25 July 2014

B. T. Bethune Swam the Chattahoochee River Horseback

Benjamin T. Bethune was born in Milledgeville, Georgia 12 March 1848. At the age of just sixteen years, he enlisted in the Confederate Army at Columbus. About a year after he enlisted, at the time of surrender in April 1864, Benjamin was separated from his company. His commander had sent him out on scout duty to watch the enemy's advance on the city. This information was gleaned from Benjamin's 1910 Confederate pension application.

As I continued reading the application, there was found a neat little tidbit about Benjamin T. Bethune. When asked why he was not with his company at surrender, B. T. supplied the information stated above and added that he was cut off by the enemy. He was then asked, "What effort did you make to return?" The reply was Swam Chattahoochee River Horseback. Wow.

More details were learned about Benjamin's life after the Civil War by reading his obituary. The following was posted in Milledgeville's Union Recorder 31 August 1920, pg. 1 (image of original may be viewed at Georgia Newspapers: Milledgeville) -

This Well Known Citizen Has Gone to His Reward at the Age of Seventy-two Years -- Served in the Confederate Army.

Mr. Benj. T. Bethune passed away at his home Friday evening, after an illness extending through several weeks.

The announcement of the death of Mr. Bethune was received with deep regret by the people of Milledgeville and Baldwin county, for he was held in the highest esteem and confidence as a man and citizen.

The funeral services were held at the residence Saturday afternoon, Dr. J. C. Wilkinson, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. The remains were buried in the city cemetery, the pall bearers being Messrs. A. J. Carr, Geo D. Case, C. E. Green, G. C. McKinley, D. S. Sanford, R. B. Moore and J. D. Howard.

Benj. T. Bethune was born in Milledgeville March 12th, 1848. His boyhood days were spent in Columbus, Ga., and when a mere youth he enlisted in the Confederate Army, and served under Major Pendleton [sic]. He came to Baldwin county when quite a young man.

He became cashier of the Milledgeville Banking Co. soon after its organization and held that position a number of years, giving it up on account of office work not being conducive to his health. He was interested in farming with his brother-in-law, Mr. B. H. Jones.

Mr. Bethune was an honest man, true to his convictions and stood for those things which he believed to be right, his life being controlled by the highest principles. He was well informed, being a close reader and a clear and comprehensive thinker, and was interesting and entertaining in conversation. He was a loyal member of the Baptist Church, and his faith was steadfast and unwavering in the Christian religion.

He was secretary of Camp Doles, U. C. V., and was deeply interested in that organization.

In his death Baldwin county has lost one of its best citizens.

He is survived by Mrs. Bethune, who before her marriage was Miss Josephine Moore, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Moore; four daughters, Mrs. Julian Peacock, of Macon; Miss Julia Bethune and Mrs. J. S. Bone, of this city, and Mrs. Candler Brooks, of Macon; and one son, Mr. Benj. Bethune, Jr., of Macon; and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie B. Jones.

They have the sympathy of friends here and elsewhere throughout the state.
Benjamin T. Bethune rests at Milledgeville's Memory Hill Cemetery.

12 July 2014

Rest Up, Mr. J. J. Tinley (Soldier Saturday)

A few days ago, I received a nice email from Mr. Dennis Roland, providing an obituary for a Find-A-Grave memorial I created almost six years ago for Joshua J. Tinley. I posted it to the memorial, of course, and now here.

In Memory Of My Husband
Joshua J. Tinley
Dec 5, 1841
May 19, 1907
At Rest

Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery
Bibb County, Georgia


Mr. Joshua J. Tinley died at his home in Rutland district Sunday morning at senven [sic] o'clock after an illness of only a few days.

He was one of Bib [sic] County's best known citizens and farmers and was a man of refined gentle manner. He was beloved by the entire community in which he lived. Mr. Tinley was a Confederate veteran and was a gallant soldier, having served throughout the Civil War with the exception of nine months, being a prisoner for that time at Lookout Point, Maryland, until the surrender of the Confederate army. He is survived by his wife and two children, Mrs. P. H. Comas and Mrs. Jno. C. Ellis.

The funeral will take place at his late residence, known as "Rest Up," deriving its name from his numerous friends who always sought his home for a pleasant recuperation, this afternoon at 3 o'clock. He will be buried with Masonic honors by the Rutland Lodge, F. A. M., being a Past Master of that lodge. Interment at Library [sic] Chapel Cemetery.

25 June 2014

James Madison Alden: a Possible Connection and Missed Opportunities

James Bowie was my 2nd cousin (7x removed). You know, the guy who designed the Bowie knife and fell at the Alamo. Well...I think so, anyway. I cannot yet personally prove the relationship, and there is conjecture among family historians of the Lincecum - Bowie connection. To put it plainly, it seems some of the Bowies don't want to claim the Lincecums. I don't know why, really. I guess a famous naturalist is not as cool as a "knife maker". (She said with tongue firmly in cheek.)

