A Stonecutter’s Tale

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  1. I found the grave of a David Walker in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Under his name it says Stonecutter born in Scotland. He died in 1894 and his marker says he was 34 years old, so he was born ca 1860, I”m pretty sure he must be related. I created a memorial for him on Findagrave, # 76623864 and have a photo posted there of his stone, very nice!

  2. This is really fascinating. I appreciate you putting that information together. The White name is one I’ve seen in my travels through cemeteries as well. I didn’t realize the history behind it. THANK YOU!

  3. Interesting! I would be very pleased if you could cite the sources of your data. I am interested because, in Matanzas, Cuba, my hometown, there is a gravestone slab, interred within the Cathedral, that is marked by Rowe and White, and is supposed to date to 1809. Is is this possible?

    1. If you click on the link at the bottom of the post for “References”, it will take you to a list of sources.

      That’s fascinating about the Rowe and White stone in Cuba.

  4. Tom , way to go ….. Mantle Fielding’s Art Reference has a small space dedicated to the family and simply list the together as the “Walker Family” SC . Gravestone Sculptors . When I cross-reference the Walker name over into Davenport’s art price guide I see William Aiken Walker of SC active up until 1899 and well listed at auction . I wonder if that was part of the same family . Yes , now as my memory reflects he had a brother that I was looking for with the initials C.S. Walker . Did a watercolor of white dasieys . Thanks for the post !

  5. Thank you so much for doing this research. I’ve found several stones in the First Methodist Cemetery in Franklin, N.C. (in the mountains) by the Whites. Two large markers by R.D. White commemorate brothers James W. and William Theodore Siler, who died in Virginia during the Civil War, 1862; their bodies not returned home. These are the only stones in the cemetery that face West rather than East. W.T. White’s name appears on stones of Little Walter (Johnston) (died 1856) and Mary L. Gray (d. 1831). The stone of Martha Adeline (Osborne) Johnston — little Walter’s mother — is marked “Walker.”

  6. I based my previous comment on some notes I had made years ago. Out of curiosity, I returned to the cemetery and have some corrections and additions. The stone marked “Walker” is that of Laura A. Johnston, a child (died 1855). The Mary L. Gray stone (1831) is signed by J. White — that one is the oldest in the cemetery. W.T. White made the marker of Frances W. Gray (died 1843). The James Robinson (d. 1848) stone and that of William H. Robinson were done by W.T. White. From its quality, I would guess that the marble marker for Martha Love (died 1834) is by W.T. White, but it is broken and laid in the ground. The portion that would have held the signature is gone. In all of these, the name appears on the front, below the inscription.

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