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|Don Sharp||Sophia E. Barksdale # 64723180|
"Frcm The Times-Georgia, Nov.22, 2003. Submitted by Shirley Gardner
COUNTY RESIDENT SAYS HE WLL MAINTAIN UNEARTHED CEMETERY
Man says county stillshould be responsible for marking site
by Chuck Wanager, The Times-Georgian
After more than 10 months of searching for a solution to a problem he unearthed in his front yard earlier this year, one county man has decided to let lie the two 19th century graves he discovered there.
But Ryan Stewart says he will stop short of allowing the placement of markers on the lawn of his home near Highway 113 northeast of Carrollton.
ln January, Stewart discovered ihe graves after a truck pulled into his yard and sank, leaving a big hole in the ground. Stewart at first thought it was a sinkhole, but as he dug down in the cavity to investigate, he came across a surprise-burial vault complete with a metal casket.
That wasn't all. Soon after, Stewart unearthed another grave nearby and was quick to learn he was living on top of the Wooten-Barksdale Cemetery. The graves, he was told, are probably those of county pioneers Henry F. Wooten and his sister Sophie E. Wooten Barksdale.
County officials and descendants of the Wootens confirmed the cemetery's existence and noted the couple lived here in the 1850s. Once, the cemetery was well maintained and was set off by a picket fence.
Just behind his property line, Stewart found a handful of headstones and a two foot-cubed granite block that could have been a pedestal for a statue.
Stewart, though, was not happy about the graves, especially since the builder of the house did not tell him they were there. But he also was quick to learn that if he wanted the graves moved, he woqld have to pay for it himself.
It wasn't a matter ofjust calling someone to come dig up the caskets and have them hauled otf to someplace else. To do that, according to the law, a genealogist and archeologist would have had to research the site; again, something he would have to pay for.
Although some county officials said Stewart should just close the graves and place markers on them and let it go, the county resident claimed that either the builder or the county should pay for the removal. lt was "either the county's or developer's fault" that
the house was built on the cemetery, he said.
He hired an attorney to research the issue. But recently, Stewart has given in, somewhat. He said he "finally covered up the graves and put sod on them."
But now, he said, he has heard from county officials that they want him to place markers on the site Stewart, though, is balking at that.
Under state law and a county ordinance, a property owner is required to preserve and protect an abandoned cemetery and provide access to family members. Stewart said he will keep his lawn in good condition, and claims that before any other steps are
taken, the county or builder should face the same problem he did-
"l think before they put the markers down, they should have to get an archeological study and genealogy study just like I would have had to have done," Stewart said. He wants the people buried in his yard properly identified, he noted.
This final battle is not one he will give up easily. "l will stand my ground on this," Stewart stated. Even, he said, if they send him to jail, County attorney David Basil said he recently received cofiespondence from Stewart about the graves. He said he was not aware of Stewart's defiant stance.
Basil said the county would like for Stewart to replace the markers, adding he would look into the issue to see what could be done."
I found this article in a CCGS newsletter Spring 2005 issue.
Hope this will answer some of your questions.
|Evelyn Bennett-Price||William Philpot|
I claimed your photo request for him (husband to Elizabeth Philpot) however< tho I did find Elizabeth and will upload it soon, William is not with her and I can tell you why. Buchanan has a book with history of prominent families in it, so there was quite a lenghthy writing on him, and a "hint" as to where he IS buried. William was murdered and he is buried "on a hilltop overlooking the Tallapoosa river, and on his land." So if you know of land he may have owned in Haralson County I may be able to find it in some deeds records here. Let me know.
|Tom Lee||Wyatt's wives|
Her is a duplicate Find A Grave site for Wyatt. https://secure.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=33460066
The date of birth for Mary Wilburn would make her over 60 when kids were born. Surely that didn't happen. The 1850 & 1860 census shows a Mary born in 1802 and/or 1805. Help!!!!
Added by Tom Lee on Nov 07, 2015 10:47 AM
|Brian V Brunner||Old Photo Request of yours.|
Back in 2011 you requested a picture of Minnie Dugger's (b. 1876, d. 1891) grave in the Dugger Cmemtery in Cobb County, Georgia USA. I think I found a person with the same name and dates in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. (I did the finding via the Find-A-Grave system. So I have not been to Westview myself.) Here is the Find-A-Grave memorial number 83455931. I hope this will be of some help.
|Rock Talker||Memorial 46066528|
I have tried to contact find a grave to get this resolved. The only thing wrong with this photograph is that it should have been placed in a note not a photograph. My GG-Grandfather was a Confederate, so it would not be offensive to his memory.
AKA Rock Talker
|Carol's Genealogy Stuff||Wood Leroy Oliver Randolph|
I appreciate you making the updates. Thanks. ~~Carol
|Phil||Martha Johns at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta|
I found Martha Johns. With her were
J. Robert Johns 5/11/1872 - 12/29/1906
Sarah Johns Connell 1845-1893
Can you please make pages for them and send separate photo requests for each so I can upload photos? Thanks
Added by Phil on Feb 11, 2015 10:21 AM
Are you sure about Martha Ann Swann? What I find is Martha Abigail born 1839 died 1841.
|Angie Swann||RE: Family|
sure. here is my e-mail email@example.com send me your user account name for ancestry and I'll send you an invite. I can't promise it's all correct. Sorry no pic. I's really like to put faces to names.
|Angie Swann||RE: Family|
My grandfather was Vernie Swann. his dad was William and his parents, of course, was Marmaduke and Lydia. What does that make us?
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