dee_burris: (Default)
2010-11-21 11:13

Confederate Soldiers Rest, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis TN

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I took photos of 55 Confederate soldiers' gravestones while I was at the cemetery.

That is just a fraction of the more than 1,300 Confederate soldiers and veterans buried in the cemetery, with over 1,000 of those graves in the Fowler section of the cemetery known as Confederate Soldiers Rest.

Many of those graves remain without a military marker, but 945 do have a numbered concrete markers placed there by the Confederate Historical Association in 1886.

Included in this entry are the 55 photos I took, along with a brief transcription of the information on the stone, so that people searching for any of these soldiers might be able to find them when using Google or other search engines.

If your relative is among these 55 men, and you want the photo of the gravestone for your own personal genealogy or family records, I am expressly waiving copyright on the photos used for that purpose. Just right click and save the photo to your computer. I retain copyright for any photos that someone might want to use for a commercial purpose.

In other words, if you want to make money off the deal, we will have to get all formal with a written agreement about that.

While I was at Elmwood, I purchased a copy of John W Cothern's book, Confederates of Elmwood, which was carefully researched over a number of years. It has additional information about each of the soldiers, and I can do look-ups for anyone who thinks his or her Confederate soldier relative may be buried at Elmwood. Leave a comment with your request and I will reply to your comment here.

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dee_burris: (Default)
2010-11-11 19:32
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I just love it when things work out...

One of my strange hobbies is going to flea markets and digging through the box of hodge podge family photos sitting at the front of some vendor's stall. I wonder how and why they wound up in a pasteboard box on a stranger's table of wares for sale instead of in the family album, or framed and hanging on the wall. Some vendors tell me that they acquire them in estate sales, and that it "may be the end of the family line" with the decedent's death.

I bought this photo years ago at a flea market for one dollar. I was struck by it because it's one of those photos that families sent "back home" to show their relatives that the crazy notion they had taken to uproot themselves and move turned out all right.

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The inscription on the back is in pencil:
From Ella to Fannie when they moved to Smith's Ferry, Tyler Co., Texas. Paul Carter's family and Grandpa Carter. 1899

The 1900 census has Paul and Ella Carter listed with six kids in Justice Precinct 8, Tyler Co., TX.

So I figured that the kids in the photo are (right to left, in order by height):
Frank D, age 16; Paul E, 12; Orlando J, 10; Ruth E, 7; Maude E, 5; and Mary C, 3. Grandpa is way off to the left, and if the family tree I found is correct, his name is William Franklin Carter.

Yep, I found a very well sourced family tree, and emailed the owner to let him know I'd love to return his family photo to him...his last name is Carter, too.

He emailed back, and a couple of months ago, I was able to reunite the photo with the family.

I love it when that happens.