This towering memorial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Georgia has been chronicled on many a website. Nonetheless, I could not bear to omit it here. A woman in deep contemplation sits on high, possibly wondering why she had to leave her husband and young children alone so soon.
Hibernia was born at Newnan 20 November 1837. Her parents were John and Nancy O. Dougherty. John was a tavern keeper, born about 1794 in Ireland.
Before she was 24 years old, Hibernia would marry William Bird Berry. He served as mayor of Newnan for several years.
The couple had four children: Andrew, John, Olive, and Thomas. Less than two years after giving birth to Thomas, Hibernia was dead, aged just 33 years.
A portion of the epitaph on Hibernia's tombstone reads as follows:
She had Beauty and Wit, without Vanity or Vice.
Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order). This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia. You may follow along with me by email and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar. I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.
Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs. I am also participating with Lincecum Lineage. Though it is a one name study blog, my theme there is "kinfolk direct." These genealogy and family history posts all involve a direct relative.
Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit. Good luck to all involved!
Melanie Atherton Allen
Happy A to Z! :)
My A to Z posts are here: TuiSnider.com
Also, A to Z posts from the #StoryDam Writing Community are here: StoryDam.com