20 June 2016

It is Not the Object of the Writer to Eulogize the Dead, Jerusha Wakeman

Departed this life, on Saturday the 25th of October last, at Macon, Ga., JERUSHA C. WAKEMAN, in the 73d year of her age.

It is not the object of the writer to eulogize the dead, but to present for the satisfaction of living friends here and elsewhere, impressions of the real character of the deceased, produced by a long life of unobtrusive piety and usefulness.

Mrs. Wakeman was by profession an instructress of youth, and continued in this useful employment until the infirmities of age demanded repose.  In the discharge of her duties as a teacher she was faithful and conscientious and her faculty for teaching was a peculiar gift, consequently she was eminently successful and the amount of good conferred on Society by her self denying labors, cannot be computed.  But the feature which imparted the purest lustre to the character of the deceased, was her humble, unobtrusive, but devoted piety.  She had for a long series of years been a member of the Episcopal Church, and truly did she illustrate in her daily walk and conversation the beautiful and evangelical spirit of that Church.  She was faithful in the discharge of all her obligations, but especially so in the duties she owed to the Church as one of its professing members.  Her attendance on the public and private observances of the House of God was most punctual and uniform, and her charity was conferred in a manner so delicate as to induce the recipient to believe that it was a favor confered [sic] on herself.

She has doubtless gone to her reward and her works do follow her.

A FRIEND.  Macon, Nov. 7th, 1862.  [Macon Telegraph (Georgia) – 8 November 1862, pg. 2]

I found mention of Mrs. Wakeman's burial in The History of Christ Church Parish Macon, Georgia by Oliver Hart and Calder Payne (Omnipress, 1974).  The entry, noted as being from a book of deaths held by the church, listed her as Mrs. J. C. Wakeman.  The date and location of her funeral was given as 26 October 1862 at Rose Hill Cemetery.

A search of the RoseHillCemetery.org database did not reveal a record for Jerusha Wakeman.  It's possible her grave is unmarked.  There is, however, a record of the burial of her husband James (d. 1861).  If Jerusha C., born 1789-1792 in Connecticut, rests near her husband, they are in the Magnolia Ridge section, Block 1, Lot 7.

16 June 2016

Pulaski S. Holt Outlived Them All

What started out as a research task that *should* have been completed in an hour, ended (after several hours) with five pages of hand-written notes and a promise made to myself to revisit the old family often to see how much more I can learn.

If you wander around Rose Hill Cemetery often enough, as I believe I have, you'll notice certain surnames are more plentiful than others.  Holt is one of those names.  Here is the family plot purchased by Col. Pulaski S. Holt in 1854.


There are at least six individuals buried in this lot, in addition to Pulaski S. Holt, Sr.  They are three of his sons, his second wife, a daughter, and a niece.

Col. Holt was married once prior to his union with the wife buried here.  That wife, as well as two additional children, are buried elsewhere.  Furthermore, I believe there is yet another daughter who died at a very young age.  Pulaski outlived them all.

Pulaski S. Holt, son of Thaddeus Holt and Martha Goode, married first Lavinia Richardson October 1824 in Hancock County, Georgia.  They had four children:  Jane, Pulaski S. Jr., Thaddeus G., and Peyton C. Holt.

Lavinia Richardson Holt died 11 August 1836 per Milledgeville's Southern Recorder -

DIED – At their residence near Eatonton, on the 11th inst. Mrs. LAVINIA HOLT, wife of Col. Pulaski S. Holt, in the 32d year of her age.

jholt-fagI believe Jane, born about 1825, was the first child of Lavinia and Pulaski Holt.  A memorial was placed for her, her brother, and her mother in Union Church Cemetery at Eatonton, Putnam County.  Jane died at Sparta, Hancock County in 1827.  She was just two years old.

Thaddeus G. Holt, born about 1831, passed away six years after his sister -

Here lie the remains of Thaddeus G. Holt son of P. S. & L. Holt who departed this life in June 1833 in the 2nd year of his age.

Peyton C. and Pulaski S. Jr. died in consecutive years.  Peyton in 1857 at age 24, and Pulaski in 1858 at age 29.  Both rest in the family plot at Rose Hill.

Rose Hill - Aug 2013

Pulaski Holt, Sr. married again in May 1838 to Charity N. Grimes, daughter of Thomas Grimes of Greene County.  This union produced, I believe, two daughters and one son.

For the 1840 Putnam County Federal census, there is a female under the age of five noted along with Pulaski, Sr., Charity, Pulaski, Jr., and Peyton.  Of course, this daughter could belong to either Lavinia or Charity.  I have no other information other than a digital family group sheet that does list a daughter born 1839 and died 1843.  I actually thought it an error initially, but the census changed my mind.  Admittedly, I am still skeptical of the listed name – Valerie Catherine Holt.

Charity Grimes Holt died 4 April 1880 in her 67th year.  Daughter Julia died 1857, a few months before her 16th birthday.

Rose Hill - Aug 2013-001

The last of the children of Pulaski and Charity Holt was a young son, Grimes.  He passed away two months before his 14th birthday.

Rose Hill - Aug 2013-002

If all the "1857s" didn't leap out at you, here's the article I found that was the initiator for this post. From the 23 May 1857 Columbus Tri-Weekly Enquirer (Georgia):

DEATH'S DOINGS – The whole community profoundly sympathizes with the family of our friend and fellow-citizen, Col. Pulaski Holt, on account of the afflictive bereavement which has just befallen them.  On Monday the 11th, Miss Julia A. Holt, an only daughter, was buried.  On yesterday, a son, Peyton C. Holt, aged 22, was consigned to the tomb.  And to-day another son, Grimes Holt, who died yesterday noon is to be buried.  And we also learn that Mrs. H. is now lying very ill! Truly this is a sad record of Death's doings in one family, within ten days! – Daily Georgia Citizen

Col. Pulaski S. Holt, Sr. lived 28 more years after burying his last child, and 6 more years after burying his second wife, before succumbing to "feeble" health 11 July 1886.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) – 12 July 1886 – pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]

Death of Col. Holt
Col. Pulaski S. Holt died at his late residence, 129 Orange street, at half-past three o'clock yesterday afternoon.

Col. Holt was born in Hancock county in April, 1797, and was consequently eighty-nine years old.  He was the oldest lawyer in the State, he and the late John P. King, of Augusta, having held the two oldest licenses.  His life was an interesting one.  With his father he lived in Fort Wilkinson, in Baldwin county, long before Fort Hawkins was built.  For thirty-seven years he was a resident of Macon.

He had been in feeble health for the past year, and was confined to his bed six weeks prior to his death.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) – 13 July 1886 – pg. 7

Funeral of Col. Holt
The funeral of the late Col. Pulaski S. Holt occurred yesterday from his late residence on Orange street, and his remains were followed to Rose Hill by a large number of friends, among them the oldest citizens of the city.

Col. Holt was the oldest living graduate of the University of Georgia, having as his class-mate and room-mate Major John Park, the father of our fellow-citizen, Capt. R. E. Park.  They graduated in 1820.

…Col. Holt was very successful as a lawyer and planter, and, before the war, was a very wealthy citizen.  He was distinguished for his rare courtesy and polish of manner and his genial disposition.  No man in Georgia, except the late Judge E. Y. Hill, ever equaled him in politeness and geniality.

For over thirty years he had been a citizen of Macon, having moved here from Eatonton.  He leaves two grandsons, having survived all of his children…

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.
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