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Brigadier-General Charles David Anderson Dead (1901)

Charles David Anderson was born 22 May 1827 in DeKalb County, Georgia to William Robert Anderson and Annie Coker. Charles married Mary Caroline Hiley about 1851, and the couple had at least six children. After a life that included Civil War service on the side of the Confederacy "conspicuous for its bravery," Charles died on 22 February 1901 in Fort Valley, GA. He was buried there in Oaklawn Cemetery. Per Wikipedia  -- Anderson participated in the Maryland Campaign in the fall of 1862, fighting during the Battle of Antietam on September 17. In the fight he was wounded and captured by Union forces, and exchanged later that year. Upon release Anderson was promoted to major, effective back to the date of the Battle of Antietam... In 1863 Anderson participated in the Chancellorsville Campaign and was seriously wounded on May 3. He was hit in his shoulder, his abdomen, as well as his left hand, losing a finger in the process...Upon returning home to Georgia, Anderson was appointed

In Memory of Myles Lafayette Green (d. 1865)

Myles Lafayette Green was a son of Peter B. Greene (d. 1836). In 1850, Myles married Ann E. Persons (1832-1879). This union produced at least five children: Ella G. (d. 1892), Myles Claude (d. 1923), Orville Lafayette (d. 1890), George Peter (d. 1926), and Mary Lois "Mamie" (d. 1923). Mamie was born approximately six weeks after the death of her father. And the deaths of Myles Claude and his sister Mamie were separated by just three months. Myles L., his wife Ann, and their three sons were all buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Georgia. Southern Christian Advocate  (Macon, Georgia) 5 January 1866 - pg. 8 Obituary. MYLES L. GREENE  was born February 6th, 1826, and died in Fort Valley, Ga., Dec. 8th, '65. He joined the M. E. Church in early life, but never became a decided, experimental, active and zealous christian, until he was the head of a family. From this time, the family altar was erected, and his pious fidelity continued during his entire after life. He serv

Anxious Father Waits Days for News of His Son, Pvt. John Clayton Walden (b. 1846)

John Clayton Walden was born 26 March 1846 in Georgia to John M. and Elizabeth Walden. On 8 May 1862, at just over 16 years of age, the younger John was mustered in as a private in Company E (captained by C. H. Richardson ) of the 57th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. John's Civil War service record ascribed to him the age of 17 years at the time. Bet he fudged a little bit. In his history of the 57th titled Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia *, Scott Walker wrote the following about the Battle of Champion Hill / Baker's Creek: As the men of the Fifty-seventh Georgia crossed Baker's Creek late on the night of May 16 [1863] and raced through the dark for the Big Black River [Mississippi], they were no longer strangers to such tragedy and horror. Their memories were scarred forever by the early days of the Vicksburg campaign. And this portion he wrote about the Siege of Vicksburg: As soon as [General] Grant resigned himself to a siege, he ordered his engineers to begin mo

Lucile Huey Vinson: Classical Music Singer's Short Life Ends in Suicide

I'm usually not a big fan of Old English lettering on gravestones, but in this instance, it seems quite apropos. Lucile Huey was born 26 October 1911 in Georgia to Lena Varn and L. M. Huey. She was a graduate of the Wesleyan (Macon, GA) and Cincinnati conservatories of music. Per a portion of her epitaph, it seems Lucile was a gifted classical music singer - Like a velvet note in a flood of tone, Her rich contralto voice Floated into the Choir Invisible. When Lucile was 22 years of age, she married Georgia Tech graduate William Edward Vinson (1908-1982). He was connected with the Ford Motor Company plant in Atlanta, and the young couple made that city their home. Lucile and William had been married about 13 months when she made a fatal decision to drink carbolic acid on a summer morning in July 1935. Lucile died that same evening at the Georgia Baptist Hospital . Her death certificate deemed the "injury" a suicide. Butler Herald  (Georgia) 11 July 1935 Poison Dose Proves

Willard H. Love Dead at the Waycross, Georgia Phoenix Hotel (1903)

