29 May 2013

It's Wedding Wednesday, but Did She Get the Divorce?

James W. Gary [sic] & Mary E. Hines Record of Marriage Dated
6 October 1858 in Bibb County, Georgia
[FamilySearch.org:  Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967]

Mary appears to be petitioning for a divorce less than four years later.
[Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 2 July 1862, pg. 4] 

Still a GEARY, but no sign of James in the surrounding lot.

Mary E. Geary
Aug. 1830
Feb. 1888

Rose Hill Cemetery
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
[Photo by James Allen]

19 May 2013

Henry's Heart Stopped on Christmas Day

Photo by James Allen
"Attended by a large number of friends and acquaintances, the funeral of Henry H. Hart, whose death occurred Wednesday night, was held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock from St. Joseph's Catholic church, Rev. Father Madden officiating. Many large and beautiful floral offerings evidenced the high esteem in which he had been held by his friends. Interment followed at Rose Hill cemetery." [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 27 December 1912, pg. 7]

10 May 2013

Hazel was Sick for but a Very Short While

Photo by James Allen
Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
23 Janury 1904, pg. 8

Was Niece of Mrs. S. H. Singleton.
Funeral Arrangements to Be Announced Later.

Mrs. S. H. Singleton received a telegram yesterday evening from McRae, stating that her niece, Miss Hazel Marguis, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Marguis has died from typhoid fever.

Miss Marguis had been sick for but a very short while when the dread disease claimed her among its many victims.

She was 17 years of age. The deceased has visited here and has many friends in this city. It is thought that the remains will be brought here for interment; although the full arrangements are not yet completed. Should this be the case the burial will take place some time tomorrow.
Tampa Tribune (Florida)
28 January 1904, pg. 7
Miss Hazel Marquis Dead.
A telegram to her relatives in this city brings the sad intelligence that Miss Hazel Marquis died at her home in McRae, Ga., last Saturday. She was about 18 years of age, and was a daughter of W. R. Marquis, a brother of T. L. Marquis, of Bartow.

09 May 2013

Faithful is the Word

William G. White
Born Aug 12, 1841
Died Jan 22, 1885
One Word Tells The Story Of His Life
Husband. Father.
Husband of Annie Amos White (1842-1929)
who rests beside him in Rose Hill Cemetery.

08 May 2013

Death and Funeral of Mrs. J. B. DeVries

Photo by James Allen


The funeral services of Mrs. Juliet Benton DeVries was held yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock from Christ Episcopal church. The services were conducted by Rev. Charles H. Lee, rector of St. Pauls Episcopal church, and the interment was in Rose Hill cemetery. The following acted as pallbearers: Ralph Birdsey, Judge C. L. Bartlett, Will Harrold, J. Ross Bowdre, George M. Wicker and R. K. Hines.

Mrs. DeVries was for many years one of the leading workers of Christ Episcopal church in this city. She was a sister of Mrs. L. E. Mallery, matron of the Julia P. Jones Home, with who she resided, and of Mrs. Robert Findlay, of this city. [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 7 August 1918, pg. 4]

04 May 2013

His Name Silent Upon Our Roll

Here is a portion of an eloquently written correspondence about Amos Benton, of yesterday's post, from the Bibb Cavalry headquarters at Camp Jackson in Savannah, Georgia. It's dated 23 January 1862, and was published in the Macon Telegraph a couple of days later.
Death has for the first time invaded our ranks and taken from us in the person of Amos Benton, a comrade in arms, whom we loved and respected. A companion whose sympathy and aid, was freely extended to the distressed. Social in his intercourse, frank in his manner, fair and honorable in his dealings he was well fitted to rivet more closely, the cords of friendship which binds the soldier's heart. Though longpassed [sic] the prime of youth, though the frosts of many winters had whitened his locks, and age had seemingly unfitted him for the active duties of a soldier; yet when his country called, and Georgia's standard floated to the breeze, in defiance of Northern oppression; he rallied to the call, and side by side with her protectors, he marched to her defence, bearing with cheerfulness, the toils, fatigues and cares, of a camp life, his whole efforts were directed to advance the interest and promote the comfort of the corps to which he was attached. But a few days since we beheld him among us, in health and vigor, and ere we could realize that he was seriously ill, death had claimed him for his own, and had born him to the silent tomb. Though his place shall be vacant in our ranks and his name silent upon our roll, yet we submissively bow to the will of Him whom, "whatsoever He doeth, He doeth well."

