Posts Tagged ‘Cemetery’

One Hundred and Thirty-Five Years Later…

July 20, 2014

Earlier this year Sugar and I discovered that several of his cousins moved from Lancashire, England, to New York City, and then to Savannah, Georgia.  The most remarkable thing about this discovery was that the information came from another unknown cousin, Julie, in Belgium.

Julie knew that the Christopher R. Bateson family were buried in Savannah, Georgia, from 1855-1879, because she found them listed in the City of Savannah’s online cemetery index.

BATESON, ALICE LAUREL GROVE NORTH 6/19/1853 8 YRS 9 MOS

BATESON, CHRISTOPHER H. LAUREL GROVE NORTH 10/19/1870 30

BATESON, CHRISTOPHER R. LAUREL GROVE NORTH 5/13/1855 36

BATESON, MARTHA LAUREL GROVE NORTH 5/3/1874 25 YRS 7 MOS 20 DAYS

BATESON, MARY JANE LAUREL GROVE NORTH 8/16/1853 12 HRS

BATESON, THOMAS LAUREL GROVE NORTH 11/8/1877 36 YRS 3 MOS

BATESON, THOMAS R. LAUREL GROVE NORTH 9/28/1879 7

GRAHAM, MARY LAUREL GROVE NORTH 4/12/1869 50 YRS 10 MOS

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We found that when we went to view their cemetery markers that there were none.

So Sugar ordered one to mark the spot, and it was installed this week.  Can you spot it?  The photo below is taken from across several aisles.

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Now from the same location using the zoom lens.

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A few lanes over, we see the Densler brick mausoleum under the trees.  We visited there in February when we discovered a Densler/Starr/Basinger connection.

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This has been quite the most remarkable journey of my life.  I understand now how easy it is to order a marker, and how easy it would be for something to be mis-communicated or misspelled. You write out what you want the marker to say, the monument company produces a computerized image, and you change or approve the sample.  The company goes forward with the marker, and it is installed.

Thank you, Julie in Brussels, for reaching out.  Why doesn’t everybody do this?

The Tison Family Cemetery in Garnett, South Carolina: Revisited in 2014

July 7, 2014

A man contacted me because he wanted to know if I could take a photo of a headstone in the Tison Family Cemetery in Garnett, South Carolina.  I replied that I could, but I would have to wait for a Sugary companion to go along, because it’s a remote cemetery, and possibly unsafe for a middle-aged, middle-sighted individual, such as YoursTruly.  Snakes, and whatnot.

I convinced Sugar that we could fit in a quick visit on the way to the Lawton and Allied Families Reunion.

I was driving along that morning, with time to spare, and Sugar twitched that I had missed the turn.

I insisted that I had not.  I might have pounded the steering wheel for emphasis.

He insisted that I had.

I insisted that I had not, because the cemetery was south of the main entrance in the woods next to a corn field.

He was pretty sure that we were supposed to be driving by Robbie the Pimp’s place which was the back way to Mistletoe Grove.

Y’all see that this could play out very badly.

I was sure that I was right, and I was also sure that I could prove to him that I was right by staying the course, but what if I was wrong?  I spent my married life with Mr. X.  I was always wrong.  It was always my fault.  I have confidence issues as a result.

Being Sugar-like, he agreed that we should go the way I remembered, even though we had not been there in 5 years.  Time has a way of muddying the memories, especially when creative minds like ours can take a memory and relocate it to a different place.  It’s a gift, really.

So just like that, he smoothed things out, even though if I were wrong we would be terribly late because we would have to backtrack over by Robbie the Pimp’s place.

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It’s nice to be right occasionally…

A Post-Christmas Lawtonfest Post

December 27, 2009
Warning:  This post is photo-heavy…
Sugar wanted to take poinsettias to his mother’s and his cousin’s graves in Savannah, GA.  We planned to go on Christmas day, but rain came on and off all day.  Today was picture-perfect for touring graveyards.

First we went to see his Cousin Margaret at Laurel Grove.  Margaret’s mother and Sugar’s mother were Lawton sisters.

Laurel Grove Cemetery

The office to the right of the gate

Gate Detail

Gate post detail

I cannot take my RV to this cemetery

Entry Lane

Cousin Margaret claimed the last spot in a mausoleum.  When she passed away, Sugar assisted with the arrangements.  A key had to be made for the marble door – you’ll see pictures of that soon, but don’t get creeped out – it’s not possible to go inside.  Sugar’s great-grandfather, William Seabrook Lawton has a memorial in front of the mausoleum – you’ll see pictures soon, too.  First the shot of the mausoleum.  It’s rather grand. 

The approach

The facade. "Jones 1859" and under that "Lawton".

Facade detail

Poinsettia by Sugar

William Seabrook Lawton & wife Elizabeth Jones Lawton. "THEIR CHILDREN SHALL ARISE UP AND CALL THEM BLESSED."

Detail of memorial

A "Confederate States of America" grave marker to the right of the door

The marble door

The keyhole

The mausoleum is full, but there are burial spaces left around the building inside the fencing.  The last time we were here, the gate was almost nonfunctional from time and rust.  Today we find that it has been removed.

The pegs remain if you'd like to hang another gate.

Emily Augusta Lawton

Inside the fence

A Lawton descendant

Another Lawton descendant

The wife of a Lawton descendant

There was a caterpillar on the gate post standing guard.

Shouldn't Mr. Caterpillar be in a cocoon?

Just chillin'

We haven’t even finished with this cemetery.  There’s an interesting Civil War memorial, and then we’ll go on to Bonaventure, the site of the Book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, where Sugar’s mother is buried.  I’ll make separate posts for all that.  Lots of photos to follow, and I don’t want your computer to explode with all the cemetery excitement.