The Pension File of Lynch Webb

August 14, 2016

There are 33 pages to this file. I’ve transcribed several of the most interesting ones.

The first is the original application for a pension by Lynch Webb.

Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension

This must be Executed before a Court of Record or some Officer thereof having Custody of the Seal.

State of Tennessee, County of Knox, ss:

ON THIS 20th day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty 7

personally appeared before me Clerk of a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid LINCH WEBB aged 65 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical LINCH WEBB who was ENROLLED on the 15th day of Sept, 1862, in Company B of the 2nd regiment of Tenn Cav commanded by Capt Thos A. Jones and was honorably DISCHARGED at Vicksburgh Miss on the 24th day of May, 1865, That his personal description is as follows:

Age 65 years; height 5 feet 9 inches;; complexion dark; hair fair; eyes blue.

That white a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Louisville in the State of Kentucky on or about Nov or Dec, 1862, he contracted diarrhoea and was very sick for a time and it resulted in piles, but he got some better, came on with his command to Murfreesboro Tenn and from the hard marching and exposure became so bad from piles he could not ride horseback. The same disease has continued to the present. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: treated on by Regimental Surgeon and Assisstant while in Regiment. That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above. That he has not been in the military or naval service of the United States since the 24th day of May 1865. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the Cos of Knox and Blount in the state of Tenn, and in Texas from 1879 to -82, and that his occupation has been that of a farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a farmer. That he is now greatly disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation W. H. ROBERTS of Knoxville Tenn his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received nor applied for a pension;p that his residence is in Knox Co Tenn and that his post office address is Uceba, Blount Co, Tenn.

LINCH (X his mark) WEBB

(Two witnesses who can write sign here)



Also personally appeared F. M. Webb residing at Uceba Tenn and Wm. R. Harmon residing at Uceba Tenn persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw LINCH WEBB, the claimant sign his name (make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.



Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of July A. D. 1887 and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declarations were fully made and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing; and I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

W. T. JONES, Dept Clerk of the County Court Knox Co.

(Filed in the pension office Jul 23, 1887.)

The next is the application of Lynch’s widow, Sarah Couch Webb.


State of Tennessee

County of Blount

On this 19th day of March, 1894, personally appeared before me, a Clerk of a Court of Record in and for the County and State aforesaid SARAH WEBB a resident of Uceba in the County of Blount and State of Tennessee aged 70 years, who being duly sworn, makes the following declaration, in order to obtain the Pension provided y the Act of Congress approved July 14, 1862. That she is the widow of LINCH WEBB who was a private in Company  commanded by Thomas Jones in the 2nd Regiment of Tenn. Cav. in the War of 1861; that her maiden name was SARAH COUCH and that she was married to said LINCH WEBB on or about the ? day of July, 1842, in the County of Blount and State of Tennessee by ESQ. JACKSON, and that she knows of no record evidence of said marriage.

SHE FURTHER DECLARES that the said LINCH WEBB her husband, died at Uceba, Blount County, in the State of Tennessee, on or about the 18th day of December, 1893 of Chronic Diarrhea, Liver Affliction & Kidneys & Bladder disease. She also declares that she has remained a widow ever since the death of said LINCH WEBB and that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion of the United States; and she hereby appoints W. C. CHUMLEA of Maryville Tenn as her awful attorney, with power of substitution, and authorizes him to present and prosecute this claim. That she has never applied for a pension but that the soldier her husband was a pensioner by Cert. No. 465031 and to which claim she here refers for any proof that may be applicable in her claim.

My Post Office address is Uceba, Blount County, State of Tennessee.

SARAH (X her mark) WEBB (Signature of Claimant.)

If mark is made, two witnesses who write sign here.



ALSO PERSONALLY APPEARED before me J. A. GODDARD and A. M. RULE residents of Maryville, Blount County, and State of Tennessee to me well known as credible persons, who being duly sworn, declare, that they were present and saw said SARAH WEBB, make her mark – sign her name to the foregoing declaration and that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said applicant, and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and know that said deceased recognized said applicant as his lawful wife, and that she was so recognized by the community in which they resided; and that they have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.



