Spalding County, Georgia Newspapers

Obituaries & Memorials

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Name Newspaper Date
Addy, F. Glenn Unknown Unknown
Allen, Emily Frances Empire State Week of 07 May 1856
Allen, Sarah The Atlanta Constitution 23 Jan 1905
Bailey, Col. D. J. Jackson Argus Week of June 18, 1897
Bearden, Will Ellis Empire State – Spalding Co. Week of December 16, 1857
Beckham, Amelia

Empire State

March 16, 1857
Black, C. W.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of December 23, 1856

Black, Judge E. W.

Jackson Argus – Butts Co.

Week of July 29, 1898

Bloodworth, Carrie Blanche

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of June 25, 1856

Boyd, Col. J. D.

Jackson Argus – Butts Co.

Week of January 28, 1898

Budd, Richard F.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of March 26,1856

Burdette, Mrs.

Unknown - Griffin

17 April 1936

Burdette, Mrs. Dora Nixon Unknown 17 April 1936
Caldwell, Sallie Eliza

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of May 14, 1856

Campbell, James M.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of October 22, 1856

Carter, Benj. F. Empire State – Spalding Co. Week of March 26,1856
Champion, Mrs. R. W. The Atlanta Constitution 8 July 1918
Champion, Mrs. Sallie Jackson Argus – Butts Co. Week of September 24, 1897
Cotting, Mary M. Empire State – Spalding Co. Week of March 26,1856
Couch, Mrs. Melvina Jackson Argus Week of January 28, 1897
Crawford, Mamie Jackson Argus Week of May 18, 1900
Crowder, E. T. The Atlanta Constitution Issue of  November 2, 1922
Crowder, John H., Sr. The Atlanta Constitution 24 Feb 1925
Crowder, Lucy A. Thompson The Southern Christian Advocate August 13, 1869
Crowder, Judge R. P. The Weekly News August 20, 1886
Crowder, Sadie Frances The Atlanta Constitution 30 Jan 1929
Crowe, Esther Viola [Swygert] Shackleford Unknown 1956
Crowe, Morgan R. Unknown 1945
Cuthbert, Hon. Alfred

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of July 16, 1856

Daniel, Mrs. Ann E. Griffin Sep. 22, 1856
Dawson, William Crosby

Empire State - Spalding Co.

 
Dinkins, Samuel Empire State – Spalding Co. Week of January 6, 1859
Doyal, L. T. The Atlanta Constitution 19 October 1928
Driver, Rebecca S.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of January 16, 1856
Duncan, Joseph Empire State – Spalding Co. Week of July 20, 1859
Dunn, Martha The Weekly News 1 Jan 1886
Durham, Abner Empire State – Spalding Co. Week of April 29, 1856
Ellis, W. J.

Griffin Daily News

February 18 1886

Ellis, Walter The Atlanta Constitution March 27, 1904
Freeman, Lois

Jackson Argus - Butts Co.

Week of August 12, 1898
Gay, A. O.

The Macon Daily Telegraph

20 Dec 1911

Hancock, Nancy T.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of October 8, 1856

Harris, Dr. J. N. Jackson Argus Wk of Feb 1900
Holmes, Dr. Empire State – Spalding Co. Week of March 26,1856
Horton, Mary M.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of April 1, 1857
Howard, John Empire State – Griffin, Ga. Week of March 19, 1856
Irwin, Callie Middle Ga. Argus Week of January 27, 1881
Jenkins, Chas.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of March 26,1856
Lamar, John The Telegraph and Messenger
Macon, Bibb Co., Georgia
Saturday morning, October 14, 1871
Latta, William T. Griffin Daily News 1910
Logan, Col. Jas. H. Jackson News Week of Sept 20,1882
McCune, Col. R. W.

Empire State –Spalding Co.

Week of February 6, 1856
McKey, Wm. L.

Empire State –Spalding Co.

 November 11th, 1856
McLean, Winnie Mitchell Unknown 1986
Mallary, Ida R.

The Christian Index

Thursday, Aug. 24, 1893

Milner, Georgia

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of October 22, 1856
Moore, Virginia L. [Pritchard] The Griffin Weekly News & Sun Unknown
Moseley, Susan Amanda

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of April 1, 1857
Nall, Coleman P. Middle Ga. Argus Week of April 12, 1894
Nichols, Roxanna

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of May 14, 1856
Nunnally, Dr. J. A.

Griffin Daily News

May 16, 1896

Nunnally, Mrs. Tabitha Macon Weekly Telegraph May 20th
Nunnally, Wm. H.

Empire State- Spalding Co.

Week of August 16, 1856
Nutt, John Middle Ga. Argus Week of January 13, 1893
Oglesby, Willie

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of August 16, 1856
Ogletree, Phil

Jackson Argus – Butts Co.

Week of November 19, 1897
Pace, Rev. Richard

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of January 6, 1859
Parrish, Aleck Jackson News Week of June 7, 1882
Parks, Lee Jackson Argus - Butts Co. Week of April 13, 1900
Pate, W. J. & Son Jackson Argus Wk of Jun 29, 1900
Patterson, Henry Thomas Columbus Daily Enquirer March 22, 1905
Perdue, D. W. The Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, April 19, 1911
Piper, W. A.

Empire State- Spalding Co.

Week of May 14, 1856
Piper, W. A.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of May 7 , 1856
Powell, Mrs. William H. Macon Weekly Telegraph March 21, 1899
Preston, Mrs. J. F. Flovilla & Indian Springs Enterprise Week of January 5, 1894
Pritchard, Rev. W. H. Griffin Weekly News & Sun 24 Nov 1893
Rawls, Effie The Atlanta Constitution March 15, 1910
Reynolds, John Benson

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of March 12, 1856
Scandrett, William

Middle Ga. Argus

Week of February 17, 1881
Slaton, Capt. C. W.

Middle Ga. Argus

Week of April 5, 1892
Slaton, C. W. Middle Ga. Argus Week of April 5, 1892
Smith, Will Middle Ga. Argus Week of May 6, 1892
Steele, Mrs. Mary A.

The Macon Daily Telegraph

20 Dec 1911

Stewart, Judge Middle Ga. Argus Week of January 11, 1894
Stodgehill, Wm. F.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of October 22, 1856
Story, Julia E. The Oklahoman Oct. 8,1956
Taylor, G. W. Jackson Argus Week of September 3, 1896
Thomas, Emily

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of December 24, 1856
Thompson, Mrs. Mary L.

Empire State –Spalding Co.

Week of March 5, 1856
Thurman, Rev. Mitchell Jackson Argus  Week of June 25, 1897
Thurmond, Mrs. Sarah L.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

June 11, 1856
Turner, Charles

Empire State – Griffin Ga.

Week of March 19, 1856

Turner, Mrs. Fannie The Atlanta Constitution 23 Aug 1926
White, Capt. J. H.

Jackson Argus - Butts Co.

Week of April 18, 1898
White, Mrs. Permkle T.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of June 25, 1856
White, Mrs. Joseph J.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of April 16, 1856
Wiggins, W. W.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of September 23, 1856
Wilder, John

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of June 11, 1856
Williamson, Mrs. Belle [Arabella Crowder] Barnesville News Gazette 14 Aug 1930
Williamson, George C. Barnesville News Gazette December 29, 1927
Wilson, Rev. John W.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of February 20, 1856
Woodruff, Ella Orrel

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of February 27, 1856
Woodruff, Mary Russell

 The Empire – Griffin

April 9, 1856

Wright, Dr. Joseph F.

Jackson Argus – Butts Co.

Week of April 21, 1899

Yates, Mr. George M.

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of February 6, 1856
Zuber, C. H

Empire State – Spalding Co.

