A few weeks ago I was in the City Cemetery here in McDonough, Georgia looking for the headstone of Cornelia Tomlinson, as requested by a descendant. I walked all over the section and eventually found her.
This absolutely, positively breaks my heart.
At first I was just angry at the city for allowing this to happen.
Second, I called around until I had a meeting with the mayor.
Then I had a meeting with the city administrator.
Now I have the go-ahead to start repairing the old section of the city cemetery, and will be researching and contacting as many descendants of the folk interred there as I can.
And that last part is kind of important. Apparently, a few years ago they were going to work on repairing the headstones. Some guy rode up and started yelling at them to get off his property. In the city cemetery. For someone that was buried. He didn’t want the stone fixed (it’s really mind-blowing, right?).
I will not only be charting the cemetery and doing repairs (with the help of a few people, and possibly some of the kids who like to destroy cemeteries –basically giving them a reason to stop and regret), but I will also be making headstones for two unknown people:
…as well as offer headstones for the people buried in the paupers section.
For more information on the two unidentified people, I found THIS LINK.
This doesn’t mean I will no longer be researching my family! It’s in my blood!