01 December 2015

M. E. Williams (Tombstone Tuesday)

M. E. Williams
Aug 2, 1861
Dec 29, 1914
At Rest

Pinehurst City Cemetery
Dooly County, Georgia

I always find the rough-hewn look visually appealing.

29 November 2015

Life Divides, Death Joins Together

I, probably like most amateur historians, gravitate toward the "old" tombstones when traipsing through cemeteries. I paused at Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy's newer granite ledger marker, though, because I'm related to many (most?) Peavys of middle and south Georgia. So I must always document those!

I was not only rewarded with some vital dates for cousin Rip Peavy, but also a quite interesting epitaph.

Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy, Sr.
Aug 29, 1905
Jan 1, 1994
No Longer Let Life Divide What Death Can Join Together

We often see death as dividing the living from those that have passed on, but this line tells it a bit differently. Here, death is joining Lucius together with those that have gone before.

The prophetic words are from a poem by Percy Shelley entitled Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats. They can be found in the 53rd of 55 stanzas:
Why linger, why turn back, why shrink, my Heart?
Thy hopes are gone before: from all things here
They have departed; thou shouldst now depart!
A light is pass'd from the revolving year,
And man, and woman; and what still is dear
Attracts to crush, repels to make thee wither.
The soft sky smiles, the low wind whispers near:
'Tis Adonais calls! oh, hasten thither,
No more let Life divide what Death can join together.
P.S. Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy was son of Lucius M. Peavy (1879-1964) and Mary E. Peavy (1881-1960). All rest in the Pinehurst City Cemetery of Dooly County, Georgia.

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.

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