Week of January 30, 1856

F. Glenn Addy Dies in Griffin

Mr. F. Glenn Addy, 49, died unexpectedly Thursday morning at Strickland Memorial Hospital in Griffin. He suffered a heart attack shortly before his death at his home in Griffin.

Mr. Addy had been a merchant in Griffin for 25 years and was a valued employee of Griffin Hardware Company at the time of his death. He was born and reared in Coweta County near Haralson, the son of Mr. James G. Addy and the late Mrs. Ella [Nixon] Addy.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Haisten's Chapel. Rev. Joe Thrailkill, pastor of the First Methodist Church, of which he was a member, officiated. Interment was in the Oak Hill cemetery in Griffin.

Mr. Addy is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cecil Smith Addy; a daughter, Miss Jean Addy; his father, Mr. J. G. Addy of Haralson; three sisters, Mrs. F. Q. Mixon of Griffin, Mrs. A. P. Todd of Gay, Ga., and Miss Nellie Addy of Haralson; a brother, Mr. W. H. Addy of Senoia.
Transcribed by Valerie (Johnson) Freeman and Linda (Burdette) Patterson, March 1, 2006

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Emily Frances Allen

Died in Monroe County, on the 30th ult., of scarlet fever, Emily Frances, only daughter of Josiah Y. and Martha Allen, aged 4 years, 9 months and 6 days.

Transcribed by Don Bankston, October 19, 2005

Empire State – Spalding County Week of May 7, 1856


Mrs. Sarah Allen, Williamson, Ga.
 
Williamson, Ga., January 22 - (Special) Mrs. Sarah Allen, wife of  Judge Robert H. Allen, died this evening.  She was 80 years old and a  member of one of the most prominent families in the section.

"The Atlanta Constitution"
Atlanta, Fulton Co.,  Georgia
Issue of January 23, 1905
 
Transcribed by Valerie [Johnson] Freeman - March 7,  2009


Col. D. J. Bailey, Dead

Griffin Loses One of Her Oldest and Most Prominent Men

Griffin, Ga. – June 14

This morning at 3:30 o’clock Col. D. J. Bailey breathed his last at his residence on Meriwether Street, after being confined to his bed for about eight years.

Col. Bailey was one of the most prominent men in this section and before the war was a member of congress, representing this district. He has also represented Butts County in the general assembly of the state and was a member of the secession convention.

Col. Bailey was a citizen of Butts County in his youth and early manhood. Here it was he imbibed the good principles, which distinguished him in after life. He joined the Masons here at Jackson in the 40’s and though he moved away he kept his membership here and was at the time of his death a member of the old St. Johns lodge.

His many friends in this county will ever hold in highest esteem his worthy name.

Jackson Argus – Week of June 18, 1897
Transcribed by Don Bankston July 24, 2006


Will Ellis Bearden

Died in this city on the evening of the 11th inst., at the residence of Col. Wm. L. Gordon, Will Ellis, infant son of Richard R., and Martha A. Bearden, aged 3 years.

Little Ellis was a favorite with all who knew him, and the idol of his parents.  None knew but to love him, and the news of his death will touch a tender cord in the hearts of many; but they need not weep – little Ellis is an Angel now!

***Knoxville (Tenn.) Whig, and Ashville (N.C.) News and Spectator please copy.

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of December 16, 1857

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


Amelia Beckham

Noah Smith Chapter

Zebulon, March 16, 1857

The Committee appointed to draft suitable resolution in token of respect to the memory of our companion sister, Amelia Beckham, consort of Andrew J. Beckham, who departed this life Monday, March 16,1857, reported the following preamble and resolutions which were adopted…………..

Note:  no genealogical information in body of the Tribute of Respect

………….a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions be furnished to the family of our departed sister and also copies to the Empire State and American Union, at Griffin, for  publication.

J. J. Caldwell, J. E. Buchanan, C. E. Myrick, M. R. Jordan, Committee

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


C. W. Black

Tribute of Respect

Pine Grove Lodge

Henry County, GA

At a called meeting, we the following committee, to whom was referee the duty of preparing suitable resolutions expressive of the memory of our dear beloved Brother, who departed this life November 26th, 1856, suddenly, with an attack of apoplexy, will respectfully submit the following.  We are reminded of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death – that we live in a land of shadows, a fruitful field of flaming promises alone. We had every reason to believe that our brother C. W. Black, lived the life of a good mason; and that he is gone and the struggles of the reluctant nature over his body sleeps in death, and the soul returned to God, to Paradise; but there is no appeal or relief from the great law which dooms us to dust. We flourish and fade as the leaves of the forest. In the death of our departed brother, we lost one of our brightest jewels; his wife a loving husband and his doting mother as obedient son. And in token our sincerity, be it therefore Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the bereaved family of our deceased brother in their irreparable loss.  Resolved, That in respect for the memory of the deceased, we will wear the usual badge of mourning on our left arm, for thirty days.  Resolved, That the Secretary furnish the family of the deceased brother with a copy of these resolutions. Also to the Empire State, and the American Union for publication.

T. G. Barnett, A.G. Couch, D. S. Smith, Committee

Transcribed by Don Bankston, October 24, 2005

Empire State – Spalding County Georgia Week of December 23, 1856


Judge E. W. Black

Griffin, Georgia has lost a noble man this week in the death of Judge E. W.  Back of the city court.

Transcribed by Don Bankston,  November 18, 2006

Jackson Argus – Butts County, Week of July 29, 1898


Carrie Blanche Bloodworth

Died in this city, on the 18th inst., Carrie Blanche, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Bloodworth, aged 4 months and 10 days

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of June 25, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


Col. J. D. Boyd, of Griffin Dies

The many friends of this excellent gentleman here are pained to learn that he died at his home in Griffin last Sunday.

Col. Boyd was one of Griffin’s wealthiest and most influential citizens and did a great deal towards the up building of his town. He went to Griffin when a young man and by hard work and fair dealing made a name for himself that is worth more than riches. He held many city as well as state positions of trust and honor.

He was indeed a high toned, honorable gentleman, an honor to his town and his place will be hard to fill.

His Jackson friends return to the bereaved family their heartfelt sympathy in their sad affliction.

Transcribed by Don Bankston, November 3, 2006

Jackson Argus – Butts County, Week of January 28, 1898


Budd, Richard F. March 11, 1856

Empire State – Spalding County Georgia Week of March 26,1856

DEATH AMOUNGST US

During a very few days past, the Angel of death has plied his sickle with no idle hand.  On Saturday the 8th inst. Dr. Benj. F. Carter late Representative from the county of Murray died at the residence of his father, Col. F. Carter, of consumption. Dr. C. was a most estimable young man, and his premature death is deplored by all who knew him.  On Tuesday the 11th Mr. Richard F. Budd, proprietor of the Washington Hall in this city died. Mr. Budd ad been a citizen at this place only a short time. He came, we believe, from Canada. He was an old man. On the night of the same day, Dr. Holmes, assistant Physician of the Lunatic Asylum died of Pneumonia, at the residence of Dr. T. F. Green. Dr. Holmes we believe was originally from Floyd county Ga. He was an estimable young man, with a bright promise of future usefulness and distinction. On the same day Mr. Chas. Jenkins, an aged man, was drowned in the Oconee opposite the city.  On the 15th inst., Mrs. Mary M. Cotting, wife of Dr. John R. Cotting, formerly State Geologist, of Pneumonia;

Transcribed by Don Bankston, October 24, 2005


Unnamed Newspapers / Unkown Dates

Mrs. Burdette, 81, is called by death

(Based on the obituary writing, this was published in a Griffin, Georgia newspaper)

Final tribute was paid to Mrs. Martha Dora Nixon Burdette, who died here [Griffin, Spalding Co. Georgia] Thursday night, at funeral services conducted from the Haralson, Ga. Baptist Church this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock [Friday, 17 April 1936].  Rev. N. O. L. Powell, pastor of the Senoia Methodist Church, and Rev. P. H. Stokes, pastor of the Hanleiter Methodist Church of Griffin, officiated. Interment was in the Haralson Baptist cemetery with Haisten Brothers, funeral directors, in charge.  Pallbearers, all of whom were nephews, were William and Glenn Addy, Hardy Nixon, Alvin Nixon, J. H. Robinson and Otis Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. E. L. Merrill, Dawson Culpepper, O. L. Hutchinson, Emory McGahee, W. L. Herndon, Albert Gable, Hugh Johnson and Arthur Pope.  Mrs. Burdette, who was 81 years of age, died Thursday night at 7:15 o’clock while visiting with her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Crowe, on North Fourteenth Street (Griffin, Ga.). She had been in declining health for several weeks. She was the widow of the late T. N. Burdette.  She had been a resident of Haralson all of her life. She was a devoted member of the Haralson Methodist church and was the oldest church member in Coweta county. The body was carried last night to the home of a son, L. G. Burdette in Haralson.

