FAMILY HISTORIES OF
PERSONS BURIED AT
BAILY WASHINGTON MACRAE
1. Baily Washington Macrae was first president of the Greenwood Cemetery board of directors.
2. A tobacconist and banker, Macrae built the white brick home on Maplemere (still standing) which at one time faced Madison St.
3. Macrae, wanting to bring his family members from Riverview (as there
was at that time no perpetual care there), in 1872, the year G’wood opened,
he hired two of his black servants to do the job. They were headed to G’wood
with three caskets, containing his brother, his father and his sister-in-law
Fanny. Lo! the wagon hit a bump in the rocky road (remember this was the
country then, NOT the city).., the caskets slid out of the wagon (in those
days caskets were long, narrow wooden ones....) and the woeful servants
frantically put bones back into boxes. Today NOBODY knows whose bones are
in whose boxes. At the last Judgement Day bugle call, it will be interesting
to watch which thigh bones connect to which hip bones!
Information used on the Greenwood Historic Tour of 2001. Site location information may be found on the Greenwood Cemetery site.
Submitted by Randall Rubel e-mail: RRUBEL@peoplepc.com
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