06 May 2015

Faith in the Cross (Wordless Wednesday)

Original Photo © 2008-2015 S. Platt

05 May 2015

Gov. Stephen Heard's Grave (Tombstone Tuesday)

Gov. Heard's Grave
Stephen Heard, Governor of Georgia in 1781, lawyer, planter, surveyor and soldier of the Revolution, lies buried in this
family cemetery.  With a price on his head he was captured by the British at the Battle of Kettle Creek, and
condemned to die.  On the eve of his execution he was rescued by his servant "Mammy Kate" with the aid of her
husband "Daddy Jack," both of whom lie buried near him.  Heard's home "Heardmont" once stood nearby in the 10 acre
park established by the Stephen Heard Chapter, D.A.R.  Coming to Georgia from Virginia, Heard, an Irishman,
established Heard's Fort, now Washington, Ga., in 1773.

Sacred to the memory of Colonel Stephen Heard. He was a soldier of the American Revolution,
and fought with the great Washington for the liberties of his country. He died on the 15th of
November, 1815, in the 75th year of his age, beloved and lamented by all who knew him. "An
honest man is the noblest work of God."

Programming Note: Mammy Kate was profiled yesterday on this Southern Graves blog.

04 May 2015

Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack

Not far from Georgia Governor Stephen Heard's grave (in the Elbert County cemetery named for him and his family) are two additional graves that one might be surprised to see. Two of his slaves, Mammy Kate and her husband Daddy Jack, lie near the governor. Inscribed on Mammy Kate's ledger marker is the following: "Mammy Kate who Rescued Her Master, Stephen Heard, in Feb. 1779 on Eve of His Execution by the British."

A good rendition of the rescue of Stephen Heard by Mammy Kate can be read here. The story, in brief, goes that she carried Master Heard out of his jail in a laundry basket. Governor Heard, in his profound gratitude, granted Mammy Kate, her husband and nine children their freedom. He also gave them a tract of land, on which Mammy Kate stayed (continuing service to the family) until her death. What struck me as, well, rather shocking, was that Mammy Kate in her will gave her children back to the Heard family.

21 April 2015

W. B. W. Dent Owned Stone Mountain (Tombstone Tuesday)

Yet another neat tidbit of information from Georgia historian Lucian Lamar Knight:

"Hon. W. B. W. Dent was another resident of Coweta [County] who served in the National House of Representatives. He was not a lawyer but a merchant, possessed of an unusual capacity for public affairs. Mr. Dent at one time owned Stone Mountain." [Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends (1914), pg. 492.]

William Barton Wade Dent rests at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Georgia:

Wm Barton Wade Dent
Col Dent's Co Heard Vols
GA Militia
Indian Wars
Sep 8, 1806 - Sep 7, 1855

20 April 2015

William M. Smith, Continental Line -- Died at 81 or 101?

Here's an interesting discrepancy between a written history and what is "written" in stone.

William M. Smith was a soldier of the American Revolution from North Carolina. He is mentioned by Lucian Lamar Knight on page 489 of Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends (published 1914):
From an obscure grave in the county [Coweta] the remains of William Smith, another soldier of the first war for independence, were brought to Newnan some time ago and re-interred in the Confederate burial-ground, in the southeast corner of Oak Hill. He was given the sobriquet of "Hell Nation", a somewhat descriptive title which may indicate the fiery quality of his valor. Mr. Smith died at the age of 81. He enlisted in Moore County, N.C., and was granted a pension on September 3, 1832.
I visited the final, final resting place of Mr. Smith in October of last year. When putting an image of the stone with the history by Mr. Knight, I noticed a bit of an issue. The older military stone for Mr. Smith, complete with a recessed shield, simply provides he was a member of Alston's N.C. Mil., Rev. War. The newer military stone adds the phrase "Continental Line" with a birth year of 1751, and a death date of 8 May 1852.

