Dog lover, gourd artist and the family historian. I started skulking around cemeteries about 20 years ago.
It was a natural progression into genealogy and then into working with old Southern Cemeteries. My husband's paternal roots spring from the fertile earth of Branchville, Rowesville and Neeses, South Carolina.
I am also very involved in dog rescue, Basenjis - the African Barkless dogs. I combine all three of my passions by making Gourd Urns for pet ashes. They have a really nice earthy feel to them and it is a great way to memorialize a beloved pet.
If I've added a relative of yours, please request a transfer and I will be happy to oblige. I love doing photo requests and will happily do any that I can.
My own primary interest is in making sure that the oldest stones are not lost for future generations. To this end, I transcribe old stones, particularly in small family cemeteries and include the transcriptions.
I know that some of you aren't keen to add transcriptions to these pages, but I hope that in the case of stones that are all but lost to reading that you'll be willing to add them if offered, even as just a photo caption.
In the 17 and 1800s, people often tried to capture the spirit of a person in their epitaph. It can add significantly to their memory. Often there is also material of genealogical importance on these very old stones that will soon be lost when they can no longer be read.
Preserving this history for future generations is of benefit to all of us and a righteous calling indeed!
"Life is mostly froth and bubble,
But two things stand like stone –
Kindness for another's trouble,
and Courage when you face your own."
-- Adam L. Gordon
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