27 January 2010

Possible Identification of Non-Identifieds in the M. A. Daniel Lot

The M. A. Daniel Lot is located in Eglantine Square. This is where Annibel Lamar Phelts (28 June 1880 - 7 May 1924) and her mother Emma Carter Phelts (10 June 1857 - 7 Jan 1939) were laid to rest. Emma Carter Phelts was the daughter of Chestley C. and Ann Daniel. Emma married R. H. Phelts and was a dress maker. Annibel was a school teacher in the early 1900's at a south Macon school. She never married.

While searching records for Annibel and Emma, I came across an interesting entry for the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Emma and Annibel were listed with Sarah A. Moulthrop, who was living at 1070 Walnut Street. Sarah was Emma's sister. Another sister, Isabella V., was also listed. All three sisters were widows. For some reason, I felt compelled to learn more about these three widowed women.

While visiting the RoseHillCemetery.org website, I performed a search on the M. A. Daniel Lot and found there were 5 additonal individuals buried there. One was C. C. Daniel, died 23 November 1869. Census records suggest this is Chestley C. Daniel, the father of Emma, Sarah, and Isabella. The four others buried in the lot were listed as non-identified.

I also performed a search using the surnames of Moulthrop and Woodward. While nothing came up for Moulthrop, an entry for Mrs. I. V. Woodward was discovered. She was laid to rest in Rose Hill 9 December 1901. Her burial location within the cemetery, however, is unknown.

Since all three sisters were living together in 1900, I suggest to you that one of the non-identified in the M. A. Daniel Lot in Eglantine Square is Mrs. Isabella Virginia (Daniel) Woodward. She was the wife of Dr. J. J. Woodward, and seems to have been widowed as early as 1870.

For more information as to how I arrived at this conclusion, as well as more information about the sisters, please visit my post at the Southern Graves blog -- 3 Widowed Sisters Take Me from Macon, Georgia to Eufaula, Alabama.

Another burial in Rose Hill with an unkown location is Anna Daniel, interred 18 July 1913. This is possibly Chestley's wife, and another of the non-identified in the M. A. Daniel Lot.

26 January 2010

Aunt Etta's & Uncle Henry's Interesting Dates (Tombstone Tuesday)

Unfortunately, I do not yet have bios for Aunt Etta and Uncle Henry, but dates on their tombstones allude to a sad occasion.

Henry L. Fields
July 3, 1860
July 16, 1894

Etta Mae Fields
July 16, 1869
June 25, 1904

As you can see, according to these dates, Henry died on Etta's 25th birthday. It might also be interesting to note both Henry and Etta died at the age of 34.

They were both laid to rest in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery.

11 January 2010

Ella Powers Reddy (1845-1908)

Image by James Allen
Ella was laid to rest in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery. Her husband, Robert J. Reddy, was the lot owner.

Ella was the daughter of Milton Homer Powers (1817-1855) and Mary E. Wilson (1822-1870). Ella was also the mother-in-law of Lillie Bell Reddy. Here is Ella's obituary:

Macon Weekly Telegraph, Georgia
3 January 1908
(Viewed online at GenealogyBank.)

The death of Mrs. Ella Powers Reddy occurred at the family residence, 318 Hydrola street, yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock, after an illness of several weeks. The deceased was in her 63rd year.

Mrs. Reddy was born in Effingham County, Georgia, and was the relict of the late Robert J. Reddy. She was a resident of Macon for over two score years, coming here in 1864, shortly after the death of her husband.

Mrs. Reddy is survived by two sons, Messrs. A. G. and Robert M. Reddy, of Macon, and four daughters, Mrs. T. R. Cooper, of Savannah, and Mrs. Clarence Denicke and Mrs. B. F. Boutwell and Miss Sara Reddy, of this city; also one brother, Mr. A. K. Powers, Tusculum, Ga., and four sisters, Mrs. J. R. Collins, Mrs. M. R. Denton, Mrs. F. E. Gugel and Mrs. V. A. Menard, of Macon.

The funeral will take place from the residence this afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Perry Lee officiating. Interment will be in Rose Hill cemetery.
It should be noted that the notion of Ella coming to Macon "shortly after the death of her husband" is inaccurate. The line should reference a time period after the marriage of Robert and Ella. They were wed 7 June 1864 in Effingham County, and Robert died at Macon in 1901.

10 January 2010

Lillie Bell Reddy

Mrs. Lillie Bell Reddy rests in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery. Her ledger marker can be found in the Robert J. Reddy lot.

There is a discrepancy regarding when Lillie was born. Her tombstone is engraved with the date of 9 September 1874, while the date written on her death certificate was 12 September 1876. Lillie was born in Georgia, the daughter of W. J. Bell and Julia Parker. Mr. Bell operated a daily hack line from Louisville to Bartow for many years, handling mail and passengers. When the Louisville and Wadley Railroad was built, he was given a conductor's place on that road. He held it continuously until about nine months before his death in January 1912.

Miss Lillie married Robert M. Reddy. He, according to the 1910 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia federal census, was a locomotive engineer. Lillie and Robert had one son, Milton J. A veteran of the US Army, he passed away 31 July 1982 and was laid to rest near his parents in Rose Hill.

Shortly after 1910, Lillie and her family moved to Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Lillie died there 8 August 1919, after suffering from tuberculosis for at least two years. Here is a transcript of her obituary from the 9 August 1919 edition of the Macon Weekly Telegraph (GA):

Mrs. Lillie Reddy, wife of R. M. Reddy, formerly of Macon, died at Savannah Friday morning at 3 o'clock. The body ws brought to Macon, arriving at 3:30 this morning. Funeral services will be held from Burghard's, 718 Cherry street, this (Saturday) afternoon, 5:30. Interment at Rose Hill.

Mrs. Reddy has been a resident of Savannah for two years. She is survived by her husband, R. M. Reddy, and one son, Milton.
Robert had these words engraved on the tombstone placed for his wife, "Sweetheart of my youth." He lived thirteen more years without his wife before passing away 22 February 1933 in Baldwin County, Georgia. Robert's body was brought back to Macon to rest next to Lillie's in Rose Hill cemetery.
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