Twiggs County, Ga
In The News 1890 - 1899

January 9, 1890
Augusta Chronicle
New Movement Which Will Be Valuable to the South
    The largest sale of cotton plantations made in Georgia in many years has recently been consummated. Col. Thomas P. Stovall has just closed the purchase of about 24,000 acres of land in Twiggs county, twenty-five miles south of Macon. The East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia railroad runs nearly ten miles through this princely estate, and there is nearly as many miles frontage on the Ocmulgee river. The purchase is for the Union Real Estate Trust company, organized lately on a charter granted by the State of Georgia. This organization is composed of such capitalists as Gen. Charles C. Dodge, Col. Hiram D. Faulkner and others, of New York city. The officers are Col. Faulkner, president; Col. Thomas P. Stovall, vice president and general manager. An office will soon be established in Atlanta, and a branch office in New York, with connections in Europe and the West. It is the purpose of this company to improve the property and to place upon it a thrifty and reliable class of people. It is prepared to offer liberal inducements ot parties seeking permanent homes in a healthy and productive region. The Union Real Estate Trust company possesses unlimited resources, and one of its  chief objects is to people the waste place of Georgia with an industrious and intelligent class of white immigrants, and to bring to a high state of cultivation many of the largest cotton plantations in the state. The transaction just closed by Col. Stovall is regarded as very significant, and it means a great deal for Twiggs county.

February 23, 1890
Macon Telegraph
WALL - WIMBERLY, Brilliant Nuptials of Mr. Wall and Miss Wimberly at Jeffersonville.
  Jeffersonville, Feb. 22 (Special) The most notable marriage which has occurred in Twiggs county for many years took place at the Baptist church on Thursday evening, the 20th inst. The contracting parties were Miss Lucie Wimberly and Mr. James J. Wall.
   The bride, the daughter of our much honored and esteemed ordinary, on account of her charming manners and sweet disposition has from childhood enjoyed the sweet consciousness of being enshrined in the affections of all who knew her. The groom, by his industrious habits and dauntless energy, enjoys the confidence and esteem of the entire country.
    The Baptist church was decorated in such an artistic manner that the most fastidious could not find a single flower which could have been arranged with better taste or more exquisite skill. Truly it was a place where artist would love to linger, and fairies delight to dwell-a typical Eden in which every modest violet and sweet-scented rose seemed to vie with each other in commemorating the period of man's original innocence.
  Long before the appointed hour the congregation began to assemble, and when the bridal party arrived there was scarcely a vacant seat in the house. The following is a list of the attendants: Miss Jennie Griffin and Willie Methvin; Miss Susie Johnson and J. C. Marcy; Miss Alice Todd and J. E. McRee; Miss Lucie Solomon and Will Wimberly; Miss Hallie Wimberly and Hon. L. D. Shannon; Miss Mamie Mims and J. McCallum; Miss Fannie Solomon and Hal Wimberly, Miss Carrie McCallum and Sid Boynton, Miss Elvina Carswell and Josh Wimberly, Miss Mary Lou Slappy and Fred Wimberly.
   The bride entered one door and came up the aisle leaning of the arm of Miss Tessie Bennett. The groom came in at the other door accompanied by his brother, Dr. Mack Wall. When the last notes of the wedding march had died away Rev. E. J. Coats arose, and in a most happy and touching manner made the two hearts one.
  After the ceremony the bridal party repaired to the residence of Dr. J. R. Wimberly, the bride's father, and, after numerous congratulations, supper was announced. The lengthy table was loaded with the choicest viands, such as could please the eye or gratify the most epicmear taste.
  In the parlor was displayed an elegant collection of bridal presents, representing almost every conceivable selection from the products of the jeweler's skill to those of the needle.
  At a late hour the guests reluctantly departed, long to remember the occasion, and wishing for the happy couple the fullest realization of their cherished hopes.
  An elegant reception was tendered the bridal party on Friday by Mrs. Wall, the groom's mother.

April 28, 1890
Macon Weekly Telegraph
  The funeral of the late Bennett Jones was held with Masonic ceremonies at Friendship, in Twiggs county, yesterday, instead of in Jones county, as at first reported.

May 3, 1890
Macon Weekly Telegraph
A "Wealthy and Influential Negro" Dead
Jeffersonville, May 2. (Special) Grant Smith, aged about 60 years, the wealthiest, most respected and most influential negro in Twiggs county, died yesterday of Bright's disease.

August 12, 1890
Atlanta Constitution
One Person Killed and Ten Wounded at Old Marion Church
Macon, Ga. August 11 (Special) Today Captain W. A. Davis received an order from Twiggs county for a coffin, and thereby hangs a tale of death and run.
   Yesterday about 12 o'clock, while 500 negroes were assembled at Old Marion Church in Twiggs county, twenty-one miles from Macon, a dark cloud gathered over the church, and a flood of rain commenced to fall. Suddenly there came a vivid clash accompanied by a sharp and terrific peal of thunder. The lightening struck a tree thirty years from the church, under which thirteen Negroes had collected for shelter. The bolt split the tree and the entire "unlucky thirteen" were hurled senseless to the ground.
   One was killed and ten severely wounded. One of the injured, it is thought, will surely die. A mule that was near by was also badly hurt. Several in the church were severely shocked by the lightning.
Luke Glover was the name of the negro who was killed. The injured are: J. Graggs, Luther Carswell, Seab Robi, Paul Hart, Ben Bonds, Rob Burnett, Sam Sams, Gabe Cornelius, William Wilson and Bob Hart.

March 27, 1890
Atlanta Constitution
The funeral of Dr. T. M.C. Rice, who died in Twiggs county, Monday, of heart disease, took place at Nelson's burial ground, twelve miles east of Macon, yesterday afternoon. A number of Masons from this city joined the Masons of Twiggs county in conducting the services.

September 13, 1890
Macon Weekly Telegraph
  DEATH'S RECORD - Mr. Henry Pierce, who has for some time been in the employ of the Central railroad, died in East Macon on Thursday and was buried yesterday in Twiggs county. Mr. Pierce was highly respected by every one with whom he came in contact, and had many warm friends in Macon. He leaves a wife and four children.

September 17, 1890
Atlanta Constitution
Sad End of Mr. J.O. Marcy, Who Had Just Entered Business in Macon.
Macon ga, September 16 (Special) About a month ago Messrs. Biscuit Smith and J.O. Marcy rented the store of Miss Cope, on Third Street to do business. The rent dated from September 1st. Marcy was twenty-seven years old, and was from Twiggs county. Three weeks ago he was taken sick with dysentery. Today, at 11:30 o'clock, he died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Jeff Butler, on Huguenin Heights. He leaves a wife and two chidden. He was building a house on Huguenin Heights, into which he expected to move his family in a few days.
   The remains will be carried to Jeffersonville for interment.

September 27, 1890
Atlanta Constitution
A Sad Death
Macon, Ga. September 26 (Special) On Thursday Professor C. B. Chapman, of Macon, was called to Augusta to attend the death bedside of his brother, John E. Chapman, aged twenty-eight years. He had lived but two years in Augusta, where he was rapidly rising in railroad circles, and where about four years ago he was married to Miss Grace Carroll. He was  young man of much promise. The remains will be taken to the ancestral home in Twiggs county and interred at Jeffersonville on Saturday. He was a son of John Chapman, of Twiggs county.

September 28, 1890
Macon Weekly Telegraph
STABBING IN TWIGGS. Two Negroes Have a Fatal Affray Near Griswoldville
  Information reached the city yesterday to the effect that a stabbing affray, which will probably prove fatal, occurred between two negroes on Capt. T. R. Van Buren's plantation, in Twiggs county, at a late hour on Friday night.
  Both had been drinking heavily and got to calling each other names. One of them, Tom Fryer, finally jumped on the other, whose name is Jason James, knocked him down and cut a fearful gash down his left side from the nipple to the waist. Several ribs were completely cut in two, and the murderous knife also penetrated into the viscera.
  Fryer escaped and has not yet been caught. James is a the point of death, and it is not considered possible for him to recover. They were both hard-working negroes, and had worked together for years without a quarrel before.

