Barry's Relatively Speaking: Which way are your going?

Posted on Jul 08, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Kathern shares the following experience.

I thought the following was most amusing. It was told to me by a second cousin, Mrs. J.B. Nolen, Memphis, Tenn., who is the daughter of Vance Williamson in this tale. Vance Williamson was born in 1863 and died in 1958. "From the middle 1800 s to the turn of the century my grandfather, Jesse Williamson, made coffins and buried people in Newbern, Tenn. On one of the tombstones there was the following inscription:

Remember friend as you pass by— As you are now, so once was I; As I am now you soon will be, So prepare to die and follow me. Jesse Williamson's son, Vance Williamson, was a teenager of 17 or 18. He scrawled the following inscription below on the same tombstone: To follow you I'm not content Until I learn which way you went." 

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