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I’m not yet sure if he was one of ours, but considering the name Gravitt (and it’s many variations) is fairly uncommon in the U.S. and this child lived very close to our family (and actually originated in Forsyth County, Georgia – the same area as my Gravitt family), I’m certain this 11-year-old child was a distant cousin. Check out the cause of death and time of death. Mysterious and sad.

Courtesy of the Georgia Archives online Death Certificate Database

Courtesy of the Georgia Archives online Death Certificate Database. Cause of Death: Gunshot

Gladstone Gravitt was the son of Ed Gravitt and Bertha Addams Gravitt. They show up in the census in Georgia, Forsyth County, Militia District 795 Big Creek in 1920, though this death certificate was filed in Milton County. That area is near where the historical Milton County Georgia was located, so they might have moved or they might have simply went to town in Milton County. This is definitely cause for further investigation, especially since a quick search did not find his family unit together in the 1930 Census.

Also, sadly, this is not the only Gravitt I’ve found killed by a gunshot wound. I’m not sure what was going on back in the late 1910’s and 1920’s, but I wish everyone had been a little more careful and deliberate.

Have any of you ever found a child who died by violence (or violent accident) in the past? It’s unsettling.