Aged Newnan Resident Passes in Griffin; Funeral at Haralson

Mrs. Martha Dora Burdette, 81, a life-long resident of Haralson, died Thursday night, April 16, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Crowe, in Griffin. She had been in declining health for a month or so.  The widow of the late T. N. Burdette, she was a devoted member of the Haralson Methodist church, and the oldest member in the county.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon [April 18, 1936] at 2:30 o’clock at the Haralson Baptist church, with Rev. N. O. L. Powell, pastor of the Senoia Methodist church officiating, and Rev. P. H. Stokes, pastor of the Hanleiter Methodist church of Griffin, officiating. Interment was in the Haralson cemetery and the pallbearers, who were nephews of the deceased, were William and Glenn Addy, Hardy Nixon, Alvin Nixon, J. H. Robinson and Otis Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. E. L. Merrell, Dawson Culpepper, O. L. Hutchinson, Emory McGahee, W. L. Herndon, Albert Gable, Hugh Johnson and Arthur Pope.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Rosa Hood, and Mrs. Eula Norton, of Marietta, Mrs. J. M. Crowe, of Griffin, Mrs. Othel Morgan, of Senoia, and Mrs. J. D. Hamilton, of Anniston, Ala; four sons, T. R. Burdette, of Clinton, Ala., L. G. Burdette, of Haralson, O. W. Burdette, of Turin, and W. E. Burdette, of East Point; one brother, J. G. Nixon, of Senoia; and two sisters, Mrs. James Addy and Mrs. Alice P. Horton, of Senoia.

Mother of Local Resident Passes

Mrs. Thomas Hamilton has returned from Harrelson (sic), Ga. where she attended the funeral services for her mother, Mrs. M. D. Burdette, who died Thursday night at Griffin, Ga. [April 16, 1936].  Mrs. Burdette had visited her daughter here many times and had a number of friends in this city. The funeral was conducted Friday afternoon.

Transcribed by Valerie (Johnson) Freeman and Linda (Burdette) Patterson, March 1, 2006

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A TRIBUTE

In memory of Mrs. Dora Nixon Burdette who was born Nov. 30, 1854 and departed this life April 16, 1936 being eighty-two (82) years old at her going. Mrs. Burdette had for years been an enthusiastic member of our Missionary Society and was its oldest active member.  She had heard the Masters voice saying, his gospel should be preached to all the world and she was ever ready to heed that call with loving and willing hands to send Christ’s message of love to all shores.  Submission to her Heavenly Father’s will was wonderful and her bravery in suffering was met by sad hearts but smiling faces of thos (sic) who loved her so devotedly, and who anticipated and ministered to her every want so tenderly. May our Father send His comforting influences to bind up the broken hearts of the breaved (sic) ones. ‘Twas the work of God who does all things well.  Therefore be it resolved, 1st – That while we deplore our loss, yet we bow in humble submission to His will and shall ever cherish her memory with love.  2nd – That we extend her children, grandchildren, brother, and sisters our warmest sympathy.  3rd – That a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of our Missionary Society and be sent to the family of the deceased. 

Mrs. L. O. Hutchinson, Miss Clevie Stewart, Mrs. A. D. Pope

Committee

Transcribed by Valerie (Johnson) Freeman and Linda (Burdette) Patterson, Feb. 1, 2006

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Sally Eliza Caldwell

Died in Zebulon on the evening of the 7th inst, Sallie Eliza, infant daughter of Dr. J. J. and Emily C. Caldwell, age 9 months and 18 days.

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of May 14, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston, May 2004.


James M. Campbell

Chattahoochee Lodge

September 28, 1856

The committee to whom was assigned the duty of reporting resolutions expressive of the feelings of sorrow at the loss of our much esteemed brother James M. Campbell, Tyler of our Lodge, who departed this life on Saturday night the 27,inst. aged thirty three years, make the following report……..

No genealogical information contained in the body of this Tribute

……….a copy be furnished the Chambers Herald and Chambers Tribune, and Empire State, Griffin, Ga. For publication

P. H. Long, W. E. Boren, J. M. Robert,  Committee

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of October 22, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


Carter, Benj. F. March 8, 1856

Empire State – Spalding County Georgia Week of March 26,1856

DEATH AMOUNGST US

During a very few days past, the Angel of death has plied his sickle with no idle hand.  On Saturday the 8th inst. Dr. Benj. F. Carter late Representative from the county of Murray died at the residence of his father, Col. F. Carter, of consumption. Dr. C. was a most estimable young man, and his premature death is deplored by all who knew him.  On Tuesday the 11th Mr. Richard F. Budd, proprietor of the Washington Hall in this city died. Mr. Budd had been a citizen at this place only a short time. He came, we believe, from Canada. He was an old man. On the night of the same day, Dr. Holmes, assistant Physician of the Lunatic Asylum died of Pneumonia, at the residence of Dr. T. F. Green. Dr. Holmes we believe was originally from Floyd county Ga. He was an estimable young man, with a bright promise of future usefulness and distinction. On the same day Mr. Chas. Jenkins, an aged man, was drowned in the Oconee opposite the city. On the 15th inst., Mrs. Mary M. Cotting, wife of Dr. John R. Cotting, formerly State Geologist, of Pneumonia;

Transcribed by Don Bankston, October 24, 2005


Mrs. R.W. Champion

Mrs. R.W. Champion, 58 years old, of 105 Forest avenue, died at a private hospital early Sunday morning. She is survived by her husband, R.W. Champion; two daughters, Mrs. E.H. Lyon, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Frank Brundy, of Quitman; one son, J.B. Champion; three sisters, Mrs. J.H. Howell, of Zebulon, Ga.; Mrs. Mattie Starr and Mrs. Arthur Sasser, both of Atlanta, and one brother Joe Ballard, of Fayetteville, Ga. The body was removed to the chapel of Greenberg & Bond and will be sent to Griffin, Ga., at noon today.

The Atlanta Constitution
8 July 1918

Additional Notes by Lynn Cunningham
Eliza Ophelia Ballard Champion was a daughter of Daniel G. S. Ballard and Rebecca J. Allen

On 2 December 1867, Thomas W. Ballard, with William B. Ballard, [her uncles] were made legal guardians of Eliza O. Ballard, orphan of D. G. S. Ballard, deceased.

On the 1870 Pike County, Georgia, census, Ophelia is listed in the household of James H. Howell who was married to her sister Sarah E. Ballard.

