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Are You My Cousin?: Confederate Cross

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Confederate Cross

I had a great time this weekend "touring" where my Talbott ancestors lived, worked and were buried in Halifax County, VA. I heard lots of stories and took lots of pictures. Now I look forward to processing all I saw and learned. I'll be sharing more about my trip in future posts. In the meantime, I introduce you to my great x 3 grandfather John B Talbott.

John B Talbott was born 20 Nov 1836 and died in Halifax County, VA 24 Jan 1924. He is buried in the cemetery at Harmony United Methodist Church in Alton, VA. Above is a picture of the Confederate Cross that sits on his grave. A church member told me that my ancestor's Confederate Cross is the only one left in this cemetery. Apparently there were many more in the cemetery at one time. However, many were stolen over the years.

This is John B Talbott's gravestone. It pays tribute to his service in the Civil War and provides the name of the unit to which he belonged: Wright's Co, VA Heavy Art, CSA. Interestingly, there are no dates on this stone.

I have to say this was a lot of excitement before 9 in the morning!



Anonymous Karen Talbott said...

We have a John Talbott also. I'll check dates. His father was Perry Talbott. They ended up in Talbott, TN and were first families when Tennessee became a state. John surveyed for the government and was granted land for his work. John was a Colonel.

April 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks, Karen! Our John's father was Langley Talbott. It will be interesting to see if our lines are related.

April 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

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