November 15, 1890
Macon Telegraph
   Twiggs County Tribune: Last Friday night at a cotton gin on Mrs. Winhorn's place, some miles from town, a difficult took place, in which Jim Bradshaw, a young man 19 years old, killed Tom Bone, a machinist, by striking him over the head with a heavy pine stick that was used in stirring up the fire in the furnace of the engine. Bone was drinking at the time. He had been but recently at work on the engine and was abusing Bradshaw about something he (Bradshaw) had removed from the engine. Bone was struck some five or six heavy blows. He went to Mrs. Winborn's and paid her 50 cents he owed her and demanded that she settle with him for the work he had done on the engine. From there he went to a neighboring house and asked that something he done be done for him, telling of the trouble he had with Bradshaw and lay down on the piaza. He was removed shortly to a bed and died in course of a few minutes. Drs. Carswell and Jones were called to the cornoner's inquest and dissected the head. On the inside of the skull, where the licks had been received, was a clod of blood the size of a man's fist; this had pressed on the brain and produced death. The body was buried at New Providence. From the testimony of the witnesses the coroner's jury gave a vrdict of murder. Bradshaw is at large. The affair is regretted by friends of both parties.

November 19, 1890
The Daily Telegraph
Marriage at Sparta. From Daily Telegraph, Sparta.   The marriage of Mr. T. L. Hill and Miss Ida Skrine of Allentown, Twiggs county, took place at Sparta yesterday. They are both prominent people of Twiggs, and the groom is quite well known in Macon.
  They were accompanied to Macon on their way home by Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Hughes, son and daughter and Mrs. Yopp, all of Twiggs. They registered at the Hotel Lanier, where they will remain for a short time before proceeding to their home at Allentown.

January 27, 1891
Macon Telegraph
TEETH AT SEVENTY-SEVEN. An Old Gentleman of Twiggs County Cuts a New Set.
  There is an old farmer in Twiggs county, a good old-fashioned Georgia Democrat, who has no use for the new fangled ways of the world.
  In order to be consistent he has gone to lengths that will take several conscientious Democrats to beat. Mr. Andrew J. Floyd, for that is the old gentleman's name, is 77 years of age, and now in his 78th year. A few years ago he lost the last of his teeth, a loss that caused the old gentleman considerable annoyance. But he did not intend to be led into an y of the frauds upon the public practiced by so many people in the present day-the wearing of false teeth.
   Early in the month of December Mr. Floyd felt his gums getting sore, and very shortly a tooth appeared, and another and another, until the old gentleman can now boast a full third set of as sound teeth as those with which he cracked hickory nuts fifty years ago.

February 3, 1891
Atlanta Constitution
A Well-Known Lawyer Dead.
Macon, Ga. February 2 (Special) Last night Mr. Joe Jones, a well-known and prominent lawyer, of Twiggs county, died at his residence in Jeffersonville. Mr. Jones had a large practice. he was a gentleman of much intelligence and very affable manners. he had many friends in Macon, who will regret to hear of his death.

March 16, 1891
Atlanta Constitution
Colonel Griffin, of Twiggs, Dies Suddenly at His Home
Macon, Ga, March 15 - [Special] RepresentativeE. S. Griffin, of Twiggs county, a member of the present legislature, died rather suddenly today at his home in Jeffersonville. He had been in feeble health for some time and shortly after the convening of the recent session of the legislature he was taken sick with something like paralysis and had to return home temporarily.
  Yesterday afternoon he was out mingling with his friends as usual in Jeffersonville. This morning at 4 o'clock his wife discovered that he was very ill. He died son afterward.
  Colonel Griffin was sixty-two years old on September 18th last. He was one of Twiggs' most popular and influential citizens. His son, who is in one of the departments at Washington, has been telegraphed for. Colonel Griffin died from paralysis of the lungs.

May 14, 1891
The Macon Telegraph
   A WEDDING - At 10 o'clock yesterday morning, Miss Cora Bullard of Bullards was married to Mr. George W. Etheridge of Macon at the residence of the bride's father at Bullards, Rev. J. J. Hyman officiating. Last evening the happy couple return to Macon and were gien an elegant reception by the brother-in-law of the bride, Mr. L. C. Billingslea, at his residence, 866 Third street.

June 15, 1891
The Macon Telegraph
AN OCTOGENARIAN. Death of an Aged Minister in Twiggs County Yesterday.
Lamar Clay, the undertaker, sent a fine casket to Twiggs county yesterday evening for the remains of the Rev. C. G. Johnson.
  Mr. Johnson died yesterday afternoon at his home, about seven miles from Jeffersonville. He was in his 82d year and was a faithful minister and highly respected citizen.
  The funeral services will be held near the home of the deceased at 4 o'clock this afternoon.

August 8,  1891
Atlanta Constitution
Mr. Whitehurst Dead.
A Well-Known Citizen of Jeffersonville Passes Away.
Macon, Ga., August 17 (Special) Last night in Jeffersonville Mr. Whiteburst, one of the best know citizens of that place, died, after an illness of several weeks with typhoid fever. He was about thirty years of age and a man of family. He was well known and liked throughout his section, and was known to many in Macon. He was a well-to-do business man, and his death will be greatly regretted in the community in which he lived. Undertaker Clay shipped a casket to Jeffersonville this afternoon for the remains, and he will be buried there tomorrow morning.

September 6, 1891
The Macon Telegraph
Jeffersonville, Sept. 4 (Special) Mrs. Dr. Jones of this place and daughter of Mr. Joe Burns died of typhoid fever this morning at 3 o'clock. She was confined to her bed two weeks. A bright and sweet little babe, 10 months of age, who will never know the fond and tender care of its loving mother survives her.

October 18, 1891
Macon Weekly Telegraph
DEATH OF A YOUNG LADY. Miss Annie Hannock Dies of Typhoid Fever
  Miss Annie Hannock, a well known young lady of Twiggs county, died yesterday at her home, about ten miles from Macon.
  The cause of her death was typhoid fever, with which she had been confined to her bed for several weeks.
  Miss Hannock was a daughter of James Hannock, a well known planter.
  Undertaker Keating sent out a casket yesterday and the remains will be interred today.

October 21, 1891
The Macon Telegraph
A Wedding, Twiggs County Robs Bibb of a Belle.
      At the home of the brides mother on Orange street yesterday Mr. J. W. Falk, of Twiggs county, was united in marriage to Miss Belle Glover, formerly of the same county but lately a belle of Macon. The ceremony was quietly performed only the friends of the contracting parties being present.
    Mr. Falk is the son of Mr. George W. Falk, one of Twiggs county's best farmers, and the bride is the daughter of the late John T. Glover.

October 21, 1891
The Macon Telegraph
DEATH IN TWIGGS - Undertaker Keating sent a handsome casket to Twiggs county yesterday, for the remains of Mrs. Martha L. Epps, who died at Kilpatrick Station, in Twiggs county, yesterday morning. She was about 67 years old, and left a large family of children..

October 29, 1891
Atlanta Constitution
SHOT TO DEATH. A Frightful Assassination in Twiggs County. AN OLD GENTLEMAN ASSASSINATED
Called to the Door by an Alleged Belated Traveler, A Bullet Greets Him at the Door.
Macon, Ga., October 28 (Special) News reached Macon today of the assassination, in Twiggs county, last night of John T. Henderson, a highly esteemed citizen, seventy years old.
     Henderson had just finished his supper last night, and was talking with his wife, when he heard some one outside call him. Little thinking that it was dangerous for him to do Mr. Henderson answered the call, and asked who it was.
He Was a Traveler.
    The  answer came back that it was a traveler who had lost his way. Prompted by his natural kindness, the old man went to the door to give the traveler the desired information. He had scarcely opened the door before the sound of a pistol shot was heard.
The Fatal Shots
   The was followed by another and another. The old man uttered a cry, and fell back with a bullet hole through his temple. The blood spurted out in a bright red stream that went almost to the ceiling of the room, leaving a dark stain on the wall that had so long furnished the old man a home.
      It is a mystery who died the deed, as he was not known to have an enemy in the world.
The Assassin Escapes.
   Immediately after the shot which struck Henderson was fired ,some one was herd running down the road, and in a few minutes a horse was heard moving rapidly away. the man who fired stood behind a tree, about fifty yards away from the house. His track was found where he was standing, and he was traced to where he mounted the horse, two or three hundred yards away. The track was an ordinary looking one, and was made by a number eight or nine shoe.

