Friday, August 1, 2014

A Good Road Trip is a Great Way to Spend the Day


My fishing trips have taken a hit here lately with my wife and I helping our daughter and husband out with the grandchildren and the newborn. I took a break from the baby sitting with my wife last week and spent the week in Mississippi visiting my brother. We didn’t do any fishing but made a couple of road trips that proved to be very productive.  One of the days involved selling my brothers older bass boat, and traveling to the Mississippi Tennessee line to purchase a 1985 Bass Tracker TX in great condition. It needs some minor work before he puts it on the water, but it will prove much safer than what he had. Thursday the day before I left for home we decided we would make a trip to our old home place where we were raised as boys.  Going back to these places always brings back some fond memories. We also paid a visit to our Great Great Grandfathers cemetery; which is located at his old home place now isolated in a wooded area in Choctaw county Mississippi. I did a post about the cemetery sometime back, but I wanted to share some new photos of our restoration work in the cemetery.
We finally located all the pieces of the headstone of our GG Grandfather, which shows his birth 1800—1874—74 years is a remarkable age to survive in that day and time
This is a concrete slab placed over the grave with a long inscription engraved in the top part ---the slab was 4” thick and has broken over the years
James’s wife Mary is buried beside him with a 4” concrete slab covering her grave with an inscription as well---1808—1874---66 years of age at her death
Placing treated 4 X 4’s around the cemetery will ensure it stays in tact, for years to come. My brothers son will take care of the cemetery after we are gone.
I thought it would be appropriate to make a sign indicating the name of the cemetery.
This is one of four other graves with rock headstones and footstones with no names on them buried to the left of James Trussell’s grave. We know this is not any of the children, because I have accounted for all of them when I did the research for our family tree. 

My brother’s Badboy proved to be the way to reach the cemetery and haul all the posts and equipment we needed to restore it. We have found out that one can go on a great road trip with this vehicle; an enjoyable day for both of us.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

16 comments:

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

That's a good thing you do. Other than my mother and father, I have no idea where the rest of the family is buried. Somewhere up Wisconsin way I suppose.

Howard Levett said...

Good for you and your brother, Bill. I believe it's a good thing to keep the family history alive for future generations.

Juan said...

It's cool that you know where your great great and great grandparents are buried. I have no idea who was who before my grandparents so they are all gone and forgotten. sad, i know!

BrookField Angler said...

Looks like a lot of hard work well worth doing!

Mel Moore said...

Kudos to you and your brother, Bill, for taking the time to cherish what once was. Hopefully, your efforts will be remembered as younger family take over the responsibility of insuring family history. Well done!

rivertoprambles said...

Very nice restoration work, Bill. Occasionally I find old cemetaries around here, small family graves, fading away in the elements, a sad picture when you think about it. I'm glad you're able to keep the family line in your thoughts.

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Suggestion----Find other family members who are researching your family heritage, that will give you a start---thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I started this research three years ago, and have never regretted it. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Juan
Hopefully someone down your family tree will do some research someday. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brook
The hard work was digging the post holes and clearing the cemetery. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The research was the most interesting thing I have ever done. I am thankful my nephew will carry on the research. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

River
I am so glad we found the cemetery and was able to restore it not to it's original form but close. Thanks for the comment

Lester Kish said...

Quite the family tree. Imagine what your relatives would have thought if you pulled up with a bass boat hitched to your wagon.

Brk Trt said...

This is a nice thing you did, Bill.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
The bass boat would have been a stretch; I did find out that my early relatives all fished and hunted. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Knowing that the cemetery will be taken care of in the future is reassuring---thanks for the comment