19 May 2016

Suffered Burns from Embers in Woods? (Mary Palmer's Story)

Rose Hill - Feb 2009 (2) 040Mary L. Palmer was born about June 1858 in Georgia to Samuel B. and Mary (Lewis) Palmer.  Six months after her birth, Mary's mother passed away at the age of just 25 years.  Though listed with her father for the 1870 U.S. Federal census in Savannah, Mary seems to have been "away" at school by the age of 16.  Here's the rest of her story, told in a local newspaper:

Macon Telegraph and Messenger (Georgia)
16 March 1875, pg. 4
Death of Mary Palmer.
This young lady, about 16 years of age, died a day or two ago from the effects of burns she had received.  She was walking in the woods near her school at Cartersville, and, from the information we obtain, her clothing caught on fire from some burning embers in the woods.  Her companions rushed to her rescue and assisted in the extinguishment of her apparel.  She was taken to her school, and her father, Mr. Samuel Palmer, of Savannah, was telegraphed to as to her condition.

Mr. Palmer, we learn, left immediately to visit his daughter, and the opinion was that she would recover from the effects of her burns.  Mr. Palmer's business called him away, and during his absence his daughter relapsed.  The effects of the burns were more severe than pronounced.  He was again sent for, and before he could reach her she was dead.

Being conscious of her situation, she requested that her remains should be deposited by the side of her mother and her grandparents in the family lot in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Cubbedge, a friend of the parents of the girl, received the remains at his residence, and the last sad rites were performed by the Rev. Mr. Rees yesterday afternoon.

Miss Palmer's mother was the daughter of the late F. F. and Julia Ann Lewis, of this city, who were among the first members of the Presbyterian Church of this city.
I must admit, my skeptic side reared a bit when reading this story of Miss Palmer's death.  I don't quite understand the circumstances of her being burned enough to believe it happened just as was written, I guess.  Mary does appear to have been a mature young lady to make a level-headed decision as the one she faced when near death.  I hate to think of her being alone at that time.

I do not have a good photo for Mary's tombstone in the Central Avenue District of Rose Hill Cemetery.  The photo at top (taken 2009) shows where her stone is leaning, and you can see a CUBBEDGE stone to the left of hers.  I cannot say, however, if this is indeed the family that accepted her remains.

The left side of the image below was taken by James Allen about 2007.  It appears the stone was lying on the ground.  For the right side, I just inverted the colors to maybe make it easier to read.  You should be able to click any picture to enlarge it.

Mary L. Palmer
Daughter of Saml B. Palmer
Died March 10, 1875
Aged 16 Y'rs, 8 Ms, 20 Ds
When she died on earth, she was born in Heaven.

Rose Hill - J Allen

A very nice picture of Mary's tombstone can be viewed at FindAGrave.  The memorial was created January 2015, and I see the stone is standing upright.  That makes me happy.

Also on FindAGrave is a memorial for Mary's father, Samuel B. Palmer.  He rests at Bonaventure Cemetery in Chatham County.

24 March 2016

Clarence Cubbedge Fought Illness for Many Months

Clarence Cubbedge was a well known business man in Macon, Georgia.  For more than a decade (at least) he was involved in hardware.  In June of 1912, Clarence took leave of the business for health reasons, but hoped to be back soon.  His decision was posted in a local newspaper, the Macon Telegraph :


Before the end of 1912, Clarence was unfortunately confined to the Georgia State Sanitarium at Milledgeville.  His wife Etta applied for letters of guardianship over his property.  This, too, was posted in the Macon Telegraph.

Finally, in September 1913, Clarence lost his battle.  Per the Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 8 September 1913, pg. 3, as viewed online at GenealogyBank.

For Many Years He Was In Hardware Business In Macon -- A Quiet, Unassuming Man With Many Friends.

Clarence H. Cubbedge, aged 54 years, and for many years engaged in the hardware and crockery business in Macon, died yesterday at a private sanitarium.  He had been in ill health for a long time.

Mr. Cubbedge was born in Macon and for a time he was a member of the firm of Cubbedge and Redding.  He was a modest and unassuming gentleman and one who had a great many friends.

Besides his widow, Mr. Cubbedge leaves four daughters and two sons:  Misses Meta, Fairlie, Annie and Henrietta Cubbedge and Messrs. Clarence and Cooper Cubbedge.  One brother, Richard W. Cubbedge, of Bluefields, W. Va., also survives.

The funeral will be held this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock from the residence, 217 College street, Dr. E. C. Dargan, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Charles H. Lee, rector of St. Paul's church, officiating.  The interment will be made at Rose Hill cemetery.