Signature of Witnesses

Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 19th day of March 1894, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. And that the contents of the above were made known and explained to applicant and witnesses before signing.


Clerk County Court

The next is from Merah Yearout, a Webb cousin, although he doesn’t mention the cousinage here. I’ve written about him before.



In the matter of pension claim No 612771 of SARAH WEBB widow of LINCH WEBB of Co “B” 2nd Regiment Tenn Cavalry Vols.

Personally came before me, a Clerk of a Court in and for said County and State, MERAH YEAROUT aged 52 years, whose postoffice address is Ellijoy, County of Blount, State of Tenn well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn declares in relation to the aforesaid case, as follows:
I was well acquainted with the Soldier LINCH WEBB. I have known him all my life. I served in the same Company with him. I have also been well acquainted with F. M. WEBB, son of the soldier since we were boys. I remember well about F. M. WEBB the son of Soldier coming to the Regiment where we camped at Will’s Valley Alabama; to the best of my recollection this was about the 1st of August, 1863, and at that time he took his father’s place in Company “B” 2d Tenn Cav, and served in his place, and his father the soldier was allowed to go home. I remember about the son F. M. WEBB standing picket with me the first night after he took his father’s place, and after he came to the company and took his father’s place he answered at roll call and all other calls to the name of LINCH WEBB. I know the above facts fro serving with the two above named soldiers and being personally and well acquainted with them as above stated. I have no interest in this claim for pension and I am not concerned in its prosecution.

This testimony was all written in my presence and only from my oral statements here made in Maryville, Tenn on the 30th day of September, 1895, made to W. C. CHUMLEA and reduced to writing by him and in making the same I did not use and was not aided or prompted thereto by any written or printed statement or recital prepared or dictated by any other person.

MERAH YEAROUT, Signature of Affiant

Sworn to and Subscribed before me this day by the above named Affiant; and I certify that I read said affidavit to aid Affiant and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same. I further certify that I am in nowise interested in this case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution, and that said Affiant is personally known to me, that he is a creditable person and so reputed in the community in which he resides.

Witness my hand and official seal, this 30th day of Sept, 1895.

BEN CUNNINGHAM, Clerk County Court

(This affidavit was filed at the pension office on Jan 24, 1896.)

Lastly, James A. Jackson, the son of the minister that joined Lynch and Sarah in holy matrimony.



In the matter of pension claim no. 612771 of SARAH WEBB widow of Linch Webb of
Co. “B” 2d Regt Tenn Cav Vols.

Personally came before me, a Clerk of a Court in and for said County and State, JAMES A. JACKSON aged 62 years, whose postoffice address is Maryville County of Blount, State of Tenn well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case, as follows:

I remember well the circumstance of my father SAMUEL JACKSON Esq going to perform the marriage ceremony between the soldier & the Claimant, cannot give the date of their marriage, I have seen the marriage License at my father’s with the return on there showing he married them. I can’t tell where the marriage Licenses are now, the last time I saw them they were with his old papers. My father has been dead near forty years. I know they were recognized in the community after that continually as husband & wife, up to the death of the Soldier. Neither the Claimant or the soldier had ever been previously married and the Claimant has not re-married since the death of her husband the Soldier, and they were never divorced from each other.

I have no interest in this claim and I am not concerned in it prosecution. This testimony was all written in my presence and only from my oral statements here made in Maryville, Tenn on the 9th day of March, 1896, made to W. C. CHUMLEA and reduced to writing by him and in making the same I did not use and was not aided or prompted thereto by any written or printed statement or recital prepared or dictated by any other person.

JAMES A. JACKSON (Signature of Affiant)

Sworn to and Subscribed before me this day by the above named Affiant; and I certify that I read said affidavit to aid Affiant and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same. I further certify that I am in nowise interested in this case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution, and that said Affiant is personally known to me, that he is a creditable person and so reputed in the community in which he resides.

