28 July 2016

Uncle Dan Brogdon's Sanity Questioned

If anyone has anything to add about Uncle Dan, please comment.  I found myself wanting to know more and more the deeper I tried to delve…

He was 5' 8" tall, had light skin, light hair, and blue eyes.  His name was Daniel G. Brogden.


He was born 1841 in Gwinnett County, Georgia to Hope J. and Emily Brogdon.  One of at least 13 children born to the couple.  Based solely on census records, Daniel G. appears to have started life just like most who were born the son of a farmer – attending school when he could, and working the land as soon as he was able.

When Daniel was 20 years old, he – along with his uncle Noah Richard and brother Shadrach G. – joined the Gwinnett Beauregards, Company A of the 42nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.  Less than two months in, toward the end of April 1862, Dan was at a hospital in Knoxville, TN.  Another short two months pass and Dan's uncle Noah was dead at Cumberland Gap.

dgbrogdoncwfileDaniel G. Brogdon was captured as a prisoner of war twice.  Once at Vicksburg, Mississippi in July of 1863.  In this instance, he signed an Oath of Allegiance (image at right) and was paroled two days after capture.  Dan was also captured in his home place of Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Though I don't know the date of capture, his compiled service record at Fold3 states he was sent to the military prison at Louisville, KY.  Dan was this time paroled July 1864 after signing another oath stating he would remain north of the Ohio River until the end of the war.  Accompanying the oath from Louisville, was a physical description of Daniel (see line just above top image).

A rough few years, I'd say.

Now I don't know if "it" stemmed from childhood and was undetected, or if the war had such an adverse effect on Daniel that he no longer handled life as well as before.  But the 1870 Gwinnett County, Georgia Federal census appears to my eye to note, on the line dedicated to Daniel, the word Lunatic.  [Please correct me, if I'm wrong.] For this census, Daniel was listed with his parents, yet after the servants.

The 1880 Gwinnett County census also enumerates Daniel Brogdon.  This time, he is listed alone – in his own dwelling – with no occupation.  And this time, there is no mistake in reading the record.  Within the wider Health column, there is a clear line marked in the more narrow Insane column.

The final record found for Daniel G. Brogdon is a Gwinnett County tax list prepared about 1885.  On it is found that Daniel's brother Emory was listed as guardian for Daniel and his 110 acres of land.

That's all I've found thus far.  There should be a death certificate for Daniel, but I have yet to locate it.  I haven't located him in the 1900 or 1910 census, either.

I know the terms "lunatic" and "insane" in those days covered quite a wide range of issues and instabilities.  Many of which would likely be considered and labeled much differently today.  I admit the research is clearly incomplete, so you'll have to draw your own conclusions as to what happened to Uncle Dan.

27 July 2016

Wyatt S. Moore Outlived 3 Wives

100_1298Wyatt Sulzer Moore, whose middle name I've seen spelled more than one way, was born 26 July 1835 in Paulding County, Georgia to Arbin Moore and "Harrett" (Harriett?) Casper.  By the taking of the 1850 U.S. Federal census, Wyatt and family were living in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Mr. Moore would spend the rest of his life in this county, farming all the while.

Wyatt S. Moore was married three times.  He married first Elizabeth Brogdon.  She was just a few years his junior, born in 1838.  They had at least nine children together, before Elizabeth died in 1881.  She was just 43.

Wyatt next married Ellen / Ella Jane Whitehead in 1882.  She was ten years younger than he, and died in 1900 at the age of 55.

Thirdly, Wyatt married Rachel Elizabeth King.  She was twenty-one years his junior, and died 8 May 1925 at the age of 68.

Though each wife was younger -- and lived longer -- than the one prior, Wyatt S. Moore outlived them all.  Almost four more years would pass, in fact, before his death.  Wyatt S. Moore died on Valentine's day of the year 1929 at the age of 93.  According to his death certificate via FamilySearch.org, in the space where a cause of death should be written, there was "no physician in attendance.  This man was old and feeble for several years."

Wyatt was laid to rest at Level Creek Church Cemetery in Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  All three wives are near.

26 July 2016

Martha B. Long (Tombstone Tuesday with a Poem)

Just a few days shy of the 116th anniversary of her death.


Our Mother
Martha B.
Wife of H. M. Long
Born Oct 5, 1812
Died July 29, 1900

On that bright immortal shore,
We shall meet to part no more.