Uh Oh! There's more research to be done! ;-)

19 April 2015

Randall Robinson's Old Box-Fashioned Tombstone

While the photos are from just six months ago, the following text was originally written over 100 years prior:

"Soldiers of the Revolution Buried in Coweta [County, Georgia]. On an old box-fashioned tombstone, in the lot of the Robinson family, in Oak Hill cemetery, in the town of Newnan, is chiseled the following epitaph:

Randall Robinson, departed this life on the 27th
day of February, 1842, in the 80th year of his age. He
served a short time in the Revolutionary War and was
for many years a member of the Baptist church.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of
his saints.

Mr. Robinson was a descendant of the first Governor of North Carolina. He enlisted at the age of fourteen and served for 189 days in a Palmetto State regiment. He became one of the earliest settlers of Coweta and with his family organized the first Baptist church. His great-great grand-daughter, Mrs. Marie Robinson Wright, is a well-known author, who has written some excellent books of travel."

[Text from Lucian Lamar Knight in Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials and Legends (published 1914).]

18 April 2015

His Death Caused Tears to Flow from Hundreds of Eyes Unused to Weeping

Just over an hour ago, I posted a biographical sketch written by famed Georgia historian Lucian Lamar Knight at the Peachy Past blog. The subject of the sketch was Judge Walter T. Colquitt, namesake of Colquitt County. It was mentioned that Judge Colquitt was placed, upon his death, in an unmarked grave at Columbus, Georgia's Linwood Cemetery. One of his sons, Colonel Peyton H. Colquitt, was later also buried at Linwood. Conversely, he rests beneath a beautiful tombstone.

Daily Constitutionalist (Augusta, Georgia)
29 September 1863, pg. 1
Via GenealogyBank.
DEATH OF COL. COLQUITT. -- The announcement of the death of Col. Peyton H. Colquitt, of the 46th Georgia regiment, will fill thousands of hearts with the deepest sorrow. It is said that he died at Atlanta on Wednesday, from wounds received at the head of his regiment in the late fierce struggle on the banks of the Chicamauga [sic].

Col. Colquitt, was a son of the famous Walter T. Colquitt, and, though young, had filled many important civil trusts in the State. He was educated, we believe, for the Bar, but at an early day became connected with the Press, in the capacity of Editor of the Columbus Times, a post which he filled with distinguished ability and uniform courtesy to all. He represented the county of Muscogee for several sessions in the Legislature, both as Representative and Senator, and accepted an enviable post of honor in these bodies. He commanded a company early in the war, and served at Norfolk. He returned home, was chosen Colonel of the Forty Sixth Georgia on the organization of that regiment which he commanded at Charleston, in the west, and finally on the Chicamauga [sic], where he was cut down in the midst of a most promising career.

As a man, we knew Colonel Colquitt well, and can truthfully say that we have never met a more truthful, upright and honorable gentleman...
Charleston Courier (South Carolina)
5 October 1863, pg. 1
Via GenealogyBank.
Death of Col. Colquitt -- Gen. Gist's Order. -- We take a mournful pleasure in publishing the following just and eloquent tribute to the memory of the lamented COLQUITT. A young officer in the 46th Georgia writes to his mother that when this order was read out "there was not a dry eye in the Brigade:"
IN THE FIELD, September 24th, 1863 }

General Orders No. 18 -- It is with deep sorrow that the Brigadier General Commanding announces to the command the death of a gallant, accomplished officer and right noble gentleman, Colonel Peyton H. Colquitt, of the 46th Georgia Volunteers. This sad announcement will cause tears to freely flow from hundreds of eyes unused to weeping. He fell, sword in hand, face to the foe, cheering on his command to victory...When we next meet the foe we will avenge his death...
Monument inscription ~
Col. Peyton H. Colquitt, C.S.A.
Was Born In
Campbell Co, GA
And Died
Sept 21st, 1863,
Near Ringgold, GA, Of A
Wound Received In The
Battle Of Chickamauga.
Aged 31 Years, 11 Months
And 14 Days
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