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Over time, these articles have proven to be some of the more popular ones on the blog. Also sprinkled in this list are items from other blogs I author. These, too, have a wide audience.

- 1st Lieut. Eugene C. Jeffers, One of the "Immortal 600" [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

I was surprised at the number I found.

- A is for All that is Mortal of Joel Berry. And an Anchor. (A to Z Challenge)
The remains of Joel Berry rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia...

- A Remarkable Funeral: Burial of the Victims of the Woolfolk Tragedy [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Alfred Cranford Murdered. Sam Hose Lynched.
Alfred was buried at the Cranford Family Cemetery in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia. The cause of death was murder by axe, and the act was perpetrated in front of his wife and children. Witnesses placed blame on Sam Hose, and the infamous manhunt resulting in a horrific lynching commenced.

- Anchors and the Virtue of Hope in the Cemetery
"Gospel hope is our our stormy passage through this world..."

- And the Road Goes on Forever: Duane Allman & Berry Oakley [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

It's easy to notice Mrs. Ann Foster Thornton died at a young age...

Anthony Murphy's claim to fame is most likely his participation in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Yet he was alive for more than 29,200 days, and that was literally just one of them.

- B is for a Basket Full of Flowers for Kate Johnson (A to Z Challenge)
As noted in Maryland's Baltimore Sun, Katie Johnson, wife of Philip, died suddenly in 1889 at the age of just 28 years...

- Bigby Parrott Passed to Silence and Pathetic Dust (Tombstone Tuesday)
A family burial lot that can't be missed (even if you tried) while wandering through Oak Hill Cemetery at Newnan, Georgia is that of the Parrott – Bigby family...

- Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
This union was founded in 1883 in Oneonta, New York when eight brakemen met in a caboose in the yards of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad to form a benevolent organization.

- C is for Crossed Feathers & Jesse Wootten (A to Z, Tombstone Tuesday)
This pair of crossed feathers were carved to decorate the tombstone placed for Jesse Calaway Wootten in Newnan, Georgia's Oak Hill Cemetery...

- Calm, the Good Man Meets His Fate (& a Masonic Funeral Ritual)
Monument erected by the most worshipful Grand Lodge of Georgia, to the memory of their former Grand Chaplain.

- Camilla's Treestone & the Supreme Forest of the Woodmen Circle
The treestone in place for Camilla Nunnery at Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Georgia shows she was a member of the Supreme Forest of the Woodmen Circle.

- Cause of Death: Puerperal Eclampsia (Amanuensis Monday)
"...and a contributory cause was her pregnancy of five months."

Jessica's gravestone has a wonderful celestial theme.

- Churchyard Literature: A Short Essay on Epitaphs [at GYRabbit Online Journal]

- Clasped Hands: The Devil is in the Details
This symbol has a few accepted meanings.

An urn topped tombstone placed for George H. Gillon stands tall in Cedar Hill Cemetery at Cochran, Bleckley County, Georgia.

- D is for the Daffodil Project at Blue Ridge, Georgia (A to Z Challenge)
It's part of a world-wide living, breathing Holocaust Memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million children who perished as a result...

- Died of Consumption, Mrs. Eliza S. Davis, Aged 32 Years
Eliza S. Davis was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts 15 July 1808 and died in Macon, Georgia 3 January 1841.

- Dr. Fred A. Moss & the Fairview Memorial Garden
It was established in memory of Fred's parents and grandparents.

- Dr. Minor W. Havis Accidentally Shot and Killed
Minor Havis was born 23 April 1829 in South Carolina...

- Dum Tacet Clamat
I've photographed many Woodmen of the World memorials, and I think this is the best image I've captured of their slogan.

The William A. Rawson mausoleum in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia was built in the exotic revival architectural style.

- From Redfiern & Redfearn to Redfern
I did a bit of a double-take while photographing a few tombstones at the Bethlehem Baptist Church graveyard in Warthen, Washington County, Georgia...

- Funeral Mound of the Mississippians
Archeologists estimate this mound that appears to be just dirt and grass contains about 100 human remains.

- Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (A to Z Challenge, Letter G)
Small buds are often used to represent the death of a child...

The burial site of Jeff Cain, engineer of the famed General seized by Andrews Raiders.

