NOTE: This post is in need of updating as some new information has come to light in recent years about other cast iron covers that preceded Abrams’ patented design. I hope to follow up on that very soon. Thank you!
I enjoy visiting all kinds of cemeteries because each one has something different to offer. As you’ve learned from this blog, you never know what you’ll find. That was the case when I visited Fairburn City Cemetery for the second time right after Christmas.
I first visited this cemetery in May 2014 when my best friend (who went on my first “hop” with me) Christi was visiting from Omaha. Her Dad still lives near Fairburn. She is always up for checking out a new cemetery with me.
Fairburn City Cemetery is located in South Fulton County, about 20 miles or so South of Atlanta. During this second visit, I saw something that I’d missed before. It was unlike any grave I’d ever seen before.
At first, I didn’t know if it was just some sort of cemetery decoration because there wasn’t a name or dates on it. Nor was there any kind of maker’s signature. You don’t usually see cast iron grave markers unless they are crosses or some kind of emblem for military service. But with the image of a sleeping child resting on top, I knew it had to be a grave of some sort.
When I got home, I started my research and learned that there are indeed others like this one and they exist mostly in the South. Unfortunately, many of them no longer have the sleeping child that rests on top like this one still does.
I discovered there’s another one at a cemetery in Canton. Two in Duluth and a few in Hampton. One in Americus. Another in Macon. More are in Alabama. There are a few in Texas, which seems a bit far flung.
Thanks to John Cox (whose photo is above), I discovered that one of them bore the mark “That’s 1873, by the way. That makes sense because the graves I found of this style usually bore an 1870s era date on them.
So who was J.R. Abrams?
Born in 1835 in South Carolina, Joseph R. Abrams’s parents were from England. In August 1856, he married Laura Porter in Marshall County, Ala. She was the daughter of an influential Alabama circuit court judge, Benjamin F. Porter. Joseph and Laura moved South to Greenville, Ala. and had several children together.
The 1860 Census indicates he was a railroad contractor while the 1870 Census lists him as a fire insurance agent. The 1870 Census also shows that his real estate holdings were worth $4,000 and his personal estate worth $2,000. So he was doing quite well during Reconstruction, a financially difficult era for most Southerners.
According to the book “Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Vol. 1”, Joseph was a civil engineer. This may explain why he was keen on creating new inventions. After Googling my heart out, I found a copy of the patent for his iron grave cover and how it works. The illustration shows what his vision was.
As you can see in the diagram, his goal was to protect the small grave by covering it securely with an iron cover. The patent states: “The invention relates to mounds erected over graves; and consists in improving the present construction thereof.” Here’s the written patent so you can read it for yourself.
I’m not good at reading patents, but from what I can tell, Abrams’ design includes three arches to protect the grave that will then be covered. He describes it like this:
The arches A having been adjusted in position across the grave, the frame B C secured in position over it, and the plate D supported on the latter, the earth is filled into the grave, and rounded over the aperture d. A layer of hydraulic cement, containing embedded shells or any other ornamentation, is then placed over the mound.
I don’t know how Abrams went about having the covers made. But I’m willing to bet he had them made in Birmingham, about 130 miles north of Greenville. Birmingham was a major source of iron and is still known as the Iron City.
Another Abrams patent, this one for improvements in pavement, was published in 1876. He supposedly published several more but I was unable to find them. He died in 1893.
Greenville’s Pioneer Cemetery has several of Abrams’ iron grave covers. I noticed that Abrams’ home in 1870 was only a few blocks away from that cemetery. Here are two of them, featured on Ginger’s Deep Fried Kudzu website. Notice the shells on top.
Wanting to see more of these up close, I headed to Duluth (which isn’t far from my house). I wasn’t sure what type of condition they were in but I was eager to see them.
Unlike the Fairburn City Cemetery grave, these bear the first names of their occupants. Cora Lillian died in September 1872 and Phoebe died in October 1874. I did not see Abrams’ name on the covers. There appears to be no concrete layer beneath them.
Cora and Phoebe’s last name is unknown, although a couple with the last name of Mewborn is buried nearby. They could be their parents.
Duluth Cemetery is located next to railroad tracks and a train rumbled by as I was standing beside the graves of Cora Lillian and Phoebe. It reminded me that while time marches on, the past stays with us in small ways like these iron grave covers. They’re a remnant of a time when a creative man from Alabama came up with something new. Something unique and beautiful to protect the graves of children.
