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It's All About the Tree, Part 3 (a Mossy Wordless Wednesday)

White Bronze Obelisk for John Mason Giles (Tombstone Tuesday)

From Evergreen Cemetery at Perry, Houston County, Georgia -John Mason Giles
Son of Andrew & Sarah Cowan Giles
Born in Abbeville Dist, S.C. Feb 22, 1818
Graduated at the University of Georgia, 1838
Admitted to the Bar 1839
Member of the Georgia State Constitutional Conventions, 1861-1865
Died in Perry, Ga May 25, 1866
He steadfastly declined mere political offices,
But a virtuous and intelligent people honored his life with many important trusts,
And mourned his death as a public calamity.

Frances Dennard: Death Comes Not to Those Whose Lives are Such as Hers (Today's Epitaph)

The remains of Frances Dennard rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Houston County, Georgia.F. S. A. Dennard
Born July 31, 1815
Died July 6, 1886
Death comes not to those whose lives are such as hers,
it is but an entrance into our Father's home.
Obituary from Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
8 July 1886 – pg. 3Death of Mrs. Dennard.Mrs. Mary F. Dennard, widow of the late Capt. Hugh L. Dennard, died last Tuesday evening at the residence of her son-in-law, Hon. D. M. Hughes in Twiggs county.  Mrs. Dennard left Perry about two months ago to visit her daughter in Twiggs, and was taken sick a few days after her arrival there.  The immediate cause of her death was typhoid dysentery.  The burial will take place this morning at Evergreen Cemetery at Perry.  Funeral exercises will be held at the Baptist church, beginning at 9:30 a.m.Mrs. Dennard was about 71 years old, and her life had been such as to win to her the love and esteem of all who knew her.  For many years she had been a co…

Death and Obituary of Mr. Lorenzo Dow Norwood (1806-1888)

Obituary from Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
Thursday, 29 November 1888 – pg. 3Death of Mr. L. D. Norwood.At about ten o'clock last Saturday night Mr. Lorenzo Dow Norwood died at his residence about 3 miles west of Perry.  The immediate cause of death was heart failure, the result of the gradually increasing infirmities of old age.The burial took place at Evergreen cemetery, Perry, Monday morning.In many respects Mr. Norwood was a remarkable man.  He was born in Darlington District, South Carolina, on the 11th of December, 1806, consequently he would have been 82 years old on the 11th of next December.  He was married twice before he was 23 years old, having married Miss Cathrine A. McLaughlin, in March 1829.He was the father of 14 children, and his other descendants are 44 grand children and 7 great grand children.  Of his children, 8 were girls and 6 boys, seven of the girls and two boys being now living.Immediately after his last marriage, about 60 years ago, he and his …

Informative Obituary for Mrs. Harriett Jenkins Giles (1825-1911)

Obituary from Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
31 August 1911 – pg. 3 [Viewable online at Georgia Historic Newspapers]Mrs. Harriett Giles Dead.A short while after midnight of last Thursday, August 24th, Mrs. Harriett Jenkins Giles departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. F. Hemingway, in Perry.The burial was in Evergreen cemetary [sic] Friday afternoon, attended by loving relatives and a large number of friends.  She was buried beside the grave of her husband, who died 45 years ago.The years of her life were 86, she having been born in Roberson county, North Carolina, July 8th, 1825.She was the daughter of Rev. Sam Jenkins and Mrs. Ann Drake Jenkins, the 5th of the family of 11 children.With her parents she came to Houston county in 1830.  On October 2nd, 1839, she was married to Mr. John Mason Giles, and of that union there were 11 offspring.  There have been 29 grand-children and 6 great grand-children.In 1907 she wrote concerning her ancestors.  Of her grandfath…

Dr. Minor W. Havis Accidentally Shot and Killed

Minor Havis was born 23 April 1829 in South Carolina.  He became a resident of Georgia as a young teenager.From his Confederate service record at Fold3:"The records show that Minor W. Havis, 2d sergeant, Co. C, 1st (Ramsey's) Georgia Infantry, C.S.A., enlisted March 18, 1861.  He was mustered in as senior 1st lieutenant of Co. A, 14th Battalion Georgia Light Artillery* (Southern Rights Battery), C.S.A., April 26, 1862, and was paroled at Greensboro, N.C., on or about April 27, 1865."*This Battalion subsequently became Capt. Havis' Battery, Georgia Light Artillery.After the Civil War, M. W. Havis occupied himself as a physician and farmer in Perry, Houston County, Georgia.  Some time after 1875, he and his wife adopted a nephew, Minor W. Hall, as their son.  Toward the end of November in 1889, Dr. Havis was accidentally shot by a local merchant.  Though it was initially believed he would survive, Dr. Minor W. Havis died a few days after the incident, 27 November 1889.…

Young Master Frank Hook Paul Dead

Obituary from Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
2 March 1905 – pg. 6Master Frank Hook Paul Dead.At 4 o'clock Thursday morning, February 23d, Master Frank Hook Paul died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Paul, on Washington Avenue in Perry.Just before the bright dawn of a new day, the soul of the precious boy was transported to the Eternal Home, where for him a glorious new and everlasting day began.The funeral was at the home Friday morning, and the burial in Evergreen cemetery.  A very large crowd attended in sympathy with the bereaved family, and the floral tributes were especially beautiful.Little Frank Hook lacked just a month and five days of being seven years of age, a remarkably bright and stalwart boy.  He was the second son and youngest child, the idol of his parents, elder brother and grand-mother.Just a week before his death he went after the physician for his brother, and on Saturday he was himself attended by the same physician.  From the first attack…

