FlowerFest 2016: On To Bonaventure 

Annnnd our yearly hello to Dr. and Mrs. Tucker. Dr. Tucker christened Sugar at Christ Church years ago. 

Dr. and Mrs. Tucker are buried in the same lot as Albert Sidney Lawton. We don’t know the connection. 

I have no clue where the minister who christened me is buried. Now, that is devotion on Sugar’s part. 

Albert Sidney Lawton and his wife Tayloe Corbin Lawton.

Further along, we stop at the Basinger plot, which is across from the Starr plot. 

Y’all know these people. I’ve written about them every year, plus there are all the Civil War letters that William Starr Basinger wrote home to Savannah. 

Across the lane are the older generations of the Basinger family: the Starrs, more Basingers, and Anne Pearson who married William Starr. (Her sister “Polly” Densler is buried in Laurel Grove.) Connections surround us. 

See the “caution” tape along the left rear of the photo? The tape marks out hurricane damage still in evidence.

Our last stop at Bonaventure is the final resting place of Alexander Robert Lawton, his wife Sarah, and their descendants. 

A popular monument is Corinne Elliott Lawton. I talked, months ago, to a tour guide over the phone about some of the false stories that are still being told about these families. When I mentioned that Sugar and I feel like we have a special connection to this family, and that we’ve placed flowers for close to a decade, she said that she had wondered who was doing that. 

There’s an enormous old Sago palm which almost prevents my obtaining a photo. 

FlowerFesting is hard work. Pilgrims need food and drink. So off to The Distillery. 

We’re done for the day, but we are not done with the FlowerFest. There’s still more to be done in Robertville, which will have to happen the following week…

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6 Responses to “FlowerFest 2016: On To Bonaventure ”

  1. Michael J Karpovage Says:

    Loved this post, Ruth. I shared it on my Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map Facebook page. Great timing because we just printed our 2nd edition which now features Corrine Lawton and the true story of her untimely death — based on research that YOU conducted.


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  2. Audrey Bateson Says:

    Hi Ruth and Leslie, nice photos…miss being there with You! Happy winter 😻

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  3. Deb Says:

    I have a question, hoping you can help. In recent post, you mentioned a Polly Densler as a sister to Ann Pearson, wife of William Lightfoot Starr. I don’t have Ann’s sister in my tree, do you know if Polly’s real name was Mary? And name of Denser she married? Thanks, Deb Johnson in Alabama, (another relation to your Sugar!…4th cousin 1x removed…our shared direct-line ancestor is 4th GG William Lightfoot Starr, I believe.)

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    • Ruth Rawls Says:

      Yes, that’s her! There’s a post from a few years back about Mary “Aunt Polly” Densler and how we found her name in a family Bible and then figured out who she was. Sugar found a reference to her his his great-grandfather’s reminiscences. Then we found where she was buried.


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