03 May 2013

Amos Benton: Peace to His Ashes

The remains of Amos Benton, Esq., were escorted to Rose Hill Cemetery, yesterday, by a portion of the officers and members of Macon Masonic Lodge, Companies B, Floyd Rifles and Macon Volunteers, and a large concourse of citizens. He had resided in this city for many years, and was suddenly stricken down while in his country's service as a member of the Bibb Cavalry. Peace to his ashes." [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 22 January 1862, pg. 1]

Photo by James Allen

Amos was the father of Clarissa Benton Jessop and Mary Benton Findlay, both before mentioned on this blog.

Amos Benton was born in Connecticut according to the 1860 Bibb County, Georgia federal census. He is also mentioned in Volume 1 of Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut as a son of Ambrose Benton and Mary Evarts. Amos married Ann Beall Owens 10 February 1831, and they had the following children: William Augustus (b. 1837), Mary Ann (b. 1839), Julietta (b. 1844), Ellen Louisa (b. 1846), and Clarissa Augusta (b. 1852).

02 May 2013

Double Bereavement for Mrs. Robert Findlay

Resting not far from Clarissa Benton Jessop is her sister, Mary Benton Findlay. In the fall of 1913, Mrs. Findlay had to endure a turbulent season of life:

While the body of her daughter, Mrs. Richard L. Edwards, whose death occurred at Manchester Friday, lay at the home of Mrs. Wilson Edwards last night awaiting the arrival of relatives for the funeral that will take place today, Mrs. Robert Findlay, 109 Heard street, received a message of the death late yesterday afternoon of her sister, Mrs. Alfred Jessop, at Columbus. Mrs. Findlay is also critically ill.

Mrs. Jessop was for many years a resident of Macon, and her husband was in business here. She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Misses Edna and Edith Jessop, all of Columbus; and three sisters, Mrs. Robert Findlay, Mrs. Juliette DeVires and Mrs. L. C. Mallary, all of Macon.

The body will be brought to Macon, arriving here this afternoon at 4:50 o'clock over the Central of Georgia railway. The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from Christ Episcopal church, Rev. John S. Bunting, the rector, officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill cemetery." [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 24 November 1913, pg. 6 -- Digital image viewed online at GenealogyBank.]
Mrs. Findlay's condition must have downgraded at least a bit from critical, as she lived about another eight years before joining her sister in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Cropped from a James Allen original.

Book about the Robert Findlay Iron Works in Macon:

01 May 2013

Lizzie is Clarissa, One of Macon's Fairest Flowers

Photo by James Allen
When researching bits and pieces of the life of yesterday's subject, I uncovered what I think is an interesting note. Whenever I see the nickname of "Lizzie," I usually first think it short for the name Elizabeth. In this instance, I would be way off. Here, Lizzie = Clarissa.

Macon Telegraph (Georgia)
10 June 1880, pg. 4
Marriage on Walnut Street.
Last evening, at the residence of Dr. Roosevelt, on Walnut street, the Rev. Otis A. Glazebrook officiating, Miss Lizzie Benton, was married to Alfred Jessop, Esq., of York, Penn. The bride is one of Macon's fairest flowers, daughter of Amos Benton, Esq., the groom a member of the firm of Jessop & Smith, of this city, manager of A. B. Farquhar's Southern Depot, Pennsylvania Agricultural Works, a young man of fine business and social qualities, who, since his residence in this city, has won for himself a host of friends. May prosperity and happiness follow them through life.

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