Mahala Dennard, Born a Slave and Died as "Mammy"

My first visit (for the purpose of taking photographs and transcriptions of tombstones) to Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Houston County, Georgia was approximately fifteen years ago.  I would say it's a typical southern cemetery with lots of defined family plots and trees full of moss.(Image from March 2008)Another characteristic of an "old" southern cemetery is a separation between white burials and African American burials.  At Evergreen, many African Americans are buried at the back of the cemetery.  I was standing in this "back" area beside the tombstone and grave of Mahala Dennard when approached by a woman.  She informed me Mahala was a slave (and later, presumably, a paid servant) of a local family.  Upon her death, one of the children Mahala helped to raise had this tombstone placed for her.To Mammy
Mahala Dennard
Died Sept. 1886, Aged 60 Years.
Sheltered and safe from sorrow.Please remember, this was unsolicited information from an unknown (to me) individ…

Death of Dr. John Baptiste Smith, Oldest White Man in Houston County (Tombstone Tuesday)

Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
Thursday, 9 June 1904 - pg 6 [via South Georgia Historic Newspapers]Death of Dr. J. B. SmithAt his home on Swift street in Perry Dr. John Baptiste Smith died early last Saturday morning.At the home Sunday morning the funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. E. Davenport, pastor of the Perry Methodist church.The Houston Lodge No. 35, F. & A. M. with visiting Masons, took charge of the body, and at Evergreen cemetery the rites of burial were performed with Masonic honors.Six Knights Templar of Fort Valley acted as an escort of honors.The pall bearers were Messrs. C. F. Cooper, M. L. Cooper, C. E. Gilbert, J. P. Duncan, J. H. Hodges, L. M. Paul.Dr. Smith was 91 years of age nine days prior to his death.  He was the oldest white man in Houston county, and no man in the county was ever held in higher esteem.He is survived by the devoted wife and three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Powers of Perry, Mrs. S. H. Morgan of Atlanta and Mrs. B. C. Holtzclaw of …

Death and Obituary of Mrs. Clifford Gilbert Holtzclaw

Clifford was the first wife of Henry Macon Holtzclaw, Jr., and the daughter of Dr. Julius C. Gilbert. Her remains rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Houston County, Georgia.Clifford Gilbert
Wife of H. M. Holtzclaw, Jr.
Born Sep 17, 1863
Died Dec 27, 1890
"Blessed are the pure in heart."Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
1 January 1891 – pg. 3 [via South Georgia Historic Newspapers]Death of Mrs. HoltzclawAt about eight o'clock last Saturday night, Mrs. Clifford M. Holtzclaw, wife of Dr. H. V. Holtzclaw, died in Perry, at the residence of Judge H. M. Holtzclaw.She was about 27 years old, lacking about two weeks of having been a wife twelve months.  She was a consistent christian lady, a member of the Presbyterian church.She was the second youngest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Gilbert, of near Houston Factory.  Possessing in an eminent degree the noblest characteristics of true womanhood, she was loved by all who knew her.Her death was one of the saddest ever known h…

Nancy Finds Her God, and Sits and Sings

Nancy A., wife of Thomas M. Hughes, rests in Old Blairsville Cemetery at Union County, Georgia.
Nancy A. Hughes
Born Dec 11, 1810
Died March 9, 1881
In the 71st year of her age.Borne by angels on their wings;
Far from earth the spirit flies;
Finds her God, and sits and sings;
Triumphing in paradise.
According to Our Hymns and Their Authors (Tillett, 1892), the last several lines of Nancy's epitaph are from "A Funeral Hymn." The words, originally written in the masculine, were by Charles Wesley about 1742.Using census records only, it appears Nancy and Thomas had about 13 children, one of which is buried along side them at Old Blairsville Cemetery.Marthyann (b. abt 1829) William C. (b. abt 1830) Francis (b. abt 1832) Louisa (b. abt 1834) Elender (b. abt 1837) Jane (b. abt 1840) Rosetta / Rozetta (b. abt 1842) Thomas C. (b. abt 1844-5) Sarah / Sally (b. abt 1846-8) John W. (b. abt Nov 1849) Andrew P. (b. abt 1852-3) Calley / Cally (b. abt 1852-3) Samuel (b. abt 1860?)


Darling Little J. E. Hartley (Tombstone Tuesday)

This image is from waaay back in 2003. This little Hartley was buried in Walker Cemetery at Byron, Peach County, Georgia. The county was Houston at the time of his death.


Our Darling
Little J. E.
Son Of
V. R. & F. P. Hartley
Apr 14, 1916
May 15, 1919
"We had a little treasure once.
He was our joy and pride,
we loved him and perhaps too well.
For soon he slept and died."

Also buried at Walker Cemetery is J. E.'s sister, Berta Lee (1899-1903). The rhyme on her tombstone is just as sweet:

"There was an angel band in Heaven,
that was not quite complete.
So God took our darling Berta Lee
to fill the vacant seat."


Happy New Year!




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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)