27 March 2015

Eli Warren: of Sound Sense and Patriotism (This Time It's Personal)

[Originally posted at the Your Peachy Past blog.]

About a week ago, we began a walking tour of Perry, a town in Houston County, Georgia. It took us a little over an hour to visit just under 30 "significant sites". We have many more to go, and definitely plan to finish the tour.

One of the sites we had the pleasure to see was a house built for Eli Warren (b. 1801). It dates prior to 1870, and several window panes still with the home today bear dates of 1893 and 1894.

The brochure I have to accompany the tour states: "General Warren sat in two constitutional conventions of Georgia, in both of which also sat his only son, and in one of which also his son-in-law, Colonel Goode; a coincidence never equaled in the history of this State."

Eli Warren died 14 February 1882 and rests in Evergreen Cemetery, about five blocks from his former home at 906 Evergreen Street. I visited his grave site about four years ago.

And here's an obituary from the 15 February 1882 Atlanta Constitution:
General Eli Warren

His Sudden Death Yesterday from Heart Disease

A special dispatch to "The Constitution" states that General Eli Warren died suddenly at his home in Perry at 12 o'clock yesterday of heart disease.

General Warren was one of the oldest of the living prominent men in Georgia, being eighty-two years of age. He was perhaps during his lifetime more continually identified with public matters in Georgia than any other man in the state. Although more than four score years of age, his interest in public matters continued up, we might say, to the day of his death. As a lawyer and as a planter, as a legislator, as a member of conventions and as a party leader no man has been more honest, and no man's acts have been marked by more strong, sound sense and patriotism than those of General Warren. His acts as a member of the constitutional convention of 1877 bear out the statement that the last years of his life witnessed a clearness of mind and soundness of judgement rarely found in one of his age. He has been the friend, acquaintance and contemporary of every distinguished public man in Georgia for the last half a century and has been personally respected by them all. He has enjoyed their confidence as well as the confidence of the people. He was known as a man who took great interest in agriculture, indentifying himself with the interests of the farmers. While he was not what we would call a finished orator, he was an unusually strong writer and a man who always expressed his opinions fearlessly and openly upon all questions. He was one of the few men that we have had in Georgia who dared to face public criticism and adverse public opinion. He was never afraid to express his sentiments and act by his judgement.

He leaves two children that we remember -- a son, Mr. Josiah L. Warren, of Savannah, and a daughter, who married Judge Grice, at one time of the Macon judicial circuit. Mr. Warren, of Savannah, is a man of about 45 years of age and inherits the independence and ability of his father together with his turn for political management.

In the death of Judge Warren Georgia loses a noble man whose service in the forming of her fundamental law was the fitting conclusion of a long life of usefulness and honor.
Eli Warren
Born Feb 27, 1801
Died Feb 14, 1882

Honored and Useful in Life,
And Peaceful in Death.
His Children Rise Up and
Call Him Blessed.

I'm actually connected to General Eli Warren. He was an uncle of the husband (Silas Scarborough) of the sister-in-law (Martha Jackson) of my 2nd great grand uncle, William Peavy.

26 March 2015

Major Ferdinand Phinizy, from Italy to Georgia

In Memory Of
Major Ferdinand Phinizy
Who Died October 19th, 1818
In The 57th Year Of His Age
He Was A Native Of Parma
In Italy, But In Early Life
Became A Citizen Of
The United States
He Shared In The Struggles,
Advocated The Rights,
And Was A Firm Friend
To The Independence Of
His Adopted Country.


Sacred To The Memory Of
Mrs. Margaret Phinizy
Wife Of
Maj. Ferdinand Phinizy
Who, Having Adorned The
Doctrine Of God Her Saviour
By A Life Of Exemplary
Piety And Usefulness,
Was Called To The Enjoyment
Of The Blessed Above On The
22nd Day Of August 1815,
Aged 55 Years

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Photo © 20013-2015 S. Lincecum

25 March 2015

Alexander McLaws, Shipwrecked Immigrant

Interesting story told in stone:

His Daughter
Hath placed this stone
over the body
Alexander McLaws

While on a voyage from Santo Domingo to his home
in Scotland, he and his family were shipwrecked
off the coast of Georgia, near Darien. After this
unfortunate experience, he decided to settle in America,
so Augusta was selected as their home, as it was
far away from the sea. This was about 1783.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Photo © 2013-2015 S. Lincecum

24 March 2015

Mr. Felix McKinne (Tombstone Tuesday)

Always try to point out when a stone is in a different location than a researcher might expect:

To the Memory
Mr. Felix McKinne
who departed this life
at Savannah
the 30th day of
December 1813
in the 39th year
of his age
from whence
his remains were
removed and
here deposited.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

18 March 2015

St. Paul's Church and Cemetery of Augusta, Georgia (Wordless Wednesday)

11 March 2015

From a Force of Muscular Power -- to Dust (John Beale Barnes, Esq.)

Sacred TO THE Memory
who departed this life
6th November
in the 36th year of his age.

9 November 1815
Augusta Herald (Georgia) - pg. 3
DIED, at his seat in Columbia county, on Monday morning last, Major John B. Barnes, aged 36 years. -- He was the evening before in high health and spirits, and on the morning of his death, he rose apparently well, and as he walked into his piazza, was seized with an apoplectic fit, fell, and in three minutes was a corpse. By this dispensation an amiable wife, and two small children are deprived of their best earthly friend, and by it an impressive evidence is furnished to all survivors, of the uncertainty of life, and of the necessity and importance of being at all times prepared for death -- Few persons seemed more likely to attain an advanced age than major Barnes, if an opinion on this subject were to be formed, from personal appearance, from apparent strength of constitution, or force of muscular power -- but in a moment he is prostrate in the dust, his vital powers are suspended, and his spirit has passed into the invisible world. His remains were brought to this place on Tuesday, and interred in St. Paul's church yard with military honors, and attended by numerous friends who assembled to pay their last tribute of respect, to one greatly respected for his literary acquirements, and extensively esteemed for his social qualities, and benevolent disposition.

10 March 2015

Col. Ambrose Gordon (Tombstone Tuesday)

Sacred to the memory of
who in the various
relations of life
discharged his duties
with fidelity and diligence
he was born
in the State of New-Jersey
on the 28th June 1751
and departed this life
on the 28th June 1804
aged 53

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Col. Ambrose Gordon was the father of Georgia railway pioneer William Washington Gordon.

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