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Eli Warren: of Sound Sense and Patriotism (This Time It's Personal)

[Originally posted at the Your Peachy Past blog .] About a week ago, we began a walking tour of Perry, a town in Houston County, Georgia. It took us a little over an hour to visit just under 30 "significant sites". We have many more to go, and definitely plan to finish the tour. One of the sites we had the pleasure to see was a house built for Eli Warren (b. 1801). It dates prior to 1870, and several window panes still with the home today bear dates of 1893 and 1894. The brochure I have to accompany the tour states: "General Warren sat in two constitutional conventions of Georgia, in both of which also sat his only son, and in one of which also his son-in-law, Colonel Goode; a coincidence never equaled in the history of this State." Eli Warren died 14 February 1882 and rests in Evergreen Cemetery, about five blocks from his former home at 906 Evergreen Street. I visited his grave site about four years ago. And here's an obituary from the 15 Febr

Major Ferdinand Phinizy, from Italy to Georgia

In Memory Of Major Ferdinand Phinizy Who Died October 19th, 1818 In The 57th Year Of His Age He Was A Native Of Parma In Italy, But In Early Life Became A Citizen Of The United States He Shared In The Struggles, Advocated The Rights, And Was A Firm Friend To The Independence Of His Adopted Country. ---------------------- Sacred To The Memory Of Mrs. Margaret Phinizy Wife Of Maj. Ferdinand Phinizy Who, Having Adorned The Doctrine Of God Her Saviour By A Life Of Exemplary Piety And Usefulness, Was Called To The Enjoyment Of The Blessed Above On The 22nd Day Of August 1815, Aged 55 Years St. Paul's Church Cemetery Augusta, Georgia Photo © 20013-2015 S. Lincecum

Alexander McLaws, Shipwrecked Immigrant

Interesting story told in stone: His Daughter Hath placed this stone over the body of Alexander M c Laws While on a voyage from Santo Domingo to his home in Scotland, he and his family were shipwrecked off the coast of Georgia, near Darien. After this unfortunate experience, he decided to settle in America, so Augusta was selected as their home, as it was far away from the sea. This was about 1783. St. Paul's Church Cemetery Augusta, Georgia Photo © 2013-2015 S. Lincecum

Mr. Felix McKinne (Tombstone Tuesday)

Always try to point out when a stone is in a different location than a researcher might expect: To the Memory of M r . Felix M c Kinne who departed this life at Savannah the 30 th day of December 1813 in the 39 th year of his age from whence his remains were removed and here deposited. St. Paul's Church Cemetery Augusta, Georgia

St. Paul's Church and Cemetery of Augusta, Georgia (Wordless Wednesday)

From a Force of Muscular Power -- to Dust (John Beale Barnes, Esq.)

Sacred TO THE Memory OF JOHN BEALE BARNES, Esq. who departed this life 6th November 1815 in the 36th year of his age. 9 November 1815 Augusta Herald (Georgia) - pg. 3 DIED, at his seat in Columbia county, on Monday morning last, Major John B. Barnes , aged 36 years. -- He was the evening before in high health and spirits, and on the morning of his death, he rose apparently well, and as he walked into his piazza, was seized with an apoplectic fit, fell, and in three minutes was a corpse. By this dispensation an amiable wife, and two small children are deprived of their best earthly friend, and by it an impressive evidence is furnished to all survivors, of the uncertainty of life, and of the necessity and importance of being at all times prepared for death -- Few persons seemed more likely to attain an advanced age than major Barnes, if an opinion on this subject were to be formed, from personal appearance, from apparent strength of constitution, or force of muscular pow

Col. Ambrose Gordon (Tombstone Tuesday)

Sacred to the memory of COLONEL AMBROSE GORDON who in the various relations of life discharged his duties with fidelity and diligence he was born in the State of New-Jersey on the 28th June 1751 and departed this life on the 28th June 1804 aged 53 St. Paul's Church Cemetery Augusta, Georgia Col. Ambrose Gordon was the father of Georgia railway pioneer William Washington Gordon .

George Steptoe Washington: Gone in Fifteen Minutes

George Steptoe Washington, nephew to President George Washington, died January 1809 at Augusta, Georgia. He was laid to rest in St. Paul's church Cemetery. 28 January 1809 Savannah Republican (Georgia) - pg. 3 AUGUSTA, January 19. Died, suddenly on Tuesday night last, in this place, GEORGE STEPTOE WASHINGTON, esq. of Virginia, nephew of the late President Washington, aged 37 years. This worthy man came to this place about ten days since for the benefit of his health, and from the day of his arrival, had apparently been gaining strength so fast, that flattering hopes were entertained of his complete recovery from a tedious indisposition. On Tuesday night he went to bed in high spirits, and as he supposed much better than he had before been, but a little before twelve o'clock, he was attacked with a fit of coughing in which he ruptured a blood vessel; his friends were immediately called to his assistance, but their efforts and applications were ineffectual, and in about

First Federal Law Enforcement Officer Killed in the Line of Duty (Tombstone Tuesday)

Resting in St. Paul's Church Cemetery at Augusta, Georgia is Robert Forsyth. "Captain of Light Dragoons in Henry 'Light-Horse Harry' Lee's cavalry during the Revolutionary War, Forsyth had been appointed the first marshal for the District of Georgia by President Washington in 1789." (Per historical marker at Robert's grave site.) SACRED To the Memory of ROBERT FORSYTH Federal Marshal of Georgia Who in the discharge of the duties of his office fell a victim to his respect for the laws of his Country and his resolution in Support of them on the 11. of January 1794, in the 40. Year of his age. His virtues as an officer of rank and unusual confidence in the War which gave Independence to the United States and in all the tender and endearing relations of social life have left impressions on his Country and friends more durably engraved than this Monument. Here are the particulars from page 3 of the 18 January 1794 Augusta Chronicle (Georg

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)