"If you are walking in Charleston, you are walking on someone's grave."--Sue Bennett, Charleston tour guide

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Best of St. Michael's Church

Link to St. Michael's Listicle.

Maggie and Grace's 10 favorite things about St. John's Lutheran Church


10 Top Things First Scots Presbyterian

Click here to see 10 interesting things about the First Scots Presbyterian Church/Graveyard.

Unitarian Top 10

Click here to learn about the Unitarian Church's top 10 features!

St. Philip's Top 10

Click here to view St. Philip's top ten!

Top 10 Best Features of Second Presbyterian

Jeffery, Graham and I created a Top 10 list for Second Presbyterian. Click here to read more!

Listicles- Eden, Hannah, Mayson

Mayson, Hannah, and I had a very fun time researching St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church this semester. Click here to see our listicles for this church!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Old Charlestonian (St. Michael Team Churchyard)

St. Michael's Churchyard- "Old Charlestonian" Research

Stephanie Buero's post on James Louis Petigru.
Brita Lake's post on Charles Fraser

Unitarian Church Blogs

Here are our historic Charleston posts for the Unitarian Church graveyard:

Brooke Conner: Caroline Gilman
Emma Stout: Mary Rebecca Colburn
Taylor Buchan: Thomas J. Kerr

St. Philip's Old Charlestonian Project

Below are the Old Charlestonians from St. Philip's Church:

- Savannah Bailey's post on William Rhett (1666-1722)
- Kelly Newman's post on Rawlins Lowndes (1720-1800)
- Jordan Abney's post on Robert Turnbull (1774-1833)

Second Presbyterian "Old Charlestonians"

Second Presbyterian Church "Old Charlestonians" buried in the graveyard. Check it out!

Maddie Robertson's post on Rev. Thomas Smyth (1808-1873)
Graham Herndon's post on James Adger II (1777-1858)
Jeffery Jones' post on Micheal Patrick Walsh (1805-1836)

St. Johns Lutheran Old Charlestonian Project

For my in depth project I chose Carrie E. A Norris

St. Mary's Catholic Church Charlestonian Project

Team St. Mary’s Catholic Church remembers “Old Charlestonians”
buried in the graveyard there. Check out:

-Remy Mignot by Edin Kern
-Amelie Maxime Rosalie de Grasse and Melanie Maxime Veronique de Grasse by Mayson  Beckham
-Maria T. McHugh by Hannah Lees

First Scots Presbyterian Old Charlestonians

First Scots Presbyterian Church remembers "Old Charlestonians" buried in the gravesite there. Check out:
Jelicia Ransom (Gee) post on John Geddes (1777-1828)
Bryce Brown post on Dr. Alexander Baron (1745-1819)
Jaxon Weatherford on Ole Walker (1772-1833)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Gee's Charlestonian Proposal

Here's my proposal about who I will be doing research on. To find out more information, be sure to check out my next week's blog!

Funeral Traditions From Around the World (video)

This 10-minute video looks at several interesting, some may say bizarre, funeral customs and traditions throughout history and around the world.  Examines practices by these people:  Tibetans, Torajaneses, Australian Aborigines, and Scandinavian Vikings.  

The video is part of the YouTube channel at the State College of Florida.  

Monday, November 11, 2019

Unitarian Church of Charleston

Here is our post for the Unitarian Church of Charleston https://brookeconnerblog.blogspot.com

Gee, Bryce, Jaxon

Here, you will find out about our grave site hunt at First Scots Presbyterian.

St. Philip's Church

My group went to St. Philips Church Cemetery and we wrote a blog post about it! You can check it out here!

Maddie, Graham, Jeffery Group Project

Graham, Jefferey and I went to Second Presbyterian Church to get more information on the grave sites. Click here to read more!

Hannah, Eden, Mayson Group Project

Hannah, Mayson and I took a trip to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church this past weekend. Click here to check out our adventure!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Eden Kirn's Magnolia Cemetery Blog

My class and I took a trip to Magnolia Cemetery. For some more information and a fun blog, click here!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Emma's Magnolia Experience

Our class visited Magnolia Cemetery this past Friday. Click here to learn about the trip.

Marvelous Magnolia Cemetery

Click here to check out my blogpost on my trip to the Marvelous Magnolia Cemetery last Friday!