1 Reuben W. Champion b: 29 February 1856 in Alabama d: 09 March 1934
. +Eliza Ophelia Ballard b: 14 April 1860 in Pike County, Georgia d: 06 July
1918 in Spalding County, Georgia m: 02 August 1880 in Spalding County,
Georgia

... 2 Arthur Champion b: 20 June 1881 in Spalding County, Georgia d: 06
August 1882 in Spalding County, Georgia

... 2 Maggie M. Champion b: August 1883 in Spalding County, Georgia d: June
1885 in Spalding County, Georgia

... 2 John Ballard Champion b: May 1886 in Georgia d: 05 February 1976 in
Florida

... 2 Irene Champion b: 14 October 1891 in Georgia d: October 1974 in South
Carolina

....... +Evan Howell Lyon b: 18 September 1889 in Georgia d: October 1966 in
South Carolina

... 2 Margorie Champion b: 13 November 1893 in Georgia


Mrs. Sallie Chapman

It is with feelings of sorrow I offer a few lines as a last tribute of love, to the memory of my  old friend, Mrs. Sara Ann Chapman, who after a lingering illness departed this life at her home in Spalding county, Monday morning, August 30th , age 43 years, leaving a husband and six children.

She was the last of three daughters of Mr. and Mrs. David Long, father, mother, two sisters and one brother having died before; three brothers now living.

In girlhood days she was happily married to Mr. H. H. Chapman, a worthy citizen of Jasper County.

Living near me for several years, I learned to know ad love her as a true friend and good neighbor, sharing each others’ joys and sorrows, and many times since she went away have I recalled the pleasant visits’ floral offerings, the dear old familiar scenes of the happy days long gone by, and little thought when last I saw her, that she would soon be laid beneath the sod. But life is short as the days pass by, and I older grow to see loved ones, one by one, passing away, the sadder the years seem to me, for “all that is mortal must decay; the fairest rose will wither,” and I, too, must die.

Mrs. Chapman was of such a genial nature it was a pleasure to be with her, while the sunshine was warm in the glove of her heart, beaming with Christian affection. As wife, she was devoted; as a mother, positive and firm, kind and gentle.

Several years ago she professed a hope in Christ – was of the Primitive persuasion, but no church of the kind being near, joined the Missionary Baptist, living a faithful member up to the time of her death, winning the highest esteem of her family physician and pastor, who, in his funeral discourse, spoke so beautifully of her as being lovely at home, lovely in the church, and lovely everywhere. She was consecrated her self to God while living, and in her last moments, too feeble to speak aloud, in a low faint whisper, “Jesus, my Jesus” fell from her dying lips, and her spirit soared home
to Jesus.

‘Neath the wide spreading branches of the waving trees, where the songbirds love to linger, mother and babe side by side sweetly sleep, awaiting the coming of Jesus in the bright resurrection mourn, while the faded flowers from her grave serve as sweet reminder of the loved ones gone before. May God bless the bereaved husband and sanctify this sad dispensation of an All Wise Providence to the good of his soul; and may He, in tender mercy, bless dear Minnie,
enabling her to walk in the footsteps of her Angel mother, guiding with wise counsel her younger brothers and sisters, and preserving the sacred joys of a once happy home on earth, with a happy reunion of an unbroken family in Heaven!

Transcribed by Don Bankston, November 3, 2006

Jackson Argus – Butts County, Week of September 24, 1897


Cotting, Mary M. March 15, 1856

Empire State – Spalding County Georgia Week of March 26,1856

DEATH AMOUNGST US

During a very few days past, the Angel of death has plied his sickle with no idle hand.On Saturday the 8th inst. Dr. Benj. F. Carter late Representative from the county of Murray died at the residence of his father, Col. F. Carter, of consumption. Dr. C. was a most estimable young man, and his premature death is deplored by all who knew him. On Tuesday the 11th Mr. Richard F. Budd, proprietor of the Washington Hall in this city died. Mr. Budd ad been a citizen at this place only a short time. He came, we believe, from Canada. He was an old man. On the night of the same day, Dr. Holmes, assistant Physician of the Lunatic Asylum died of Pneumonia, at the residence of Dr. T. F. Green. Dr. Holmes we believe was originally from Floyd county Ga. He was an estimable young man, with a bright promise of future usefulness and distinction. On the same day Mr. Chas. Jenkins, an aged man, was drowned in the Oconee opposite the city.  On the 15th inst., Mrs. Mary M. Cotting, wife of Dr. John R. Cotting, formerly State Geologist, of Pneumonia;

Transcribed by Don Bankston, October 24, 2005


Jackson Argus – Week of January 28, 1897
Mrs. Melvina Couch - FOUND DEAD

Mice Had Begun To Devour The Body

At four o’clock yesterday afternoon the dead body of Mrs. Melvina Couch was found in her bed in her residence on Solomon street, the discovery being made by W. K. Howard. From the position of the body and the condition of it, and the testimony of the examining physician, she had been dead for some time – possibly since Monday night, and must have died while in a paroxysm of some sort – perhaps a coughing spell. The body was lying on its bck with the right arm outside, the lower extended, and the lft arm bent, with the hand raised. The mouth was slightly open; on her lower lip rats or mice had begun to eat into the face, but the disfigurement was slight.

Mrs. Couch had lived alone in the cottage since the death of her husband, within the sound of the bustle on Hill street, and where hundreds passed daily. She was last seen alive by Mrs. J. Q. Boynton on Monday afternoon. It was rumored that some one saw her Tuesday morning, but the rumor could not be substantiated.

Coroner Williams empanelled a jury about 6 o’clock and examined a few witnesses only. W. K. Howard testified that he was passing and his attention was called to the house by someone who had been knocking at the door. He knocked several times and receiving no response, he went to a window and managed to see the bed and one hand and still failing to attract her attention, he broke open a door and found her dead as described above.

Mrs. J. Q. Boynton testified to seeing her at home Monday afternoon and reading the Bible with her. She seemed in her usual spirits, indicated the chapter she wished read at her funeral, and the dress she was to be buried in.

Dr. T. E. Drewry testified that she had been dead more than twenty four hours –possibly since Monday night – and must have died in a paroxysm of some sort –possibly a coughing spell. That to his knowledge she had been suffering from the grip for the past ten days and that she told his father, Dr. N. B. Drewry, that she had a spell not long since at night, that prevented her from moving or calling for help.

In accordance with the testimony the jury brought in a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”

A little daughter of Mrs. Boynton had a letter for Mrs. Couch on Tuesday. She knocked on the door repeatedly and finally put the letter under the door, where it was found yesterday. The little girl was sent back yesterday and her repeated efforts to make herself heard attracted the attention of neighbors, and Mr. Howard was called with the above results.


Mrs. Couch was about seventy two years of age. She had been married twice, the first time to a Mr. Crawford; the second time to Dr. Couch, who has been dead many years. She had been a resident of Griffin for perhaps forty years and was well known to nearly everybody. She had one son, the late James J. Couch, killed about ten years ago by J. E. Glenn on the sidewalk near the Odd Fellows building. Wrapped up, in her son, her darling boy whom she idolized, she never recovered from the shock of his death and constantly referred to him in conversation and a large picture of him hung near her bedside. She was supposed to be eccentric, perhaps she was to an extent but those who knew her best loved and honored her for her good traits of character. She was a member of the Methodist church and had been for years.

Some days ago she went to an undertaking establishment and selected the casket she wished to be buried in, and today she will be placed in it according to her wish. Griffin News

Transcribed by Don Bankston April 24, 2005


Jackson Argus - Wk of May 18, 1900
Miss Mamie Crawford Dies

Jackson was grieved yesterday at the announcement of the death of Miss Mamie Crawford, one of her most splendid young ladies, which occurred at the home of her uncle in Spalding county yesterday morning.  She was a daughter of Sheriff and Mrs. J. M. Crawford and was stopping at the home of her uncle while the latter was visiting a sick brother in Florida.  On Wednesday she complained of feeling very unwell, but it was not supposed that her condition was so serious.  She was seized with congestion of the brain and this attack soon did its work and left the body lifeless.

