|Dana Caruthers Norton (#47391314)|
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Family genealogy is my passion. I love doing the research and reading all the history that goes with it. Finding someone you've been looking for pop up out of the blue as if to say 'I've been here all a long' Connecting with family and friends sharing their memories is what it's all about. Keeping the family alive for generations to come. Putting their lineage down on paper so they can tell their children as I've told mine. Find a Grave is one of those places for families to connect and the memories stay alive. |
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|Everett Baranowski||Faulkner/Caruthers Connections|
Dana, thought I'd touch base to see how your family connection research is coming along. Have you done any further work to see what connection exist in your family lines since we were last in contact a few months ago? Not sure how much interest you have in pursuing the topic, but I figured I'd ask anyway. Do you live somewhere local to Oxford (MS)? If not, is there anything I can help you work on? Ya know, the prior manager for Alabama's virtual memorial voluntarily transferred management to me after I shared my story with her (just to assure her that I wasn't posting some random photos of the ground on the memorial page). That whole adventure took on a life of its own for a little bit there once the case was cracked. I still have to figure out a way to best honor the life and memory of Alabama on her memorial page. Was distracted by having my maternal grandmother visiting with us from Michigan the past 2 months. Just now getting back to figuring out what I wanna do with the memorial page. Say, what would your relation be to Alabama? Have you figured that out yet? ~Everett
|MaLisa Fender Rembowski||Faulkner Family|
I seen that you are a relative in the Faulkner family. I came across a picture of Estelle and Jill and posted it on their pages. I hope you enjoy it. -MaLisa
|Sue Wehnert Guss||RE: Carl Cecil Faulkner|
thank you :)
|Everett Baranowski||RE: Alabama Faulkner Gravesite FOUND!|
Dana, I have a St. Peter's family plot survey from 1940 that is still used today by the city and Waller Funeral Home. If you'd like a copy of the map, feel free to check out my profile and e-mail me. Larry Wells' home was actually owned by Maude, not by William's grandfather (according to the state historical sign in his yard). William's grandfather's house (which took up a whole city block) burned down, but Maude's house was on the grounds and still survives today. I've contacted a few sources to find the Alabama grave site, so I was pretty busy making sure that I'd kept everybody in the loop at the time. Since contacting you, I've gone and viewed the Rowan Oak grounds for the first time and gotten a photograph taken with Bill Griffith (the grounds curator), and Anna (his assistant). I've also returned to Larry Wells' home and asked him if I could take a picture with him. He was kind enough to allow me to do that. Larry and his wife both have graves already placed in Oxford Memorial which I've returned to photograph as well.
|Kerry Rae Smith Moser||RE: Caruthers Family|
You're very welcome Dana. If you would like a transfer just put your contributor # in a request by using the "send other suggestion"
|Everett Baranowski||Additional News|
Larry Wells also told me that some of the Caruthers family were servants for the Falkner family. So, in a humorous sense, I'm getting information on each source from the other source and learning all sorts of things! :-) Out of curiosity, are you part of that Caruthers family? If so, which relatives of yours knew the Falkners directly? Please feel free to e-mail me privately (see my profile) for additional photos, cemetery maps, etc. if you desire.
|Everett Baranowski||Alabama Faulkner Gravesite FOUND!|
Dana, I FOUND THE GRAVESITE!!! The following is a write-up that I just posted on FB. I don't know how else to explain it. I'm posting the photos shortly. The curator at Rowan Oak will be very excited to hear this news! .......... WOW! What an incredible experience! I love genealogy and helping others in their genealogical quests. I've been volunteering my time to fulfill photo requests on findagrave.com that past year. Folks request grave photos on findagrave.com for various reasons--sometimes the grave request is of a friend, a family member, or of someone a person has respected that's passed on. Often times, the grave photo requestors live great distances away. They may or may not have lived in this area before.
I've specifically taken an interest in the photo requests at Oxford Memorial (and the 3 adjacent cemeteries which are all run by the City of Oxford Public Works Department, including Old St. Peter's Cemetery) as those grounds are all relatively small and easy to navigate. I've quietly driven into town on many occasions and walked those grounds several times over the past year looking for graves to photograph for people. I've fulfilled about 50-60 photo requests during that time.
