Off to the Graveyard, Part 2

This finds us where we left off at Laurel Grove Cemetery. Right about here, we arrived at the Gilmer-Minis plot. I’ve written about J. F. Gilmer before regarding his map of Amelia County, Virginia, and his obituary.

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“And if there be no meeting past the grave,
If all is darkness, silence, yet ’tis rest;
Be not afraid, ye waiting hearts that weep,
For God still giveth His beloved, sleep,-
And if an endless sleep He wills, so best.”

Mary Haskell’s mother was Alice Alexander, the sister of Louisa Fredericka Alexander, so J. Florance Minis married cousins, although they were born about 21 years apart.  Mary Haskell also became affiliated with Khalil Gibran, and you can read more about that here.

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A close-up of one of the ceiling medallions.

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It appears that the columns once had fencing between them. See across the way where there is an image of an angel? We’re going there next.

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We walk across the lane to the next plot, and we find more Alexander and Cumming people.

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ALL YE THAT WERE ABOUT HIM
BEMOAN HIM AND ALL YE THAT
KNEW HIS NAME SAY
HOW IS THE STRONG STAFF
BROKEN.

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Sugar started a happy dance right about here.  His Lawton aunt married a Read, who is of course related to this family, and the Reads and Cabells were from Virginia.  He didn’t know the exact connection until he got home and checked his genealogy books.  O happy genealogy day.

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Y’all have surely heard of Sam Houston?  He’s pronouncing it wrong.  It’s “House-ton”.

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“HE DELIVERED THE POOR THAT CRIED AND HIM THAT HAD NONE TO HELP HIM.
THE BLESSING OF THEM THAT WERE READY TO PERISH CAME UPON HIM.”
(and on the opposite side)
“THOU SHALT LIE DOWN AND THY SLEEP SHALL BE SWEET
FOR HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER THEE.”

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Do you remember Wallace Cumming?  He died shortly after the death of Corinne Elliott Lawton, his niece.  You can refresh your memory here.  If you click on the link and read the previous post, you will also see Dr. Houston, Lou Gilmer (Louisa Alexander Gilmer), and dear Auntie (Louisa Alexander Porter) mentioned.

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THE GIFT OF GOD
IS ETERNAL LIFE
THROUGH JESUS
CHRIST OUR LORD

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And y’all know something sad?  We can’t read some of the tombstones.

So we’ll go back.  With tinfoil!

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4 Responses to “Off to the Graveyard, Part 2”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Great photos, Ruth.

    Like

  2. Talking Trees Gallery Says:

    You got some great shots! Of course, it is Virginia……

    Like

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