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Grave Mystery in South Carolina

Friday, March 25th, 2011

This is a really interesting story on an unknown grave in Aiken Co. SC, You can see a picture of the grave on our Dicsussion Forum

According to Boyd and Diane Gunter, president of the Horse Creek Historical Society, a train came through Aiken Station - then located in Warrenville - carrying, among others, a little boy. The boy, who was approximately 12 years old, was traveling alone and was too sick to speak. He didn’t have any form of identification with him so he was taken in by Henry Senn, an area wagoner whose wife operated the Graniteville Hotel, to be nursed back to health when he’d be able to tell his story.

The little boy’s fever never broke, and he died a few days later. He took his identity and the purpose for his trip with him to his grave, which was provided by the people of Graniteville.

“The village folk ‘nickeled’ up and had Mr. Lawrence Quimby, the coffin maker, build a coffin,” Boyd said. In addition, William Gregg, the founder of Graniteville, donated a burial plot in the cemetery. As was the case with other families that couldn’t provide a gravestone, Gregg provided a cedar marker until the people of Graniteville saved enough money to purchase a permanent stone for the Little Boy.
This is another element that has added a sense of intrigue to his story. “Time had passed, and no one could remember the day he died, so his stone reads, ‘The Little Boy, October 1855,’” Boyd said.
The generosity of Graniteville didn’t stop with the interment of the Little Boy. Over the years, the grave has been visited by many adults who leave flowers and children who leave coins, toys and other small gifts.

“This is probably the most visited grave in the cemetery,” Gunter said of the final resting place of many, which also includes 83 Confederate soldiers. As part of preserving the history of Graniteville and Aiken County, the historical society has maintained its monuments. The grave and tombstone of the Little Boy are no exception.

Enduring vagrants and vandalism are factors in the deterioration of the Graniteville Cemetery, which is only open to visitors during the day. Time and natural erosion ultimately have been the biggest culprits in the diminishing aesthetic beauty. The Little Boy’s tombstone, the one which replaced the original cedar marker, broke over the years and is currently propped on the grave.

The historical society and the Graniteville Cemetery Association are in the process of buying a new tombstone. In addition, the historical society will beautify the grave by covering it with gravel, planting three crape myrtle trees and installing a bench for visitors.

Dedicated to the preservation and upkeep of the Little Boy’s grave, not to mention his story, Boyd and Gunter are quick to point out there are so many more stories to tell. Many can be found in Graniteville Cemetery.

“Tombstones do talk,” Boyd said of the symbolism and literal information they possess.
“There is so much here, a lot of history,” Gunter said. “But this is what everybody knows - the Little Boy.”

Create Maps of your Family Locations

Monday, January 24th, 2011

One of our forum members, John, posted a link for this site recently. I think its a pretty cool thing, and you can read about it and see some examples HERE

Confederate Service Records Added

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Some new PDF’s of confederate service records have been added to the AC Discussion forum Civil War Records;


A. F. Lemberger Co. F 18th Infantry

Charles Lemberger Co. D Alabama State Artillery


Alfred Mashbern (Mashburn) Co I 15th Infantry

Perry Kay Co. A 45th Infantry


Silas B. Kent 5th Cavalry & 7th Infantry

David M. Kay Co. K 1st Rifles (Orr’s)

Andrew J. Lastinger Co. H 29th Infantry

E. Allen Co.D Clinch’s Cavalry

F. Allen Co.D Clinch’s Cavalry

James Daniel Co. I 29th Infantry

James P. Harris Co. C 34th Infantry

James A. Rowell Co. F 12th Infantry

Jesse B. Harris Co. E 36th Infantry (Villepigue’s)

Jesse B. Harris Co. O Phillip’s Legion

Josiah Mizell Co. G 26th Infantry

J. T. Green Co.D Clinch’s Cavalry

Philip Cook Co. I 4th Infantry

Wesley Harris Co. O Phillip’s Legion

W. Green Co.D Clinch’s Cavalry


Henry Nettles Co. B 1st Cavalry

John B. Nelson Co. B Cavalry

M. Higginbotham Co. K Cavlary

M.Y. Higginbotham Co. K Cavalry


John Coyle Co. B 4th Cavalry


Samuel Garrett Co. F 2nd Rifles

Publishing your family history

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Ok, I’m looking for advise here. I think I am at the point where I would like to put my years of research in bound form and I am looking to hear from people that have done that.