Witness my hand and official seal, this 9th day of March, 1896.

BEN CUNNINGHAM, Signature of Official, Clerk County Court

WebbLynch Pension file & WebbSarah Widow’s Pension

The Service Record of Lynch Webb: A Bit More

August 13, 2016

I’ve been puzzling over something.

Like I said in an earlier post, I haven’t looked at the files for a long time. I kept them in a notebook, folded up in those plastic sleeves that are used for paper storage and protection. I saw that I had transcribed some records for Lynch Webb, but the transcriptions looked like pension records, and I didn’t have any pension records for him, right? Right?

Heh. Guess what I just found tonight? Pension records and a bit more of the service record.

So here’s the bit more, and I will make another post with the pension record of Lynch Webb.

2 Cav Tenn.

Lynch Webb

Co. B, 2 Reg’t, Tenn. Cav.


Book mark: R & P 1141303

Record and Pension Office,


Washington, Feb. 28, 1896.

has this day Feb. 28, 1896,

been determined by this

Department from records

on file and evidence sub-

mitted by the Commissioner

of Pensions, that the service

of this soldier was terminated

July 31, 1863, by being per-

mitted to leave the service

by way of favor, and that

one F. M. Webb, was ac-

cepted into the service of

the U.S. as his substitute

and took his place in the

company and regiment.

So the son, Francis Marion Webb, served as a substitute for his father, answering roll call in his name. By the time the war was over, Francis Marion Webb wasn’t even 18 years old, and was still too young to have enlisted. I’m just not sure how I feel about a father who allows his young teenage to serve in his place. I can’t know what the circumstances were at the time, so I’ll just leave it by saying that this bothers me. I wish I knew the answers and could ease my mind.

WebbLynch Service Record – 3 sheets


The Pension File of Francis Marion Webb

August 13, 2016

I feel so smart. I’ve figured out how to scan multiple pages to a PDF using my little home scanner. Multiple for this little machine means more than 5. It DOES mean that I have to sit and tend the machine, and removed the scanned pages from the tray, or there results a big buildup of paper waddage, thus jamming the feeder. Ask me how I know about waddage.

So. Smart.

I’m looking at files that I haven’t looked at in years. This particular file for Francis Marion Webb, and the one before for Lynch Webb, I received in 1999. This is back in the day when you requested files from NARA and received paper, not electronic, copies. So many changes. If you had told me that someday I’d be baby-sitting my little home scanner and creating PDF files, I would have said PEE DEE WHAT??

F. M. Webb declares that he was born on October 26, 1847, in Blount County, Tennessee. He is 5’8″, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and his occupation is farmer.

He is removed from the rolls due to his death on September 15, 1915.

Other names mentioned in the file: James R. Coulter, attorney Allen Garner, C. E. Kidd, James M. Greer, Ben Cunningham (the clerk of county court), W. C. Chumlea, William A. Anderson, Jonathan Cogdill, W. W. O’Hara,, Carrie Gibhard, Dr. Boynton of Knoxville, and F.M.’s sister Emma Tipton and her husband Commodore Perry Tipton. The Tiptons had moved to Grandview, Johnson County, Texas. F.M.’s parents had moved there in the 1880s, but returned home to Tennessee.

The most fun for me in this file for Francis Marion Webb is that his brother, Dr. Lynch D. Webb, gave an affidavit. And Dr. Lynch is my great-grandfather.

State of Tennessee, County of Knox, ss:

IN THE MATTER OF claim for Original Pension, General Law, of Francis M. Webb, Co. “B”, 2nd Regt. Tenn, Vols. Cav., No 1.248.015.

