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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tombstone Thursday - Flatt


Riggsby Cemetery
7/10 Mile South of Apline Branch Road
On Rueben Jernigan's Farm
Sumner County, Tennessee
Annie Lee Flatt
Wife of David Flatt
09 Feb 1840
14 Jul 1924

This small cemetery in the middle of a hay field is grown up some from last year's cleaning. There are 14 markers (two are fallen over, but face up). A lot of the ivy or vines is poison ivy. We had to ford the Apline Branch of Red River to get to the hay field... only a few inches of water was flowing in this waterway, but far too muddy to cross by car. You can get a better image by clicking on the photos to enlarge them.
I accidently found this grave listed on Find-A-Grave (no photo) on Sunday 12 Jun 2011, found and photographed on 13 Jun 2011 after searching for my Great, Great Grandmother for over 50 years!!! She & her son Roe Tilden Flatt are buried in the smaller chain-link fenced area just right of the oak tree in center of photo. I lost track of her in the 1910 Federal Census of Christian County, KY where my family has lived from about 1810 or so. Roe married Johnnie Ettie Hall in Sumner County in 1907... there double headstone is next to Annie's. Annie is also known as LeeAnne. I suspect that Annie moved sometime after 1910 to live with her son & his family. She has a death certificate in Tennessee and I have the Volume & page number. I have the form to order it from Nashville. The cemetery is south of Bowling Green, KY near Interstate 65. As a genealogist, I can not express my excitement adequately!

- Photo taken by JGWest

[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TSGS June 2011 Meeting Report


14 Jun 2011 TSGS Meeting Report...

Rebecca A. Shelton presented her program "Founding Mothers" to about 25 to 30 people. We learned some interesting facts about the role of women in America's independence from England. With humor and interesting stories, Rebecca's talk was enjoyed by all. At the end of the program, newly elected & installed President Don Counts presented Mrs. Shelton a Certificate of Appreciation for being our guest speaker.

Out-going President John West opened the meeting with the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution performing a brief ceremony in recognition of Flag Day (June 14th.). OVC members taking part in this event was Ernie Payne, J.D. Strouth, Don Counts & John West. The SAR Color Guard carried the 50-Star & 13-Star U.S. Flags, with J.D. Strouth leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and then the reading of the poem "I Am The Flag."

Election of the 2011-2012 Officers was conducted followed by the Installation of the Officers.

- Written & submitted by John G. West, TSGS Vice=President

The Captain's Log - TSGS News


TSGS Meeting Reminder!

When: 14 Jun 2011 Tuesday Night
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Willard Library - 2nd. Floor
What: Monthly Meeting

A drawing for an attendance prize will be awarded at close of meeting... you must be present to win.

The Tri-State Genealogical Society will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by Rebecca Shelton ~"The Founding Mothers" Anyone interested in genealogy, history or the impact of Women in Colonial America is invited... you do not need to be a member to attend the society's monthly meetings.

We will have the election of TSGS 2011-12 Officers. Since June 14 is Flag Day the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will perform a brief presentation for the U.S. Flag.

John G. West, TSGS President

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nationwide Veterans Gravesite Locator


Search for burial locations of veterans...

and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

The Nationwide Veterans Gravesite Locator http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1
includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers, and we do not have information available for burials prior to 1997. Erroneous information can be corrected, but we are unable to add to the information contained in the existing record. If your search returns incorrect information about a veteran or family member buried in a national cemetery, please contact the cemetery directly to discuss your findings. To report incorrect information about a veteran buried in a private cemetery, click on "Contact Us" at the top of this page. Names cannot be added to the listing if a government grave marker was not furnished for the grave, or if the existing government grave marker was furnished prior to 1997. For more complete information concerning individual records, we suggest you contact the cemetery or local officials.

- Submitted by Don Counts

This is a very good service... you will not find all military gravesites (even some you know exists), but you can find a surprising number. I entered my ancestor Leonard Wheatley that I have visited his grave with his Revolutionary War marker... just to see if he would be listed. He was number 1 of several buried in Old Axel Cemetery in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. I entered cousins who were brothers and died in the last 10 years or so. I had decorated their graves for Memorial Day at Oak Hill Cemetery (Evansville, IN). Both Charles & Gilbert Witty were listed! However, I entered four other men that had military markers that were not listed - 2 for Civil War & 2 for Revolutionary War. I was impressed to know that this service was as good as it is! - JGWest