Archive for ‘Tombstone Tuesday’

June 8, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: John H. Jackson, 1888 – 1910

John H. Son of
Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Jackson
May 14, 1888
Mar. 13, 1910

I ran across the cemetery for Faith Church during a trip to Cleveland, GA, last year. (Hard to miss; it’s right on the side of the road.) This area’s cemeteries are full of interesting gravemarkers, including the one above.

February 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: James Wesley Ledford, 1847 – 1940

James Wesley Ledford
May 6, 1847
May 3, 1940
We will meet again

James Wesley Ledford was my mother’s great-grandfather. He was buried in Coweeta Baptist Church Cemetery, Macon Co., NC, near his wife, Martha (Carpenter) Ledford, and her parents.

November 10, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Daniel D. and Levina Alexander

Daniel D. Alexander Sr., Born Aug. 29, 1803, Died Nov. 10, 1853
Levina wife of Daniel D. Alexander, Sr., Born Oct. 10, 1805, Died Jan. 2, 1880

Daniel D. Alexander, Sr., and his wife, Levina, were the parents of my ancestress, Elizabeth Alexander (1833 – 1865), who married James Watson, a participant in and casualty of the Watson-Hooper feud of Jackson County, NC. They are buried in the Salem Cemetery, more commonly known as the Alexander Cemetery, in Oconee County, SC (see reference number C003 on the linked web site).

At one time, the stones stood as individual markers. After Daniel’s broke, a thoughtful descendant had the two placed in a larger monument and reset atop the burial sites. A close-up makes the dates easier to read:

Daniel was the son of Micajah and Elizabeth Lewis Alexander. Levina was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Kennemore Rice. Peggy Burton Rich has compiled a great deal of information on this particular Alexander family in a series of books, the first of which is entitled The Alexander Families of Upper South Carolina.

September 22, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: John and Jane Shook

John and Jane Shook, Shook Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA

Shook
John Jane
Nicholson Shook
Deadas | Alexander
William | Margaret
Mary | Martha
Caroline | Rebecca
Angeline | Fate
Sarah | John
Nancy | Mack
Elizabeth | Manda Ree

Taken at Shook Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA. The original stones still mark the burial sites. One of the stones near the large, new stone has some writing scratched into it, but we were unable to decipher it.

John Shook’s death date, at least, is recorded in court minutes. During the January Term, 1888, of the Court of Ordinary, Rabun Co., GA, Alexander A. Shook brought evidence that “on the 9th day of January 1888 John Shook of Said county departed this life”. The heirs at law of the deceased “are fourteen in number” and were listed as Alexander A. Shook, Rebecka Elliot, Mary Smith, Elizabeth Eller, John Shook, Nancy Singleton, Sara Crag, Margaret King, Amanda Baker, Martha Baker, William Shook, John Shook, Jr., James Shook, and Demarious Tanner.1

As Jane wasn’t mentioned as an heir in the above minutes, she had most likely predeceased her husband. She was still living in 1880 when she and John were enumerated on the 1880 US Census in the household of their son-in-law and daughter, Albert and Sarah Cragg. Also enumerated was nine-year old Dorah Smith, listed as Albert’s “nice”;2 she was possibly the daughter of Sarah’s sister, Mary.

Additional information on Jane’s date of death may be contained in the records created by the probate of her husband’s estate.

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1. Minutes, Court of Ordinary, Rabun Co., 1887 – 1898: 13. Probate Judge’s Office, County Courthouse, Clayton, Georgia.
2. Albert Cragg household, 1880 U.S. Census, Rabun County, Georgia, population schedule, Tallulah District No. 509, Enumeration District 172, Supervisor’s District 1, sheet 9, dwelling 74, family 75. Taken from: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T9, roll 162.

August 25, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Albert and Sarah Cragg

Albert Cragg, Powell Gap Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA

Albert Cragg
Born Apr. 23, 1844
Died May 6, 1936

Albert Cragg was the son of Ellis and Margaret (–?–) Cragg (sometimes Craig), who were both born in Burke Co., NC. Albert and several of his older siblings were born in Caldwell Co., NC, which was formed in 1841 from Burke and Wilkes Counties, NC. The family migrated to Rabun Co., GA in the mid- to late-1850s; many descendants of this family still reside within the county, some on land bought by Ellis and Margaret after their move here.

Sarah Cragg, Powell Gap Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA

Sarah Cragg
Born Apr. 14, 1848
Died Jan. 2, 1914

Sarah Shook and Albert Cragg were married October 5, 1865 by William E. Philyaw, Minister of the Gospel, in Rabun County.

Notice the hands holding one another on the top of each stone. One hand probably represented the deceased, while the other represented Jesus reaching down to lift the departed into Heaven.

Albert and Sarah were buried in Powell Gap Cemetery, which is off of Bridge Creek Road in Rabun Co., GA.

August 4, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: W. M. Carver

W. M. Carver Tombstone, Godfrey Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA

W. M. Carver
Born Sept. 26, 1828
Died Jan. 12, 1920

I don’t have very many Aha! moments with my own family anymore, but this is one of them. Today, I was browsing through the death certificate images for Rabun County (available online through Georgia’s Virtual Vault) when one of those exciting moments happened. I was actually looking for death certificates for the Gillespie family of Rabun County, and was browsing because the spelling on old records is unreliable. I found an entry for one Samuel M. Carver. Not being familiar with him, I clicked on the link to view the image. Imagine my surprise when Samuel’s parents were listed as William Carver, born Spartanburg S.C. and Elizabeth Morris, born Cobb Co., GA.

My first thought was, this is my family!, followed closely by, but William and Elizabeth didn’t have a son named Samuel! So I pulled up my trusty database and, sure enough, no son named Samuel. But there was a William M. Carver whose birth and death dates matched the same dates on the death certificate of “Samuel M. Carver” exactly. I’m not sure exactly why the name was different, but I am thankful for the inclusion of the mother’s maiden name; this is the first definitive proof I have of Elizabeth’s family name, and I hope that this death certificate will be the springboard I need to find her parents.

William M. Carver was buried next to wife, Malinda Jane, in Godfrey Cemetery, located in the Chechero community of Rabun County.

July 7, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Harrison and Nicie Darnell

The tombstone of Harrison and Nicie Darnell, Betty's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Rabun County, Georgia

Darnell
Harrison Mar. 17, 1814 Nov. 24, 1893
Nicie Jan. 7, 1819 Feb. 14, 1898

Betty’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Rabun County, Georgia

June 30, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Graves of the Unknown

On a recent visit to Hollifield Cemetery in Rabun Co., GA, I was struck by this field of stones set to mark the graves of those long deceased. Most of the stones held no markings; the ones that were marked were unreadable. There are probably people still alive with the knowledge of who those souls are, but the longer these graves go unmarked, the more likely it is that the identities of those buried in this field will be lost forever.

March 31, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Major John Beck, 1819 – 1873

Major John Beck, 1819 - 1873

Sacred
to the Memory of
Maj. John Beck
Born
Decr 23rd 1819
Died
Jany 24th 1873

John Beck was the son of Samuel and Tabitha Beck of Rabun County, Georgia. He is buried at Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery near Clayton, in a spot not too far from where his parents rest. In Sketches of Rabun County History (pages 88 – 101), Dr. Andrew Jackson Ritchie wrote a lengthy piece on the Becks in this area, for those who are interested in this family.

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