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More On the Life and Death of Judge Frank Cone: Stabbed a Man Six Times & Approved His Own Epitaph

The Honorable Francis Hiram Cone, in addition to being a well-respected lawyer and judge, seems to have been quite the character. I found several articles depicting him as such -- with emphasis on his faults as well as good quality traits. Here are a few highlights from three of the items I found. All were viewed online at GenealogyBank.

Article one is from the 25 May 1859 edition of Georgia's Augusta Chronicle, page 2, entitled simply "OBITUARY".
Died at his residence in Greensboro, Ga., on Wednesday, the 18th May, 1859, the Hon. FRANCIS H. CONE, one of the most eminent lawyers of the South.

He was born in the township of East Haddam, in the State of Connecticut, on the 5th day of September, 1797, at the family mansion, where his ancestors had lived for more than one hundred and fifty years. He died the proprietor of his paternal acres, bequeathing them to one of his sons. His father was a soldier in the war of Independence, and participated in several of the sangui…

He Enchained the Attention and Claimed the Admiration: Hon. Francis H. Cone

I love when an epitaph extends around a monument.  In this instance, all four sides are dedicated to the Hon. Francis H. Cone:  his work, his domestic, and his social life.

To the Memory of the
Hon. Francis H. Cone;
Who was Born on the 5th of Sept, 1797,
Died on the 18th of May, 1859.

Erected by His Children.
Able. Acute. Deligent. Learned.
he attained confessedly to the first rank of
this Profession with no Superior, if any Equals.

at that time upon the toughest Judicial Bench
of the State.

He inaugurated numerous practical reforms,
approved and followed to this day; And
though no Reporter preserved his decisions,
Tradition in the Bar will long retain the
memory of this Administration.

He sought not political Honors
& sat but once in the Legislative
Halls of his adopted State;
Yet this brief term as a
was improved by the preparation &
adoption of such various & important
Reforms in the Law, that they alone
would entitle him to the grateful

Joseph R. Manning, Born on the 4th of July (Tombstone Tuesday)

A son of J. L. and H. V. Manning, Joseph Reubin was born 4 July 1885 and died six months later. He rests beside his sister, Zada Lillian, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cochran, Bleckley County, Georgia.

Though she outlived her brother, Zada was only on this earth six years. These cradle graves are a reminder of the tremendous loss surely felt by the Manning family during the years of 1886 and 1889.

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)