I hope to find more as my adventure continues.
A good one, and so interesting!
Thank you! I always enjoy your blog, by the way. Learn something new all the time. 🙂
Sheila Quinn said:
There used to be a couple of these iron grave covers in the cemetery of Ramah church in Palmetto, Ga. , not too far from Fairburn. I haven’t been there in years but I assume they are still there.
Thanks for sharing that, Sheila. I will look into that.
edie thornton said:
There is one Baxley Ga.. I found today .
Amazing, I have never seen anything like these. Thanks for sharing.
Gwen Griffin said:
I would love to read more of your thoughts.
Cemeteries are my favorite place of entertainment and they are still free. How can I find your blog? I happened on this accidentally on face book.
Hi, Gwen! I’m glad so you enjoyed the post. If you go directly to http://www.adventuresincemeteryhopping.wordpress.com, you will find my blog. I publish every Friday. I also have a Facebook page with the same name. That’s where I post more cemetery pictures and stories from news sources about cemeteries/funerals throughout the week.
Tom Wood said:
Can you tell me where to find the cast iron grave cover in Duluth, GA? I have been here more than 40 years & have never heard it mentioned.
Hi, Tom! If memory serves, those grave covers are located toward the middle of the right side of Duluth Cemetery if you have your back to the railroad tracks. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Duluth+Cemeteryemail@example.com,-84.1468112,336m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x88f5a2636fc59b15:0xfaebdc3daeb84187!4b1!8m2!3d34.0012291!4d-84.1479656 Hope this helps!
Hi, Tom! If memory serves, those two cast iron graves are at Duluth Cemetery on the right side if you have your back to the railroad tracks and the old Duluth City Hall is on the right. Hope that helps!
Tom Wood said:
Thank you so much for the quick reply…I am temporarily hobbled in a boot with a broken foot, but will check them out soon. For some reason I had thought erroneously that they were located in the small Goodwin Cemetery.
As you probably already know, the Duluth Cemetery was at one time divided in two sections with Baptists on one side & the Methodists on the other. I sure hope they were speaking to each other when they got to heaven.
I did NOT know that! Makes sense though. When I was growing up (as a Baptist), us kids would be jealous that the Methodists always seemed to end their Sunday services earlier than ours did so they could beat us to Picadilly Cafeteria for lunch. 😉
Cathy Smith said:
Enter through the Duluth main street cemetery entrance, and walk to your right….They are on that side of the cemetery….
Tom Wood said:
Thank you Cathy Smith
Faith Cordray said:
this is quite interesting! Now if I ever see one of these, I’ll have some understanding of the background, the era, so much! thansk!
Eddie Douthitt said:
There is one at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, GA. I have pics on a Facebook group I’m a member of https://www.facebook.com/groups/welovegraveyards/
Hi, Eddie! Thanks for letting me know about that. I just hit the “join” button so I can take a look if your group approves me. I’m going to have to start a running list of where these are located so I can visit the ones not far from me.
Thank you for sharing another interesting and unusual grave story with us!!
It’s interesting how well preserved they are. I would have expected them to have dissolved into rust by now, but apparently not!
It is amazing, isn’t it? Some have held up better than others but it’s indeed surprising they still exist at all.
Katie Scott said:
Thank you for shedding some light on these puzzling markers. While on a family grave site search in the early 1990’s I noticed what I called Bundt Pan grave covers in the Socapatoy Cemetary on Hwy 9 just off Ala280 in North Alabama. There were at least 2 in good condition near the back of the church. Every time we drove past on our way to the mountains I would wonder anew at them. Now I know. Thanks. Katie.
When I saw one for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what it was because there was no name plate attached. I wondered if it was just a decorative piece of metal indicating a children’s area of the cemetery. I like the Bundt pan comparison. I think they looking kind of like a butter dish with a lid! 🙂
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Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m so glad you liked the post and shared it with your readers. My only request is that in one place you have my first name spelled “Tracy” instead of “Traci” (this happens quite often), so could you fix that little item? Otherwise, you did a very fine job and I appreciate it very much.
