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  • Right now I am aggravated , angry, sad and as we say in the South ” mad as two wet hens.”

    This year marks my twentieth eighth year of genealogy. I LOVE GENEALOGY, I love the hunt, I love visiting cemeteries and admiring the tombstones from hundreds of years ago. I like think about the people that are in the ground, are they in wooden coffins or are they in a fancy coffin, what type of life they had,  were they rich were they poor. If it was a woman she possibly had children and grandchildren did she wear an apron, cook apple pies, wash her clothes on a rub board and then hang out on the lines to dry?  Was she a skinny woman or one of those fat fluffy women that we all loved to crawl up in those kind of grannies lap and smell the scent of powder that she perfumed herself with while she hugged us and gave us a million kisses.   Was PawPaw a farmer, or did he work at the bank, wear overalls, chew tobacco or dress up in a suit, tie and hat?  You get the idea, if you have ever visited one while you were researching you know exactly what I am talking about.  Today I visited one in Northeast AL, Piedmont, AL to be exact and I am very sad for a lot of reasons. You see this one was damaged and it is very old.

    Some of the early settlers of the area are buried here. I saw a lot of beer bottles , broken tombstones, turned over tombstones, potato chip bags , soda bottles and golf balls.Time did not break these tombstones. SOME TRASH OF A CRIMINAL DID THIS. Who does this kind of activity? Who is so much of a low of a life and bored that they feel they have to go in a cemetery to cause destruction? CRIMINALS, TRASH, SCUM OF THE EARTH.

    I want you to look at these pictures at what some heathen did.  Why would ANYONE want to desecrate a cemetery?  It broke my heart. Can it be corrected? Can someone help restore this old cemetery back to what it should be or does no one really care anymore?

    What really should happen here is some company donate a fence, enclose the property and the citizens whether it be a Girl Scout/Boy Scout or some church organization should go here and clean this place up. Someone should volunteer to keep it cleaned up. This is families, people that used to walk the earth.  I’d even suggest the city let the jail workers go up there and clean it up.  I tried to stand up as many tombstones as I could and it truly was sad and I am very angry that people would do this and then no one will correct it. My husband Gary said “you have been in 1000’s of cemeteries all over the USA and this one by far has been the worst one.”

    One day it will be “Oh I think there used to be a cemetery there.” Reason being, it will either be overrun with weeds, bushes and someone will have totally destroyed the place.

    I lived my early life in this area until I graduated a long time ago. I was shocked and saddened that this type of thing happened. NEVER would anyone of my era even think of this. I am coming back soon with some chalk going to the place, documenting every stone that is there for future generations of researchers. I hope to see it in better shape .































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  • Well after many years of searching I have gotten some headway. Here is some of my Cowan notes.

    My Grandfather.. well one of them.. Direct line.

    Thomas Cohen born 1832 or 1828 I have conflicting info in Ireland,  He however died August 6, 1891 in Pennsylvania . He is buried at Calvary Episcopal Cemetery, Aston Mills, Delaware County, PA

    I have a wife for Thomas, Catherine born September 12, 1841 in Ireland.. She died February 20, 1916 in Pennsylvania age 75.  I have her father as John Kelvey and her mother Mary Armstrong both born in Ireland. I am wondering if McKelvey. She is buried at Calvary Episcopal Cemetery, Aston Mills, Delaware County, PA

    The children of this union is as follows in Pennsylvania

    William Thomas born about 1857

    Sarah Elizabeth known as Lizzie who married a Johnson born 1859

    James born 1861

    Robert F born 1864

    John W born 1867

    Henry born 1870

    Margaret Jane which is my great Grandmother who married William K. Vanzant and ended up in Anniston, AL  they came from Chester PA  born 1872

    Noble born 1874

    Frederick Alfred born 1878  he ended up in Detroit Michigan where some years later he died.

    If any of you have any information please email me at SadieMaesAttic@aol.com and put  COWAN info in the subject.



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  • Birth: Jun. 5, 1883
    Death: Mar. 1, 1958


    John Taylor,74, of 6 Howie Rd. Oxford, died Saturday
    afternoon at 12:45 at the residence after a lengthy
    He was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of
    Calhoun County. Mr. Taylor was a member of Harmony
    Baptist Church of Choccolocco.
    Funeral services will be conducted at Pleasant Ridge
    Baptist Church at a date and time to be announced.
    The Rev. George Vines and Fred Cobb will officiate and
    burial will be in the adjacent cemetery, Usrey directing.
    Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Roy Fitzpatrick,
    Piedmont, Mrs. Johnny Reaves and Mrs. James Smith,
    Anniston; Mrs. Oscar Faulkner, DeArmanville; Mrs. B. F.
    Williams, Jacksonville, and Mrs. Clarence Burk, of Oxford
    Oxford, two sons, Cleve, of DeArmanville and Willard Taylor,
    Charleston, S.C.; one brother, Albert, of Oak Level; two
    sisters Emmaline Taylor and Lizzie Taylor, of Piedmont;
    19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
    Pallbearers will be Leroy Fitzpatrick, Ocsar Faulkner Jr,
    John R. Faulkner, Johnny R. Reaves and Gary and Merrill Taylor.

