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The End of a Strong Man: Thomas W. Glover (1903)

Yesterday, I shared the peculiarly sad story of the death of mother Marielle Nesbitt Glover and her 19-day-old daughter. Here you'll read two obituaries for the husband and father of that family -- Thomas Worth Glover. Atlanta Constitution  (Georgia) Wednesday, 24 June 1903 MORTUARY. Hon. Thomas W. Glover, Marietta. Marietta, Ga., June 23. -- (Special.) -- Hon. Thomas W. Glover died at his home here at 6 o'clock this evening, after an illness of several months. Mr. Glover was one of Marietta's most prominent citizens. He was a successful business man and has been a leading figure in politics. He served many times as mayor and for twenty years has held some official position in the county. He was 45 years of age at the time of his death. He was the youngest son of the late John H. Glover. He is survived by his mother and two brothers, Hon. J. B. Glover, of Marietta, and Hayward Glover, of Atlanta. Atlanta Constitution  (Georgia) Thursday, 25 June 1903 The End of a Strong Ma

Mother & Child: Marielle Nesbitt Glover (d. 1896)

My Wife, My Child, My All. God's Will Be Done. Atlanta Constitution  (Georgia) Saturday, 9 May 1896 MRS. T. W. GLOVER IS DEAD. WIFE OF HON. T. W. GLOVER DIES AT MARIETTA. Great Grief in Her Home City and Many Houses Close -- Will Be Buried Tomorrow Morning. A death that will touch many hearts with grief occurred at Marietta yesterday afternoon. It was the death of Mrs. T. W. Glover, the young, beautiful and lovely wife of Hon. T. W. Glover, many times mayor of Marietta and one of the most popular citizens of the state. The death was one of peculiar sadness. Mrs. Glover was just in the bloom of youth and beauty and would not have been twenty-one years old until next July. She was a favorite in a wide circle of friends and the news of her death will fall as a terrible shock among those who knew and loved her. Her death was not unexpected, as she had been critically ill for some months, but her family and friends never gave up hope to the last. She was given the benefit of the very be

Col. Robert Taylor Nesbitt Laid to Rest in Episcopal Cemetery (1913)

He was a son of Hugh O'Keefe Nesbitt and Martha Berrien . A biographical sketch follows the obituary. Marrietta Journal  (Georgia) Friday, 21 February 1913 COL. R. T. NESBITT RESTS IN EPISCOPAL CEMETERY Confederate Veterans, Daughter of Confederacy and Masons Join In Final Tribute to Well Known Citizen. Col. Robert Taylor Nesbitt passed into rest last Thursday evening February 13th. He was perfectly resigned and talked to his wife about his funeral, asking that it be from Union Chapel so his neighbors could all be there. Just before the end he awoke from a light sleep and assured Mrs. Nesbitt that their only daughter, who died long ago, had come to him and his face shone with joy. He and his devoted wife had 'walked hand in hand from dawn till dusk, each evening nearer paradise,' for nearly fifty years and his only regret at leaving was that she would miss him. He was conscious and bade her a tender farewell while their two sons, their niece, and Mrs. Nesbitts [sic] two sis

A Calm and Peaceful Death for Mrs. Martha Berrien Duncan (1896)

She was a daughter of Dr. Richard Berrien and Eliza Bolling Delony, and her first husband was Hugh O'Keefe Nesbitt. Marietta Journal  (Georgia) Thursday, 16 July 1896 DEATH OF MRS. DUNCAN. Mrs. Martha Berrien Duncan died at the residence of Mr. T. W. Glover, in this place, on last Monday morning, aged 76 years. Her death was calm and peaceful, like 'one drawing the drapery of his couch around him and lying down to pleasant dreams.' She was the mother of Col. R. T. Nesbitt, State Agricultural Commissioner, and was a most estimable and lovable woman. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and was truly a Christian, and lived and practiced those virtues of charity, kindness and good deeds that alleviate suffering and gave happiness to human hearts. Her funeral took place at the Presbyterian Church on last Tuesday morning, Rev. Dr. Butrolph and Rev. J. H. Patton officiating. Her remains were buried in the Episcopal cemetery. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved. Entered

Death of Mrs. Jane Cattell After a Remarkable Surgical Operation (1890)

