Posts tagged ‘Towns County Georgia’

January 15, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Kittie McConnell Berrong and Infant, Towns Co., GA

Kittie McConnell Berrong and her unnamed infant were buried in Osborn Cemetery, Towns County, Georgia. Osborn Cemetery is attached to McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, but physically located away from the church.

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January 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: T. W. and Mattie Gibson, Towns Co., GA

This marker for the burial places of T. W. and Mattie Gibson is found in Osborn Cemetery, Towns County, Georgia. The cemetery is attached to McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, but physically located away from the church.

T. W.
Gibson
Sept. 5, 1860
Jan. 12, 1922

Mattie
Gibson
Aug. 20, 1860
Oct. 12, 1963

Under each name is the inscription “Resting in hope of a glorious resurrection.”

February 27, 2012

Tidbits and Updates

It’s been a busy few months here in the Watson household.

We just ended basketball season. My sister is the head coach of the local high school varsity ladies basketball team. In the past four years, the Lady Cats have won 88% of their games, gone to State tournies all four years, and reached the Elite 8 three of those years. A phenomenal program. We try to get to every game, or as many as is possible. Those Lady Cats put on a heck of a show and we sure are proud of each and every one, coaches and players alike.

On the book end, Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899 is at the printers. I hope to have proofs in my hand within three to four weeks, and the finished product for sale another three or four weeks after that. For those who are interested, I’ve already put up an index of death notices and obituaries published in the three newspapers covered by this book.

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February 26, 2012

Cemetery Sunday: Bradshaw Cemetery (aka Old Smyrna Church Cemetery), Towns Co., GA

The weather here has been relatively warm and sunny, so on a recent Sunday, we took the Jeep out to a cemetery described by our local Probate Judge, Lil Garrett, as the Bradshaw Cemetery.

There are two ways to get to this cemetery: the hard way and the harder way. When taken together, these two entrances form a loop from our home in Clayton (Rabun County) out Hwy. 76 toward Hiawassee, across Upper Hightower Road through Forest Service land (with the road name changing at least once), making a bridgeless crossing of the Tallulah River back into Rabun County, and then connecting with Hwy. 76 to get back home.

You can go in from either side and come back out the same way, but we opted to take the whole loop, beginning with the more difficult way in: Out Hwy. 76 to Upper Hightower Road, which gradually goes from a paved two-lane road into a one lane road before it hits dirt. The road tilts steeply upward just after the pavement ends, with gullies in the road at least three feet deep and sharp rock jutting up from the road bed. It continues in this manner for three or four miles, with narrow curves, sharp drop offs, and grades steep enough to have me holding my breath. We didn’t measure the mileage, but I do know that we were going at idle pace for at least thirty minutes before we found the road to the cemetery.

That road was thankfully short and relatively smooth. We parked at the end of it and walked the rest of the way in. You can see why from the picture below.

The recommended parking area for the cemetery.

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