November 11, 1891
The Macon Telegraph
Linton W. Burkett (of Macon) and Miss Lizzie M. Brannon (of Twiggs county) were married. Ceremony performed by Rev. W. B. Jennings

DIED IN TWIGGS. A Most Popular and Worthy Lady and Wife
Mrs. Shedrick C. Jones, a most worthy and respected lady of Twiggs county and wife of Hon. Shedrick C. Jones, died at her home in that county yesterday morning.
  The deceased was a Miss Mary Solomon and has many friends and relatives in Macon. She was only 28 years of age at the time of her death. She had been suffering for some time, but her death brought grief to many hearts and will be felt in many sections of the country.
  The funeral will take place today from the family burying ground at Old Marion.

November 15, 1891
Macon Weekly Telegraph
COL. R. R. SLAPPEY DEAD. He Was One of Twiggs' Most Prominent Citizens.
  News reached the city yesterday of the death of Col. Robert Rutherford Slappey, of Twiggs county, which occurred yesterday morning near Fawnsville.
  The deceased was well known to many in Macon, and was one of the states distinguished citizens. He several times represented Twiggs county in the legislature and has always been prominently connected with affairs in that county.
  Col. Slappey was seventy-nine years of age, and had lived sixty-nine years at the same place in Twiggs county. His father was a revolutionary soldier, Adjutant-General Henry Slappey of Col. Wade Hampton's command.
  The deceased leaves a large family of children and grand children.
  The remains will be interred in the family burying ground in Twiggs county this afternoon.

November 20, 1891
Atlanta Constitution
Mr. Sam Bond Dead. Macon, Ga, November 19. -(Special) Mr. Sam G. Bond, brother of Mr. T. W. Bond, died at 6:45 o'clock this morning, after a four weeks' attack of typhoid fever and pneumonia. Mr. Bond was a bright young man of twenty-three years. At the time of his death he was connected with his brother. T.  W. Bond, in business. His remains will be carried to Twiggs county tomorrow for burial.

April 21, 1892
The Macon Telegraph
Rev. E. J. Coates Performs a Ceremony in Twiggs County.    Last night at 8 o'clock at "Inglehurst" the beautiful home of Col. Wimberly of Twiggs County, MissHallie Wimberly was united in marriage to Mr. Richard Orme Campbell of Atlanta.
    Rev. E. J. Coates went down yesterday to tie the knot, and he was accompanied by a large party of Macon society people.
    Miss Wimberly is a sister of Mr. Minter Wimberly, and she herself has many friends in this city, among whom she is justly a favorite.
     Mr. Campbell is well known in Macon and he has many warm friends here who will join in congratulating him on securing so handsome and accomplished a bride.
    The attendants were as follows: Bridesmaids - Misses Clara Wimberly, Annie Hanson, Fannie Hanson, Birdie Coleman, Louise Need Campbell, Macon; Miss Fannie Holcomb, Albany; Miss Mary Ella Faulk, Twiggs county; Miss Laura Lucille Palmer, Washington; Miss Laura Colquitt, Atlanta; Miss Mary Hutchins, Lawrenceville; Miss Mary Ella Reid, Miss Lillie Orme, Atlanta.
   Flower girls - Miss Idolene Wimberly and Lucie Tarver of Twiggs county.
  Groomsmen - Cromwell Campbell, V. V. Bullock, Pete Grant, Blair Ballard, J. B. Campbell, R. A. Harris, Ed Peoples, Charles Northen, Alex Hull, Atlanta; Roff Sims, Macon; Russell Clapp, Knoxville, Tenn; Price Gilbert, Columbus; Minter Wimberly, Macon; Will Wimberly, Twiggs county.

May 14, 1892
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~ Jeffersonville May 13.   We regretted very much to hear of the death of Mrs. Ida Reynolds, which occurred at her home last Sunday morning. Mrs. Reynolds has been an invalid for a year or more, and her death was not unexpected. Mr. and Mrs. Coates and Col. D. G. Hughes of Macon attended the funeral.

August 10, 1892
Atlanta Constitution
Mr. R. A. Denson, one of the most prominent farmers of Twiggs county, died yesterday.

August 27, 1892
Atlanta Constitution
Macon, Ga. Mr. E. B. Knowles, a resident of East Macon, died in that part of the city this morning. Mr. Knowles came from Twiggs county; and the body will be shipped back there today.

August 31, 1892
Atlanta Constitution
   Dr. Warren Wimberly, of Twiggs county, is in the city. He is one of the most prominent young physicians in southern Georgia, and is well known in Atlanta. He graduated at the State university with the class of '87, and while in college was a member of the university minstrels, in which capacity he became famous as a burlesque of George Wilson. The boys tell it yet on Wimberly, that the professors of the college could never call on him at recitation with a straight face after hearing him on the state with his little turns of wit, song and dancing.

September 13, 1892
Macon Weekly Telegraph
  The funeral of Mr. F. M. Johnston of Twiggs county took place from his late residence in Twiggs county Saturday, the remains being interred at Jeffersonville.
  Mr. Johnston was dearly beloved by the people of Twiggs county, as was attested by the large concourse of friends that attended his funeral.
  The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Rev. I. G. Rabun conducting the services.
  There never was a man better beloved by the people among whom he lived that Frank Johnston. Kind hearted, brave and true, he was respected and honored by all.

October 21, 1892
Macon Telegraph
  FAULK-BURKE. The marriage of a Popular Couple In Jeffersonville.
    Jeffrsonville, Oct. 20. Mr. Mark Faulk and Miss Lottie Burke were united in holy matrimony yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock by Rev. J. M. Kelly, in his usual and impressive style. The following were the attentants: Miss Jennie Burke and Mr. Shines Faulk, Miss Willie Watkins of Sandersvile and Professor J. E. McRee,Miss Mary Ella Faulk and Mr. Will Slappey, Miss Elvenia Carswell and Mr. Mark Vickers, Miss Mamie Gates and Mr. Hew Solomon of Macon, Miss Mary Lou Slappey and Dr. T. S. Jones, Miss Sarah Carroll and Mr. F. E. Wimberly, Miss Annie Solomon and Mr. C. Y. Johnston of Macon, Mrs. Eloise Jones and
Mr. Joe Waters.
      The marriage took place at the Baptist church, which had been beautifully decorated in the most artistic manner. The bride and groom will leave soon for an extended bridal tour through Florida. The bride is one of Twiggs county's most charming young ladies. The groom is the son of Mr. G. W. Faulk, and one of the most prosperous farmers in the state.

October 25, 1892
Macon Telegraph
DIED IN TWIGGS. Mrs. Ichabod Balkcom, daughter of the late Hon. Hubbard Reynolds, died yesterday at her home near Antioch church in Twiggs county.
   Her death was ver sudden, and a great shock to her friends in thsi city. She was only 42 years of age, and leaves a husband and several children. The funeral will take place today, and the body will be buried in the family burial grounds in Twiggs.

November 3, 1892
The Macon Telegraph
Mr. H. P. Wimberly of Twiggs county after a brief attack of meningitis died Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock.
  He was 17 years old, and the son of Mr. Henry S. Wimberly of Gleason Hall.
  Mr. Wimberly was an unusually popular young man, and all who know him will regret his untimely death.
  He was buried yesterday at 3 o'clock in the family cemetery in Twiggs county.


February 12, 1893
Macon Telegraph
  Last night in South Macon Mr. Solomon Burkett, one of the oldest and most prominent planters of Twiggs county, died at the age of 62.
  Mr. Burkett was well known in Macon where he often visited and numbered many of the most influential people of the city among his friends.
   The remains will be taken to Twiggs county Monday afternoon for interment in the family burying ground and near the spot where Mr. Burkett was born.
  Mr. Burkett leaves a wife and three grown children to mourn his departure.

