I am trying to photograph all the tombstones in Perry Co. Arkansas. Some graves are marked with only rocks or old temporary unreadable markers. I photograph those for my records, I hope to make plats for each cemetery. I try to piece together old broken stones to photograph. I've cut down bushes to uncover hidden stones, dig up sunken stones and fallen in unseen holes, as well as capturing a snake in a photo on a tombstone,(Unseen until I uploaded the photos on the computer). Any photo I take and post here are for your benefit. You are welcome to use it any way you wish.
I am the 3rd great grandson of a David Watson who lived and died in Sumter, Alabama. He is a brick wall for me. According to census records he was born about 1825-1830 (some censuses say GA, some ALA). He is found in 1860 census living at Southern Division, Sumter County as a 35 year old man, married to his wife Amanda Frances Green (Amanda was daughter of David Green and Mourning Bradley, both of Wake County, NC). Also in the household is 40 year old "Jas." (James?) Watson, who I assume is a brother/uncle/cousin. Although most of the census records indicate David was born in Georgia or Alabama, the James referenced above is listed as from NC. David's wife was also from NC and at least one of his daughters married a man from NC, so I wonder if David's parents also originated in NC and David was born after a move to GA?
David and Amanda had several daughters---Nancy (married Burroughs), Sarah Elizabeth 'Sally' (my 2x gr grandmother, married Edward Wallace), Amanda Frances 'Mandy' (never married), Louisa 'Lula' (married George Kennedy), Susie (married D. Johnson), Monia Isie (never married). They had only one son, David Andrew 'Jack' Watson (married Ella Garner). I have also found the father David was referenced as 'Jack' and it is possible his middle name was Andrew as well.
In 1870 they are listed in Cuba (James in no longer living with them), but by 1880 they are living at Jones Bluff, which I believe is near Epes, Sumter, Alabama on the Tombigbee River. I believe David died around 1890 (unfortunately no census for 1890) and by 1900 his widow Amanda and all of their children and their families have moved to the town of McNeill in Pearl River County, Mississippi. The son David went on to found White Chapel Church of God in Pearl River County and also opened a store and had a sawmill operation there.
No one in the family seems to know much about David Watson, although at least one person said they believe there was a long line of Davids in the family, so it is possible his father was also named David.
Does any of this sound familiar? Is it possible the David that was brother to your Elizabeth was the same man as my David?
Memorial # 28636340 The photo of the monument attached to this memorial is for a Wilda J. Shewmake. There appears to be an error in this photo being attached to the memorial page for Willard Edward Shewmake, #28636340. Would you please correct this photo attachment?
Amos L. Dooley 1802-1803 (57656090) indicates the parents are Phes V Dooley 1837-1936 (57640722) and M F Dooley 1873-1893 (24812807). Unless my math is very bad, Amos was born, died and buried before either of his parents. As a Find A Grave member, I realize you simply introduced what you found at the cemetery and at some later time the memorial was edited. Because you have been a member longer, I provide my observance in hopes you know how to correct these errors.
John B. Black in May Cemetery Please check the Photo you posted for this memorial. Im not sure but I think its the right one for him. I have uploaded the correct photo. yours is so hard to read the dates and name but I'm thinking it may be John O Black's marker.