14 April 2009

Willard Ervin Abernathy's Standard Certificate of Death

To coincide with this week's genealogy blogging prompt, I would like to share with you the death certificate of Willard Ervin Abernathy.

I must tell you the information found on this document was of no surprise to me. However, I can only imagine what a researcher would think if they came across Willard's death certificate with no prior knowledge of the circumstances surrounding his untimely end.

Willard was the son of Harry J. Abernathy and Gladys Marie Campbell. He was born 31 July 1935, and he died at 7 am on the morning of 5 June 1948 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. What was the cause of this twelve year old's death? "Shock & Hemorrhage, Due to being shot by a 12 gauge double barrel shot gun. The charge going into the right frontal bone."

Process that for a moment.

The document further states the death was considered an accident, and the "injury" occurred on "Roy Grindstaff farm."

Willard was buried the next day in Plainview Cemetery; Scott County, Missouri.

I knew the family story regarding Willard's death, and it was substantiated by an article I found in a local newspaper:

Sikeston Herald, Missouri
Thursday, 10 June 1948

"Cape County Youth Killed While Hunting
Last Saturday Willard Abernathy, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Abernathy, who live near Whitewater in Cape Girardeau county, was fatally shot by his grandfather, George M. Campbell of Morley, who was visiting in the Abernathy home.

It is reported that the grandfather went squirrel hunting near the Abernathy home early Saturday morning and that a little later, without his knowledge, the lad also went hunting. In the dim light of the morning Campbell saw something moving in a clump of bushes and fired his gun at it. The object was his grandson."

What a tragedy.

By the way, you may view the death certificate online at the Missouri Digital Archives.

11 April 2009

Happy Easter, Y'all!

Yes, that's me. It's one of those pictures with no information, though. I cannot remember my age or the place. Oh well. I was quite the colorist, wasn't I?

10 April 2009

Ransom Taylor Avant

Ransom Taylor Avant was born 18 February 1810 in Washington, Georgia. He married Matilda Johnson. She was born 11 September 1810 in Georgia. Ransom and Matilda had five children:

- Lewis Mitchell Avant (1836-1923);
- Martha Avant (1840-1934);
- Isaiah Lewis Avant (d. 1874);
- James Russell Avant (1847-1919);
- George W. Avant.

Ransom died 12 September 1882 and was buried in Liberty Chapel Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. An obituary:

13 September 1882
The Macon Telegraph & Messenger
"On Monday afternoon, in Rutland district, while engaged in hauling with a two-horse wagon, Mr. Ransom T. Avant fell from the wagon, was run over and so badly hurt that he died that night. Mr. Avant had been in feeble health for a number of years, but has been active and diligent in business when not actually in bed. He will be buried this morning at Liberty Chapel, Rev. C. W. Smith conducting the funeral ceremonies. Being a Mason, a number of the Masonic fraternity will attend."

Sources Include:
- Ancestry World Family Tree
- Obituary
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- Newspaper Articles
- US Federal Census Records
- Georgia Deaths, 1919-98: This database is an index of more than 2.7 million deaths recorded by the State of Georgia from 1919 to 1998. The index includes the name of the deceased, the volume of the certificate number, the death date, the race of the deceased, the deceased's gender, the county of death, the death certificate number, the date the certificate was filed, and the deceased's age.

09 April 2009

James & Mary Avant

James Russell Avant was born 10 January 1847 in Georgia to Ransom Taylor Avant (1810-1882) and Matilda Johnson (b. 1810). James married Mary E. Harry about 1874. Mary was born 4 December 1845 in Georgia, and died 15 March 1912 in Walden, Bibb County, Georgia.

James and Mary Avant had five children:
- Minnie Lewis Avant (1876-1959);
- Fannie Avant (b. abt 1878);
- Mary Alma Avant (1881-1914);
- Jessie W. Avant (b. 1885);
- George S. Avant (1887-1974)

James died 20 June 1919 in Walden, Bibb County, Georgia. He and his wife were buried at Liberty Chapel Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia. An obituary for James R. Avant:

22 June 1919
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Deaths and Funerals
"James R. Avant, aged 71, died last night at his home near Walden. Mr. Avant was a Confederate veteran, being a member of the R. A. Smith camp. He is survived by the following brothers: L. M. Avant, Macon; George W. Avant, Riverside, Cal.; one sister, Mrs. Martha Livenster, and the following children: Mrs. J. F. Hammock, Mrs. E. W. Lipford, Miss Jessie Avant, and George S. Avant. Funeral will be held at Liberty Chapel (this Sunday) afternoon..."

An obituary for Mrs. Mary Avant:

16 March 1912
The Macon Daily Telegraph
"Mrs. Mary Avant, wife of J. R. Avant, died at her home near Walden yesterday evening at 8:30. Mrs. Avant is survived by a husband and four children; the latter being Mrs. Jinks Hammond, of Dunbar; Mrs. G. W. Lipford, Mrs. Alma Griffin and George Avant, of Walden; one brother, W. A. Harry, of Abbeyville...

The funeral services will take place at the Liberty Chapel, Saturday the 16th, at 3:00."

Sources Include:
- Obituary
- Newspaper Articles
- US Federal Census Records
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- Georgia Deaths, 1919-98: This database is an index of more than 2.7 million deaths recorded by the State of Georgia from 1919 to 1998. The index includes the name of the deceased, the volume of the certificate number, the death date, the race of the deceased, the deceased's gender, the county of death, the death certificate number, the date the certificate was filed, and the deceased's age.
- Ancestry World Family Tree
- History of Peach County, Georgia


08 April 2009

Mary Alma Avant's Obituary

Mary Alma Avant was the daughter of James Russell and Mary E. Harry Avant. According to her gravestone, she was born 17 September 1881 and died 10 April 1915. The death date is not correct according to her obituary. She was buried in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. There is a large family plot behind the church. Her obituary:

2 April 1914
The Macon Daily Telegraph; Georgia

Deaths & Funerals

Miss Alma Avant, 33 years of age, died yesterday morning at an early hour at the home of her father, J. R. Avant, near Walden. Besides her father she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. E. W. Lipford, Mrs. J. F. Hammock and Miss Jessie Avant; also one brother, George Avant.