Cheryl Farrens said:
Wow, thank you for all your work. I have often wondered about the history of these markers. Here are the ones I’ve photographed in Texas: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1928358517302918.1073742040.1723947914410647&type=3&hc_location=ufi
Cheryl, I apologize for the lateness of my response to your kind comment. I’ve seen your work before and it’s always fantastic. I remain intrigued at how these charming markers got out to Texas. Thank you for sharing them with me!
Lisa Claire Roney said:
Thanks for the background info. I discovered one of these in a then-overgrown cemetery (Ginn Cemetery) in Knox County, Tennessee, back in the 1980s. I just recently posted these pics on Find a Grave. It seems to have been made with a vase for flowers in the middle. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=41&GScid=12412&GRid=24453453&CScn=Ginn+Cemetery&CScntry=4&CSst=45&
Thank you for telling me about that cemetery! My in laws live in Knoxville, so I will try to get a look at it next time we are visiting.
Lacey Russell said:
This was a new phenomenon for me after finding the one at denton texas . Thank you for the research. I,ll be on the lookout for them form now on!!!
Cheryl Farrens said:
I found yet another one in the Fairview cemetery in Gainesville (Cooke county) TX this past summer.
Cathy Smith said:
Thanks for this site!!!
I stumbled upon one of these iron grave covers today while walking through the old Madison Cemetery in Madison Ga….I have never seen one of these before so when I got home, I started researching them, and came upon your site. I took some pictures of it, but due to the time of day, the light wasn’t great, but the name on the plate said Mrs Tabitha Wilson…..I am now doing a search on her, as I have become quite intrigued by this find. I think I will also check out the Duluth cemetery (thanks for the head’s up on that!) I would love to know any further info you might have on these.
Hi, Cathy! I wish I knew more. These iron grave covers crop up here and there but mostly in the South. I hope to make it to Abrams’ hometown someday so I can look into his life a bit deeper.
Hi Traci, quick question for you….I went to the Duluth Cemetery to look for the graves of the two little girls, but I couldn’t find them….could you let me know just where in the cemetery they are located, please? I was at the cemetery near the town center/city hall….I assume this is the correct location?
Thanks for any help you can provide.
Cathy, yes, that’s the right cemetery. If my memory serves, if you are facing the front of the cemetery, they are on the far right side near not too far from the building, maybe five rows back from the front. Look for a market that says Mewborn, that’s the one beside them. I hope that helps!
Thanks Traci….I went back and found them….they were hard to see due to the fact that they were covered with lots of leaves.
Cathy, that doesn’t surprise me since there are so many trees in that cemetery. I’m glad you were able to locate the graves! 🙂
Very interesting article! I’ve never seen one of these but need to go find some in the sites here in Northern Alabama.
Just a note on where they may have been manufactured, though.
Although Birmingham was founded in 1871, the cholera epidemic in the summer of 1873 and the nationwide financial panic in the fall of 1873 stymied its growth until around 1880. The first blast furnace in Birmingham didn’t begin construction until after the Pratt mines were opened 1878. J.W. Sloss didn’t start construction of the second, the City Furnaces (now an historical site known as Sloss Furnace) until 1881. Since Abrams died in 1880, just as the iron and metal industries in Birmingham were in their infancy, I’d hedge my bets a little about the source of the iron used to make anything in the 1870s as being Birmingham.
There were other small centers of iron production around the state before the birth of Birmingham. Most of the Union raids deep into Alabama during the Civil War were for the purpose of ending iron production in support of the Confederate armies. The destruction of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa probably happened because there were several large iron furnaces nearby and thus brought large Union forces to the area to assure they were disabled.
During the Civil War virtually no one lived in the remote and hard to access area that was unsuitable for cotton farming known as Jones Valley (now downtown Birmingham). Once the Magic City roared to life there in the 1880s and 1890s, other areas in the state that had been active in iron production fell by the wayside as Birmingham, with rich deposits of all of the basic ingredients needed to produce pig iron nearby, rose to prominence.
Thank you for that information! I really appreciate the overview on how iron production got started in Birmingham. I was stabbing in the dark with my guess that Abrams had his covers made there. Since he was a wealthy man and had access to the railroad, it’s possible he had contacts further afield that made them for him. I feel strongly that someone knows more about these unique treasures and knows the answers. Hopefully, I’ll find out more in the future.
There was a large iron works in Columbus before the War. I believe it was burned during Sherman’s march and reconstructed afterwards. The building is an entertainment venue and conference center now, I think. But Mr. Abrams could have had them cast there.