Magnolia Friday Visit

Click here to see my post about our trip to Magnolia Cemetery in Downtown Charleston.

Savannah's Magnolia Visit

Click here to learn more about my visit to the famous Magnolia Cemetery!

Kelly's Magnolia Visit!

Visiting Magnolia Cemetery was a great experience! Click here to see my post.

Bryce's Magnolia Experience

This is my blog about my experience to the Magnolia Cemetery. Take some time to check it out!

Maddie's Magnolia Visit

I had a great time at Magnolia Cemetery. Click here to read more!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Gee's Magonlia Cemetery Experience

Visiting the Magnificent Magnolia Cemetery was such an amazing experience. Click here to read about it!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Tillie and Joseph Ostrie

Hello! My name is Eden Kirn. I have chosen to do my project on my great grandparents. Click here to see more!

My Great Grandmother

Click on this link to learn about my Great Grandmother and her life!

Maddie's Great-Great Grandfather

Hey this is Maddie Robertson. I researched my great-great grandfather, Curtis Othaniel Groom Sr.

I really enjoyed talking to my grandmother to get some more information on my grandfather.

Click here to read more about my great-great grandfather!

Kelly Newman Research on Great Grandfather

I researched Anthony Francis Brongo. Click here to see my post!

My Great Grandfather

I enjoyed doing research on my great grandfather James Buchan! Click here to read about him!

The Greatest Great Grandfather

I really enjoyed talking about the life of my great father with my grandma! Click here to read about it!

My great grandmother!

This is Stephanie and I have done some research on my Great grandmother Earline Brown Hudson. Click here to read about it!

Gee's Great Grandparents

Hello, I've been doing a little research about my great grandparents. Here, you can find out more about this!

My Great Grandfather.

Click the link to see a background on my grandfather.

Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather Henry B. Nave

I had a great time talking to my grandfather on my dad's side of the family about my great great great great great grandfather! Here's the link to learn more about him: click here.

Eden Kirn- Tillie and Joseph Ostrie

 Hey my name is Eden Kirn and I did some research on a distant relative of mine, click here to check it out.

My Great Grandma Cele

I found out some awesome stories about my great grandmother Cele from her daughters, Click here to read about it.

Great Grandpa

Super cool presentation, high quality content posted by the one and only Jeffrey Jones. Click this link to be mesmerized.

My great great great grandfather and his impact

My name is Maggie Crenshaw and I researched my great, great, great grandfather. Check out my blog post on him

My Great Grandmother!

I had a great time talking to my nanny about my great grandmother! You can check it out here!

Storytime: Gen 6

Hey this is Hannah Lees. I did some research on a distant relative of mine. Click here to check it out.

Exploring the Life of My 5th Great Grandfather

Hi, my name is Grace McCabe.

I did some research on one of my ancestors, check out my blog post here.

Learning About My Great Grandfather

Hey guys, I'm Savannah!
Check out my blog post about my great grandfather! Click here to read more about him!

Friday, October 18, 2019

10 Parks That Changed America (PBS Program)

This video will help understand the development of so-called "rural" cemeteries in America. The first one was Mount Auburn in Cambridge, Mass. near Boston.  PBS included Mount Auburn (10:58 in) on its list of "10 Parks That Changed America" that first aired in 2016.

Mt. Auburn Cemetery- photo courtesy Popular Science Oct. 23, 2018

The influential U.S. park Top Ten list is as follows: 
  • Square of Savannah – Savannah, GA
  • Fairmount Park – Philadelphia, PA
  • Mt. Auburn Cemetery – Cambridge, MA
  • Central Park – New York, NY  
  • Chicago’s Neighborhood Parks – Chicago, IL
  • San Antonio River Walk – San Antonio, TX
  • Overton Park – Memphis, TN
  • Freeway Park – Seattle, WA
  • Gas Works Park – Seattle, WA 
  • High Line – New York, NY

Charleston and Magnolia Cemetery's Confederacy Legacy (Prezi)

We will go through this presentation in advance of our visit to Magnolia Cemetery.

Speaking of Magnolia Cemetery....a few years ago I produced this video that highlights my favorite Magnolia Cemetery grave marker and monuments.

Magnolia Cemetery Maps

Thursday, September 26, 2019

"Gravetrotting" on a Monday Night!

