Posts Tagged ‘Cumming’

Off to the Graveyard, Part 4, Or: Aluminum Foil Hats, Anyone?

March 1, 2014

We’re back.

This week we are better equipped with better brushes and determination.

Sadly, neither help us produce better images.

In the interest of putting this project behind us, here are the images.

We start with George B. Cumming to see if we can link him to Montgomery and Wallace Cumming who are buried in the Alexander/Porter/Read/Houston plot.

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Great images, but we still don’t know the relationship.

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Susie Cumming Mann is mentioned in her father’s obituary. It’s somewhere on this blog. I’ll find it – later – and provide a link.

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Across from the Cumming – Hunter plot, a tree has overtaken the marker and the fence.

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Here’s George B. Cumming’s marker again.

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Now we’re back at the Alexander plot where we first started the aluminum foil adventure, and I notice the inscription that was almost buried, then I noticed the faint inscription that said “Infant Son”. This is the infant son of Mary Houston Read and Isaac Wood Read.

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This is Harriett Virginia Alexander who married Wallace Cumming.

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This is Wallace Cumming who lies next to his wife Harriett Virginia Alexander Cumming.

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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.”

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“THOU SHALT LIE DOWN AND THY SLEEP SHALL BE SWEET
FOR HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER THEE.”

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So okay.  That’s it.  I quit.  We quit.  Fire us.

We drive to another section where Sugar cut back the crepe myrtles last year to check on them.  They look fine, and are going to come back.  (Do other people phrase stuff like I do?  Do people understand what I mean?  Everything is in context.  If I say the crepe myrtles are going to come back, I don’t mean that they are going out for a drive and then returning.  It’s a bigger general reference to something that appears to be lifeless, but “comes back”.)

We’re driving off, and Sugar sees a Jaudon, so we back up and take photos.  Later he discovers that these Jaudons did originate in Robertville, SC.  ‘Cause he has books and he’s smart and stuff.

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There you have it.  Done in Laurel Grove for a while, even though secretly I want to go alone and transcribe the stone for Louisa Frederick Schmidt Alexander and her sister Dorothea Christina Schmidt Van Yeveren.  It looks like it would take a long time to get it just right, and would require different tools.   I’m just that nosy that I want to know what Bible verse they added at the bottom.

Tomorrow?  Off to North Georgia!  There will be some righting of wrongs, historically speaking, and raw oysters and craft beer, and hopefully no gunfire.

Off to the Graveyard, Part 2

February 10, 2014

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!