Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday's Child~Amos McManus

Wednesday's Child is a Blog Prompt from Geneabloggers to honor those who have passed away too soon.
This week I remember my 1st cousin twice removed, Amos McManus.

Amos McManus
Pisgah Baptist Cemetery
Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina
Photo ©Cheri Hudson Passey

Although his headstone says, 30 April 1902,  The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, South Carolina) announced the death of Amos McManus in their 09 April 1902 edition. It said he died the day before which means a death date of 08 April 1902 

Announcement of Death of Amos McManus
The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, South Carolina)
09 April 1903, pg. 5

Another announcement in The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, South Carolina) published on 23 April 1902 tells a little more about his death.
Amos McManus Death Announcement
The Watchman and Southron (Sumter, South Carolina)
23 April 1902, pg. 3

Amos was the son of my maternal Great Great Aunt and Uncle George Washington McManus (1878-1940) and Emma Lizzie (Dunlap) McManus (1880-1934).  He lived only three short years and according to the newspaper died of an illness spreading through the community. Amos was buried in the cemetery of Pisgah Baptist Church where his family were members. 
 Was it grief that lead to the wrong death date on his headstone or a mistake made by the person who made it? Perhaps this headstone was made years later, and the actual death date was not remembered correctly. 
 This sad, untimely death of a toddler reminds us what may have been set in stone is not necessarily the truth.

Have you found headstones with the wrong information on them? I would love to hear about it!

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  1. That is one of two in Pisgah Cemetery that I know of. Amos McManus and Pearl Robertson, which has Robinson. The fault came from the stone carver and he wouldn't change it.

    1. Guerry, thanks for the information. Would you let me know how you discovered that? Thanks!

  2. Cheri, I have come across incorrect birth dates on stones. Usually the date of death is correct.

    1. This is the second one that I have found that has the wrong death date. The first one was due to a new stone being made and the person giving the information having the wrong date. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, Colleen!