Visiting the old folks

The Legal Genealogist is visiting the old folks this week.

The very very old folks.

As in fifth great grandfather-type old folks.

Yesterday I had the privilege of standing in Shiloh Cemetery at Shiloh Baptist Church on U.S. 11 just on the border of Etowah and St. Clair Counties in Alabama… at the foot of the grave of my fifth great grandfather William Noel Battles. One of my Revolutionary War patriots.1

I wanted to say thank you. To say we’re glad you hung in there when the going got tough. To say all of us who are your descendants remember.

So I borrowed from one of the loveliest traditions of any faith. My Jewish friends have shared with me the tradition of leaving a pebble or small rock on a grave to mark the visit.2 And when I left Shiloh Cemetery yesterday, there was a small white pebble atop William Noel Battles’ gravestone.

William Noel Battles

To say thank you. To say we’re glad you hung in there when the going got tough. To say all of us who are your descendants remember.


SOURCES

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Down home Alabama,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 11 Mar 2019).

  1. See Noel Battles, no. S.12960 (Pvt., Capt. Shelton’s Company, 10th Va. Reg.); Revolutionary War Pensions and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, microfilm publication M804, 2670 rolls (Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 1974); digital images, Fold3 (http://www.Fold3.com : accessed 20 Mar 2019).
  2. See generally “Placing a Stone,” Shiva.com (https://www.shiva.com/ : accessed 20 Mar 2019).
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