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More About Eben Hillyer, M.D. and Rev. Shaler Granby Hillyer, D.D.

I knew these gentlemen were connected, but just now come across a source that ties them together nicely and decided to share here. I first mentioned Dr. Eben Hillyer here a couple of years ago. And less than two months have passed since I mentioned Dr. Shaler Granby Hillyer in this space. Dr. Eben Hillyer, buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia was the nephew of Dr. Shaler Granby Hillyer buried at Forsyth Cemetery in Monroe County, Georgia.

The following is from volume two of Georgia: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons Arranged in Cyclopedic Form edited by "ex-governor" Allen D. Candler and published 1906 by the State Historical Association in Atlanta.
Hillyer, Eben, M.D., a retired physician and honored citizen of Rome, is a representative of one of the old and influential families of Georgia, which state has ever been his home. He was born in Athens, Clarke county, Ga., Aug. 12, 1832, a son of Junius and Jane Sel…

Sarah A. Dick Lived to a Good Old Age

Sarah A. Peck (1820-1892) married Henry Jackson Dick (1814-1866) about 1837 in Tennessee. The couple had at least ten children, and two of them (along with Henry and Sarah) are memorialized on a large draped urn topped gravestone in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia. In addition to their parents, Benjamin A. Dick (1844-1868) and Hal B. Dick (1853-1894) are named on the monument.

An obituary for Sarah follows.

Marietta Journal (Georgia)
Thursday, 21 January 1892 - pg. 5 [via GenealogyBank]

-- Mrs. Sarah A. Dick died in this place on last Sunday evening about 7:30, aged 72 years. She had been sick with the grip, which developed into pneumonia, resulting in her death. When her symptoms became serious, her absent children were telegraphed for and were present at her death. She leaves seven living children, Mr. Samuel K. Dick, of Houston, Texas; Mr. Hal B. Dick, of Marietta; Mrs. S. W. Graves, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Mrs. John A. Smith, of Gainesville, …

A Baby's Grave: Little Mary Hardy (d. 1879)

She was a daughter of Samuel Graham and Kate Moore Hardy. Little Mary lived just thirteen months. A stone memorial placed for her in Myrtle Hill Cemetery at Rome, Floyd County, Georgia is a sculpture of a little one reaching up, waiting to be carried to Heaven.

Rome Tri-Weekly Courier (Georgia)
26 August 1879 -pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Little Mary Hardy.

'We have gathered up her toys,
We have hid away each sad memento
That reminds us of our joys;
Not because we fain would banish
From our eyes the tears that swell,
But we would our hearts could whisper,
Heavenly Father, It is well.'

Only a baby's grave, and yet how a sight of the little mound will cause the hearts of the grief-stricken parents to swell afresh with the great sorrow that overshadows their lives. How lonely is their home without their treasure. None but He who reads our innermost thoughts can realize how they will miss their 'blue-eyed Daisey,' as she was wont to be called -- so like a swee…

James T. Prescott, Jr. Died at His Post of Duty

He Died At His Post Of Duty - Who wouldn't want to know more about that? Turns out he was a train conductor. Details of the accident were published in a local newspaper:

Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
22 September 1921 - pg. 2 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]

On Saturday, morning Sept. 3rd James T. Prescott, conductor on the Southern Road, was instantly killed by an engine at Cordele.

It appears that, while making up his train preparatory to making his usual run, he was taking the number of the cars, and as he stepped backward to get out of the way of his train, he stepped directly in the path of a revercing [sic] locomotive.

Mr. Prescott was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Prescott, deceased of Kathleen, Ga., and was reared in this county. Like his father, he was well known in Houston and was held in higest [sic] esteem by all who knew him.

He became connected with the G. S. & F. R. R. about fourteen years ago and had been conductor for…

Rev. Samuel Edward Axson Family at Myrtle Hill Cemetery

Rev. S. E. Axson, his wife Janie, and his children Ellen and Stockton, all rest at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia. Daughter Ellen was a wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. She held the title of First Lady for seventeen months before her untimely death in 1914. Excerpts from a newspaper article covering her funeral are here.