Interestingly enough, William Faulkner (the famous literary author), is buried in Oxford Memorial. [He changed his surname from Falkner to Faulkner when he was training as a pilot in Canada in the Air Corp.] My Literature teacher from 11th grade, Chad Mannlein, is also a BIG FAN of William Faulkner's works. Someone has requested a picture of the grave (via Find-A-Grave) of Faulkner's infant daughter (and first child), Alabama Faulkner, whom I've discovered (by speaking with Bill Griffith who is the curator at Rowan Oak) lived for only 9 days (from January 11-20, 1931). Their grave photo request has been active for a little over two years on Find-A-Grave. I've spent the last 6 months reading up on the history of Old St. Peter's, gathering cemetery maps and family plot maps, perusing the local Oxford Eagle newspaper for clues, and talking to Bill Griffith (the curator of Rowan Oak which is William Faulkner's old home) and doing lots of cemetery walks! Oftentimes, I'll go to fulfill photo requests and I'll meet up with people that are interested in finding the William Faulkner grave and I help walk them over to the grave to pay their respects to the famous author.
Today, I went over to Old St. Peter's to fulfill an entirely different photo request that's unrelated to the above. While I was there, a gentleman and his daughter walked into the main Fa(u)lkner family plot about 100 feet from where I was photographing graves. I walked over and asked him if he was related to the Fa(u)lkners or if he was looking for the William Faulkner grave. He told me that he knew where the grave was located, but was looking for someone else in the family that died in the last 2-3 years. I showed him the three main Faulkner plots on the grounds and told him that there are some Faulkners buried in Oxford Memorial. He, in return, gave me a little bit of history on the Faulkner family and even walked me over to the grave of the African-American woman who was an inspiration to him and for characters in some of his writings... Callie Barr Clark. I was told that William Faulkner had the inscription you see pictured below made on her grave. The gentleman told me that he was famous and was the first person to graduate with an MFA from Ole Miss's prestigious creative writing program. He even made mention of a prison writes initiative in the Delta region.
Although, the Faulkner family member he was looking for was not in the three Fa(u)lkner plots, I had a chance to talk to him about my quest to photograph the Alabama Faulkner grave site for a photo requestor on findagrave.com. He told me that he recently became friends with Larry Wells, the second husband of the late Dean Faulkner-Wells who passed last year. Dean Faulkner-Wells was the niece of William Faulkner. The gentleman told me that he would take me over to visit with Larry Wells--right there on the spot!--and that if ANYONE knew where Alabama Faulkner was buried, that it would be Larry. Larry Wells happens to live at the other famous Faulkner home (once owned by William Faulkner's grandfather) in Oxford. We drove over and the gentleman introduced us and then said that he had to leave to attend to other business. We hadn't really even introduced ourselves, but he gave me his business card and stated that he loved spontaneous meetings like this! He asked me to keep him in the loop and left me in Larry Wells' care. His name is Louis Bourgeois. http://voxpress.org/vox-boardstaff.html
Larry Wells drove me over to the grave site and showed me the remains of the old grave marker in the main family plot where I'd met Louis. He gave me further information on the family history. William Faulkner's brother was named Dean Faulkner and his daughter has his namesake. Dean (the dad) died flying a plane that William had given him and that laid heavy on William's conscience. William brought his brother's remains home and buried him in the main Fa(u)lkner family plot at (Old) St. Peter's. He did not like Dean's (the daughter) step-father, so William obtained legal guardianship of Dean (the daughter) and raised her at Rowan Oak.
Dean Faulkner-Wells passed away in 2011, but she knew where her cousin Alabama (born & died 5 years before her birth) had been buried. Larry Wells told me that the grave looked the same way that it does today when he moved to Oxford (MS) in the 1970s. He said that I was lucky that we'd met as he is one of the few living in Oxford that still knows where Alabama Faulkner is buried. The history on Alabama Faulkner (as told to me by Larry Wells) is that when she was born, she was not able to drink any type of milk including her mother's, or that of a cow or goat. They did not have Enfamil or anything like that in 1931, but did have powdered milk. Unfortunately, that didn't work either. Hospitals in the area couldn't help the Faulkner family. Incubators were a brand new feature at Memphis hospitals and the family did find out about them, but Alabama died before the family could get her to an incubator. Larry told me (as did Bill from Rowan Oak) that William Faulkner carried the casket on his lap as he traveled to the cemetery for the burial.
