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1. Will of Aaron Evans
2. Will of Thomas Hines
3. Obituary: L. A. Florence
4. Obituary: Ed Winn
5. Obituary: William Reynolds Winn (baby)
6. Obituary: Aaron Young Evans
7. Obituary: Mrs. E. T. Winn
8. Obituary: Thomas Evans
8a. Obituary: Alice Evans
8b. Obituary:Sister Martha Evans
8c. Obituary:Seaborn W. Evans
8d. Obituary: Mrs. Martha, consort of Lewis Cox
9. Newspaper article: Edwin T. Winn
10. Newspaper article: John Reid
10a. Newspaper: Mountville Grange
10b. Newspaper: J. H. Pitman was nominated 1st Lieutenant
11. Letter Wilson Partridge to Evans
12. Court: Ed Winn's
link History: Mountville Methodist Church

1. Will of Aaron Evans, Troup County Archives, LaGrange, GA
State of Georgia
County of Troup
Know all men by these presents that I Aaron Evans of Said County do make thismy last will and testament, I being of sound and disposing mind and memory.
Item 1st
I desire that my just debts be paid by my executor hereafter appointed.
Item 2nd
I will and desire that all my property both real and personal should be leftto my beloved wife Elizabeth [added note: Hines] for and during her naturallife.
Item 3
At the death of my said wife, I give and bequeath the home place where I nowlive viz lot No. 181 in the Mountville District said County to my twoChildren--Lucy Ann Florence and William T. H. Evans.  Said Lucy Ann to havethe South half of said lot upon which the houses are located, and my said sonWilliam T. H. Evans to have the north half of said lot.  Upon the death ofmysaid wife.
Allice Florence, my daughter, is to have fifty acres more or less of lot No.182 bounded on North by Lot No. 181. South by Nash Swanson.  East by dowerofMartha Evans & West by Dr. Joe Bradfield.  Said fifty acres to belongto mysaid daughter Allice Florence during her natural life & after her death toher children.  I also give to my said daughter Allice Florence threehundreddollars in money to be paid her a the death of my said wife.If there should be anything left, I desire it to be equally divided betweenmy said children, share and share alike.  if a division cannot be madewithout sale then let there be such sale without any order of court. I do not wish any returns made unless absolutely necessary.  I herebyappoint as my executor & Executrix of this my last will my son William T. H. Evansand my daughter Lucy Ann Florence.This March 7" 1882.
Aaron Evans
The foregoing signed sealed published and declared by Aaron Evans as his lastwill and testament in our presence and in presence of each other thewitnesses the same in his presence and at his request on this the 7" day ofMarch 1882.
James A. Cox
Robt Fincher
E. F. Martin
Filed in office this Sept. 1, 1890
R. W. Young Ordinary 

        Will made in TroupCounty 24 April 1860; recorded 3 Oct 1860 by Samuel
2. Cartwright, Ordinary [now at Troup County Archives, LaGrange, GA]
Will Book B, page 203; DR 152; Box 4
Troup County
In the name of God Amen
I Thomas Hines of the aforesaid State and County now being of Sound mind butbeing advanced in life and knowing that it is ordained that all men must diedo hereby and herein make this my last will and Testament revoking andannulling all others heretofore made by me. 
Item 1st
I will and desire that after my death my body be buried in a decent andChristian manner.
Item 2nd
After my just debts are paid I will and bequeath to my beloved wife LucyHines Two Hundred dollars in money, my negro woman Louisa and her EldestChild a boy by the name of Lafayette.  The Said woman to be disposed of asshe may think proper at her death but the boy at the end of her widowhood ordeath to  belong to my children. After my death I desire that my wife shallhave such household property as she was possessed of at time of our marriageand Such as she has made for herself in the meantime.
Item 3rd
As I have heretofore given some of my children more property than some othersit is my wish that each of them should value what they have received at thetime it was given which amount Shall be deducted from their proratadistributive share of the residue of my Estate.
Item 4th
I desire that after the above Items are Executed that the remaining portionof my estate be divided equally between my children.
Item 5th
I do hereby appoint and constitute my two sons James and Samuel Hines my twoexecutors to have this my last will and Testament faithfully executed. The above and within will of Thomas Hines was executed published signed andsealed this the 24th day of April 1860.
Thomas Hines
Wm. P. Beasley
H. J. Hightower
Aaron Evans 