Very interesting,I learned something new.Thanks.
Debbie Rummel said:
Thank you for sharing your research and all the photos. I’ve never seen an iron grave cover but I will certainly be keeping an eye for them now. I went to on a grave search in Georgia of my 3rd, 4th, 5th grandparents this past December and saw some beautiful memorials.
Rose H. said:
I found the two markers in the Duluth cemetery today. I posted them on my FB page to get information and a friend found your blog. Thank you for sharing all your information, it is most interesting. As a side note, when I was there today there were some silk flowers that had been placed at the foot of those two graves. Had obviously been there for a while but so awesome that someone still celebrates their lives!
Oh how sweet! Thank you for sharing that with me. Children’s graves always tug at my heart but these two, especially.
Kaitlyn Taylor said:
There is a Cast Iron grave marker for a woman named Martha Jane “Mattie” (Hightower) Hunt, at Greenwood Cemetery in Barnesville GA. Born 1841 and Died 1875. There is word the cover was used on her grave because she was an accused witch and was burned at the stake in the center of Barnesville, (the cover, used as a barrier between life and death for the witch, disabling her possible return.) I had done some research and have found nothing validating the story. However, it is the only Cast Iron grave marker I have seen in person and the presence around it is heavy. Its definitely worth the trip, as Barnesville has numerous “hauntings and haunted places.” Making a trip to Sappington Cemetery and the house soon!
Debbie Cowger said:
Hey, Traci! I found you by (happy) accident! For right now I wanted to let you know I came across one of these cast iron covers in the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta, Georgia. I’ll get a picture next time I get a chance. Sunset Hill is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve ever visited. Doc Holliday’s mother is buried there and a marker for his father is there.
Hi, Debbie! Thanks for letting me know about Sunset Hills. I haven’t been in Valdosta since I was there for the Governor’s Honors summer program at the college in 1984. Now I’ll have to return. Doc’s uncle practiced his dentistry in Fayetteville, where I grew up. Lots of his family are buried in Fayetteville City Cemetery. As far as I know, his father is in Oak Hill Cemetery in Griffin. Of course, rumors persist that Doc’s father and brother went out West, dug him up and took him back to burry him in Georgia at Oak Hill. He certainly lived a colorful life!
Kirsten Hughes said:
Thank you so much. I found one of these covers in a cemetery in Hampton, Ga yesterday. I had never seen one. Thanks to answering my questions.
Hi, Kirsten! I’m glad you found my blog post helpful. Would you make mind sharing what cemetery it was in Hampton? My mother lives nearby in Fayetteville and I’d love to see it.
Kirsten Hughes said:
I have recently found found five of these beautiful cast iron covers in Hampton, Ga. beautiful tributes to children.
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Bruce Kilgore said:
Thanks for posting this information. It was very helpful. One of my 3rd great grandparents, Joseph and Agnes Greene are buried in Newsite, AL (near Horseshoe Bend Park) and have one of these graves. Her name plate is missing, but it is the only cast iron cover grave at the site.
Glad you enjoyed it! If you send me a picture of it, I’ll post it on the Facebook page.
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Thank you, Leonida! I appreciate your kind words. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything but I’ll actually have a new blog post tomorrow.
Bretta Perkins said:
In Monticello, Ga. in the old Methodist Church cemetery is an Abrams iron cover for a civil war soldier, James A. Turner, Pvt. Co. A 5 Regt. Res., Confederate, 1825 – 1887 (government issued marker).The emblem resembles a cross or compass points, with oak leaves and acorns, grapes, and feather/leaves as decoration. It is in excellent repair except for the ornate end pieces which are very rusty. Would you like a photo? Where would I send it.
Hi, Bretta! I would love to see a picture of James Turner’s grave site! You can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you mind if I post in on my blog’s Facebook page? I would give you full attribution.
The picture of the one with Bible on top is in Mocksville NC, Joppa Cemetery.
Interesting fact: Daniel Boone’s parents Squire and Sarah Morgan are buried in that graveyard.
Thank you, Tammy!
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John F sharp said:
Well today we found one that you already have a picture of. That you didn’t know the location of and it is located in Mocksville, NC, at the Joppa Cemetery. This is the same Cemetery that has the parents of Daniel Boone buried there.