March 7, 1893
The Macon Telegraph
Mr. John M. Blount and Miss Julia Stephens Join Hearts and Hands
     Sunday afternoon in Twiggs county, at 3 o'clock Mr. John M. Blount, of Macon, and Miss Julia Stephens, of Twiggs county were united in marriage, Justice J. B. Andrews of Macon officiating.
  The marriage took place at the home of the bride's parents, fifteen miles from Macon, and was witnessed by a large number of relatives and friends. After the ceremony, an elegant repast was served, after which the bridal couple came to Macon where they will make their future home.
   Mr. Blount is an employee of the Georgia Southern and Florida railroad shops, and is held in high esteem by his employers and fellow employees, and his bridge is one of the most lovable and charming daughters of  Twiggs county.

March 30, 1893
Atlanta Constitution
Clara Richardson, a seven-year-old white girl was burned to death today in Twiggs county.

July 6, 1893
The Macon Telegraph
DAVILLE NEWS. Several Cases of Fever - Death of Aged Persons
Danville, July 5 (Special) Mrs. William H. Arnold, a  highly respected and Christian lady, died last Saturday. Her husband has the sympathy of the community. They have lived together a long time and have reared a very interesting family.
  Mr. Thomas D. Tindall is quit sick and not expected to live. He has fever.
  Mr. Samuel W. Yopp and William H. Champion are at their respective homes very sick and some uneasiness is felt for them. They are fond of fishing and have literally lived in the ponds and lakes since spring, hence the stubbornness of the fever.
  Mrs. Wright Sheffield of Wilkinson is dead. She was quite old and leaves a large family behind. Her husband died twenty or more years ago.
Mrs. Matthew Fowler, mother of Messrs. John, Daniel, Erasumus, William and Matthew, Jr., died yesterday aged about 70. She will be buried in their family burial ground. She will be greatly missed. A strong mind, an energetic person, a pure heart has left us.

July 11, 1893
The Macon Telegraph
  Danville, July 10 - (Special) Mr. T. D. Tindal, who has been quite sick, is improving some, though he is not well by any means.
  Dr. Dupree, Prof. Sanders, Messrs. Dan and Dennard Hughes, our Chicago visitors, returned yesterday highly eluded, completely worn out, sun-burned and penniless.
  We had a fine rain Saturday in all this section, which came just in the nick of time for our corn.
  Mr. W. J. Holloway has received the lumber for his buggy and wood shop, which he expects to add to his smith shop and then we can put up as good and fine a vehicle as any town or city. Mr. Holloway is a good a workman as ever stuck iron in a forge.

July 18, 1893
Atlanta Constitution
Death of Colonel Wimberly. Macon, Ga. July 17.
The sad news was received in Macon this morning that Colonel Fred W. Wimberly, of Twiggs county, died last night. Colonel Wimberly was one of the most prominent citizens of Twiggs, a large planter and a most estimable gentleman. He was the father of Mrs. Dick Campbell, of Atlanta, nee Miss Hallie Wimberly, and of Mr. Winter (Minter) Wimberly, the well-known attorney. The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning from Richland church, Twiggs county. Rev. E.J. Coates,of Macon, will officiate.

July 21, 1893
Atlanta Constitution
 Macon, Ga., July 20. Mr. Charley West, aged thirty-six years, a railroad track boss of the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, died today. The remains will be taken to Twiggs county for interment.
  The information came to Macon today that W.M. Dyer, a prominent planter of Twiggs county, is dead, Undertaker Keating sent a casket to Twiggs this morning for the body.

August 5, 1893
Atlanta Constitution
Hitchcock, of New York, Has Failed.
   Information was received in Macon today that B.W. Hitchcock has failed. Hitchcock is the founder of Hitchcock's Georgia colony, at Adam's Park, on the East Tennessee railroad, in Twiggs county, a few miles below Macon. He invested about $100,000 in the project and ran special excursion trains from Macon and Atlanta two years ago and had great auction sales of building lots. His idea was to establish a large city principally of agriculturists. He built a hotel, dwelling houses, stores, etc. Colonel Thomas P. Stovall, of Atlanta, is general manager. Large sums were spent in advertising and quiet a number of immigrants from England and New England settled at Adams Park.

September 25, 1893
The Weekly Telegraph
Jeffersonville, Sept. 18 Mrs. W. E. Solomon, who was reported so seriously ill on last Saturday, died Saturday night and was buried here yesterday in the Baptist cemetery. The bereaved family have our deepest sympathy and condolence.
  Mrs. J. C. Shannon, who was also reported very sick on last Saturday , was much better today.
  Weather good and cotton picking getting on with a vim.

October 5, 1893
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Jeffersonville, Oct. 4
  The death of Mrs. Mark Faulk, which occurred in this county a few days ago, will be said tidings to her numerous friends throughout this section.
  Especially will this sadness be increased when it is remembered that less than a year ago there was celebrated at this place that happy event at which handsome Mark Faulk took for a life companion the lovely Miss Lottie Burke.


February 28, 1894
Atlanta Constitution
 Judge Smith Will Wed.    One of the best known and most popular men in the state is Hon. C. C. Smith, of Hawkinsville, judge of the Ocmulgee circuit. Tomorrow he will wed Miss Mattie O' Daniel,  of  Twiggs county, who is one of the prettiest and most charming young ladies in this section of the state. It will be a very happy union. The couple are well known in all parts of Georgia and their many friends and admirers shower congratulations upon them.

March 4, 1894
Atlanta Constitution
Mrs. Colquitt's Brother Dead.      Mr. Judson S. Bunn, an influential and highly respected citizen of Twiggs county is dead. He was a prosperous planter, and one of nature's noblemen, a true and honorable man. The deceased was fifty-three years old. He was a brother of Mrs. Alfred Colquitt and an uncle of Hon. Minter Wimberly, city attorney of Macon. Mr Bunn died yesterday at the home of Mr Wimberley's mother "Inglehurst" Twiggs county. His death is deeply mourned by all who knew him. (Buried Richland Baptist Church Cemetery)

March 26, 1894
Atlanta Constitution
A large part of Atlanta people went down to Adams park, near Macon, today. That is the new town laid out by Benj. W. Hitchcock, of New York, and Col. Thos. P. Stovall.

April 21, 1894
Atlanta Constitution
Two Killed by Lightning.  Yesterday a severe wind and rain storm passed over the lower edge of Bibb and Twiggs counties. In the later county, about twelve miles from Macon, while a negro man and his wife, named Allen and Naro Dezzard, were walking in an open filed they were struck by lightning and killed. They were found soon after the accident, while the bodies were yet warm. Their faces were turned to the ground. The wind was severe at Nelson's mill, in Bibb county Shingles were blown from the roof of houses and other damage done.

June 29, 1894
Atlanta Constitution
  Zollie Whitehurst, '92, is principal of the New Haven institute, Twiggs county, Georgia.

September 6, 1894
Macon Telegraph
  Yesterday at 12:30 o'clock Mr.Daniel Bullard of Twiggs died at his home in that county.
  He was born in Washington county, Georgia, March 11, 1805, and had therefore reached his 90th year. He was the oldest citizen of his county. His death was due, not to any specific disease, but to the gradual decay of life in advancing years. When about 10 years of age he move to Twiggs county, and for eighty years consecutively was a resident of the same district -"Bluff district" - of that county. For many years past h was a familiar figure on the streets of Macon and was known personally to nearly all of the business men of the city.
  He was married four times. There survive him his last wife, whom he married January 29, 1865, and who was Miss Elizabeth Bardon; and the children of their marriage, Mrs. Cora Etheridge, Mrs. Victoria Billingsly and Daniel Bullard, Jr. His older surving children are J. M. Bullard and Monroe Bullard of Cochran, Mrs. Elizabeth Everett and Mrs. Dora Harrell of Twiggs.
  Mr. Bullard's life furnished another illustration of the opportunities open to energy and frugality under the condition of life in this country. He started life a poor boy, without a cent, without parental help, earning his first quarter by manual labor. He leaves an estate estimated at from $50,000 to $75,000. He was wont to say in his quaint manner that he worked hard for his money when he was young, and after he was old he let it work for him. He allowed his capital, unlike the rolling stone, to gather the moss of interest, and being of simple tastes and habits his income was comfortably beyound his wants.
  He was the first agent of the Macon and Brunswick (now the Southern) railroad at Bullard's station which was so named after him, a position he held for thirteen years. His public spirit was shown by giving the right of way through an extensive tract of land and by this subscribing $42,000 to the stock of the road. Mr. Bullard was eminently a just man. He believed in the religion of paying debts. He rendered to every man his due, and thought that every man should do likewise by him. If he found a debtor speaking to evade or defeat a just claim he would pursue the rights to their full extent, but in many transactions, where the other party showed a desire to do justice, he would cheerfully remit a part-sometimes much-two which he was justly entitled.
    Mr. Bullard lived and died a consistent member of the Baptist church. He was universally liked and respected in the community in which he lived. He was an honest, quiet, industrious, kind-hearted, God-fearing man. Such men make valuable citizens and when they die they are a loss. He had many warm friends here.
  His remains will reach the city this afternoon at 4:20 by the Southern railway and will be interred at Rose Hill cemetery. Rev. J. C. Solomon will conduct services at the grave. The following gentlemen have been requested to act as pall bearers: W. A. Davis, J. W> Cabaniss, N. E. Harris, R. H. Plant, C. J. Toole, M. R. Freeman, G. L. Reeves, W. M. Wimberly, Thedore Ellis. They are requested to meet at the store of Lamar Clay at 4 p.m.