The surgery involved a 7-inch incision and a forty-pound tumor. Marietta Journal  (Georgia) Thursday, 23 October 1890 Mother Jane C. Cattell July 4, 1824 - Oct 20, 1890 Asleep in Jesus DEATH OF MRS. CATTELL AFTER A REMARKABLE SURGICAL OPERATION. Mrs. Jane C. Cattell, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. James G. Hughes, on last Monday morning at 11 o'clock, aged 68 years. She had been in ill health for a long time owing to a growth of a tumor in her stomach. It was sapping and insidiously destroying her life, and as death was inevitable, she made up her mind to undergo a surgical operation and have the tumor removed. For some weeks the Doctors gave her constitutional treatment, to build up her system, so she would have physical strength to endure the ordeal. On last Monday, one week ago, Drs. N. N. Gober and G. Tennent performed the operation, assisted by Drs. Cortelyou, Rossignol and Kemp. An incision of about four inches was made in the stomach, but, owning [sic] to the im

Hugh Nesbitt Starnes, Prominent Georgian, Dies in Alabama (1926)

  Augusta Chronicle  (Georgia) Tuesday, 5 January 1926 HUGH H. [sic]  STARNES, FORMER AUGUSTANS, [sic]  DIES IN ALABAMA News has just reached Augusta of the death on January 1, of Hugh Nesbit Starnes, a prominent Georgian and former Augustan, in Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Starnes, who was connected with the National Cast Iron Pipe company, had been a resident of Birmingham for several years. Mr. Starnes was about 70 years of age. Up to the time of his death he had been in good health and was a strong, active man. He was the son of Ebenezer Starnes, a prominent judge and well known lawyer of Augusta. Hugh Starnes was born in Augusta, and was educated at the Richmond academy. He finished his training at the University of Georgia, and graduated at Athens with the class of 1875. This well known class had its fiftieth anniversary at Athens last commencement full of health and hope. Mr. Starnes was present. He had always taken a prominent part in these reunions. At one time he lived in Savannah, a

Mrs. Mary Ella Law: From Cincinnati, Ohio to Marietta, Georgia

Cobb County Times  (Georgia) Thursday, 28 June 1917 DEATH OF MRS. W. F. LAW Mrs. Mary Ella Law died at her residence on Whitlock Avenue Saturday night. The funeral services were conducted from the residence on Monday afternoon, Dr. J. H. Patton officiating. 'Safe in The Arms of Jesus' and 'Some Day, Some Time We'll Understand' were the beautiful hymns sung by a quartet choir composed of Mrs. E. P. Dobbs, Mrs. Henry Wyatt, and Messrs. Vivian Waddell, and Hemp. The interment was in the Episcopal Cemetery, the pall-bearers being Messrs James Groves, A. S. Cohen, T. L. Wallace, Henry Wyatt, Claude Daniel and E. L. Faw, all officers of the Church she loved so well. Mrs. Law was laid to rest beside the grave of her husband, Mr. W. F. Law, who died nearly four years ago. Those from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. William Sleet, Mrs. Wlaker Glenn, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Glenn, Mrs. Chas. Moody, Mrs. Groves Cohen, and Mr. Wm. Rosenberg, all of Atlanta. Mrs. Law is sur

Mrs. Nellie Cothran's Sweet Young Life Ended in 1921

Per the gravestone placed for her in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery upon Red Top Mountain in Bartow County, Georgia, Nellie possibly died in childbirth. The same stone suggests the infant was buried with her. However, there is no mention of the baby in the obituary transcribed below. Tribune-News  (Cartersville, Georgia) 15 December 1921 MRS. NELLIE COTHRAN On one bright December day, just as the golden sun was rising at six o'clock and ten minutes, God sent a holy angel and called the dear companion of Mr. Ben Cothran home to God, where her rest will be forever in the arms of our dear Sabior. [sic] It seems so sad to give Nellie up in her sweet young life. She was ever ready to do anything or her fellow-man and a true worker for her Lord and Master. [Nellie and Ben] had been married one year and three months, and their married life was the happiest time of their lives. Weep not, dear ones, for Nellie, for she is waiting in heaven for you. Yes, we miss her in the morning; miss the

Mrs. Beulah Bell Ivey Wilson (1880-1901) Died on Her One-Year Wedding Anniversary

