28 September 2009

Noble Woman of Talbotton Passes Away After a Useful Life

Ann Dillworth
Wife of Col. Jno. N. Birch
Born in Petersburg, VA
Feb 21, 1802
Died Aug 28, 1897

Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum

Mrs. Birch was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia. Here is a death notice from the 31 August 1897 Columbus Daily Enquirer:

"MRS. ANN D. BIRCH DEAD.

Noble Woman of Talbotton Passes Away After a Useful Life.


Talbotton, Ga., Aug. 30 -- Mrs. Ann D. Birch, aged 96, died at the residence of her grandson, Dr. J. B. Douglass, this morning.

She was a devout Christian and member of the Methodist church more than eighty years, having been a resident of Talbotton seventy years. She was the grandmother of Dr. J. B. Douglass, Of Talbotton; W. B. Hill, of Macon; Herbert Hill, of Monticello; Mrs. James Bishop, of Eastman; Thomas and Robert A. Matthews, of Thomaston, and W. C. Douglass, of Raleigh, N.C. The burial will take place here tomorrow at Oak Hill cemetery."

Also resting in Oak Hill Cemetery is Ann's husband. He actually has two tombstones. One is an old marker, while the other is a newer granite stone shared with his wife (pictured above). Here is a transcription combining information found on both:

John Neville Birch
Colonel of Georgia Militia
Born in Prince Edwards Co, VA
June 6, 1795
Died Mch 12, 1835
in Talbotton, GA
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Photo © 2009 S. Lincecum

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