25 November 2015

Druggist Oscar Horne Shoots Self to Death

Oscar C. Horne graduated from the Maryland College of Pharmacy in May of 1899. About nine years later, it seems he found life too hard to handle.

Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)
7 January 1908, page 4

Found Dying Behind Counter With Bullet Through Heart.

Special to The Chronicle.
Savannah, Ga., Jan. 6 -- Oscar C. Horne, a druggist, was found dead this morning behind his counter in his drug store at Bull and Thirty-ninth streets. A revolver lay on the floor beside him, with one chamber empty, the bullet from which had gone through his heart.

Druggist John Schwaib made the discovery, having gone to the drug store on business. When no one responded to his rapping on the counter he investigated and found the body.

Horne's negro porter came in within a few minutes and said he had left Mr. Horne a short time before to go out on an errand, and that the druggist had then appeared thoroughly rational and cheerful.

A pencilled note lay on the counter addressed to J. R. Horne, Pinehurst, Ga., the father of the druggist.

Horne was tonight to have been installed as prelate of the Forest City Lodge Knights of Pythias, of which he was past chancellor.
He was a kind and loving son
and affectionate brother.

Though lost to sight to memory dear.
A link that binds us to Heaven.

Pinehurst City Cemetery
Dooly County, Georgia

P.S. If you're like me, and had no clue what a prelate was, here's a basic definition from Google: "a bishop or other high ecclesiastical dignitary." The word is considered to be formal and historical.

24 November 2015

Marsh B. Wood (Tombstone Tuesday)

I like his name!

Marsh was born 17 March 1883 to Henry D. and Martha L. Wood. When Marsh was 17 years old, the family was living in Dooly County, Georgia. About 1905 Marsh married Bessie, and by 1910 they were living in Montgomery, Alabama. Marsh was working as a street car conductor at the time. When Marsh registered for the draft in 1918, he and Bessie were in Lafayette County, Florida. A couple of years later (January 1920) would find Marsh and Bessie in Clinch County, Georgia, where Marsh was a sawyer in a shingle mill.

Five months after that, Marsh was dead.

God's hand touched him and he slept.

(Pinehurst City Cemetery, Dooly County, Georgia)

What the heck happened? Was there an accident at the mill? Did Marsh get sick? I sure would like to know. Anybody?

BTW - Marsh was brother (and brother-in-law) to Henry A. and Laura Hendley Wood.

23 November 2015

Henry and Laura Wood Were Faithful to Every Duty (Today's Epitaph)

Unless the phrase is simply "At Rest", I don't often see two individuals buried side-by-side with the same epitaph. (Though I suppose it's probably not that uncommon.) I found this to be true, however, with Henry Arthur Wood and his wife Laura E. Hendley. They rest at Pinehurst City Cemetery in Dooly County, Georgia.  And both were "faithful to every duty."

Henry Arthur Wood (1880-1935) and wife Laura E. Hendley Wood (1882-1970).
Faithful to Every Duty.

Photo © 2011-2015 S. Lincecum.

An 1894 Sunday School Helper says, "Faithful to duty is one way of honoring him who gives you a duty to do." Henry and Laura honored God by doing the best they could with their lives.

I'm sure the lives of the Wood family were turned upside down with the passing of Henry. Here's an excerpt from his obituary printed in the 30 March 1935 Macon Telegraph (Georgia), page 4:
Mr. Wood succumbed to injuries suffered Sunday afternoon in an automobile accident near Perry. He was accompanied by Mrs. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Walter V. Forehand of this place. A passing car craashed into Wood's automobile. Mr. Wood was one of the outstanding citizens of Dooly county.

20 November 2015

Mary Wright's Untimely Urn

Beneath this stone reposes all
that was mortal
~ of ~
Daughter of
Mary & Dr. Wm Savage
And wife of
Col. A. R. Wright,
Born Dec'r 28th, 1825
Married April 26th, 1843
Died June 23rd, 1854

A Christian Woman
is the highest best gift of God to earth
and here lies one of its
highest exemplifications! Christianity was with
her a sentiment deeply inwoven in all
her thoughts, feelings and affections.
Kind and benevolent, unexacting
and charitable, brilliant but
humble --- Vigorous in intellect,
sweet and lovely in person, meek and
gentle in disposition --- her life and
character have left their impress
indelibly fixed in the hearts of those whose
wise counsellor and devoted partner she was
throught all the vicissitudes of an eventful
though brief career.  Though married when
young, ardent and hopeful in the midday
splendor of youthful hopes and aspirations.
She entered upon her domestic duties
an energy and devotion which could feel
no decline:  and by the purity and vigor
of her own character she won from the
most slavish passions, him whose welfare
was her highest happiness, and
whose character was her own handiwork.
Her earthly missions
accomplished --- she laid down
her Cross, Took up her
Crown, and now
sweetly rests in the
bosom of her Savior.

If all the charities which life endear,
May claim affection, or demand a tear,
Then o'er Mary's untimely urn,
Domestic love may weep, and friendship mourn.

Revolutionary War Cemetery
Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia

19 November 2015

William Walker: Georgia Revolutionary Soldier

William Walker (son of Joel Walker, Rev. Sol., and his wife Judith ---), b. Buckingham Co., Va., 1762; d. Jefferson Co., Ga., 1818. Private in Ga. Militia, under Major Gen. John Twiggs. Served as scout. Mar., Jefferson Co., Ga., Elizabeth Bostic (1770-1835) (dau. of Nathan Bostic (or Bostwick), b. Suffolk Co., Va., 1746; d. Jefferson Co., Ga., 1818; received bounty grant of land for service as private in Ga. Militia. Mar. Martha Gwinn, b. 1750). [Source: Ancestry.com. Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia Vol. 1 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.]

The dates don't quite jive, but there is a Nathan Bostwick resting "two graves over" from William Walker, Sr.

18 November 2015

Children of Owen and Bdelia McDermott (Wednesday's Child x 13)

A single monument in the Revolutionary War Cemetery at Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia stands for the memories of thirteen children born to Owen and Bdelia McDermott. Owen was born in County Sligo, Ireland 9 March 1806 and died 27 January 1877. Owen's wife Bdelia lived less than a decade more. Of those memorialized, and I probably have some of these dates wrong since they were difficult to read, it appears only a few made it to adulthood.

Born Novr 1827
Died Augt 1829

Mary Ann
Born May 1829
Died Sept 1832

Born Novr 4th 1830
Died Sept 1834

Born May 10th 1831
Died Sept 3rd 1839

Born Augt 4th 1833
Died Sept 4th 1839

Born Augt 1835
Died Novr 1839

Born May 9th 1837
Died Novr 1844

Born May 14th 1839
Died Novr 1855

Born July 1841
Died Jany 1844

Born May 9th 1843
Died Mch 14th 1873 [1878?]

Born Augt 20th 1845
Died Augt 22nd 1863 [1862?]

Louisa Martha
Born Feby 22nd 1847
Died July 28th 1868 [1862?]

Born Mch 25th 1849
Died Augt 7th 1862

17 November 2015

Joseph Mayrank Jones (Tombstone Tuesday)

Sacred to the memory of
son of Joseph Jones
of Liberty county, Georgia
who died on the 5th January 1831
near Louisville
on his way home
from the Legislature
in which body
he represented his native
county three years,
aged 26 years & 8 months.

This tribute
to departed worth as dedicated
by paternal affection
to one who by his amiable deportment
and many virtues
justly merited the warm affection
of his
numerous relatives and friends.

Farewell dear youth, a long & fond adieu
A father's tears, thy early tomb bedew.

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