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I just received a death certificate in the mail. I had requested one of my great-grandmother, Alice Lindell Davidson Pickens. She is buried in Myrtle Hill cemetery , Tampa Florida. I had taken a trip to Tampa, several years ago, in hopes of finding her headstone. I knew she was in Myrtle Hill, I had found the record in the Plant City Archives. It is actually names for an aunt by marriage, Quintilla Geer Bruton. Located in the old Plant City high school, where my grandmother graduated in 1928…….sorry.
Anyway, when I was in Tampa, back in 2008, I visited the old house in which I grew up. Well, I drove by it, of course, it was not the same. Also, my grandparents old house, which was not a pale pink. I turned on the GPS to find Myrtle Hill cemetery. And I set out to find the headstone of my ancestor. It is a beautiful cemetery, large oaks with draping moss. Old on the left, new on the right. I chose old. I was not a cemetery expert at this time. I did not have a plot to go by, so I was driving, walking and looking around. At the north side of the cemetery is the mausoleum. Fifties design, and it looked very familiar. I got a rather weird deja vu feeling. The mausoleum did not seem unknown to me. I would later ask both my parents about this. I knew I had been there. The entrance was eerily familiar. A large headstone with the name ” Savage” was what stopped me in my tracks.Both my parents said they never took me there. I was not in attendance at my uncle Jimmy Pickens funeral, who is buried with his mother Alice. And they also told me that Nana would never have taken me there. Sometime later, a nice man volunteered to take a photo of Alice’s headstone, I was very close to it when I had visited. I found a plot of the cemetery later to confirm this.
So, now, I have another mystery to solve. On Alice’s death certificate, it lists her parents. Thank Goodness, my information was correct. But, it also has a last name of Cearley. I had seen this before. Texas is wonderful about posting death certificates on FamilySearch. I had found one on Alice’s mother, and it listed her name as Mary Lumley ( Davidson ) Cearley. This is a question, because, she is buried with her husband, Hiram Isaac Davidson. Now, I am off to see if there was indeed a marriage to a Cearley. Mary Lumley Sullivan Davidson is buried in Sanger cemetery, Denton county Texas.
I think this is a mystery that can only be solved in Texas. Most of that side of the Pickens/ Davidson family lived in the northern part of Texas….in Denton, Cooke and Wichita counties.
MY BRICK WALL, WELL, ONE IS RESOLVED……
I was online the other day, and discovered, that there are some newspapers in Georgia that are available and searchable. Yes, archived newspapers of where my family lived, during their last years in Georgia. I had always thought I could find something on Mamie, wife of John R. McCall, if only I kept searching. She is one of the reasons I do search.
In another post I had talked about finding the other Mamie, I knew that was her first name. Although, many records in census, show Mannie and also Mollie. My grandmother is named Mamie, so, I knew it had to be! Family names carry on and on, etc….
I knew from census records in Georgia, that John R and family were in Georgia in 1910, in Albany area, Dougherty county. In 1915 or so, I saw that John had moved to Florida somewhere between 1910 and 1920. At the time of the 1920 census, he was living with daughter Lena Gunn and her spouse, Charles Addison Gunn. They lived in Tampa. It listed John R as a widow. I guessed his wife died in 1915, as only to have a point of reference on Ancestry. In hopes there would be a hint….you know, the little leaf that appears.
Now, the obituary I came across today, was a needle in a haystack. When I searched McCall, this is the first article that appeared, 100% match, on only the last name. I think I may have said ” I found her!! ” No one was here to hear me! It validated her name as Mamie and the last name of Thomas. I had seen the name Thomas before on a death record of one of their children, but, was not convinced. I am now convinced. This is from the Thomaston paper , Times-Enterprise, June15, 1915.
I know it is illegble, but, in the regular viewer on the website, I can view it. In order to view them, you must have DjVu a really difficult to navigate system. I am now in the process to see if there is a death certificate. Although, Georgia did not require them until 1919, four years after her death.
I GREW UP IN FLORIDA…..IN THE TIME OF DISNEY WORLD, BUSCH GARDENS, TIKI GARDENS, SUNKEN SPRINGS, SILVER SPRINGS, CYPRESS GARDENS, SIX GUN TERRITORY AND THE AQUATARIUM. THERE ARE COUNTLESS OTHERS I MAY NOT HAVE MENTIONED. IT WAS A GREAT TIME IN FLORIDA DURING THE 60’S AND 70’S.
LET ME KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THESE!!
Unless you visited Florida during the 60’s and 70’s, some of the names of these places have no meaning whatsoever. However, if you were there, well, there were some pretty cool attractions. After Disney World came along in the early 70’s, many of these attractions could not sustain. If you visit the site I have linked here, www.lostparks.com, many of them are listed. In fact, the front page of that website, I have that very postcard. That is what I was doing part of the day today. I have a large box filled with old postcards. I was amazed how many were from my childhood.
I know , everyone who lived in Florida had a beach in their back yard….or at least that is the general feel when I used to tell friends, ” I grew up in Florida “. They would exclaim, ” Really ” ? This is a myth! We had to drive to the beach, even though it was a few short miles.I was actually six miles from the beach, Coquina beach ( Bradenton Beach ) , Anna Maria Island. Coquinas are those little creatures that swirl around in the sand when you dig a hole. They will bury themselves after you disrupted their, sleep, or whatever coquinas do down there. I guess it was pretty cool to be able to go to the beach whenever you wanted. We had miles of beautiful beaches, all built up now with condos. I remember when there were none.
Below are some postcards from my collection.
Silver Springs had the famous glass bottom boats. I remember going there when I was about 8 years old. Busch Gardens, Anheuser-Busch Pavillion and Sand Dollar card
Here are some of Bathing Beauties, Weeki Wachee mermaids, Cypress Garden Aquamaids and Silver Springs model. The booklets I have are still intact. Some from the 60’s.
The Skyway bridge is what connected you across the bay from Bradenton to St. Petersburg. I was in tenth grade when it was hit by a barge in a storm.
The Skyway bridge once they built the second span, it has always been scary for me to drive across this bridge. Miami Beach before it was covered in buildings and the fabulous Don Cesar hotel on St Petersburg beach.
YESTERDAY MOM AND I WERE GOING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS, THIS DRIVES MY DAD CRAZY……PARTLY BECAUSE, HE CAN’T REMEMBER THE PEOPLE AND PARTLY BECAUSE WE SCATTER THEM EVERYWHERE!!!
I believe the people were dressed in earlier clothing, perhaps for the event of Old Home week. Look closely, the cars and clothing do not match. Some of the women have on Victorian clothing. I think in 1929, we would have seen shorter styles in dresses. Perhaps like below, which is probably 1927.
Tin Lizzie!!! You don’t see these every day. Produced by Ford Motor company from September 1908 until October 1927, these automobiles changed the way Americans lived, worked and travelled.
This is my grandmother, Mamie Christine McCall on the left. Although I do not think these are the same automobiles in both pics, they could be. The fenders look a little different. However, my grandfather , on the right, Harvey Hershel Pickens did marry the girl on the left. She looked about 17 according to other photos I have of her, he looks to be about twenty something. And doesn’t he look dapper in his slim pants and boots?