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Tangent (#47280236)
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Bio Photo 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 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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Nelson Ott
Hello, Thank you for the additional information. I am adding it. Thanks you.

Added by Johnny on May 18, 2015 4:08 PM
Evergreen & Rose Hill info Macon,Ga
Hey again, Tangent,this email address may help: Ms Mitchell does respond, eventually, to plot location requests, so be patient.

Have a good day,
Added by Popeye on Apr 15, 2015 6:17 AM
Photo requests plot info.
For all those in Evergreen that you have requested photos of, please take your own advice for others and call Ms. Mitchell at Rose Hill cemetery for plot location. She is the records keeper for Rose Hill as well as Evergreen. Sure helps a lot.

Have a good day,,
Added by Popeye on Apr 06, 2015 3:46 PM
* My Sister's Birthday *
Stopping by to say thanks for the lovely remembrance for my Sister Dorothy, on her Birthday Sunday, March 29th. It deeply touched my heart & means the world to me that you wished her a heavenly day.

Warm wishes for a great day & upcoming Easter.
Ruth McDonald
St.Louis, MO
Added by purple-lady on Mar 31, 2015 4:41 PM
Barbara Howard Pointer
Milly Howard Goupel FG # 60225316
Thank you for leaving a tribute on my sister's
Added by Barbara Howard Pointer on Mar 30, 2015 4:15 PM
Nadine Sones
RE: Josephine Haas and Infant Haas - retry
I do not know at this point, I will check with my mother and see if she knows.
Added by Nadine Sones on Mar 24, 2015 6:26 AM
Yo, you still alive and kicking? I certainly hope so. Just wanted to say hello.
Added by CoastGuardMedic on Mar 16, 2015 9:33 PM
Karen M. Freeman
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:




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 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
Added by Karen M. Freeman on Jan 15, 2015 4:08 PM
Karen M. Freeman
Headstone of Rev. Hiram Phinazee
Hi 'Tangent',

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
Added by Karen M. Freeman on Jan 07, 2015 2:52 PM
Karen M. Freeman
Rev. Hiram Phinazee Epitaph
Hi Tangent,

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

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!

Good night,
Karen M. Freeman
Cherry Log, GA
05 Jan 2015
Added by Karen M. Freeman on Jan 05, 2015 6:33 PM
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