22 March 2016

Richard W. Cubbedge: Sketch of the Life of the Deceased

cubbedge16976phThe obituary for Richard W. Cubbedge states he was born "in Savannah [Georgia] about sixty-five years ago." The 1870 Bibb County, Georgia Federal census suggests Richard was born about 1829 in South Carolina.

Mr. Cubbedge's obituary (shared below) also lists his living children.  A daughter, Metta, passed away almost fourteen years before.  She is profiled here.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
15 June 1891, Pg. 6



Sketch of the Life of the Deceased - He Was Well Known and Liked in Macon - Many Years Resident and Business Man.

Mr. R. W. Cubbedge, one of the best known and most popular citizens of Macon, died at 5 o'clock yesterday evening.

He had been lingering for many days and his death was not unexpected, but none the [l]ess regretted, by the people of Macon.

Until his past serious attack, about three weeks ago, Mr. Cubbedge seemed to be in fairly good health, but a complication of liver, kidney and other disorders caused him to fail rapidly after being confined to his bed.

Mr. Richard W. Cubbedge was born in Savannah about sixty-five years ago.  More than half his life, however, had been spent in Macon.

At the beginning of the war, Mr. Cubbedge was made cashier of a savings bank which did business until 1865, after which he entered an insurance and brokerage firm, the style of which was Cubbedge, Caldwell & Co., and afterward Cubbedge, Hazlehurst & Co.

About ten years ago Mr. Cubbedge engaged by himself in the real estate, rental and insurance business, which he was conducting up to the time of his last illness.

When the Bibb county Board of Education was first organized in 1873 Mr. Cubbedge was its secretary and he was an active member of the board up to the time of his death.  During his long service on the board he was always watchful of the educational interests of Bibb county and was ever on the alert to see that the school funds were properly utilized.

Mr. Cubbedge leaves behind him a wife, two sons, Clarence H. and R. W. Cubbedge, Jr., and two daughters, Mrs. George S. Obear and Miss Fannie Cubbedge.

He was a man of warm sympathies, strict business integrity and generous heart.  On countless occasions he put himself to inconvenience in order to accommodate others, and he will always be remembered for the kindly spirit which he cherished for all that knew him.

The funeral take [will] take place this afternoon, at 5 o'clock from the First Baptist Church.

05 November 2015

Metta Cubbedge: the Fair Flower has Been Rudely Broken

Original photo by James Allen.
Slightly enhanced image above by Stephanie Lincecum.
...And Rose Hill had another fair sleeper awaiting the end of all things...

Metta Cubbedge was born 26 April 1861 in Georgia to Richard W. and Anna M. Cubbedge. The beginning of 1877 saw Metta as a bright scholar of the junior class at Macon, Georgia's Wesleyan College. She was described, in reference to her role as a student, as "faithful to every duty, never by word or action, disobeying her preceptors."

Metta also had an active extracurricular life. She was President of a secret literary society (it was only allowed to maintain a member number of 30) at Wesleyan known as the Philomathean* Society. She also seemed to enjoy singing. Newspaper articles included her name when describing performances by Macon's Baptist Church choir, as well as Wesleyan's Philomathean Society. Miss Metta Cubbedge was often singled out as a soloist. She was described as having a "sweet modest voice." And her rendition of a song called "The Old Arm Chair" was noted as having a "tender pathos and sweet, sad music."

But before the summer of 1877 ended, Metta was dead. The young 16 year old was struck down by typhoid fever. An illness that lasted a mere 10 days.

Before I share a couple of articles about Metta's death and funeral, I'd like to pose a question: Was Metta's death forseshadowed? If I read an article about her funeral correctly (it's transcribed below), a "dying companion" told Metta she would either die young, die soon, or something of the sort. Please comment with any thoughts you might have on this, especially if you think I'm way off base.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
1 September 1877, pg. 4
Death of Miss Metta Cubbedge.
The sad intelligence of the death of this young lady reached the city yesterday and threw over her large circle of friends and acquaintances a profound feeling of sadness.

She is a daughter of Mr. R. W. Cubbedge, a prominent banker of this city, and had been spending the summer at Griffin, Georgia, with friends, where she had won by her gentle deportment a host of ardent admirers.

About ten days ago she was taken ill with fever, which rapidly developed into typhoid, and ended her young life yesterday at ten and a half o'clock.

A telegram Friday evening announcing that all the symptoms of the disease were better, deterred Mr. Cubbedge from going up with his family physician, Dr. Boone. Another yesterday morning brough[t] the sad intelligence that she was sinking, and in a few hours after she died.

The remains were brought down on the Central railroad yesterday evening and the funeral will take place from Mr. Cubbedge's residence, on College street, this morning.