" Willard H. Love is Dead. Mr. W. H. Love died at his room at the Phoenix Hotel, Waycross, Friday night, last, May 15th, at 11 o'clock, of congestion of the brain. Mr. Love came in on a late train, Thursday night from Jacksonville, apparently in usual health and retired at once. Next morning he did not come down to breakfast, but nothing was thought of this, as he often left the city on one of the early trains. About 5 o'clock in the afternoon, as his door was still locked, it was forced open and Mr. Love was found in an unconscious condition. Prompt measures were taken to restore him, but he never regained consciousness, and died that night at 11. A telegram was sent his family in Tifton, and they went to Waycross on the first train Saturday morning. The remains were carried through Tifton to Fort Valley Saturday night, for interment there beside his father and other relatives . At Tifton the party was joined by an escort from Tifton Lodge No. 47, F. & A. M., headed b

In Her Will, Anna Hollinshead Provided Grave Markers for Her Mother and Two Siblings

Sometimes, when I visit a gravesite, it's obvious a tombstone or grave marker was added years after a deceased individual's death. Maybe this was not an uncommon practice. Anna E. Hollinshead died 5 February 1913 and was laid to rest in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Houston (later Peach) County, Georgia. On 20 November 1911, she signed her last will and testament. In it, she instructed her executor to erect monuments over the graves of her two siblings and mother "should I not, during my lifetime." Should I not, during my lifetime, erect over the graves of W. E. Brown and his wife, Mrs. Emma Brown, a monument, then I hereby instruct my executor to have erected over their graves a suitable monument at a cost not to exceed One Hundred & Fifty Dollars, which sum I authorize him to employ for that purpose. Emma Hollinshead Brown died 12 October 1906, and Walter Edward Brown died 1 March 1899. This was, respectively, five and twelve years before the signed last will

Death of Mrs. Hattie Olivia Kersh (Tombstone Tuesday)

Home Journal  (Perry, Georgia) 3 June 1880 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers ] Death of Mrs. W. M. Kersh. The death of Mrs. W. M. Kersh, which occurred at her residence in this place on Tursday [sic] evening last, about nine o'clock, was not unexpected; as, for the past few weeks of her illness, but little hope has been entertained of her recovery. She has been sick for a long time, and at times her suffering was almost beyond endurance, yet she bore it all with a christian resignation and fortitude worthy of her true character as a follower of Christ. Mrs. Kersh has been a resident of our town for the past seven years, and had made many warm and admiring friends among our people, with whom her death has been the source of great sadness. A large concourse of friends followed her remains to Oak Lawn Cemetery, where they were interred on Friday evening last. We, together with the entire community, deeply sympathize with the bereaved family in their sad affliction. -- Fort Vall

Susan Margaret Dawsey Love's Symbol of a Good Samaritan

Susan M. Dawsey, Spinster , married Henry Love 11 November 1847 -- about five weeks before her eighteenth birthday -- in Chatham County, Georgia. Upon Susan's death in 1875, she was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Houston (now Peach) County, GA. This final resting place may seem odd since the couple seemed to spend the majority of life together farther south. For the 1850 and 1860 censuses, Henry and Susan were counted in Effingham County, GA. In 1870, they were in Glynn County. The Fort Valley connection coincides with the American Civil War. In August 1863, Georgia Governor Joe Brown appointed Henry Love captain of the Fort Valley Cavalry. This unit was organized for local defense, and Henry's stint was scheduled to last six months. Houston County, GA is also where Mr. and Mrs. Love's daughter Laura (1851-1890) married Robert Braswell (1847-1920) in 1866. He was a son of Sarah Ann Mims and William Braswell. [Another child of Henry and Susan was Olin P. Love .]

Little Lollie Love and Her Daddy Olin

Lollie, Mary, and Olin Love are buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Peach County, Georgia. Olin was a son of Dr. Henry Troup Love (1825-1897), who also rests in Oaklawn. Savannah Morning News  (Georgia) Friday, 26 July 1901 - pg. 9 LITTLE LOLLIE LOVE DEAD. Will Be Laid to Rest To-Day at Fort Valley Beside Her Father. Mrs. O. P. Love had the misfortune to lose her youngest daughter, Lollie, shortly after midnight yesterday morning. The little one was just 22 months old and had suffered greatly for several weeks with typho-malaria. She was a bright and promising child and had already won many friends. Mrs. Love left last night for Fort Valley with the body, where it will be laid to rest to-day beside that of the husband and father, Olin P. Love, whose death just six weeks ago is still remembered. Mrs. Love and her family have the sympathy of many friends in their affliction. Savannah Morning News  (Georgia) Friday, 7 June 1901 FORMER SAVANNAHIAN DEAD. Mr. Olin P. Love Died in Miam

Bradford Houser was Murdered in 1914. Was His Case Ever Solved?

