Archive for ‘Tombstone Tuesday’

November 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Elizabeth Alexander Watson and Lavina Jane Watson

Elizabeth Alexander
wife of
James Watson
1833 – 1865
Our loved one

Lavina Jane
1864 – 1865
Asleep in Jesus

Elizabeth and Lavina were buried in the Alexander Family Cemetery, also known as the Salem Cemetery, in modern Oconee Co., SC.

Elizabeth (Alexander) Watson’s life was, in some ways, tragic. According to family lore, she had just birthed her fourth child, Lavina, when her husband James Watson, his father Moses, and possibly some of James’ brothers were murdered by the Hoopers in the infamous Watson-Hooper feud of Jackson Co., NC. Elizabeth and James’ two eldest children, Daniel and James, watched the lynching from the woods near the home where Elizabeth was lying in, recovering from child birth.

Soon afterwards, Elizabeth took her four children back to then Pickens Dist., SC, to the home of her parents, Daniel and Levina Alexander. Neither Elizabeth nor Lavina survived long after their journey. Elizabeth and James’ remaining three children (Daniel, James, and Elizabeth) were raised by Elizabeth’s family.

November 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Wesley and Nancy Rowland

Father / Mother
Wesley / Nancy
Rowland / Rowland
July 27, 1823 / Apr. 9, 1825
Aug. 18, 1874 / July 6, 1903
At Rest. / At Rest.

Wesley and Nancy are buried at Fouts Cemetery in Macon Co., NC. This photo was taken August 27, 2010.

Directions to the cemetery: From the corner of Harrison Ave. and W. Main St. in downtown Franklin, NC, go about 3.6 miles on Harrison Ave. Take a left on Iotla Church Rd. Go about 3 miles then turn right onto Judd Duvall Rd. Go about 2/10 mile. Turn right onto a dirt road (141) marked with a sign that reads “Fouts Cemetery.” This road goes around the cemetery, which is on top of the hill.

October 25, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Etha Mae Watson, Norton Cemetery, Jackson Co., NC

Etha Mae Roberts was born in 25 June 1886 in Jackson Co., GA, the daughter of Alsa and Sally Morgan Roberts. She married first to Elbert Hudson, and second to James “Woodfin” Watson. She died 1 February 1958 in Jackson Co., NC. This was Daddy Thad‘s mother, my father’s grandmother (and my great-grandmother), who was known as Grandma Watson to the younguns.

October 18, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Mattie Cragg, Powell Gap Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA

Mattie Carson Cragg, wife of Isaac Cragg (a son of Albert and Sarah Shook Cragg) was buried at Powell Gap Cemetery off Bridge Creek Road in Rabun Co., GA.

June 9, 1876
May 5, 1916

The inscription reads, “She was a kind and affectionate wife, a fond mother, and a friend to all.”

June 7, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Van’s Creek Baptist Church, Elbert Co., GA

On our recent trip through South Georgia, we stopped by this church on our way back from visiting a Revolutionary War battle site located in what is now Richard B. Russell State Park.

This marker explains the church’s origins. (I don’t think I’m related to these particular Morgans.)

These unusual cairns had no markings to tell who was buried underneath.

I have a few more pictures of tombstones found in this cemetery that I’ll share at another time.

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.

August 31, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Old Trinity Cemetery, York, SC

Spotted during a recent research trip to York Co., SC. This beautiful old cemetery is located across from the McCelvey Center on Jefferson Street in downtown York, the county seat.

August 3, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: The Warren Clint James Family Plot at Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery

As promised, here are the photos of the James family plot at Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Warwoman community of Rabun Co., GA. They are presented here in the order they’re found in the cemetery, from right to left as described in the post Step by Step #5: Hattie (James) Teague Watkins.

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July 13, 2010

Step by Step #3: Pickett Cemetery, Clayton, GA

In our first two looks at the Roy and Hattie (James) Teague family, we examined their 1930 US census enumeration, their marriage certificate, and Roy’s obituary. In today’s post, we will visit Pickett Cemetery, where Roy was buried1.

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June 29, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: The Roberts Family at Cool Springs Methodist Church Cemetery, Habersham Co., GA

A recent trip through the backroads of Habersham County, Georgia, yielded this picture, one of several we took at the Cool Springs Methodist Church Cemetery. In the foreground is a row of stones set in memoriam to Jefferson D. and Sarah J. (Dean) Roberts and several of their kin, immediately behind a Sosebee family plot (the row with the Confederate battle flag). Some distance beyond (in the farther portion of the picture but somewhat in the center) lies Sally Roberts and her husband Thomas Church, who were buried just in front of another Sosebee family plot.

Jefferson D. Roberts, aka John D. Roberts, was the son of John J. and Sarah (Cole) Roberts. J. D.’s brother, William C. Roberts, is buried in the same row of this cemetery (marked by the taller obelisk shaped stone). At the end of the row, near William’s burial spot, is a small stone over the grave of Viander Roberts, son of J. D.’s brother Henry.

What connection Sally (Roberts) Church and the Sosebees have to this family is unknown at this time.

Cool Springs Methodist Church and its cemetery are located off of Highway 17 west of Clarkesville.