January 22, 1895
The Argus
Sale of a Valuable Horse. Mr.  Restcome P. Cocklin, of Chester, sold his four-year-old mare by Polonius, on Saturday, for $1,650. She was purchased by Mr. Roy Miller, son of Mr. Guy Miller and is to go to Marion, Georgia, where Mr. Miller is in the employ of a wealthy gentleman.
 Mr. Cocklin has a full sister to the horse just sold, which is a year younger.

January 23, 1895
Macon Telegraph
DEATH OF AN OLD LADY. Mrs. W. T. Vaughn Died of Paralysis at the Age of 81.
    Born March 16, 1814, Mrs. W. T. Vaughan died on Monday, January 21, at Richland, Twiggs county, Ga. Mrs. Vaughan was a prominent member of the Baptist church, and throughout life was recognized as a leader in all benevolent undertakings in her community. She leaves an aged husband but no children. Paralysis produced death.

January 23, 1895
Macon Telegraph
WEDDING IN JEFFERSONVILLE. Rev. E. J. Coates left on the Macon and Dublin train Monday to officiate at the marriage of Mr. J. R. Wimberly, Jr., of Jeffersonville to Miss Bessie Burke of Wilkinson county.

May 1, 1895
Macon Telegraph
CAPT. ROBINSON DEAD. Undertaker Keating yesterday sent a handsome casket to Twiggs county for the remains of Capt. Robinson, who died in Twiggs near the Bibb county line yesterday morning after a long illness. Capt. Robinson was a prominent man in Twiggs and generally beloved by all who knew him. He leaves a family.

March 8, 1895
Macon Telegraph
 Mr. Elliott Moore, a son of the late Dr. R. G. Moore of this place, died in Twiggs county yesterday. Mr. Moore was a civil engineer and contracted fever while working on a railroad line in Mississippi. He returned home when his wife was stricken and died, his death following a few days later. The deceased had many friends here, where he was well known.

May 5, 1895
Macon Telegraph
JUDGE SOLOMON DEAD. His Death Occurred at His Home in Twiggs County Yesterday.
Judge W. L. Solomon died at his home in Twiggs county yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock after a long illness.
   This announcement will carry deep regret wherever it is read, as Judge Solomon was not only a man of prominence, but was widely popular and numbered his friends by the hundred. In Macon he was well known and his friends here always accorded him a hearty welcome.
   Judge Solomon was 61 years of age, and was for many years a resident of Twiggs county. He leaves a brother, two sister and a half brother. These are Mr. Cary Solomon of Montezuma, Mrs. Faulk and Mrs. Dud Hughes of Twiggs county and a half brother, Mr. Irwin Dennard of Perry. He also leaves three sons, Dr. J. C. Solomon, pastor of South Macon Baptist church, Messers W. W. Solomon of Masseyville and J. F. Solomon of Jeffersonville.
    The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock with Masonic honors at the Crocker cemetery, near Old Marion.

June 10, 1895
Macon Telegraph
WELL KNOWN IN MACON.  Mr. Burwell Jordan, whose tragic death occured in Hawkinsville Saturday, sprung from one of the wealtiest and most aristocratic families of the old regime in Georgia. He was closely related to Col. Lee Jordan of Macon.
     Mr. Burwell Jordan was born near West Lake, on Shellstone Creek, in Twiggs county. His father was a large planter, and owned many hundreds  of slaves at the time. The old homestead still stands in its desolate grandeur-a monument to the changing modes of life.
   Mr. Burwell Jordan was a nephew to Col. George W. Jordan of Hawkinsville, and has two brothers-one Dr. Marton Jordan of Hawkinsville and the other Mr. Jordan Jordan of Jones county,
    He was to young to take part in the war of sucession.
     He married Miss Carrie Mason of Longstreet in Pulaski county, who together with three children survives him. Mrs. Jordan is the daughter of Col. Tim Mason, who was one of the largest and most thrifty planters of that extremely wealthy community.
   The families of Mr. and Mrs. Jordan were both of the genuine Southern blood, giving to the immediate descendants every accomplishment that weath, could buy or this country could afford.  

August 7, 1895
Atlanta Constitution
 Information was received in Macon today of the death ofMrs. W.E. Carswell this morning at 6 o'clock at the home of her son, Captain W. E. Carswell, in Twiggs county, near Jeffersonville. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Alexander Proudfit, Mrs. Mark O'Daniel and Messrs. Thomas and Joe Napier, of Macon. She was eighty three years old and one of the best known and most esteemed ladies of middle Georgia. She possessed considered wealth. Her husband was the late Captain W. E. Carswell, a large planter.

August 7, 1895
Atlanta Constitution
Citizens of Twiggs County Oppose a Commutation for Ms. Nobles.
Resolutions Are Adopted Declaring That Clemency in This Case Would Lead To Mob Law.
Danville, Ga. , August 6 (Special) In response to a call previously made, a large assemblage of the people of Twiggs county gathering at the Danville academy to take some action in reference to the effort made in some quarters of the state to secure the commutation of the sentence of Mrs. T. Elizabeth Nobles, the murderess, to life imprisonment.
   Hon. I. N. Maxwell, was elected chairman of the meeting and Joseph C. Johnson, secretary. D. M. Hughes, S. W. Yopp, A. B. Combs, F. S. Lee and W. R. Haynes were appointed a committee to direct and present resolutions for the consideration of the meeting. The committee made the following report, which was unanimously adopted by a rising vote:
  "Whereas, Mr. William Nobles, the murdered husband of the confessed murderess, Elizabeth Nobles, was a citizen of our county, loved and honored for his piety, amiability and uprightness.
  "Whereas it has come to our knowledge that a concerted effort is being made in various parts of the state to procure a commutation of the sentence of Mrs. Nobles, recently sentenced to the death penalty for the murder of her husband, William Nobles, and
  "Whereas this effort is being made by persons remote from this vicinity, unacquainted with the horrid details of the crime, and as we have reasons to believe it is super induced by a mawkish sentiment rather that a desire to promote- the ends of justice, and
  "Whereas, being residents of the vicinity and some of us having been witnesses of the confession of Mrs. Nobles, we have actual knowledge not only of the crime itself, which constituted one of the foulest plots on the fair name and proud escutcheon of our state, but of the facts and circumstances, leading up to the commission thereof, proving most conclusively not only the total and absolute depravity of the murderers but that she ws the arch conspirator and chief participant in said crime, and that others concerned were only her servant tools, and
   "Whereas, said murderess has been granted the lawful trial guaranteed by our constitution, has had the service of able counsel and has been duly convicted and sentenced to death before a learned and upright judge and a fair and impartial jury, and there can not be the slightest doubt of her guilt or of the absence of all extenuating circumstances calling for the slightest mercy, and
  "Whereas, public sentiment is such in this county and vicinity that if executive clemency is granted under such circumstances it would be difficult in the future to prevent red-handed murderers and violators of our laws from being arraigned before Judge Lynch, from whose decision there is no appeal,
   "Therefore, We, residents of Twiggs county and vicinity in mass convention assembled, in view of the facts set forth in the foregoing preamble which give us the most concern as peaceable and law-abiding citizen of this great commonwealth, do most solemnly, sincerely and earnestly protest against the extension in any form of  of executive clemency for this murderess polluted with the life blood of her husband, and do hereby declare our perfect confidence in our chief magistrate and our belief that he will not be swerved from the performance of his sworn duty by a desire to cater to weak sentimentalism or transient public feeling unless inspired by a desire for equal justice and the sacred execution of our laws."
  It was unanimously resolved that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the governor, The Constitution The Macon Telegraph and The Jeffersonville Enterprise. Hons.. D. M. Hughes and S. W. Yopp made strong and impressive speeches which were received with much applause by the large assemblage.

