Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Gone With the Wind Connection, Charleston South Carolina

On a recent business trip to Charleston, South Carolina, Kent took time to visit Saint Phillips Episcopal Church Cemetery to photograph the burial location of some relatives. John Moran Ezzell is his first cousin, once removed. John married Margaret "Peggy" Rhett Cuthbert of Charleston, South Carolina.  If you are a Gone With the Wind fan like me then you also know that India Wilkes, Ashley's sister in the movie, was played by Alicia Rhett.  What was interesting to learn is that Alicia is a cousin of Peggy Butler Rhett Cuthbert. Alicia passed away on January 3, 2014 and is interred next to the large flat headstone of John and Peggy Ezzell.  The photo of John and Peggy was taken at Moran Place in July 1945 at a family reunion.  More reunion photographs can be found here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tintype, Unknown Boy with Gilded Jewelry

This tintype was found with a lot of things related to Shumate/Irvine/Ferguson relatives.  The tintype has two gilded pieces of jewelry, a pinky ring and a small pin in the center of his shirt collar.  In my mind the book he's holding is a clue but the meaning has been lost with time.  There's a clasp on the left side of the book and is ornately decorated on the front. It's interesting how he's holding the book, from the top so that the front is prominently displayed.  If it was ever in a case it was removed long ago.