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I'm a fairly recent enthusiast of cemetery photography. I suspect becoming a site contributor and photo volunteer was inevitable.|
I live in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. My involvement in the Society for Creative Anachronism (the "SCA") means that I travel to other states - notably Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
When possible, I now "fit in" cemetery photography sessions while away from home.
Most of the memorials I have made are for people I am not related to. They've come about from picture-taking adventures and subsequently learning that no memorial existed. When appropriate, I add photographs to existing memorials.
A good number of the memorials I manage but did not make are my family. Some were created before I came along and were kindly transferred to me by other contributors who are not related to them. Others originated from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Office and were transferred to me by Find A Grave Administration.
A couple of memorials I now manage are of non-relatives for whom I suggested rather extensive editing based on information I had gathered ... and the non-relative originator chose to transfer management to me.
If you find that one of your relatives has a memorial made by me, I'll be happy to transfer management - WITHIN the 4-generation direct relationship guidelines as given in the Find A Grave FAQ. --->> Please do specify your exact relationship in the SAC! <<---
FAQ #162 states that the 4-generation direct relationships are as follow: "This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren."
Kindly DO NOT copy my photographs for use on other websites. Yes, I ***REALLY*** DO mean: DON'T post photographs that I have taken to Ancestry.com or to any other site.
Copyright for images posted to Find A Grave remains with the photographer, who in this case reserves the right to not permit further sharing on the Internet.
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|Karen M. Freeman||LATIN EPITAPH - HIRAM PHINAZEE MONUMENT|
I finally heard from Reverend Morgan this afternoon with the lettering and translation of the Latin Epitaph on the beautiful Monument of Reverend Hiram Phinazee at Greenwood Cemetery in Forsyth, GA.
He received the lettering (which is not EXACTLY as it is on the monument...but it is the correct spelling of the Latin words)from his friend who is a Professor of Latin at Oxford University in England...his name I do not know.
Here it is:
DIGNIUS IN VITA
WORTHY (or DIGNIFIED) IN LIFE
MORE WORTHY (or DIGNIFIED or WORTHIER)
I don't believe the 'I' is on the monument in the word DIGNIUS and I believe there may be an 'M' at the end of MORTE.
I have submitted this information to Larry Cannon who created Hiram's F-A-G Memorial Page. I've asked him to consider adding it to the page.
You are welcome to add it as a note or caption to the close up photo you posted of the wording. May I 'save' your photo and upload it to Hiram's profile page on my Ancestry.com tree...crediting you, of course, with taking & providing the photo?
I can't make out the wording on one of the other sides. I think someone needs to take more photos or do a gravestone rubbing. HELP?!
Karen M. Freeman
Cherry Log, GA
15 Jan 2015
|Karen M. Freeman||Headstone of Rev. Hiram Phinazee|
I have not heard back from the Latin professor in England yet...disappointed...but still hopeful.
Do you leave anywhere near the Greenwood Cemetery? If so, would you be willing to re-visit Rev. Phinazee's gravesite and try to do a gravestone rubbing of the lettering? I have also used inexpensive shaving cream to fill-in the letters and gently rubbed it off so the shaving cream stays in the lettering until I wash it off with clean water. It usually really makes the letters "pop", but it is important to take a jug of water & paper towels to clean it with afterwards.
If you do re-visit the cemetery, would you be so kind as to photograph the back sides of other Phinazee headstones to capture any quotes, phrases or lettering that may be there? They are beautiful headstones, aren't they?! It's too bad Rev. Phinazee's is broken; but good that the top part is still there. Maybe my husband's family will be willing to get it fixed...I'll talk to him about it. Rev. Phinazee is the 3x great grandfather of my husband James 'Jim' Miller Freeman, son of Barbara Mae Phinzaee Freeman of Jackson, GA.
Thank you for any additional research on this stone you can do.
Karen M. Freeman
Cherry Log, GA
07 Jan 2015
|Karen M. Freeman||Rev. Hiram Phinazee Epitaph|
I received the translation this evening from "the friend-of-a-friend" who just happens to teach Latin at Oxford University in England! However, I'm waiting for this professor to email back the actual lettering on the headstone that we can not definitively make out and also to give me the source of the phrase or quote...if there is one.
It may be that Hiram just put these words together because I sure haven't been able to Google the phrase...just a few of the words that I could make out. Isn't it amazing that with his limited education (with exception of Theology/Religion) and resources, that he (or someone in his family) was able to come up with a phrase in Latin to inscribe on his headstone?!!!
