I too really enjoy your history RR's
I used to be heavy into genology...fathers side was from Ireland. So many from Ireland immigrated to SC, GA and eventually Alabama due to the potato blight (famine) in and around Tipperrary, Ireland. It was estimated that 20% to 25% of the Irish population immigrated during and after 1840 and most ended up in the South.
Several books are available that lists the ship rosters showing the date and name of the passengers arriving in the 1800's. Most in AL, GA and Carolinas arrived at one of several ports in South Carolina. So often the spelling of last names changed either due to passengers being illiteriate or they dropped the O', Mac, Mc in front of the names.
At least with my relatives only the more wealth could afford inscribed headstones. I accidentially dug one up on my farm last summer...typical headstone like in your pictures but no inscriptions.
Keep your report coming.
LewisNClark screwed with this post 06-06-2010 at 05:36 PM