Poinsettias For Christmas

Two years ago at Christmastime, Sugar and I went to Savannah to place poinsettias in two different cemeteries.

Today we went back with two of his daughters and his granddaughter and his granddog.

At Laurel Grove.

The wind blew the poinsettia over, so Sugar wedged it upright in front of the door.

Then on to Bonaventure.

At the Basinger plot, Sugar digs a shallow impression to set the poinsettia.

Little L finds that the dog's flexi-leash won't retract in spite of her best efforts. (Flexi-leash. Broken. Never a good idea to give a child a flexi-leash unless it's broken.)

Then we stepped across the lane to the Starr Plot.  Sugar’s great-grandfather was William Starr Basinger, and William’s mother was Jane Starr Basinger who is buried in this plot.

The Starr plot.

I noticed that there were some carvings on either side of the threshold. To the right "1887". Sugar thinks that some of these folks were buried at Laurel Grove, then re-interred here, because some of the graves are prior to 1887.

To the left "G 9".

When you stand facing the Starr threshold, then turn 180 degrees, you see the Basinger plot.  And there’s the poinsettia that Sugar just placed.

That poinsettia really brightened up that spot.

When we left that cemetery, we went to the cemetery next door, Forest Lawn. We’d never been there before, and indeed don’t know anyone buried there (at least not now we don’t, but you never know what this blog will bring), and it overlooks the river.

This boat obliged us by being in the right spot at the right time for a scenic photo-opportunity.

After the poinsettia-placing, we went to the Sentient Bean to pick up a late lunch, then strolled over to Forsythe Park to eat, and Little L enjoyed watching a drummer in the park.

He handed her a pair of maracas to play.

Then homeward.

And a good time was had by all.

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6 Responses to “Poinsettias For Christmas”

  1. Deb Johnson Says:

    Hello, Ruth,
    We corresponded a while back about the Starr family. Since then, I have dug deeper into the genealogy. If I got it right — and I believe I do, but this genealogy game is tricky — Williams Starr Basinger was my 1st cousin four times removed. And that makes Jane Starr Basinger my 3rd great grand aunt.

    Jane’s father, William Starr b. 1765 in Pennsylvania and d.1858 in Chatham County, was my 4th great grandfather.

    (Ancestry.com figures the relationships, not me, as I would be all day trying to get it straight.)

    So, basically, Jane Starr Basinger was sister to my 3rd great grandmother, whose name was Georgia Ann Starr. She was born in 1808, and (oddly enough, but I’m sure it’s true after dogging the fact) married a man from Connecticut with the same last name, yet they were unrelated. He was John Chauncey Starr. Interestingly, they both died young of tuberculosis. But not before producing my 2nd great grandfather, William Starr b. 1830 in Savannah.

    Now all this doesn’t make us close relatives, I’m sure, but Sugar and I are related oh-so distantly!
    If you have any unidentified Starrs, let me know and I’ll look to see if I have them. Also feel free to look at my tree at Ancestry.com. Let me know if you need access. I can invite people, but they need to know before they accept that Ancestry will send them lots of emails in future about happenings with the tree. All to get you to join up, I’m sure. I don’t agree with filling people’s inboxes, but it’s a way to view someone’s tree.
    – Deb Johnson
    Wetumpka, Alabama (near Montgomery)


  2. ruthrawls Says:

    Hi Deb! Glad to hear from you again! Can you send me your email address (my laptop melted and I lost all my addresses)? ruthrawls@islc.net
    I’m on ancestry. I’ll check your tree again.


  3. Kariann Says:

    What a special day. May we always remember those who have gone home before us. The flowers are lovely.


  4. leo Says:

    Merry Christmas to you and all of yours you care about.


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