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Over time, these articles have proven to be some of the more popular ones on the blog. Also sprinkled in this list are items from other blogs I author. These, too, have a wide audience.

- 1st Lieut. Eugene C. Jeffers, One of the "Immortal 600" [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- A Bank Failure Results in a Man Charged with Murder. Sound Familiar? (Tombstone Tuesday)

- A is for All that is Mortal of Joel Berry. And an Anchor. (A to Z Challenge)
The remains of Joel Berry rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia...

- A Remarkable Funeral: Burial of the Victims of the Woolfolk Tragedy [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Alfred Cranford Murdered. Sam Hose Lynched.

- Anchors and the Virtue of Hope in the Cemetery

- And the Road Goes on Forever: Duane Allman & Berry Oakley [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- B is for a Basket Full of Flowers for Kate Johnson (A to Z Challenge)
As noted in Maryland's Baltimore Sun, Katie Johnson, wife of Philip, died suddenly in 1889 at the age of just 28 years...

- Bigby Parrott Passed to Silence and Pathetic Dust (Tombstone Tuesday)
A family burial lot that can't be missed (even if you tried) while wandering through Oak Hill Cemetery at Newnan, Georgia is that of the Parrott – Bigby family...

- Brigadier General James Gunn and His Political Ruination

- Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen

- C is for Crossed Feathers & Jesse Wootten (A to Z, Tombstone Tuesday)
This pair of crossed feathers was carved to decorate the tombstone placed for Jesse Calaway Wootten in Newnan, Georgia's Oak Hill Cemetery...

- Calm, the Good Man Meets His Fate (& a Masonic Funeral Ritual)

- Camilla's Treestone & the Supreme Forest of the Woodmen Circle

- Cause of Death: Puerperal Eclampsia (Amanuensis Monday)

- Churchyard Literature: A Short Essay on Epitaphs [at GYRabbit Online Journal]

- Clasped Hands: The Devil is in the Details

- D is for the Daffodil Project at Blue Ridge, Georgia (A to Z Challenge)
It's part of a world-wide living, breathing Holocaust Memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million children who perished as a result...

- Daniel Ryder, U.S. Colored Infantry

- Died of Consumption, Mrs. Eliza S. Davis, Aged 32 Years

- Dr. Fred A. Moss & the Fairview Memorial Garden

- Dr. Minor W. Havis Accidentally Shot and Killed
Minor Havis was born 23 April 1829 in South Carolina...

- Dum Tacet Clamat

- F. F. Juhan Called to Beyond: Well-Known Jurist Passes After Long and Active Life

- Frances Wicks Memorial: Jesus on the Cross

- From Redfiern & Redfearn to Redfern
I did a bit of a double-take while photographing a few tombstones at the Bethlehem Baptist Church graveyard in Warthen, Washington County, Georgia...

- From the Life of General Thomas Pinckney

- Funeral Mound of the Mississippians

- Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (A to Z Challenge, Letter G)
Small buds are often used to represent the death of a child...

- George A. Wagener, Grocery Wholesaler & Phosphate Industrialist

- Georgia Senator Trammell Starr and Whitecapping
Trammell Starr was, by nearly all accounts, a well-respected citizen of North Georgia...

- Gravestones & the Google Translator

- Here Rests the Body of Col. William Rhett

- Honoring a Little Boy's Dream [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Ilah Dunlap: the Queenliest of Macon's Young Women [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- In Hoc Signo Vinces: the Knights Templar

- It's Time for You to Get Low

- J is for James B. Artope: Marble Cutter & Stone Mason (A to Z Challenge)
This tombstone has been standing at Marshallville City Cemetery for so long a tree has grown up around a portion of it...

- James Willingham Fell Victim to His Own Benevolence [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- John Buckley & the Congressional Medal of Honor

- John Victau Dowis: A Tale of Murder & Revenge

- John Waterman: Georgia Journalist, Sweet Potato Enthusiast, & Strong Prohibitionist

- Killed in Argonne Battle, France (A to Z Challenge, Letter K)
In the Confederate / Military section of Oak Hill Cemetery at Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia is a stone laid for Charlton Samuel Leach, killed in action during World War I...

- Kohen Hands and the Letters Peh Nun (פנ) in a Jewish Cemetery
To put it simply (and this may even be an oversimplification) a set of hands carved and placed over a tombstone in a Jewish cemetery are called Kohen (or Kohain, or Kohanim) hands, and represent a priestly blessing...

