Saturday, November 25, 2006

the sixth sense tour



Last weekends trip to Tennessee could be titled, The Sixth Sense Tour. Apart from the time spent celebrating a second cousin's wedding, we spent alot of time in cemeteries. In reference to the movie, I saw alot of dead people.

This badly weathered stone lies in our Nesbitt family cemetery in the Shiloh/Palmyra area. We are well acquainted with this place as this is my mother's family plot. It was founded and lies on the land that was home to my great-great grandfather, Samuel Nesbitt.

For years we've been trying to ascertain the location of the older plot, where my great-great-great grandfather Robert Nesbitt is buried. My mom and sister had been there years and years ago but couldn't remember the area where it stood.

Using information from a book written about our family in the 1960's, and further digging on the internet provided the area in which the four Nesbitt brothers settled in the 1790's. It lies only about a half hour from this spot. We were on a quest.

All that's left of this old marker tells it all - - born....died. Everything in between is the stuff of which history is made.

9 comments:

srp said...

What a poignant picture. We certainly missed you.

Beverley, UK said...

Cool. I have just embarked on my own quest to unravel my Mum's family tree - between us, we know very little which is quite sad but I guess that's true of many people.

Trust you will update us if your quest continues?...

KatKit13 said...

Are your family of Nesbitts any relation to the Nesbitts of Northeastern PA (Wilkes-Barre area)

I think digging into family history is really cool.

Glad you're back!

Zanne said...

There are lots of Nesbitt's in Pennsylvania and also in Canada. Some of the Nesbitts who landed in South Carolina were originally scheduled to be traveling to Nova Scotia, but somehow the ship sailed to the southern U.S.

It is fascinating. Luckily alot of the work was done for us by a relative who did alot of genealogical research, publishing two books.

n.b. said...

Beautiful photo.

poopie said...

Hey..you were close to my neck of the woods!

micki said...

So fascinating!! And I love how the light fell when you shot this!

abe/happy said...

I love graveyards - which some people find a little weird. I relized its been almost 4 months since I commented on your blog, Ive still been reading it though, so I thought I should at least say Howdy again :)

Zanne said...

Sorry that entries have been few and far between lately. I promise to get with it here. Lots of things have happened to sidetrack creative efforts.