27 March 2015

Eli Warren: of Sound Sense and Patriotism (This Time It's Personal)

[Originally posted at the Your Peachy Past blog.]

About a week ago, we began a walking tour of Perry, a town in Houston County, Georgia. It took us a little over an hour to visit just under 30 "significant sites". We have many more to go, and definitely plan to finish the tour.

One of the sites we had the pleasure to see was a house built for Eli Warren (b. 1801). It dates prior to 1870, and several window panes still with the home today bear dates of 1893 and 1894.

The brochure I have to accompany the tour states: "General Warren sat in two constitutional conventions of Georgia, in both of which also sat his only son, and in one of which also his son-in-law, Colonel Goode; a coincidence never equaled in the history of this State."

Eli Warren died 14 February 1882 and rests in Evergreen Cemetery, about five blocks from his former home at 906 Evergreen Street. I visited his grave site about four years ago.

And here's an obituary from the 15 February 1882 Atlanta Constitution:
General Eli Warren

His Sudden Death Yesterday from Heart Disease

A special dispatch to "The Constitution" states that General Eli Warren died suddenly at his home in Perry at 12 o'clock yesterday of heart disease.

General Warren was one of the oldest of the living prominent men in Georgia, being eighty-two years of age. He was perhaps during his lifetime more continually identified with public matters in Georgia than any other man in the state. Although more than four score years of age, his interest in public matters continued up, we might say, to the day of his death. As a lawyer and as a planter, as a legislator, as a member of conventions and as a party leader no man has been more honest, and no man's acts have been marked by more strong, sound sense and patriotism than those of General Warren. His acts as a member of the constitutional convention of 1877 bear out the statement that the last years of his life witnessed a clearness of mind and soundness of judgement rarely found in one of his age. He has been the friend, acquaintance and contemporary of every distinguished public man in Georgia for the last half a century and has been personally respected by them all. He has enjoyed their confidence as well as the confidence of the people. He was known as a man who took great interest in agriculture, indentifying himself with the interests of the farmers. While he was not what we would call a finished orator, he was an unusually strong writer and a man who always expressed his opinions fearlessly and openly upon all questions. He was one of the few men that we have had in Georgia who dared to face public criticism and adverse public opinion. He was never afraid to express his sentiments and act by his judgement.

He leaves two children that we remember -- a son, Mr. Josiah L. Warren, of Savannah, and a daughter, who married Judge Grice, at one time of the Macon judicial circuit. Mr. Warren, of Savannah, is a man of about 45 years of age and inherits the independence and ability of his father together with his turn for political management.

In the death of Judge Warren Georgia loses a noble man whose service in the forming of her fundamental law was the fitting conclusion of a long life of usefulness and honor.
Eli Warren
Born Feb 27, 1801
Died Feb 14, 1882

Honored and Useful in Life,
And Peaceful in Death.
His Children Rise Up and
Call Him Blessed.

I'm actually connected to General Eli Warren. He was an uncle of the husband (Silas Scarborough) of the sister-in-law (Martha Jackson) of my 2nd great grand uncle, William Peavy.

26 March 2015

Major Ferdinand Phinizy, from Italy to Georgia

In Memory Of
Major Ferdinand Phinizy
Who Died October 19th, 1818
In The 57th Year Of His Age
He Was A Native Of Parma
In Italy, But In Early Life
Became A Citizen Of
The United States
He Shared In The Struggles,
Advocated The Rights,
And Was A Firm Friend
To The Independence Of
His Adopted Country.


Sacred To The Memory Of
Mrs. Margaret Phinizy
Wife Of
Maj. Ferdinand Phinizy
Who, Having Adorned The
Doctrine Of God Her Saviour
By A Life Of Exemplary
Piety And Usefulness,
Was Called To The Enjoyment
Of The Blessed Above On The
22nd Day Of August 1815,
Aged 55 Years

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Photo © 20013-2015 S. Lincecum

25 March 2015

Alexander McLaws, Shipwrecked Immigrant

Interesting story told in stone:

His Daughter
Hath placed this stone
over the body
Alexander McLaws

While on a voyage from Santo Domingo to his home
in Scotland, he and his family were shipwrecked
off the coast of Georgia, near Darien. After this
unfortunate experience, he decided to settle in America,
so Augusta was selected as their home, as it was
far away from the sea. This was about 1783.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Photo © 2013-2015 S. Lincecum

24 March 2015

Mr. Felix McKinne (Tombstone Tuesday)

Always try to point out when a stone is in a different location than a researcher might expect:

To the Memory
Mr. Felix McKinne
who departed this life
at Savannah
the 30th day of
December 1813
in the 39th year
of his age
from whence
his remains were
removed and
here deposited.

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

18 March 2015

St. Paul's Church and Cemetery of Augusta, Georgia (Wordless Wednesday)

11 March 2015

From a Force of Muscular Power -- to Dust (John Beale Barnes, Esq.)

Sacred TO THE Memory
who departed this life
6th November
in the 36th year of his age.

9 November 1815
Augusta Herald (Georgia) - pg. 3
DIED, at his seat in Columbia county, on Monday morning last, Major John B. Barnes, aged 36 years. -- He was the evening before in high health and spirits, and on the morning of his death, he rose apparently well, and as he walked into his piazza, was seized with an apoplectic fit, fell, and in three minutes was a corpse. By this dispensation an amiable wife, and two small children are deprived of their best earthly friend, and by it an impressive evidence is furnished to all survivors, of the uncertainty of life, and of the necessity and importance of being at all times prepared for death -- Few persons seemed more likely to attain an advanced age than major Barnes, if an opinion on this subject were to be formed, from personal appearance, from apparent strength of constitution, or force of muscular power -- but in a moment he is prostrate in the dust, his vital powers are suspended, and his spirit has passed into the invisible world. His remains were brought to this place on Tuesday, and interred in St. Paul's church yard with military honors, and attended by numerous friends who assembled to pay their last tribute of respect, to one greatly respected for his literary acquirements, and extensively esteemed for his social qualities, and benevolent disposition.

