Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication

                                                August, 2010

                                     Remembering Bob Phillips

Remembering Bob Phillips, deceased

Bob was one of the founding fathers of the Rockdale Genealogical Society.
He spoke at one of the meetings prior to starting the club about the
pecularities of the census listings. Bob spent much of his time in
the library helping people research their genealogy. He would often
take on the task of researching where the people could not come to
Rockdale; thus, he did most of the research on his own.

I often saw Bob in the library while he was busy with research. One
of his complaints was that there was no index of the “A History of
Rockdale”. Eventually, he persuaded your editor to undertake this
project which was completed in 1994. A copy is available in the library
and on the editors web page. Several other indices were completed
in subsequent years. These were largely done at Bob’s request.
Bob often visited cemeteries to gather information of research. I
recall one instance where Bob indicated that the index of the cemeteries
included a name in the old town cemetery which he could not locate.
He had spent hours walking the cemetery without finding the marker.
As it would have it, I happened to know (Or thought I knew) were the
marker was located. We visited the cemetery together and found the
marker close to the curve of the driveway. Bob was able to complete
his compilation of the genealogy and send the information to the person
requesting it.

At one time, Bob was researching the family Mitchell. As it turns
out, this was the family of Margaret Mitchell, the author of “Gone
With the Wind”. Her grandparents were buried in a cemetery in Rockdale.
Bob provided much information regarding her family line which was
utilized by the editor in the article about Rockdale’s Gone With The
Wind connection in our newsletter. This article was used by the Citizen
Newspaper in their history column. This would not have happened without
Bob Phillip’s help.

A book honoring Bob Phillips has been placed in the library.

                           Splost Money Request Made

Martha Brown asked me to send you the following e-mail. Please put
on your thinking caps and let’s give her a good list to present to
Gary Frizzell, at the Nancy Guinn Library.

If you would send out a notice to everybody that the SPLOST money
is to be used at the library to buy books. I’ve asked Gary if we could
have some of it for the Heritage Room and he said yes... to get a
list to him. So, I’d like to have one ready to give to him after the
next meeting in August. Everybody put on your thinking caps and bring
the list to the meeting.

Too bad this is only available for books,  we could use some money
for better census film for instance.

                           One Hundred Years Ago

Aug. 11,1910, Parker family reunion held at Knob, Ga. Dr. G. R. Parker
to make arrangements.

June 25, 1910, A public restroom was opened in Conyers’ business district.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Conyers passed an ordinance that
no automobile shall be allowed to park or stand longer than ten minutes
on Center Street or Commerce Street. Anyone violating this ordinance
shall be guilty of disorderly conduct. Also, no auto is to be driven
faster than eight miles per hour.

Mr. Arthur Whitaker sold his place on Milstead Ave. to Mr. Arthur
Dabney. A transaction from one Arthur to next I suppose.

Mr. C. E. Sigman has been troubled with a large carbuncle on his neck.

Mr. Arthur Whitaker sold land next to the Farmers Union Warehouse
to the Atlanta Oil and Fertilizer Co. They plan to build a plant for
cotton seed fertilizer mixing.

Dr. F. T. Hopkins was also suffering from a large carbuncle on his
neck. No mention if Dr. Hopkins was the one who treated Mr. Sigman.

Conyers was to get a larger post office room according to postmistress,
Mrs. M. H. Melton.

A bill was to be introduced in the legislature to amend the tax act
to exempt dogs from state tax.

Mr. W. W. King will leave the employ of the Monroe Telephone Co. He
will begin practicing piano tuning as a profession.

The death angel visited Mrs. Dave Vaughn on June 19th. She was miss
Sarah Hayes before her marriage in 1863.

The Conyers Coca Cola Bottling plant was shut down for two weeks due
to the power plant being out of order.

Dr. W. H. Lee and Son has just received a large supply of Edison electric
light bulbs.

On Thursday evening the Conyers Band gave a concert on the streets
of Conyers. Afterwards, the members were treated to refreshments at
Dr. Hopkings’ drug store.

A live wire fell on Milstead Ave. near Mr. A. Whitaker’s residence.
Mr. Tom Heard was knocked senseless. Mr. M. H. Plunket’s horse struck
the wire and was killed.

Mr. James H. Peek requested to be dismissed as executor of the will
of  John F. Peek deceased.

Miss Willie Farmer and brother Twain visited Misses Jennie and Jessie
Peek Sunday afternoon.

Mr. M. H. Plunket, wife and daughter Mildred went up to Atlanta in
their automobile and spent Sunday.

The Palace Barber Shop offers work done in the best styles and offers
both hot and cold baths.

A number of young people chaperoned by Mr. & Mrs. O’Kelley and Mr.
& Mrs. Towns will leave Monday for a few days of camping at Costley’s
Mill. Among those going were Wade Hooten and Gus Almand.

