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5/14/2003

Louisville, Georgia Cemetery

Filed under:General — eric @ 6:53 am

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Yes, I’ve been away a while. Off on a business trip driving around deep south Georgia, among other things. But perhaps this exhibit will help ease the separation anxiety:


“Revolutionary War Cemetery” — Louisville, Georgia

Over the last five years, I’m been to Louisville quite a few times on business and never got a chance to pull into the shady road outside of town with the sign reading “Revolutionary War Cemetery”. On May 8, 2003, I finally had the time.

The cemetery itself is a small, quiet place, just off the highway into town. It’s nestled under several large trees draped in Spanish moss. I didn’t know what to expect — was there a battle here? It turns out to have the graves of a few men who fought in the war but dies much later, as well as a couple families of early area settlers.

Meet Brigadier General James Gunn. He was in his mid-twenties during the war, but his stone doesn’t give details of his commission.
Aaron Tomlinson and the Thomsons (brothers? twins?) were also in their mid-twenties. Aaron was in the Georgia Troops and the Thompsons were both privates in the Continental Line. Those Thompsons: both born in 1750, both died in 1826. There ought to be an interesting story in there somewhere.
Joseph Jones missed the war altogether, being born in 1804 or so. But his tombstone is an original, and tells some of his life. SACRED to the memory of Joseph Jones of Liberty county Georgia who died on the 5th January 1831, near Louisville, on his way home from the Legislature; in which body he represented his native county three years; aged 26 years & 8 months.
This tribute to departed worth is dedicated by paternal affection to one who by his amicable deportment and many virtues justly merited the warm affection of his numerous relations and friends. Farewell dear youth, a long & fond adieu. (something something early tomb something)”

Mary H. Write had the most interesting tombstone of all. It was also original, dating back to 1854, and had many things carved into it.

Beneath this stone reposes all
that was mortal
of
MARY H.
Daughter of
Mary & Dr. Wm. Savage
And wife of
COL. A.R. WRIGHT.
Born Decr. 28th. 1825
Married April 26th. 1843.
Died June 23rd. 1854.
If all the charities which life endear,
May claim affection or demand a tear;
Then o’er Mary’s untimely urn,
Domestic love may weep, and friendship mourn.

A CHRISTIAN WOMAN is the highest gift of God to earth and here lies one of its brightest exemplifications. Christianity was with her a sentiment deeply inwoven in all her thoughts, feelings, and affections. Kind and benevolent, unexacting and charitable, brilliant but humble. Vigorous in intellect, sweet and lovely in person, meek and gentle in disposition — her life and character have left their impress indelibly fired in the hearts of those whose wise councellor and devoted partner she was through all the vicissitudes of an eventful though brief career. Though married when young ardent and hopeful in the midday splendor of youthful hopes and aspirations. She entered upon her domestic duties with an energy and devotion which could feel no decline; and by the purity and vigor of her own character she won from the most lavish passions him whose welfare was her highest happiness and whose character was her own handiwork. Her earthly mission accomplished she laid down her Cross, Took up her Crown, and now sweetly rests in the bosom of her Savior.


Mary’s three children are with her.
Despite all the lavishness of Mary’s tomb, her husband’s next to her is a state issue stone. Perhaps his was looted when Sherman’s army came through. He was a Revolutionary war veteran, which would have made him quite old, in his eighties, perhaps, when he married Mary. His stone give him a rank of Captain, whereas Mary’s calls him Colonel, so maybe this is really Mary’s father-in-law.

The Pierce family had a monument. Three generations: Seth (Revolutionary War), Obediah (”pioneer citizen”), Obediah, Jr. (Civil War casulty), and John (also a Civil War casulty).

The McDermott family was all there. Father Owen came across from Ireland in the early 1800’s and married Bdelia. According to the column, they had 13 children, though there are fourteen stones out in a row.

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    Excellent documentation Eric! I must tell you of the graveyard I found outside of Mom’s child days. It was a settlers cemetary. Of course not nearly descriptive…only first names and daughter or son, wife or husband of such-and-such. But one was a McMillin (Not McMillen) but there were last name changes in spelling even withing family members buried in the cemetary. One first name was Serepta. I love that.

    Comment by Lauryl — 5/30/2003 @ 8:06 am


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    Dear Miss, Mister,
    Excuses me to disturbe you and for my bad english. I am a french man old of 47 years. I live in Le Mans at 200 km west of Paris. I want to find the family of Phillip ABBOTT. He was an airman of the USAF. He dead near between Le Mans (72) and Blois (41). On the 13 July 1944. Phillp was Pilot. Born in Washington the 4 June 1922. French people never forget this sacrifice. Before to dead he live in Louisville (Georgia). I want to find her family. Can you help me? Thank you very much.
    Jacky EMERY - 16 rue des Lilas - 72650 La Chapelle Saint Aubin - France - TÚl 0033 243 476571

    Comment by EMERY Jacky — 10/22/2003 @ 1:49 am


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    I am interested in history of jefferson co.
    sheriffs in the 1800s?

    Comment by B. A. Beckum Jr/ — 1/5/2004 @ 10:44 am


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    I have driven by this cemetery many times too. The first time I stopped, the wisteria was in full bloom–the smell was so heavenly! I cried over the monument of the family where all the children died before the mother. Stopping in at this cemetery is one of my most enduring memories.

    Comment by Grace — 4/19/2006 @ 6:10 pm


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    Everybody in Louisville knows of this cemetary. Also of interest is the slave market in the center of town (where slaves were sold at one time, probably when Louisville was the capital of and gateway from Savannah into Georgia), the PAL theater (the walls are painted in midevil scenery), and the wooden bridge.

    Check out my site on local railroad history of the area…

    http://railroads.peachcountry.com

    Comment by Mark Starr — 9/11/2013 @ 12:45 am

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