Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Blessings to All!

May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
~Philippians 4:7

Friday, December 19, 2014

Family Recipe Friday - Granny Bynum's Sweet Potato Balls

Flora Jane McIver Bynum

Granny B's recipe for Sweet Potato Balls brings back such wonderful memories for me.  Every time we made the trip to Mississippi to visit my grandparents we arrived to find a platter of these delicious treats waiting for us.

I have only attempted to make them once and while they tasted great, they certainly didn't look like Granny B's.  The trick is knowing when to scoop them out of the deep fat.  If you wait too long they will burst open.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - James Powell Edmonds

Greenwood Cemetery - Cuthbert, Randolph County, Georgia

James Powell Edmonds

Born in 1812 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia

Son of
Anthony and Keziah Edmonds

Brother to
Reuben Buckner, Sr., William A., Frances Matilda,
Amy Elizabeth and Pittman R.

Husband of 
Rebecca Ann Snow

Father to
Sarah Frances, Thomas Sanford, Samuel A., Nancy, Martha Jackson,
William Newell, Susan Catherine, Mary Bush, Elizabeth Eliza O., 
Francis Wesley "Frank" and Emma Brazora "Jo"

Died on September 20, 1864
Cuthbert, Randolph County, Georgia
Civil War

During the Civil War, three different hospitals were located in Cuthbert, Georgia.  It is not known in which hospital James Powell Edmonds died.  The Widows Application for Pension states that his wife was notified of his death by physicians at a Cuthbert hospital.  

The photograph at the top of the page shows the burial site of twenty-four marked confederate graves located in the Greenwood Cemetery in Cuthbert, Georgia.  Some of the twenty-four markers have names and others do not.  An open space located near the markers was used as a mass grave where over 500 confederate soldiers are said to be buried.  

Though no records have been found, I believe this is possibly the burial location of my paternal great-great grandfather, James Powell Edmonds.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Willis Powell Edmonds

Willis Powell Edmonds

Born on June 10, 1888

Son of
William Newell Edmonds and Laura Smith

Brother to
Mary, William Adonis "Bill", Samuel Jackson, Fannie Pearl, Paul, Silas,
Alphonso Hilliard "Punch", James Thomas, Charles Douglas "Charlie",
Bruce and Martha Rebecca

Husband of
Bessie Lee Farley

Father to
Mabel Lea and Elvie Jane

Died on June 26, 1964
Buried in the Oakdale Cemetery
Oakdale, Allen Parish, Louisiana

Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Janet Bertram.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Edward Dorsey Smith, Sr.

Edward Dorsey Smith, Sr.

Born on March 3, 1870

Son of
James Luther Smith and Henrietta D. Smith

Brother to
Virginia "Jennie", Catherine "Kate", James William "Buck"
and Francis Marion "Frank"

Husband of
Helen Jackson

Father to
Marion, Edward Dorsey, Jr., Luther Gordon "Bully" and Thelma

Died on April 2, 1940
Buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery
Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana