Coweta Kinfolk by Dianne Webb
Funeral home helps locate cemetery
Awhile back, my husband and I went to south Alabama in search of one of my ancestral burial grounds.
We knew it was in Clarke County, in the locale known as Bashi, and we had the GPS coordinates. So, bravely we struck out with a full tank of gas and a compass.
We wound down a very long twisting country road, watching the compass while keeping watch for anything that might remotely resemble an overgrown cemetery. When we were at the matching coordinates, I hollered, “We’re here! It’s so close by!”
However all we could see were fields that had been clear cut for the timber on one side of the road, and woods on the other.
That was when Mike, my husband, suggested that we drive back into town and find the local funeral home. We had done that once before with success, and decided to give it another go. If anyone would have knowledge of cemeteries, it should be the folks at the funeral home.
We turned around and headed back into the town of Thomasville. Just as we rounded the next curve, who should be at the corner of an adjoining road, but a hearse! What luck!
We flagged them down and told them of our dilemma. Neither of the gentlemen had been in the area for long, but they invited us to follow them into town. We then met with the owner of the funeral home who knew the owner of the land – and who was also a distant cousin I’d never met.
After a couple of phone calls, and a quick stop to meet the sister-in-law of said distant cousin, we had directions and were on our way.
They were the kind of directions that make treasure hunts like this all the more fun – “Look for the long stretch of road where the lumber has been clear cut. There will be a patch of trees, and then more land that is clear cut. If you get to the top of a small rise, you’ve gone too far. There is a dirt road amongst the trees, and the cemetery is down that road.”
We actually went right to it, but there was a chain across the road. We called the distant cousin back to find out just how far the cemetery was down that road, and he answered that it really depended on how much you liked to walk.
Well, I can tell you… I LOVE to walk if there are ancestors awaiting me.
We ended up hiking about one-and-a-half miles and were rewarded with a picturesque, beautiful burial ground on high ground – as they usually are. Someone had recently cleaned it, and I had a wonderful visit with my newfound family.
With family research, it appears that there are so many resources to tap into. Most folks are delighted to be able to help. I can assure you that at our own Coweta County Genealogical Society, we are ready and eager to help you with your family.
The Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Center is located in the historic passenger train depot in downtown Grantville. The research center is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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.
If at any time you would like to research your family and our hours won’t work for you, please contact us. If at all possible, we will try to accommodate your schedule and one of us will meet you there.