Beulah Bell was the daughter of John E. and Narcissa Ivey. Both daughter and mother were buried at Pinehurst City Cemetery in Dooly County, Georgia. Vienna Progress  (Georgia) 19 December 1901 OBITUARY. Mrs. Beulah Wilson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Ivey, was born Oct. 27th, 1880, and died at her home in Findlay, Dooly county, Nov. 18th, 1901. Sister Wilson was converted and joined the Methodist church under the ministry of Rev. F. L. Stokes in 1898. On Nov. the 18th, 1900, she was happily married to Mr. B. L. Wilson. She was a devoted wife, an affectionate daughter and a loving sister. Two of three months before her own fatal illness her mother and two brothers were ill for weeks. Her unselfish devotion to them was beautiful. Day and night, with unswerving vigilence, [sic] she waited upon them as an angel of mercy. She had a bright, cheerful spirit, and was much beloved by those who knew and associated with her. An aged father and mother, several brothers and a host of frie

In Loving Remembrance of Dear Husband Hiram Peavy (1896)

Hiram Peavy was born 4 February 1854 in Georgia, son of Abram Y. Peavey (d. 1864) and Priscilla Jane Layfield. In 1879, Hiram married Laura McCormick (1858-1925). She was a daughter of Thomas Franklin McCormick (1828-1893) and Eliza J. Bass (1838-1913). (Pine Ridge Cemetery at Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia) Vienna Progress  (Georgia) 19 March 1896 IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE Of A Dear Husband. Mr. Hiram Peavy died at our home near Pinehurst, Feb. 5th 1896 after a painful illness of eight days. He was born in Dooly county, Feb. 4th 1856, married Jan. 2nd 1879 and baptized into the fellowship of Pinehurst Baptist church July 22nd 1892 by Rev. J. J. Hyman. God in his wisdom has taken him from us, but we feel that our loss is his eternal gain. I asked him a few minutes before he died if he did not feel better. He said that he felt better in spirit and was prepared to die. Oh! how hard it is for me to realize that he is gone and we can never see his dear face nor hear his kind voice again. Lef

The Death Angel Took Maggie Mae Calhoun in its Cold Embrace in 1910

Maggie was a daughter of George W. and Susie Calhoun. Pine Ridge Cemetery is located at Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia. Vienna News  (Georgia) 17 May 1910 IN MEMORY. The death angel has once again spread its broad wings over our home and taken in its cold embrace the spirit of our dear sister Maggie Mae Calhoun and bore it away to Him who gave. Her sickness was of several days duration of that dreadful disease -- pneumonia, when God relieved her of her suffering and rewarded her with a crown of glory. She was spared to us for a season of 19 years and 26 days when God saw how beautiful our darling was and sent an angel from the throne on April 4, 1910 and transported her to the world above, where we again hope to meet her in the likeness of our glorified Lord. Her remains were interred at Pine Ridge cemetery. Rev. L. E. Pearce conducted the funeral service, pointing the loved ones to a home where sorrow and sad partings never come. We miss thee from our home dear Maggie, We miss thee

Two Wives of Edward Thombley

Edward Thombley was born 22 November 1837 in Dale County, Alabama to Thomas Thombley and Sarah Cross. On 4 June 1861, Edward enlisted in Company I of the 2nd Florida Infantry (CSA). He participated in the Battle of Gettysburg, was wounded in the right arm, and taken as prisoner on 3 July 1863. He was released from Fort Delaware after signing an Oath of Allegiance in June 1865. After the war, on 10 January 1867 at Dooly County, Georgia, Edward married Martha Calhoun. She died on 24 November 1900. A tribute to the memory of Mrs. Thombley was published in the 20 December 1900 Vienna Progress  (Georgia) - In Memory of Mrs. Thombley. On the 24th of November death visited our midst and took from us our dear aged grandmother, Mrs. E. H. Thombley. She was sick only a few hours when God called her to join his happy band. Although being sixty-eight years of age, she leaves a husband, brother, four children, a host of grandchildren and friends to mourn her loss. She had been a consistent member o

Col. Charles T. Goode: Another Silver-Tongued Orator

Silver-tongued orator - An eloquent and persuasive speaker. This term has been around since the sixteenth century, when it was applied to the preacher Henry Smith (ca. 1550–91) and to Joshua Sylvester (1563–1618), a translator. Silver has long been equated with something fast-flowing and dazzlingly bright, and thus is a natural metaphor for eloquent speech. The best-known recipient of the epithet “silver-tongued orator” was William Jennings Bryan (1860–1925), who not only was a wonderful speaker but advocated the free coinage of silver; he won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1896 as a result of a speech in which he said, “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” -- The Dictionary of Clich├ęs by Christine Ammer (2013) Another one to receive that moniker was Georgia's own Col. Charles T. Goode (1835-1875). His final resting place is Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Houston County, Georgia. Weekly Sumter Republican (Americus, Georgia) 22 January 1875 - pg. 2 Dea


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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)