        Obituaries from undated, unidentified newspapers:
The members of the Mountville Auxiliary of W. F. M. S. resolve that in thedeath of our beloved and honored sister we have lost the most consecrated,the most worthy member of our society.  God in his infinite wisdom hascalledher to the life more abundant.  We deeply realize our earthly loss and prayour Heavenly Father will give us submissive minds, and pour into our bleedinghearts the sweet resignation that ever characterized her blessed life; thelife which was a benediction to us.  The Missionary meetings were joyousoccasions to her; she delighted in working for her Master, and her soul wasoften made to rejoice in these meetings.  How we shall miss the sunshine ofher presence, which was ever an inspiration to us!Her's was one of those rare natures responsive alike to all that was good andbeautiful.  Like the violet she loved, the sweetness and purity andstrengthof her character was hidden under leaves of timidity, but those who knew herand loved her realized that the fragrance came even beyond the leaves andsweetened their own lives.  When the end came, where the frail, tired bodygave up the struggle, there was no fear, for peace, the peace that passethunderstanding that had been her's in life, strengthened her.
In early childhood she gave her heart to God and her service to His Church. She was born Dec. 22, 1842, and died Apr. 8, 1906.  She lived her life inthis community, where she was honored and loved.  Though aching hearts arelonging and crying out in loneliness, our faith makes us know that with her"all is well," and in that "beautiful city, whose builder andmaker is God,"she is listening to sweeter music than this world can ever know."I have read of a beautiful city, Far away in the Kingdom of God; I havereadhow its walls are of Jasper, How its streets are all golden and broad.  Inthe midst of that street is life's river Clear as crystal and pure to behold,Mrs. Bettie Beasly Wells

I want to write of the death of my wife's mother, Mrs. Lucy Ann Florencewhich occurred at my home on April 8th, 1906, at the age of 64 years.In her death the church and Sunday School has lost one of its best workersand most loyal friends.
She was left a widow in early life, her husband, Callaway Florence, havingdied in the Confederate Army.  My wife being an only child; Mrs. Florencehas been an inmate of my home for a number of years.  I wish to pay this littletribute to her christian life;  How beautiful was her every day life in ourhome!  Her presence was always like a ray of sunshine scattering brightnessand happiness wherever she went.  I don't think there was ever a day sinceIknew her that she was not ready to meet her Savior.  She never doubted.Shehad said to me so often, "live right and you will die right." Howbeautifully did she show this in her last moments!  She called each of herloved ones about her, telling us as calmly as if preparing for her dailybusiness to meet her in Heaven, expressing the wish that we would be anunbroken family in the home prepared for the good.She loved so much to read the 23rd Psalm: "The Lord is my Shepherd, Ishallnot want."  Her last words to her loving daughter and sister were: "How
sweet to trust in Jesus."We all have the assurance as she came down to cross death's dark river thatit was his own hands that bore her sweet spirit safely across to thebeautiful city of God.
She leaves to mourn her death an only daughter, Mrs. Wilson Partridge, andten grandchildren, also an only sister and brother, Mrs. Alice Florence andMr. W. T. Evans, of Mountville.
Her son-in-law,
Wilson Partridge 

