Georgia to W. S. and Francis (Bailey) Fowler.  She married Norton N. Pruett after 1911.


Ida was just 36 years old when she died on 24 January 1922.  Cause of death, per her death certificate available at FamilySearch.org, was noted as Puerperal Septicemia.  Septicemia is essentially blood poisoning.  If not treated promptly, it can lead to "circulatory collapse, profound shock, and death."

Puerperal Septicemia, also known as puerperal or childbed fever, is "an infectious, sometimes fatal, disease of childbirth; until the mid-19th century, this dreaded, then-mysterious illness could sweep through a hospital maternity ward and kill most of the new mothers.  Puerperal fever results from an infection, usually streptococcal, originating in the birth canal and affecting the endometrium. This infection can spread throughout the body, causing septicemia." [Online source cited Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health.]

Ida Lee and Norton N. Pruett (1864-1929) rest at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County.  Nearby is Ida's mother, Francis (1857-1924).


A tender mother and a faithful friend.

See also Cause of Death: Puerperal Eclampsia.

23 June 2016

Two Sarahs for William Jinks

William David Jinks, after his death in 1909, was laid to rest beside his first wife, Sarah Langley, at Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  William, the son of David and Mary Jinks of North Carolina, was 79 years old at the time of his death.


When visiting the Jinks' FindAGrave memorials, I read a note stating the name on the stone placed for this (first wife) Sarah might be incorrect, because Sarah Barbara was the name of William's second wife.


That's awkward.

William Jenks married Sarah Langley 9 March 1852 in Gwinnett County.  This couple can be found in census records for 1860, 1870, and 1880 (all Gwinnett County).  What's interesting is the 1880 census taker listed William's wife as Sarah B. with a birth year of 1828.

William's first wife passed away 27 March 1898.  One year and nine months later, on 2 November 1899, William married Sarah B. Parks.  This is reflected in the 1900 census, when the "number of years married" question was answered with a zero.  It also should be noted that Ms. Parks was 43 years younger than William David.  So the dates on the tombstone pictured above (1829-1898) cannot be confused with those belonging to the second Sarah.


BTW, William David Jinks was the father of Dr. Marion Jinks.

22 June 2016

Death of Dr. Marion Jinks

Here are a couple of images relating to the death of Dr. Marion W. Jinks.  He was born 7 April 1869 in Georgia, and died 8 December 1935.  The good doctor was a son of William David Jinks and husband to Elizabeth E.  All rest at Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County.


Dr. Jinks' cause of death was somewhat unique:  Acute Nephritis cause from absorption of poison from Teeth.


"Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-13529-25739-8?cc=1385727 : 4 April 2016), 004557961 > image 11 of 598; Georgia Archives, Morrow.

18 June 2016

Ezekiel E. Parke: Georgia Soldier, Revolutionary War


Ezekiel Evans Parke
Georgia Soldier
Rev War

Greensboro City Cemetery at Greene County, Georgia

Ezekiel Evans Park, (1757-1826), a patriot of '76, lived on a plantation near Greensboro.  He was a graduate of William and Mary College and was a man of culture.  Mr. Park witnessed service in a number of engagements and was wounded at the battle of Guildford C. H., in North Carolina.  -- Lucian Lamar Knight, Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends, 1913.

North America Family Histories, 1500-2000, citing Lineage Book of the Charter Members of the DAR, Vol 028, says this:

Ezekiel Evans Parke, (1757-1826), a graduate of William and Mary College, volunteered under Gen. Nathaniel Green in his campaign against Cornwallis, in North Carolina.  He was wounded at Guilford Court House.  He was born in Virginia; died in Greensboro, Ga.

14 June 2016

1.3 Million Deaths

I'm a military brat, and proud of it.

The military brats subculture has emerged over the last 200 years.  The age of the phenomenon has meant military brats have also been described by a number of researchers as one of the America's oldest and yet least well-known and largely invisible subcultures.  They have also been described as a "modern nomadic subculture".  [Wikipedia]


My two grandfathers, Asa Logue (left) and B. J. Lincecum, and my father.  Not pictured is my maternal
grandmother.  She also served.  All saw war, though not all saw front-line combat.

I never considered myself as part of a subculture, but I suppose it's true.  Being America's oldest subculture makes sense, as the United States Army turns 241 today.  Since America' birthday is considered to be 4 July 1776, the United States Army is actually a year older than the country.

And though I did not plan to include this sentiment when I first decided to write this post, here it comes.  The reason we are a largely invisible subculture, in my opinion, is we learn duty at a young age.  You don't ask questions, and you don't whine.  You perform your obligatory task.  And, yes, I'm one of those who firmly believes that spouses and children of soldiers also serve their country.  I don't pretend it is to the same degree as those directly involved, but it is still service.  Like it or not, when a parent is a member of the United States military, that is their priority.  When the country calls, they must go.  Period.  No questions, no whining.  (I am in no way implying soldiers are not good, loving, solid parents.  So don't go there.)

