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FlowerFest 2014: Poinsettias for Bonaventure and Laurel Grove

December 28, 2014

It started very simply.

Sugar wanted to continue a tradition whereby his mother would take flowers to her family’s gravesite at Christmas and Easter.

We started in 2009. That’s when we took poinsettias to his mother in Bonaventure and his cousin in Laurel Grove.

Then over time, we found more of Sugar’s relatives buried in both places. He bought more and more flowers every year.

This Christmas we were up to eight poinsettias, which represented not individual people, but individual plots with multiple relatives.

We asked a SugarCousin if she wanted to join us on our crazy train, and she did.

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We three stop first at Bonaventure at the Corbin plot. Here’s a mystery: why is Dr. Francis Bland Tucker buried in the Corbin plot?

Albert Sidney Lawton, who knew Miz Florrie in Garnett, South Carolina, married Elizabeth Tayloe Corbin, a Savannah girl. Miz Florrie’s father, Walter Gant, worked for Albert Sidney Lawton, and when Albert Sidney moved to the Jacksonville area, Walter moved, too.

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Leaving the Corbin plot, we drive further along the lane, and circle back on another lane so that Sugar can inspect some headstones. He thinks he knows these Lee people from when he was growing up.

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We notice that Clermont Huger Lee has the same name as the girl that was in Sugar’s mother’s class at Pape School in 1925.

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Clermont Lee is on the front row, all the way on the right.

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And just to the right, we find this stone, slightly hidden by the foliage. Perhaps we should add her to our floral list. No husband, no children.

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Then on to the Basinger plot. I’ve written about this family a lot.

Back: Garnett, Mag, Will. Front: Leslie, Major Basinger, Walter, Mrs. Basinger, and Tom.

Back: Garnett, Mag, Will.
Front: Leslie, Major Basinger, Walter, Mrs. Basinger, and Tom.

We see that some little animals, chipmunks perhaps, have enjoyed a pre-Christmas acorn meal at the entrance to the plot.

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This is James “Garnett” Basinger who married Nannie Screven. They had one daughter.

We step across the lane to the Starr plot. Sugar places the poinsettia in a permanent flower holder in front of his great-great-grandmother’s gravesite. She’s Jane Susan Starr Basinger.

Mary "Leslie", Tom, Elizabeth "Georgia", Jane Susan Starr Basinger, Walter, Margaret Roane Garnett Basinger, Major William Starr Basinger, Maggie, and Ate' the dog in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Mary “Leslie”, Tom, Elizabeth “Georgia”, Jane Susan Starr Basinger, Walter, Margaret Roane Garnett Basinger, Major William Starr Basinger, Maggie, and Ate’ the dog in Dahlonega, Georgia.

The Family Bible of Thomas and Jane Susan Starr Basinger.

The Family Bible of Thomas and Jane Susan Starr Basinger.

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A little further along, we stop to visit Corinne Elliott Lawton.

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Corinne Elliott Lawton

Corinne Elliott Lawton

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Having finished at Bonaventure, we head across town to Laurel Grove.

 

 

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The crape myrtles look like they could be cut back yet again.

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Mrs. Dr. William Seabrook Lawton, in the late 1800's.

Mrs. Dr. William Seabrook Lawton, in the late 1800’s.

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SugarCousin brought poinsettias for her parents and her aunt Mary.

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We’re not done. The Batesons need some poinsettias, too, especially when you stop to consider that this family has been in unmarked graves since 1855. Sugar had their marker made and installed this year after we learned that they were his cousins from Lancashire, England.

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A few lanes over is the Densler mausoleum. Mrs. Mary Densler was Aunt Polly to Sugar’s g-g-grandmother Jane Susan Starr Basinger. This family died out. No one to bring flowers, except us.

So we do.

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We got these flowers almost a full week before we could put them out. Sugar went back and bought a bonus one just in case we needed it. What to do?

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Close by is the Alexander family. Sarah Alexander married Alexander Robert Lawton, and they were Corinne’s parents. These Alexanders were Sarah’s family. There are other collateral folks here: Gilmer, Porter, Houston, Read, Cumming, Van Yeveren…

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On the way home, we swing by for one last look at the Jones-Lawton mausoleum. The rain has been misting on and off for a bit, but it’s on the way in earnest now.

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Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

The Gold Mine in the Closet: Gulie Lawton Read

November 14, 2014

Guilielma Lawton married Abram Carrington Read.  She lived her whole life in Savannah.

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MRS. GUILIELMA
LAWTON READ DIES
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Was Well Known and Was Popular
With Many Friends.
The death early this morning of Mrs. Guilielma Lawton Read, wife of Abram C. Read, removes a widely loved Savannahian, who spent her entire life here and claimed a vast host of friends who grieve for her.
Mrs. Read was the daughter of Dr. William S. Lawton and Mrs. Elizabeth Jones Lawton. The latter was the daughter of the well-known Georgian, Seaborn Jones. She was also the niece of the late Gen. Alexander R. Lawton. During her youth she lived in the old Lawton home on Lafayette Square, which was one of the social centers of the community, well known for its representative gatherings. She claimed an unusually large circle of friends whose devotion increased during the latter years of her life when her long illness was a source of grief to so many.
Always cheerful and possessing a lovable and charming personality, she was especially admired for her cheerful spirit and fortitude during her illness. A communicant of Christ Church, she was a devoted and active member. She possessed a beautiful Christian nature.
Mrs. Read is survived by her husband, Aaron (sic) C. Read; one daughter, Miss Anne Read, and one sister, Mrs. Emily Lawton Garrard.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock from the residence, 118 East Thirty-fifth street, with private interment in the Lawton-Jones vault at Laurel Grove Cemetery. Rev. David Cady Wright, rector of Christ Church, will conduct the services.
The active pallbearers will be Charles Ellis, Wymberley W. DeRenne, T. Mayhew Cunningham, Jr., George E. Cope, Charlton M. Theus and Frank S. Mackall.
The honorary pallbearers will be J. Randolph Anderson, W. W. Mackall, P. A. Stovall, J. Florance Minis, C. T. Airey and W. D. Judkins.