{Note: Mrs Elizabeth Nobles died about 20 years later on February 6, 1916 at the age of 71 at the state penitentiary in  Milledgeville. She requested to be buried at the prison farm.)

September 7, 1895
Macon Telegraph
BULLARD - The friends and acquaintances of Daniel Bullard and wife, nee Miss Mamie Lawrence are requested to attend the funeral of the latter from the residence of T. C. Billingshea, corner Napier and Pio Nono avenues, at 10 o'clock THIS (Saturday) MORNING. Interment, Twiggs county.

October 31, 1895
Macon Telegraph
MRS. HUGHES' DEATH. She Was the Widow of a Prominent Wilkinson County Gentleman.
Mrs. Elmira Hughes died at Jeffersonville, in Twiggs county, yesterday morning in her 78th year.
  Mrs. Hughes was the widow of Hon. Haywood Hughes, a large slave owner and leading citizen of Wilkinson county before the war. She was the mother of Mrs. J. F. Balkcom, and of Mrs. W. T. Reynolds, whose death occurred about three years ago. Mrs. Hughes leaves a large number of relatives in this and other counties, being the step-mother of Mrs. Frank Chambers and Mr. E. W. Hughes.
  The funeral will take place today at the family burying ground in Jeffersonville.


January 5, 1896
Macon Telegraph
MRS. HOLLOWAY DEAD.  She Leaves a Husband and Five Young Children.
   At Danville yesterday Mrs. W. J. Holloway died. She was a most estimable woman, with a large circle of friends, who will greatly mourn her loss.
  The lady was the wife of Mr. W. J. Holloway, who conducts a large wagon and carriage shop at Danville.
  Besides the husband and other relatives, five children are left, who will miss a good mother's loving care.
   The interment will take place today at the family burying ground in Twiggs county.

January 9, 1896
Macon Telegraph
Danville, Jan., 8 (Special) LittleElliott, 2 years old, the only daughter of Dr. Ira E. Dupree, Jr., one of the most prominent physicians in Georgia died Monday and was interred in the Jeffersonville cemetery yesterday near the magnificent monument which markes the resting place of one of Georgia's most noted sons, Dr. Ira E. Dupree, Sr.

January 19, 1896
Macon Weekly Telegraph
  An occasion that promises to be a pleasant one will be celebrated in Twiggs county today at the old family homestead of Dr. Thomas Gibson, who is 75 years of age today.
  Dr. Gibson is one of the patriarchs of Twiggs county, but is hale and hearty, and gives promise of living many more years. For fifty-five years he has lived in his present home, and although he has always enjoyed an extensive practice in his profession, that necessarily entailed much exposure, he still enjoys a good health and rides daily many miles on horseback.
  At the reunion today there will be present Dr. W. G. Gibson of Macon, Dr. O. C. Gibson of Jones, Mr. Thomas Gibson and Mrs. Barkers, his only daughter. A good old-fashioned country dinner will be served.

January 19, 1896
Macon Telegraph
DEATH OF MRS. DENSON. The Aged Widow of Mr. John Denson of Twiggs.
Mrs. John Denson of Allentown, Laurne socunty, died Friday night. She was 86 years old, the widow of Mr. John Denson of Twiggs county.
  Mrs. Denson was living with her son, Dr. Elias Denson, at Allentown. Some time ago she fell from the veranda and broke her arm and leg. This accident was the cause of her death.
  The funeral will take place in the family burying ground, known as Jones' Place, near Jeffersonville. Services will be held this morning.
  Mrs. Denson's family have been quite prominent in Twiggs and Laurens counties, and are valuable citizens of the state. She was a noble woman.