The deceased was a member of the Baptist church and all recognized in her a lovely Christian young lady.  The funeral services will be conducted at the church at 3 o'clock this afternoon by the pastor, Dr. Nelson.

The father and mother have our earnest sympathy in their bereavement.

Jackson Argus - Butts County
Week of May 18, 1900
Transcribed by Don Bankston donbankston@bellsouth.net December 8, 2007


Crowder, E. T.

"The Atlanta Constitution"
Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia

Issue of  November 2, 1922

E. T. Crowder dies at Barnesville,  Ga.

Barnesville, Ga., -- November 1 (Special)  E. T. Crowder,  confederate veteran and well-known citizen, died here today and will be buried  from the Methodist church at 10 o'clock tomorrow.  He was 75 years old and  had been a business man of the city for 36 years, coming here from Fayette  county.  He is survived by his widow, three sons, George, Howelton, and  Theodore Crowder, and three daughters, Mrs. O. W. Holland, Mrs. J. S. Bryan and  Mrs. J. S. Talley, all of this community.

Additional Comments from Valerie Johnson Freeman -

He  was born 20 Feb 1848, the son of George W. Crowder and Emily Jones/James.
He  states he was born in Spalding Co., but it was not created until Dec 1851,  therefore I suspect he was born in an area of Pike Co. that became Spalding Co,  as the family is found in the 1850 Census of Pike Co.

He was married  twice; 1st to Mattie C. ?_______ before 1 June 1870, born 12 Jul 1852 and died  29 Sept 1895.  She is buried next to him at Greenwood Cemetery in  Barnesville, Lamar Co., Georgia.  Mattie was the mother of all of his children.

He married 2nd to Miss Mary "Anna" Hardy, daughter of William  Jesse Hardy and Lucy Elizabeth Malviney "Betsy" Shell on 22 April 1896 in  Spalding Co., Georgia
 
William & Lucy (Shell) Hardy were my husband's GGG Grandparents,  as he is a descendant of their son, Joseph Cornelius Hardy.


Last Rites are Held for John H. Crowder
 
Griffin, Ga., February 23 - (Special) - Funeral services were held  this afternoon for John H. Crowder, 77, prominent farmer, who died at his home  near Zetella Saturday night [Feb 21]. Services were held from the First  Methodist church in Griffin. Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery. He is survived  by his widow (Elizabeth "Lizzie" [Dunbar] Crowder), seven sons, R. B. (Richard  B.), J. H., Jr. (John Henry), D. P. (Douglas Prince), M. A. (Marvin Andrew), R.  H.
(Raymond Hill), H. E. (Hugh England) and Carl Crowder; a daughter, Mrs. L. H.  Drewry (Mary Lucy m. Lewis Henry Drewry); a sister, Mrs. Sadie Wiggins (Susie E.  Crowder m. Henry C. Wiggins), and two brothers, W. B. (Walter B.) and R. C.  (Richard C.) Crowder, all of this section.

"The Atlanta Constitution"
Atlanta, Fulton Co.,  Georgia
Issue of Tuesday, February 24, 1925

(I added full names - vjf)
Submitted by Valerie Johnson Freeman


Crowder, Lucy A.

Death  and Obituary Notices from "The Southern Christian Advocate" 1867-1878, Issue of  August 13, 1869

Mrs. Lucy A. Crowder, wife of brother Richard P.  Crowder, died in Spalding co., Ga., July 13th, aged 44 years. 
Submitted by Valerie Johnson Freeman


Crowder, Judge R. P.

The Weekly News
Griffin, Georgia
August 20, 1886

On Saturday night at 10 o'clock, Judge R.P. Crowder died at his residence in this county. It is thought that his death was the result of over exertion, as he has been quite ill since the meeting of the Griffin district conference at Thomaston, which he attended. On his was home he became overheated and has been ill from that time to his death. Judge Crowder was about 77 years of age at the time of his death

Submitted by Lynn Cunningham


Mrs. Hugh Crowder
 
Griffin, Ga., January 29 - (Special) - Funerals services for  Mrs. Hugh Crowder, one of the most prominent young women in Griffin, who died at  a hospital Tuesday morning (Jan 29), will be held from the home of her parents,  Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Anderson, here Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  The  Rev. D. H. Johnston and the Rev. L. M. Twiggs will officiate.  Interment  will be in Oakhill (sic) cemetery.  Mrs. Crowder was (fold line -  illegible) and was a member of a prominent middle Georgia family.  Her  husband is a well known young farmer.  In addition to her parents and  husband she is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth and Sara Rebecca Crowder;  three brothers, Claude Anderson, C. M. Anderson, Jr. and Billy Anderson; and  three sisters, Mrs. Grace Leverett, Miss Louise Anderson and Miss Helen  Anderson, all of near Griffin.
"The Atlanta Constitution"
Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia
 
Issue of Wednesday, January 30, 1929
- - - -
 Issue of Saturday, February 2, 1929
 
Mrs. Hugh Crowder
 
Griffin, Ga., February 1 - (Special) - Funeral services for  Mrs. Hugh Crowder were held from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M.  Anderson, Wednesday afternoon (Jan 30), Rev. D. P. Johnston, of Warrenton,  assisted by the Rev. Dr. L. M. Twiggs, officiated. Interment was in Oak Hill  cemetery. Mrs. Crowder was formerly MISS SADIE ANDERSON and she was widely  beloved here. In addition to here husband, she is survived by two children,  Elizabeth and Sara Rebecca; three brothers, Claude Anderson, Billy Anderson, C.  M. Anderson, Jr.; three sisters, Mrs. Grace Leverett, Miss Louise Anderson, and  Miss Helen Anderson, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Anderson, all of near  Griffin.
 

Transcribed & Submitted by Valerie Johnson Freeman - Addl Information provided by Valerie Johnson Freeman -
(Died Tuesday, January 29, 1929)
Descendants of Hugh England  Crowder

1  Hugh England Crowder b: 18 Jul 1892 Mount Zion, Spalding Co.,  Georgia  
d: 30 Apr 1936 Spalding Co., Georgia Burial: Oak  Hill Cemetery - Griffin,
Spalding Co., Georgia  Father: John H.  Crowder, Sr.  Mother: Elizabeth "Lizzie" 
Dunbar 
Wife: Sadie Frances Anderson b: 24 Jan  1903 Georgia (Pike Co. / Spalding
Co.)  m: Abt 1924 d: 29 Jan  1929 (Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia) Burial: 30 Jan
1929 Oak Hill Cemetery  - Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia  Father: Charles
Matthew  Anderson Mother: Elma F. Scott

~ 2   Elizabeth Crowder b: Abt Dec 1924  Georgia       

~ 2   Sara Rebecca Crowder b: Abt Nov 1928  Georgia
*      
1930 Census - Mt Zion Dist, Spalding Co., Georgia; ED 9
 
pg. 3A
HH as of April 1, 1930 - Enumerated April 7-8, 1930
Moore  Place - #47-48
H. E. Crowder, head, M W, 38, Wd, M @ 34, Ga Ga Ga, Farmer -  Gen Farm (widow
of Sadie Frances Anderson)
R. B., brother, M W, 58, S, Ga Ga  Ga
Carl, brother, M W, 36, Wd, M @ 24, Ga Ga Ga
 
pg. 4B
HH as of April 1, 1930 - Enumerated April 11-14, 1930
No. 16  Highway - #82-84
C. M. Anderson, head, M W, 56, M @ 27, Ga Ga Ga, farmer -  general farm
Elma F., wife/homemaker, F W, 48, M @ 20, Ga Ga Al (nee  Scott)
Louise, dau, F W, 18, S, Ga Ga Ga
C. M. son, M W, 15, S, Ga Ga  Ga
Helen, dau, F W, 10 (?), S, Ga Ga Ga
J. William, son, M W, 8, S, Ga Ga  Ga
Elizabeth D. Crowder, Gdau, F W, 5 y (4?) mos, S, Ga Ga Ga (dau of Hugh E. 
Crowder & Sadie Frances Anderson)
S. Rebeca, Gdau, F W, 1 yr 5 mos, S, Ga  Ga Ga (dau of Hugh E. Crowder &
Sadie Frances Anderson)


CROWE, Esther Viola [Swygert] Shackleford May 6, 1958

Unknown Newspaper / Unknown Date

CROWE - Mrs. J. M. Crowe of Griffin, Ga., died Tuesday morning. Survived by sons, Mr. M. R. Crowe, Jacksonville, Fla.; Mr. F. P. Crowe, Portsmouth, Va.; Mr. J. D. Crowe, Griffin, Ga.; Mr. W. L. Crowe, Forest Park; daughter-in-law, Mrs. M. L. Crowe, Marietta. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Hanleiter Methodist Church, Griffin, Ga., with remains placed in state at 2:30. Rev. J. A. Langford and Rev. Charles Buice will officiate. Interment, Oak Hill Cemetery. Howard L. Carmichael & Sons.