All who knew Miss Metta Cubbedge loved her for her many traits of character. She was a member of the junior class at the Wesleyan College this past year and all her companions were devotedly attached to her. Her rendition of the "old arm chair" will never be forgotten by those who heard it for its tender pathos and sweet, sad music. She was just verging into womanhood, but the fair flower has been rudely broken by the hand of death. We tender our sincerest sympathies to the bereaved parents in this sad hour of their mysterious affliction.
Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
2 September 1877, pg. 4
Funeral of Miss Metta Cubbedge.
...The badges of the members of the Philomathean Society, of which she was President, were draped with mourning...

The services were conducted at the grave, and Rose Hill had another fair sleeper awaiting the end of all things. A strange presentiment has, it seems, taken possession of the young lady, that she would soon die in verification of a remark made by a dying companion some two years since, and, during her sickness, she spoke frequently of death and expected the coming of the grim messenger.
*It's also interesting to note another role Metta played in history. The Philomathean Society, founded at Wesleyan College in 1852, and of which Metta Cubbedge was President for a time, later changed its name to Phi Mu. The sorority is active today with more than 228 chapters and is considered to be the second oldest secret organization for women.

29 August 2015

Ellen Washington Bellamy: Strong and Faithful

Middle Georgia has an awesome genealogy and history record source in the Washington Memorial Library, located in Macon. It's situated on Washington Avenue, at the site of the old James H. R. Washington home place. The benefactor behind the library was James' daughter Ellen. And the genealogical and historical room, specifically, was founded by the Mary Hammond Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary Hammond Washington being Ellen's mother.

Ellen Clayton Washington was born 12 April 1842 in Macon.  Her father was at one time mayor of each Milledgeville and Macon, in addition to being a banker and a planter, so as you might imagine Ellen was a well-off and well-educated young lady.

If you'll permit me to jump ahead to the end of Ellen's life for a bit:  she rests in the Washington family lot, Central Avenue Division of Rose Hill Cemetery.  Here is an image of a portion of her ledger marker grave stone --

Enhanced image.  Original by James Allen.

After seeing that, I'm sure you'll understand my surprise in discovering Ellen was actually married for a time. As I began researching her life, I quickly started seeing the name "Ellen Washington Bellamy" come up. It didn't take too long to convince me these two individuals (at first blush) were one and the same.

Finding the first name of Ellen Washington's husband was a bit more difficult, until I located an 8 May 1923 Macon Telegraph news article entitled "Watches Macon Grow From Village To City Of Over 60,000." In the article Mrs. Bellamy was quoted as saying, "Soon after I returned to Macon [about 1861] I married Major Burton Bellamy, a Florida planter and a member of the General Assembly of Florida. In one year I returned to my family, widowed, and I have resided here continually since." -- Well that explains a lot.  [Note:  image at top of post accompanied this article.]

Getting back to the library, it was actually donated to the city of Macon in the name of Ellen's brother, Hugh Vernon Washington. "New Public Library is Given to Macon" in the 30 December 1916 Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) states:
Fifty thousand dollars in cash and deeds for the site of a new public library were today turned over to a board of trustees by Mrs. Ellen Washington Bellamy of this city, the only consideration being that the library be erected as a memorial to her brother, the late Hugh Vernon Washington, said to be a descendant of the famous family of which George Washington was a member.

Negotiations were nearly closed with the Carnegie corporation of New York by which the city was to receive $50,000 for a Carnegie library. Mrs. Bellamy had given the site and asked that a nameplate bearing her brother's name be placed inside the building. This is said to have been objected to by the Carnegie corporation, so Mrs. Bellamy, who is an invalid, decided not only to give the site but money with which to build a "Washington library" and "cut loose" from the Carnegie fund...
It was Mrs. Bellamy's wish to have her funeral conducted within the walls of the library she helped bring to Macon. She passed away the morning of 12 January 1925. Her body lie in state at a local funeral chapel from 5 pm the evening of her death until 10:00 the next morning. It was then moved to Washington Memorial Library.  An article on the front page of the 14 January 1925 Macon Telegraph tells it this way:
Funeral services for Mrs. Bellamy, whose death occurred early Monday morning at the Macon Hospital, after a prolonged illness, were conducted at noon yesterday from the Washington Memorial Library, which she built and donated to the City of Macon as a memorial to her brother, Hugh Vernon Washington.

The funeral service, which was simple in every respect, was attended by hundreds of persons from every walk of life. The last rites were conducted by the Rev. Charles H. Lee, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The body lay in state at Burghard's Chapel from 5 o'clock Monday afternoon until 10 o'clock yesterday morning, where it was viewed by hundreds of persons.