- Georgia Senator Trammell Starr and Whitecapping
Trammell Starr was, by nearly all accounts, a well-respected citizen of North Georgia...

- Gravestones & the Google Translator
When I come across gravestones inscribed in a language other than English, I'm pretty much lost.

"Gen. James Longstreet ends life's battle."

- Here Rests the Body of Col. William Rhett
"Colonel William Rhett was born, it is said, 4 September 1666 in London..."

- Honoring a Little Boy's Dream [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Ilah Dunlap: the Queenliest of Macon's Young Women [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- In Hoc Signo Vinces: the Knights Templar
The Knights Templar was among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders.

- J is for James B. Artope: Marble Cutter & Stone Mason (A to Z Challenge)
This tombstone has been standing at Marshallville City Cemetery for so long a tree has grown up around a portion of it...

- James & Pennie Oberry of Cedar Hill
James E. Oberry and Penney Faulk were married 1 March 1860 in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Sergt. John C. Buckley was born 1 April 1842 in Fayette County, West Virginia.

- John Victau Dowis: A Tale of Murder & Revenge
One of the nineteen children of William and Hannah Dowis buried in the family plot at Duluth Church Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia is their son John Victau.

- Killed in Argonne Battle, France (A to Z Challenge, Letter K)
In the Confederate / Military section of Oak Hill Cemetery at Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia is a stone laid for Charlton Samuel Leach, killed in action during World War I...

- Kohen Hands and the Letters Peh Nun (פנ) in a Jewish Cemetery
To put it simply (and this may even be an oversimplification) a set of hands carved and placed over a tombstone in a Jewish cemetery are called Kohen (or Kohain, or Kohanim) hands, and represent a priestly blessing...

Latin is a classic language originally spoken in Latium, Italy. And it's still the official language of parts of the Catholic Church.

- "Little Mary Marsh" of the Marsh Juvenile Comedians Troupe [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Little Susie May's Dove and Anchor
Susie May was born 1 October 1895 to William B. and Mary Frances Woodruff.

- Louis Behrens, Famous Fireman
He was an organizer and first president of the South Carolina State Firemans' Association.

- Louis J. Dinkler: From Baker to Hotel Baron [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

While working on the collateral Zumwalt line, I found information on the death of Lucinda Zumwalt Lackey.

The Old City Cemetery in Macon, Georgia was established in 1825 and used by many until 1840.

- Mahala Dennard, Born a Slave and Died as "Mammy"
My first visit (for the purpose of taking photographs and transcriptions of tombstones) to Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Houston County, Georgia was approximately fifteen years ago...

Not far from Georgia Governor Stephen Heard's grave are two additional graves that one might be surprised to see.

- Members of Kennon Family Killed By a Storm in 1875
In March of 1875, at least three tornadoes touched 18 counties in the state of Georgia.

- Metta Cubbedge: the Fair Flower Has Been Rudely Broken [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

I didn't believe it at first. But then I found a newspaper article that confirmed it.

- My Scavenger Hunt for the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival
Kick yer feet up, folks, this is a long one. Don't worry, it's fun and full of pictures.

- My Journey to Visit the Brother that Did Not Survive
Alfred Chapel did not survive Andersonville Prison Camp in Georgia.

- N is for Nunc Requievit in Patris Domo (A to Z Challenge, Today's Epitaph)
Standing in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Georgia is an obelisk placed for Dr. Eben Hillyer, his wife Georgia E. (Cooley) Hillyer, and their daughter Ethel Hillyer Harris Brown...

Neoclassicism is defined as having characteristics of order, symmetry, and simplicity.

Niobe, a character from Greek Mythology, is the personification of grief.

- North Carolina's Greatest Man: Zebulon Baird Vance
He was a Confederate military officer during the Civil War, twice Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator.

- O. Henry - Author, Cowboy, Druggist, Sheep Herder, & Convicted Embezzler
William Sydney Porter was laid to rest upon his death in Riverside Cemetery at Asheville, North Carolina.

- O is for the Originator of the Georgia Peach Industry, Samuel Rumph (A-Z)
Question: "What's the top fruit crop in the state of Georgia?"

- Only Confederate Soldier Buried at Andersonville National Cemetery
Camp Sumter, more commonly known simply as Andersonville, was one of the largest Confederate military prisons of the Civil War.

