When I was a kid, my grandparents would take me with them to visit the cemeteries where relatives were buried. They would stand by a stone and talk about the person buried there. I wish I could remember those stories. This is a way to record stories I am now told. There is a story under every stone and cemeteries full of untold stories. I hope this will give people a chance to record a memory before it is forgotten, then lost. Recently, my husband got a Harley and we have combined our two interests. We ride the bike to various cemeteries that folks request photos from and have fun reading the old names and hunting for the requested gravesite. Sometimes just finding the cemetary is quite the challenge! I do research on the following family lines: Lillpop, Askren, Green, Bell in Indiana. In Mississippi I follow the lines of Taylor, Ferguson, Scott and Holden. "Do not, my Brothers and Sisters, think of the cemetery with tears, nor meditate upon the coffin and the shroud with gloomy thoughts. You only sojourn there for a little season, and to you it will not appear a moment; your body will sleep, and if men sleep all through a long night it only seems an hour to them, a very short moment. The sleeping time is forgotten, and to your sleeping body it will seem no time at all—while to your glorified soul it will not seem long because you will be so full of joy that a whole eternity of that joy would not be too long!" Charles Spurgen
RE: Marvel Cemetery Yes, Tri-County Gen. society is near the cemetery. It's usually locked up tight, so you've got to make arrangements. Luckily, we earned their trust and didn't have someone babysitting us the entire time last time. The little lady just told us to bring the key back to her house when we were done. Lots of good info stored there.
I stayed on the third floor last summer at the Edwardian, and it was perfect for me and my cousins since we had two elementary age kids! The renovation looks stunning!
Magnolia Cemetery is interesting in Helena. I believe it is the original black cemetery, and it's really neat, nestled with hills, and you look into the tree lined hillside and you can spot grave markers! I could have spent hours there but it was hot as hell, buggy, and I had non-taphophiles with me. Party poopers.
RE: Marvel Cemetery If you go back, Maple Hill Cemetery is beautiful...it's terraced and there are stunning monuments there, plus a confederate section at the very tip top.
I recommend staying at the Edwardian Inn, a beautiful turn of the century mansion turned into a Bed & Breakfast. We stay there when too many family members are in Marvell and there's no place free for us to stay! Also, The Bistro has great catfish! For a different and great BBQ try Cypress Corner at Lexa, or Jones BBQ in Marianna - but he closes as soon as the meat is gone...by like 1:00pm. Seriously. We missed out when we were there in March for my great aunt's 100th birthday party.
Marvell and Helena used to be such bustling places! Now, especially Marvell....there's nothing left. It breaks my heart. I used to spend every summer in Marvell with my grandmother and great aunt. Oh...the freedom! I'd borrow a bike for the summer and be gone at sunup and back at sundown... It was wonderful! My parents are from Marianna and Marvell, and my ancestors settled in Lee and Phillips Counties in the early 1800's, so it has a special place in my heart.
Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing more pics as you add them!!
Marvel Cemetery THANK YOU! For all the photos! I get up there from Florida every chance I get, but we are usually doing family research, trudging through fields to hunt down lost graves and visiting people so I never get enough time to finish the cemetery work I started there.
RE: Clara Askren I checked with the cemetery to confirm the niche number of the people above the Askrens, and it all checks out as I calculated before. The unmarked niche at 51, Tier A is definitely the Askrens.
RE: Clara Askren I looked her up in the transcript of the cemetery records at the library, and counted niches to the right spot. Some people I knew in life happen to have the niche right above hers, so I plan to double check their niche number to make sure I haven't made a mistake on the counting. If I have missed the right one, I will redo the photos, but I'm pretty sure I have it right!