Tombstone Tuesday: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery

In April of 2012, I visited Arkansas for the first time.  I was in discovery of my Porter roots, and spent time with my cousin, Robert Fulford, who is the Great Nephew of my father Walter Porter.  The area of Arkansas was very rural.  I stayed in Dermott, and did exploring in some of the nearby towns.

My cousin drove me into Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas and I had him pull over when I came across New Hope Missionary Baptist Church which had a cemetery on its grounds.  I was so excited and exclaimed I would take pictures of all the graves around the church.  Of course, I did not, but I intend to on my return visit. I will be more prepared to do so, and might possibly index the cemetery as it is not very big, but will require a few hours to accomplish.

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church has the reputation as being the Oldest Black church in the State of Arkansas.

The Placard on the grounds stated:

Jim Kelley, a slave, organized this church in 1860.  His owner allowed the use of this plot of ground on which to build a church.  On May 15, 1873, Mr. & Mrs. William B. Street deeded the property to the trustees of the church.  New Hope Missionary Baptist Church claims to be the oldest Black Church in the State of Arkansas.

The church is still in operation today.  The address is:

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Commerce & St. Mary’s Streets
Lake Village, AR 71653

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah F Cully Whittington

 Sarah F. Cully Whittington was born to William Henry Cully and Nancy Harkley in Craven County, North Carolina on November 6, 1860.  Sarah died on February 10, 1922.  Sarah was the wife of Allen E. Whittington

     Sarah was the sister of my Great Grandfather Ambrose E. Cully. Sarah had other siblings (George W., Melvina and Isabella).  Sarah was also the mother to: William Washington, Izora C., Clara E., Caswell J., Cappie, Rebecca, Rosella, Nora M., and Mary.

Sarah F. Cully Whittington
Courtesy of

Sarah was buried in the Little Witness Church Cemetery now MCAS Cherry Point [Inscription] Sarah F. wife of Allen Whittington Nov. 6, 1860-Feb 10, 1922.  Best mother, rest in sweet sleep, while friend in sorrow o’er Thee weep.

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Tombstone Tuesday: George W. Cully

George W. Cully
Son of W.H & N.E. Cully
Peaceful Be Thy Slumber
Courtesy of Edward Ellis-Havelock Historian

     George W. Cully was born to William Henry Cully and Nancy E. Harkley on December 27, 1869 in Craven County, North Carolina and lived until November 6, 1919.  He was the brother of my Great Grandfather Ambrose E. Cully. George had other siblings (Sarah F., Melvina and Isabella).

     George was married to Alvania Canady (Canaday/Canada) other variances of surname.  They had one child William Allen Cully.

     George W. Cully was buried at Little Witness Church Cemetery that is now known as MCAS Cherry Point Cemetery.  George was a member of the Black Masonic Lodge and he has the Mason symbol on his headstone.  It is very possible that George was a member of King Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, The first Black Masonic Lodge established after emancipation.  This Lodge served as the mother Lodge of all the other’s throughout the State. (Knowing that the Masonic Lodge usually keeps good records, I will be contacting to get more information on George’s membership and status with the Masons.

George was a farmer and his wife Alvania was a storekeeper (selling groceries).

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Tombstone Tuesday: Halloween Decorations Forever

Christine Gilliard Culley
January 3, 1930-September 1, 2009
Forest Green Park Cemeteries & Mausoleums
Morganville, New Jersey
Grave 34D: Row E, Grave 10
(Volunteer post on Find-A-Grave)
     In June of 2010, I went to New York for a family research trip to find out more about my mother, Betty Mae Peters life growing up in Sugar Hill.  I also went with the  purpose of finding and visiting my mother’s first cousin, Christine G. Culley, who is the only child of Violet Jones & Wendell P. Culley, a trumpet player who played in Count Basie’s band. 

     I was saddened by the fact, that when I arrived at her apartment (she had lived there since her birth), that she had passed 9 months prior to my arrival.  I realized that it was going to take me some time to find out who handled her affairs, and get more information on who Christine Culley was.  
     Within a few months, I was able to make a connection with the executor (Karen) of her estate, thanks to the owner of the apartment.  Since that time, Karen and I have kept in touch, as she has become most helpful to me and the history of Christine & her family.
     I have found Christine to have been an interesting soul, and pray that she is resting in peace.