As soon as I have ALL the information, I will let you and the Memorial page creator know and the two of you can post it to Hiram's Memorial page and you can add it to the photo you so graciously took and posted of the Latin phrase. It would be wonderful if you would add the total transcription to each of the photos you've taken & posted, because overtime, the headstones may become illegible and you will have 'captured' the wording before that time. I like to think of this as a 'window of opportunity' for those of us who care & are interested to provide all the info. we can on Find-a-Grave and Ancestry.com.
Thank you for posting your photos, it was a joy to come across them! Hiram is the 3x great-grandfather of my husband, James Miller Freeman. His mother's maiden name is Barbara Mae Phinazee (1929-present)(m. Thomas Miller Freeman), d/o James Harrison Phinazee, gd/o Wm. Harris Phinazee, ggd/o James Glenn Phinazee & gggd/o Hiram Phinazee. Hiram's father was John Phinazee (1760-1837), Revolutionary War Soldier. Jim plans to make application to the SAR this month naming John Phinazee as his SAR "Patriot".
I will be in touch...hopefully tomorrow!
Karen M. Freeman
Cherry Log, GA
05 Jan 2015
|Karen M. Freeman||Rev Hiram Phinazee - Headstone|
Good Sunday Morning 'Tangent',
RE: F-a-G # 25656425, Rev. Hiram Phinazee, Greenwood Cemetery, Forsyth, Monroe, GA
Thank you for the wonderful photos you took and posted of the headstone of the Reverend Hiram Phinazee, etal. The back of his headstone has several words in Latin. Some of the lettering I can not make out. If I try to enlarge the photo, the letters just become blurred.
Here is the lettering I 'think' I've been able to make out:
DIGNUS MY OR MV VITA
DIGNIOR OR DIGNIOS
I can't make out any letters in the 3rd line.
You indicated you had asked a friend to help you transcribe the stone back in March, 2011. I'm guessing you've had no luck since a transcription has not been posted.
I worked for a long time trying to transcribe it yesterday, using the internet; but did not have a great deal of luck.
I did find that DIGNUS means "worthy, worthy of, meritorious" and VITA means "life, way of life". I think DIGNOIR is a variation of DIGNUS.
If you can provide the additional lettering for me from your original photo, I will contact someone tomorrow whom I believe knows Latin to see if he can help translate this. Please correct any of the lettering I have above.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen M. Freeman
Cherry Log, GA
04 Jan 2015
|Jane||Photo request for Mary "Zeitz" #77188150|
The memorial for "Mary Zeitz" is actually incorrect--her name was Mary Seitz and the correct memorial number is 79332646. She is buried in Beech Grove Cemetery in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana and there is a headstone photo posted on the memorial.
Added by Jane on Jan 02, 2015 5:36 AM
|Duke Fuller||RE: Sara Bethune photo request|
Hi, Sorry to hear. I'm slowly whittling away on these requests for WMP. I usually go in once every few weeks so they don't recognize me. I also befriended an employee who will send me up to three searches at a time, once a month. I will take care of your request next.
Have a happy and safe new year!!
|Duke Fuller||Sara Bethune photo request|
Hi. I would like to fill your photo request however I need a plot location of internment. Unfortunately Westminster Memorial Park are difficult to work with and have had bad experiences in the past with bulk Findagrave requests. I am requesting that you please call WMP at: 714-893-2421 and request a plot location (no maps are needed)
I will personally take care of your request if you are able to obtain a plot location for me and send it to my email or findagrave contact account.
Thank you very much for your assistance in this
matter. Your efforts are greatly appreciated
|Mike & Bushy Hartman||Aiola, Charles|
You requested a photo of Charles Aiola vault but he is not in St. Roch Cem 1 he is in St Roch Cem 2 Exterior Mausoleum V-103. I have notified the person who the memorial belongs to so she can move it. You can find the location of people using the usgenweb interment records for several cemeteries but sadly not all.
Have a great day
|Leon||RE: Edward and Auburn Valentine photos|
You are welcome. It was a pleasure to get those photos for you. Leon
Added by Leon on Dec 18, 2014 9:46 PM
|Leon||Valentine photo request|
I posted all the photos of the Valentines that you requested on Find A Grave. Their location at Westminster Memorial Park is: 19F-529. (Block 19 is known as "Meditation".) I hope you like the area photo I took. I was not able to find Sarah Bethume in vicinity of the Valentine burials. Leon
Added by Leon on Dec 05, 2014 6:26 PM
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