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Elizabeth Wilson (#46962506)
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I am involved in Family Genealogy and do research almost every day. I discovered Find A Grave while searching for some of my ancestors. I have since added family members who were not listed, have more to do. I'll check and add info for others, in the Richmond, Va. area as time permits. If you are related to anyone I have added please let me know, I'm sure there are many long lost cousins out there.
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Joseph Mann
Christian D. Owens

I went to Greenwood Cemetery yesterday and did some research in trying to locate Christian Owens. That was a challenge. This is what I found. Dr. Owens died in New Orleans and was temporarily buried at Greenwood. The cemetery does not have a record of where he was interred. He was later disinterred and transferred to another location. Records do not indicate where. Records from the 1800s are not as complete as one would hope. IMO he was likely temporarily placed in a wall vault until arrangements could be made for his transfer.

That brings me to Alice. Alice died in 1879, two years after her father. William Henry Winn is buried in Myrtle Grove Cemetery, Opelousas, LA., (see Find A Grave #115546185). Eola is 30 miles from Opelousas. It is likely that her body is buried in the family plot in Opelousas. She could also be buried in Eola, but given the distance I believe it is more likely she was transported to the family grave. That is only a conjecture.

In my opinion Dr. Owens’ body was likely transported to the gravesite of Alice. He lived in the Eola area most of his later career and his known family is located in that area. It would make logical sense that was where he was laid to rest. It does not appear he had any personal relationship in the New Orleans area. I doubt he was buried near your gg grandmother, Katherine Isabella Saunders.

It appears that somebody has photographed 88% of the graves at Myrtle Grove Cemetery. There is no listing for Alice Winn or Alice Owens, nor a listing for Christian Owens. That does not mean they are not there, only they have not been listed on Find A Grave. I do not live near enough to Opelousas to check for myself. If I am ever in that area again I will check. I am going to request a deletion of your Greenwood request as it does not appear Dr. Owens is there any longer. I am sorry I was not able to do more to locate Dr. Owens and fulfill your request.

As I previously said, he may be lost to the ages.

Added by Joseph Mann on Oct 30, 2014 5:34 AM
Joseph Mann
RE: Christian D. Owens

Thank you for the information. Those are some major clues. The town he was from is Lecompte, LA. That makes perfect sense. I would assume he was in New Orleans at the time of his death either for some business meeting or a visit. The cause of death would be something relatively unexpected and rapid, so he would have no family relative who had a gravesite in New Orleans.

He was previously residing in Eula, LA, which meant that he likely did business as a rural physican.

With that said, I have to agree that he may not actually be in Greenwood. I was wondering why he would be buried in Greenwood when he clearly lived in small towns in central Louisiana. (However, both my in-laws are buried in New Orleans but resided in Avoyelles Parish at the time of their deaths).

I am of the opinion he was buried in Greenwood for a short period until arrangements would be made to move his remains to another location. That may be why his location is listed as unknown. He most certainly is not interred in the Soldier's Tomb. It would be very logical that he is buried with the Winn family in Myrtle Grove Cemetery, Opelousas, St. Landry Parish. I am going to the Greenwood Cemetery office either today ro tomorrow to see if I can get any further information on him. I will let you know what I find.

It is very likely that he knew Dr. Winn from his time as a confederate surgeon during the late great unpleasantness (commonly referred to as the War of Northern Aggresson). They worked in the same general area, and given the number of surgeons at the time, most of the doctors were probably at least profesionally acquainted with each other.

Do you know where Alice Winn Owens died?

Added by Joseph Mann on Oct 28, 2014 6:18 AM
Joseph Mann
RE: Christian D. Owens

Information from his obituary could be useful. His cause of death may be a clue. I do not need snail mail, but just the information.

Having 8888 as the location does pose a problem in finding people, but it is not always insurmountable. Sometimes it is a case of the cemetery transcribing information incorrectly, other times, particularly with these older gravesites, the information is simply lost. I am always finding errors in Greenwood records, but usually only when I stumble across a name at another location.

The locations I indicated as possibilities are not mass graves. They are individual vaults in a societial tomb. The Soldiers Tomb, for example, was a societial tomb for confederate veterans and contains the vaults for both enlisted and officers, including a general (likely but not documented).

Most of the vaults were used in the early days of the cemetery. These were usually the site for individuals who had no family plots. Dr. Owens likely had some money, but I cannot find local family members yet. There is a Dan Owens plot and J. J. Owens plot both from around the time of Christian's passing, but I doubt that is his location. If he had any family in the New Orleans area he could also be buried in their plot. That is why I said he may be lost to the ages. One would think a distinguished doctor would have a plot.

Added by Joseph Mann on Oct 27, 2014 12:05 PM
Joseph Mann
RE: Christian D. Owens

Still working on finding his gravesite. His middle name was David. He graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina (Charleston) in 1862. He lived in Eula in Avoyelles Parish as late as 1893.

I think I have him narrowed down to one of two possible locations, neither of which will result in a specific location of his body. He appears to be either buried at the Soldier's Tomb or at 187 Violet Magnolia Hawthorne. Both of these are group tombs (vaults) and have either no names on the specific vault or the name is long gone. Either way I will have to do some specific digging through cemetery records to see if I am correct. I suspect he is not in the Soldier's Tomb, but that is just a primarily guess.

It is very possible his location is lost to the ages.

Added by Joseph Mann on Oct 27, 2014 7:16 AM
Joseph Mann
Christian D. Owens

I an trying to locate the gravesite for Christian D. Owens at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans. The location of 8888 means that the site is unknown. Can you provide any other identifying information. I was able to determine he was a doctor and died September 16, 1894. He died at Hotel Dieu (which is no longer open).

Can you provide the names of his wife (if married) or parents (if they died in New Orleans)?
Any additional information you provide may help in locating his gravesite.

Added by Joseph Mann on Oct 25, 2014 3:35 PM
RE: Christian D. Owens
I'm sorry but I'm not in that cemetery location. You could request a photo with the Request a Photo button on the memorial.

Good luck
Added by Graves on May 06, 2014 6:28 PM
Scott Hutchison
RE: Confederate Graves
Well,I'm sorry that you were not able to get in touch with me-MY FAULT!!!!! Several months ago I changed my server. New Email address is
Added by Scott Hutchison on Jan 28, 2010 11:30 AM
My dad's name is Allen Curtis Jolly, born 1940. He is the only one in his family without the e in the last name due to a typo on the birth certificate. His mothers maiden name is Curtis and his father's name was Alvin. He has several siblings, but that's about all we know. He moved from VA in 1959 and hasn't had contact with many family members.
Added by hondasid on Sep 19, 2008 8:10 AM
Jefferson D Jolley
I saw you posted the picture of Jefferson Jolly on his memorial. Are you any relation? I ask because my that picture and my dad look very alike. He is originally from Hopewell, VA and still has family there.
Added by hondasid on Sep 18, 2008 7:13 PM
Marie & Dale V.
your dad
you are most welcome
Added by Marie & Dale V. on Apr 17, 2008 1:29 PM
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