It all happened so fast! I met a famous writer and the husband of a close kin of William Faulkner's and I didn't even think to take pictures with either man! And BOOM! Now I have photographs to submit to Find-A-Grave concerning the location of Alabama Faulkner's burial site! After the meeting, I called Rowan Oak to let Bill know that I'd been told where the burial site was. I was told that Bill is out for the week. I went ahead and drove over to Rowan Oak for the first time and just popped my head in the door to say hello to the receptionist whom I've talked on the phone with a few times now. She was excited to meet me and said the Bill Griffith will be really glad to know of the whereabouts of Alabama's gravesite. And then I showed her the pictures I'd taken. So, next week I'll probably arrange a meeting with him and pay $5 for my first official tour of Rowan Oak. Maybe my quest to find her grave to fulfill this Find-A-Grave photo request will now spur someone else to generously provide Alabama's gravesite with a brand new grave! (Ya never know!)
|Barbara Seaton||Serilda Catherine Cupp Meyers|
Serilda Catherine Cupp Meyers is my husband's 3rd great grandmother. I am searching for information regarding her marriage to Henry Meyers and their children. Would you please contact me at: stanley3495@comcast,net ? Very much appreciate any info you could give me.
|Everett Baranowski||Alabama Faulkner Update Continued|
The Oxford Eagle seems to have been the primary newspaper for the city over the years. They published a weekly paper on Thursdays. The chancery court has kept copies of the newspaper since its inception. They have bound the newspapers into books over the years. The newspaper oddly enough was able to contact vital statistics directly and obtain birth and death information on Lafayette County back in the early 1930s. (That type of information can only be released to direct family in today's society, as we all know.) The Eagle was not faithful to report birth AND death information every month. They either reported births or deaths or both or nothing from month to month. There were only 7 months that they bothered to report anything. I forgot to mention in the previous update that the Rowan Oak curator was able to give me Alabama's birth and death dates which I will be submitting to her memorial shortly. Alabama lived from January 11-20 of 1931. The Eagle reported December 1930 death in the 02/20/1931 edition and February 1931 births & deaths in the 04/09/1931 edition, but they did not report anything on January births and deaths in their March editions. ~Everett
|Everett Baranowski||Alabama Faulkner grave site update|
Dana, here's the scoop thus far on the Alabama Faulkner plot. I decided to do some in-depth research on the cemetery in attempts to find the grave site (whether or not it has a tombstone). There is a book on the history of St. Peter's cemetery at the county library (a few blocks from the cemetery) that was written as part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the cemetery in 2007. St. Peter's Episcopal Church still owned the cemetery at that time. Since the writing of the book, the cemetery has been entirely turned the cemetery's ownership over to the public works department of the city of Oxford. The church will be calling me back if they find that they kept records on the older burials and find something on her. The curator at Rowan Oak (the old Faulkner house--now owned by the university) has told me over the phone that Alabama was not cremated and is not buried on the grounds. It was "believed" that Alabama was buried in the Oldham plot (Estelle's family) at St. Peter's because the three Faulkner plots in the cemetery were already spoken for. The Oldham plot is in the front of Section 2 of Old St. Peter's cemetery. (Location: first drive off of 16th Street--plot is closest to Jefferson Street on the immediate right upon entrance). While still on the phone, the curator read off a piece of information from some source saying that William personally walked the casket to the cemetery (that would be a 5-block walk from the church to the cemetery). The curator is gonna do further research to see if he can come up with more information and I will continue to do my best from my end. There is also a tombstone transcriptions book on St. Peter's cemetery in the genealogy room at the library. I've already looked it over and there was no tombstone transcription present for her in that book. Until, next time... ~Everett
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