Level Creek Cemetery
Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia

For an added bonus, here's a poem published 1865 in the book, Eighty Original Poems, by John McNair, D.D.  The poem does contain a line from Martha's epitaph, but really I'm posting it just because I like it.  I think I'm drawn to the cadence, as well as the words.


I have a treasure great indeed
Reserv'd for me in time of need --
Which does all other things exceed;
A treasure up in Heav'n.

I have a house far out of sight,
A blessed mansion pure and bright
Where I shall dwell in ceaseless light,
Exalted up in Heav'n.

I have a hope both firm and strong,
It is so now, has been so long,
That I shall join the happy throng
Who shout and sing in Heav'n.

I have a faith my Maker gave,
It vaunts not, yet 'tis strong to save,
And will, methinks, ev'n death out-brave,
And land me safe in Heav'n.

I am a king, but not of earth,
I boast not of my human birth,
This is a thing of little worth,
My kingdom's up in Heav'n.

I have a crown that's kept for me
By him who died on calvary;
That crown I soon in joy shall see
And wear it up in Heav'n.

I have a Great Almighty Friend,
Who does my life, my all defend,
And still will guide me to the end,
Then fix me up in Heav'n.

There, there my conflicts will be o'er,
There I shall need my faith no more,
But on that bright, immortal shore,
Obtain my long'd for Heav'n,

There with the God-man glorified,
I'll in that glory sweet abide,
And wish for nothing more beside,
To constitute my Heav'n.

25 July 2016

James Pierce, Who Stood High in His Community, was Cut to Death

100_1285J. W. Pierce seems to be the only member of his immediate family to be buried at Level Creek Cemetery in Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  He was born in Lumpkin County, Georgia 14 April 1865 to Wilson Jasper Pierce and Letty Caroline Roberts.

James first married Sallie Pitner 28 August 1884 in Lumpkin County.  They had at least three children before Sallie died in 1899.  James, on Christmas Day of 1900 in Fulton County, then married Lillie Allen Collins, a widow.  This association with the Collins in-laws of Lillie brought about James' death less than a year later.

The particulars, as laid out in the 11 December 1901 Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), follow.  Full article is available at GenealogyBank.




James Pierce and Thomas Collins, Settling a Family Trouble, Cut Each Other -- The First Killed, the Other Fatally Hurt.

Doraville, Ga., Dec. 10 -- In a bloody duel with knives James Pierce, a farmer was cut to death and Thomas Collins, a merchant, of Sheltonville, was probably fatally wounded on the Southern Bell, the accommodation train which is due in Atlanta at 8:30 this morning.

Both parties boarded the train at Duluth, and shortly after it passed Norcross it is said that Pierce, who was in the smoker, went to the first-class coach and walking up to Collins said:

"I understand you said you were going to slap my face, and now you have got to do it."

With this the two men drew their knives and clinched, slashing each other on the throat and head.

The passengers in the coach made a break for the rear car, where the conductor was engaged in taking up the tickets from passengers who had boarded the train at Norcross.

When he learned of the trouble Conductor Willingham, who is courageous and a great favorite with the patrons of the road, called on D. K. Johnson, of Norcross; Elmer Barrett and Robert Moon, of Flowery Branch, and John Smith, of Gainesville, who followed him into the coach where the men were fighting.  When Conductor Willingham and D. K. Johnston [sic], who were the first to reach the men, arrived they found them between the seats, almost completely exhausted by the loss of blood, with Collins holding both knives in his hand while Pierce was holding him by the throat.

They were soon separated, but it was seen that Pierce was fatally wounded, as the jugular vein on the left side of his neck had been severed and that several other wounds had been inflicted.  An effort was made to stop the flow of blood, but without success.  He died from the loss of blood soon after the train reached this place.

Collins received a serious wound in the temple, another on the throat, and several others on the head and face, from which he bled profusely, but the wounds are not necessarily fatal.  He was taken in charge by Doctors Flower, and his wounds dressed.  He is very weak, and the loss of blood may have been so great that he will not recover, although there are indications that he will survive the wounds.

[A witness stated,]..."Not a word was spoken by either of the men after the fight started.  It was a fight to the death."

Cause of the Feud.
Pierce married the widow of Green Collins, a brother of Thomas Collins, and it appears that Mrs. Pierce after her second marriage, claimed that she was not fairly treated in the division of the land owned by her former husband, and became very bitter on this account.  After she married Pierce he took up the fight against Thomas Collins, which has been almost a continual quarrel until it ended in the duel today.

Collins is a highly respected merchant and is an influential citizen.

Pierce was a farmer and also stood very high in his community. -- Atlanta Journal.