ON THIS 13 day of Feby A.D 1900 personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dr. Lynch D. Web aged 44 years, a resident of Knoxville in the County of Knox and State of Tenn whose Post-office address is Knoxville (Grove City) Tenn, well nown to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:

He remembers when Francis M. Webb came home from the Army after discharge. He has lived with a great deal of the time since the war to the present and is therefore perfectly familiar with his physical condition from that time to the present time. Has only lived away from him about 3 years, only about 16 miles away from him and would see him then every two or three months visiting back and forth. He knows by actual observation that he has had diarrhoea and disease of stomach (Dyspepsea) every year since the war to the present time because he has seen him down sick and heard him complain many times each year since discharge to the present time. He has never been able to perform more than 1/2 manual labor and for the last 25 years he has not been able to work at all.

His Post-office address is Knoxville, Tenn (Grove City.)

He further declare that he has no interest in said case and he is not concerned in its prosecution.

*Lynch D. Webb, M. D.

State of Tenn, County of Knox, ss:

Sworn to and subscribed before me this day by the above-named affiant, and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiant including the words erased, and the words added, and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same. I further certify that I am in nowise interested in said case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution; and that said affiant is personally known to me and that he is a credible person.

*W. R. Murphy

Notary Public

Here’s the link to the file. It’s about 17 pages in a PEE DEE EFF.

WebbFrancisMarion Pension File


The Service Record of Lynch Webb

August 12, 2016

Recently I received a message from a gentleman whose wife is a descendant of Francis Marion Webb.

F. M. Webb is a brother to my Dr. Lynch Delisha Webb. They were two of the sons of Lynch Webb, a Union soldier in Company B, 2nd Tennessee Cavalry. This reminded me that I have some service and pension records for Lynch Sr. and son F. M. Webb.

This further reminded me that Lynch Sr. served for a short amount of time, and after that, his son F. M. Webb served in his place and answered to his name at roll call.

I realized that I have never placed those military records on the blog. My old scanner wouldn’t accommodate an 8 1/2 x 14″ sheet of paper because the flatbed was slightly longer than 11 inches. My newish scanner has a document feeder, which hasn’t been fully utilized because the netbook stopped working over a year ago, so what good was the scanner without a laptop or netbook? And because I have been financially embarrassed for a while and couldn’t afford a new laptop/netbook, I did without the netbook and learned to use the iphone for blogging. That’s right; I’ve been blogging for over a year using only the iphone.

Then I purchased a used, identical netbook, because I like the little Gateway LT4004u so much that I decided to stick with a good thing. The hard drive melted. I figured out how to scavenge parts of the newer netbook to get the old netbook up and running. So yay me.

Just tonight I realized that I should find all those pension records, scan them using the document feeder (because the records are all on 14″ long paper and won’t fit on the flatbed), and stick them out here on the internet.

Click on the link below, y’all.

You’re welcome!

WebbLynch Service Record

The Goldmine in the Closet: William Basinger Lawton, 6/28/1905-2/16/1981

August 8, 2016

We’re back in the Goldmine in the Closet, thanks to Sugar’s CousinEmily.


Emily did a bit of sleuthing of her own, and found some Find-A-Grave memorials for Sugar’s Uncle Bill, more formally known as William Basinger Lawton.  Uncle Bill married twice, but Find-A-Grave doesn’t know about that. They only know about Uncle Bill’s wife Josephine.

There’s also an obit that Emily found.

Here’s the link, and here’s the image that I cropped out of the online image.

Josephine Obit

Josephine Besselieu Lawton, 77, of River Drive, Chimney Rock, died Thursday in a Saluda nursing center after a long illness.

She was a native of Savannah, Ga., and had lived in Rutherford County of 12 years. She was a daughter of the late William and Kate Sweat Besselieu.

Surviving are a stepdaughter, Mrs. Edward Hubbard of Coral Gables, Fla., and a sister, Virgie Hall of Statesville.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda. The Rev. Charles C. Covell will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge.

There are those of you who noticed that Josephine’s mother’s maiden name was Sweat, and you will remember that I photographed a memorial for a Robert E. Sweat in the graveyard at Robertville just last week.

Right now I don’t know the link between Robert E. Sweat and Kate Sweat Besselieu, but y’all know me well enough to guess that this post will be derailed a bit away from Sugar’s Uncle Bill.

