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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Searching for old Graves

 Here it is Thanksgiving again and a good time to go grave-hunting in the country and perhaps visiting a few locals near where your families resided.  The old farm house is gone, but sunken tombstones emerge from a soil being covered with this year's leaves.  Visibility is actually easier this time of the year. I found some old sunken graves of my ancestors dating from 1717 in Rutherforton, North Carolina and knew then that was the site of the old homeplace where all of the children had been raised.  There exists more evidence in the family plots. If you look carefully at the surrounding soil, it will become evident that other graves are there, although unmarked.  The old slate markers frequent broke and fell, so digging around a bit might find one.  Small confederate markers were generally placed at the foot of the grave, and there might still be a headstone to be discovered.  People dying around the same time is a signal for a disease.  In 1860, typhoid fever swept through Dublin, Georgia.   So, what I am suggesting is to write down the information on all of the surrounding tombstones because they are all relatives and carefully observe the dates.  Also, diseases took down children enmass and there could be a lot of unmarked children's graves.

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