1847 - 1915


George Barton Cross was born January 19, 1847, to George and Nancy Cross in Wayne County, Georgia.   He was a carpenter as was his father, George Cross. George B. Cross married Mary Roxanne Smith, born June 1846, daughter of William S. Smith. George served as Worshipful Master 1900, 1904 and 1905 of Bachlott Lodge #391 Free & Accepted Masons, which was later, changed to Nahunta Lodge. At the time of his death, he was employed by the county to take care of the Wayne County Courthouse in Jesup.


George Barton Cross enlisted into the Confederate Army in April 1864, a Private in Company C, 10th Georgia Regiment. He was separated from service in April 1865 at Doctortown, GA.


George and Mary had the following children:


1. Leila Mae, b. 1873 m. Rembert Johns on January 08, 1892 . Rembert was the son of Jacob Jefferson Johns and Catherine Highsmith; born 1860 and died 1928. Rembert is buried in Jesup City Cemetery.


2. William Smith Cross, b. Sept/1875,d. 1945, m. Kate H. Wainright 1901  Wayne Co, GA, b. 1879 d. 1912 Daughter of Elias Knight Wainright and Easter Knox. They are buried in Knox Cemetery, Brantley Co, GA.


Both George and Mary died in 1915 and are buried in Jesup City Cemetery in unmarked graves. His Confederate grave marker was placed in Knox Cemetery until their unmarked graves can be identified in Jesup Cemetery.


Resources: "Miscellany of Wayne County" by Margaret C. Jordan; "Cemeteries and More", by Brantley County Historical Society; Jerry Van Herrin's notes and editing. Gaynell H. Sasser ordered October 6, 2004. Placed by Jerry Van Herrin in Knox Cemetery December 30, 2004.


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