Suzannah McCuen

Member for
10 years · 6 months · 20 days
Find a Grave ID
47283313

Bio

Besides working on my own family tree I'm working, through public records such as those found on Ancestry.com and Family Search, to identify the men, women and children buried at the state hospitals in Morganton, NC (Broughton Hospital), Goldsboro, NC (Cherry Hospital), Petersburg, VA (Central Hospital) and Warm Springs, MT (Montana State Hospital) and to link them to their loved ones.
I have also listed some of those buried at the Caswell Training Center in Kinston, NC, Letchworth Village in NY, and the state hospitals in Brattleboro, VT, Rusk, TX, Meridian, MS, Terrell, Tx, Middletown, CT, Independence, IA and New Toronto, Canada and hope to have assistance in linking them to their loved ones.

To document the research involved I post the death certificates on those memorials and to some I add a non-working link to the research trees on Ancestry.com where those interested can see how I arrived at my conclusions. Please desist in your attempts to dissuade me from so documenting my research and thereby facilitating others' attempts to research their loved ones. You know who you are. No doubt, in time, a working link to Ancestry.com will be part and parcel of this site. And, one can hope, in time you can understand that a death certificate is not offensive, no matter what it reveals. Photographs are preferable, of course. I post news articles when I can find them. But for the overwhelming majority of people buried in asylum cemeteries the death certificate and the draft card are the ONLY documents outside the census to be found. The death certificate, in those instances, tells us where they came from and how long they were hospitalized as well as the cause of death. Some times we are fortunate enough to find a family member's name on the record as well. It is just part of the story of that person's life. I ask that you calm yourself. This, too, shall pass.

I am a psychiatrist and have worked in state hospitals for over 25 years. Suffice it to say that uninformed judgments about what life in the state hospitals was like (and is like) for those in care there do not do justice to the many attendants, nurses and physicians who gave years of their lives providing kind care to the mentally ill and vulnerable in our asylums. Nor is it appropriate to assume that families whose loved ones were tormented by mental illnesses, intractable epilepsy, brain injuries and syphilis (that for so long was untreatable) "abandoned" them in the asylums.

I grew up in Greenville county, SC, first in the city of Greenville, then at the foot of Glassy Mountain in the "Dark Corner" where my maternal grandmother and her parents and grandparents were born. My mother, Anne Ballenger King McCuen, a research chemist early in life, worked for decades later in life as a meticulous land historian in upper SC and published several research texts. My father, William Garrison McCuen, MD worked for decades as an internist/general practitioner caring for many of the upstate SC residents in their homes, hospitals, the Veterans' clinic and his office.

Now I am in the foothills of NC, but enjoy maintaining family property near Glassy Mtn.

You have my express permission to use ANY photo I have made and posted to Find a Grave for your own purposes - but I would appreciate a credit notation as the source should you repost it on your family tree, for this reflects the efforts made in preserving the record and may also provide a link to others interested in that person or cemetery.

Unfortunately, it is also now necessary to add here that I also post newspaper clippings to some memorials. Please desist in your requests that I transcribe all such clippings and add them to the bios instead or submit an edit requesting the manager of the memorial to add them to the bio. This is, of course, nonsensical. Not all clippings are obituaries as even a moment's thought would bring to mind. Adding the clipping and its source allows people to download them for their personal files should they not have a subscription to online sources.

I inherited a number of memorials posted by Buck Buchanan who introduced me to FAG and will happily transfer them to family. Just send a SAC stating your relationship and I'll be pleased to turn them over to your care. Alternatively, if you are working to identify folks in a particular cemetery where Buck posted memorials and would like to manage the memorials he posted - just let me know and I'll be happy to transfer them to your management.

Thank you to those of you who assist me in making these memorials useful and respectful. Please, keep your helpful edits coming. And please be patient. Making edits in response to your suggestions does take time as I double check them. I receive inaccurate edits regularly and will NOT post blatantly inaccurate information. Those of us who have been "at this" for some time are all too familiar with those who recklessly send out inaccurate information and demand that it be added to memorials when focussed research will show it to be false.

A lot of conflicts might be avoided among us if each of us will accept and act as if this is about those who've gone before and NOT about us.

If you are fortunate enough in life to be looking for a project to do - please consider documenting the African American cemeteries in your community.

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