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December 17, 2012


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Great to learn the 'rest of the story!' Really appreciate the research. Am sharing this post with several friends who are also 'into' cemeteries.
The website of the Association for Gravestone Studies is one to checkout for those with this interest:

Wow, how interesting. I've been waiting to see if that was ever solved..Many thanks to all..

I sympathize with Cassie, because I am a serious hobbyist genealogist (not professional), and a good story gnaws at me until I chase it down. This one did, too, but I am still working for a living until next year and my wife cracked her shoulder blade, then had foot surgery, then her aunt passed, so the last two months have been a bit preoccupied.

Great research and write-up, Cassie. Sounds like we are kindred spirits! Genealogy has us hooked!

I'm with Tim and Rush. I've never had a flu shot and have no intention of starting. I use astralagus any time I don't feel well. Other herbs as well. I don't know elderberry, I'll have to research it.
I'm extremely healthy except for a little arthritis. The primary secret to my health is to avoid doctors just like I'd avoid the plague. LOL!

Ed, I think you should give us a sample story from your Druid book.

Great post and thanks Cassie and others for the research....
My comment got missed yesterday, but it was very long...
Ed, careful about Druids, faeries and such...they are around...sometimes they co-mingle in the Oak, Fir and Mistletoe...
Thanks Tipper,

WOW that Cassie is a dream! Maybe I should tell her about my broken limb in my family tree and she can get it glued. Seems we don't really know who we are becasue my great, great great grandmother had my grandfather out of wed lock and he took her maiden name.

what a great story -- and the satisfaction of knowing who, what, why. Thanks for sharing.

As one who has dabbled in genealogy for over 20 years I am impressed by her research. I spent my life in law enforcement, most of it investigating various crimes, mostly homocides. I loved the work and genealogy is much like detective work. That was a great piece of work on her part and the research was well documented. I wish that I could get her to find my great great grandfather's parents.

I am always fascinated to read accounts such as this. I, myself, don't have the patience to spend the computer time it takes to ferret out the facts, so thanks to Cassie!

Wow! I,too, like to walk through old cemeteries and am always wondering about those baried there. Thanks for the story and all the hard work of digging and finding all the information. I know it's not an easy task.

That is a great story! Good job Tipper and Cassie. I'll clean the stone if we can find some "D-2"...and I'd buy your book Ed...if it's not too expensive!

Fascinating and so much fun to read!

Enjoyed the mystery solving!

Go Tim Mc! I use Elderberry too and with great results! In fact I have not been sick from any form of flu in over 27 years and I have never had a flu shot (which I believe do more harm than good - especially the senior citizen form) Even the CDC knows that they do not work in their own documentation. I also use astralagus in late summer for two short stints to stir up the immune system. For me and mine Doctors are mostly good for broken bones and surgery when needed. Herbs work better almost every time! Also, wild leaf oregano oil is super if the lungs get too much fluid and you want to avoid infections like pneumonia. Tip: If you put the oil on a tiny piece of folded bread and swallow it whole with a glass of water you do not get the Italian salad breath all day! :D

This was very interesting. There was a lot of work done on this and I found it quite interesting. Thanks for all your great research and thanks to those who were able to add to the story.

Thanks for the update and conclusion about these women's lives. Just so interesting. I know plenty of people who just have no interest in the past, the lives of those who lived before us, but I am fascinated by their stories, however simple or complex. It must have been a sad and difficult time with the two women sick, then dying. Who knows who else was ill in the home.
Thanks again.

Cassie, thank you for this most interesting story. I am certain Rosie and Jane would be pleased to know how much attention was paid to their story by Tipper and Cassie.
As I walk through a cemetery my mind always drifts to the grieving that surely once surrounded the grave site. It always seems so sad to me when a grave goes unmarked, but we have to realize that times were once very difficult. To place a headstone was hard for families who were barely putting food on the table.
Thanks to Benny for the post on "D-2", and hopefully one day I can get time to restore some old family tombstones. One gr. grandparent who died in 1891 has last part of name illegible. I am so grateful for this blog as I have learned so much.

I am sure these ladies would be surprised and honored to know that this much was written about them this many years later. Nice story.

WOW Thank you, Cassie, for solving our mystery. These old family stories are interesting and every family is full of them.
My grandfather had four sisters who all died around the same time of something like flu or TB. I don't know their story except that bit of information.

We all have a story, thanks Tipper, for uncovering theirs.

Cassie: Your diligence and findings beat all I have ever read about such sad events. Thank you very much. I could use some of your skills of doing research for my next book.

Eva Nell
"The Matheson Cove - In the Shadow of the Devil's Post Office" 2006

What a great story to solve the mystery! I think it's fascinating to delve into the past.

Interesting read this morning! Now I am wondering how Ms. Clark got the images of the death certificates. Many of my family tree members died in Georgia and I haven't found them online. NC, SC and TN all have them. Where is GA?

Thanks, Tipper and Cassie Sanford Clark for a touching and wonderful story! Tipper...for observing and posing the questions that led Cassie to do her extensive research and find the answers. Did you read within this story another story? The utter sadness of dealing with two deaths so close together of these two sisters, and the decision to put the two bodies on the train from Marietta to ship them northward through Georgia and into Murphy, NC in March, 1924? After Jane's death on the 4th, most of the attention of the family must have been directed toward the care of Rosie, who died of the same ailment three days later. And all the time the family was dealing with the sister/wife/mother's final illness, they were also thinking about the impending funeral of Aunt Jane Coffey whose body lay awaiting memorial service and burial (Was the body probably at the funeral home during those three days?). I identify with both Tipper and Cassie Sanford Clark in the mystery nibbling at the edges of thought until it is solved. Things of a genealogical nature affect me that way, too! Thank you both for filling in the missing pieces of the puzzle, solving the mystery, and giving us a tender and touching story. This story shows the depth of our ancestors' caring ways in Appalachia!

I am sticking to my original theory of Druids in Brasstown. In fact I'm thinking about writing a book. The working title is "War of the Ages, Angels and Druids, Battle for Brasstown." Think anybody would buy it?

Great article; geneology always fascinates me, as I have done alot on my family. That gravestone needs cleaning though. We clean many gravestones, especially Confederate, and there is a product that will not only take all the black stuff off, but won't harm the stone, and seals it so the mold and mildew does not get back in. It' called "D-2". If you google it you should have not trouble finding it.

Fascinating story. The flu has hit hard here also, (one word "elderberry"), I'll let you research that, we use it. Some of the schools have closed for a few days in the past weeks so they could sanitize them,, Merry Christmas to you and yours...

Cassie thanks for the most interesting story. Walking through a cemetery often brings questions regarding those that rest there. Thanks for searching out this story.

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