4. LAGRANGE REPORTER, 10 Jul 1896, p. 1 [Troup County Archives,LaGrange, GA]
Ed. Winn is dead.
How many hearts in Troup county and Georgia will be saddened by this news.Mr. Winn has been in failing health for some time, but few realized that hewas so near death's door until the end came.
Surrounded by his family and friends he passed away at 7:10 Thursday morning.Mr. Winn was born in Notasulga, Clay county, Ala., in 1846, where his parentsresided at that time.  He lived at that place until his thirteenth year,whenas a mere boy, he entered the Confederate ranks a drummer boy, and gallantlywent to the front.  His deeds of valor and bravery fighting for the causeheloved so well, soon won for him the favor and esteem of his officers andcomrades.  It is said that he was the youngest soldier in the confederateranks.
After the surrender he came to Troup county and lived at Antioch, where heengaged in the mercantile business and was a large planter.  At that placehemarried in 1870, Miss Mattie Reynolds, who died several years ago.Six children blessed their union, five of whom survive him, Misses Annie andVela, E.T., Jr., Gordon and Wade.
In 1884 he entered into the mercantile business in LaGarange and two yearslater offered himself as a candidate for clerk of the Superior Court, and wasunanimously elected to fill that important office.  He was re-elected fivetimes in succession, which shows in what regard he was held as a faithful andefficient officer by the people of Troup county.
He was possessed of many noble traits of character.  His universal kindnessand courtly manners, had made for him many friends, who deeply sympathizewith the family and bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.
It has been truly said of him that he was the most popular man in the county.The funeral services will occur Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the familyresidence on Montgomery avenue.  The Light Guards of which company he wasatone time first lieutenant and later an honorary member, will escort theremains to their last resting place in Hill View. 

5. LAGRANGE REPORTER, 12 Mar 1885, p. 3 [TroupCounty Archives, LaGrange, GA]
The death of a babe is not noticed much by the great world. There is no longprocession, no closing of store doors, no funereal pomp. But it is a beart-breakingscene when the little form is taken from its mother's embrace and carried awayto the cold grave. She will miss it from her arms, from her bosom--its nestlingplace and in the midnight hour she will unconsciously turn to its vacant placebeside her. There are two empty cradles in LaGrange to-day that ertswhile werethe repositories of a world of affection and fond parental hopes.  And nowthe mother's heart is in heaven with its glorified innocent, while her dim eyeslook in vain for the little nestler in its accustomed place. [...paragraphdeleted...] On Monday morning, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Winn were called to passthrough a like ordeal in the death of their babe, William Reynolds Winn, agedabout five months.  The child was sick not quite two days. Disease of thebowels was the cause of death. It was laid away in the city cemetery [sic] onMonday afternoon, Rev. R. H. Harris conducting the services. These households,so deeply bereaved, have our sincere sympathy.   

6. LAGRANGE DAILY NEWS, 7 May 1945, p. 1
Funeral services for Aaron Young Evans, 54, of College Park, a former residentof LaGrange, who died Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, will be heldhere Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Hunter-Owen with the Rev. John B. Tateof Marietta and the Rev. R. C. Cleckler of College Park, officiating. Mr. Evanswas a former member of the faculty of LaGrange High School and at the time ofhis death was associated with the American Crayon Company. Surviving are: his wife, Mrs. Clara Wells Evans; one son, Captain William J. Evans of the ArmyAir Forces Tactical Center at Orlando, Fla; a sister, Mrs. Tom Lawrence ofOcilla; three brothers, Seaborn W. Evans of Pensacola, Fla., William S. Evans ofLos Angeles, Cal.; and one grandchild. Burial will follow in Mountville withHunter-Owen, local morticians, in charge and with Pierce Reeves and Fred Slyghof Atlanta, Dr. M.T. Anderson of College Park, Lt. Alfred Knouff, United StatesNaval Reserve, of Candler Field, Herbert Wells and Ralph Neville of College Parkserving as pallbearers. 

