Showing posts with label Tombstone Types. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tombstone Types. Show all posts

11 March 2014

Joseph R. Manning, Born on the 4th of July (Tombstone Tuesday)

A son of J. L. and H. V. Manning, Joseph Reubin was born 4 July 1885 and died six months later. He rests beside his sister, Zada Lillian, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cochran, Bleckley County, Georgia.

Though she outlived her brother, Zada was only on this earth six years. These cradle graves are a reminder of the tremendous loss surely felt by the Manning family during the years of 1886 and 1889.

Joseph Reubin
Son of J. L. & H. V. Manning
Born July 4, 1885
Died Jan 15, 1886

Zada Lillian
Dau. of J. L. & H. V. Manning
Born Nov 23, 1882
Died Sep 4, 1889

Cedar Hill Cemetery
Cochran, Bleckley County, Georgia

Photo © 2013-2014 S. Lincecum

18 March 2012

Mary's Brick Tomb

Mary Helena Lynes was born 30 June 1861. She married Elijah F. Donehoo just a few weeks before her 28th birthday in Fulton County, Georgia. The marriage was a short one, ending with the death of Mary a few years later on the 31st of December, 1892. Her colonial brick tomb is at Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, GA.

Mary Helena Lynes
Wife of E. F. Donehoo
Born June 30, 1861
Died Dec 31, 1892

Photo © 2011/2 S. Lincecum

Photos of The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, AtlantaWhile poking around in search of something about Mary, I came across the Atlanta Centennial Year Book. Included within was a bit of history about the Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta. Baptismal registers for the year 1861 list a Mary Helena Lynes. The church stands today as the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo at right courtesy of TripAdvisor.)

01 December 2011

A Confederate Soldier with a Recessed Shield? (Or, the Tombstone of James M. Wiley.)

In a cemetery, it's usually easy to tell with a glance which side a soldier served during the Civil War. Union soldiers have a recessed shield with raised lettering, and Confederate soldiers have a Southern Cross of Honor etched above their names. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states it this way:
  • "There are specific styles of upright marble headstones to mark the graves of Civil War Union soldiers and Spanish-American War dead. These historical styles...are inscribed in raised lettering inside a recessed shield...The inscription on the recessed-shield headstone is limited. For Civil War Union and Spanish American War, a shield is inscribed which encompasses the arched name and abbreviated military organization. Because of the special design and historical uniform significance, no emblem of belief or additional inscription may be inscribed. The dates of birth and death are inscribed below the shield."
  • "A special style is also available to mark the graves of Confederate war dead...The inscription on the special style for Civil War Confederate is also limited. The Southern Cross of Honor is automatically inscribed at the top. The name is arched, followed by abbreviated military organization and dates of birth and death."

So I was a little surprised to see the stone pictured above. Based on his unit and location, it would appear that James Wiley had been a Confederate soldier. Yet his final resting place bears a military headstone and design usually reserved for those that served the Union.

In an attempt to be sure this Mr. Wiley was indeed a Confederate soldier, I did a bit of research. According to Civil War databases on Ancestry and Fold3, there was a James M. Wiley that served as a 2 Sgt in Company B of the 1st (Ramsey's) GA Infantry. This soldier enlisted March 1861 and was discharged with a surgeon's certificate of disability five months later. Less than a month following the release, James M. Wiley enlisted in Company H of the 11th GA Infantry. Though it likely goes without saying, both of these units were part of the Confederate States Army.

It seems James M. Wiley, a Confederate veteran, received a Union-styled tombstone. Or did he? Could it be possible this stone is not a true military issue? The birth and death years being inside the shield does seem to contradict the "official" style of the Union stone. The question can also be raised as to when the stone was placed. I suppose whoever chose it might have liked the recessed shield design better. Or is it simply a mistake? What are your thoughts?

BTW, Mr. Wiley rests in Snellville Historical Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia.

17 November 2011

From England to Georgia: a Short Sketch of Snellville's James Sawyer

James Sawyer was born in England 30 January 1857. He immigrated to the United States around age 17 and settled in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. For the 1880 census, James was a merchant boarding with Joseph T. Snell (also a merchant). James became a naturalized citizen of the United States about 1884. Around that same time he married Emma A., whose full name (according to online family trees) was Emma Alice Webb. The 1890 property tax digest and the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census records show Emma and James stayed in Snellville and raised six children. James was consistently a retail merchant, his wares being specifically dry goods and groceries in 1920. Emma, born 6 September 1866, died in Gwinnett County 21 June 1929. James lived almost another nineteen years and passed away 1 May 1948.

Emma and James' gravesite is a wonderful, "homemade looking" rock vault in Snellville Historical Cemetery. It is adorned with light colored rocks that spell out the SAWYER name above the marble "door" on the front and form crosses on the back and sides. Even though the structure might have been built a relatively short time ago, it has a fantastic old southern folk cemetery feel.

Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum.

14 May 2011

Monument Dedicated for a Wife and Child

This Monument
To the purest affection
By the Husband and Father.

Born August 17th, 1813
Died April 23rd, 1853

In every relation of life, as Wife, Mother, Sister, friend, neighbor and humble, devout Christian, she was admired and beloved. Long she endured with Christian fortitude the tortures of a lingering and most painful disease and finally sunk to rest.

"Farewell, conflicting joys and fears,
Where light and shade alternate dwell;
How bright the unchanging morn appears,
Farewell, inconstant world, farewell."

Born Sep 3rd, 1846
Died Sep 10th, 1848

As a wave on the Ocean, as a bubble on the River, is gone, gone forever.

Pedestal Tombstone with a vaulted roof
Dedicated to Mrs. Mahulda Alexander and
her infant son Samuel F.

Fairview Presbyterian Church
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

All Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum

11 May 2011

Shady's Scroll

Shady Ann S. Byrd
Born Sept 11, 1830
Died Nov 1, 1848
Aged 18 Yrs, 1 Mo, & 20 Dys

Shady Ann, upon her untimely death, was laid to rest in Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Her tombstone is interesting to me. It is somewhat akin to a plaque marker, which from the side looks like a right angle triangle. Shady's stone however has no sharp, purposed edges or corners. Instead, everything about it is curved. It reminds me of a scroll.

Shady Ann, daughter of Alfred Williams, was married to Daniel M. Byrd in Gwinnett County on 25 November 1847. They were married a little less than a year when she passed away. Daniel (13 Oct 1826 ~ 10 Mar 1880) is buried beside his young bride in the church cemetery.

Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum

09 February 2011

Box Tombs of Goodwin Cemetery (Wordless Wednesday)

01 March 2010

Walter's Diamond Die

Walter Berry
Born in Delaware Co, Ind.
Oct 21, 1861
Died Nov 22, 1911

Walter's tombstone is known as a diamond die. The diamond shaped stone is on top of a stone base.

See the three chain link above Walter's name? This emblem shows he was a member of the Odd Fellows. I have written about this emblem and organization before. The article is here --> Odd Fellows and Rebekahs

This stone is located in Evergreen Cemetery at Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia.
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