We had a great outing first day of fall Monday night (Sept. 23) visit to the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul on Coming Street. A bonus was that the church was open. So we went in for a few minutes. The lights were out, making it difficult for photos, but it was still a treat to see the beautiful interior with box pews and wraparound balcony.
We came here to document the different types of grave markers 

After exploring the Cathedral Church graveyard we walked a few blocks over to St. Philip Street to see the small graveyard at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.  

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Grave Marker Types Review

These are the types of grave markers that can be found at Charleston graveyards and cemeteries. Most date from the late 1700s to early 1900s.  Click here if they Prezi cannot be viewed.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

"The Road To Better Blogging" (Prezi)

This presentation will give you ideas about effective, engaging writing for this class, and about what I look for when critiquing your blog posts.  Click here if unable to open the Prezi below.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Types of Grave Markers

This Prezi shows the large variety of grave markers that can be seen at Charleston area graveyards and cemeteries.  If you cannot view this presentation, the link is here.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Welcome Fall 2019 "Gravetrotters"!

RSS 138 is an excellent room for my class! 
Tonight we are having our first College of Charleston FYE "Beyond the Grave" class here in the Robert Scott Small Building.

What a great group of freshmen I have! Of the 20 students, 16 are female and four are male. Twelve hail from the Palmetto State (that's South Carolina to you unfamiliar with that nickname).

The other students are from Ohio, Maryland, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C.

The students' planned majors are across the academic spectrum. It's nice to see a few historic preservation students. They should get a lot out of the class.

I'm looking forward to a great semester with these young people!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Charleston's Downtown Churches With Graveyards

Each of these 14 churches and one synagogue has a graveyard next to it with the exception of the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) synagogue, which has its Jewish cemetery blocks away.

Here are the addresses of each house of worship.  They are listed in the order that we will walk to them during an upcoming class.

Second Presbyterian                          342 Meeting St. 
St. Mary Catholic                              95 Hasell St.
KKBE Synagogue                             90 Hasell St. 
St. Philip's Episcopal                        142 Church St.
French Huguenot                             136 Church St. 
First Baptist                                      61 Church St.  (due to renovations, not on the tour)
First Scots Presbyterian                   53 Meeting St. 
St. Michael's Episcopal                   71 Broad St. 
Circular Congregational                  150 Meeting St. 
Charleston Unitarian                        4 Archdale St.
St. John's Lutheran                           5 Clifford St. 

There are three churches pictured above that will not be among those selected for the team projects. This is because we will visit these three as a class and have individual assignments per our visits.  The three churches are:
Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul (Anglican)                126 Coming St. 
St. Patrick's Catholic Church                                                         134 St. Philip St. 
Bethel United Methodist Church                                                    57 Pitt St. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Old City Jail

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Reflecting on Past Memories

I made a video of all the pictures that I took every time we traveled somewhere with the Beyond the Grave class. Click Here to check it out, it's very pleasing to reflect on the memories from our class.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Epic Epitaphs

Click here to read about my favorite grave markers!

Old Charlestonian Matthew Reeves

Check out the story of Matthew Reeves here!

Old Charlestonian

This is Joshua Lazarus. 

Joshua was buried in the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Cemetery which can be found on Coming Street in Downtown Charleston. This is a Jewish Cemetery. He was born in Liverpool, England on March 25th 1794. He died in Baltimore Maryland on April 24th 1870.  He was the president of KKBE from 1850 to 1861. He was an investor in the efforts to bring natural gas lightning to Charleston. He was a confederate solider killed near the end of the Civil War.

He was a man of wealth and property. He owned 20 pieces of real estate in Charleston and was also the president of a bank in Cheraw County. A known fact about him was that when Beth Elohim's new synagogue was dedicated in 1841, Lazarus presented the congregation with a silver basket he got on one of his trips to England.

His grave marker is an obelisk with a cannon below the state and confederate flags. Lazarus's marker features a column on a pedestal. I liked the uniqueness of this gravestone and how it was placed in the front of the cemeteries entrances to show the importances he had on the cemetery. I really enjoyed learning about him on our tour we took with Randi Serrins in the cemetery. This was one of my favorite cemeteries we have visited during this semester. I liked all of the history within this cemeteries and stories told on the tour we took.

Mary Lee: The Serial Monogamist

Click HERE to check out the interesting story of Mary Wilkerson Middleton Pinckney Lee's life.

