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Susan Margaret Dawsey Love's Symbol of a Good Samaritan

Susan M. Dawsey, Spinster, married Henry Love 11 November 1847 -- about five weeks before her eighteenth birthday -- in Chatham County, Georgia. Upon Susan's death in 1875, she was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Houston (now Peach) County, GA. This final resting place may seem odd since the couple seemed to spend the majority of life together farther south. For the 1850 and 1860 censuses, Henry and Susan were counted in Effingham County, GA. In 1870, they were in Glynn County.
The Fort Valley connection coincides with the American Civil War. In August 1863, Georgia Governor Joe Brown appointed Henry Love captain of the Fort Valley Cavalry. This unit was organized for local defense, and Henry's stint was scheduled to last six months.
Houston County, GA is also where Mr. and Mrs. Love's daughter Laura (1851-1890) married Robert Braswell (1847-1920) in 1866. He was a son of Sarah Ann Mims and William Braswell. [Another child of Henry and Susan was Olin P. Love.]
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Little Lollie Love and Her Daddy Olin

Lollie, Mary, and Olin Love are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Peach County, Georgia. Olin was a son of Dr. Henry Troup Love (1825-1897), who also rests in Oaklawn.

Savannah Morning News (Georgia) Friday, 26 July 1901 - pg. 9 LITTLE LOLLIE LOVE DEAD.
Will Be Laid to Rest To-Day at Fort Valley Beside Her Father. Mrs. O. P. Love had the misfortune to lose her youngest daughter, Lollie, shortly after midnight yesterday morning. The little one was just 22 months old and had suffered greatly for several weeks with typho-malaria. She was a bright and promising child and had already won many friends. Mrs. Love left last night for Fort Valley with the body, where it will be laid to rest to-day beside that of the husband and father, Olin P. Love, whose death just six weeks ago is still remembered. Mrs. Love and her family have the sympathy of many friends in their affliction. Savannah Morning News (Georgia) Friday, 7 June 1901 FORMER SAVANNAHIAN DEAD.
Mr. Olin P. Love Died in Miami After a …

Bradford Houser was Murdered in 1914. Was His Case Ever Solved?

If it was, I haven't recovered the final verdict. Which makes me wonder, did someone get away with murder?
Bradford Houser, born 31 May 1893, was a son of Emmett Houser (1868-1932) and Mary Mathews (1869-1929). For the 1910 US Federal census, the family was in Fort Valley, Houston County, Georgia. [Note: Fort Valley became part of Peach County when the latter was formed in 1924.]
Following is a series of news articles I did find regarding the killing of Bradford Houser in the fall of 1914.
Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) Saturday, 7 November 1914 - pg. 1 Emmet Houser's Son Found Murdered, Fort Valley
Macon, Ga., Nov. 6. -- Bradford Houser, 23 years old, son of Emmett Houser, well-known newspaper man and manager for Hon. Thomas M. Felder in the last senatorial campaign, was found murdered at Fort Valley late tonight.
Young Houser had been attending a carnival that was in progress at Fort Valley, thirty miles from here. He was not missed by the merry-makers, however, and it was mere accide…

James A. Everett: Houston County's First White Settler and the Father of Fort Valley

James Abbington Everett and second wife Mary Beaufort Greene were, upon their deaths, buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Georgia. Though the county the cemetery is in is now called Peach, it was called Houston at the time of death for James (1848) and Mary (1852).


According to a biographical sketch submitted by Eddie Clark in The Heritage of Houston County, GA: 1821-2001, "No history of either Houston County or Peach County[,] Georgia could be complete without remembering James Abbington Everett...Historical accounts hold that [he] was both Houston County's first white settler and the Father of Fort Valley." The sketch continues as follows:
Mr. Everett's earlier life was spent in the pursuit of worldly wealth. He was known as an intelligent person who could spot opportunities and capitalize on them. At an early age of just 22 years, James Everett left his NC home and ventured into the North Georgia wilderness as an Indian trader.

...In 1818, James became a sol…

Henderson Walker and Lula Watson English at Magnolia Park Cemetery

Henderson Walker "Henry" English, born 13 May 1860, was a son of Irvin and Joanna Howell English. Henry was married first to Eva Brantley in 1889, and this union produced three sons: Havis, Fenton, and Ray/Roy. About six years later, on 25 September 1895 in Houston County, Georgia, Henry married Lula Watson. She was born 26 April 1873, a daughter of Richmond H. and Fannie C. White Watson.

Henry and Lula had three children: Fannie, Maud, and Irving Brown. Their son, who was orphaned about age five, was the only child from that union to survive to adulthood. Henry died 16 December 1903, and Lula died 25 January 1907. Both were buried in Magnolia Park Cemetery at Warner Robins, Houston County, Georgia. At the time of their deaths, however, the burial sites were in Watson Cemetery at Wellston, GA. (Wellston became Warner Robins in 1942, and Watson Cemetery became Magnolia Park in 1949.)

Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
24 December 1903 - pg. 6 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers

An Additional Sorrow: Death of Mrs. Sarah Margaret Baskin Holmes Clark (1836-1892)

Born in 1836.
Baptized in 1846.
Married first in 1855.
Birthed a daughter in 1858.
Widowed in 1863.
Married another in 1867.
Buried daughter and father in 1873.
Died in 1892.

Sarah Margaret Baskin was one of at least seven daughters born to Robert Wellborn Baskin (1803-1873) and Temperance Mariah Hargrove (d. 1847). Not mentioned in Sarah's obituary (transcribed below) was she was first married to Lieut. William H. Holmes. He died of pneumonia at Richmond, Virginia while soldiering during the Civil War.

Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
4 February 1892 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
DEATH OF MRS. S. M. CLARK.

Again Perry suffers from an additional burden of sorrow. Last Friday night Mrs. Sarah Margaret Clark, wife of Mr. J. W. Clark, died in Perry at the residence of Mr. T. M. Killen, where she and her husband were boarding.

For many years Mrs. Clark had been in feeble health, and about six years ago she approached very near unto death, and it was proclaimed that cons…

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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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)