Monday, March 25, 2019

Caroline Faw's new gravestone

Thanks to Cousin Arlene for arranging for a new tombstone for our common ancestor, Sarah Caroline Whittington Faw (1820-1908).

Caroline's stone was broken. Arlene worked for several years to get a new stone, and she's done it!

Both stones now mark Caroline's final resting place.  See Caroline's Find-a-Grave memorial for additional photos.

Photo by silkberry

Caroline was a remarkable woman.  She had at least 11 children.  Her youngest child was only 3 years old when her husband (Rev. Absalom Faw) died in 1867.  She raised the children during difficult times in the aftermath of the Civil War.

A small article in the local newspaper in 1894 gives some insight into her life.

Local Dots

- Our friend Esq. T. C. B. Whittington who was in to see us last week gave us this news item; "Mrs. Caroline Faw is 73 years old, has 59 grand children, 34 great grand children, can cook a meals victuals as quick as anybody, and is getting along well, and is now at the home of her son Allen Faw at North Wilkesboro." (1)

Thomas C.B. Whittington was her nephew and son-in-law.  He was the son of Caroline's brother Allen. Thomas married Caroline's oldest daughter. (So Thomas and his wife were first cousins).  I am descended from Thomas and his wife.

Allen Faw was Caroline's youngest son.  Allen died young, at age 36, in 1900.  Only 4 of Caroline's 11 children outlived her.

Thanks again to Cousin Arlene for helping future generations to remember Caroline.

(1) "Local Dots," The Chronicle (Wilkesboro, North Carolina) 13 Sep 1894, p. 4, col. 3,

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