A few sources, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, estimate the number of soldiers who died serving the United States since the American Revolution to be 1.1 to 1.3 million.  Since I don't think the numbers include those who died at a later date due to wounds received or disease contracted, I'm leaning toward a number even higher than 1.3 million.

As you might imagine, soldiers of the United States Army figure dearly in those numbers.


"The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom."
This memorial is dedicated with appreciation to the men and women whose loyalty and service during
times of war and peace define the character of this great nation.
"Remember Their Sacrifices"


"Two hundred forty-one years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army.  Today, the Army
is the strategic land power of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries."


The American Soldier – Always Ready, Always Leading – is "trained and ready to engage the nation's enemies in
conventional, asymmetrical, or full spectrum combat operations."

Fannin County Veterans Memorial Park

God and the Soldier we adore
In times of danger, not before.
When danger has passed,
and all things right
God is forgotten and
the Soldier denied.

Happy 241st Birthday, U.S. Army! I am forever grateful for your service, and deeply humbled by your sacrifice.

12 June 2016

Little Louis LeConte: Cherished Hopes Have Been Blighted

For those of you who like reading old obituaries (I know I'm not the only one), this one's worth your time.  I haven't personally visited the grave of little Louis, but couldn't help sharing when I stumbled upon this:

Georgia Weekly Telegraph and Journal & Messenger
6 December 1870, page 5

Death has invaded a happy home, and robbed it of its brightest jewel.  Cherished hopes have been blighted, and fond hearts are bereaved.

Little LOUIS LECONTE, son of William L. and Virginia T. LeConte, a bright and beautiful boy -- sweet as a fragrant flower, and sparkling as a gem of the sea -- died at the residence of his parents, near Adairsville, Georgia, on Friday night, 11th of November, of membranous croup.

What a dark night it must have been to that stricken household! Methinks the stars must have looked less bright, and the winds have sighed with deeper sadness, as fond hearts, all crushed and broken, bowed around the bier of the loved and lifeless form.  And yet angels were there -- not visible to mortal eyes -- to bear the disembodied spirit to its Heavenly home.  Nor did they minister alone in the chamber of death.  The precious Saviour, who said "suffer little children to come unto me," was there, to claim the sainted boy, and to whisper to surrounding hearts:  "It is I; what I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter."

Dear, darling child; how brief was his life, but how beautiful -- how full of promise and hope! He was scarcely three years old, and yet he is dead! Ah, no! -- he has but commenced a new and happier life -- and the little songs he sang on earth will have a richer melody, and the bright mental powers he exhibited will have a higher and fuller development in the magnificent temple, and amid the brilliant society of the Paradise of God.

wlleconte-fagWm Louis LeConte rests at Poplar Springs Cemetery in Adairsville. His parents are there, too.

For those who would like a little more knowledge, croup is "a condition resulting from acute partial obstruction of the upper airway, seen mainly in infants and young children; characteristics include resonant barking cough, hoarseness, and persistent stridor." Membranous croup is "inflammation of the larynx with exudation forming a false membrane." This may also be called bacterial tracheitis, "an acute crouplike bacterial infection of the upper airway in children, with coughing and high fever." [Source.]

09 June 2016

Cerebrovascular Accident #tbt (a Personal Throwback Thursday)

This post was written just over six years ago.
Wow. I've been blogging a while. Enjoy the knowledge.

Nancy Pairlee Yarbrough Tilley Brown was born 28 April 1877 and died 7 February 1968 in the state of Texas. While looking at her death certificate, specifically the cause of death and medical certification section, I came across something I had not seen before.

The first part was self-explanatory: Section 18, Cause of Death - Part I - Death was caused by (immediate cause) Cancer of Bladder. Part II is where I saw something new to me: Under "Other Significant Conditions Contributing To Death But Not Related To The Terminal Disease Condition Given In Part I" was Arteriosclerosis. C. V. A. I remember from school that arteriosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries, but I had to search on C. V. A. It stands for "cerebrovascular accident" and means cousin Nancy had a stroke. From eMedicinal.com:
"Arteriosclerosis (build-up of calcium on the inside of artery walls) and atherosclerosis (deposits of fatty substances) have about the same effect on circulation. Either condition causes strokes, coronary disease (angina), and high blood pressure...Older people are at greater risk for this kind of heart trouble. When arteriosclerosis occludes the arterial supply of blood to the brain, a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), or stroke occurs."
Now we know.

08 June 2016

Gibraltar Cross of Sacrifice 60 Years Ago (Mostly Wordless Wednesday)

Gibraltar Cross of Sacrifice: "In Glorious Memory Of Those Who Died For The Empire."