John Cox posted this photo on Flickr so he deserves credit for it. The location of it is not listed. But unlike the grave cover I found, this one has a book (perhaps a Bible) on top. The name plate is also intact.
Thanks to John Cox (whose photo is above), I can tell you where his photo was taken. I showed above. In the same Cemetery that Daniel Boone’s parents are buried. If you’re looking at their headstone you would look to the left and you would find it. This one is in North Carolina. I would post the picture if I could figure out how to put it in this comment. All the best
Thank you, John! That’s great to know. I will add that to my blog post.
Appreciate your research, thank you. Do feel it is incomplete however, as it does not accommodate for earlier similar documented cast iron grave markers. Size, shape, and motif remain same, although details vary.
An additional unused example believed from 1850s is on display at Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN along with a child’s Fisk metallic burial case.
Thanks for your comments! Yes, that post from 2015 is a little incomplete because I did not have access to a lot of information that is now on the Internet about these covers. I know you have quite a collection and am envious of what you have seen and have access to. That is one post I hope to return to soon and flesh out. Sorry you feel I’ve not done a good job. I look forward to continuing to follow your Facebook page, you’re always posting great photos and stories. 🙂
John F. Sharp said:
Good Morning Adventures in Cemetery Hopping.
These covers were quite unique and I shared it with one of my friends in the business and he had never seen one. Very cool. Thank you so very much for sharing. I love going to cemeteries and even restoring them. I am in the process of restoring a cemetery in Alamace County Called Stoner’s it is quite overgrown and needs some TLC. We were going to go out this last weekend and the weather was bad. This weekend is not looking good either. Anyway, love learning new things.
All the best.
Hello, John! Thank you for your comments. Yes, cast iron grave covers are fascinating to discover. The first time I saw one, I was entranced. I always get quite excited when I find one.
I applaud your efforts to restore Stoner’s Cemetery. I looked it up on Find a Grave and saw that it has some important history within it. So you are doing vital work to restore it! People like you who put the hard work into bringing these cemeteries back to their former glory have my greatest admiration. It is not easy and it can feel a bit lonely at times, that you’re on your own. Feel free to contact me via my email (you can find it on my “About Me” page) if you’d like to send pictures. I’d love to see any progress you’ve made.
Thanks for sharing!
I came across this blog as I was searching for more information about a peculiar grave covering I found not far from where I live. I don’t know if you ever got to see the one from Oak Hill Cemetery in Cartersville, GA but here are some pictures I took earlier today:
As you can see the name plate is very worn down and hard to read, but from tracing my fingers over it I believe it says “Louisa Jane, Wife of M. Padgett, Born April 22 1830, Died June 11 1874”
Thank you for your interesting post! I’ll always be looking out for these now, too.
Hi, Rachel! Thank you for sharing that photo of the cast iron grave cover from Oak Hill Cemetery. I had heard there was one there but have not made it up that way to see it up close yet. That 1874 death date jibes pretty well with the short period these markers were being made and purchased. Thank you for posting the link so I could see it! If you find any others, please let me now. 🙂
John F Sharp said:
I have seen one of these markers are gravestone covers in Joppa Cemetery in Mocksville North Carolina. It is located near Daniel Boone’s parents gravestones. Which is the older part of the cemetery. It definitely caught my eye.
Wendy Doty said:
My son and I saw a few of these in a very old cemetery I northern Indiana.
Joan Zoldowski said:
So interesting. Thx for your research and pics! Something I haven’t researched,but perhaps u have: my grandfather, who lived in Toledo, Ohio, Lucas County, once invested in glass coffins, which would allow family to supposedly continue viewing their loved ones ( better preserved?) sealed in heavy glass in a mausoleum. I don’t know if Libby Glass was involved and if any were actually sold. I just remember his lamenting the money he lost that he had invested once it was determined that the glass enclosures were e trembly heavy. No idea when this was, but he was born about 1899.
Greg Allen Hodges said:
Wow, what a small world. The monument that Christi is standing next to is about 25 feet from the graves of my great-great grandparents…..Abner B. and Maryetta Smith. Abner was a member of the 19th Ga. Infantry Reg. and saw action here in Virginia…. he would return after the war there to old Campbell, Co. and resume farming. Their daughter, Jenny, is buried elsewhere in that cemetery with her husband, Dr William R, Camp…..a long time ‘Country Dr.” in old Campbell Co. which became part of Fulton about 1932. Dr Camp was memorialized by his grandson (my 2nd cousin) funeral home owner Pope Dickson of Jonesboro, Ga. in the establishment in the 1960s of the Camp Memorial Cemetery on East Lanier in Fayetteville, Ga. Dickson had grown up in Fayetteville….2 doors north of the present funeral home on J. Davis Drive…scene of many happy family gatherings when I was a lad back in the Stone Age. (ie: late 1950s…60s) I am going to search for that cast iron grave cover next time I am back in Fairburn. Thank you, Traci, for all the great research !
