Monday, March 13, 2017

A Step Back In Time

Have you ever wondered where you came from and who your ancestors were? The ancestor that I chose to research was my great great grand father, Benjamin Morgan. I chose to learn about him because within the past couple of years, my father has inherited a great deal of land that belonged to Ben Morgan.

Through talking to my father and grandmother, doing research on,, and looking at newspaper clippings given to me by my father, I was able to gather some information on him and learn about the history of my ancestor. He was born on October 3, 1861 in California. During his youth he moved to Ash Canyon in Arizona and later settled down in Bisbee Arizona.
Newspaper clipping on
Ben Morgan's findings and his
search for the lode

Ben Morgan moved to Bisbee County when it was first established, being one of the first settlers there, to follow his career. He also had the first marriage and ceremony in Bisbee. He married a women named Jessie Duncan, a Navaho Indian. The ceremony was held by her father, William Duncan, in a tent house at the Copper Camp. They had the fourth born child in Bisbee, named Charles Morgan.

According to two newspaper clippings, one from my father and another from, Ben "prospected and followed placer mining in the Huachuca mountains" and "had multiple placer claims at the Yaquis cabins." He was a miner for about 35 years.
During his career he found a three ounce gold nugget that was sold for $57.50 in 1915, which is now worth about 3,600 dollars. He decided that the nugget came from a lode with great-value; for the remainder of his life he searched for this lode. Unfortunately, after he found the nugget there was an earthquake that made it harder to discover the lode. According to Ben, when asked where the lode came from he said "it came from the Conquistador's lode" which was a large amount of gold hidden by Conquistadors in the mountains that Ben was mining. Sadly, he died before discovering anymore.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Beautiful Deathly Hallows

Have you ever been to a cemetery as beautiful as Magnolia Cemetery? This past Sunday I visited this peaceful place, the weather couldn't of been more perfect. The sky was blue, the temperature wasn't too hot nor too cold and the birds were chirping. Magnolia Cemetery is a place for the deceased but also a place that one might go and eat lunch with a loved one that may have passed.

One of the many beautiful
trees that make
Magnolia such a beautiful
Magnolia Cemetery, a Victorian styled cemetery, opened in 1850 and has around 150 arces of beautiful land. It is filled with gorgeous landscaped paths, ponds, green space and trees. There are around 35,000 people buried here some of which include: six confederate generals, 14 ordinance of secession, and 2,200 CSA veterans and war dead. The thing that I love about this cemetery is how beautiful the facility is kept for the dead. Another thing that I admire is how easy it is to walk around or even drive around the cemetery unlike some of the other cemeteries I've visited before.

The Lipinski Mausoleum
built in 2015.
The photo to the right is a picture of a mausoleum owned by the Lipinski family.  Entombed in here is Henry H. Lipinski who lived from Sept. 30, 1912 to Nov. 1983 and his wife Harriet Lipinski who lived from Feb. 6, 1914 to Feb 19, 2004. The mausoleum was built a few years ago by the parents of the U.S. figure skating champion Tara Lipinski. This beautiful master piece is in the style of the 19th century Victorian necropolis. Its is made of dark colored granite and has stain-glassed windows on the sides and above the door way into it. One thing that I noticed on it was the roses on either side of the door way, above the name. According to the book "In the Arms of Angels" by Patrick Harwood the symbol rose symbolizes love, beauty, hope and unfailing love.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Grave Diggers

Have you ever been to a graveyard in the dark? Last Monday as a class we visited two graveyards at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul and St. Patrick Catholic Church Cemetery to search for different types of markers and learn about who was buried there. St. Luke and St. Paul is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. St. Patricks is a Catholic church. When visiting the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul I found many different types of markers, some of them include:

Type of marker: Bevel
Name: Lila Barksdale Pickens
Birth: Nov. 10, 1871
Death: Feb. 7, 1942
Who is she?: According to Find a Grave she was a native to Charleston. Miss Pickens was 70 years old. She was a daughter of Samuel H. Pickens of Pendleton and Mrs. Anna Ingram Pickens of Charleston. She was educated at, Miss Isabel Smith school. When she dies she was survived by 5 sisters.

Type of marker: Box Tomb               
Name: Thomas Horry
Birth: Jun. 13, 1748
Death: Jan. 5, 1820
Who is he?: According to Find a Grave he "was one of the inhabitants of St. James Santee's Representatives in the Legislature prior to the American Revolution and a member of the first and second Provincial Congress. He was also a Member of the Convention which formed the present State Constitution under which he afterwards served for several years as a Representative and a Senator".

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Crypt Keeper

Ruth Miller talking about
Elizabeth Jackson's tombstone.
It is unknown where she was 
actually buried.
Ruth Miller the women of all trades. Having owned a tour guide business for over 30 years, Ruth Miller found herself living in various places all over America. Her knowledge and passion for history evolved into teaching and public speaking. Among her many encounters with other historians, there was one experience, in particular that sparked a unique interest in something a little spookier.

How Ruth got into Cemetery's
As a society, we have associated death with something unknown and scary. After a visit with a group of morticians, Ruth discovered that death is quite the opposite. She began exploring cemeteries and in doing so, revealed numerous facts about the people that were buried there, as well as the places where the graveyards were located. Ruth also wrote multiple books on the graveyards in Charleston called Touring the Tombstones -A Guide To Charleston’s Historic Graveyard. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

How Was Your First Semester?

When I first started at the College of Charleston, CofC, I had so many mixed emotions. It's a very different experience for me. Before coming I had only been away from home once for more than a week without my parents with me. At first I was happy and excited to meet new friends and be alone and have no one telling me what to do but two weeks in I was homesick and missed my family. Those feelings lasted for a couple of days and then I was back to my happy to be here self. Looking back at my first semester I could say that it was:

Exciting: College is just exciting in general. You get to find yourself and learn to be on your own. My favorite part was being able to pick the classes I wanted to take not the ones my guidance counselor or parents want me to take. It was the first step for me on being an "adult."
Hanging out with my friends Brooke (left) 
and Lauren (right)

Social: Although I was busy studying and going to class during the week I met so many nice people who are now my closest friends here. It was so much fun introducing myself to new people and seeing if we had things in common and getting to know each other.