If it was, I haven't recovered the final verdict. Which makes me wonder, did someone get away with murder? Bradford Houser, born 31 May 1893, was a son of Emmett Houser (1868-1932) and Mary Mathews (1869-1929). For the 1910 US Federal census, the family was in Fort Valley, Houston County, Georgia. [Note: Fort Valley became part of Peach County when the latter was formed in 1924.] Following is a series of news articles I did find regarding the killing of Bradford Houser in the fall of 1914. Augusta Chronicle  (Georgia) Saturday, 7 November 1914 - pg. 1 Emmet Houser's Son Found Murdered, Fort Valley Macon, Ga., Nov. 6. -- Bradford Houser, 23 years old, son of Emmett Houser, well-known newspaper man and manager for Hon. Thomas M. Felder in the last senatorial campaign, was found murdered at Fort Valley late tonight. Young Houser had been attending a carnival that was in progress at Fort Valley, thirty miles from here. He was not missed by the merry-makers, however, and it was mere

James A. Everett: Houston County's First White Settler and the Father of Fort Valley

James Abbington Everett and second wife Mary Beaufort Greene were, upon their deaths, buried in Oaklawn Cemetery at Fort Valley, Georgia. Though the county the cemetery is in is now called Peach, it was called Houston at the time of death for James (1848) and Mary (1852). According to a biographical sketch submitted by Eddie Clark in The Heritage of Houston County, GA: 1821-2001 , "No history of either Houston County or Peach County[,] Georgia could be complete without remembering James Abbington Everett...Historical accounts hold that [he] was both Houston County's first white settler and the Father of Fort Valley." The sketch continues as follows: Mr. Everett's earlier life was spent in the pursuit of worldly wealth. He was known as an intelligent person who could spot opportunities and capitalize on them. At an early age of just 22 years, James Everett left his NC home and ventured into the North Georgia wilderness as an Indian trader. ...In 1818, James becam

Henderson Walker and Lula Watson English at Magnolia Park Cemetery

Henderson Walker "Henry" English, born 13 May 1860, was a son of Irvin and Joanna Howell English. Henry was married first to Eva Brantley in 1889, and this union produced three sons: Havis, Fenton, and Ray/Roy. About six years later, on 25 September 1895 in Houston County, Georgia, Henry married Lula Watson. She was born 26 April 1873, a daughter of Richmond H. and Fannie C. White Watson. Henry and Lula had three children: Fannie, Maud, and Irving Brown. Their son, who was orphaned about age five, was the only child from that union to survive to adulthood. Henry died 16 December 1903, and Lula died 25 January 1907. Both were buried in Magnolia Park Cemetery at Warner Robins, Houston County, Georgia. At the time of their deaths, however, the burial sites were in Watson Cemetery at Wellston, GA. (Wellston became Warner Robins in 1942, and Watson Cemetery became Magnolia Park in 1949.) Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia) 24 December 1903 - pg. 6 [via Georgia Historic New

An Additional Sorrow: Death of Mrs. Sarah Margaret Baskin Holmes Clark (1836-1892)

Born in 1836. Baptized in 1846. Married first in 1855. Birthed a daughter in 1858. Widowed in 1863. Married another in 1867. Buried daughter and father in 1873. Died in 1892. Sarah Margaret Baskin was one of at least seven daughters born to Robert Wellborn Baskin (1803-1873) and Temperance Mariah Hargrove (d. 1847). Not mentioned in Sarah's obituary (transcribed below) was she was first married to Lieut. William H. Holmes. He died of pneumonia at Richmond, Virginia while soldiering during the Civil War. Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia) 4 February 1892 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers ] DEATH OF MRS. S. M. CLARK. Again Perry suffers from an additional burden of sorrow. Last Friday night Mrs. Sarah Margaret Clark, wife of Mr. J. W. Clark, died in Perry at the residence of Mr. T. M. Killen, where she and her husband were boarding. For many years Mrs. Clark had been in feeble health, and about six years ago she approached very near unto death, and it was

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)