Photos taken by my grandfather, Billy Joe Lincecum, approximately sixty years ago.  Captions are a transcription of those he penned.


A War Memorial on Gibraltar with the Rock in the background.


The view that is famous.

07 June 2016

Nancy J. Harris and Malan J. Doby (Tombstone Tuesday)

Nancy J. Harris was born 11 May 1839 in Georgia.  She married Malan / Malon J. Doby 22 August 1871 in Gwinnett County.  A Justice of the Peace performed the union.  Nancy lived to the age of 70 before dying 19 June 1909.  Her husband placed a stone for her at Trinity Church Cemetery that reads:

To My Wife…
Here lies one who
in this life was a
kind mother and
a true wife.

M. J. was born 12 January 1839 in Newton County, Georgia to William Doby.  The marriage to Nancy Harris was his second.  He first married Mary Watkins about 1859.  Census records suggest he was the father of at least ten children.  M. J. lived just a few years longer than his wife Nancy, dying 29 July 1912.  He also rests at Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

06 June 2016

Aquilla Q. Bruce

eagleAquilla, son of John A. Bruce, was born 22 May 1877 in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Seven months after his 20th birthday, and the day after Christmas 1897, Aquilla married Dora Mann.  I believe her to be a daughter of Sallie and Ivan Mann.

Dora and Aquilla had their first child, a daughter named Fannie, in 1899.  Aquilla supported his family by farming.

Unfortunately, Dora passed away November 1909 at age 32.  She was laid to rest at Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County.

Aquilla married Eunice Hester Davis about 1913.  She is listed as his nearest relative on his World War I draft registration card dated September 1918.  Two months later, Hester died before reaching age 34.  In 1920, the widowed Aquilla was residing in Duluth with eight of his children.

A. Q. Bruce died at a young age, just as did his wives.  He was not quite 45 when he succumbed to pulmonary tuberculosis, exacerbated by influenza, February 1922 in Buford, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Aquilla rests near Dora at Trinity Church Cemetery.


I thought Aquilla was a unique name, so I looked around to see what I could find out about it.  The name dates back to the Bible (Acts 18), and it means eagle in Latin.

04 June 2016

Not Unwed, but Divorced: Ora B. Adams

100_1190Ora Beatrice Adams was born 8 January 1893 in Gwinnett County, Georgia to James H. and Annie Elizabeth (Weathers) Adams.  She died just a few days before her 26th birthday, and was laid to rest at Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County.  A lovely epitaph on her tombstone reads:

The rose may fade

the lily die

But the flowers immortal

bloom on high.

Initially, I was having a difficult time finding out much about Ora.  I was especially wondering why she wasn't coming up in a death certificate search.  When that happens, I will sometimes turn to FindAGrave.  If someone had created a memorial for her, maybe it would be managed by someone related or at least someone with more information than I.  (In other words, someone who cares about more than their contribution numbers.)

And if that's not true, maybe there is a better image for me to scour for information than the one I took.  (It happens!)

In Ora's case, I got lucky.  Contributor Quietly Resting created a memorial back in 2010.  Funny thing, the full name was listed as Ora Beatrice Adams Bauchom.  I looked at all the pictures, those on the memorial as well as my own, trying to find this other surname.  Thought I missed it somewhere.  But I didn't.  The nice FindAGrave member also included other information supposed to have been obtained from Ora's death certificate.  (I knew there should have been one!)

So I took the tip and went off to find MRS. Ora B. Bauchom's vital record.  It was easily accessible at FamilySearch -


"Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11097-69577-85?cc=1320969 : accessed 3 June 2016), 004176545 > image 610 of 1487; Department of Archives and History, Atlanta.

The death certificate seems to show a sad turn of events in Ora's life.  Her cause of death was Jaundis, Pneumonia, Child Birth. And the clue I was looking for as to why her married name was not inscribed on her tombstone was in the marital status section.  Ora was divorced.  I guess her parents didn't think she needed to be remembered as anything other than their beloved daughter.

03 June 2016

Ephram Dickey and I Have Something in Common

Keeping with the Memorial Day theme for one more day, I would like to introduce you to Private First Class Ephram L. Dickey.  He too, rests at Chastain Memorial Cemetery in Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia.


Ephram L. Dickey
PFC 21 Inf 24 Inf Div
July 7, 1931 – July 12, 1950

Ephram, born the summer of 1931 in Georgia, was a son of Minia C. (Leatherwood) and Paul J. Dickey.  Minia and Paul married about 1919, and Ephram was the last of five sons.

100_7736By 1940 - you can search the 1940 US Census Free here - Paul J. Dickey was widowed, and his five sons and two daughters were without a mother.  Minia had died in the spring of 1937.  Cause of death was uremic poisoning due to childbirth.

