13 May 2011

Christ Church Cemetery, St. Simons Island, Georgia

I have visited this cemetery numerous times over the last 30 years.  It is such a beautiful and peaceful spot. The Spanish moss hanging from the old oak trees adds character to the place.

Grave of the author Eugenia Price.  Her books The Beloved Invader, New Moon Rising, and Lighthouse were based on real people who lived in the St. Simons Island area and a number of the names may be found in this cemetery.

The Graveyard Squirrel

06 November 2010

She Led a Colorful Life


I photographed this tombstone in the Ferncliff Cemetery located in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, on 11 September 2010.

The 21 December 2003 obituary (Springfield News-Sun, page 11D) of Martha Ellen Ringwald Downey Patterson states she was born 12 March 1914 in Anderson, Indiana, to Clarence and Corrine (Thompson) Ringwald.

She attended the Dayton Art Institute and had previously owned and operated Park Ave. Gallery in Dayton, Ohio.  Martha was a member of the Dayton and Springfield Museums of Art, American Water Color Society, Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, and Art League of Manatee County, Florida.  She had painted for President Richard Nixon, comedian Paul Lynde, talk show hostess Virginia Graham, and others.

I think this is a very appropriate memorial for someone who loved to paint.


08 October 2010

The Presley Family

I have a long weekend between my Hampton classes. My sister flew in from Georgia yesterday evening and we are doing some sightseeing in Memphis and surrounding areas. We made a trip to Graceland today and took the tour.

There is a memorial to the twin brother of Elvis in the Mediation Garden, but Jessie is buried in an unmmarked grave in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi.















03 October 2010

Life Among the Dead


This is Howard the cat. He is a resident of the 80-acre Elmwood Cemetery located in Memphis, Tennessee. I met him this morning while visiting the cemetery.

This cemetery is huge and I spent a couple of hours walking it and looking for interesting stones. There were a lot of them and some of my favorites are posted below.







































Although Howard has lived in the cemetery for less than a year, I am sure he has seen a lot.

20 September 2010

46 Tombstones

Located in Bethel Township, Clark County, Ohio, is the Clark County Home (or Infirmary) Cemetery. I photographed 46 stones that were marked with only an initial, surname, and year of death. There are a number of unmarked graves.

Using the FamilySearch Beta site, I was able to locate the death certificates for all the individuals that have a tombstone.

The youngest person buried there is a John Scanlon who had the alias of John Shannon. He died at the age of 24 due to a "fractured skull caused in a manner to me unknown," per the coroner.



















The oldest person with a tombstone is a Jerry Morgan whose cause of death was listed as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and valvular heart disease.

Unknown was a man about 70 years of age who died of traumatism, shock, internal hemorrhage, broken left jaw, broken and dislocated left hip, and other injuries. His death was listed as a probable homicide.


I wonder how many of these individuals had family somewhere who never knew what happened to them? There is not much additional information on their death certificates (no dates of births or names of parents), but I am going to try to find out more about them.

19 September 2010

Signature Stones

I came across these headstones recently in the Ferncliff Cemetery located in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio.















10 September 2010

Founder of the Village of Jefferson, Madison County, Ohio

A small cemetery located not too far off U.S. Route 40 in Madison County, Ohio.