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25 January 2013

James Taylor's Likeness in Italian Marble

It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. I read an old obituary and think, "I've been to that cemetery before. Do I have a photo for this burial?" And I DO! In this case, the photos were taken almost five years ago.

Photo © 2008-2013 S. Lincecum
This particular find was especially neat when I discovered from the obituary that Mr. Taylor's likeness was made from Italian marble and placed in the churchyard before his death. Read on for more information:

"James Taylor, one of the oldest and wealthiest citizens of this section, died here [Fort Valley, Georgia] last night from paralysis.

He was nearly 77 years of age and leaves besides his wife three young children, two sons, Charles A. and Lomie T., of this place; a daughter, Mrs. Matt G. Thames, of Bibb county, by a former marriage.

Until a few years ago Mr. Taylor resided on his farm in Crawford county, where he attained a fortune. He belonged to no church, but was inclined to the Primitive Baptist belief. Several years ago he had a sculptor chisel a likeness of himself from Italian marble, which he placed in Union churchyard near his old home, and where his remains were interred this afternoon.

Mr. Taylor was well known to the business men of Macon, and appreciated for his steady honesty." [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 24 October 1913, pg. 5]

James Taylor
b. Oct 25, 1836
d. Oct 22, 1913

Honesty Was His Virtue
Justice His Motto
Free To His Convictions
Fearless In Expression Of Right
Determined In His Rights

Little Union Primitive Baptist Church
Crawford County, Georgia
Photo © 2008-2013 S. Lincecum

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