Transcribed by Valerie (Johnson) Freeman and Linda (Burdette) Patterson, Mar. 1, 2006

See File for additional information.


CROWE, Morgan R. February 12, 1945

Unknown Newspaper / Unknown Date

Lt. M. R. Crowe

Killed in Takeoff

Fatal to Seven

Lt. Morgan R. Crowe, 19, of the Army Air Corps, was one of seven crew members fatally injured when a four-engine Army bomber crashed yesterday on the takeoff from Hunter Field near Savannah, his parents, Mr. And Mrs. L. G. Burdette, of 513 Chestnut street, Hapeville, have been notified by the War Department. Only three aboard the bomber survived. They were taken to the AAF regional hospital at Hunter Field. Witnesses said fire and explosion followed the crash which was in the wooded section near the junction of the Atlantic Coast Line railroad and the Burkhalter road. Lt. Morgan was graduated from Hapeville High school and entered the Army in June 1943. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Sgt. Elmer M. Burdette of the Army, and his grandmother, Mrs. J. M. Crowe, of Griffin.  Howard L. Carmichael will have charge of the funeral arrangements.

Transcribed by Valerie (Johnson) Freeman and Linda (Burdette) Patterson, Mar. 1, 2006

See File for additional information.


Death of Hon. Alfred Cuthbert

This gentleman died at his residence in Jasper County, on Wednesday night last., 9th inst., at the mature age of seventy-four.  He had been a long time in impaired health, and the immediate cause of his death was classification of the heart.

He was for many years a leading and distinguished politician in Georgia, and occupied a seat in the United States Senate from march, 1837 to March 1843.  Since his retirement from that high position, he has participated but little in the active politics of the county.

Empire State – Spalding County - Week of July 16, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


Mrs. Ann E. A. Daniel

Died in the City of Griffin, Ga., on the 20th inst. of inflammation of the brain, Mrs. Ann E. A. Daniel, consort of. R. Daniel, Esq. and niece of Mrs. Sarah and Judge J. B. Reid, in the 21st year of her age.

In offering this tribute to the memory of this estimable Lady, the writer feels a degree of difference in portraying a character in which were so many amiable truths of Christian excellences.  But few I have ever known of her age, if any, who have afforded a better specimen of Christian gentleness and modesty, a and who labored more devoutly in an unobtrusive way, to cultivate those graces which adorn the Christian character, than she did.  Raised and taught by pious parents, the great doctrines of the Holy Scriptures, she exemplified them in after years.  At the age of fifteen she embraced religion and joined the M. E. Church, and from that day to the time of her death it seemed to be her great concern to walk worthy of the high vocation where with she was called.  She was naturally gentle, modest, amiable, and retiring in her disposition, and it was only to know her to love her, and those who knew her best loved her most.  For several months before her death she was observed to become more interested to cultivate the picty of her heart, as if she felt impressed that he time on earth was short.  She seemed to have entered into the anti-chamber of heaven to put on the beautiful robe of righteousness that she might be a welcome guest at the heavenly feast.

In the death of this Christian lady, a vacuum has been made in the hearts of a wide circle of relative and friends, which will not be soon filled.  A husband has been deeply stricken, and sisters mourn the loss of one dear indeed to them; the church is deprived of a bright christian example; but their loss is her eternal gain, and they mourn not as those who have no hope.  She has gone to join her sainted parents in the general assembly and church of the first born, and we will not deplore thee, for Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; yea saith the spirit, for they rest from their labors.  PASTOR

Griffin, Sep. 22, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


William Crosby Dawson

Tribute of Respect

At a Called Communication of Meridian Sun Lodge, No. 26, held at the Lodge Room, Griffin, May 10th, 1856, the death of our Most Worshipful Grand Master, William C. Dawson, being announced, the following Preamble and Resolutions were passed, to wit:  A cloud is upon the eastern horizon; the Sun of Masonry is shrouded in darkness! Gloom and sadness are within the Temple of the Mystic Brotherhood, for our Grand Master has departed thence, never, never to return ! The sound of his Gavel is hushed – his voice of counsel and love is still, and the place that knew him in our earthly Lodge shall know him no more forever, Therefore, Resolved, That in the death of our Grand Master, Wm. Crosby Dawson, the Masonic Fraternity of Georgia have sustained an irreparable loss. His ardent devotion, his brotherly love and kindness, his generous sympathy for its principles, and his profound veneration of the wise and exalted tenets of the Order, eminently qualified him for the high station he filled, and won for him a fraternal love and admiration, which we, his brethren, can but feebly express in words.  Resolved, That we deeply condole with our Masonic Brethren throughout the State, with the bereaved family and relatives, and with the people of Georgia at large, who have sustained a serious loss in the death of our brother, Wm. C. Dawson.  Resolved, That this Lodge be shrouded in mourning until the meeting of the next Grand Lodge, and that the members thereof wear crape on the arm for the space of thirty days, in token of respect for the memory of the illustrious deceased.  Resolved, That these resolutions be entered upon the Lodge minutes, and that the Secretary be requested to send a copy of them to the family of our deceased Grand Master, and to the city papers for publication.

A. A. Wooten, J. S. Jones, Sr., A. P. Burr, Committee - St. Johns Lodge No. 45

Transcribed by Don Bankston, October 24, 2005

Empire State - Spalding Co, GA


Samuel Dinkins

Died at his residence in this place on the morning of the 25th ult., of a disease of the heart, Samuel Dinkins, in the 53rd year of his age.  Mr. Dinkins was a native of Richland District, S. C. and has been a citizen of this county about 20 years.  He has been one of our most successful planters.   A short time previous to his death, he joined the Methodist Church, professing a lively hope of his future happiness beyond the grave.

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of January 6, 1859

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


The Atlanta Constitution

19 October 1928

L.T. Doyal
L.T. Doyal, 83, died at his residence, 288 Pine street, Thursday afternoon after an illness of about two months. He is survived by his widow; four sons, J.L., W.E., G. F., and L. J. Doyal, and two daughters, Mrs. Dallas Green and Mrs. H.R. Jeffers. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the New Georgia church, near Villa Rica. The Rev. W.J. Wommack will be in charge and burial will be in the churchyard.

also

20 October 1928

L.T. Doyal Funeral Will Be Held Sunday
Services Will Be Held in New Georgia Church in Paulding.
Funeral services for L.T. Doyal, 83, who died Thursday night at the residence, 288 Pine street, N.W., will be held at 11 o'clock Sunday morning from the New Georgia church in Paulding county. The Rev. J.W. Womack, pastor, will officiate and interment will be in the churchyard.

