Coweta Kinfolk with Dianne Webb

Facebook leads to genealogy discovery

Recently, playing around on Facebook really paid off in a big way!

Lindy Hayes posted a picture of a tombstone her sister Ashley had discovered in the crawlspace of her home. The inscription read, “Joseph E. MOORE, born June 1, 1853, died Oct. 8, 1868.”

Can you just imagine her shock?

Within hours, there was determined detective work going on to find out more about this boy and where his marker belonged. Lindy, Ashley, Karen Blair, Bill Moore, Monica Haynes, Mike Webb and I put the puzzle pieces together, and Joseph’s marker is now reunited with him in the MOORE-CHANDLER Cemetery. It was an incredible feeling to match up Joseph’s marker to the base where it had broken off.

It was a perfect fit.

The cemetery is covered in briars and brambles between two houses in a subdivision. When it was surveyed in 1984, four graves were listed: Hepsibah ADAMS MOORE w/o (wife of) W.B. 15 Jan 1817-26 Jun 1867, Marena CHANDLER MOORE w/o W.B. 18 Nov 1818-7 Nov 1881, Grace B. CHANDLER 20 Nov 1887-30 Jun 1891, and the foot marker for Joseph with his initials. None of the markers are visible, and we are hoping that they are on the ground under the leaves and debris rather than gone.

There also appear to be more graves marked by rocks. A cleaning day is being contemplated.

My curiosity was sparked about Joseph’s family, and I did a little research. His father, Willis B. MOORE and his mother, Hepsibah ADAMS married on 17 Nov 1836 in Wilkes County Georgia. In the 1850 census, they are in Carroll County. By 1860, they had moved to Coweta County. Their seven children then were Sarah-20, Mary-18, Susan-16, Marena-14, Joseph-7, Louisa-3, and Willis-9/12.

Hepsibah, Joseph’s mother, died a year earlier than he, in 1867. Four months later, Willis married Marena CHANDLER. He lived until 1901, and is buried at New Hope Baptist Church with his granddaughter Willie Mae CHANDLER GARNER. The MOORE, CHANDLER, and ADAMS families intermarried quite a bit, as was common in those days.

I’m curious as to why Willis wasn’t buried with his wives. Perhaps the land was by then owned by someone else, and his family didn’t feel comfortable burying him there. Or, maybe both his wives had been gone for such a long time that his living family didn’t feel a strong connection and wanted him with them.

I do know that there are countless descendants of Willis and “Hessa” – as she was called – throughout Coweta and surrounding counties. I have friends with all these surnames, and would be interested in finding out if they are tied in with this family. At any rate, I’m just very happy to know that after many years, Joseph’s marker is back with him where it belongs.

The Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Center is located in the historic passenger train depot in downtown Grantville. The research center is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and the first and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We can now boast of having a phone number –470-215-4027. Feel free to contact us.

If you want to join the society, send your dues — $20 for an individual, $25 for a family — to CCGS, P.O. Box 1014, Newnan, Ga., 30264.

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Dianne Webb is with the Coweta County Genealogical Society. Contact her at mikeanddianne@charter.net .



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