Old Charlestonian

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Old Charlestonian: Francis W. Capers

Check out my interesting Charlestonian!

Check Out my Extra Credit!

Click Here to see my latest Video made with my favorite picture of the semester!

The Ghost of Theodore Belitzer

Click here to read about a true ghost story.

Old Charlestonian more like... New Charlestonian!

Click Here to see my new blog post on my historical figure that I choose for my Old Charlestonian Project!

Check out my Old Charlestonian Blog!

William M. Bird

Come read about my Old Charlestonian here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hey guys! Go check out my old Charlestonian post by clicking here!

come check out the gravesites of magnolia

The gravesites are magnolia cemetery are one of a kind.  Over 35,000 people are laid to rest at this beautiful place. Just on the west side of downtown Charleston holds this place. Some of the most famous people are resting here. Take a look of the rest of my blog to see some of the magnificent  grave plots.

                             Grave sites back in the older times
took a lot longer to make not because
of the technology, but because of the 
largeness of them. They spent a lot more time
and money for their loved one that have passed.

A lot of these gravesites of people who played
big parts in the world at their time and have 
streets named after them. I noticed this when I
saw Rutledge and Vanderhorst.

Giant monuments are made for some of these fortunate people. The bigger the monument usually means the more money you have. This or maybe they played a very important role in their time. Big monuments are found all around magnolia.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Magnificent Magnolia

Come read my first hand experience at the most beautiful cemetery in the South.

The Magical Magnolia Cemetery

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Magnolia Cemetery

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Jewish Cemetery

Click here to learn about my real life experience with South Carolinas first Jewish Cemetery.

The Impeccable Beauty That is Magnolia Cemetery

Read my post on the history and elegance of Magnolia Cemetery. CLICK HERE

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia cemetery was by far my favorite one to go visit. Not only did it have the most amazing grave markers and stones but it also had beautiful nature surrounding the entire place. The palm trees and the pond that was in the middle was so pretty to see walking in. It had a different feel to it than all of the other cemeteries we have visited. Instead of being all huddled together and side by side, the graves were very spread out and had their own space.
This one my favorite site
out of the entire cemetary
because of how unique
it appears. This
belongs to the Lipinski.
This is by for the most extravant
one in the cemetery.  

Another interesting thing was how it had paths for both cars and people. So if you do not feel like walking around to see 35,000 different graves, you can easily get in your car and vie through. The layout was amazing and felt very open and relaxing. The pond was my favorite landscape part because of he white bridge you could cross to go on the other side.

This grave marker was for Mary
Caroline and James White
Getty. She died February 18th, 1936 and
her husband died August 27th 1902.
I liked how it had a walkway where it
is separated from other memorials.
The 150 acres of land that Magnolia cemetery has seven confederate generals, fourteen ordiance of secession signers and 2,200 confederate veterans. 

On this grave, there are three people.
L. Frank (1870-1927), Catherine E. Mcintosh (1867-1942) and
Stanley Miles Sigwald (1901-1920). This was a very simple
grave site, I liked it because all family member were
on one marker. 
Here is my class infront of another beautiful gravesite. This belonged to the Gibbes
family. It was very neat because it had a garden onto of the in the back. 

This is the military section
of the cemetery.

Being this grave, you can see
part of the pond that connects
to the front of the site.

Marvelous Magnolia

Come check out my blog post about my recent trip to Magnolia Cemetery!

Magnolia Cemetery

Check out my new blog post on Magnolia Cemetery here!

Researching Old Grave Sites (Prezi)

Here are some things to do during and after visiting graveyards and cemeteries in terms of research methodology. Click here if you cannot open this Prezi.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Look at the Kahal Kadosh grave site!

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue.jpg   Our last class trip was to Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim which is a old Jewish congregations. This ground is home to over 500 grave sites dating back to 1749.

Stones, they look like something you would see anywhere you go.
But in this cemetery it has a completely different meaning. This stones
mean. Putting stones on the grave site is so that the spirits can tell if
they have been visited

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

Hey guys come check out my post about the oldest Jewish Cemetery!

A Look at the South's Oldest Jewish Cemetery!

Click here to see all about it!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Angela Capobianco- My Great-Grandmother with Mob Ties and Sauce

From left to right: My grandmother Estelle, my great great grandmother Angela, and my great aunt Marina.

