It was quite a journey that led to the discovery of the final resting place of Ellis' grandparents. Not many folks who could share that information are living to do so. We were really dependent on online records because the names Lawrence R. Johnson and Louise Johnson are common enough to be difficult finds without having their birth or death dates.
Lincoln Cemetery is really Historic Lincoln Cemetery. The Alabama Study Group of the Afro-American Genealogical Society indexed the graves in Historic Lincoln Cemetery (even the unmarked graves).
Many famous African Americans are buried there, namely Gwendolyn Brooks, Bessie Coleman, and noted blues and jazz musicians.
We visited the office where they looked in a card catalog (Louise Johnson) and an indexed book of burials kept in a vault (Lawrence R. Johnson) to find the location of the graves:
We received maps to help us locate both graves:
Louise Marshall Johnson:
Lawrence R Johnson:
Unfortunately, neither grave had a marker, but we were able to find the section and lot number. For now, we took photos of Ellis standing over both graves.
|Louise Marshall Johnson (1879-1957)|
|Lawrence Royston Johnson (1865-1945)|
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