An obituary for the good reverend follows:

Savannah Morning News (Georgia)
Sunday, 1 June 1884 - pg. 9 [via GenealogyBank]
Death of Samuel Edward Axson.
The funeral of Rev. Samuel Edward Axson, son of Rev. Dr. I. S. K. Axson, the venerable pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church, of this city, took place at Rome on Friday. He was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Rome from 1866 till last fall, when he resigned his charge and came to Savannah to visit his father. While here his mind became affected, and the efforts of skilled physicians failed to reach his case. His sad death is a heavy affliction upon his family. During the seventeen …

Centerville Cemetery in Houston County, Georgia

Seventeen years ago (holy cow!) I transcribed, chiefly by hand, inscriptions on all the tombstones found at Centerville Cemetery in Houston County, Georgia. This information was then uploaded to my website, where it has sat for all these years. In cleaning up my little corner of the 'net, I've decided to take down that particular page. The burials can be found in the FindAGrave database, so that information is still readily available at this time.

I'm creating a post in this space to share some history and highlights from the cemetery, essentially retaining some of the personal work of my choosing...

Where Centerville Cemetery Fit within the Town

Centerville Cemetery is located across from the First Baptist Church on Church Street.

According to Georgia Place-Names by Kenneth Krakow, "Mitchell F. Ethridge settled here and opened a store about 1885. The name derived from the fact that it was located halfway between Macon and Perry, as well as halfway between Byron and We…

Calm on the Bosom of Thy God (In Loving Memory of Edith Howard Owen)

Edith Howard Owen was a daughter of John Grant and Carrie Boykin Owen, born 5 September 1898. Edith would live just eight years.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
Tuesday, 5 February 1907 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]
WAVERLY HALL, Ga., Feb. 4. -- Little Edith Owen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Owen, died this morning after a brief illness. She was an unusually bright and attractive child, beloved by all.Upon her death on 3 February 1907, Edith was laid to rest in Waverly Hall Cemetery at Harris County, Georgia. A portion of her epitaph reads as follows:

Calm on the bosom of thy God,
Fair little spirit, rest thee now!
E’en while with us thy footstep trod,
His seal was on thy brow.

These lines are from a "death and burial" hymn written by Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans about 1823. The second stanza:

Dust, to its narrow house beneath!
Soul, to its home on high!
They that have seen thy look in death
No more may fear to die.

Years later, a third stanza was added and all first published…

Tribute to the Memory of Miss Georgia Whitehead (d. 1880)

Departed this life, at the residence of her mother, near Waverly Hall, Harris county, Georgia, on the 16th inst., MISS GEORGIA WHITEHEAD. - 22 April 1880 Columbus Daily Enquirer-Sun (Georgia)

The broken gravestone for Georgia is at the Waverly Hall Cemetery. She was born 14 August 1849 to J. Thomas and Catharine McGehee Whitehead. Her death on 16 April 1880 was noted in the Harris County Census Mortality Schedule for that year. "Disease or Cause of Death" was listed as Neuralgia of head. From WebMD:
Occipital neuralgia is a condition in which the nerves that run from the top of the spinal cord up through the scalp, called the occipital nerves, are inflamed or injured. You might feel pain in the back of your head or the base of your skull...Occipital neuralgia can cause intense pain that feels like a sharp, jabbing, electric shock in the back of the head and neck.Symptoms include aching, burning, and throbbing pain that typically starts at the base of the head and goes to the s…

Virginia O. Crook and Those Her Family Enslaved - #TheyHadNames

I've written about the gravestone of Virginia Osborne Crook (d. 1859) in this space before. It's symbolism, really. You can find what grapes, wheat, and a "diving" dove represent here.

In this post, I prefer to share a list of names of people enslaved by the Crook family. Maybe this can be of help to someone researching an African American line pre-Emancipation.

Columbus Daily Enquirer (Georgia)
Friday, 25 November 1859 - pg. 4 [via GenealogyBank]
Negroes at Administrator's Sale.

