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Ascend, My Son! Thy Father's Kingdom Share. (Today's Epitaph)

Emory was a son of Elijah F. and Mary Elizabeth Hasford. Burial in New Hope Cemetery at Dallas, Paulding County, Georgia.   Emory F. Son of E. F. & M. E. Hasford b. Apr 2, 1884 d. Mar 5, 1916 Ascend, My Son! Thy Father's Kingdom Share. The last portion of Emory's epitaph is from an elegy written by William Cowper about 1748 On the Death of the Bishop of Winchester . Excerpts: Silent I sat, dejected, and alone, Making in thought, the public woes my own, When, first, arose the image in my breast Of England's suffering by that scourge, the Pest! How Death, his funeral torch and scythe in hand, Entering the lordliest mansions of the land, Has laid the gem-illumined palace low, And levell'd tribes of nobles at a blow. ...I wish'd repose, and on my couch reclined, Took early rest, to night and sleep resign'd: When -- Oh for words to paint what I beheld! I seem'd to wander in a spacious field, Where all the champaign glow'd with purple light Like that of su

Louisa Jane Padgett Died in Faith, Departing in Peace (1874)

Louisa Jane Griner was born 27 April 1830 in Tattnall County, Georgia to Benjamin and Caroline Griner. She married Hardy Padgett 26 January 1847, and the couple had at least five children: Georgia, Benjamin, John, James, and Caroline. For the taking of the 1870 U.S. Federal census, Hardy and Jane were residing in Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia. Louisa died 11 June 1874 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery at Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia. A brief obituary: Standard and Express  (Cartersville, Georgia) 17 June 1874 MRS. PADGETT , wife of Mr. H. Padgett, of this place, died on Thursday morning last, after a long and lingering sickness of near two years' duration. A consistent member of the Methodist church, she died in the faith, departing in peace. Her funeral services took place at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Headden, the resident pastor, before a large and sympathizing congregation. So one by one we pass away to the great gathering day, when the sorrows of ear

Pneumonia was the Immediate Cause of Death for Warren Gaston (1921)

One of the Lord's noblemen. Warren and Dora Gaston Tribune-News  (Cartersville, Georgia) 29 December 1921 WARREN GASTON The funeral of Mr. Warren Gaston was conducted at the First Baptist church last Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. L. E. Dutton, assisted by Rev. John E. Barnard, being in charge of the funeral service, which was attended by a large number of relatives and friends of the deceased. He passed away in Atlanta last Saturday afternoon, after a short illness, pneumonia being the immediate cause of his death. His first wife was Miss Irma Smith, daughter of the late S. C. Smith. Surviving him are his second wife, his mother, Mrs. N. E. Smith; two sons, Messrs. Joe Sam and Bob Willie Smith, and one brother, Mr. Bill Gaston, of Taylorsville. For a few years the deceased was a resident of Cartersville, coming here from Taylorsville where he was born and reared. Later, he went to Atlanta and has held a lucrative position with the Georgia Railway & Power Company ever s

An Obituary and Funeral Recap for General Pierce Manning Butler Young (d. 1896)

His parents were Dr. Robert Maxwell and Elizabeth Caroline (Jones) Young. New York Tribune  (New York) Tuesday, 7 July 1896 OBITUARY. GENERAL PIERCE M. B. YOUNG. General Pierce M. B. Young, United States Minister to Guatemala and Honduras, died suddenly at the Presbyterian Hospital, at Park-ave. and Seventieth-st., about noon yesterday, after a long illness. General Young had for several years suffered from an ailment of the heart. He secured a leave of absence from his post on account of this illness, which had developed into dropsy. He left Guatemala on June 6, and reached New-York on June 27. He spent that night at the Marlborough Hotel, and then was taken to the hospital where he died. Although he had been ill for so long a time, his death was sudden. About an hour before he died he was sitting up in bed laughing and joking with his brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas Jones. He persuaded the latter to go to Dr. Janeway, his physician, to obtain his consent to the removal of General Young to

Augustus W. Fite, Jr. Died Suddenly in Oklahoma Monday Morning (1923)