Mr. Doyal was born in Chattanooga, but moved to Georgia while still a youth.  He saw service during the war between the states, having volunteered in the Confederate army at the age of 17. Coming to this section more than 40 years ago, Mr. Doyal became a police officer at Griffin, serving on the police department there for several years before moving to Paulding county near Villa Rica, to take up farming.

Later Mr. Doyal opened a store in Paulding county and was widely known in that section as a merchant. He was active as a merchant until 80 years old, retiring and coming to Atlanta about three years ago. Up until six months ago the aged Confederate veteran and retired merchant took an active interest in the affairs of the world. He was an ardent admirer of the Constitution, subscribing to the paper when it was first issued and following the news through its sheets daily for 60 years. Until his recent illness he was lively and genial, and a devotee of fiddling and dancing.

Funeral services of the octogenarian will be attended by three lodges of the Masonic order. Mr. Doyal belonged to the fraternal organization for 45 years, holding many prominent offices in that time.

In addition to his widow, he is survived by four sons, W.E., G. F., L. J. Doyal, of Atlanta, and J.L. Doyal, of Villa Rica; a daughter, Mrs. Dallis Greene, of Draketown; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Additional Comments:
Leonard Thompson, b. 17 May 1845, d. 18 Oct 1928

He was married to Pellita Fanny Davis, a daughter of Ebenezer Davis and Sarah Ann B.  McLeroy in Spalding County on 22 October 1865. She was born in Pike County on 23 October 1849 and died 7 September 1898. Both are buried at New Georgia Church Cemetery in Paulding County, Georgia.

File contributed for use by: Lynn Cunningham
http://www.genrecords.net/emailregistry/vols/00011.html#0002535


Miss Rebecca S. Driver

Departed this life on Friday morning, the 4th instant, about 6 o’clock after a protracted illness of nine months, at the residence of her father, Giles Driver, Esq., of Pike County, Miss Rebecca S. Driver, aged 20 years and 6 months.  During her illness, which was truly sore, she manifested a firm reliance on her Creator and bore her affliction with meekness, Christian fortitude and resignation; and in her last moment so long as she could give attendance, expressed in the strongest term; her willingness to surrender this mortality, in full assurance of a blissful immortality beyond the grave.  She was an exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for five or six years and in all her walks was an admired and acceptable member and amiable lady.  She has gone to the rest that awaits the finally faithful.

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of January 16, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston, May 2004.


Joseph Duncan

Col. Joseph Duncan, of this city, died in Milledgeville, on Monday last, to which place he had gone a few weeks ago, on a visit to some of his relatives.  Col. Duncan was a man of many social qualities.  His remains were brought to this place on Tuesday last for interment.

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of July 20, 1859

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


Dunn, Mrs. Martha 

The Weekly News
Griffin, Georgia
1 Jan 1886

On Monday evening Mrs. Martha Dunn breathed her last ay her house near Creswell, at the good old age of 73 years. Mrs Dunn was the grandmother of Mrs. A.A. Snider, of this place and Mrs. E.T. Crowder, of Brooks Station.
Submitted by Lynn Cunningham


Abner Durham

Departed this life at his residence in Meriwether County, Ga. On the 14th day of March 1856, Abner Durham, Esq. In the 76 year of his age; the deceased was a native of Surry County, N. C. and in the 20 year of his age removed to jasper county in this State.  He also resided in Putnam and Monroe Counties.  In 1827, he removed to Meriwether (then Troup County) where he contained to reside up to the time of his death – being one of the early settlers in this county,  the deceased was generally and extensively known as a man of strict integrity with all his dealings with his fellow man.  For many years he discharged the duties of Justice of the Peace in his district and also the duties of the Justice of the Inferior court for the county with that independence and probity, which was so eminently characteristic of him, in all the varied relations of life, possessing a strong vigorous independent mind, no power on earth could bias or control his judgment when once deliberately formed.  Born during the stirring times of the Revolution, his mind was deeply imbued with Republican principles, as well as the principles of civil and religious liberty, of which his whole life was a practical illustration, he was in faith and practice a Jeffersonian democrat in true sense of that term.  Devotedly attached to the Constitution of his country, he combated Federalist and all the other isms of the day.  Know Nothingism included, up to the day of his death.  His patriotism and love of country, was not merely that of naked profession, he was a soldier in the war of 1812, and took an active part in maintaining the rights and liberties of his countrymen, in the tented field, in that glorious struggle for the principles, he so well loved and delighted to cherish throughout his long life.  He was for many years an exemplary member of the Primitive Baptist church, and when the grim messenger of death came to summon him from earth and those friends he loved so well, he was prepared for that solemn event.  Death had no terror for him; he died as he had lived, an honest man, the noblest work of God and a Christian full of years, respected and honored by all who knew him; but he has gone to his long home.  We shall never more receive the warming voice of the old, faithful patriot and Christian in behalf of the constitution of his country. Of his church, and the religion of his Saviour, in which he was a firm and consistent believer.  Let us not forget his warming counsels, and strive to imitate his patriotism and his Christian virtues, and be prepared to meet him in that world which knoweth no evil.  To his immediate family and relatives, his death is irreparable and especially to the aged partner of his bosom, for he was an affectionate husband, kind parent, and humane master; and though he can never return to them, yet by imitating his virtues, and obeying his precepts, they have the assurance that they may go to him in that world of bliss, where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.

AN OLD FRIEND  - Greenville, Ga. April 1856

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of April 29, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston, May 2004.


Griffin Daily News

February 18 1886

 W. J. Ellis better known as “Uncle Jeff Ellis” died at his residence near Griffin, on Thursday night, the 11th inst., age 81 years. He had lived in this country about seventy years during half of which time he was a devoted member of the Methodist church. He leaves many friends and relatives in this section.

 Transcribed by Bob & Linda Ellis

Ga. Archives Drawer 193 box 19

Note= W. J. Ellis was the son of William Ellis Jr. & Martha Patsy Echols. He was married to Rebecca Sneed then Mary Huddleston Dupree.  Buried at Family Cemetery on McIntosh Road. 


Walter Ellis, Griffin , Ga.

             Griffin Ga. March 26, (special ) Walter Ellis died at 11 o’clock today. Mr. Ellis had been sick for about seven weeks with typhoid fever and his recovery was impeded by several complications. He leaves a devoted wife, who was before her marriage Miss Hepsie Simms, and two little children, Cynthia Ellis and Carroll Ellis. The death of Mr. Ellis removes one of the best known figures in Griffin business and social life. He was for years a member of the large furniture firm of Blakely & Ellis and had only recently severed his connection with that firm to accept a responsible position with the Gresham Planning Mills Company. He was just 43 years of age. His funeral will occur tomorrow.

Transcribed by Bob & Linda Ellis

From The Atlanta Constitution Mar.27, 1904  


The friends of Mrs. John Smith will regret to learn of the death of her sister, Miss Lois Freeman, which occurred at her home near Griffin last week. She was a victim of consumption and had only been ill a short while; Miss Freeman had visited Jackson and had numbers of friends here.

Transcribed by Don Bankston, November 18, 2006

Jackson Argus - Butts county, Week of August 12, 1898


GAY

Griffin, Dec. 19. -- After a brief illness from pneumonia, A. O. Gay, one of the most prominent and successful farmers in Spalding county died at his plantation home on Flint river in Union district at 2 o'clock this morning.  He would have been 70 years of age next June and was a member of the Spalding county camp of the United Confederate Veterans.  To his nine children he leaves 700 acres of fine farm land and life insurance to the amount of $30,000.

The body will be interred tomorrow at Woolsey by the side of that of his wife who died two years ago.