(Portion of an email sent to me by Karen) 
August 31, 2010

She loved all holidays — but Halloween was an esp. fav of hers, and I’m sure much of that was connected with its spiritual associations.  She frequently joked about still having the decorations up all over apt. — it became a running joke with us, and why I felt (unconventional Bohemian that she is) it would please her to have the headstone read “Halloween decorations forever” (although I didn’t discuss the headstone with her since the brief discussion I precipitated on the subject upset her…but I had to get some idea of her wishes).

 Chris had vaguely indicated she would like a priest (the local parish ended up graciously giving her a FULL high mass, even bringing in an organist and singer who performed one of her favs and mine, Schubert’s Ave Maria— 3 of the nuns closest to her and I were her pall bearers; I also half-teased if she’d also like a wicha service and she’d brightened:  “THAT would be nice, too!” but we feared her befriended nuns would be scandalized, LOL) — and that she wanted to be buried “somewhere with a lot of nature and green” (not much to go on, LOL) — but it was indeed comforting to see all the trees and wild geese strutting around the grounds out there when the day came.

A few of the 200 photos sent to me of Christine’s apartment


Wendell Culley’s trumpet in the background
More about Christine (Past Post)

Yes, Christine may have been different than the “norm” but isn’t that what makes our family stories so rich with flavor?

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Tombstone Tuesday: The Scripps Family of San Diego

I normally do not take pictures of other’s family tombstones and post, but I had business at Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego last week.   When I was finished, I drove around a little and noticed a large monument with  the last name Scripps, and I thought?  The famous Scripps of San Diego, where more than half of the hospitals and other buildings are named after?  So I jumped out the car and started snapping anyone with the last name Scripps in the area I was in.  When I got home I looked up the names on find-a-grave to see if anyone posted the tombstones already.  Only one had been posted and I had the Scripps family I wanted….So…Here I am posting and at a later date will be posting on Find-a-grave.  I will also update this post with pictures of the individuals and their bio…as all of them were fascinating.  Need to get approval from the family estate to use….so keep an eye out for the update…

Scripps: San Diego Pioneers (copied a portion from this link)

“Edward Willis ( E. W.) Scripps – The founding father
Born: June 18, 1854
Died: March 12, 1926
E. W. Scripps was born to James and Julia Scripps in Rushville, Ill., and spent his early years there.
At 18 he went to Detroit with $80 in his pocket and a determination to make his way in the world. After working briefly as a drugstore clerk, he founded The Detroit News with his older brother, James E. Scripps. Associated with Ed and James in this venture were another brother, George, and a sister, Ellen Browning Scripps. E. W. was put to work in the circulation department, but soon gravitated to the editorial department. The newspaper remains in operation under this name today, but is not affiliated with The E. W. Scripps Company.
By the time he was ready in 1878 to launch his first paper, he must have formed some clear and fixed concepts as to the kind of paper it would be. That newspaper, The Penny Press in Cleveland – later to become The Cleveland Press – was a clearly written newspaper targeted toward blue-collar readers and designed to reach the greatest possible number of people. It was inexpensive and popular in appeal. It was a medium of popular education.
E. W. Scripps lived to be 71, and had six children. To the very end he left no doubt who was in charge. On March 12, 1926, his yacht, Ohio, was anchored in Monrovia Bay, Liberia. His health was poor; he had a hunch this might be his last voyage. “If I die,” he had told his secretary, “bury me at sea.” After dinner Scripps complained of feeling ill, and in 20 minutes was dead.
As he wished, the crew slid his body into the Atlantic Ocean. They wouldn’t have dared not to.
At his death, he left 25 newspapers; United Press, an international news service he founded to compete with The Associated Press; Newspaper Enterprise Association, a newspaper syndication service and forerunner of United Media; and numerous public buildings and projects that had been funded by Scripps’s charitable giving.”

 Here are some pictures of the tombstones I took of the family’s plot…

Wife of E.W. Scripps

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