I showed Sugar the links that Emily found, and he mumbled something about his great-grandfather William Starr Basinger taking in some children named Sweat. He produced his g-grandfather’s “Reminiscences”, and made copies of two pages.

Kate Sweat0001Kate Sweat0002

About Sept 1, 1887, we received two new inmates into the family — the daughters of my deceased friend and fellow-soldier, Francis Ripon Sweat, commonly called by his friends Rip Sweat. He was a member of the Guards when the war began — served with us all thro it — was 1st Sgt of Company C at its close — was elected 1st Lieut of his company when we re-organized after the war — was detailed by me to the post of Adjutant, and held that post for some time. He was always a staunch and devoted friend of mine. He married, after the war, a Miss Hardee, of Hardeeville, So Ca — an exceedingly nice lady, whom your mother and I respected and liked very much. They had two children, Kate H. and Arabella V. He had, at the time of his death, two policies of insurance payable, one to each of these children As Mrs. Sweat had to administer on his estate, she exhausted her credit in giving bond, and could find no one to be her surety on the bond she would have to give as guardian of the children — an office to which it was necessary that some one should be appointed in order to secure the insurance money for them. In this strait, she and some of her friends appealed to me, and volunteered to go on my bond if I would consent to be appointed. I did consent, and was appointed. This was in 1880. I received their money, and invested it and, as Mrs Sweat contrived to get on without calling on me for the income, I invested that as fast as I could. And I may say now that by the time the children came to us, their property in my hands had doubled. Mrs Sweat died in the early Summer of 1887. None of her relatives nor Rip’s were in a position to take the children, and they were in great trouble to know what to do with them. Mr W P Hardee, their uncle, wrote to me to ask my advice. It occurred to your mother and me that, as Leslie had no suitable companions of her own age in Dahlonega, and as we inferred from our knowledge of Mrs Sweat that her little girls were probably nice children, we would take them ourselves and let them attend the college. After much consultation and hesitation about it, we decided to do so, and they were sent up to us at the time above stated. Kate was sent to the College, and Belle, for a time, to a private school. These girls remained with us till Sept, 1890, or thereabouts. I then thought it best for Kate that she should go to a regular girl’s school; and, as it was not considered well to separate them, it was settled that Belle should go with her. They were sent, accordingly, as their parents had been Baptist, to quite a famous Baptist school for girls at La Grange, Ga. And then I proceeded to be dismissed from my office of guardian — Mr W P Hardee was appointed in my place, and I turned over everything to him. Kate has since been married to a young man named Besselieu, and is living in Savannah. Belle died a year or two ago. I am writing now on August 14, 1896.

He couldn’t possibly have known that his grandson – his namesake – would marry the daughter of one of the little girls that his family took in.

And I’m completely off-track about Uncle Bill and his photos in the Gold Mine…

Cool Beans: Erythrina Herbacea, the Coral Bean

August 1, 2016

A few weeks ago, when Sugar and I were at the Black Swamp Baptist graveyard, we noticed a weedy plant between the markers of George Mosse Lawton and his grandfather Joseph Lawton. It had bean-like pods, very tough and leathery and purple. 

When we returned yesterday, the pods were burst open. 

Clever reader Matt identified the plant as Erythrina herbacea. 

It’s poison, people! Poison! Well, most of it. I’m not going to advise which parts are poison and which aren’t. Don’t want to be held liable and all that. 

Interesting plant, no? Can poison people, other mammals, birds, and fish. 

A lone dragonfly kept lighting on a dead stalk, flying away, then returning. Was he on a suicide mission?


The beans were so beautiful! 

But these beans? 

Are not good for your heart. 


“Aunt Gram”: Elizabeth Norton Joyner Graham, 1749-1832

July 31, 2016

A few weeks ago, Sugar and I were at the Robertville Baptist graveyard. I was side-tracked by other photo-taking opportunities, and didn’t know who Aunt Graham was.

