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Saturday Soldier: Capt. William Jasper Born

William Jasper Born was a member of Company D, 9th GA Battalion Light Artillery (aka "Born's Artillery"). He was a son of John and Lucinda Born.

Barbara Bates was actually William's second wife. He married once before the war, then married Barbara about 1865, then married again after her death. After the war Capt. Born was involved in farming and real estate in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

William and Barbara rest in Shadowlawn Cemetery at Lawrenceville.

Death of a Mailman

This draped obelisk in Shadowlawn Cemetery at Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia remembers three members of the HOOPER family. William R. Hooper, Jr. was a son of Rev. William R. and Louisa S. Hooper. He died at the young age of 36, likely from typhoid fever. An obituary from the 15 August 1911 edition of the Atlanta Consitution (Georgia):

Well-Known Rural Carrier of Gwinnett County.

Lawrenceville, Ga., August 14 -- (Special.) -- William R. Hooper, of Duluth, died at a private sanitarium in Atlanta this morning, where he had been carried for treatment for typhoid. Mr. Hooper was a well-known citizen of Gwinnett county and was rural mail carrier on route No. 1 from Duluth. He was about 35 years of age and unmarried. Mr. Hooper leaves two sisters, Mrs. A. R. Danforth, of Pittman, Ga., and Mrs. L. M. Brand, of Lawrenceville. The remains will be brought to Lawrenceville this afternoon for interment in the new cemetery Tuesday morning. He will be buried b…

Major Simmons at Shadowlawn (Wordless Wednesday)

A Patterson Plot at Shadowlawn

The image above is of a PATTERSON plot containing tombstones for James M. Patterson (1827-1911), his wife Elizabeth W. (1824-1908), and their son Thomas A. (1866-1915). The patriarch of a large family, Mr. James Patterson was upon his death one of the oldest residents of Gwinnett County. An obituary:

Atlanta Consitution (Georgia) - Sunday, 5 March 1911:
James M. Patterson, Lawrenceville.
Lawrenceville, Ga., March 4 -- (Special.) -- James M. Patterson, one of the oldest residents of Gwinnett county, died at his home in Lawrenceville this morning at 6 o'clock. Mr. Patterson was an ex-sheriff of this county, having held that office for twelve years. He was a prominent Mason and was the eldest Master Mason in this section. He was 84 years of age, a member of the Methodist church, a man of considerable property, and leaves several children, his wife having died a few years ago. The remains will be buried with Masonic honors, the interment taking place here Sunday morning at 11 o&#…

Williams Tombstone Genealogy & a Nice Epitaph to Boot

The Williams plot located at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia contains a good bit of information. The headstone is devoted to the parents: Mary E. Williams (June 24, 1850 - Oct 12, 1930) and James D. Williams (June 9, 1847 - May 6, 1925). The ledger marker pertains to their (presumed) children:

· Charles P. Williams (July 9, 1875 - Nov 7, 1939)
· Sallie Williams Armstrong (Jan 5, 1877 - Sept 25, 1957)
· Pearl Williams Brock (Aug 17, 1884 - Nov 18, 1956)
· Minnie Estelle Williams (Jan 20, 1888 - Dec 8, 1913)
· George L. Williams (Nov 24, 1891 - June 21, 1982)
· Jack E. Armstrong (June 1, 1874 - Dec 11, 1959)
· John J. Brock (Aug 5, 1881 - May 27, 1946)

Also found on the ledger marker is this thoughtful and poetic addition to the epitaph:

Lord God Of Host That Reigneth On High
That Man Is Truly Blest
Who Only On Thee Doth Rely
And In Thee Only Rest.

Geese in the Graveyard

Shadowlawn Cemetery at
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum

Philadelphia Maltbie, Old and New

While visiting Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery in Gwinnett County, Georgia, I photographed the cracked and difficult-to-read tombstone at right. Then I turned around (literally) and saw this pristine rendition of the same stone pictured below. I love how it was cast in the same style, and of course that someone felt the need to make sure Mrs. Maltbie was not forgotten even more than 120 years after her death. That's true perpetual care!

Time Was, Time Is, and Not Presuming on Tomorrow

To the Memory of
Youngest Son of
Dr. Wm. J. & Sophia Russell
Who departed this life
February 2nd, 1843
Aged 5 years, 10 months
and 4 days.

Time was, is past, thou canst not it recall
Time is, thou hast, improve the portion small
Time future is not and may never be
Time present is the only time for thee.

Small box tomb located at
Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery
in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

(Photo © 2010-18 S. Lincecum)

It seemed morose when I also found the lines from Richard's epitaph in a Sunday School Children's Magazine dated 1839, along with these others:

Why should I say 'tis yet too soon
To seek for heaven, or think of death?
A flower may fade before 'tis noon,
And I this day may lose my breath.

But the more I think about it, I must admit it's also fitting.

A Sunday Tragedy: Bryant Strickland Shot Dead at Cartersville

Memorialized on the same stone as yesterday's subjects of Bryant, Claudia, and Marion Strickland, is Bryant E. Strickland, Jr. Born 12 March 1858, young Bryant's life met a tragic and untimely end 18 July 1886, as recorded in The Weekly Consitution (Atlanta, Georgia):
Tuesday, July 20, 1886 edition -
Assistant Town Marshall William Puckett His Slayer -- Strickland Threatens and Shoots, and Puckett Defends Himself

CARTERSVILLE, Ga., July 18 -- This morning at 10 o'clock, while attempting to shoot William Puckett, Bryant Strickland was himself shot and almost instantly killed.

Strickland was a young man about thirty years old. He formerly lived at Rome, where, about four years ago, he struck Major Sam Morgan, a prominent cotton merchant, on the head with a piece of scantling, causing him to become insane. Subsequently, Strickland spent most of his time here with his father and brothers. He was unmarried...


Remember Thy Creator

Claudia (1852-1861) and Marion (1854-1858) were children of Bryant E. and Mary Catherine Russell Strickland. The draped urn topped tombstone they share with their father and two brothers bears an epitaph for each from a hymn entitled Remember Thy Creator (author unknown to me).

For Claudia:
Remember thy Creator
while youth's fair spring is bright
Before thy cares are greater
Ere causes death's dark night.

For Marion:
Remember thy Creator
Ere life resigns its trust
Ere sinks dissolving matter
And dust returns to dust.

Their father Bryant (1818-1900) has a nice epitaph as well: Earth has the ashes; friends the memory; God the spirit.

Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery at Gwinnett County, Georgia
Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum

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)