I have looked at and their prices are great, I have looked at Cafe Press, and eh, not impressed with their prices but they might still be an option. I am looking to print on demand only, I don’t want a short run and have boxes of unpaid for books just sitting around my house. I do not need a color option, black and white is fine and I don’t think I want to go with hardcover. I’ve seen many printed in “paperback” and I think that’s just fine for my needs.

So my question for y’all is, have you done this, who did you use and why? Would you use them again and how pleased were you with your overall results?

Comments welcome on the discussion forum Here by registered members.

Canadian Headstone Photo Project

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Great site!! Its free and its free of annoying ads, which makes it one that I think you should put on your list if you have Canadian research. Its definitely one you should donate your pics to if you have them.

Group discussion HERE

Unearthed caskets hold mystery bodies

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Unearthed caskets hold mystery bodies


Saturday, April 11, 2009 3:14 AM
By Dana Wilson

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio — Archaeologists found human remains inside some of the caskets that surfaced this week because of erosion along the eastern bank of Alum Creek in Delaware County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said yesterday.

Four of the five unearthed caskets contained bones, but their identities are a mystery because no headstones or markers were found at the excavation site, said Aaron Smith, an archaeologist with the Corps’ Huntington District.

“That’s worsened, in this case, because records of the cemetery were burned in a fire,” Smith said.

The remains were buried at least 50 years ago in what was once Cheshire Cemetery, but they apparently were left behind when the Alum Creek Dam was built in 1973 and the cemetery was relocated.

Remnants of pine boxes that lined the graves were exposed along the reservoir’s shoreline, Smith said. The caskets will remain intact during the Corps’ investigation out of respect for the deceased and their families. “We’re not opening them up entirely.”

The Corps already has contracted with DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, which is authorized to move the remains, Corps officials said.

“What’s expected is, they’ll move those remains to the cemetery where all the other caskets were moved,” said Chuck Minsker, a Corps spokesman.

The site is 2 miles north of the Alum Creek Dam near the intersection of Cheshire and Africa roads. Authorities have roped off that area, and park officers are monitoring it to discourage the curious.

The Corps plans to search for more remains in five or six nearby areas, Smith said.

Early records of the old Cheshire Cemetery were kept by a local family but were destroyed when the family’s home was struck by lightning and caught fire, said Bill Wachtel, whose grandparents lived on a farm that was across the street from the former cemetery.

The reservoir’s construction was hotly contested because it buried a lot of local farms, he said. His grandparents moved in

1974 when the area was flooded.

“I hunted all that ground up there when I was a kid,” Wachtel said. “My grandfather was probably the last one to move.”

He and his grandfather helped move the cemetery when it was relocated by the Corps, and he said he suspects that other graves haven’t been unearthed.

“There’s more there,” he said.

Church, genealogist in tussle

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

 It can be discussed here AC Discussion
It doesn’t want him sharing photos, info from cemetery


Among the hundreds of graves in the Old Union Christian Church Cemetery on Russell Cave Road, genealogist David Shannon found those of several relatives, including his great-grandparents Julia and Lloyd Harp.

With beginner’s zeal, Shannon began to compile the names, birth and death dates on the tombstones, which date back to the early 1800s. “Once I got into it, I figured other people trying to find ancestors would find information in the cemetery helpful,” he said.

So he created an independent research Web site,, where he’s posted the information on the 475 documented burials collected and a photograph of each visible stone.

But the church board at Old Union took offense.

In February, the church’s governing board sent Shannon a letter telling him “to cease publishing pictures of stones … not part of your family because it is sharing family information without their consent.”

Old Union’s minister, the Rev. Scott Winkler, said the church’s position is that Shannon’s actions are an invasion of privacy. “If you’re going to publish other people’s private information you need to get their permission,” he said. “Any cemetery has to protect rights of people buried there.”

Winkler said he did not think the church board will pursue the issue with legal action but still felt the need to state its opinion.

