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Mother and Son Puckett at Alta Vista Cemetery. And a Definition for Locomotor Ataxia.

A small family plot in Alta Vista Cemetery at Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia holds the remains of a mother and son. Mary Francis Crawford Puckett (1828-1912) and son Lester Durant Puckett (1855-1908) hailed from South Carolina, but found their way to Gainesville about the 1870s. I suspect this was after the death of husband and father Puckett.

A set of books tops the Puckett family stone, which sits between smaller headstones for mother and son. A closed book often represents a completed life. This set of books, however, could be a nod to Lester's career path: he taught school and studied law. Obituaries for Mary and Lester follow.

Gainesville News (Georgia)
24 July 1912 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mrs. Puckett Dead.
After an illness of more than a year, Mrs. Mary Francis Puckett died at her home at Sycamore street and Brenau avenue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. She was eighty-three years of age and had been confined to her bed for a year or more on account of an accident …
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Mr. Walter E. Hosch was a Genius, and His Father Helped Pioneer the Georgia City Named Hoschton

The Hosch family plot at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia has been profiled in this space before. All because of the sphere. It's a symbol of the never-ending circle of life, eternity, and totality. This post provides obituaries for Walter E. Hosch and his father William, both buried in the lot.

Gainesville News (Georgia)
1 May 1918 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mr. Walter E. Hosch died at St. Luke's hospital in St. Louis last Wednesday at 8.32 p.m. after an illness of nine days. He was operated on April 15th for acute indigestion and never survived, although it was hoped up to Wednesday afternoon that he would rally. He was given every attention, and all that was possible was done to save his life.

Mr. Hosch was born at Flowery Branch May 10, 1880, and was therefore thirty-eight years of age. He was married in Jackson, Ga., on October 23, 1907, to Miss Annie Mae Thornton, and she and three little girls survive the…

Amanda M. Banks was a Lady of Modesty and Refinement

Per her tombstone in Forsyth Cemetery at Monroe County, Georgia, Amanda was born 22 February 1825. She died at the age of 27 years, 3 months, and 3 days. A striking line inscribed on her stone is, "Life's no pleasure to me." These same words are found in the Scottish ballad, "Young Aikin."
O let him take frae me my head,
Or hang me on a tree;
For since I've lost my dear lady,
Life's no pleasure to me.
An obituary follows. It mainly speaks to Amanda's "Christian spirit."

Macon Weekly Telegraph (Georgia)
Tuesday, 22 June 1852 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]
On the 25th May, aged about 27 years, Mrs. AMANDA M. BANKS, wife of Joseph R. Banks of Pike, and daughter of A. and N. Davis of Monroe county, Ga. Although she never made an open and public profession of an experimental faith in Christ, such was her Christian spirit, her godly conversation and upright walk, that no one could distinguish her from the most devoted member of the Church. She w…

Death of Allen Cochran, Jr. (1859)

Allen Cochran, Jr. was born 29th June 1832 and died 21st October 1859. Per the 1860 Monroe County, Georgia, U.S. Federal census mortality schedule, Mr. Cochran's death was due to consumption. This malady was also known as Tuberculosis.

The death of Allen Cochran, Jr. was front-page news:

Weekly Georgia Telegraph (Macon, GA)
1 November 1859 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Death of Allen Cochran.
Again it becomes our melancholy task to record the death of one of our most esteemed and valuable citizens -- one whose social qualities endeared him to all who enjoyed his acquaintance. Kind, affable and generous, were the loading [sic] qualities of his disposition, and as a friend, his heart was always full of warm and sincere affection. As he trod the difficult and devious paths of life, it was his good fortune to keep his robes unsoiled by the vile corruption which polutes [sic] those ways. The history of the life of a deceased friend may convey a useful lesson to the living. Th…

Obituary of William J. Thomas (d. 1865) and a Bit of Freemasonry Symbolism

The first line of William's obituary was also inscribed on his gravestone.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Sunday, 24 September 1865 - pg. 2 [via GenealogyBank]
Obituary of W. J. Thomas.
WILLIAM J. THOMAS was born in Monroe county, Ga., August 4th, 1835, and died in Macon, Ga., August 26th, 1865, having just completed his 30th year.

He graduated at the Military Institute, Marietta, Ga.; was considered an excellent scholar, and always conducted himself with decorum and dignity. He was married Dec. 20th, 1860, to Miss Julia Wright. He was a very affectionate husband and kind father. It may truly be said that he idolized his wife and little son, and it was his constant endeavor to furnish every comfort and luxury which could render life desirable and happy. He was sick but a short time, being violently attacked at 3 o'clock, A.M., and died at 8, P.M.

Our deceased friend never made a public profession of religion, but some who knew him well entertain the hope that he had experienced a cha…

Dr. Shaler Granby Hillyer Is Dead

Per his gravestone in Forsyth Cemetery at Monroe County, Georgia, Rev. Shaler Granby Hillyer, D.D. was ordained into the Baptist ministry in 1835. He continued to preach until just weeks before his death on 19 February 1900. Obituary and life sketch follows.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Tuesday, 20 February 1900 - pg. 2 [via GenealogyBank]


Was for Sixty-Eight Years a Preacher of the Baptist Church -- Filled a High Place in Georgia in Religious Work.

ATLANTA, Feb. 19. -- The death of Rev. Shaler Granby Hillyer, which was not unexpected, occurred today at noon at the residence of his son-in-law, Dr. J. N. Jones, on South Pryor street. Sunday morning he was seized with an attack of paralysis, from which he never recovered. His advanced age, he being 91, made the attack particularly severe upon him. Up to the time time [sic] that he was stricken his mental faculties were as active as ever. Recently he has devoted a good de…

Auto vs. Motorcycle Crash Kills Joseph D. Pritchett in 1940

Joseph Daniel Pritchett was born 9 September 1917 at Juliette, Monroe County, Georgia. A week before his 23rd birthday, Joseph was killed. His skull was fractured in a motorcycle accident.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Tuesday, 3 September 1940 [via GenealogyBank]
Auto - 'Cycle Crash Kills Upson Man
[Special to The Telegraph]
GRIFFIN, Sept. 2 -- Joseph Daniel Pritchett, 23, Thomaston, was killed instantly in a motorcycle-auto collision about a mile and a half north of here on the Atlanta highway about 5:45 p.m. today.

Pritchett was driving the motorcycle...which crashed into the side of a car...

...[B]oth vehicles were heading north and...the accident occurred when the car made a left turn into a filling station...

Pritchett had been accepted by the army as a recruit today and was en route to Fort Oglethorpe.
Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Saturday, 7 September 1940 - pg. 2 [via GenealogyBank]

FORSYTH, Sept. 6 -- Joseph D. Pritchett, aged 22, was interred in the Fors…

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)