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Re: Murder 1902
Posted by: Sue Fealko (ID *****7810) Date: May 28, 2010 at 13:52:21
In Reply to: Re: Murder 1902 by Jenny Elliott of 1517

Hi again, Jenny,

I'm glad to help! As for writing in anywhere for a death record, Georgia did not require death certificates until 1919. I believe that earlier ones do exist, but you would be very fortunate if one exists for your Fred Pierce.

I have however found where Fred Pierce is buried, which is in DeKalb Co. Go to the DeKalb Historical Society's website and search their cemetery records here:

Under their Burial Records Index, you'll find that Fred Pierce is buried in Sylvester Cemetery. It's a neat, somewhat small cemetery that is being recovered and restored by volunteers, and they have a nice website at Actually it is fitting that Fred was buried there because the lady who donated the land for the cemetery was the widow of a man who also was murdered in broad daylight on the streets of Atlanta, back in the 1860's. I'm familiar with the story because the man, Thomas Terry, happened to be a relative of mine. You can read the story on the cemetery website under History.

Fred must not have a gravestone, or one that is readable, because as far as I know, all those in Sylvester Cemetery who do have been listed on, and he's not there. I have run across other people buried at Sylvester who have no stone now either. You might want to try writing the Recording Secretary of the foundation. His email address is there on the website.

Sue Ellen Fealko

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