10 March 2015

Col. Ambrose Gordon (Tombstone Tuesday)

Sacred to the memory of
who in the various
relations of life
discharged his duties
with fidelity and diligence
he was born
in the State of New-Jersey
on the 28th June 1751
and departed this life
on the 28th June 1804
aged 53

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

Col. Ambrose Gordon was the father of Georgia railway pioneer William Washington Gordon.

06 March 2015

George Steptoe Washington: Gone in Fifteen Minutes

George Steptoe Washington, nephew to President George Washington, died January 1809 at Augusta, Georgia. He was laid to rest in St. Paul's church Cemetery.

28 January 1809
Savannah Republican (Georgia) - pg. 3
AUGUSTA, January 19.
Died, suddenly on Tuesday night last, in this place, GEORGE STEPTOE WASHINGTON, esq. of Virginia, nephew of the late President Washington, aged 37 years. This worthy man came to this place about ten days since for the benefit of his health, and from the day of his arrival, had apparently been gaining strength so fast, that flattering hopes were entertained of his complete recovery from a tedious indisposition. On Tuesday night he went to bed in high spirits, and as he supposed much better than he had before been, but a little before twelve o'clock, he was attacked with a fit of coughing in which he ruptured a blood vessel; his friends were immediately called to his assistance, but their efforts and applications were ineffectual, and in about fifteen minutes, he closed his eyes on temporal things, and took his departure for a better world. He left, we understand, an amiable companion, and three children in Virginia, to whom the melancholy intelligence of his death, will be communicated, with the consolatory information, that he died surrounded by friends, who were truly solicitous for his welfare, who afforded him all the assistance and comfort in their power, and who sincerely sympathise with them in this afflicting dispensation.

Nephew George's cause of death was tuberculosis. There is a curious article online at Civil War Scholars regarding the effect this disease had on the WASHINGTONs: "Deadly TB Stalked The Washington Family".

03 March 2015

First Federal Law Enforcement Officer Killed in the Line of Duty (Tombstone Tuesday)

Resting in St. Paul's Church Cemetery at Augusta, Georgia is Robert Forsyth. "Captain of Light Dragoons in Henry 'Light-Horse Harry' Lee's cavalry during the Revolutionary War, Forsyth had been appointed the first marshal for the District of Georgia by President Washington in 1789." (Per historical marker at Robert's grave site.)

To the Memory of
Federal Marshal of Georgia
Who in the discharge of the duties of his office
fell a victim to his respect for the laws of his Country
and his resolution in Support of them
on the 11. of January 1794,
in the 40. Year of his age.

His virtues as an officer of rank
and unusual confidence in the War
which gave Independence to the United States
and in all the tender and endearing relations of social life
have left impressions on his Country and friends
more durably engraved than this Monument.

Here are the particulars from page 3 of the 18 January 1794 Augusta Chronicle (Georgia):
AUGUSTA, January 18.
On Saturday last Major ROBERT FORSYTH, Marshall for the State [district] of Georgia, was killed in the execution of his office, at the house of Mrs. Dixon in this place, by Beverly Allen of South-Carolina: A sketch of the particulars is as follows; Major Forsyth being about to serve the aforesaid Allen with a writ; --- from a principle of delicacy, asked him out of the room, where there were several gentlemen present, upon business in which the said Allen was interested; --- he assented, and perhaps added these words "with pleasure"; but instead of following, he asked some one apart, "is not that Major Forsyth?" --- being answered in the affirmative, he inquired about the key of the room opposite, and having obtained it, he retired thither; --- in the interim the Major had made service of a writ on William Allen, brother to the said Beverly, and had granted him some period of indulgence, --- this, was spent in the room to which his brother had retired, and after being elapsed, the Major going up stairs, reminded William that his time was expired, (Messrs. Richards and Randolph, acting as deputy marshalls, were now at the room door and prevented its being entirely shut, which was the object of exertion within) and Major Forsyth advancing towards the door, was told by Beverly Allen, "if he came further, (or words to the effect) he would blow his brains out," which, said Allen, it is asserted by disinterested and respectable persons present, at the same instant discharged a pistol through the opening of the door, and verified his fatal threat, by killing the Marshall on the spot. Thus fell, a sacrifice to his delicacy, by the hand of a wretch, to fill up the measure of whose iniquities, it seem'd only to want an act of such atrocity, a man whose character is highly revered by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, whose active, social, chearful and benevolent turn of mind rendered him a useful and pleasant member of society, and whose removal from this scene of things affords a most striking and instructive lesson of mortality.

He was interred in the Church-yard here on Monday with every respect which could be paid him in a public or private capacity: Being, at the time of his decease Deputy Grand Master of the State, as well as Past-Master of the Lodge Columbia, a numerous procession of brethren accompanied his remains, and deposited them in the house appointed for all living
The historical marker mentioned previous (and pictured below) goes on to state Beverly Allen "was arrested and escaped twice, finally fleeing to Kentucky."

And one more biographical note: Robert Forsyth was the father of Georgia Governor John Forsyth.

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