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Mark Burks (#47549215)
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Love the old places, the feel, the whole atmosphere surrounding the old cemeteries and abandoned buildings. Like to try and stay in touch as to where my family has come from. The idea of simply being forgotten once buried is just to me simply disrespectful.
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John Chatham
James N. and James M. Chatham
N. or M. Chatham
Pvt. James Monroe Chatham 1828-1865
his son James Newton Chatham 1856-1949 (he would have been 5 years old when the Civil War started and 9 years old when the war ended. He told my grandfather, James Monroe "Roe" Chatham 1884-1984 that he filed for a war pension because when he was a boy he helped tend to various soldiers horses). He was denied a pension.

Pvt. James Monroe Chatham died from complications from service in the war. He is buried in the Castleberry Cemetery near Cumming, GA because he was married to Eliza Castleberry Chatham. The mix up occurs because Pvt. James Monroe Chatham's grave marker says "James N. Chatham" that is a "grave" error - yes a pun is intended!

James Newton Chatham 1856-1949 is buried along side his wife Mary E. Johnson Chatham 1859-1941 in the Sugar Hill Cemetery.

I was told that relatives in Alabama have a picture of Pvt. James Monroe Chatham in his CSA uniform and hopefully one day we will be able to obtain a copy.

There were other Chatham cousins by the name of James that served in the CSA all from Forsyth, Old Milton County, & Gwinnett area.

I sure hope we end the confusion of the N. or M.

John W. Chatham
Added by John Chatham on Aug 27, 2016 7:58 PM
John Chatham
Pvt. James Monroe Chatham
There's a mix up on names here. Pvt. James Monroe Chatham 1828-1865 son is James Newton Chatham 1856-1949.

James Monroe Chatham's tombstone reads "James N. Chatham" died 1865 age 50. Apparently no one caught the mistake on his grave marker and even if they did they probably couldn't have afforded to change it.

I hope we can get this corrected and I apologise if I'm not making much sense


John W. Chatham
great grandson of James Newton Chatham
great-great grandson of Pvt. James Monroe Chatham
Added by John Chatham on Aug 27, 2016 7:28 PM
Amanda Clark
RE: #51217732
Sorry for the late reply, I will check my records but I do not believe I have any burial details for them.
Added by Amanda Clark on Mar 29, 2016 9:13 AM
photo of Jesse W Lord
Hi Mark, i am so sorry I'm late on my heartfelt thank you for photo you shared with me of my gg grandfather. The holidays had me all scattered. Hope 2015 has been a good year for you so far! Sincerelhy, Tania
Added by Ms.Nana on Jan 26, 2015 7:08 PM
Jesse W. Lord
Hi Mark. I was wondering if you would mind to send a photo of Jesse Lord to me? He's my gg grandfather. Thank you so much.
Added by Ms.Nana on Nov 01, 2014 10:42 PM
Sailers Cemetery
I tried to send an email but it kept being kicked back. Computers!!!, gotta love them. So I'm sending via Find A Grave.
I did not originate this Sailers Cemetery off of B. Wilson Rd. I think Jackie Lowery did, Find A Grave# 47089151. I'm sure she would be glad to add your directions. Be sure to include your Find A Grave# on correspondence w/ her. I would be glad to include your directions if I had control over cemetery. I do control the other Sailers Cemetery in Jackson county that is located south of Commerce if you need anything added to it.
Added by 1-48069415 on Jun 06, 2014 11:37 AM
RE: James N Chatham
Forsyth County Hist. Society & Civil War Records for Forsyth County & US Census Data.

Added by M C on Mar 24, 2014 8:55 PM
Denise Roffe
RE: Day photo request
I found her, Mark! Donna Parrish's book and John Salter's book (came out in 2011) are my go-to resources. I will upload the photos soon... let me know if you'd like the full resolution copies sent to your e-mail. Happy New Year!
Added by Denise Roffe on Jan 01, 2014 2:28 PM
Photo Requests
Hello Mark,

I went to Green Lawn Cemetery today to take the pictures you requested. Before I post the one for Sammy, I wanted to make sure I found the one you're looking for. You asked for a picture of the marker for Sammy W. Burks. I found the marker for Sammy B. Burks who was married to Betty Burks. They are buried next to Curt, Mary and Billy. Sammy B. was born in 1949 and died in 1981. If this is correct, I will post the pic for you.


Added by ncpaschal on Dec 04, 2013 6:56 PM
Jean Bryson
Chatham Middle Initial
Hi Mark,

I'm sorry but I didn't get to the genealogy society library while in Cumming. They are very knowledgeable there and they might be able to help you if you call them. They're website is:

I also had another thought : check out Don Shadburn's books at the library. Don knows everything about Forsyth County! His first book was on the Pioneers of Forsyth. His web site is here:

Don't know if this will help since you have already searched civil war records, but I did a Google search and found both a James M. and a James N. on the Civil War pages at:

James M. (Monroe) married Mary Wallis
James N. married Elizabeth Castleberry

There is a picture of both of their headstones there.
Added by Jean Bryson on Jul 03, 2013 7:03 AM
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