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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 Atl…

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

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

Mr. Felix McKinne (Tombstone Tuesday)

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

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

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

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

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.…

Col. Ambrose Gordon (Tombstone Tuesday)

St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Georgia

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

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…

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.)

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 &qu…

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)