For the personal ancestor project, I chose my great great grandmother Angela Capobianco. The reason I chose her is because I know for a fact she had an extremely interesting life and was dedicated to her family. I did not know much detail before, but I learned about her childhood, her love for sauce, and her ties to the Italian mob which is another main reason I selected her.

Angela was born around 1898 in Italy. When she was 14, she came to America, Ellis Island specifically, on a boat with her mother and two sisters and was sent back to Italy alone because they said her vision was not good enough. 

When she ended up coming back to America, she lived in New York for a while before moving to Baltimore, MD. Angela passed away in her 90's, when my mom was in college, simply from old age in Baltimore and was buried there. She is buried in New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore, and her gravestone is a yard marker.

I got the opportunity to call my great grandmother's best friend Marie Elena who lived with her for over 30 years to find out close to all of my information on her. "She was the sweetest, most caring woman I ever knew. Her ability to put her family before herself was something I admired about her the most". 

My mom told me that my great great grandmother had a second kitchen in her basement, where she would make her own sauce and dough, and that she even considered starting her own sauce company. "She would make the best sauce from scratch in her basement. She loved doing it so much that she would have jars and jars of sauce shelved up".

Marie Elena also, surprisingly, gave me the inside scoop on her ties with the Italian Mob. She told me that my Uncle Mikey and Tommy lived above a pizza shop with her in New York. "Your great grandmother told me that she would clean the money for the Italian mob up in New York." She told me details that my grandmother had given her about how men would always be coming in and out of her place with guns. I thought this part of my great-grandmothers life was super interesting and the main reason I chose her. Thank you Mom and Marie Elena especially for taking me back and letting me get to know my great-grandmother better!

Richard Hoblitzell: My Famous Relative

Go check out my first cousin four times removed!! CLICK HERE

Learn about my Great-Grandfather

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check out some cool facts about my great great grandfather!

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Learn about my great grandmother great grandmother

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Beaufort, South Carolina


Beaufort, South Carolina is where my great 
grandmother, Leila Stallworth was born.
 This is where she raised her 3 kids. She
 is my mothers' grandmother.

She was born in 1929, in Beaufort, SC. She has 2 brothers
and 1 sister. She was the youngest of her siblings. She lived
in the rural area of Beaufort on the water.

Personality: She was always filled with joy. I never saw her in a bad mood or sad. She always was laughing and having fun seeing her 4 grand kids. She made it to almost all of my baseball games even all the way up to a month before she passed.

She lived in Beaufort her entire life. She raised 3 children including my grandmother. her husband worked as a mechanic. He worked on model T cars and fixed them up and sold them. She worked as a waitress at a local restaurant.

Later life: After she was not able to take care of herself she would have to be taken care of by her children. She would spend 1 month at a time at her children's home while she was getting taken care of. She could not eat or walk without some help her last 5 months of her life

Her passing: On February 27, 2018 she passed away in Beaufort South Carolina. Her funeral was held in a small local church that she went to.

Learn about my Great-Grandfather!

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Check out my paper about my great great grandmother!

Go Check out My Great Grandfather Lindsay Thomas

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

My Great-Grandpa Grover

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Adeline Stehle "Mimi"

Growing up, I was also very close to my family. Especially my moms side. This included my Great Grandmother, Adeline Rainsford Stehle "Mimi". I chose to do my project on her because of how much she meant to be as a child. I got my middle name from hers. Adeline was born in 1919 and grew up in a small town just outside of Clinton called Edgefield. My grandmother was the only child between her and my Great Grandfather Theo Stehle. Quickly out of College she began teaching school and continued to for thirty seven years. Her passion was music which she loved to teach and gave me lesson on the piano.
Her house during a huge snow
one year. 

This is my Great Grandmother
at one of my birthday parties.
To find more information about her life, I went straight to my Grandmother and Mom. Both gave insight on her life and helped me learn more about her life. My Grandma told me "She use to love when you came over and wanted her to play with your hair." They also showed me pictures from when they were growing up and different things she liked to do. I also found her obituary on Legacy.com and her grave on Findagrave.com.
In this picture is my Mother, Grandmother,
Great Grandfather and My Great Grandmother.

Some interesting facts I found out about her through the years was that she grew up in a haunted house. The many stories she use to tell me as a kid still resonates in my brain. All kind of weird things would happen to her as a child. From the radio they had in the living room turning on in the middle of the night to hearing footstep when no one else was home. She also could play the piano "like nobody's business" as my mom would say.