Without a struggle, without a sigh. He died in Oklahoma, but the body was brought home to Cartersville, Georgia for burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Tribune-News  (Cartersville, Georgia) 5 April 1923 FITE'S BODY BROUGHT HERE FOR INTERMENT Former Well-Known Citizen, And Son of Distinguished Jurist, Died Suddenly in Muskogee Monday Morning. Funeral services for Augustus W. Fite, Jr., thirty nine years old, were conducted Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock, at the home of his mother, and interment took place immediately afterward at Oak Hill cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. T. R. Kendall, and were attended by a large number of friends of the family and of Mr. Fite's boyhood days. The pall bearers were Messrs. J. M. Smith, J. M. Conyers, T. W. Simpson, John T. Norris, C. H. Griffin, B. L. Vaughan. The local funeral arrangements were in charge of G. M. Jackson & Sons. Died Suddenly. Mr. Fite's death occurred suddenly at Muscogee, Oklahoma, where he had made his h

Judge Augustus W. Fite Died Suddenly in His Office on Christmas Day (1919)

He cannot die who truly lives, For virtue hath immortal breath. Bartow Tribune - Cartersville News  (Georgia) 1 January 1920 JUDGE AUGUSTUS W. FITE DIED SUDDENLY IN HIS OFFICE Prominent Citizen of Bartow County for Many Years -- Had Led Vigorous Life and Was Active Until the Moment of His Death Judge A. W. Fite, one of the most prominent citizens of Bartow county, and for twenty years judge of the superior courts of the Cherokee circuit, died suddenly in his office at the court house in Cartersville on the afternoon of Christmas day, aged 67 years. He was born June 15, 1852. Judge Fite had taken dinner at his home and shortly after rising from the table was called to town by a client for a consultation. A little while after seating himself at his desk, and while talking to his client, Mr. Tom McHugh, of Pine Log, he raised his hand to his face and remarked that he was sick. Mr. McHugh asked him if he should send for a doctor, and receiving no reply, acted upon his own impulse and found

3 Children of Noted Evangelist Sam P. Jones

I wrote about the "noted evangelist" Samuel Porter Jones some years ago in this space. Here are obituaries for three of his six children: Robert, Annie, and Samuel Paul. All are remembered on the family obelisk in Oak Hill Cemetery at Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia. Robert and Annie were buried there, while Paul was buried in West View Cemetery in Atlanta. Cartersville News  (Georgia) 31 January 1907 ROBERT JONES DEAD. Son of Late Noted Evangelist, Sam Jones, Passes Away. Robert W. Jones, second son of the late noted evangelist, Rev. Sam P. Jones, died at his home, in this city last Saturday morning at 2 o'clock, of pneumonia. Robert professed conversion at the last tabernacle meeting. His father died soon after and the event made such a great impression on him that he decided to do all the good possible for his fellowman and made up his mind to go to preaching. He made feeling talks at the several churches of the city and impressed all with his deep earnestness. H

Three Different Emblems of Belief

And by different , I simply mean not of the Latin (Christian) Cross variety (pictured at right). Currently, there are 78 different emblems of belief available to be etched on a United States government-issued "headstone or marker." The only other graphics permitted in addition to the emblems of belief are "the Civil War Union Shield, the Civil War Confederate Southern Cross of Honor, and the Medal of Honor insignias." Examples of these are at the bottom of this post. According to the National Cemetery Administration - "An emblem of belief for inscription on a Government headstone or marker is an emblem or symbol that represents the sincerely held belief of the decedent that constituted a religion or the functional equivalent of religion and was believed and/or accepted as true by that individual during his or her life. The belief represented by an emblem need not be associated with or endorsed by a group or organization." Here are three examples of emblem

Discharged Soldier Jacob Page Dies (1899)

He was not immune. Atlanta Constitution  (Georgia) Saturday, 6 May 1899 A DISCHARGED SOLDIER DIES. Jacob Page, of Ray's Immune Regiment, Died at Fort McPherson Yesterday. Jacob Page, a discharged soldier of Ray's immunes, died at the hospital at Fort McPherson Thursday night. He had been ill for some time. He was a native of Winter Haven, Fla., and his relatives at that place were communicated with regarding the disposition of the body. Until a reply is received the body will remain at the undertaking establishment of Hilburn & Bowden. It is probable that the body will be sent to the home of the deceased and that the interment will be at that place. Another article published in the Macon Telegraph  (Georgia) stated, "...upon instructions from [the family], the body was placed in a neat casket and shipped to Winter Haven for burial." However, a burial register and the Department of Veterans Affairs says he was interred at Marietta National Cemetery in Cobb County,

