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Stetson and Sanford Families, Part III: Obituary for Daniel Stetson Sanford (1868-1924)

Daniel Stetson Sanford was a son of Daniel Benjamin Sanford and Elizabeth C. "Lizzie" Stetson. His lengthy obituary also necessitates a separate post. Daniel died 6 October 1924 at Wesley Memorial Hospital (name changed to Emory University Hospital mid-1930s) in DeKalb County, Georgia. Cause of death was Myocardial insufficiency; Edema of lungs. Daniel's widow was Annie L. Robinson Sanford (1872-1954). Both were buried in the family lot at Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia.


Obituary from 8 October 1924 Union Recorder (Milledgeville, Georgia) -
JUDGE SANFORD DIED IN ATLANTA

One of Milledgeville's Best Known Citizens Buried Tuesday Afternoon. Large Crowd Pays Last Sad Tribute of Respect.


A gloom was thrown over the city early Monday morning, October 6th, by the announcement that Judge D. S. Sanford, had died at the Wesley Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he had gone about two weeks ago for treatment.

Judge Sanford had been in failing heal…
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Stetson and Sanford Families, Part II: Daniel Benjamin Sanford (1839-1912)

Continuing on with a profile of members of the Stetson and Sanford families buried in Memory Hill Cemetery at Milledgeville, Georgia -- Daniel Benjamin Sanford gets a post all to himself. His life, and six years later his death, was discussed in two publications. First up is Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons Arranged in Cyclopedic Form edited by Allen D. Candler and Clement A. Evans (Atlanta, State Historical Association, 1906).
Sanford, Daniel B., may well be entitled the Nestor of the bar of Baldwin county, since he has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Milledgeville for two score of years, and for eighteen consecutive years he presided on the bench of the court of ordinary of the county. He was captain of a company in a Georgia regiment of the Confederate service in the Civil war, in which he made a gallant record, and has been a citizen of prominence and influence in his county, having marked professional prestige and…

Stetson and Sanford Families in Lot 22 at Memory Hill Cemetery, Part I

On the image below, I have labeled gravestones for eleven members of the Stetson and Sanford families. This family plot (no. 22) is located in section D of the east side of Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia.


The elder parents of the group are Daniel B. and Edith Dean Stetson. According to his gravestone, Daniel "departed this life Feb 24th, 1865; aged 54 years, 10 mo's & 6 days." And per his death notice, Daniel was "an old and highly esteemed merchant and also a leading and influential member of the Baptist church."

Edith was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on 29 February 1811; and died in Milledgeville on 30 October 1883. A portion of her epitaph reads, "After bearing patiently her full share of the burdens of life & doing her duty faithfully with a christian spirit, God called her home to rest." An obituary from the 6 November 1883 Union and Recorder (Milledgeville, GA):
DIED. -- Mrs. Edith Stetson, widow of the late…

Vertitia Massey was an Earnest, Active, Wise Christian Worker

Today's obituary comes with a bit of a tip. Don't think your search will surely be fruitless if you scour newspapers for an obituary well after a death date. I always, always look for at least a full month after the death date, and here's an example of an obituary published almost five months after the fact. Her name was Vertitia Massey, and she was laid to rest in Memory Hill Cemetery at Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia.

Union Recorder (Milledgeville, Georgia)
8 August 1899 - pg. 7 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
OBITUARY.
MASSEY. -- Mrs. W. A. Massey, nee Miss Vertitia F. Harrell, was born August 8, 1856, in Milledgeville, Ga., joined the Methodist Church 1874, under the ministry of Rev. A. J. Jarrell; married W. A. Massey Nov. 24, 1880, and died triumphantly March 23, 1899. In many respects sister Massey was a remarkable woman. For twenty-five years she was not only a member of the church, but an earnest, active, wise, Christian worker, in the vineyard of the Lord…

Col. John M. Brown was a Warm Hearted Southern Man

On the day Col. John M. Brown died -- 26 July 1864 -- the following was published in Milledgeville, Georgia's Confederate Union:
WOUNDED.
Lieut. Col. John M. Brown of the State Troops, was wounded in the battle of Peachtree Creek whilst leading his regiment. He is brother to the Governor and is now at the Executive Mansion, and not expected to live.It's likely that several days passed before people farther from Milledgeville learned of the death of this brother of the Georgia governor.

Daily Constitutionalist (Augusta, Georgia)
Sunday, 7 August 1864 - pg. 1 [via GenealogyBank]
DEATH OF LT. COL. BROWN. -- In the battle near Atlanta on 22d ult., Lieut. Col. John M. Brown was severely wounded, and was brought to the Executive Mansion in this city, where he died on Monday. This is the second brother which the Governor of Georgia has lost in the present war.

We learn that Col. Brown was about twenty-five years of age, and was a gallant officer. He had been wounded at Resaca, and thoug…

Distressing Fatalities in the Family of Samuel Walker

Samuel Walker was born in Putnam County, Georgia on 4 September 1835. Nine days after his 61st birthday, Samuel had a "stroke of apoplexy," and doctors labeled him "critically ill." Two days later, Samuel was dead. He died in Milledgeville, GA on 15 September 1896 and was buried in Memory Hill Cemetery.


Another gravestone in the same lot stands as a reminder to what I am sure was a particularly bad year for Samuel. The year was 1873 and in the span of one week, Samuel lost a son, a wife, and a niece to sickness. The tragedy was noted in local newspapers.

Macon Weekly Telegraph (Georgia)
Tuesday, 11 February 1873 - pg. 4 [via GenealogyBank]
Note: this paper cited Milledgeville's Federal Union.
DISTRESSING FATALITY. -- We mentioned in our last issue that Joel Walker, son of Samuel Walker, died on Monday night of last week, of meningetis [sic] contracted at Mercer College. On Wednesday, Alice Dillard, a niece of Mrs. Walker, a lovely girl of about twelve years of ag…

Death of Capt. John Martin Edwards (1906)

Capt. Edwards was laid to rest in Memory Hill Cemetery at Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia. His wife, at least two children, and at least one brother are in the same lot (East Side, Section E, Lot 12).

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Thursday, 22 November 1906 - pg. 6 [via GenealogyBank]
Death of Capt. John M. Edwards.
ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 21. -- Capt. John M. Edwards, of Milledgeville, one of the best known men in that section of the State died in a private sanitarium in Atlanta yesterday. He came to Atlanta four years ago to undergo an operation.

He was a veteran of the war and served throughout the conflict gallantly in the Confederate army and won distinction, fighting through the siege of Vicksburg.

He was especially prominent in Baldwin County politics and for years served in the county as treasurer. Captain Edwards was also prominent in secret order circles and was a member of the Masons, Knights Templar and Mystic Shrine.

Capt. Edwards was 67 years of age, and is survived by a wif…


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