If you are standing where Christi was in that photo, with your back to the monument, look forward and over to the left side of the enclosed plots. That’s where I believe the cast iron cover was. Sadly there’s no name with it so I have no idea who it was for but I imagine it was a child. I didn’t know that Camp Memorial Cemetery was named after Dr. Camp. But I do remember Pope Dickson Funeral Home. Did they ever own an antique funeral hearse carriage? Someone was talking about that the other day, that it used to be at their Jonesboro location and people could look at it. I’ve often wondered what happened to it. Thank you again so much for your kind words!
Greg Allen Hodges said:
Pope Dickson kept the old carriage hearse at the rear of the funeral home in Jonesboro…I was a teenager when I last saw it there…yes it was ‘on display’ to visitors. Supposedly it once carried the body of Alexander Stephens, VP of the CSA. No idea what happened to it. After Pope & wife died the business passed to their only child, Abb , who was a year older than me. Sadly, the business eventually folded up …Abb (in poor health) went into a Fayetteville nursing home…I visited him there 4 yrs. ago shortly before he died. An interesting ‘cemetery’ tidbit…. there were at times stillborn , or very premature babies born in the Clayton/Fayette area. Pope Dickson was a very benevolent individual . He had a rather large rose garden (built in a circle) made on the north side of the funeral home. (In the parking lot.) He offered the garden as a burial place for the remains of these little ones. (at no charge to the families) When I visited there several years ago I observed a number of little grave markers and statuary amongst the rose bushes, placed by families. I am assuming all of that is still there today….the old funeral home had became some type of ‘event’ facility.
There is a set of these iron covered graves in Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon,Georgia. They cover the graves of Dr. Dudley Whitlock Hammond and his wife, Martha Eleanor Speer Hammond. They were my brother in laws 3rd great grandparents. Their graves are located down the hill right after you pass through the main gate.
Hi, Cindy! Yes, I’ve seen the two graves that you refer to. In fact, I wrote about them in this post: https://adventuresincemeteryhopping.com/2019/08/09/stopping-by-macon-ga-s-rose-hill-cemetery-part-ii/
Mark Tisdale said:
Thanks for the informative post about the history of these. I’ve seen a couple over the years but i only remember where one is located right now. This is the grave of a distant cousin of mine – buried in the same cemetery as my great grandfather.
He died in 1873 and his looks like a similar design with only the topper differing.
There is a cemetery with at least three of these cast iron covers at the Enon First Baptist Church cemetery in South Fulton County. I had never seen them before and found your blog when looking for more info. There also appears to be a wood picket grave shelter back in the woods beyond the cemetery. I have seen a few of those before, but they are pretty unusual too. An off leash dog kept me from being able to take a closer look though. Another old cemetery for Enon Baptist Church is right down the street too.
Does anyone know where the one in Americus is located? Anyone have pictures?
I would like to have seen one being installed. Sounds fascinating.
I believe the cemetery you’re asking about is Oak Grove Cemetery. Here is a link to Pineterest, which has a photo of it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/402016704216680898/
S. Belt said:
There is an Abrams cover in Watkinsville Cemetery’ Watkinsville, Ga.
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Debbie Prater said:
We came across one in the Madison Memorial City Cemetery in Madison, Morgan County, Georgia. I have pictures if you are interested. We only visited about a quarter of the cemetery due to the weather. Also noticed a huge monument, which I now find out it is the Statue of Hope. At the bottom was the name Kolb, which is my Great Great grandmother’s maiden name. After much research, the fella buried there is her brother….my great great great uncle !
Hi, Debbie! I had heard there was at least one in Madison so I’m thrilled that you got to see one. And that you discovered an ancestor buried at the same cemetery. That is always awesome. I was supposed to visit the cemeteries out there last year but it just never happened. Hoping to get there next month or May, I’m hoping.