Old Macedonia Cemetery

Mary Blackburn/Blackman Lanham


Mary Blackburn, wife of Hosea Lanham.

It is possible that the family changed their name from Blackman to Blackburn at some point. There are conflicting records showing both names.
The death certificate for Mary lists her name as “Mrs. Mary (Blackman) Lanham.” She died in Fairplay, Cherokee (on the Bartow County line). The informant on the certificate is W.R. Abernathy. This is probably the son-in-law of Mary.
Family information lists the wife of W.R. (William Robert) Abernathy as Annie Blackburn.
The 1900 U.S. Census for Bartow County shows Mary Blackburn with children William C. and Annie living in the Wolf Pen section of Bartow.
William Cicero Blackburn is buried at Old Macedonia. The Bartow County marriage records show Cicero Blackburn marrying Nancy Catherine Abernathy. The death certificate for William states his name is Blackman, but his obituary and tombstone state Blackburn.
However, the Bartow County marriage records show Annie Blackman marrying Willie Abernathy.
The records also show Mrs. Mary Blackwell marrying Hosea L. Lanham, but the Cartersville News, September 21, 1905 contained this announcement:
We had another wedding in our vicinity September 7. Mrs. Blackman and Mr. Hose Lanham were married and left the next day for the groom’s home near Bethany, carrying the good wishes of many friends.
The tombstone for Mary lists her name as Mary Blackburn. Since this was most likely place here by family, it appears that they have gone with the name Blackburn.
Mary’s second husband Hosea Lanham was first married to Hannah Ponder who died February 1905 and is buried at Bethany Cemetery.
A death certificate for a daughter of Will and Annie Abernathy lists Annie’s maiden name as Blackman.

Mary Blackman/Blackwell Lanham

Bartow Tribune (Cartersville, Georgia) October 07, 1920

Clear Creek
Mrs. Mary Lanham died last Saturday and was laid to rest at the Macedonia Cemetery on Monday. She is survived by two daughters and several grandchildren.


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Old Macedonia Cemetery, Bartow County, Georgia