Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday~~Farmer with team

This series of images, along with other images representing decades of this family's ancestry, was located in an old dried out box during an estate auction. No one attending the auction wanted the box so, it was destined to be thrown away.

I adopted the box.

Here is a farmer and his team of horses:

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday~Hargett Family cemetery, est. ca.1825

Hargett Family Cemetery
Est. ca.1825
{Located on private land, just on the outskirts of Richlands, Onslow County, N.C.}

L.W. Hargett was the first official Mayor of Richlands, North Carolina. Due to lack of maintainance and care, this endangered cemetery (image at left) has been unkept. It is now surrounded by "Urban Sprawl," in every direction, just feet from the edge of woods.

Image above shows encrusted foliage over headstones.
In the center of picture is the standing headstone of Mayor Hargett.

Another image of cemetery with foliage overgrowth.

Can you see the buried headstone in the above image?
{Hint: Follow the two small tree twigs to where they intersect}

Location of buried headstone within previous image.

Fallen & broken headstone.
Was located six inches under "visible" surface.
Remaining headstone base yet to be re-discovered

L. W. Hargett
First official Mayor of Richlands, North Carolina.
Born: 6 July 1831
Died: 12 March 1916

{Compare this image to that of the first image within this series}

The Hargett Family cemetery is one of fifteen currently being stabilized and maintained through Resurrection Mission. In time the fallen and broken headstones will be located and repaired.
Now associated with a Florida based Non-Profit-Organization, donations for equipment, much needed soil and every growing research fees can be accepted. Although not demanded nor, expected, a monatary donation will be deeply appreciated. 100% of all monatary donations goes directly to debts for Resurrection Mission projects.
Thank you for taking the time to review this material
Jack Robinson
Director of Operations; Resurrection Mission
GySgt., U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Twitter Wordless Wednesday~Grandma Norman Price

One of the many pleasures I have, when conducting my Resurrection Mission cemetery preservation projects, is to meet direct descendents who can provide an oral history of the individuals laid to rest in the cemeteries that I research and maintain.

The Price family, from Richlands, North Carolina, provided me with some family heirlooms while visiting with them. These are one-of-a-kind images of their Ancestors.

Here is an image of Grandma Norman Price. Yes, I said Norman.

Take a few moments and think of what her life was like growing up.

Grandma Norman is laid to rest next to her husband Alonzo and twelve of her immediate family, within the Brick Mill Cemetery, just outside Richlands, N.C.

I hope you enjoy the image.

If you know a story or have another image of Grandma Norman Price, please let me know. Her family would greatly appreciate stories and images.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday- Cox family, Onslow County, N.C.

This grave marker is from the newest, and least researched, Caucasian endangered cemetery. Located on County property, officials were not aware of cemetery.

Visible headstones suggest this cemetery was established ca.1885.

Image above shows the size and length of this combined headstone

Inscription on left side, facing stone

Inscription, right side facing headstone

This cemetery, along with the other two recently located cemeteries within this piece of County property will be Resurrection Mission's 2010, projects.

In total, fifteen cemeteries are being researched and cared for, on a staggered schedule, by Jack Robinson, historian and exclusive caretaker of these cemeteries.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to review this post,


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Veterans within Brick Mill Cemetery

Here are a few of the African American Veterans who are buried within the Brick Mill Cemetery, est. ca.1900.

As you review the headstones, take a moment to reflect on how it was like for these men to serve, fight, and sacrifice for various American Freedoms, that they were not allowed to enjoy.

Then ask yourself the following question: Why did they serve?

Clearence E. Nicholson


Charlie H. Dunn


John Bennett

William R. Freeman

Wade Thomas

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday~~Ladies from Pennsylvania

Last week's Wordless Wednesday image that I posted brought an array of comments from various genealogists and historians.

I have posted today, two additional images of young ladies from Pennsylvania which were in the same rediscovered photo album as last week's image.

Unknown lady from Pennsylvania

[Date: Unknown; R.J.M. Little, photographer, Columbia, PA]

Take a moment and think of what these two lady's lives were like. Were they rich, educated, happy or, just the opposite?

Pennsylvania lady standing next to chair

[Date: Unknown; C, E. Wallin, Premium Photographer, York, PA]

I hope you enjoy the images. As before and always, if you know these ladies drop me a line or two.

Best wishes,
GySgt., U.S. Marine Corps, ret.

Cemetery preservation projects

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday~~Good and bad

Here are two images that I hope will allow people who review them to learn about our past American Veterans. We must protect their final resting places.

Wade Thomas, (African American)

Pvt., U.S. Army, WWI
Brick Mill Cemetery, Richlands, N.C.
(Cemetery is located on private property & protected)

Edgar Parker (Caucacian)

Pvt., CSA, North Carolina

Half Moon Cemetery, Jacksonville, N.C.

(Headstone deliberatly shattered; same as his wife's marker)

Pvt. Wade Thomas, served his Nation with honor, during a time when he, himself, did not have the oppurtunity to share in all of the Freedoms that he fought to gain for his country.

Pvt. Edgar Parker's headstone, along with his wife's marker were damaged over the decades since they were laid to rest.

The Half Moon Cemetery, where they and other ancesters are buried, was established ca. 1880. Nearly all of the original headstones are missing. Many were broken by man or machine and then carried away to be disposed.

Take a moment during your busy schedual and thank a veteran, past and present, for their service to their Nation.


GySgt., U.S. Marine Corps, ret.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Wordless Wednesday~~Pennsylvania lady sitting in chair

I discovered the above image after I purchased a very old, dusty and stained photo album from within a box, located in an old barn style antique shop. The dealer had no interest in the images, only for their monetery value.

On the back of this image is a logo: "Buttorff's Photographic-art Gallery-York, PA. Nearly all of the old images that were in this album have a professional service who took the image." All were from PA.

Take a short moment and gaze into this lady's eyes and ask yourself what could her life been like, while she was growing up.

If you know the young lady in the image above, send me a note.

Thanks for stopping by, come again soon.

GySgt., U.S Marine Corps, Ret.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday~~Finding a sunken grave marker

Discovering a sunken grave marker:

Image shows what appears to be a sunken grave.

Removing the "known" surface carefully with a metal shovel.

Notice the one inch root.

Removal of soil reveals a grave marker.

Located, roughly, nine inches below "known" surface.

Closer view of discovered grave marker.

Removal of all soil, by hand, with use of wooden tools.

Louisa's grave marker; located roughly eleven inches under ground.