- P is for the Prominent Minister of Newnan Who Passed Away: J. H. Hall
Rev. James Hamilton Hall, a Doctor of Divinity, was born 16 April 1836 in Greenville, Meriwether County, Georgia to Alexander and Elizabeth "Betsy" Brown Hall...

- Paging Dr. Marvin [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Q is for the Quigg Family & a Son's Supreme Sacrifice (A to Z Challenge)
What else could I do for the letter Q, but introduce you to the Quigg family...

- R is for Resting in Hope of a Glorious Resurrection (A to Z Challenge)
Husband and wife (and father and mother) Shadrach Ware and Clarissa Shine rest together at Marshallville City Cemetery in Macon County, Georgia...

- Reason for the Ryman, the Only Sam Jones is Dead (Tombstone Tuesday)
"Mentally heroic, magnetic to a degree which drew all men to him, physically and morally a man militant and unafraid, Sam P. Jones was known to thousands in all parts of this country."

Clinton Webster Whitehead was born 8 February 1923 in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia to John M. and Alma Whitehead.

- Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis (Even More Latin in the Cemetery)
Image taken April 2011 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia...

- Robert J. Anderson, Confederate Soldier at Gettysburg [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Rocks, Rocks, and More Rocks
Why do people put rocks on gravestones?

- S is for the State Seal of Georgia on Tom Owen's Tombstone (A to Z)
An arch that bears the word Constitution is over three pillars, representing the three branches of government, on the State Seal of Georgia...

It's a common symbol.

He was a man of the South who made fortunes in two eras -- the "old" south prior to the Civil War, and the "new" south after it.

The image was familiar to me as a cross, but I was unsure what to call it.

- Southern Cross of Honor
"The Southern Cross of Honor was a military decoration meant to honor the officers, noncommissioned officers, and privates for their valor in the armed forces of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War."

- Southern Folk Cemetery
"An important historical vestige of the cultural landscape of the rural South is the Upland South folk cemetery."

- T is for Thomas James Berry, a Soldier & a Man (A to Z Challenge)
Standing proud and tall, with a laurel wreath – a symbol of victory over death – draped over its top, is a monument to the career soldier Thomas James Berry...

- The Death and Burial of Mrs. Anna Bass Harvey and Her Husband Henry
Anna Bass, wife of Henry Harvey, was born 1 April 1865...

The monument to the "Uknown Confederate Dead" marks the final resting place of approximately 3,000 unknown Confederate soldiers who died during the Atlanta campaign in 1864.

In the very basic sense, a sphere is a 3-D circle.

- To the Asylum Goes the Murderess Julia Force (Tombstone Tuesday)
Ever read about someone in a magazine and feel the need to visit their burial place?

- Tombstones for the Innocent: A Short Essay on Victorian Children's Grave Markers [at GYRabbit Online Journal]

God who is able to give holds also the power to take away.

If you walk cemeteries in the southern United States often enough, you are bound to come across some seashells with the expected gravestones.

Biblical epitaphs.

- Under the Urn Rest the Shorters (A to Z Challenge, Tombstone Tuesday)
The remains of Alfred and Martha B. Shorter rest at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia under a remarkably clean tombstone topped with a draped urn...

- V is for Veiled in Mystery: James Mooney Killed in the Line of Duty (A-Z)
Someone got away with murder...

What landed him on Pea Patch Island was the fighting he did at The Battle of Champion Hill down in Mississippi.

- William Mattox: the Meanest Man in Georgia? (Tombstone Tuesday)
William Mattox, born 1836 in Elbert County, Georgia to Henry Page and Sophia N. Mattox, was a lot of things...

- William Zeigler: the Man, His Vault, & His Woman Slave Mary [at Rose Hill Cemetery blog]

- Wolihin Masonic Monument (Tombstone Tuesday)
As you might guess, the monument is rife with Masonic symbols, including a pair I knew nothing about.

- Women's Relief Corps, Order of the Eastern Star, & Mother Enterprise
Mrs. Nettie C. Hall's ledger marker is located in Evergreen Cemetery at Fitzgerald, Georgia.

- Woodmen of the World Memorials [at Southern Graves site]

- Y is for the Youngest Mayor of Rome, GA: Benjamin Yancey (A to Z)
Benjamin Cudworth Yancey was born 16 January 1877/8 in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia...

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