Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Annie, Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, Wilkes Co., GA

My son and I recently took a wandering trip through South Georgia from Elberton to Washington to Augusta and finally to Savannah and Tybee Island. (Since we live in the very Northeast corner of the state, pretty much everything is South Georgia to us.) While in Washington, a volunteer at one of the local museums directed us to the Resthaven Cemetery where many of Washington’s prominent early citizens were buried. On the outskirts we found a section of burials that were headed largely by unmarked stones.

At first, we thought this might be the poorer section of the cemetery, but then we spotted a stone marking the grave of Annie, no surname.

The stone reads: Annie Died 7 February 1856 Aged 37 Years.

While I don’t want to jump to conclusions, I have to wonder if Annie wasn’t a slave, and if that particular section was used for the burial of slaves. There could be other explanations. It’s likely local historians know the purpose behind this section, but we, unfortunately, were not in a position during our visit to seek such learned persons out.

May 30, 2011

Finding Parents for Ethel (Penland) Ritchie

Brick walls in our ancestry can come in many forms, but they usually boil down to the inability to extend a lineage. Often, a thorough search of extant records can help break down this barrier. Sometimes, however, the solution can be much less arduous. Such is the case with Ethel Lee (Penland) Ritchie.

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May 16, 2011

Eli Pickett, Bartow Co., GA

The following item was published in the 8 August 1889 issue of the The Franklin Press of Franklin, Macon Co., NC (Volume 4, Number 21, 2nd page, 1st column):

Eli Pickett, of Bartow county, Ga., a negro Confederate soldier who was severely wounded in the Georgia campaigns, has appealed to the State of Georgia for a pension. He was free-born and fought bravely for the Confederacy.