I’d heard him chatter about Aunt Graham before, but never made the cerebral connection. Well, that, plus I wasn’t listening with both ears.

Today’s outing was devoted to Aunt Graham. I reminded Sugar that there was a vine that had to be cut away from her little tombstone. He gathered gloves and cutting utensils.

When we got there, I wanted to take better photos of the marker for Robert E. Sweat. I’m working on a completely unrelated line that has absolutely nothing to do with Aunt Graham, even though they are buried almost side by side.

Aunt Graham’s marker is the little one that is two away from Robert E. Sweat.

I spend a lot of time taking and editing photos right in the field. Mostly because I don’t have a lot of memory on the iPhone, so I can post and delete, but I also like to get those photos out into the big world as soon as possible. Otherwise, I just don’t get things done. I’m posting to Facebook or messaging or blogging right in the cemetery. It seems important. Sugar, in the meantime, is twitching. “What are you doing? What are you doing?” Seriously? I’ve been doing this for the almost two years that I’ve owned an iPhone. This is my modus operandi. I can’t be rushed. I’m CONCENTRATING, for the love of all that is holy. I’m not looking for a damn Pokemon.


“I have a precious Saviour to trust in.”

I had finally grasped that Aunt Graham was the sister of Mrs. George Mosse, one Dorothy “Phoebe” Norton. They were the daughters of Jonathan Norton, and I’ve written a bit about how he donated land on St. Helena for the Chapel of Ease.

Now I’m ready to step over and concentrate on Aunt Gram.

Sugar pointed out that she doesn’t have a mini-headstone. No, her stone was actually broken off near the base, and some wise preservation-minded person dug down in front of the base and fitted the stone snug against it. Sugar pulled the vines and said there were words that went down into the dirt.

I had not a clue what he meant. That is, until I saw that the inscription ended mid-sentence.

We weren’t sure what to do, but we decided that it was okay if we wiggled it out, deciphered it, and re-seated it. You would probably have decided the same thing had you been there.

Sugar had a diggy tool in the car, and he fetched it to help in the replacing part.

After a bit of a wiggle, the stone lifted out clean.

He supported it while I snapped a photo. But I couldn’t read the last line because that’s where the break had occurred.

We decided to fit the stone in place, and it sat upright like a puzzle piece that had been waiting to be put home. And then the inscription was complete.

The glare was fierce on the screen of the iPhone. I couldn’t be sure that the photo was positioned properly.



To the Memory


Mrs. Elizabeth Graham

Who died 23d Oct. 1832

Aged 83 years 2 months

and 12 days.

She had been an

exemplary member of the

Baptist Church 30 Years

and was distinguished for

her Piety and Benevolence.

Afterward, I found a birthdate calculator. You take the person’s date of death and the age at death, and plug those facts into the equation.

Aunt Graham was born on August 11, 1749.

There’s an online story that says she secured a pass and rode into a British camp where her brother was being held and had become ill. She rode out with him and saved his life.  He would have been a Norton. True story or not? Internet, I ask you.

Supposedly, she was married to Rev. William Eastwick Graham who was the rector at what is now known as Sheldon Church. If this is true, she would have been at that area when the church was burned by the British. I really need to know the answers.

Her sister Dorothy Phoebe Norton Mosse relocated with husband George Mosse from  Savannah to Robertville, South Carolina, about 1807. Aunt Gram would have been a widow by then, so possibly she lived with them. The location of the Mosse plantation and graves is unknown, and maybe if we knew more about Aunt Gram during this time, we could know more about the Mosses.

Aunt Gram is reported to be the first burial in this churchyard. Good-night, Auntie, we’re thinking of you.

If Wishes Were Horses, I Would Ride: Looking for a Pension File

July 28, 2016

I requested a pension file for Sugar’s grandfather. I found the mention of a pension in a Civil War index. This wasn’t the right location for his pension to be, because he wasn’t in the Civil War. If  he served in the Spanish-American War, I don’t know about it. The only other choice in the online list was WWI, and he would have been an old man them. So I chose Span-Am War, and detailed why I thought this was the right choice, instead of Civil. 

