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Cullen E. Grant, Spanish American War Veteran (Tombstone Tuesday)

Cullen E. Grant Co. A 3 U. S. V. Inf. Sp. Am. War [at foot of grave] Cullen E. Grant March 29, 1874 March 29, 1927 --------------- Louella Jones Grant Cole Feb 6, 1884 Sept 3, 1979 Byron City Cemetery; Peach County, Georgia According to his death certificate found on FamilySearch , Cullen's full name was Cullen Edward Grant. He was the son of J. T. Grant, and he was born in White Plains, Georgia. Cullen's occupation was listed as farmer. His place of residence at the time of his death was Unadilla, Georgia, and he was the husband of Louella Grant. Phil C. Grant, Cullen's brother, was the informant. Cullen Edward Grant died at the U. S. Veterans Hospital in Atlanta, De Kalb County, Georgia. He was admitted on the 23 of March 1927, and his date of death was given as 30 March 1927 (a day off of the death date on his tombstone). Cullen's body was released for burial in Byron, Georgia 31 March 1927.

Thursday Link Love: EyeWitness To History

Yesterday, a link was added to the Genealogy Research Resources Group at Diigo. The link was to the website titled EyeWitness to History through the eyes of those who lived it . It's a great site, and I encourage all to visit it. Here are several items I found while snooping around. - Inside a Nazi Death Camp, 1944 : "Hitler established the first concentration camp soon after he came to power in 1933. The system grew to include about 100 camps divided into two types: concentration camps for slave labor in nearby factories and death camps for the systematic extermination of "undesirables" including Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally retarded and others." - Crash of the Hindenburg, 1937 : "Radio reporter Herbert Morrison, sent to cover the airship's arrival, watched in horror. His eye witness description of the disaster was the first coast-to-coast radio broadcast and has become a classic piece of audio history." [You ca

Champion Pig Club Member is Dead

When I learned the topic of the newest edition of the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival [now defunct] is going to be "Obituaries," my first thought was "I can do that!" Soon after, however, I became somewhat overwhelmed. Sounds silly, maybe, but true. I have, at the very least, hundreds of tombstone photos to choose from. How do I pick one? I recently visited the Byron City Cemetery in Peach County, GA for some other business and thought I'd choose a stone there. Nothing seemed to grab me, though. When I got home and loaded the pictures I did take into my computer, I started looking at photos from some of the other cemeteries I've visited. I don't quite know how it happened, but I fixated on William Wesley Middlebrooks. As you can see, there is nothing special about Wesley's gravestone. It's a simple granite block with his name, birth year, and death year: William Wesley Middlebrooks, 1903 - 1917 . Wesley is buried in Liberty Church Cemetery; Bibb C

Jack, the Ever Faithful Companion, Studies Cemetery Research in His Sleep (Wordless Wednesday)

10 Best Places to See Dead People

Family Tree Magazine recently released their annual 101 Best Web Sites for 2009. Most have probably seen it already, but I've been meaning to add links here for the ones applicable to this blog. Here we go! - American Battle Monuments Commission - Ancient Faces - Cemetery Surveys - Dead Fred - Find a Grave - - Kentucky Historical Society - Mortality Schedules - Names in Stone - Nationwide Gravesite Locator Here are some additional links from other categories: - Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates (death records 1844-1958) - Cook County, Illinois Vital Records (20+ years old death records) - Maine State Archives (death index 1960-1996) - Massachusetts Archives (death records index 1841-1910) - Minnesota Historical Society (death cards records index 1904-1907; death certificates index 1908-2001) - Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (53,835 deaths 1864-1877; 392,787 deaths 1908-1957) - Seeking Michigan (1 million death certificates 1897-1920) -

Update on Unmarked Graves from 1800's Found in South Bibb County, Georgia

More than a month ago I posted about an article I read regarding some unmarked graves from 1800's found in south Bibb County, Georgia . They were believed to be part of a slave cemetery on a McArthur family plantation. An update has recently been reported. The number of burials is up to 38, and it's believed that the cemetery was used beyond emancipation. Descendants from all parties involved are working together to uncover as much as possible. It is really nice to see. Follow the link to read the full article by Phillip Ramati --> Black families used south Bibb County cemetery beyond slavery era, DOT finds .

The City of Lost Graves

A few days ago, the Today Show spotlighted Milledgeville, Georgia in their An American Story segment. The story is about the thousands of lost and unnamed graves on the grounds of the Central State Hospital . Here is the video. It's less than 5 minutes long and well worth a watch.

Adrienne Dure's Gravesite Reminded Me of an Important Lesson

A few days ago, I visited Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia to search for the gravesite of Adrienne Dure, the mother of George A. Dure, an individual I was researching. With some effort, I found where she was laid to rest. This little trip reminded me of an important lesson, and I chronicled the search in a post at the Rose Hill Cemetery; Macon, Georgia blog entitled Another DURE Family Plot, but This Time with No Tombstone in Sight . Here's a blurb from the post: I was reminded of a very important lesson when looking for the grave site of Adrienne Dure: just because you don't find a tombstone in a particular cemetery does not mean an individual was not buried there. And! Just because you transcribe all the stones in a cemetery doesn't mean you have recorded all of the burials. Of course, this is something I already knew, but it is always good to be reminded. Tombstones sometimes carry more information about a person, and they sometimes can even give you

Want to Take a City's Pulse? Head for the Graveyard.

The above is the title of a 4 May 2008 article published at . I found the article by using, a link which was shared via a Diigo Group . The author of the article is not given at The Free Library , but I love some of the words he or she used when describing cemeteries: Forget landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building or the Colosseum; cemeteries are the punctuation marks in between, quiet islands amid the city racket. A great one is an architectural jewel in its own right, a Vanity Fair party of spot-the-dead-celebrity, a stark warning from history, a store of cracking anecdotes or a life-affirming communion with past generations. and... Above all, I love cemeteries because they make the past tangible, like a fading photograph or great-grandmother's hairbrush. Also mentioned in the article are the Highgate Cemetery in London, the Pierre-Lachaise in Paris, and the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial. Check it out!

In Case You Missed It - May 2009

Here are the most popular posts over the last 30 days. Millions of Southern State Death Records Published Fumigating Done Free Cindy Great Great Grandpa Peavy's Application for an Artifical Arm Unpublished Roll of Honor at World Vital Records Relics of the Jackson Artillery Unmarked Graves from 1800's Found in South Bibb County, Georgia

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)