The church sells a $10 book with all the tombstone information in it, but no pictures, compiled for an Eagle Scout project several years ago with the help of church historian Leslie Nash Huber, Winkler said.

The difference between the book and Shannon’s Web site is “my church board and congregation approved the book,” he said. “Since most of these folks (at Old Union) have people buried there, they approved publication of the information.”

But Shannon felt he had a right to publish the information; he also considered it a community service.

Birth and death dates are public information, recorded in county courthouses and with the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s division of vital statistics.

What is inscribed on a tombstone also is public, said Mary Davis, Stites & Harbison professor of law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. “If a fact is in the public domain, it’s not private and it can be published,” she said.

It is another matter, Davis said, if someone tries to protect private information. For instance, if you are in your house and a peeping Tom takes photographs of you through a window, that violates privacy you are trying to protect.

“But if something is in the public, and you haven’t exercised any protection over it or (indicated) any desire to keep it within your own sphere, you can’t tell others they can’t have access to it,” Davis said.

Some genealogists expressed surprise at Old Union’s prohibition on sharing family genealogy information.

Former Fayette County Attorney Margaret Kannensohn said that historically, the reason for tombstone inscriptions was “to commemorate, for the ages, the existence of that person. That’s why they went into a lot of description.”

If information about the person was intended to be kept private, “it could have been confined to the family Bible or oral tradition, but kept within the family,” said Kannensohn, also a genealogist.

A movement called Free Genealogy promotes disseminating as much information as possible, she said, “so everyone has a possibility of researching their roots.” Within that movement, she said, “Shannon is doing an incredible service.”

Ann Johnson, head of the Kentucky Historical Society’s cemetery preservation program, said she has never encountered a cemetery refusing to allow photography or requiring permission of family members.

“You can go to and pull up the same information on anybody you want to. You don’t have to be a relative,” Johnson said. If the death certificate is available, “you can even print them off.”

Lisa Sanden, president of the Fayette County Cemetery Trust, said she was “absolutely shocked” when she learned of the church’s unwillingness to share genealogy information from the cemetery.

Kentucky statutes do not address privacy of information on tombstones, Sanden said. “I went back and re-read them. The statutes speak to tombstones not being desecrated and not publishing photographs for profit.”

Shannon isn’t making a profit, she said; “he is doing this out of the goodness of his heart, sharing his information.”

For those that wore the gray CSA dedication, William Redding Byers

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

September 20th 2008 was the culmination of 3 years of research and 9 months of planning….we finally got to have the tombstone dedication for my husbands 3rd great grandfather, William Redding Byers “Redin” who fought with a SC regiment in the War of Northern Aggression and can I just say it was worth every stressful planning moment I had!!!  It was well attended by family, reenactors and the newspaper.

I finally got the website for the dedication service done, if anyone is interested in looking at it :)

CSA Dedication Service for William Redding Byers

comments can be left here by all registered users :)

Forum Discussion

Golden Rule of Genealogy

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

So last week I am scanning the bible pages I have had in my possession for well over  year so that I can give them back to the owner.  Seems I keep forgetting and I think sooner or later  he’s going to send the genealogy police after me for stealing his old crumbly pages that (to me) are worth more than gold and was my holy grail.  Took me 10 years to find this bible and it turned up at a home less than a mile from where I’d been living!!

See, I am unlucky enough to research the surname Adams.  Why do I say I’m unlucky? BECAUSE THERE ARE A BLUE BILLION OF THEM and NONE of them are related to mine lol so looking at other peoples Adams research is pointless to me (though I do it anyway because I can’t be a pessimist all the time right?)  This bible is the family bible of ONE of the Adams families in Gwinnett Co Ga and the first birth in there is from 1777 (John Lewis born in SC, his daughter Amanda married Elijah Adams). Col. Adams, the current keeper of the grail, had taken the birth, death and marriage pages out of the crumbling 20 pound hunk of leather and pulp a long time ago to try to preserve them in plastic sheets. He let me “borrow” them about a year ago and of course as things happen they got put aside… I never forgot I had them but I thought maybe if I kept them out of site I wouldnt have to give them back (I’m only 1/2 jesting about that).