March 2, 1896
Atlanta Constitution
Stone Creek Railroad Wreckers Cause Death and Ruin
Fireman Joe Reddis Scalded to Death by Steam
Bloodhounds are After the Dastardly Train Wreckers
More Details of the Horrible Wreck at Stone Creek Saturday Night from a Staff Correspondent
Stone Creek, Twiggs County, Georgia. March 1 (Special) The wrecking of the southbound passenger train No. 10 of the Southern railroad at this place, told of in today's Constitution, was one of the most dastardly deeds ever committed in this place. That the loss of life was not app__ lage is due only an unknown cause.
  The daring train wreckers removed a  __foot rail on the Stone Creek trestle and derailed the passenger train. It bumped over the entire 400 foot trestle, so great in the momentum, finally toppling over to the left side of the track.
It following freight train tumbled over the broken trestle into the creek.
  The human devils took stands in the marshes near the trestle after removing the rail and watched the train leap to its.) Bloodhounds struck the tracks of the wreckers this morning and by their action on both sides of the trestle the spot where the men stood have been located.
  Three human lives have been given up the work of the wreckers. Others are in danger. A number of trainmen and passengers are injured.
the dead are:
F. W. WIPPLER, of Macon, fifty-eight years old, baggage master of the fated passenger train. He was thrown against the __side and stunned. He then fell to the ground and was drowned in a flood of water that rushed in the car as it fell in the river.
  ROBERT MERCER, of Macon, fireman  of the freight train which followed the passenger and tumbled off of the trestle almost against the rear end of the sleeping care of the passenger train. He was pinioned under the debris of the wrecked engine and almost buried in water and mud. His body was mashed and he died before the faithful workers could rescue him
JOE REDDISH, the passenger train fireman, of Macon, was caught in the wreckage. he was dangerously scaled by escaping water and steam from the engine. He was so badly injured that it was found necessary to place him on a stretcher and send him south to Eastman, the means of carrying him over the deep creek between his engine and the Macon __train being so poor that he would have suffered untold agony by rough handling if carried over. He died at Eastman this afternoon.
ENGINEER CHARLES GREEN, of the freight train, of Macon, was badly bruised and shaken up and is now lying at his home in Macon in an uncertain condition. Death escaped the fate of his fireman, ROBERT MERCER, by chance. His side of the engine lies upward and he climbed through the cab window just in time to escape the boiling steam.
    The following passengers and trainmen were bruised and injured about the body and head:
R. F. NEWBERRY, a passenger, of Macon
M. E. OGBURN, of Cincinnati, a passenger
MRS. MAMIE CRUSSEL, of Reids, a station one mile south of this place
MISS SALLIE SHAW, also of Reids
MRS. MAMIE WILLIAMS, of Bullards, a station south of Stone Creek, a distance of three miles
A . P. DARROW,, conductor of Pullman sleeping car, "Hiwassee." which lies on a mound between two branches of the creek. he was thrown against a window of his car and painfully hurt.
P. A. JOINER, engineer, of Macon, who __the trottle of the first engine to __into the trestle. His injuries are _ but not serious.
  Passenger train flagman named SOLOMON and the train porter and the Pullman car porters, were shaken up.
 Conductor Lowry a Hero
   Conductor JAMES R. LOWRY, of Macon, in charge of the fatal passenger train, is the hero of the wreck. he bravely crawled through a care window and swam the mostly, debris-filled creek to wave down the approaching freight train, which eh heard rumbling toward the scene of the wreck. He was not hurt by the debris, but is lying at home exhausted from his manly and courageous effort to warn the freight train crew of their danger.
   Conductor Lowry is a cousin of Captain R J Lowry of Atlanta. He is an experienced railroad man and by his faithful work last night he won for himself the applaud of all of the railroad officials, passengers, crew and the entire population of this section. He had only run a few yards from the trestle towards the insuring freight engine when Engineer Green saw the dim outline of his figure, dripping with mud and water, by the faint light of a few matches the conductor had in his hand and which he was striking as rapidly as possible in the hope that the engineer would see him. At the moment the watchful engineer discovered the flash of the matches and then the uniformed figure of the brave conductor, he reversed his ponderous engineer and applied the air brakes.
  But it was too late. The heavy engine lunged forward and over the broken trestle, falling into several feet of water and mud, half burying the machinery. As the big engine fell from the trestle it turned to one side and carried Fireman Mercer down to his death under debris and mud and water.
Four Freight Cars Tumbled In.
  Four freight cars followed the engine in the creek and they piled up into an ugly mass of broken timbers. The freight must have been running about twenty miles an hour when Engineer Green applied the bakes. The momentum had decreased considerably when the trestle and misplaced rail were reached or else a dozen freight cars would have tumbled in one hugh mass. The engine tender was torn from its coupling and hurled fifteen feet to the left of the trestle. It is now half under water, as are the fright cars and freight engine.
   The broken freight cars contained different articles of merchandise. A car load of terra cotta pipe lies a broken mass in the bed of the creek. Boxes and barrels are scattered promiscuously.
  The 400-foot trestle is torn and broken down nearly its entire length. The huge times are broken and snapped as if they were sticks. More that one hundred hands are laboring laboriously in mud and water up the their waists rebuilding the trestle. The work is being done under the personal direction of Superintendent Beaupries, of the fifth division of the Southern, who arrived here at 1:30 o'clock this morning on a wrecking train from Atlanta. He stated this afternoon that he hoped to complete the work early tonight so as to admit of the passage of trains. The work is progressing slowly on account of the unusual difficulties surround it. Practically a new trestle is being built
Passenger Train in the Mud
  The passenger train bumped over the trestle ties nearly 400 feet before it finally toppled over to the left side, carrying the trestle with it. The entire train, engine, baggage and express car, second-class and first-class coaches and the sleeper, "Hiawassee." lie on the left side in a thick growth of cane brush and a muddy slush. The rear end of the sleeper barely touches one body of the creeks stream and lying alongside of the car for a distance of a few feet is the big freight engine. The sleeper and coaches, except the first-class coach, lie flat on the left side and about a card width from the trestle line. The freight engine leaped into space directly forward and it imbedded itself without striking the sleeper.
    Next to the sleeper is the Southern passenger coach No. 1017. It rests on the rear end at an angle of about fifteen degrees. the top end is lodged on the roof of the car ahead and one or two pillars of the trestle left standing. All of the widows of the car are broken and the left side is resting in the growth of young cane. The passengers in the coach escaped with painful bruises and shake-ups, they being thrown against the side of the car as it toppled over. The passenger car and the sleeper are badly damaged.
    Ahead of the car described is the second-class coach, Southern No. 1004. It, too, is badly broken. It followed the baggage car and engine and jumped further away from the trestle than the sleeper and adjoining car.
    Next comes the combination baggage and express car, Southern No. 57. In this car Baggage Master Wippler met his death. He was was the only occupant of the car at the time of the accident. The express and baggage matter was very light and had the wreckers ransacked it their booty would have been small.
Thirty-Five Miles and Hour
    The passenger train engine on which rode Engineer Joiner and Fireman Reddish left the trestle first and pulled the entire train after it. It remained on the trestle for about 275 feet after jumping off the track where the rail was removed. The train was running at a speed of thirty-five miles an hour at the time it approached the trestle and the momentum drove the train bumping over the trestle ties, tearing a great hole in them for the entire distance. The engine was nearing the embankment south of the trestle when it ran off on the left hand side, falling about fifteen feet away. The tender broke loose and stuck fast  in a mud hole.
   Fireman Reddish was on the left hand side, and it was that side of the engine which landed on the ground. he was cause in the cab debris and scalded before aid reached him., The company's physician, Dr. Williams, accompanied him to Eastman. he was a newly married man, and his wife took the new of his death pitifully. She fainted when told of it this afternoon.
  Scene at the Wreck
    The wreck occurred in the heart of a stretch of lowlands near the Ocmulgee river.  For miles on either side of Stone creek there is a thick growth of cane brush, which, with the growth of trees, large and small, makes a jungle. creeks and ponds of water abound. The country is marshy and the railroad runs through a sparsely settled section here. The wreck is today a n ugly bedlam of broken cars, ties, wheels, engines and timbers, and the scene is one of fascinating surrounds, although horrible when the awful seriousness of it is contemplated.
   When the passenger train leaped from the trestle all was excitement aboard. The shouts of the frightened women and men rang out after the noise of the collapse died away in the still, marshy forest and it was only after some time that the cool headed trainmen succeeded in quieting the excited ones. The scene was heartrending in the extreme, and one never to forgotten by those who were on the two trains. When the frightened occupants of the passenger train heard the rumble of the heavy freight in the distance they were doubly terrified, fearing at the friend would tumble in on the passenger coaches and kill all in them
   The darkness was intense in the forest at the time, it being too early for the moonlight to come down through the big trees. The curious noises made in the marshes by frogs and other living things added to the horror of the dark and fearful surroundings. Water and mud abounded on every side and it was impossible for the workers to make their way through the jungle. Some one finally found an old boat and it served as a means of transporting the victims out of the creek bottom to the trestle embankment.
  The dead bodies of fireman Mercer and Baggage Master Wippler were laid tenderly in the bottom of the boat after the living had been hauled to land and they were stretched out on the side of the tracks just as the bright moon rose high enough to cas a ray of light here and there about the scene. It was a ghastly sight for the living to witness - the two men lying cold in death surrounded by their companions, the trainmen, who bowed their heads in grief at the horrible thought of the terrible accident.
     Operator Land's Long Run
    The first news of the wreck was sent from Bullards, a telegraph station seven miles below here. It seems that by fate of circumstances J. T. Land, the telegraph operator at Bullards, happened to be on the train. He had been given a half holiday by Train Dispatcher Sutyher, of Macon, and he was returning to Bullards on the wrecked train. He was not hurt by the wreck, and as fast as his legs could carry him he ran down the railroad to Bullards, the nearest telegraph office. The wreck occurred at 7:45 o'clock and by 9 o'clock Land had run the seven miles over dangerous trestles and crossties. He fell into his chair exhausted and had only strength enough left to click a few words about the wreck to the Macon dispatcher.
  The Macon office had already become alarmed at the failure of the train to reach Bullards and when the truth was known the  road's surgeons, Drs. Williams and McHatton, of Macon, and a wrecking crew started for the scene. The terrible news spread over Macon quickly and there was great excitement until a late hour. Exaggerated reports of the  wreck had were circulated an and by many it was feared that all were lost. The first authentic news was telegraphed to Atlanta at 1:30 o'clock this morning and the feat of the Constitution in securing the full details of the wreck after that hour and giving then to the public this morning, together with the Macon paper, was widely commented on in Macon and here at the wreck this afternoon. The paper was eagerly sought after and when I reached the wreckage and walked up to Superintendent Beauprie he asked where The Constitution got the full details the first thing.
Railroad Officials There
   Mr. Beaupries, Roadmaster Lemmon, Master Mechanic Hudson, Freight Service Agent Price, Trainmaster Begg, of Macon; half a dozen railroad detectives and other officials of the Southern are on the ground, or rather water, there being only a few mounds of mud about the creek valley. A temporary telegraph office was established by Superintendent Beaupries this morning and he is in constant communication with the Macon office. By the courtesy of Dispatcher Sutphen, of Macon, I was allowed to come to the wreck on a special engine and caboose train at 11:30 o'clock this morning. Chief of Police Butner, of Macon, and one or two of the local employees of the Southern only were allowed to visit the scene of the wreck.
  During the day quiet a large crowd came down, mostly afoot; many rode bicycles. The wreckage was photographed by many amateurs. One arrest was made about noon, but the prisoner, a negro, was soon released on the technicality that his foot is a little too large for a track made by one of the wreckers in the woods near the trestle. other parties are suspected and the detectives have begun work with the intention of bringing the inhuman wreckers to justice. If they had been captured today their lives would have paid for the work of destruction. The feeling at the wreckage is intensely bitter and assertions are freely made by prominent citizens that hanging is entirely too good for the devilish criminals.
    A singular coincidence of the wreck is the fact that it occurred about the time Roland Reed's company is due in Macon  It will be remembered that a year ago a train on which Reed's company was traveling to Macon was wrecked near Scotland, a few miles below Stone creek, by a switch being thrown from the main track. The accident was a serious one and Reed's presence on the train added interest to ti. The same gang who wrecked that train are strongly suspected of having removed the rail on the trestle last night.
Nelson's Gang Suspected
  Charles Nelson, the leader of the gang who are believed to have turned the Scotland switch, is also suspected of perpetrating this calamity, and he may be arrested at any time. He lives three miles from Stone creek, and the detectives started for his home this afternoon.. Nelson and others were arrested for wrecking the train at Scotland, but the case has never been finally disposed of on account of the absence of conclusive evidence. The parties are still answerable to the law in that case.
  Some time ago a gang of thieves were arrested for robbing railroad cars near here, and they are being prosecuted by the Southern. It is suggested that some of the gang committed the deed last night, and they are under surveillance. Superintendent Beaupries telegraphed to Cochran this morning for bloodhounds, and a noon Mr. Rodgers, of that place arrived with two fine-blooded dogs. The brutes were turned loose in the marshes near the wreck, and they quickly struck up a tail of the wreckers. After running about in the brush awhile the dogs struck of through the forest, making a circuitous route of about a mile and then back to the railroad tracks. The tracks had been walked a great deal during the morning and the dogs lost the trail when they reached the roadbed.
  The brutes were then turned loose on the other side of the trestle and another tail was struck. The trail led to a stump a short distance from the trestle on which one of the wreckers is believed to have sat watching the coming of the fated train. The trail, like the others, was finally lot on the roadbed.
  Mr Beauprie arrived on the scene at 1:30 o'clock this morning on a wrecking train. He had directed the wreck workers minutely. The laborers are fast bringing order out of chaos, and by tomorrow morning all trains will be running through.
  Loss Will Be Heavy.
   The actual loss of rolling stock to the railroad company may amount to $75,000
  Trains are being run from Macon over the Georgia Southern and Florida railroad to Cordele and from that place to Helena, and thence on the main line of the Southern to Jesup, Brunswick and Jacksonville. The distance is fifty-four miles further.
  The dead trainmen will be buried in Macon tomorrow. Great sorrow is expressed throughout the city for the families of the deceased. The wreck is the sole topic of conversation in the Central City.
  It is probable that Governor Atkinson will be asked to offer a large reward for the apprehension of the wreckers. The railroad will offer a reward. Mr. Beauprie left for Macon late this afternoon to spend the night. The work of cleaning the debris away goes on. CHARLES DANIEL