7. LAGRANGE REPORTER, 17 Mar 1893, p.4 [TroupCounty Archives, LaGrange, GA]
This good woman--the wife of our efficient and popular County Clerk--passedpeacefully to her reward at about the hour of four on yesterday (Thursday)morning. So quietly did her spirit leave its earthly tenement that the watcherscould scarcely tell when she ceased to breathe. She had been in failing healthfor some time, but her illness took a serious form only a few days before herdeath. Mrs. Winn was a very lovable lady. In every relation--as wife, mother,neighbor, friend--she was tender, faithful, kind and true. A lover of her homeand family, she made it attractive and inviting. Her domestic accomplishmentswere superior and she looked well to the ways of her household. Her heart wasfull of love and charity. She was a Miss Reynolds, of Chambers county, Ala., andher aged parents yet lives[sic]. Her husband and children are sorely stricken bythis great bereavement. They have the heartfelt sympathy of the community intheir sorrow. Mrs. Winn was a member of the Baptist church, and her nobleChristian character and good deeds proved her profession of faith in Christgenuine. She sweetly sleeps after life's fever of unrest, its gloom anddisappointments. May that God, in whose hands are the issues of life and death,bless the afflicted and make it a means of good to the living. The funeral tookplce[sic] yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, from the residence.  Rev. G. S.Tumlin, assisted by Rev. S. P. Callaway, conducting them. A large numbertestified their respect for the deceased lady by their presence. The body waslaid to rest in Hill View cemetery. Mrs. Winn was born Oct. 12, 1854, joined thechurch in 1867, was married July 16, 1871. She was a pupil in her youth of theSouthern Female College.  

8. THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, Vol. 47, No. 44, 3 Mar 1854;p. 176, col. 1.
The Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC.
THOMAS EVANS, a native of Chatham co., N. C. removed to Troup co., Ga, wherehe died on the 15th January last. He was born 30th June 1770, was a memberof the Church, without reproach, about fifty years. Few men, of suchquietness and virtue as he possessed are seen in the course of a lifetime. Ihave known him for twenty years, and of him I have never heard aught of evil. He left a number of children behind him, all of whom are orderly membersofthe M. E. Church.  During his sickness he said "he was waiting for hischange," was "willing to die, was willing to go." And now herests inhappiness with two infant children from whom he has been long separated, andhis wife whose zeal one christian life was much shorter than his own. W.D.Martin.  

8a.Undated clipping from unidentified newspaper [likely the LAGRANGE REPORTER].Original now in possession of Troup County Archives, LaGrange, GA. IN MEMORY OF ALICE EVANS.
On the twelfth of February 1907, in her home in Mountville, Ga, little AliceEvans "fell asleep in Jesus" She was the loving daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Evans, the affectionatesister of two sisters and three brothers, the light and joy of the church,the friend of every living soul, the confiding child of her Father in Heaven.From birth her little life has always been that of a shut-in.  In earlychildhood she solemnly brought her all and laid it at the feet of Him whosaid, "Seek me ye first the kingdom of God" and "They that seekme earlyshall find me"  Her's was a brief life but a full one. Justtwenty-one yearswas her allotted period but it was lived to purpose. She was alwaysvigilent, happy and cheerful, a veritable sunbeam in her home.  A morebeautiful or amiable nature has never adorend the paths of time.  She was agreat sufferer, but oh, how patiently she bore every pain, scarcelymurmuring.  The lesson in patience she taught was beautiful.  She hadagigantic mind though her little body never grew to great statue. For yearsshe has gone in an invalid's chair, rolled by loving hands, hands that willmiss the [...] attention she requires no more. [...] that she cheered, theadvice she always gave, the beautiful life of [torn here]... 

8b.THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, Vol. 5, No. 23, 18 Nov 1841, p. 92, col. 1;copied from microfilm, The Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College,Spartanburg, SC:
Sister Martha Evans, consort of Thomas Evans, died of palsy, on the 10thult., in the 63rd year of her age, in Troup county, Ga. Sister Evans was bornin 1779, in Chatham county, N.C.; was married in 1797; embraced religion andjoined the Methodist E. Church in 1809.  Her piety was deep, and all herlifeconsistent.  She lived to raise ten children, and to see them all membersofthe same Church, one of whom is an acceptable minister of the Gospel.  Shewas affected six years previous to her death, and for a few days deprived ofher speech; yet, as long as long[sic] as able to talk she gave evidence ofher preparation to meet death.  She has left her companion, children andfriends to mourn their loss; yet their loss is her [...] gain.  She restsfrom her labors and her works do follow her. E.W. Reynolds. 