    Family links:
    Jimroe Taylor (1852 – 1928)
    Susan Garmon Taylor (1849 – 1938)

    Laura Agnes Jackson Taylor (1890 – 1953)

    Minnie Lee Taylor Faulkner (1911 – 2002)*

    Dave Taylor (1869 – 1930)*
    Albert T Taylor (1870 – 1964)*
    Annie Taylor Cotton (1877 – 1945)*
    John Taylor (1883 – 1958)
    Emmeline Taylor (1886 – 1973)*
    Jane Taylor Kemp (1887 – 1941)*
    Lizzie Taylor (1889 – 1980)*

    *Calculated relationship

    Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
    White Plains (Calhoun County)
    Calhoun County
    Alabama, USA

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  • Laura Agnes Jackson Taylor and John Taylor cemetery marker

    John Taylor was born June 5, 1883 in Cleburne County, AL .  He was the son of James M.(JimRoe) Taylor and Susan Garmon.

    John married Laura Agnes Jackson 23 December 1905 in Choccolocco, Calhoun Co Alabama.  John died March 1, 1958 in Oxford, Calhoun County, AL and he is buried in White Plains, AL at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

    Laura Agnes Jackson Taylor was the daughter of Millard Jackson and Fannie Williams. Laura was born 3 Feb 1890 in Dekalb Co, AL

    She died 25 May 1953 in Oxford, Calhoun Co, AL and is buried at Harmony Cemetery in White Plains, AL


    The Children of this union were Sadie Mae Taylor (Fitzpatrick)  Minnie Leee Taylor (Faulkner)  Cleve Gay Taylor, Russell Harvey Taylor, Ethel Taylor(Reaves)  Alton Paul Taylor, Pauline Taylor (Williams)  Hellen Taylor (Smith)  Ellen Taylor (Burke)  Willard O’dell Taylor.

    If any of you have any of the following information or connections to this family which is my direct line please contact me, Chris Epps Wheeler at SadieMaesAttic@aol.com

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  • I have this letter from my Aunt Maria Fitzpatrick Bannister answering some correspondence from a Mr. Bill Brown in Pensacola, FL

    January 23, 1989

    Dear Mr. Brown;

    In answer to your letter we must be related ins one way. My mother Geneva Lilly was born in Athens, GA. Her daddy came from Ireland. I do not know his name (Edward Lilly and he married Sarah Ann Smith)  I do know he is buried in Athens, GA . He was a brick mason. I do not know his wife’s name. They had three children my mother Geneva Lilly, a daughter Zetta and a son Emmett Lilly.

    The grandfather (Edward Lilly) built the first stone building in Athens, Ga ( Lumpkin House)  he also helped lay the train track from Atlanta, GA to Birmingham, AL

    I am sorry I do not know more. Thanks for writing me maybe we will meet some day.

    Maria Bannister

    The ( ) is the information I know. Is it now sad you do not know your grandparents information. Please today sit down and write down everything you know beginning with you to leave for future generations of family researchers.

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  • I found this clipping. I am not sure of the source. It could be a Family Weekly from long ago.


    Everybody comes from 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-great-great-grandparents, etc.  Every generation back we go, we have twice as many lineal ancestors.

    This is very much like the Persian Chessboard problem. If there are, say, 25 years to a generation, then 64 generations is 62×25=1600 years ago, or just before the fall of the Roman Empire. So, everyone of us alive today had in the year 400 some 18.5 quintillion ancestors or so it seems to say nothing about collateral relatives.

    But this is far more than the population on the Earth, then or now. It is far more than the number of human beings who ever lived. Something is wrong with our calculation. What? We have assumed all those lineal ancestry to be different people. But this is not the case. The same distant ancestry is related to us by many different routes. We are repeatedly connected with our relatives. Every marriage bring cousins together.

    If we go back far enough, any two people anywhere on Earth HAVE A COMMON ANCESTOR. Whenever a new American President is elected, someone generally in England dissevers that new President is a distant relative of the Queen of England. This announcement is intended, perhaps, to soothe any residual American longing for a king of our own. Of course, when two people derive from the same small corner of the world, and their genealogies are well-recorded, the last common ancestor can be discovered. But whether is can be discovered or not, a relationship is clear: WE ALL ARE COUSINS- all members of a vast world-girdling family.


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  • Eugenia Brown Taylor , wife of Cleve Taylor, died April 21, 2003 in Anniston, AL She was born 20 March 1915.

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  • Former Athens Man Dies in City Of Atlanta  (typed as written)

    Mr. Thoms Lilly, aged Sixty-Six Years, Passed Away Yesterday and Will be Buried Here.

    The following is from the Atlanta Journal of last night:

    Mr. Thomas Lilly age 66, died at the residence of his niece Mrs. J.C. Dennard, 1043 East Fair Street, early Wednesday morning. He is survived by his wife; one son Emmett Lilly, of Bostwick, GA and a daughter; Mr. A.G. Fitzpatrick of Bogart, GA . He also leaves one sister Mrs. G.W. Mabry and one brother Robert Lilly of Athens, GA. The body was taken to Athens, GA his old home and the funeral and burial will be there.

    The remains will reach this city this morning on the 10 o’clock train nd will be met at the station but a number of friends, carried immediately to Oconee Cemetery, where the burial will take place.

    Born  17 April 1845  Athens, Clarke County, Ga

    Died 20 October 1910, Atlanta GA  Buried Oconee Cemetery, Athens, GA

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  • I am looking for Myra Watkins that lived in Sandersville, GA  in 2000.. She was a Fitzpatrick researcher.

    Myra contact me at SadieMaesAttic@aol.com    Thanks  Chris Wheeler

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  • Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Fitzpatrick were killed November 7, 1970 Alligator Alley, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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