...The funeral will be held today at noon from Liberty church, Rev. M. W. Carmichael officiating. Interment will follow in the family burying ground.

07 April 2009

Joe Brown's Pets

Joe Brown's Pets: The Georgia Militia, 1861-1865 by William Scaife and William Bragg has references to at least three VINSONS: Pvt Benjamin Franklin Vinson, Pvt Elbert Vinson, and Pvt Wiley Vinson.

About this book: "At the beginning of the Civil War, Georgia ranked third among the Confederate states in manpower resources, behind only Virginia and Tennessee. With an arms-bearing population somewhere between 120,000 and 130,000 white males between the ages of 16 and 60, this resource became an object of a great struggle between Joseph Brown, governor of Georgia, and Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Brown advocated a strong state defense, but as the war dragged on Davis applied more pressure for more soldiers from Georgia. In December 1863, the state's general assembly reorganized the state militia and it became known as Joe Brown's Pets. Civil War historians William Scaife and William Bragg have written not only the first history of the Georgia Militia during the Civil War, but have produced the definitive history of this militia. Using original documents found in the Georgia Department of Archives and History that are too delicate for general public access, Scaife and Bragg were granted special permission to research the material under the guidance of an archivist and conducted under tightly controlled conditions of security and preservation control."

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Joe Brown's Pets: The Georgia Militia, 1861-1865 on sale at Amazon.

06 April 2009

Jane Cherry Vinson's Obituary

Obituary of Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Cherry Vinson:

25 May 1900
The Macon Telegraph

Mrs. Vinson's Death
Wife of One of Bibb's Influential Citizens

Mrs. B. F. Vinson, wife of the leading planter in Rutland district, died yesterday. The funeral will occur this afternoon at 4:00 at Liberty chapel... Mrs. Vinson leaves a husband and several grown children to mourn her death.

05 April 2009

William Emmette Vinson, Jr.

William Emmette Vinson, Jr. was born 16 December 1905 in Georgia to William Emmette (1872-1961) and Frances Isabella Vinson (1873-1963). He married Winnie Lula Calhoun 21 December 1932. Lula was born 10 December 1910 and died 4 August 1993.

William and his family can be found living in Houston County, Georgia during the years of 1910, 1920, and 1930.

William was a graduate of Emory University. He farmed, raised cattle, and grew peaches. He owned and operated a recreation park, Vinson Valley.

William died 29 June 1987. He and his wife were buried in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia.


Sources Include:
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- US Federal Census Records
- History of Peach County, Georgia

04 April 2009

William Emmette Vinson

William Emmette Vinson was born 3 April 1872 in Georgia to Benjamin Franklin Vinson and Jane Elizabeth Cherry (1842-1900). William married about 1902 Frances Isabella "Fannie Belle" Vinson, daughter of Thomas Oscar Vinson (1848-1894) and Mary Catherine Robertson (1848-1919). Frances was born 19 November 1873 in Crawford County, Georgia. She died 28 February 1963.

William and Fannie had four children: Frank W., William Emmette, Jr. (1905-1987), Thomas Oscar (1908-1994), and Edward Robertson (1916-1992).

William and his family can be found living in Bibb County, Georgia during the year of 1900. They were found in Houston County, Georgia during the years of 1910, 1915, 1920, and 1930. In 1915, they were living in the town of Byron.

William's occupation was farming.

William Emmette Vinson died 10 February 1961. He and his wife Fannie Belle Vinson were both buried in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia.


Sources Include:
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- US Federal Census Records
- History of Peach County, Georgia

03 April 2009

Kittie Vinson's Tombstone

This is a photo of Kittie Vinson's tombstone in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia. Inscription:

Kittie
Daughter of B. F. & J. E. Vinson
Nov 5, 1882
July 14, 1896
Weep not, Father and Mother, for me.
For I am waiting in glory for thee.


Kitte was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Vinson and Jane Elizabeth Cherry (1842-1900).

02 April 2009

Ella Gertrude's Tombstone & Obituary

This is a photo of Ella Gertrude Vinson's tombstone in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia. Inscription:

Ella Gertrude
Daughter of B. F. & J. E. Vinson
Born Oct 1, 1875
Died Oct 4, 1892
While you are asleep with Jesus,
We are lonely, darling, without you.


Ella was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Vinson and Jane Elizabeth Cherry (1842-1900).

Ella died in Bibb County, Georgia. According to an obituary, she was a graduate of Walden High School in said county.

An obituary:

5 October 1892
The Macon Telegraph

Death of Miss Ella G. Vinson
Walden, Oct 4 -- Miss Ella G. Vinson, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Vinson, died today at 2 PM at the residence of her father, near this place. She will be buried tomorrow at Liberty Chapel burial ground at 2:00.

01 April 2009

Marcus Franklin Vinson's Tombstone

This is a photo of Marcus Franklin Vinson's tombstone in Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia. Inscription:

Marcus Franklin
Son of B. F. & J. E. Vinson
Born June 2, 1874
Died May 20, 1889

Marcus was the son of Benjamin Franklin Vinson and Jane Elizabeth Cherry (1842-1900).
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