19 April 2015

Randall Robinson's Old Box-Fashioned Tombstone

While the photos are from just six months ago, the following text was originally written over 100 years prior:

"Soldiers of the Revolution Buried in Coweta [County, Georgia]. On an old box-fashioned tombstone, in the lot of the Robinson family, in Oak Hill cemetery, in the town of Newnan, is chiseled the following epitaph:

Randall Robinson, departed this life on the 27th
day of February, 1842, in the 80th year of his age. He
served a short time in the Revolutionary War and was
for many years a member of the Baptist church.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of
his saints.

Mr. Robinson was a descendant of the first Governor of North Carolina. He enlisted at the age of fourteen and served for 189 days in a Palmetto State regiment. He became one of the earliest settlers of Coweta and with his family organized the first Baptist church. His great-great grand-daughter, Mrs. Marie Robinson Wright, is a well-known author, who has written some excellent books of travel."

[Text from Lucian Lamar Knight in Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends (published 1914).]

18 April 2015

His Death Caused Tears to Flow from Hundreds of Eyes Unused to Weeping

Just over an hour ago, I posted a biographical sketch written by famed Georgia historian Lucian Lamar Knight at the Peachy Past blog. The subject of the sketch was Judge Walter T. Colquitt, namesake of Colquitt County. It was mentioned that Judge Colquitt was placed, upon his death, in an unmarked grave at Columbus, Georgia's Linwood Cemetery. One of his sons, Colonel Peyton H. Colquitt, was later also buried at Linwood. Conversely, he rests beneath a beautiful tombstone.

Daily Constitutionalist (Augusta, Georgia)
29 September 1863, pg. 1
Via GenealogyBank.
DEATH OF COL. COLQUITT. -- The announcement of the death of Col. Peyton H. Colquitt, of the 46th Georgia regiment, will fill thousands of hearts with the deepest sorrow. It is said that he died at Atlanta on Wednesday, from wounds received at the head of his regiment in the late fierce struggle on the banks of the Chicamauga [sic].

Col. Colquitt, was a son of the famous Walter T. Colquitt, and, though young, had filled many important civil trusts in the State. He was educated, we believe, for the Bar, but at an early day became connected with the Press, in the capacity of Editor of the Columbus Times, a post which he filled with distinguished ability and uniform courtesy to all. He represented the county of Muscogee for several sessions in the Legislature, both as Representative and Senator, and accepted an enviable post of honor in these bodies. He commanded a company early in the war, and served at Norfolk. He returned home, was chosen Colonel of the Forty Sixth Georgia on the organization of that regiment which he commanded at Charleston, in the west, and finally on the Chicamauga [sic], where he was cut down in the midst of a most promising career.

As a man, we knew Colonel Colquitt well, and can truthfully say that we have never met a more truthful, upright and honorable gentleman...
Charleston Courier (South Carolina)
5 October 1863, pg. 1
Via GenealogyBank.
Death of Col. Colquitt -- Gen. Gist's Order. -- We take a mournful pleasure in publishing the following just and eloquent tribute to the memory of the lamented COLQUITT. A young officer in the 46th Georgia writes to his mother that when this order was read out "there was not a dry eye in the Brigade:"
IN THE FIELD, September 24th, 1863 }

General Orders No. 18 -- It is with deep sorrow that the Brigadier General Commanding announces to the command the death of a gallant, accomplished officer and right noble gentleman, Colonel Peyton H. Colquitt, of the 46th Georgia Volunteers. This sad announcement will cause tears to freely flow from hundreds of eyes unused to weeping. He fell, sword in hand, face to the foe, cheering on his command to victory...When we next meet the foe we will avenge his death...
Monument inscription ~
Col. Peyton H. Colquitt, C.S.A.
Was Born In
Campbell Co, GA
And Died
Sept 21st, 1863,
Near Ringgold, GA, Of A
Wound Received In The
Battle Of Chickamauga.
Aged 31 Years, 11 Months
And 14 Days

14 April 2015

Confederate Monument and Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia (Tombstone Tuesday)

3,000 Confederate dead representing every southern state are buried in the Confederate Cemetery at Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. The cemetery was first established for soldiers killed in an 1863 railroad collision that occurred north of Marietta. It grew to hold the remains of soldiers from nearby battlefields. Some were even collected after the war ended. [Source: historical and information markers at cemetery.]

A monument to these Confederate dead was dedicated in July of 1908. Lucian Lamar Knight in Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends (pub. 1914) states:
"Fourteen little girls, representing various States whose soldiers were sleeping in the sacred area around the monument unveiled the shaft and revealed the finished work of the artist, while the great throng gazed upon the scene in mute admiration."

The south side of the monument bears this inscription, in raised letters:

"To Our Confederate Dead. Erected and Dedicated, By Kennesaw Chapter, United Daughters Of The Confederacy, Marietta, Georgia, 1908."

The side opposite shows an unfurled Confederate flag with the following:

"For though conquered, they adore it,
Love the cold dead hands that bore it."

