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Green Whiddon Duggan (d. 1921) - Death Certificate, Obituary, & Tombstone

Green Whiddon Duggan was born August 1862 at Washington County, Georgia to John Corlie Duggan and Francis E. Gheesling. Green married Ella L. Dunham at Washington County on 20 November 1892, but I haven't found any children attributed to them.Green was usually occupied as a farmer. In the early months of 1921, he contracted Typhoid Fever and was dead before Spring.Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Friday, 18 March 1921 - pg. 11 [via GenealogyBank]DEATHS AND FUNERALSGREENE W. DUGGAN
Greene  W. Duggan  of Washington county died at his home near Warthen, Ga., after a brief illness of typhoid fever. He was 58 years of age.Besides his wife, he is survived by one brother, J. C. Duggan of Warthen, and three sisters, Mrs. J. E. Fulghum of Macon, Mrs. E. J. Forrester, and Miss Alice Duggan of Sparta.Mr. Duggan was one of Washington county's most prominent citizens. The funeral will take place Friday morning from the Baptist church at Warthen, of which he was a deacon.He Trusted In Christ, There…
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The Redfern Family and Cylindrical Grave Pots

I still sometimes get surprised by what trying to tell tales of tombstones can uncover. Yesterday, I was interested in John Redfiern (or Redfearn, and later Redfern) of Washington County, Georgia mainly for the way he pronounced and spelled his surname. Then I discovered – thanks to Joy Smith and her public family tree – this nugget from Washington County, Georgia Tombstone Inscriptions (pub. 1967) compiled by Elizabeth Pritchard Newsom. It was under the heading of "A Strange Headmarker."The second was a strange but enduring object used as a headstone to mark a grave. It was a glazed piece of turned clay pottery shaped like a bell jar, about sixteen to eighteen inches tall and nine to ten inches in diameter at the base. Near the base the sides flared into a slight lip or flange, and this, covered with earth, gave it great stability. The domed top offered the greatest possible resistance to breakage from falling trees and limbs which damage many slabs and monuments. The botto…

From Redfiern & Redfearn to Redfern

I did a bit of a double-take while photographing a few tombstones at the Bethlehem Baptist Church graveyard in Warthen, Washington County, Georgia. I've only seen the "usual" spelling of REDFERN. Was this a mistake?John Redfiern was born 17 August 1827, likely in North Carolina, to Branson and Emeline "Milly" Redfearn. John married Mary P. Baker before 1860, and the couple had at least three children:Minerva (b. abt Sept 1859)John Robert (b. abt 1861-1862)Martha "Mattie" (b. abt 1862-1868)I found John and family in census records for 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1910. In three of the four takings, the surname was spelled Redfear/n. This might be a testament to how the family pronounced their name. 1910 was the only instance of the four where the spelling was Redfern.John died after the taking of the 1910 census, in the month of September. His tombstone noted him to be "A good citizen, patriotic soldier and consistent friend." (John served with the …

Lozier Lot at Bethlehem Baptist Graveyard

In March 2010, almost nine years ago, we went camping at Hamburg State Park near Warthen in Washington County, Georgia. It's a beautiful little place on Hamburg Lake, which is fed by the Little Ogeechee River. On our last morning there, I tried to get up with the sun and have my own amateur photo shoot. Here's an image I like from that early rise.After we left the park, we stopped by the Bethlehem Baptist Church Graveyard for a look-see. I have family from the Washington County area, so am always on the lookout for kin in the local cemeteries. I distinctly remember being rushed on that morning since my companion – having just dismantled the campsite and loaded the car – wasn't in the mood for one of my cemetery jaunts. (God bless him, he's been on several.) I was able to hurriedly snap a few photos, though.According to, "Bethlehem Baptist Church (circa 1790) is the oldest baptist church, perhaps the oldest existing church of any denomination, i…

Mr. and Mrs. David P. Bass Dead

A tombstone shared yesterday – the one that stands to honor the memory of Anna Bass Harvey – also memorializes her parents, David P. and Sarah Bass.  An obituary each for David and Sarah follows.North Georgia Citizen (Dalton, GA)
15 August 1895 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]MR. BASS DEAD.One of Dalton's Best Men Gone to his Reward.The sweet influence of no man in Dalton was more felt than that of Rev. D. P. Bass.  His death last Thursday was a sad blow to Dalton in every sense of the word.  It is superfluous to multiply words in commendation of him.  No class in Dalton or Whitfield county but will miss him and [to] know him was to love him.  He was suddenly stricken down and rapidly desolution [sic] took place in the body mortal but the spirit of the man and christian accompanied by the myriods [sic] of angels hastened to his home where the blessed "Peace, Peace, Peace" was found awaiting him that he so long sought and in his last breath cried out for.  We sin…

The Death and Burial of Mrs. Anna Bass Harvey and Her Husband Henry

Anna Bass, wife of Henry Harvey, was born 1 April 1865.  Upon her death on 29 March 1895, just a few days before her 30th birthday, Mrs. Harvey was laid to rest at West Hill Cemetery in Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia.  The following obituary is from a local newspaper.North Georgia Citizen (Dalton, GA)
4 April 1895 - pg. 2 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]LAID TO REST.The Death and Burial Of Mrs. Henry Harvey.That Mrs. Henry Harvey of Rome should die so young is a cross her relatives would find hard to bear was it not for the promise of our Savior that those dying in him should have everlasting life and to-day she is numbered among the blest in that home not made with hands.  As Miss Anna Bass, she was one of Dalton's lovely flowers, and one who was loved by all who knew her.  Mr. Henry Harvey wooed and won her for his bride six years ago, and with them went the blessings of a world of friends, but the inscrutible wisdom of God and jealous love of the angels for one so fair and …

Georgia Senator Trammell Starr and Whitecapping

Trammell Starr was, by nearly all accounts, a well-respected citizen of North Georgia.  He was a lawyer and held political office, representing Whitfield County beginning in 1894.But there's also this proposed smear that created headlines across the country in the last month of 1894:Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
15 December 1894 - pg. 1 [via GenealogyBank]A LURID TALE.A Witness States, Under Oath, That a Ku Klux Society Flourishes in Georgia at the Present Time.Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 14. – In the trial of the Whitfield county whitecappers in the United States court today, evidence of a highly sensational character was given by one of the witnesses.  The case on trial is that of the United States against C. C. Brown, Berry Turner and W. B. Callahan.  The witness who furnished the sensation was C. F. Ogles, a well known citizen of Tilton.Mr. Ogles…said that in the spring of 1892 he met with a crowd of men in an old barn at Tilton to form an organization for mutual protection.  He had b…

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)