Today I received an email that said basically: thank you for playing our game. 

I didn’t even get any lovely parting gifts. 

Now where to look?

A Blog Anniversary, Plus Sugar Makes a Plan

July 24, 2016

Seven years. Wow, seven years of blogging!

I find that I don’t blog much in July. I’m not sure what that means. Too hot? Maybe, but the air conditioner works (thank you Lord). Too depressed? Not this year, but there have been years it was so. Too lazy? That might be the root of it. 

I used to pressure myself to write, even though my writing is more picture-book-style. I admire those people who write without bolstering their work with photos. I need photos in my writing. 

And therein lies a plan. Sugar has one. His plan involves action, which requires that I remove myself from whatever horizontal surface I have requisitioned, and make sure the camera batteries and the cell phone are both fully charged. 

Annnnd we’re off to the graveyard. 

He has a plan that I won’t reveal yet, but it involves space, real estate, and measurements. 

Remember how last year we found a new memorial at the Black Swamp Baptist Church? AgainWeMustGoNow. 

Do you see the squarish block on the ground behind the marker? We think that marks the corner of the plot and that the marker is therefore straddling the plot boundaries. We think. 



Wouldn’t that make the square, blockish thing in the foreground to be another corner marker? And say, if someone wanted to have another memorial marker installed, that there would be room? Martha Mosse Lawton is to the right. Perhaps she wouldn’t mind a neighbor. 


There’s a tall memorial in the plot next door under the magnolia tree. I took a photo of it as a reference. When I got home, I found that there was already a memorial on findagrave, complete with inscription, but no photo. 

This is Robert E. Sweat who died at Culpepper Court House, Virginia, on August 19, 1861. If I read the monument correctly, he is not buried here. This type of marker that commemorates a person who is buried somewhere else, perhaps even in an unknown location, is called a cenotaph. 

There’s a little marker next to Robert Sweat’s marker for someone that Sugar called Aunt Graham. He wanted me to get a photo, but there were some vines growing over some of the words, and it was so frickin’ hot in July that I thought I might topple over if I bent down to pull the vines. Plus I have some kind of weird sensory disorder that I don’t like to get my hands dirty, coupled with the fact that I pulled some vines back in early 1979 during the winter when they were unidentifiable, and they were of a poison type and the oils got onto my hands and of course onto my face. Said face swelled up like a water balloon and I thought I was going blind.  My then-husband, Mr. Satan, made me sleep on the couch, even though I was the sick one on lots of meds. Which has nothing to do with Sugar’s plan or Aunt Graham. 
Later, when we got home, Sugar fussed a little that I had not gotten a photo of Aunt Graham’s marker. And I cussed that he could have pulled the vines, and what was the big freaking deal about Aunt Graham. Who even was she?!

Y’all, I should have stepped up and gone to the car for a pair of scissors and clipped the vines. Aunt Graham is Martha Mosse Lawton’s mother’s sister. 


We wandered around a bit more, and I went to the far corner, farthest from the church. There were two markers. One was toppled off its base. Both were discolored. 


J. S. Scott, 1866-1908. 



Mamie Tannings


I don’t know who these folks are, but maybe the Internet can solve that mystery. 

And Sugar? He’s got a plan. 

A Postcard From Margaret Read

July 18, 2016

Margaret Read died 15 years ago. 

Sugar still has a postcard that she sent him two years before she died. 


Dear Lawton,

Finally received the clipping just before I left Charleston. Thank you. Am in a busy social whirl up here. Lots of lunches and dinners & cocktail parties. Very cool today. Am enjoying the Inn but have to move to my godson’s on Thursday. Then the other godson will drive me home on Sunday the 29th. I hope to see you down at Edisto.

Love, Margaret

She was staying at the Highland Lake Inn and Country Retreat. They are still in business. 

Margaret thought that the house in the logo was the old Lawton House. We can’t find that in an online history. 

Maybe someone out in Internet World knows the answer?


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