The west side:

"To Our Cobb County Soldiers, who so nobly illustrated Georgia on many a hard won field; to those who died for a sacred cause, and to those who lived to win a nobler victory in time of peace."

Finally, the east:

"To the 3,000 Soldiers in the Cemetery, from every Southern States, who fell on Georgia soil, in defense of Georgia Homes. They sleep the sleep of our noble slain; defeated, yet without a stain, proudly and peacefully."

27 March 2015

Eli Warren: of Sound Sense and Patriotism (This Time It's Personal)

[Originally posted at the Your Peachy Past blog.]

About a week ago, we began a walking tour of Perry, a town in Houston County, Georgia. It took us a little over an hour to visit just under 30 "significant sites". We have many more to go, and definitely plan to finish the tour.

One of the sites we had the pleasure to see was a house built for Eli Warren (b. 1801). It dates prior to 1870, and several window panes still with the home today bear dates of 1893 and 1894.

The brochure I have to accompany the tour states: "General Warren sat in two constitutional conventions of Georgia, in both of which also sat his only son, and in one of which also his son-in-law, Colonel Goode; a coincidence never equaled in the history of this State."

Eli Warren died 14 February 1882 and rests in Evergreen Cemetery, about five blocks from his former home at 906 Evergreen Street. I visited his grave site about four years ago.

And here's an obituary from the 15 February 1882 Atlanta Constitution:
General Eli Warren

His Sudden Death Yesterday from Heart Disease

A special dispatch to "The Constitution" states that General Eli Warren died suddenly at his home in Perry at 12 o'clock yesterday of heart disease.

General Warren was one of the oldest of the living prominent men in Georgia, being eighty-two years of age. He was perhaps during his lifetime more continually identified with public matters in Georgia than any other man in the state. Although more than four score years of age, his interest in public matters continued up, we might say, to the day of his death. As a lawyer and as a planter, as a legislator, as a member of conventions and as a party leader no man has been more honest, and no man's acts have been marked by more strong, sound sense and patriotism than those of General Warren. His acts as a member of the constitutional convention of 1877 bear out the statement that the last years of his life witnessed a clearness of mind and soundness of judgement rarely found in one of his age. He has been the friend, acquaintance and contemporary of every distinguished public man in Georgia for the last half a century and has been personally respected by them all. He has enjoyed their confidence as well as the confidence of the people. He was known as a man who took great interest in agriculture, indentifying himself with the interests of the farmers. While he was not what we would call a finished orator, he was an unusually strong writer and a man who always expressed his opinions fearlessly and openly upon all questions. He was one of the few men that we have had in Georgia who dared to face public criticism and adverse public opinion. He was never afraid to express his sentiments and act by his judgement.

He leaves two children that we remember -- a son, Mr. Josiah L. Warren, of Savannah, and a daughter, who married Judge Grice, at one time of the Macon judicial circuit. Mr. Warren, of Savannah, is a man of about 45 years of age and inherits the independence and ability of his father together with his turn for political management.

In the death of Judge Warren Georgia loses a noble man whose service in the forming of her fundamental law was the fitting conclusion of a long life of usefulness and honor.
Eli Warren
Born Feb 27, 1801
Died Feb 14, 1882

Honored and Useful in Life,
And Peaceful in Death.
His Children Rise Up and
Call Him Blessed.

I'm actually connected to General Eli Warren. He was an uncle of the husband (Silas Scarborough) of the sister-in-law (Martha Jackson) of my 2nd great grand uncle, William Peavy.

26 March 2015

Major Ferdinand Phinizy, from Italy to Georgia

In Memory Of
Major Ferdinand Phinizy
Who Died October 19th, 1818
In The 57th Year Of His Age
He Was A Native Of Parma
In Italy, But In Early Life
Became A Citizen Of
The United States
He Shared In The Struggles,
Advocated The Rights,
And Was A Firm Friend
To The Independence Of
His Adopted Country.


Sacred To The Memory Of
Mrs. Margaret Phinizy
Wife Of
Maj. Ferdinand Phinizy
Who, Having Adorned The
Doctrine Of God Her Saviour
By A Life Of Exemplary
Piety And Usefulness,
Was Called To The Enjoyment
Of The Blessed Above On The
22nd Day Of August 1815,
Aged 55 Years

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Photo © 20013-2015 S. Lincecum

25 March 2015

Alexander McLaws, Shipwrecked Immigrant

Interesting story told in stone:

His Daughter
Hath placed this stone
over the body
Alexander McLaws

While on a voyage from Santo Domingo to his home
in Scotland, he and his family were shipwrecked
off the coast of Georgia, near Darien. After this
unfortunate experience, he decided to settle in America,
so Augusta was selected as their home, as it was
far away from the sea. This was about 1783.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Photo © 2013-2015 S. Lincecum

24 March 2015

Mr. Felix McKinne (Tombstone Tuesday)

Always try to point out when a stone is in a different location than a researcher might expect:

To the Memory
Mr. Felix McKinne
who departed this life
at Savannah
the 30th day of
December 1813
in the 39th year
of his age
from whence
his remains were
removed and
here deposited.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

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