Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Woodmen of the World

Charles Edward Segui, grand uncle
born January 20, 1893 in Georgia
died January 04, 1915 at sea
buried Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, Georgia

This gravestone for Charles E. Segui was located on Find A Grave website. The volunteer who photographed the stone graciously granted our family full access to the marker.

Enlarging the photograph a symbol was located at the top of the stone. Using Gravestone Symbolism and Photo Gallery of Cemetery Symbolism we discovered Charles was a member of Woodmen of the World.

Wikipedia has the following statement about the organization:

The organization was founded in 1890 in OmahaNebraska, by Joseph Cullen Root. Root, who was a member of several fraternal organizations including the Freemasons, had founded Modern Woodmen of America in Lyons, Iowa, in 1883, after hearing a sermon about "pioneer woodsmen clearing away the forest to provide for their families". Taking his own surname to heart, he wanted to start a Society that "would clear away problems of financial security for its members". Root fell out with the Modern Woodmen of America over accusations of false beneficiary claims. He moved to Omaha, where he started Woodmen of the World on June 6, 1890.

Further information and photographs about the Woodmen:

Grave Markers-Woodmen Of the World website

Joseph Cullen Root - Giant of American Fraternalism

Woodmen of the World

Woodmen of the World photographs - flickr

Woodmen of the World monuments-Graveyards & Gravestones: photographs of over 2300 Gravestones - Rootsweb

While searching for information on the Segui family I discovered a website called GlynnGen.com Coastal Georgia Genealogy & History. The site owner even helped locate several marriage certificates for family members.

Because of Find A Grave and GlynnGen we have important clues to unravel this family line. Now on to discovering the story behind Charles being "lost at sea"!

1 comment:

  1. Lost at Sea, Wow, I can't wait to see what more you find out about that.