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meet Virginia (#47100960)
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Bio Photo "Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?" ~Edward di Lorenzo

Southern girl with a morbid fascination of genealogy and old cemeteries

"Taphophilia" is described as an abnormal love for graves and cemeteries. Hearses are nice, too (especially 1960/70s Cadillacs). Classic funerary art can be breathtaking. Angels and mausoleums are my favorite. Every stone tells a story.

My mom said I got hooked when I became infatuated with my third great aunt's sparkly, pink casket when I was seven years old. It really set in when my high school English teacher assigned a tombstone rubbing project.

My great aunt, Agnes Bihn Terry, bit me with the genealogy bug. She traveled all over the place during the 1960s, looking for anything she could find in libraries, court houses, and cemeteries. Not only did she compile all of the names, dates, and places, but she wrote her own memories and old stories she had heard. What an amazing, beautiful gift she bestowed upon my family. I believe my job as a genealogist is to make our family's history an interesting read and not an endless list of "begats" (as my mother calls it) because names and dates and places can get terribly boring.

My favorite burial ground is Magnolia Cemetery in the city of my birth, Beaumont, Texas. Eventually my remains will be buried there with my maternal grandmother and her grandparents in the Bihn family plot.

Someday I hope to visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise in Paris, Highgate Cemetery in London, Lycian Tombs in Turkey, Sedlec Ossuary (the Bone Church) in Prague, the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy, and the hanging coffins of Sagada in The Philippines.

You can see which families I'm researching in my virtual cemeteries. I'm always interested in learning more about my favorite ancestor, Maj Daniel Leonidas McGary of Texas and his great grandfather, Col Hugh McGary Sr of Kentucky.

PLEASE don't hesitate to correct me, add additional information, or request the transfer of an ancestor or other loved one by clicking "Edit" and then "Suggest a correction or provide additional information." It may take me years (if ever) to find information left via the flowers link. Please let me know if you've added a photo so I can thank you and possibly obtain more information from the tombstone.

I'm not strict about FindaGrave's transference guidelines, so as long as you have a personal connection and can add more to the memorial than I can. My ancestors and other relatives are not up for grabs unless you're more closely related than me.

Also... Please be patient with me! I am a single mother of THREE daughters. I often have to take a break from FindaGrave to concentrate on LIFE (and not DEATH), but I will get back to you, I promise! I love graving more than anything, so if you're missing me, I'm missing you, too.

If you'd like to use any of my information or photos for your personal family research or other FindaGrave entries, I'm more than happy to help. Credit is optional, but it would be nice. Proper credit is definitely required for use of my photos and biographies in professional publications.

Some fellow gravers have asked me how I format the text in my memorials with hyperlinks and bold/italics text. It's really pretty simple. Google an "html" tutorial.

HAPPY GRAVING!!

(The dancing girl in the photo is the coolest lady I ever knew, my sweet, little Grandma Marthagene Rutledge 1919-2003). I miss her SO much.

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Lindan S Caldwell
Artha Daniel
Take a look at Granny Blue on Facebook,We credit Artha Daniel for the Granny Blue Day inspiration. Nov 7-8 2014
Added by Lindan S Caldwell on Oct 26, 2014 12:44 PM
Diana Malley
Ollie Walston
Do you know if this could be Addie Hazlewood?
and could ceolia be Cedelde Walston born 1897 in washington texas? We also have a son buried in Oak Hill TExas cemetery by the name of Ernest Henry Walston showing Mom and dad as same. he was born 1894 died 1954 #36999157 find a grave #. Diana Malley at daynemalley@comcast.net. Thanks
Added by Diana Malley on Oct 24, 2014 12:27 PM
Lisa C
42544602 Francis Alexander Ramsey
Hi! happened to notice a couple of corrections to 42544602 Francis Alexander Ramsey. His father was 31171974 James Gettys McGready Ramsey. Eliza Jane Ramsey 41642624 is his aunt, not his sister.
I understand the mistake- there are 3 Francis Alexander Ramsey in my direct line and a few others in the family.
Thanks.
Added by Lisa C on Aug 24, 2014 12:48 PM
Bill & Bobbye Varner
Lillie Grubbs
Sorry I am so tardy is sending a Thank You to you for adding Lillie's maiden name and linking her to family. But, first I Thank You for putting the memorial on Find A Grave. Happy Hunting. Bobbye Varner
Added by Bill & Bobbye Varner on Aug 11, 2014 1:23 PM
Amanda Robson
42544565
Julius Colbert Peacock's children:

Same as for Ruth Shelburn Peacock
trivia for Ruth: her name is Hattie Ruth, but she didn't like Hattie so she didn't ever use it. :)
Amanda (Janie's daughter)
Added by Amanda Robson on Jul 24, 2014 12:41 PM
Amanda Robson
Memorial # 42544578
Ruth Shelburn Peacock's Children:

1928 Myrt http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Roberts&GSiman=1&GScid=2255158&GRid=42544810&
1930 Julius http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56635056
1932 Garland http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Peacock&GSiman=1&GScid=3642&GRid=102211379&
1934 Mary http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=House&GSiman=1&GScid=2255158&GRid=57962930&
1936 Calvin http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Peacock&GSiman=1&GScid=2255158&GRid=42544542&
1936 Alvin http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Peacock&GSiman=1&GScid=2255158&GRid=42544553&
1938 Janie http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Cox&GSiman=1&GScid=2380&GRid=44681046&
Added by Amanda Robson on Jul 24, 2014 12:38 PM
Garland Hill
Thank you
for thansfering Clarissa "Clara" Hill Robertson
Added by Garland Hill on May 23, 2014 7:24 PM
Cassie Keeton Griffin
Arthur F Gary
Transcription of tombstone is incorrect...not Arthur R Gary, Arthur F Gary. thanks so much for all the volunteer work you are doing to help so many find these old facts!!!
Added by Cassie Keeton Griffin on May 06, 2014 9:27 AM
Ford
Dr. Christopher Columbus Smith
this is my 2 great grandfather and I would like to know where this cemetery is. we still own the farm at Southern Home or Waveland now is what it is called I think or riley township. I know his first wife is buried out in the field and maybe the second, his third is my gggrandmother Rachel Emanza Joanna Watson McGraw Smith Hicks and she is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Waveland.

have you ever seem where Thomas H and Agnes Arnold Smith CC's parents are buried. This is a mystery to most of the family, I am doing ancestry and trying to fill in the blanks any help would be greatly appreciated. Linda Corbin Ford
Added by Ford on May 01, 2014 4:30 AM
Carol Kaye
Martha Steenbergen
I believe we have a duplicate here. She is listed under 111133186 and 38047702. She is buried in Concord Cemetery, but not Concord Cemetery in Ohio County Kentucky.

Thanks for all you do for Find A Grave.
Added by Carol Kaye on Apr 23, 2014 9:49 AM
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