03 May 2014

We are Lonely, Ella, Without You

Ella Gertrude Vinson was born 1 October 1875 to Benjamin Franklin and Jane Elizabeth (Cherry) Vinson. A few days after her seventeenth birthday, 4 October 1892, Ella died. So just a few years after burying their son Marcus, the family returns to Liberty United Methodist Church (known then simply as Liberty Chapel) in Bibb County, Georgia to lay Ella to rest.

The epitaph etched in Ella's tombstone tells of the sorrow felt by her family: While you are asleep with Jesus, We are lonely, darling, without you.

Ella's death and funeral were chronicled in the Macon Telegraph, a local newspaper.
Death of Miss Ella G. Vinson
Walden, Oct 4 -- (Special.) -- Miss Ella G. Vinson, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Vinson, died today at 2 p.m., at the residence of her father, near this place. She will be buried tomorrow at Liberty chapel burial ground at 2 o'clock...

Miss Ella was a young lady of fine qualities and her untimely death is regretted by all... [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 5 October 1892, pg. 1. Via GenealogyBank.]

Funeral of Miss Ella Vinson
Walden, Oct 5 -- The funeral of Miss Ella Vinson at Liberty chapel today was attended by a large number of friends. Rev. J. W. Burke delivered a very touching sermon, dwelling at length upon the lovable character of the deceased. Miss Lucy Scott presided at the organ and sang...

The casket, laden with beautiful floral designs, was borne to the grave by some of the schoolmates of her whose remains it contained. She herself was a recent graduate of Walden High School. A long line of sorrowful schoolmates followed her to her last resting place...

...The sympathy of an entire community went out in full to the bereaved family, and if sympathy can alleviate the keen anguish of those bereaved there will be no more mourning because of the vacant chair at that family fireside. [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 7 October 1892, pg. 4. Via GenealogyBank.]

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