Just in case this might help somebody, this is a record of our recent journey!
Fact Finding Mission
In the birth month of Mother and Dianne, we set out to find the burial place of some of our Hartzog ancestors. Before the two-day venture ended we had visited some interments of our Hardy ancestors, too. Dianne, Ervin and I left Pace Friday morning and headed for Florala, Alabama. We went to AL Hwy 54 and turned on Hwy 79 in order to get to the backcountry of Natural Bridge, Florida. We traveled the dirt road to a “Y” and took Punch Bowl Road which took us to the cemetery where our great grandmother, Mary Frances LITTLE STRICKLAND LOTT was buried along with some other members of her son, Murdock’s, family.
We left Natural Bridge and traveled Hwy 40 to Mt Carmel near Coffee Springs. Here we again saw the burial sites of our Hartzog grandparents. Margaret STRICKLAND HARTZOG lost her mother, Mary Frances at the beginning of the year 1916 and then Maggie lost the twins she had been carrying. Everyone thought she was doing better but the second stroke took her life. I never knew Grandmother Maggie Hartzog but the epithet on her tombstone reiterated what I heard my uncles and aunts who spent more time with her than our mother’s five short years.
“She was a kind and affectionate wife
A fond mother and a friend to all.”
Our next stop was Mother’s birthplace. You would have had to be there to catch the full “flavor” of the feeling of walking on the same ground where Mother walked as a youngster.
The similarities between the tombstones of our great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson STRICKLAND’s, and his wife Mary Frances, was interesting. Both stones were broken and originally they were the same size. Grandpa STRICKLAND is buried in Prospect Cemetery on Hwy 43 near Five Points or Lindsey, AL – this is the Louisville, AL telephone district. The name on the tombstone is T J STRICKLEN; also this spelling is used on great grandpa’s marriage license. This cemetery is behind a very active Prospect Baptist Church and therefore the gravesites are very well kept. The earliest interment gives no date or name! The following epithet is on the stone marking his memory.
“In memory of a peddler known only to God.
The first person buried in this cemetery prior to the Civil War.”
We then went to the Hartzog Farms and learned that they were our cousins. Douglas Hartzog’s mother, Nanie Mae Hartzog lived right across the street so we crossed over and had a marvelous family history talk with a new cousin.
Our next was Antioch Cemetery just north on Hwy 53. Our great grandparents, James Washington and his wife, Martha A. J. WARR HARTZOG are probably buried in one of the many-unmarked graves there. It was truly disappointing not to see their names there. This cemetery was in disarray, however a Baxley descendant and his two sons were mowing while we were there. There was to be a Baxley Reunion soon. There were many BAXLEY, BEATY, BUTTS, HORN, and DASINGER on the tombstones in Antioch Cemetery.
Does anyone know where James Washington Hartzog and his wife are placed in the Antioch Cemetery?
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