- "Little Mary Marsh" of the Marsh Juvenile Comedians Troupe [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Little Susie May's Dove and Anchor

- Lothrop Withington, Noted Genealogist Lost at Sea

- Louis Behrens, Famous Fireman

- Louis J. Dinkler: From Baker to Hotel Baron [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Mahala Dennard, Born a Slave and Died as "Mammy"
My first visit (for the purpose of taking photographs and transcriptions of tombstones) to Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Houston County, Georgia was approximately fifteen years ago...

- Members of Kennon Family Killed By a Storm in 1875

- Memento Mori

- Metta Cubbedge: the Fair Flower Has Been Rudely Broken [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- "My Favorite Season" for the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival

- My Scavenger Hunt for the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival

- My Journey to Visit the Brother that Did Not Survive

- Myrtle Lawrence, Southern Tenant Farmers Union Organizer (Women's History Post)

- N is for Nunc Requievit in Patris Domo (A to Z Challenge, Today's Epitaph)
Standing in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Georgia is an obelisk placed for Dr. Eben Hillyer, his wife Georgia E. (Cooley) Hillyer, and their daughter Ethel Hillyer Harris Brown...

- North Carolina's Greatest Man: Zebulon Baird Vance

- O. Henry - Author, Cowboy, Druggist, Sheep Herder, & Convicted Embezzler

- O is for the Originator of the Georgia Peach Industry, Samuel Rumph (A-Z)
Question: "What's the top fruit crop in the state of Georgia?"

- Odd Fellows and Rebekahs

- P is for the Prominent Minister of Newnan Who Passed Away: J. H. Hall
Rev. James Hamilton Hall, a Doctor of Divinity, was born 16 April 1836 in Greenville, Meriwether County, Georgia to Alexander and Elizabeth "Betsy" Brown Hall...

- Paging Dr. Marvin [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Q is for the Quigg Family & a Son's Supreme Sacrifice (A to Z Challenge)
What else could I do for the letter Q, but introduce you to the Quigg family...

- R is for Resting in Hope of a Glorious Resurrection (A to Z Challenge)
Husband and wife (and father and mother) Shadrach Ware and Clarissa Shine rest together at Marshallville City Cemetery in Macon County, Georgia...

- Remember the Rohna. Remember Clinton Witehead.

- Remembering the Lewis Boys

- Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis (Even More Latin in the Cemetery)
Image taken April 2011 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia...

- Robert J. Anderson, Confederate Soldier at Gettysburg [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Rocks, Rocks, and More Rocks

- S is for the State Seal of Georgia on Tom Owen's Tombstone (A to Z)
An arch which bears the word Constitution is over three pillars, representing the three branches of government, on the State Seal of Georgia...

- Southern Cross of Honor

- Southern Folk Cemetery

- T is for Thomas James Berry, a Soldier & a Man (A to Z Challenge)
Standing proud and tall, with a laurel wreath – a symbol of victory over death – draped over it's top, is a monument to the career soldier Thomas James Berry...

- The Corpse Gate

- The Death and Burial of Mrs. Anna Bass Harvey and Her Husband Henry
Anna Bass, wife of Henry Harvey, was born 1 April 1865...

- To Move or Not to Move

- To the Asylum Goes the Murderess Julia Force (Tombstone Tuesday)

- Tombstones for the Innocent: A Short Essay on Victorian Children's Grave Markers [at GYRabbit Online Journal]

- Under the Urn Rest the Shorters (A to Z Challenge, Tombstone Tuesday)
The remains of Alfred and Martha B. Shorter rest at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia under a remarkably clean tombstone topped with a draped urn...

- Urn as Funerary Art

- V is for Veiled in Mystery: James Mooney Killed in the Line of Duty (A-Z)
Someone got away with murder...

- William Mattox: the Meanest Man in Georgia? (Tombstone Tuesday)
William Mattox, born 1836 in Elbert County, Georgia to Henry Page and Sophia N. Mattox, was a lot of things...

- William Zeigler: the Man, His Vault, & His Woman Slave Mary [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Wolihin Masonic Monument (Tombstone Tuesday)

- Women's Relief Corps, Order of the Eastern Star, & Mother Enterprise

- Woodmen of the World Memorials [at Southern Graves site]

- Y is for the Youngest Mayor of Rome, GA: Benjamin Yancey (A to Z)
Benjamin Cudworth Yancey was born 16 January 1877/8 in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia...

- You Can't Always Trust the Dates on a Tombstone: The Case of Uriah Holden

All articles © S. Lincecum

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