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John Sherrod Thomas, Veteran of War of 1812, Died at Age 102 in 1881

John S. Thomas died 9 January 1881 and was buried at Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia. A death notice was published in the Augusta Chronicle, citing the Milledgeville Recorder, just a few days after his demise:
Death of Judge J. S. Thomas.

Judge John S. Thomas died at his residence, at Midway, Sunday night. He has for years been confined to his house. He was the oldest living male resident of the county at the time of his death. In his early life he was associated with many prominent positions under the State government. We are informed that Judge Thomas was born in May, 1779, and was nearly 102 years of age. He was, in his active life, a prominent citizen and a good one. Doubtless a more extended notice will be given of so remarkable a man.That last line proved prescient. A "more extended" obituary was published in the Milledgeville Union & Recorder on 18 January 1881.
John Sherrod Thomas.
Col. J. S. Thomas was born in 1779, on Rocky Creek, H…
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Brother John Hubbard was a Quiet and Unassuming Christian

John W. Hubbard (1869-1898) was buried in Memory Hill Cemetery at Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia.

Union Recorder (Milledgeville, Georgia)
10 January 1899 - pg. 2 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
John Hubbard, son of W. H. and Mrs. Fannie Hubbard, was born in Quitman County, Ga., July 28, 1869, and died in Baldwin County, near Milledgeville, Ga., Nov. 4, 1898, aged 29 years, 3 months and 6 days.

Brother Hubbard had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for thirteen years. He was a quiet and unassuming christian, but, as in other relations of life, was true and unswerving. He was one of that few against whom I never heard a word. His death, like his life, was a quiet and peaceful one. Just a short while before he passed into his happy reward he called for his mother to come to the bedside and told her that he was going to leave her, but that he was happy because he was going to heaven. He then asked her to kiss him good-bye, after pressing the lips of his d…

Capt. George Rogers was a Very Popular Man Among His Race

George A. Rogers (1861-1896) was buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia. He was a member of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, not to be confused with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. More on the organization after the obituary -

Savannah Tribune (Georgia)
Saturday, 8 February 1896 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]
Funeral of Capt. Geo A. Rogers.
Capt. George A. Rogers, Grand Master of District Grand Lodge No. 18 of Georgia, G U O of O F, died on Friday of last week and his funeral was held at Rome, Ga., on Sunday last. It was one of the largest ever witnessed in that city.

Mr. Rogers leaves a wife, a mother and sister to mourn his loss and who have the sympathy of his great host of friends all over the state.

Capt. Rogers was a very popular man among his race; he was loved by all. He was captain of the Hill City Guards; Past Master of Kenesaw Lodge, A. F. and A. M., a member of the House Hold of Ruth, the Good Samaritans and the Sons and Daughters of Jacob, al…

Love Could Not Save May Hiles Knowles

Maggie May Hiles and husband William Addison Knowles rest in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia. An obituary for May follows.

Walker County Messenger (LaFayette, Georgia)
20 May 1897 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Love Could Not Save.

Rome, Ga., May 16. -- Mrs. W. A. Knowles, wife of the proprietor of the Rome Tribune, died of consumption, about 7:30 o'clock this morning. She was born in Summerville, Ga., Jan. 30, 1871. She is the second daughter of Capt. Thompson Hiles, a large wholsale [sic] dry goods merchant of Rome, and one of North Georgia's most prominent citizens. Mrs. Knowles graduated from Wesleyan and Shorter colleges, and was married Feb. 5, 1890. She leaves three children. The funeral will occur tomorrow (Monday) afternoon from the First Methodist church at 4 o'clock. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother a model Christian woman. The people of Rome deeply sympathize with Mr. Knowles.William A. Knowles was born at Macon, GA, and died…

More About Eben Hillyer, M.D. and Rev. Shaler Granby Hillyer, D.D.

I knew these gentlemen were connected, but just now come across a source that ties them together nicely and decided to share here. I first mentioned Dr. Eben Hillyer here a couple of years ago. And less than two months have passed since I mentioned Dr. Shaler Granby Hillyer in this space. Dr. Eben Hillyer, buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia was the nephew of Dr. Shaler Granby Hillyer buried at Forsyth Cemetery in Monroe County, Georgia.

The following is from volume two of Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons Arranged in Cyclopedic Form edited by "ex-governor" Allen D. Candler and published 1906 by the State Historical Association in Atlanta.
Hillyer, Eben, M.D., a retired physician and honored citizen of Rome, is a representative of one of the old and influential families of Georgia, which state has ever been his home. He was born in Athens, Clarke county, Ga., Aug. 12, 1832, a son of Junius and Jane Sel…

Sarah A. Dick Lived to a Good Old Age

Sarah A. Peck (1820-1892) married Henry Jackson Dick (1814-1866) about 1837 in Tennessee. The couple had at least ten children, and two of them (along with Henry and Sarah) are memorialized on a large draped urn topped gravestone in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia. In addition to their parents, Benjamin A. Dick (1844-1868) and Hal B. Dick (1853-1894) are named on the monument.

An obituary for Sarah follows.

Marietta Journal (Georgia)
Thursday, 21 January 1892 - pg. 5 [via GenealogyBank]

-- Mrs. Sarah A. Dick died in this place on last Sunday evening about 7:30, aged 72 years. She had been sick with the grip, which developed into pneumonia, resulting in her death. When her symptoms became serious, her absent children were telegraphed for and were present at her death. She leaves seven living children, Mr. Samuel K. Dick, of Houston, Texas; Mr. Hal B. Dick, of Marietta; Mrs. S. W. Graves, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Mrs. John A. Smith, of Gainesville, …

A Baby's Grave: Little Mary Hardy (d. 1879)

She was a daughter of Samuel Graham and Kate Moore Hardy. Little Mary lived just thirteen months. A stone memorial placed for her in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia is a sculpture of a little one reaching up, waiting to be carried to Heaven.

Rome Tri-Weekly Courier (Georgia)
26 August 1879 -pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Little Mary Hardy.

'We have gathered up her toys,
We have hid away each sad memento
That reminds us of our joys;
Not because we fain would banish
From our eyes the tears that swell,
But we would our hearts could whisper,
Heavenly Father, It is well.'

Only a baby's grave, and yet how a sight of the little mound will cause the hearts of the grief-stricken parents to swell afresh with the great sorrow that overshadows their lives. How lonely is their home without their treasure. None but He who reads our innermost thoughts can realize how they will miss their 'blue-eyed Daisey,' as she was wont to be called -- so like a swee…

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)