Friday before last, I’m looking thru obits in the Atlanta paper for the last couple of months, because Col. Adams is an older gentleman and I’m always trying to keep an eye out to see if he’s passed on.  I dont find his, but I find that his wife passed away in July, and well the guilt finally gets the best of me and I call the house to tell him I would like to bring the pages back to him.  Turns out this very nice 89 year old is out traveling and wont be back for several days, but his grandson assures me that he will tell the Col. to call me. I’m thinking great, this gives me a few days to take them to work and scan them with my new scanner.  I get them scanned and Im trying to tweak them for optimal appearance.  I have the birth page blown up 300% and I notice something.  These 10 plus years I’ve been looking at these I always thought that one of the births listed said Henry John Lewis 7-27-1818.  Well lo and behold at 300% I see the name is not Henry at all its MARY.    All this time I have been keeping my eye’s open for information on Henry John Lewis, son of John and Sarah Lewis, talk about feeling stupid (specially when you’re a person KNOWN for being able to decipher old handwriting when others cant. This also tells me that the person listed on the Death page as Mary J Martin must be her!!

It turns out that Monday (labor day) is the day that works for everyone for me to take the pages back to the Col.  I get there and his son is there and while we’ve never met, we’ve emailed a few times over the years.  It never occured to me to take my “book” of Adams research with me, I just took the bible pages back, and when John starts asking me some questions I totally blank (I’m sure Im not the only one that does that when you’re trying to remember something about you research that you normally know backwards and forwards by heart).  Well, I dont live that far from them so I offer to go back home and get my book so we can go through it.

When I get home Im going through my piles of Adams stuff, and out of the corner of my eye I catch a loose copy  of a page of  Franklin Garrett’s Cemetery Survey.  Its of a cemetery that Elijah Adams was buried in (thankfully Franklin did this back in 1939 when the stone was still readable, because now all the text is worn off the stone) but the page Im looking at is the page with the M’s. I’ve never needed the M page, but somehow back when I copied the survey I copied the entire cemetery, not just what I needed. On this M page I see the transcription “Martin, Mary John Lewis  b 7-27-1818 married John Martin 1841 died October 1847″

In 16 years I’ve never known that one of Amanda Lewis Adams sisters married and lived near her in Gwinnett Co. I thought she was the only Lewis here.

Mary John has been found on several census with all her children and they match all the other Martin’s listed on that cemetery page!!

Moral to the story…..PLEASE make sure you go back through your old notes every so often because you NEVER know whats going to pop up that never made sense to you before, but does NOW.  Though its not a direct line, I now have a whole new branch of the family to research, simply because of the bible page.

 Feel free to discuss here:

Golden Rule of Genealogy

In Flew Enza

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Ever wonder about the spanish flu? One of our most esteemed members (who just happens to be my mother lol) posted something on the forum that she had written for our family history awhile back.

It was first printed in Paper Plates, Napkins and Other Musings:

In Flew Enza
I had a little bird
It’s name was Enza
I opened the window
and in flew Enza.

A simple little jump rope rhyme to commemorate the worst epidemic this country has ever seen. One quarter of the population was wiped out in this outbreak. I have no records which of our family members succumbed to Spanish Flu, but there were a number who died in this time frame. It was devastating enough to merit a few paragraphs in any family history.

There has never been absolute proof where the epidemic started. Evidence seems to indicate it began at Fort Riley, Kansas in early Spring 1918. Soldiers burned tons of cow manure. As this was being done a gale sprang up unexpectedly. It became a virtual dust storm. The sun went black. Two days later on March 11 a private reported to the infirmary with a fever, sore throat and headache. Less than a minute later another soldier reported the same symptoms. By noon there were 100 cases, by nightfall, 500. Forty-eight men died in this initial onslaught. Then it seemed to disappear.

This was a good time in this country. Women had the vote, we had airmail, smallpox, anthrax, diphtheria and rabies had all been identified and cured. The country was behind the war effort 100%, celebrating with parades and parties-breeding grounds for an airborne virus. Something no one could hope to identify. Virus were not visible until the invention of the electron microscope, still far in our future.

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