8c.Troup County Archives, LaGrange, GA
LAGRANGE DAILY NEWS, Saturday 8 Feb 1969, p. 1
Seaborn W. Evans, 74, died Friday morning at City-County Hospital followingan illness of several weeks.Mr. Evans was born in Mountville and lived in Troup County all of his life. He was Secretary-Treasurer of Stewart Wholesale Hardware Company and wasassociated with the firm for 35 years.  He was a member of the FirstMethodist Church, the Highland Country Club, the Moose Club, and a veteran ofWorld War I.Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Seaborn W. Evans of LaGrange; one sister,
Mrs. Tom Lawrence of East Point; and one brother, William S. Evans of Santa
Maria, Calif.Graveside services will be held this afternoon at 4:30 in ShadowlawnCemetery.  Rev. William M. Holt, Rev. Malcolm C. Davis, and Rev. Omar E.Graves will officiate.Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral  

8d. THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, Vol. 15, No. 52, 28 May 1852;p. 208, col.2. The Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC.Died, in Troup co., Ga. 2nd May, Mrs. Martha, consort of Lewis Cox, aged 47years 5 months and 2 days. She was the daughter of Thomas and MarthaEvans,and was born in Chatham co., N. C. She embraced religion some yearspreviousto her marriage, attached herself to the M. E. Church and has ever since beena warm and zealous member and an unwavering adherent to the cause of Christ. As a neighbor she was kind and obliging, as a friend constant andunostentatious; as a daughter affectionate and dutiful; as a wife useful,sociable and amiable; as a mother provident and fond; and as a Christian,meek, zealous and devotional. The domestic hearth she enlightened with theradiance of Christian purity, displaying by precept and example, the beautyof holiness, to the edification of her family and to the honor of God's holyname. By punctual attendance and true devotion, she manifested her love tothe Church of Christ and to the great scheme of redemption through his blood.By her uniformly pious walk and godly conversation, the fruit of awell-grounded faith she has left a bright example to her children and theyouth of her acquaintance.  The writer saw her very frequently during herillness, and is able to testify to the Christian fortitude with which sheendured the most excruciating pain and extreme suffering. Death came toherunclothed with terror or dismay. She calmly and resignedly professed herwill ingress to depart. With the most tranquil composure she sank into thearms of death fully relying upon the merits of a crucified Redeemer. M. 

9. LAGRANGE REPORTER, 20 Jan 1893, p. 1[with accompanyingpicture]. Copy made
from microfilm at Troup Co. Archives 21 Apr 2001.
Edwin[sic] T. Winn, whose portrait we herewith present, is known as the bestSuperior Court Clerk in Georgia. He seems to have just been made to fill theplace to which he has now been elected for the third time. In affability, inreadiness to oblige, in knowledge of his duties, in quickness of perceptionand action, in excellent chirography, he is first among his equals, if thelatter can be found. When Mr. Winn was nominated last summer by theDemocrats of the county for re-election, the REPORTER gave a briefbiographical sketch, to which it now adds the expression of its sincere wishthat he may grow constantly in the affections of his friends and the publicand that he may live long as the custodian of our county records. Hishandsome features, as here photographed, will be viewed with genuine pleasureby his constituents and acquaintances generally. 