The obituary mentions that she is buried at the Lawton-Jones vault in Laurel Grove. That’s where Sugar and I trimmed up the crape myrtles last year.  We didn’t know she was there because we didn’t have a list of occupants.  The obituary alsos states that she is the niece of the General Alexander Robert Lawton. He has died more than 30 years prior to Gulie’s death, but people still knew who he was.  He married Sarah Alexander, and one of their children was Corinne Elliott Lawton, whose life and death has caused so much stir here on this blog.

You can read the mention of Gulie in Sarah Alexander Lawton’s diary by clicking here. When I first read Sarah Alexander Lawton’s diary last year, I didn’t know who Gulie Lawton was.  I knew that she had to be related to Sugar somehow, and, like it sometimes happens, the answer comes to me if I wait long enough.  And also if I prod and poke about with a stick.

Before I had transcribed the obituary, I had seen mention in the city directories that Gulie and Abram’s daughter Anne had married Dr. Thomas Charlton and they were all living at 118 East 35th Street.  So we thought that Anne and Thomas had built the house at East 35th and that Gulie and Abram had moved in with them.  According to the obituary, it looks like it was the other way around, since the funeral procession left from the residence at East 35th, and there was no mention that Gulie had been living at her daughter’s residence.

Driving by now.

We turned the corner, and OHMYWORD.  This house is seriously jaw-dropping.

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We’re at the corner of Abercorn and East 35th Street.

There’s a sign on the corner of the property that this is a business.  It appears that the house is used for offices now, and I’m guessing they are fairly grand offices.  Sugar seems to remember that Gulie’s husband sold his business, and the same name appears on the sign.

This kind of capital leads us to believe that somehow, somewhere, there are photos of this family.

Perhaps I need to get out my stick.

The Gold Mine in the Closet: The Children of William Seabrook Lawton & Elizabeth Jones Lawton

November 12, 2014

Sugar’s mother’s father was Major Edward Percival Lawton, 1863-1929.

Edward Percival Lawton

Edward Percival Lawton

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The back of the photo

Edward was the only son of Dr. William Seabrook Lawton and Elizabeth “Bessie” Jones Lawton.  We haven’t found a photo of Dr. William yet.

Mrs. Dr. William Seabrook Lawton, in the late 1800's.

Mrs. Dr. William Seabrook Lawton, in the late 1800’s.

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Mary Lawton, 1864-1902, who married William Urquhart Garrard. This photo was most probably made at the Lawton House on Abercorn Street in Savannah, Georgia, about 1884.

After Mary Lawton Garrard died, William Urquhart Garrard married Mary’s sister, Emily Lawton Screven.

Emily Lawton Screven Garrard, 1862-1932.

Emily Lawton Screven Garrard, 1862-1932.

We find no photos of Guilielma Lawton Read, 1866-1929.  There may have been another child born to this family, according to a census in 1870, possibly named Ellen G., born about 1868.  There’s also a Jane G., born about 1866 or 1867 – I believe that this is Guilielma.

We do, however, find her obituary.

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MRS. GUILIELMA
LAWTON READ DIES
*****
Was Well Known and Was Popular
With Many Friends.
The death early this morning of Mrs. Guilielma Lawton Read, wife of Abram C. Read, removes a widely loved Savannahian, who spent her entire life here and claimed a vast host of friends who grieve for her.
Mrs. Read was the daughter of Dr. William S. Lawton and Mrs. Elizabeth Jones Lawton. The latter was the daughter of the well-known Georgian, Seaborn Jones. She was also the niece of the late Gen. Alexander R. Lawton. During her youth she lived in the old Lawton home on Lafayette Square, which was one of the social centers of the community, well known for its representative gatherings. She claimed an unusually large circle of friends whose devotion increased during the latter years of her life when her long illness was a source of grief to so many.
Always cheerful and possessing a lovable and charming personality, she was especially admired for her cheerful spirit and fortitude during her illness. A communicant of Christ Church, she was a devoted and active member. She possessed a beautiful Christian nature.
Mrs. Read is survived by her husband, Aaron (sic) C. Read; one daughter, Miss Anne Read, and one sister, Mrs. Emily Lawton Garrard.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock from the residence, 118 East Thirty-fifth street, with private interment in the Lawton-Jones vault at Laurel Grove Cemetery. Rev. David Cady Wright, rector of Christ Church, will conduct the services.
The active pallbearers will be Charles Ellis, Wymberley W. DeRenne, T. Mayhew Cunningham, Jr., George E. Cope, Charlton M. Theus and Frank S. Mackall.
The honorary pallbearers will be J. Randolph Anderson, W. W. Mackall, P. A. Stovall, J. Florance Minis, C. T. Airey and W. D. Judkins.

A little light sleuthing on ancestry.com shows us that her daughter Anne Read married Thomas Charlton, and that they lived at 118 East Thirty-fifth Street, the same address as in the obituary.  Do we drive by?

You already know the answer…