And this is where I find Ephram and I have something in common.  When I uncovered the Dickey family address, a breathe caught in my throat.  I live today on the same road Ephram, his father, and his siblings, were living in 1940.  What are the odds?

Ephram enlisted in the United States Army in the fall of his seventeenth year.  He was killed in action while fighting as a heavy weapons infantryman in South Korea five days after his nineteenth birthday.  From the WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings at Ancestry:

"Private First Class Dickey was a member of the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.  He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy near Chochiwon, South Korea on July 12, 1950."

According to an article at Wikipedia (linked directly above), PFC Dickey's regiment of about 2,000 soldiers was up against three North Korean units at 20,000 strong.  Though they suffered great losses, the 21st Infantry Regiment was praised for its efforts.  A U.S. Army historian called it "the most impressive performance yet of American troops in Korea."

Thank-you, PFC Ephram Dickey, for your service and sacrifice.

02 June 2016

Michael Kirby, Honor Guard for Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

One of the veterans I paused by at Chastain Memorial Cemetery a couple of days ago was Michael Edwin Kirby.  Though I never quite know for sure why I stop at some graves and not others, I think in this instance it was the American Flag standing and lightly draping over his granite marker.  Then I noticed the inscription:

My Beloved Son, Recruiting For The Lord

Chastain Memorial Cemetery

Michael Edwin Kirby
Dec 29, 1961 – May 24, 1991

I hated to see that Michael died at the age of just thirty years.  In an effort to find out why he died so young, I checked to see if he had a FindAGrave memorial.  He does.  And the first thing I read was Michael Edwin Kirby was a member of "Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."

By Sgt. Erica Vinyard, U.S. Army [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsFrankly, I was a bit blown away.  I've had the privilege, the honor, to visit the awe inspiring space that is Arlington Cemetery.  And I was blessed to witness the duty fulfilled by the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Please don't ever miss a chance to visit and witness, if you are so fortunate to get such an opportunity.

Through Google, I found a website dedicated to those who are members of this elite society.  TombGuard.org details the stories of each of the unknowns at the tomb, as well as the selection, training, and lifestyle of the tomb guards.  It is very enlightening.  I love the sentiment portrayed on the home page:

Soldiers Never Die Until They Are Forgotten

The website also provides a list of tomb guards.  Sure enough, Michael E. Kirby is there.

I am humbled to know I was standing at the grave of a dutiful man.  Thank-you for your service, Sgt. Kirby.

And, by the way, can you guess what caused Michael's untimely death? According to his FindAGrave memorial, the answer is a drunk driver.

01 June 2016

Best Posts & Pin-ables for May

100_1345Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? I hope so.  This was the first in ages that I wasn't at a "traditional" job.  So I was free and fortunate to be able to attend a local Memorial Day service.  I posted about it here.

Earlier in May, Elizabeth Shown Mills shared a link on facebook about a lecture being given by University of Georgia History Professor Stephen Berry.  It was about coroners in the 19th century South.  From lecture summary:  "He discussed the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talked about the records created from coroner inquests. He argued that coroners can shed light on the emerging patterns of death within a society…"

It was a highly informative and very interesting lecture.  As of this writing, it is still available (free!) on C-Span.org.

I was able to visit a couple of cemeteries this month.  One I wrote about for yesterday's post.  The other was "the older one" across the way.  I was looking for a specific grave.  Thankfully, I found it – on the opposite end from which I started.  You know how that goes.

That's ok.  I don't think I could ever rush through a cemetery in the mountains.


100_7699On to the purpose of this post! The three posts from this blog that got the most attention last month were not written in the month of May.  They are -

  1. Rocks, Rocks, and More Rocks
  2. Southern Cross of Honor
  3. Alfred Cranford Murdered.  Sam Hose Lynched.

I posted 17 times last month.  Not too bad! The three most viewed posts from that grouping are -

  1. Hubert P. Peevy & Bona Allen, Inc.
  2. Remember the Rhona.  Remember Clinton Whitehead.
  3. Sudderth Family:  3 Years, 3 Deaths, 1 Tombstone (Causes of Death Defined)

I was really happy to see #2 up there.  I enjoyed writing the post, and think the plight of those soldiers is an under told story.  The post that received the least attention was Poem Turned Epitaph for Mrs. Clarra Williams.  The poem is titled A Death-Bed.  It's only two verses (stanzas?), but I think quite lovely.  Maybe give it a look?

There was a tie for the most pinned post of May:

Top Tweet goes to -

The Corpse Gate

I enjoyed writing that one, too.  And finally, the most engagement on facebook came with a photo I shared from Trinity Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia:


If you missed any of the posts linked above, please check them out.  Thank-you so much for continuing to follow Southern Graves.

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