IN compliance with an order of the Court of Ordinary of Harris county, I will sell at public outcry on the first Tuesday in January next, in the town of Hamilton, all the Negroes belonging to the Estate of the late Miss Virginia Crook, to-wit:

Mumford a man about 40 years old, a blacksmith; Maria, his wife, about 38 years old, No 1 house woman and cook, washer and ironer, and 3 children, Bulger a boy 5 years old, May a girl 4, and Tom 1 year old.

Lard a man 40 years old, field han…

Church With a Rock In It - the Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel

Milford Wriarson Howard was born 18 December 1862 in Floyd County, Georgia to Stephen O. and Martha Maddry Howard. He was the eldest of six children born to the couple. The family was quite poor, and Milford was put to work by age 11. Consequently, he had very little formal education. Nonetheless, at the age of 18, Milford began to study law and was admitted to the Georgia bar about a year later. He then moved to Fort Payne, Alabama to start a practice. It was there he met and married Sarah "Sallie" Lankford. Some years later, in 1894 and again in 1896, Milford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He declined to run again in 1898 and instead turned his sights to more creative projects. By 1920, Milford and family were in Los Angeles, California. He wrote a story titled The Bishop of the Ozarks, and it was made into a silent film in 1923. Milford played a starring role.

Sallie Lankford Howard died of cancer in 1925 and was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in…

Mother and Son Puckett at Alta Vista Cemetery. And a Definition for Locomotor Ataxia.

A small family plot in Alta Vista Cemetery at Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia holds the remains of a mother and son. Mary Francis Crawford Puckett (1828-1912) and son Lester Durant Puckett (1855-1908) hailed from South Carolina, but found their way to Gainesville about the 1870s. I suspect this was after the death of husband and father Puckett.

A set of books tops the Puckett family stone, which sits between smaller headstones for mother and son. A closed book often represents a completed life. This set of books, however, could be a nod to Lester's career path: he taught school and studied law. Obituaries for Mary and Lester follow.

Gainesville News (Georgia)
24 July 1912 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mrs. Puckett Dead.
After an illness of more than a year, Mrs. Mary Francis Puckett died at her home at Sycamore street and Brenau avenue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. She was eighty-three years of age and had been confined to her bed for a year or more on account of an accident …

Mr. Walter E. Hosch was a Genius, and His Father Helped Pioneer the Georgia City Named Hoschton

The Hosch family plot at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia has been profiled in this space before. All because of the sphere. It's a symbol of the never-ending circle of life, eternity, and totality. This post provides obituaries for Walter E. Hosch and his father William, both buried in the lot.

Gainesville News (Georgia)
1 May 1918 - pg. 1 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mr. Walter E. Hosch died at St. Luke's hospital in St. Louis last Wednesday at 8.32 p.m. after an illness of nine days. He was operated on April 15th for acute indigestion and never survived, although it was hoped up to Wednesday afternoon that he would rally. He was given every attention, and all that was possible was done to save his life.

Mr. Hosch was born at Flowery Branch May 10, 1880, and was therefore thirty-eight years of age. He was married in Jackson, Ga., on October 23, 1907, to Miss Annie Mae Thornton, and she and three little girls survive the…

Amanda M. Banks was a Lady of Modesty and Refinement

Per her tombstone in Forsyth Cemetery at Monroe County, Georgia, Amanda was born 22 February 1825. She died at the age of 27 years, 3 months, and 3 days. A striking line inscribed on her stone is, "Life's no pleasure to me." These same words are found in the Scottish ballad, "Young Aikin."
O let him take frae me my head,
Or hang me on a tree;
For since I've lost my dear lady,
Life's no pleasure to me.
An obituary follows. It mainly speaks to Amanda's "Christian spirit."

Macon Weekly Telegraph (Georgia)
Tuesday, 22 June 1852 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]
On the 25th May, aged about 27 years, Mrs. AMANDA M. BANKS, wife of Joseph R. Banks of Pike, and daughter of A. and N. Davis of Monroe county, Ga. Although she never made an open and public profession of an experimental faith in Christ, such was her Christian spirit, her godly conversation and upright walk, that no one could distinguish her from the most devoted member of the Church. She w…

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)