Notes from the past…


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Wordless Wednesday: Uncle Dick’s pedigree chart

This is an “almost” Wordless Wednesday post. Some explanation of this image is needed.

dick James Richard Wright was my Granddad’s best friend and as such became the godfather of his oldest child, my Mom.

A few years after my Mom’s death, my Dad gave me several items, including her old red photo album and Uncle Dick’s old Navy scrapbook. To my delight, I found in that scrapbook several photos of my newlywed grandparents and also several pictures of my grandparents with Uncle Dick… and my Mom as a newborn! I was thrilled, believe me!

One other item that I found in that Navy scrapbook was a handwritten pedigree chart. Created by Uncle Dick, it shows what I believe was his mother’s line. At the bottom left of the chart is Gertie Lenoir Hunter, Uncle Dick’s mother.

While I am not related to anyone on this chart, it is still a fascinating document. Created before December 1975 (the date of Uncle Dick’s death), the pedigree was written in pencil on plain old graph paper. Remember graph paper? What we used to use in high school, way back before computers came along and did all the work for us?

Dicks pedigree


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Tombstone Tuesday: Graham-Mason Cemetery

G-M Cem Graham-Mason Cemetery is located 1 1/2 miles southeast of the little hamlet of Irene in Hill County, Texas. It contains less than 30 marked graves and is the final resting place of Jennie Margaret Melton, the wife of my great granduncle Francis Lee Turner. Jennie Turner was only 23 years old when she died in 1887, leaving 3 small children behind.

Graham-Mason is a wonderful example of a restored and well-kept rural Texas cemetery.  The Graham-Mason Cemetery Association is very active in both the care of the cemetery and in following the many descendents of its first “inhabitants’, the William Graham family. The Association’s yearly meeting occurs in the spring, usually in April, when the Texas Bluebonnets are at their finest!

The lovely photo above was taken by Judy Graham in 2003.

mary The oldest headstone here is that of 6-year-old Mary H Graham, who died in 1866. Her original headstone is almost unreadable and had been replaced with a beautiful granite marker.

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According to the family history, slaves and former slaves are buried in the cemetery proper and also in the woods nearby. There is at least one grave marked only with rocks.

Graham-Mason is believed to be the only rural cemetery in Texas to display both a Texas Historical Marker and a Texas Historic Cemetery Medallion.