The body was removed in simple procession from Washington Memorial Library to Rose Hill Cemetery...
The bottom of Ellen Clayton Washington Bellamy's ledger marker reads, "Forti Et Fideli. In the end, thou shalt be all in all & I in thee forever." Forti Et Fideli translates to Strong and Faithful.

06 August 2015

Col. James H. R. Washington is No More: Obituary and List of Children

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
22 November 1866, pg. 2 (Via GenealogyBank.)
We regret to announce the death of Col. James H. R. Washington, Postmaster of Macon, which occurred at his residence in this city, at an early hour yesterday morning, after a brief illness -- He was at his office on Monday, attending to his business as usual, but got wet during the day and took a chill soon after returning to his home. From this he rapidly declined, and passed away at the hour already stated.

Col. Washington was, we believe, a native of South Carolina, though he has resided in this city from his early manhood. He was a gentleman of fine intelligence, imbued with much public spirit, and held many public trusts which he managed with ability and good faith. He was for many years agent for the Bank of the State of Georgia, was once or twice an incumbent of the Mayoralty, several times a Representative in the State Legislature, and finally Postmaster, to which office he was appointed at the close of the war. He was a man of decided opinions and ardent temperament, never yielding his convictions to any amount of opposition, or stooping to make a friend. In an acquaintance with Col. Washington that ran through a decade we ever found him a sensible, upright and courteous gentleman. He leaves a wife and several children, all of whom, we believe, have attained their majority, though the loss of his care and counsel will prove a great bereavement to them in these troublous times. They have our sympathy in the deep sorrow that has come upon them.
A monument standing for Col. Washington and his wife Mary A. Hammond Washington lists their children --

Sons: Samuel Hammond, James Henry, LeRoy Hammond, Robert Porter, Hugh Vernon.

Daughters: Ellen Clayton, Mary Elizabeth, Annie Tefft.

James H. R. Washington
Born Wilkes County, Ga. July 19, 1809
Died Macon, Ga. Nov 21, 1866

Mayor of Milledgeville, 1844
Mayor of Macon, 1851

Banker, Planter, Legislator

He Fulfilled Every Duty
With Courage And Fidelity

"Ever green be his memory."

31 July 2015

More NAPIER Stuff: Junior and Senior Die Just Days Apart

In April 1919, a father and son from a prominent Macon family died just days apart. Hendley Varner Napier, Sr. died 1 April 1919 at the age of 73 years. And Hendley Varner Napier, Jr. died 6 April 1919 at the age of 42 years. Here's the story from a local newspaper:

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
2 April 1919, pg. 14


Hendley V. Napier, Sr., died last night at the Williams Sanitorium at 6 o'clock from injuries sustained in an accident about a week ago.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Willie Mae Edwards, Edwardsburg, Idaho, and one son, Hendley V. Napier, Jr., of Macon. Also seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from Burghard's chapel, 718 Cherry street, this (Wednesday) afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rev. J. P. Wardlaw, officiating. Interment in Rose Hill cemetery.
Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
5 April 1919, pg. 12
Town In Tabloid
H. V. NAPIER, well known Macon lawyer, is in a critical condition at his home on Napier avenue with meningitis. Yesterday he was conscious only at intervals.
Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
7 April 1919, pg. 1

Eagles, Odd Fellows
[a]nd Lawyers to Attend the Funeral -- Leaves Wife and Four Children.

Hendley Varner Napier, well-known Macon lawyer, senior member of the law firm of Napier & Maynard, died at 7:50 o'clock last night at his home, No. 200 Napier avenue, after an illness of several days. He was 43 years of age.

Cerebro spinal meningitis, contracted shortly after the death of his father, H. V. Napier, Sr., a few days ago, caused his death. Because of the nature of the disease the funeral services this afternoon will be held at the grave in Rose Hill cemetery...

The funeral will take place at 5 o'clock.

Odd Fellows to Attend.
Franklin Lodge of Odd Fellows will turn out in a body to attend the service at the grave and there will be a delegation from the Macon Bar Association also to attend...

Mr. Napier was born in Macon county, Alabama, on October 15, 1876, and came to Macon, the old Napier home, in 1881. He studied law at Georgetown and Macon and has been in active practice here for several years.

He was a son of the late Hendley Varner Napier, Sr., and Virginia Blackmon Napier. Besides his wife, Viola Ross Napier, he is survived by four children: Marion, John Blackmon, Viola Ross and Hendley Varner Napier.
All articles were transcribed from images of originals available at GenealogyBank.

Once again, I am without photos for this one. Both gentlemen rest under ledger markers in Rose Hill Cemetery, and they each have FindAGrave memorials.
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