Adeline and Theo on the porch
during the summer. 

She died in 2009 due to old age. She was as healthy as she could be to be ninety years old. When she turned eighty five she was placed into a nursing home where she spent the last five years of her life. Adeline had a few signs of dementia but still recognized me and other family members until her last day. Her funeral was held at Gilead Baptist Church where she was an active member. As a family, we have a plot in their cemetery. All of the grave markers are headstones.

Her headstone in Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery.

Admiral Robert Bostwick Carney

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Annie Ruth Weatherford: A Short Biography on my Great Grandmother

Click here to check out my ancestor project on my great grandmother.

Meet Maggie Fowler

Here is my blog about my great grandmother from Slovakia.

Check out this awesome story of Lindy

Check out this link!
Hey yall! Check out my blog post about my great, great, great, great, great grandfather!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Bethel Church!

Hey everyone, check out my latest post on Bethel United Methodist Church. click here

Bethel Methodist Church

Last Monday we took a trip to Bethel Methodist graveyard. Even though the graveyard was small, there were still many beautiful tombstones available to look a. Our “tour guide” was Camille Wish, and she told us something very interesting…
This is my favorite teacher with Camille Wish!!

The Rich History and Symbolism of Bethel United Methodist Church

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Stories Behind (and under) Grave Markers

Read my story about Bethel United Methodist Church here 

Bethel and Beyond

Come take a look at my latest adventure!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Intro to Susie Malinda Henrie Toland

In my Beyond the Graveyard class, we were assigned to pick an ancestor that we believed to be the most interesting and write a blog on them. This is only a proposal to write about Susie. 

Susie is my great grandmother, born in Hyrum, Wyoming on June 6, 1878 to Joseph Ozro Henrie and Mary Christine Andersen. She died at age 88 in Salt Lake City, UT on November 29, 1966 due to a stroke in her resting home. 

She is buried in the Afton Wyoming Cemetery which is a Public Cemetery. 

Susie had a long life and was raised during a time when horse transportation was the only means of transportation but then grew up to see the first automobile. She also saw the inventions of radio, party line telephones and rotary. 

But the one thing that I find most interesting about Susie is that she knew the notorious Butch Cassidy    the king of the Wild West and his sidekick Heiner, better known as the Sundance Kid. Her small town in Wyoming was a place that Cassidy had gone to -possibly to hide out while cops were chasing him- and Susie's dad was a warm and welcoming man who invited all to dinner at their house.

Butch and Heiner couldn't deny the invitation and sat at a dinner table with her and her family. They had no idea that these new friends were really criminals.

Later she witnessed him attempt to shoot a sheriff, but when his gun didn't go off, it allowed the sheriff to buy time and he hit him with the butt of his gun. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ruth Ruth Ruth, Read All About Her!

Click Here!!! To see how our visit with Ruth Miller went!

Ruth Miller: Historian, Author, and Grave Enthusiast

Click here to read about historian Ruth Miller's perspective on graveyards in Charleston.

Ruth Miller--Historical Genius

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The 18th and 19th Century came to life through Ruth Miller

If you want to read more about Charleston in the 18th and 19th century than click here and see what Ruth Miller shared with me.

Captivating Chapters of Colonial Charleston

Want to learn more about Charleston's history? Click here to see what local historian Ruth Miller has to say.

How holy is the history of the Holy City

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Nothing But the Truth with Ruth- Charleston History Expert Visits Class

Miller is the author of several books about Charleston churchyards
"Consultant for All Things Charleston and the Lowcountry" is prominently stated on the website of author, historian, educator and tour guide Ruth Miller.

She knows her stuff and my students and I were the happy recipients of her hour-long presentation on how the Holy City became so holy.

Charleston's rich religious heritage was the theme of Miller's Feb. 18 talk. In my "Beyond the Grave" class that features visits to several old church graveyards and cemeteries, she has proven a valuable expert source.

Cemetery Symbols Presentation (Prezi)

Here are some of the common symbols that adorn grave markers at old cemeteries. This will be shown in advance of our visit to Bethel United Methodist Church.  Click here if you are unable to view this Prezi.

Ruth's Riveting Tales

Check out what Ruth Miller had to say here!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Image result for ruth miller graveyards booksRuth Miller has done amazing things around the Charleston areas. She is a local historian and tour guide and has been since 1979. she specializes in local religious history. She is the author of multiple books.

