Find a Grave & the Cobb County Cemetery Book.
I regularly volunteer to fulfill requests with Find A Grave. I love them and what they are doing. They are a great resource for unofficial death records. They provide a great place to remember people who have past, and, most importantly, they are a source for photos of the markers of your ancestors. If there is not a photo there, you can request one and a volunteer, like me, will go to the cemetery, take a photo of the marker, and upload it to the website.
Some time ago I volunteered to photograph a marker. I walked the entire cemetery and couldn’t find it. I put it back into the queue figuring someone else would find it. Another person tried and marked the memorial that he couldn’t find it either. Every time I went onto the Find A Grave site looking for markers that people want photos of there it was, staring at me. Then I had an idea….
The Smyrna Historical and Genelogical Society has a small research library filled with books of genealogical interest. Among the many books and magazines I found a book on Cobb County Cemeteries. Back in the 1980s, surveys were taken of the various cemeteries in Cobb County. This individual died in 1922 so she should have been listed. She was listed as being in plot 12. I also found that the other people in plot 12 were N.C. Meadows and Mattie Meadows. Also in the plot were Catherine Loveless and Lula West. It is not a huge cemetery, but it isn’t that small either. I wondered where plot 1 was so I could find plot 12 easily.
From the book I wrote down…
1 – Pinson
2 – Byers
3 – Hanson
6 – Rakestraw
9 – Brown
12 – Meadows
I figured that with that information, I could find any of them and figure out the numbering scheme.
I went up to the cemetery, drove slowly through the cemetery and didn’t see any of the names. I figured that meant that the numbering didn’t go horizontally across but rather from one corner away from the road. I parked the car near one of the corners and started to head to the corner. On the way I saw the Rakestraw marker and made a beeline to it. Yup. It looked about six plots away from the road. Three more markers up the hill was a Brown plot, I was getting close. There they were, N.C. Meadows, Mattie Meadows, and a small unreadable marker. Getting close to it I could just make out “AT REST”. It was knocked partially over (down to about 30 degrees). I gently reached behind it and could feel lettering. I carefully lifted the marker upright and could see it was the marker I was looking for. I photographed it and set the marker back to vertical. It still faces out of the cemetery. I figure that is what the family originally wanted. So, little infant Pauline remains “at rest” but a photo of her marker is now on Find A Grave.
The Cobb County Cemeteries Book at the Smyrna Museum is one of many books that that can be of great assistance to your genealogical and volunteer activities. Stop by during normal hours of operations and someone can assist you in the reference room. Stop by on a Tuesday morning (when I volunteer) and I’ll give you a brief tour.