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For some unknown reason I overlooked your message regarding Dilly's new grave stone. Is it located in the Landers Cemetery in Calhoun County? Does it confirm the birth date (31 Jul 1769) given in Boozer & Payne's History of the Landers Family? Does it confirm the death date (30 Oct 1849) given in the 1850 Census Mortality Index? (Both these items only go to show that the information in my g-grandfather Groves Harrison Cartledge's autobiography cannot be taken as gospel (as many people seem to be doing still).
By the way, I found a document in the GA Archives that proves Samuel Cartledge was not a posthumous child. (The will of Shadrach Roberts mentions an unborn child. For Dilly to have had two of them is really pushing the limits of credulity a bit far!) I found the following in the Minutes of the Superior Court of Columbia County (1797-1803) on page 183, dated 5 Sep 1799: "On the petition of George G. Tankersley, setting forth that he is the Executor of the estate of William Jackson, deceased, and is threatened to be sued in an action of Ejectment by the heirs of Kilgore, and that Joseph Cartledge who is a material witness for the petitioner as Executor aforeseaid is old and infirm and in all probablility cannot survive the next term, & praying that a commission may issue to examine the saide Joseph Cartledge ... de bene esse." [So ordered.] This document proves that Joseph was still alive four and a half years after son Samuel's birth. [And makes James Landers's application on 1 Sep 1800 (GA Gen. Magazine, no. 11) to administer the estate of of Joseph Cartledge more timely.]
Regarding Dilly's stone, I would your reply to me either here, or at <SCARTL5021@AOL.COM>. Many thanks, Sam Cartledge