The real subject of this post, anyway, is James Madison Alden. He was first married to Charlotte Elizabeth Bowie. That (might!) make him the husband of my 3rd cousin, 6x removed. James led a neat life, at least in his early years. He joined the Navy and began work on the west coast of the United States in 1854, when just 20 years old, as an artist / cartographer for the U.S. Boundary Commission. He spent his days drawing the views before him. Here is one of my favorites, dated 1858:

Fraser's [sic] River Camp

James Madison Alden

Though I know what's "pretty" to me, I'm no art critic. So I'll let Katherine Church Holland of the California Historical Society* eloquently describe the work of James Madison Alden.
James Madison Alden's quick sketches convey the working methods of an artist recording cogent facts about a newly discovered landscape. His finished works attest to the powers of his sense of color, innate appreciation of form and skilled handling of the watercolor medium. Through his eyes, through his strokes, the landscape of the western edge of North America -- vistas of sea and land -- becomes a reality.
Slight enhancement of original by Loretta Castaldi at FindAGrave.
When recently revisiting the life of Mr. Alden, I wondered where was his final resting place. I expected it to be in Florida, since I knew that's where he died in 1922. But, I was wrong. Here's a notice I found in the 22 May 1922 Evening Star newspaper of Washington, DC (via GenealogyBank):
ALDEN, At Orlando, Fla., May 10, 1922, JAMES MADISON ALDEN, late lieutenant, U.S.N., in the 88th year of his age. Interment at Arlington.
Though I'm thrilled with the information, it also elicited a sigh. I've been to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia more than once. Had I known then, I sure would have liked to visit with Lieut. James Madison Alden.

[*The page on the California Historical Society website on which I found Ms. Holland's article, no longer exists. It was titled "Past Exhibitions: James Madison Alden, Watercolors & Drawings", and the address was http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/past_exhibits/james_alden/index.html. You can view it using the Wayback Machine.]

17 June 2014

Julia's Cross (Tombstone Tuesday)

In Memory of
Julia Eveline
Wife of Dr. J. T. Dickinson,
of Albany, GA
Died Aug 6th, 1867
Aged 35 years

Greensboro City Cemetery
Greene County, Georgia

Photo © 2013 S. Lincecum

14 June 2014

Isaac Stocks, Revolutionary War (Soldier Saturday)

Isaac Stocks
Pvt GA Troops
Rev. War

Greensboro City Cemetery
Greene County, Georgia

According to a U.S. Headstone Application for Military Veterans, Isaac's grave site was not marked with the stone pictured above until 1939.

12 June 2014

The One Whose Death was Swallowed Up in Victory

Georgia Baptists was published just two years before the death of Thomas Stocks. A section of the book contains biographies, one of which is devoted to him. It should be called an autobiography, though, since Thomas wrote the piece himself. The bulk of the article is of course devoted to Thomas' connection with the Baptist faith. Here are a couple of snippets chronicling two event dates that made it to his tombstone:
I was born the 1st of February, 1786, in an Indian fort, near my present residence, in Greene county. The Oconee river was then the line between the whites and the Creek Indians, who were so troublesome as frequently to drive the whites into forts...The men worked in squads, a few days on each farm, and had to put out sentinels to protect them from surprise while at work. While most of the men were thus employed, the Indians frequently attacked the forts, but were invariably repulsed, a few prudent men and the women defending them successfully...This state of things continued until the lands lying between the Oconee and Apalachee rivers were ceded to the United States government...

...In 1826, I was convicted of sin, under Jack Lumpkin's preaching. My wife had been a member of the church several years. After passing through many and sore conflicts, it pleased God to reveal His son in me as my Saviour. No one who has never experienced that feeling can ever be made fully to understand it, but he that has felt it in his heart knows that it is God's work, and not man's...
Thomas Stocks died 6 October 1876. His tombstone in Greensboro City Cemetery glaringly reflects the life he had on earth: The open book (presumably the Bible) atop what could be a pulpit. The bundle of wheat and sickle could have a couple of meanings. One that is readily applicable to Thomas is the sign of a long and fruitful life. He was 90+ years old when he died. Another is a representation of the Christian harvest, when God separates the good from the bad. (Maybe a tad over-simplistic? Here's an explanation from Wikipedia.)

Thomas Stocks
Born Feb 1st, 1786
United with the Baptist Church 1828
Died Oct 6th, 1876

"He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith." Acts 11:24

When Thomas died, a short (and pretty cool) blurb was printed on page 2 of the 11 October 1876 Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) newspaper [via GenealogyBank] --
Hon. THOMAS STOCKS, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Greene county, is dead. He was ninety-two years old at the time of his death, and had consequently lived during the entire Federal Administration of affairs -- from Washington down to Grant.
The back of Thomas' tombstone reads:

"When this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then will be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory."

11 June 2014

Annie Derry Jones (Wednesday's Child)

Annie Derry
Infant Daughter of E. D. & M. K. Jones
Born June 14, 1889
Died July 18, 1890

"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

~ Greensboro City Cemetery in Greene County, Georgia

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