The two Latin phrases written about yesterday were found on this tombstone for J. W. Pierce.

24 July 2016

Latin Phrases on a Tombstone

Latin is a classic language originally spoken in Latium, Italy.  And it's still the official language of parts of the Catholic Church.

Two Latin phrases I recently found in the cemetery are below.  I thought to share them here in case anyone is looking for a translation.  First up:  Deus vobiscum or Deus nobiscum.


I couldn't make out the letter just to the left of the crease in the open book sculpture above, but both translated to similar phrases:  God be with you or God with us.

The second phrase I come across (on the same stone, actually) was Fideli certa merces.


This translates to – To the faithful there is certain reward.

These phrases were found on the tombstone for J. W. Pierce (1865-1901) at Level Creek Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia.


16 July 2016

Lieut. Noah R. Brogdon, CSA

Noah Brogdon was born 22 June 1830.  A few months before his 22nd birthday, Noah married Harriet Strickland on 21 March 1852 in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Less than three weeks before his 1oth wedding anniversary, Noah Richard Brogdon enlisted in the Confederate States Army at Gwinnett County.  He was commissioned an officer and given the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in Company A, 42nd Georgia Infantry Regiment upon enlistment, 4 March 1862.  Three months and twenty-three days later, Noah was dead.  His Civil War Profile at Ancestry confirms he did not survive the war, and further states Noah was mustered out of service 25 June 1862 at Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.  A note on his FindAGrave memorial says he died of the mumps.

Duluth Area & Locust Grove Cemeteries

Father ! let thy grace be given, That we may meet in heaven.

Noah rests at Level Creek Cemetery in Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Harriet, who married a Mr. Pool after Noah's death, rests beside him.


Harriet Pool
Born July 10, 1831
Died June 5, 1907

Here rests the sweetest bud of hope
That e'er to human wish was given.

15 July 2016

A Carbuncle Killed Joe Brogdon (Cause of Death Defined)

Joseph D. Brogdon, son of George Brogdon, was born 14 January 1873 in Georgia.  By 1898, Joe was farming for a living and married to Annie (1877-1955).


No pains no griefs no anxious fear, Can reach our loved one sleeping here.

joedbrogdondcJoe D. Brogdon died 1 December 1925 in Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  His death certificate viewable at FamilySearch.org lists cause of death as Carbuncle.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine describes a carbuncle as "a skin infection that often involves a group of hair follicles. The infected material forms a lump, which occurs deep in the skin and may contain pus." Using today's numbers, sources such as the Mayo Clinic reveal there are more than 200,000 cases in the United States per year.  And many heal on their own.

Yet problems may arise.  If left untreated, carbuncles may lead to any of the following:  Abscess of the brain, skin, spinal cord, or organs such as the kidneys; endocarditis; and sepsis.  Carbuncles can spread and are contagious.  They may also be called a staph skin infection.

Joseph Brogdon was laid to rest at Level Creek Cemetery in Gwinnett County.  Besides his wife, Joe rests near two of his brothers:  George Thomas Brogdon (1864-1927) and Lawton H. Brogdon (1875-1897).



12 July 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Robert Lee Kennedy

Robert Lee Kennedy
US Army
World War II
Oct 21, 1915 - Oct 6, 1999

Level Creek Cemetery
Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia

06 July 2016

Filling in Some Blanks for John W. Brogdon

John W. Brogdon and his wife Corrie rest in Level Creek Cemetery at Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Though it appears Corrie O. Brogdon led a full life, at least in number of years – 93, it was not so for John.  He died at the young age of 49.


According to his death certificate, J. W. Brogdon died in the late afternoon of Friday, 13 September 1929 at the Georgia State Sanitarium at Milledgeville, Baldwin County.  Cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis.

jwbrogdondcBut the vital death record viewable at FamilySearch is full of DKs.  DK generally stands for Don't Know.  The "informant" for this certificate appears to be Records G. S. S.  One would think those records would include a fuller name, birthdate, and contact information for the nearest relative (at least), but I suppose not in this instance.

The tombstone provided us with a first name for each of Mr. and Mrs. Brogdon, as well as a burial location.  Let's look to the 1900 Gwinnett County, Georgia US Federal census for more:

John W., born June 1880, was one of at least twelve children born to Shadrach G. and Susan A. Brogdon.  And the record claims both of John's parents were born in Georgia.

Though more research would need to be done to make sure this information is consistent with other records for Mr. John Brogdon, I'm glad we were able to (begin to) fill in some of those blanks.

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