Ruth Miller has multiple book out there including "The Angel Oak Story" also Touring the tombstones. Touring the tombstones is a series or books where she went around to different gravesites and told the stories and how the were made and all of the stories behind the symbols and shape of the tombs.

The influence of religion pays a huge part of
the way these tombs are made. Ruth states "It takes
seven people to make up a religion" The power that religions
have on the symbolism that are displayed on these tombs. Religion
ruled this time period which is why there is so much displayed 
on these grave sites

During this period is when the slaves where being taken from Africa to the States. Ruth says " By 1710 there were more slaves than Europeans" But their graves were never found. The mystery is where did the bury them? Did they bury them? No one will know where they are or what the Europeans did with them .

" You win the war you write the history" Ruth states, the winner of the war writes what happen no matter if it is true or not which is a problem. The peoples familes that lost the war might not truly not know what happen to their loved ones. 


The Peculiar Past and Present: Charleston's 17th and 18th Century Cemeteries

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My Family's Link to a Prominent California Hotel

(Click here to see a video introduction and overview I produced to go along with this story)

During a holiday visit to my folks’ house in Virginia, I asked my mother some questions about her parents. One was where her late father (my grandfather) had worked. I knew that he was at a hotel for many years in Santa Monica but I didn't know which hotel.

"The Miramar" was her response. My immediate reaction was asking if it was located near San Diego. My thoughts went to the Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun" that was set at the fighter pilot school at the Miramar U.S. Navy aviation base.  

No, not that Miramar, Mom said.  It was not until yesterday when I began doing some research for this post that I learned about Santa Monica's Miramar Hotel and its rich, interesting, even glamorous history.  

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (courtesy Booking.com)
And I admit to shivering with pride to think my Grandpa Frank spent much of his working career at such a prestigious resort hotel.  

A 2011 article from the Santa Monica Mirror recounts the property's long history.  Early highlights included: 
  • The co-founder of Santa Monica, John Percival Jones, built a Victorian mansion called Miramar in 1889
  • His wife Georgina would plant a small Australian Moreton Bay fig tree that would grow into the huge landmark and signature tree (below) that dominates the resort's front courtyard

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson, also known as the mother of President Andrew Jackson currently has a reserved spot on the College of Charleston campus where her headstone is passed every single day by many. Whether the students know who it is and the history behind it is another story. She was born 1740 in Carrickfergus, Country Antrim, Ireland. She was married and had two sons Robert and Hugh (History of American Women). They all left Ireland to escape religious  persecution and settled in the Carolinas. A few years later her husband suddenly passed away leaving her with their two kids and one on the way.

The mystery of how and why Elizabeth Jackson ended up in downtown Charleston is a question many people still do not know the exact reason behind. The students who pass the headstone daily probably come to the conclusion that somebody was buried right there, but they would be wrong. It was moved there in 1967 by men who wanted to "rescue" it from where it was originally ( This History is a Mystery).

This spot was not picked by accident. James H. Witherspoon wrote a letter to Jackson explaining where his mother was buried. The reason she was moved from where she started was because the marker was not being tended to and was not being taken care of.

She ended up passing away during the American Revolutionary War ( Waymarking). She was actually working as a nurse on a ship when she got smallpox. Another interesting fact about Elizabeth Jackson is nobody knows what she looked like or where exactly she was buried. Many people like to guess as to where she was buried but nobody really knows.

Where  the headstone is located on College of Charleston Campus right inside of Cougar Mall.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Danielle Williams - Written in Stone- Grave Markers

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Gravesites Found in Charleston

Click here to view my first blog post in Beyond the Grave Class.

First Trip to the Cemetery

Hello everyone, here is the link to my blog about the trip to cemeteries.

Night One (Feb. 4, 2019)

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Graveyard Blog

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A Gravestone Tells a 1,000 Memories

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First Graveyard Visit

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Spooky Churchyard Visit

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Churchyards Offer Grave Discoveries

Thanks to Harper Richards for taking this photo at Cathedral Church
Our first “grave trotting” this semester took us to a pair of churchyards a short walk from campus. I like Cathedral (Episcopal) Church of St. Luke and St. Paul on Coming Street for its wide variety of grave styles in a fairly small space.