Tombstone Tuesday: Thankful Ann Hiatt and Twins (1839)


“Thankful Ann
Consort of Joab Hiatt
Born March 26, 1820
Died Jany 28, 1839
They found redemption in the blood 
of the lamb. [illegible]
And their two infant children
Born Jan 22, 1839
one died Jan 24, 1839
the other Feb 1, 1839.”

Thankful Ann Gillespie Hiatt, who was 18 when she died, and her infant twins are buried in the church cemetery at Greensboro’s Buffalo Presbyterian, across the graveyard from her parents, Robert Gillespie and Nancy Hanner Gillespie.

Information about Thankful’s family suggested that she grew up in some affluence, or at the very least were prominent in Guilford County. Both of her grandfathers, Robert Hanner and Colonel Daniel Gillespie served in the North Carolina House of Commons. Daniel Gillespie also served in the North Carolina State Senate from 1790-1795. He was one of the first people to own lots in Greensboro, one of those lots at the corner of  Elm and Market Streets.

Thankful’s father was a farmer on his father’s original acreage and he and Nancy had at least eight children. (I say “at least” because often formal written accounts don’t include children who died in infancy.)

Thankful married Joab Caldwell Hiatt (1815-1867) on January 2, 1838. They’d only been married for a little over a year when the birth of the twins was quickly followed by the deaths of the mother and children. 

The details on this image are a little clearer.

Windows to the Past: Primitive Watercolors from Guilford County, NC in the 1820s

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