10. LAGRANGE REPORTER, 5 Apr 1877, p. 3. Copy made from microfilmat Troup Co.
Archives 21 Apr 2001.
Antioch, which is one of the best communities in this or any other county, isstepping along quite lively in regard to intellectual amusements. Thecitizens have a debating club, known as the Antioch Debating Society, ofwhich Mr. John B. Reid is president, and Mr. E. T. Winn, secretary. Theymeet every Saturday night, and always have a large attendance of spectators,including ladies. Last Saturday night, a most interesting discussion was hadon the question of whether a constitutional convention is necessary, and itwas decided in the affirmative. There are also three spelling clubs, each ofwhich has a "bee" once a week. These are also interesting and wellattended. 

10a. LAGRANGE REPORTER, 3 Oct 1873.  Copy from microfilm at Troup Co. Archives,21
Apr 2001.
MOUNTVILLE GRANGE was organized by James H. Fannin, Esq., August 29. Theseare the officers:
Early Baker--Master.
Aleck Allison--Overseer.
E. Freeman Martha[sic]--Lecturer.
Aaron Evans--Steward.
John J. Thrash--Ass't Steward.
Dr. Joseph Bradfield--Chaplain.
H. J. Hightower--Treasurer.
Reuben Jones--Secretary.
Thos. Martin--Gate Keeper.
Mrs. L.E.C. Hightower--Ceres.
Mrs. Mary Harmon--Pomona.
Mrs. Lucy A. Florence--Flora.
Miss Abbie Harmon--Lady Ass't Steward.

10b.LAGRANGE REPORTER, 23 May 1890, p. 1.  Copy made and sent by Troup Co. Archives June 2001.
Military Nomination.On Monday night, Hon. J. H. Pitman was nominated first Lieutenant of theLaGrange Light guards, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation ofLieut. E. T. Winn. Liert. Winn laid aside his sword and epaulettesvoluntarily, and shouldered his musket as a private in the ranks.  He is aveteran of the "great conflict," and prefers to stand in the ranks oftheGuards in peace just as he did in the smoke of war.  Indeed, the standingofour two companies, socially, is such that men and officers are on the sameplane.  There are men in each company who fought for Southern rightsthroughthe war, held military office then and civil honors since, who are nowprivates in the Guards and Hussars.  This shows that the old espirit ducorps, which sent the flower of Southern manhood and chivalry to the ranks,lives among us yet.  Our military companies represent the energy, talentandwealth of LaGrange, and our people are proud of them.  Lieut. Pitman willmake a splendid officer, as he did once before.  While sorry to give upLieut. Winn, the boys feel that they could hardly have done better inselecting a successor. 

11. Letter from Wilson Partridge, original nowat Troup County Archives,
LaGrange, GA.
Wilson Partridge
Mountville, Ga.
Sept 17. 1934
Mr. W. T. Evans
Ocilla Ga
Dear Will
Received your card Sat was very glad to hear from you all think of you andMilford every day.  I have missed you from Sunday School very much.  Iam out now I see they have given my class to an up to date teacher they don't have any use for old people now I feel I have a great burden off of and we areall getting on very well. Crops up here are very Sorry corn and cottonboth are very short I was very Sorry to See Talmage to be governor again. guess you were. Sara says she will not answer Louise's card now as I am writingyou much love to all of you. Wilson Partridge 

12. Davidson, William H., GENTLEFOLK 1888,Vol. 1(Thompson-Shore, Inc.] 1994, p.
The following is a rare instance of official promptness and dispatch. Clerk ofSuperior Court E. T. Winn, on Monday received application from West Point for acertified copy of an important paper on record in his office. It was a longdocument, but he sat up until ten o'clock at night to copy it, and then hired anegro to mail it in the night mail. Of course, the applicant had no idea ofgetting it by the next train, but he received it, and it saved his time andmoney. This is the secret of Ed Winn's success as clerk. He keeps things wellup, is prompt, as well as cordial, polite and accommodating. He is a modelpublic officer.--LAGRANGE REPORTER, Thursday, March 21[1888] Ed. Note: Edward T.Winn was Clerk of Superior Court, Troup Co., GA,