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17 August 2008

Lowe Plantation Owners in Beech Springs Cemetery

When I visit a cemetery, I am often struck by a particular stone I find. It might be an interesting quote, a somewhat fancy stone, a name that is vaguely familiar, or nothing in particular at all. This happened at Beech Springs Methodist Church Cemetery in Bullard, Twiggs County, Georgia. Thomas Lowe and his wife Cornelia Ann Mims piqued my interest. The following is what I found out about them.

From History of Twiggs County, Georgia Sesquicentennial (1809-1959) by J. Lanette O'Neal Faulk and posted to the MIMS Mailing List by Jeanne Filice:

LOWE-MIMS
Thomas Lowe was born December 26, 1826, and died January 17, 1880 at his home in Bullard. He married Cornelia Ann Mims. She was born in Edgefield, South Carolina July 26, 1829, daughter of Martin and Charlsie Ferguson Mims.

Children of Thomas & Cornelia:
1. William T. (1853-1873)
2. Julia Augusta (married William Andrews)
3. John Thomas (1855-1883)
4. E. Martin (1858-1885)
5. John (1862-1869)
6. Thomas (1864-1950)
7. Cornelia Elizabeth (1866-1882)
8. John Mims (1870-1955)
9. Mary Jones (1871-1965; married William Warren Johnston)

The Lowe Plantation, located in the Bullard Community, was one of the most productive in Twiggs county. In 1862, Thomas enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a private in Company I, 5th Georgia Regiment. He was wounded in the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina and remained crippled the rest of his life. Thomas and Cornelia were charter members of Beech Springs Methodist Church. After his death, Cornelia ran the plantation with hers sons. She lived to see her 11th grandchild. (Written by granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Johnston Ray of Macon, Georgia.)

Some of Thomas and Cornelia's children are also buried in Beech Springs Cemetery. They include E. Martin, John, Cornelia Elizabeth, and Mary Jones.

I also came across an obituary for Cornelia Ann Mims Lowe. Interestingly enough, the death date on her gravestone appears to be incorrect. Mr. Jim Carroll posted a transcription of her obituary to the Twiggs County, GA GenWeb Archives and states it is from the Macon Daily Telegraph dated 30 August 1910. The death date on her stone is 1911.

Mrs. Cornelia Lowe, of Twiggs County, is Dead

Was Eighty-Two Years Old and had Lived in Neighboring County for Full Sixty Years

Mrs. Cornelia Lowe, widow of Thomas Lowe, died yesterday at the residence of W. W. Johnston, Bullards, GA at 1 o'clock.

Mrs. Lowe has been a resident of Twiggs County for the past sixty years. She is survived by three children, Thomas Lowe of Gresston, GA; John M. Lowe of Bainbridge, and Mrs. W. W. Johnston, of Bullards, GA.

Mrs. Lowe was eighty-two years of age at the time of her death and was universally beloved by the community where she has so long been identified.

The funeral services will be held at Beach Spring, at 12 noon Tuesday, Rev. A. S. Adams of Jeffersonville will conduct the service. Interment at Beach Spring Cemetery.

Well, there you have it. Some information on the Lowe Plantation owners buried in Beech Springs Methodist Church Cemetery. I don't know why, but I was compelled to write about them. Maybe Cornelia wanted me to get the word out about her death date. ;-)

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