Monday, February 2, 2009

It's All Relative

I am always on the hunt for more Georgia cousins. Recently I learned that I had a few MOORE family members who where buried not too far from our place. So this past weekend Sweetie and I traveled to the area to photograph their tombstones. I only partly surveyed the rather large cemetery. It is located in what is now Long County, Georgia at Elim Baptist Church, just a stone's throw from Walthourville. Long county was once a part of Liberty County (south to Savannah).

For some time I had wondered what happened to this line of MOORE. A direct descendant contacted me and very kindly shared his information. This particular lineage of MOORE got 'daughtered out', as we say here, and the trail runs cold with the MOORE surname at that generation. Their only son died young and is buried next to his mother.

He told me that I am also related to the wife that married my Mr. MOORE. It's a funny thing, it seems the further back I go on most of my known blood-kin, the more often I find that the person they married turns out to be another of my cousins!

It can get to complicated sometimes! Good thing I use Family Tree Maker software or I'd be totally lost in the quagmire of intermarriages and remarriages.

Case in point, this lady below:

Mrs. Caroline Mary "Carrie" Keaton Moore
Born: Jun. 7, 1866 in Taylor's Creek, Liberty Co, GA
Died: Aug. 27, 1924 in Savannah, Chatham Co, GA

Miss Carrie KEATON married my known cousin, Eli A. MOORE, C.S.A. She is a direct descendant of my PEACOCK blood-kin and is therefore also my cousin. Happens all the time now. So, I've learned to never say "We're not related" until I do a little checking. [smile]

Gosh, if I keep diving back into history, I'm going to turn out to be related to myself! [lol]

After the 'graving' we took a nice leisurely drive to the west through Tattnall County en route to Waycross for the evening meal. Along the way I spotted this old store just begging to be photographed.

Long County, Georgia - Photo Sharing by MyPhotoAlbum
An Abandoned General Store on County Line Road
Long County, GA

Click the photo to enlarge in a new window. See the old gas pump off to the side? And look at all that healthy Spanish Moss. It was just as pretty there as it looks in the photo. Makes me wish we had brought a picnic lunch so we could sit and enjoy the area for awhile. Georgia is quite picturesque. One of the many reason we enjoy living here.

And I also enjoy finding so many 'new' relatives and feeling connected to something bigger than myself.

♥ ∞


Carey's Corner said...

Geneology can really reveal interesting and sometimes exonerating facts. For generations many thought that my great great grandfather had gone AWOL during the War Between the States. But I discovered through research that he was wounded in a Tennessee battle and recovered in a hospital in La Grange, Georgia. He was given a medical release because of the lung wound and all records showed it was honorable. The records came from the National Archives in Wash D.C..

girlsinwhitedresses said...

I love that you have done all this genealogy - my mom has done a lot on our family, but I know very little of it. I like the old gravestone ... they always appeal to me for some reason.

JBA said...

Intesting hobby! There is a large mid 19th century era cemetary near our house. We're not related to anyone there, but since I drive by them every day, I feel like I know them all. There's even a headstone shaped like a little log cabin, logs, chimney and all!

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Thanks for stopping by y'all!

You know JBA, I would *have* to survey that entire cemetery, including photos. I did that to the one next door to us and put it at FindAGrave.Com. One does feel connected to those resting close by ...

Sending Warm ((Hugs)) On A Cold Georgia Night ♥ ∞

Mildred said...

I have enjoyed looking through your blog tonight. Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment so I could find you. Sounds like you have many rewarding hobbies. I especially loved the photo of the old store that you took. Do you by chance know Debbie Dixon Davis in your area of Georgia?

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Holy Cow Mildred ... do you know how many Debbie Dixon Davis' there are in this area alone??!! Probably, like, a gazillion! LOL :o) Actually, unless we go to the same church or shop at the IGA or live on the same dirt road or something like that, I probably don't know them ... yet.
I like your blog too. Thanks so much for visiting ME! I am always so honored when someone takes the time to read my scribblings.
God bless. ♥ ∞

Janeen said...

Ooooh I love your new background! Very pretty for February! This is a great post today, so interesting I just love it!

Are you scared/nervous for Wednesday?

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Hi dawlin' Janeen ... YES!!! [gripping arm chair tightly] ... I am nervous! [smile] I don't know why though 'cause I'm in good hands. Y'all are praying for me, I have superb medical people, and a loving/caring husband and God loves me best, so, why am I so doggone chicken!? Just silly, I guess. I'll laugh about this Thursday, I'm sure.
Miles Of Smiles To Ya Gal ♥ ∞

Linda said... husbands best buddy is a MOORE. Email me, and I will give you the info if you want. BUT, I think their from Ohio..