The Macon Daily Telegraph, Dec 20, 1911

Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton


Nancy T. Hancock

Departed this life in the city of Griffin, on Wednesday morning the 1st of Oct., Mrs. Nancy T. Hancock, wife of Col. Wm. H. Hancock.  She was naturally retiring and diffident in her disposition; but frank and amiable in her intercourse with chosen friends.  No woman was ever more devoted to her husband and children, and above all, she was not forgetful of the higher duties she owed to her God. For years past she has expressed hope in the mercy of God, through Christ Jesus.  She had felt it her duty to connect herself with the Christian church, and had only been waiting for friends whom she hoped would soon be prepared to join her in this service.  Her husband and children have the sympathies of a wide circle of friends.

Empire State – Spalding – County – Week of October 8, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


Dr. J. N. Harris
Jackson Argus - Wk of Feb 1900
Dr. J. N. Harris - Dead

From the Griffin Call


Dr. J. N. Harris is dead and our entire city is grief stricken.

Yesterday morning at 6:15 o'clock this soul passed out from the mortal and winged its flight to the celestial world.

The news spread rapidly and at an early hour people were talking in lower tones and the gloom of a murky day was made more tense by the news that this physician gentleman had gone from our midst, never again to brighten those with whom came in contact by the nobleness of his example and character, or cheer them with his kindly advice and sympathy.  His end was quiet and peaceful like his life, it was calm as it ebbed, being guided by the faith that is all sustaining, he was prepared to give an account of his stewardship and receive his reward.

In has been known for days that his recovery was impossible, yet with that consciousness the sweet hope that he might long be spared to their (sp. of two words illegible) those who had been (s.p of word-illegible) in their attentions to him for months past, and they are nearly prostrated by their grief. 

Dr. Harris was taken ill last August with what was thought to be the effects of grippe, and after battling for some time against the effects of the disease he was forced to give up his business and remain at home.  The very best medical attention and nursing have been his from the first, but his physicians have had but little hope of his recovery for sometime.  He seems to realize himself that
the end was near and in all of his sickness he has ever borne that quiet, Christian like demeanor that has characterized all of his daily life.  In him Griffin loses one who may not be easily replaced and his memory shall long be reverence.

Dr.  Harris was born in Bibb county on September 5th, 1828, his father being Alston G. Harris, a prominent farmer at that time.  At an early age he moved with his father to Meriwether County where he received the education that usually fell to the lot of the young men of that day, and possessing a mind that was broad and retentive, his scholarly instincts helped him to a wide course of learning.

In 1850 he came to Griffin and went into the general merchandise store of his uncle, Absolam Gray, who was one of the pioneer merchants of the young village, and in 1859, he moved to Forsyth, where he entered the employ of Cyrus Sharpe, and now clerk of Monroe county.  After two years service there he returned to Griffin and permanently located, entering into a co-partnership with his uncle, Mr. Gray, in 1854.  In 1865 he succeeded to the drug business, which he has conducted since, taking his son, Mr. Walter J. Harris, in as a partner in 1888.  In 1856 he was married to Miss Mary Andrews who, with two children, Mr. Walter J. Harris and Mrs. H. H. Bass, survive him, together with a brother, Mr. A. G. Harris of Flippin.

At a very early age he connected himself with the Methodist church, and for years has been one of the stewards of that denomination .  In all of his walks of life Dr. Harris has been truly a consistent Christian, and in all of the educational and church work of the city he has been a foremost figure, yet his actions were always characterized by extreme modesty.  No man will be missed by a greater number than will this noble minded true hearted Christian husband, father, and friend.

The funeral services took place from the house this afternoon at 8 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. J. G. Bryan and Rev. W. T. Irvine.  A large crowd of friends gathered to show this last mark of respect in death to one whom in life had been indeed a friend and of whom it can be said truly, truly was Christ life in his character and love for his fellow man.  His life and character......(balance of paragraph not legible)

The grave has closed over all that was mortal of Dr. Harris, but the beauty of his example will.........(balance of paragraph not legible)

He was an honest man.  Peace to his ashes.

Jackson Argus - Butts County
Week of February 1900
Transcribed by Don Bankston donbankston@bellsouth.net  November 25, 2007, 1:37 am


Holmes, Dr. March 11, 1856

Empire State – Spalding County Georgia Week of March 26,1856

DEATH AMOUNGST US

During a very few days past, the Angel of death has plied his sickle with no idle hand.  On Saturday the 8th inst. Dr. Benj. F. Carter late Representative from the county of Murray died at the residence of his father, Col. F. Carter, of consumption. Dr. C. was a most estimable young man, and his premature death is deplored by all who knew him.  On Tuesday the 11th Mr. Richard F. Budd, proprietor of the Washington Hall in this city died. Mr. Budd ad been a citizen at this place only a short time. He came, we believe, from Canada. He was an old man. On the night of the same day, Dr. Holmes, assistant Physician of the Lunatic Asylum died of Pneumonia, at the residence of Dr. T. F. Green. Dr. Holmes we believe was originally from Floyd county Ga. He was an estimable young man, with a bright promise of future usefulness and distinction. On the same day Mr. Chas. Jenkins, an aged man, was drowned in the Oconee opposite the city. On the 15th inst., Mrs. Mary M. Cotting, wife of Dr. John R. Cotting, formerly State Geologist, of Pneumonia;

Transcribed by Don Bankston, October 24, 2005


Mary M. Horton

Died in this place on the 20t, Mrs. Mary M. Horton, aged 70 years.  She embraced religion when but 10 years of age, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she continued an exemplary member until called hence to the Church triumphant above.  Her conversion was clear satisfactory and undoubted, through an experience of 60 years, during which she realized its evidences and its fruits in a heart felt enjoyment of Divine grace.  She lived pious, useful, beloved and died “the death of the righteous” in the full assurance of hope.

Empire State – Spalding County – Week of April 1, 1857

Transcribed by Don Bankston May 2004


John Howard

Died at his residence in Monroe County, on the 9th inst., John Howard, aged 71 years.  Mrs. Howard died in the midst of his children, soothed in his declining moment by their affectionate and careful attentions.  He was a member of the Masonic Order of Knight Templars and we believe, identified in religious faith with the Baptist denomination.  Full of honors and ripe with years, his spirit has departed for that happy abode where the wicked cease from troubling, and weary are at rest.

Empire State – Griffin, Ga. – Week of March 19, 1856

Transcribed by Don Bankston, May 2004.


Miss Callie Irwin

Miss Callie Irwin, a most estimable young lady was burned to death in Covington
on Christmas evening. She was the daughter of Col. S. D. Irwin of Milner, and
was attending college a Covington. On Christmas evening she laid down before a
fire and fell asleep, her clothing took fire and she was burned to death. Her
remains were brought to Griffin and interred last Wednesday. Griffin Sun
 

Middle Ga. Argus – Week of January 27, 1881

Transcribed by Don Bankston, Oct 2004.


Jenkins, Chas. March 11, 1856

Empire State – Spalding County Georgia Week of March 26,1856

DEATH AMOUNGST US

During a very few days past, the Angel of death has plied his sickle with no idle hand.  On Saturday the 8th inst. Dr. Benj. F. Carter late Representative from the county of Murray died at the residence of his father, Col. F. Carter, of consumption. Dr. C. was a most estimable young man, and his premature death is deplored by all who knew him.  On Tuesday the 11th Mr. Richard F. Budd, proprietor of the Washington Hall in this city died. Mr. Budd ad been a citizen at this place only a short time. He came, we believe, from Canada. He was an old man. On the night of the same day, Dr. Holmes, assistant Physician of the Lunatic Asylum died of Pneumonia, at the residence of Dr. T. F. Green. Dr. Holmes we believe was originally from Floyd county Ga. He was an estimable young man, with a bright promise of future usefulness and distinction. On the same day Mr. Chas. Jenkins, an aged man, was drowned in the Oconee opposite the city. On the 15th inst., Mrs. Mary M. Cotting, wife of Dr. John R. Cotting, formerly State Geologist, of Pneumonia;

Don Bankston October 24, 2005


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