Fever Rampant in Griffin, Georgia's Camp Northen (1898)

Nos. 10255 and 10259 in Marietta National Cemetery. First Private Huxford, then Private Wynn. Savannah Morning News  (Georgia) Thursday, 29 September 1898 Death of Private Huxford. Griffin, Ga., Sept. 28. -- Private Huxford of Capt. Gilbert's company, died at Camp Northen last night after a protracted illness of fever. Huxford is from Jesup, Ga. His remains left to-night for Marietta, and will be interred in the national cemetery to-morrow. Harlock was born about 1867 in South Carolina to Peter and Lydia A. Huxford. He served with Company G, 3rd Georgia Infantry during the Spanish American War. Savannah Morning News  (Georgia) Friday, 7 October 1898 DEATH OF GEORGIA SOLDIERS. Private Wynn Dies at Camp Northen... Griffin, Ga., Oct. 6. -- Private Macon Wynn of Company G died at Camp Northen this morning at 3 o'clock, from typhoid fever. Wynn's home is in Hamilton, Fla., and he enlisted in Capt. Gilbert's company in Albany. His remains were carried to Marietta to-night, an

Louise Weems, Lois Cole, and Calla Lilies (1911)

Till Christ Himself shall call thee To lay thine armour by. Marietta Journal  (Georgia) Friday, 10 March 1911 MEMORIAL SERVICE AT ST. JAMES CHURCH LAST SUNDAY. The memorial service at St. James Church last Sunday morning by the rector, Rev. E. S. Doan, was impressively tender and comforting to all present. It began with tributes to the two little girls who were members of St. James Sunday-school, and who have passed away from us. One was Louise Weems, barely four years old, and the other Lois Cole, who was aged eleven. Louise was a tenderhearted, loving child, devoted to her Sunday-school and exercising a sweet influence over other children. She was the only daughter of her parents. Lois Cole was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Webster Cole, and was the constant companion of her elder sister, Georgia. Both were exceptionally bright and beautiful children and were dearly loved by every one. As the rector talked, near the retable, on which stood vases of calla lilies, he took as his subject

Maj. Henry Cole Succumbs to Typhoid Fever (1912)

Henry and Susanne He had been receiving treatment at Walter Reed Hospital. Newspaper coverage of his death, burial, and tribute follows. (I tried to keep the overlap to a minimum.) Washington Times  (District of Columbia) Monday, 14 October 1912 MAJ. HENRY COLE SUCCUMBS TO TYPHOID FEVER Well-Known Army Officer Dies at Hospital on Sunday. After nearly a month's illness with typhoid fever, Major Henry G. Cole, U.S.A., assigned to duty in the subsistence department in Washington for the past four years, died at Walter Reed Hospital yesterday. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at St. Thomas' Church , and the body will be taken to Marietta, Ga., his birthplace, for burial. Major Cole was born May 6, 1869, and was appointed a cadet at West Point from Georgia on June 16, 1888, graduating four years later. He was assigned to an infantry regiment, and was stationed in the Southwest until the outbreak of the Spanish-American war, when he was transferred to

Henry G. Cole, "Union Man" (d. 1875)

Henry Greene Cole (1815-1875) provided the land for the Marietta National Cemetery in Cobb County, Georgia. Per the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -  Henry Cole, a local merchant who remained loyal to the Union throughout the war, offered land for a burial ground for both Union and Confederate dead. His hope was that by honoring those who had fallen together, others might learn to live in peace. Unfortunately, both sides clung to their bitterness and neither North nor South would accept Cole's offer toward reconciliation. When this effort failed, 24 acres were offered to General George H. Thomas for use of a national cemetery. In 1867 a second offer of land by Cole was accepted and a subsequent purchase of additional acreage in 1870 brought the cemetery to its present size of a little over 23 acres. A stipulation of the land transfer was the Cole family would retain a burial plot on the property. Marietta Journal  (Georgia) Friday 23 April 1875 Death of Henry G. Cole. Mr. Hen

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)