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Dedicated by Fraternal Affection to Perpetuate the Memory of Henry Smith (Tombstone Tuesday)

Mrs. Mary Ann Mitchell Seemed Familiar

It went unnoticed to me at the time of the visit and photograph. But when I sat down to see if I could find out a little bit more about Mrs. Mary Mitchell, she seemed a little familiar to me. The name on the stone that leaped out at me was Madison Redd Mitchell, Mary's husband. I went back through my files and found the connection. Madison Redd and his (and Mary's) son Thomas Hanby was buried at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lawrenceville, GA. The graveyard is not far from Mary's burial location of Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery. Both are in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

I actually wrote about Thomas and his epitaph about 2 1/2 months ago here on this blog. I love it when this happens! The situation helps prove the notion that studying all the cemeteries in a particular location will surely result in family connections and more accurate family (as well as community) histories. Don't you agree?

A Mother and Her 2 Sons Perish in 1888 (Tombstones Tuesday)

All are resting in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia. The father, John R. Moore, M.D. (1812-1884), and sister Mary E. Moore (1846-1875) are also nearby.

All photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum.

His Exit was Calm and Peaceful

City and Suburban Affairs
DEATH OF NATHAN L. HUTCHINS. -- We regret to learn that Judge Nathan L. Hutchins died at Social Circle last night at eleven o'clock. His exit was calm and peaceful. Full of years and honors at the age of seventy-one years, Judge Hutchins fell asleep, leaving the memory of a well spent life behind. He was loved by the people of Gwinnett and adjacent counties as a father, and his death will carry sadness into many a family circle. - Atlanta Constitution (Georgia), 12 February 1870

According to his obelisk tombstone in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, GA, Nathan Louis Hutchins was born 11 April 1799 in Pendleton District, South Carolina. A sketch in Memoirs of Georgia (Southern Historical Press, 1895) states he was "a very prominent lawyer in his day...His father was without means, and the greater part of his education was acquired by studying at night by the flickering light of a pine knot." His profession as a lawyer was …

No More Gallant Spirit has Been Offered Up on the Altar of His Country (Military Monday)

Capt. W. N. Hutchins
"The painful rumor of the last two days has been confirmed, and Columbus has to mourn the death of the above named most estimable citizen and gallant and meritorious officer.

He was the oldest son of Hon. N. L. Hutchins, Judge of the Superior Courts of the Western Circuit, and nephew and law partner of Col. Hines Holt, of this city. At the commencement of our struggle, he held the position of Assistant Secretary in the Provisional Congress -- which would have exempted him from military service.

But he felt that his country needed his services in the more active duties of the field, and at once surrendered all else in obedience to this sense of duty and of patriotism. Though of frail and feeble constitution, no man has been more continuously at his post, and no more gallant spirit has been offered up on the altar of his country.

Peace to his ashes -- and honor, all honor to his memory!" [Columbus Daily Enquirer (Georgia), 25 September 1863]

Capt. Wiley …

More About the Veteran of Many Wars, Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson

Since this year marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, I thought I'd give you a little more information about Mr. Alfred Iverson. The following is an 1898 biography from the American Civil War General Officers database online at Ancestry:
Brigadier-General Alfred Iverson

Brigadier-General Alfred Iverson was born at Clinton, GA, February 14, 1829, the son of Senator Alfred Iverson, who married Caroline Goode Holt.

Young Iverson spent his childhood in Washington City and in Columbus, Ga. He was at the military institute in Tuskegee, Ala., when the Mexican war began. Though only seventeen years of age he was so eager to go to the war that his father allowed him to leave school and enter a Georgia regiment that he had been largely instrumental in equipping.

After his service in Mexico he commenced to study law in his father's office at Columbus, GA, but soon grew tired of that and began contracting on railroads in Georgia.

In 1855 he received the …

Harriet Hutchins Leads to Alfred Iverson

In Memory of
Wife of
A. Iverson J'r.
Daughter of
Born at Lawrenceville, Ga.
March 7th, 1837
Died July 29th, 1861

Harriet, a sister of Clarence Linden, as well as John Mitford and Polk Franciso Hutchins, rests in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia. I don't know much about Harriet beyond what information is on her tombstone. I do know that she and Mr. Iverson had two daughters, Julia and Minnie. It appears that Minnie was born about the time of her mother's death, so the two events may be closely related.

When photographing Harriet's tombstone, I had no idea who A. Iverson, Jr. was. Turns out he was a well-known brigadier general during the Civil War. Upon his death in 1911, I think he was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery at Atlanta, GA (though a newspaper item says different). An obituary from the 1 April 1911 Columbus Daily Enquirer (Georgia) follows:

In Memory of Mrs. Sarah D. Dyer (Tombstone Tuesday)

Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven

Two box tombs from the HUTCHINS family plot at the Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum.

Clarence Linden Hutchins: A Confederate Cadet in the Care of His Brother

Clarence Linden Hutchins was born 21 January 1844 in Georgia to Nathan L. Hutchins and Mary D. Holt. He died 8 March 1917 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The tombstone placed for him in Lawrenceville's Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, GA states he was "A noble soldier."

In viewing the compiled service record for C. L. Hutchins online at Fold3, we learn that he was an officer in training -- a cadet -- from the start of the war. Page two of his service record states he "Appears on a Register of Appointments, Confederate States Army." He was appointed from Georgia 30 August 1861 and delivered to the Honorable Howell Cobb and the 16th Regiment, Georgia Infantry. Some time after Clarence appeared on a regimental return for the same organization in February 1862, we find him with the 3rd Battalion, Georgia Sharpshooters. He "Appears on a report of Staff Officers on duty in Wofford's Brigade."

Next we learn about C. L. Hutchins, the Prisoner of …

A Good Man Gone (Tombstone Tuesday)

John was a son of James D. Spence and Frances Louisa Patrick. All three rest in Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia.

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)