Miss Sally Fanny Gleaton entertained several guests last Saturday
evening. There were three tables of Hearts dice. Miss Kate Smith made
top score. Her prize was an embroidered handkerchief.

An act to amend the ordinance about parking on Center and Commerce
Streets was passed by the Council to allow parking for thirty minutes.
They must have heard from the merchants.

A balance sheet was printed listing the condition of the Bank of Conyers.
Assets and liabilities were listed at $171,468.79.

The editor noted: There is no greater luxury than the possession of
a friend who understands you.

Aug 20, 1910 - Messrs. M. R. Stephenson and G. A. Owens have moved
to the Lee Residence on Upper Decatur Street. Dr. Lee moved to a house
on Railroad Street closer to his business.

Sept. 3, 1910 - Thomas Alva Edison has invented a contrivance to make
his moving pictures talk. He intends to film a complete opera and

On Sept. 1, 1910, a law went into effect requiring all automobiles
to be registered at a cost of $2.00. Part of this law required that
if a person driving a restive horse is approached, the horseman may request that
the automobile be brought to a complete standstill to allow the animal
to pass. When approaching a pedestrian a motorist must sound his horn.
If the pedestrian raises his hand as a distress signal, the automobile
must be brought to a stop.


                        Don't Laminate Documents

Don’t laminate your documents. This speeds up deterioration. Both
heat and chemical reactions occur when you do this, according to Family
Archivist in Family Tree Magazine, August, 2010. If you come into
possession of a laminated document that has information you need,
what do you do? The magazine suggests copying using a digital camera
or scanner or photocopy using archival quality paper that won’t fade
or deteriorate over time.

                   Tombstone Information

The stele (plural stelae), as they are called in an archaeological
context, is one of the oldest forms of funerary art. Originally, a
tombstone was the stone lid of a stone coffin, or the coffin itself,
and a gravestone was the stone slab that was laid over a grave. Now
all three terms are also used for markers placed at the head of the
grave. Originally graves in the 1700s also contained footstones to
demarcate the foot end of the grave. Footstones were rarely carved
with more than the deceased’s initials and year of death, and many
cemeteries and churchyards have removed them to make cutting the grass
easier. Note however that in many UK cemeteries the principal, and
indeed only, marker is placed at the foot of the grave.

Fieldstones. The earliest markers for graves were natural fieldstone,
some unmarked and others decorated or incised using a metal awl. Typical
motifs for the carving included a symbol and the deceased’s name and
age. Granite. Granite is a hard stone and requires skill to carve
by hand. Modern methods of carving include using computer-controlled
rotary bits and sandblasting over a rubber stencil. Leaving the letters,
numbers and emblems exposed on the stone, the blaster can create virtually
any kind of artwork or epitaph.

Marble and limestone. Both limestone and marble take carving well.
Marble is a recrystallized form of limestone. Both marble and limestone
slowly dissolve when exposed to the mild acid in rainwater which can
make inscriptions unreadable over time. Portland stone was a type
of limestone commonly used in England; after weathering the fossiliferous
deposits tend to be revealed on the surface. Marble became a popular
material from the early 1800s although its extra cost limited its
appeal. Sandstone. Sandstone is durable yet soft enough to carve easily.
Some sandstone markers are so well preserved that individual chisel
marks can be discerned in the carving, while others have delaminated
and crumbled into dust. Delamination occurs when moisture gets between
the layers that make up the sandstone. As it freezes and expands the
layers flake off. In the 1600s sandstone replaced fieldstones in Colonial
America. Yorkstone was a common sandstone material used in England.
Slate. Slate can have a pleasing texture but is slightly porous and
prone to delamination. It takes lettering well, often highlighted
with white paint or gilding.

Graves and any related memorials are a focus for mourning and remembrance.
The names of relatives are often added to a gravestone over the years,
so that one marker may chronicle the passing of an entire family spread
over decades. Since gravestones and a plot in a cemetery or churchyard
cost money, they are also a symbol of wealth or prominence in a community.
Some gravestones were even commissioned and erected to their own memory
by people who were still living, as a testament to their wealth and
status. In a Christian context, the very wealthy often erected elaborate
memorials within churches rather than having simply external gravestones.  Click here

Markers usually bear inscriptions: epitaphs in praise of the deceased
or quotations from religious texts, such as “requiescat in pace”.
In a few instances the inscription is in the form of a plea, admonishment,
testament of faith, claim to fame or even a curse — William Shakespeare’s
inscription famously declares;

Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blest be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves
my bones.

Another: Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so you will be, Prepare for death and follow me.

                   Web Sites of Interest

Some web sites which may be useful as mentioned by Ken Thomas in his
“Genealogy for August 15, 2010”, the IGI from the Mormon Church, Digital atlas of historical county
boundaries from the Newberry Library in Chicago. This is supposed
to show all the boundary changes for counties in Georgia. This site has links to historic City-owned cemeteries
in Georgia.

looking for a place to post your family history, you might try here
which will offer the top ten places to do so.


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