(Note: Warren Criswell, white,  and Tom Shaw, white,  were both found guilty of causing the wreck and sentenced to life in the penitentiary.)

March 8, 1896
The Macon Telegraph
   Solomon, Ga. March 7 (Special) The farming interest throughout our section of the county is much farther advanced than it was last year this time. We are also glad to note that there will be no increase in the acreage of cotton.
  Dr. A. J. Wood has laid down all of his lumber and will soon erect a handsome residence on the place he bought of Mr. Rufus Epps, near the Macon, Savannah and Dublin railroad.
  Jeffersonville is still on a building boom. Quite a number of elegant residences have gone up there in the last few years and still the demand cannot be filled, the latest of those are Messrs. S. E. Jones and Will Slappey. The architects are Messrs. H. S. Coward and T. E. Methvin.

April 7, 1896
Rev. Simon Tharpe, a well known and much beloved citizen of Twiggs county died last Thursday.

July 4, 1896
Macon Telegraph
   Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, one of Twiggs county's oldest and most highly respected ladies, died at her home at Fitzpatrick day before yesterday and was buried in the family burying ground yesterday.
  The announcement of the deat of Mrs. Fitzpatrick will be read with sorrow by her many friends, but by nome other that those in Macon who knew and loved her. She was a noble Christian woman of the highest type, and her long life of 83 years was spent in doing good.
  Mrs. Fitzpatrick leaves three sons, Messrs. E. H, B. S., and J. J. Fitzpatrick, and several daughters.

July 18, 1896
Macon Telegraph
  TOM SHAW'S MOTHER DEAD - It is reported that the mother of Tom Shaw, who is in jail here for wrecking a train on the Southern road at Stone creek, is dead. A mail carrier living near Mrs. Shaw's home says that she died Thursday in Twiggs county and was buried yesterday. A Telegraph reporter carried the first news of Mrs. Shaw's death to her imprisoned son. Tom has known all along of her very low condition, but her death was quite a surprise to him.

August 4, 1896
Macon Telegraph
  Jeffersonville, Aug. 6 -The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Harrell of this place died last Saturday and was buried yesterday. The friends and neighbors did all in their power to aid the little sufferer, and comfort father and mother, and now tender their condolence to the bereaved parents.

September 1, 1896
Union Recorder
  Mr. C. M. Wright received a telegram last Thursday morning, bearing the sad intelligence of the death of Miss Berta Cook, which occurred that morning at the home of her father in Twiggs county. She was ill only three days with malarial fever.
  Miss Cook was about 20 years of age and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She is a grand daughter of Mrs. E. A. Cook and a niece of Mr. W. A. Cook of this county. Some years ago she attended the M.G.M. & A. College. Last summer she visited her cousin, Miss Lousie Wright, in this city, and won many friends by her charming manners and sweet disposition. Her untimely death causes profound sorrow in a large circle of relatives and friends.
  The funeral services were held at the old homestead at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

September 9, 1896
The Macon Telegraph
SOLOMON-WHITFIELD. A Marriae of Much Interest to Macon People. A marriage in wich is centered considerable interest, took place aat Cedartown yesterday when Mr. J. H. Solomon of Danville was united in marriage to Miss Whitfield of Cedartown.
   The newly married couple came to Macon immediately after the ceremony. They spent the night at the Stubblefield House. Mr. Solomon is a prosperous merchant and cotton buyer, who is well known and has a number of relatives in Macon. The young bride is one of the most prominent families of Cedartown. She is one of the brightest and most refined and beautiful girls in the state.

October 21, 1896
The Macon Telegraph
DECEMBER AND MAY. Dr. Thomas C. Gibson, Aged 78, Was Married Yesterday to a Maid of 17.
  Dr. Thomas C. Gibson of near Gordon, Ga., arrived in the city last night with his newly-married bride.
  The couple registered at the Brown house, where they will stop a while here. They were married yesterday near Haddock's Ga., and are now on their happy honeymoon. Dr. Gibson is 78 and his wife is but 17. Notwithstanding this wide disparity in their ages, it was a case of marriage for love. The doctor is a prominent citizen of Twiggs county, where he has a large farm and a large practice. He is comfortably well off in this world's goods, and up to yesterday he had everything he wanted except a wife, and that want is now filled.
  Dr. Gibson decided some time ago that he would marry. The girl of his choice was Miss Minnie Andrews of Haddock's, Ga.
  The ceremony was performed yesterday and the newly-married couple started at one on their bridal tour, accompanied by Miss Ida Andrews and Miss Mary Bivins, a sister and friend of the bride. The party will leave Macon to resume their journey today.
  Dr. Gibson is well known and prominently connected in Macon. He has two sons and a daughter living here. Drs. O. C. Gibson and Thomas C. Gibson are the sons and Mrs. Baskin is the daughter.
  Dr. Gibson is perhaps the oldest practicing physician in Georgia. He has been practicing continuously for fifty-six years, and has at the advance age of 78 a large practice.

January 15, 1897
Atlanta Constitution
SHOT BY A BURGLAR. Desperado Visits the Rowland Home at Adams Station. DEMANDS MONEY OR LIFE. Being Refused the Former, Attempts to Take the Latter. BALL MISSES HIS INTENDED VICTIM. Goes Through Door of an Adjoining Room, Strikes Mrs. Rowland, fatally Wounding Her.
Macon, Ga., January 14 (Special) Mr. Frank Johnson, of Adams station, came to Macon this morning to obtain bloodhounds to track a person or persons who committed a daring deed and murderous assault last night at Adams station, on the southern railway, about twenty-one miles from Macon. Mr. William Rowland keeps a store at Adams station. Mr. Rowland and wife live in rooms connected with the store building. Last night about 10 o'clock some unknown person attempted to break into the store through the door that was locked, for the purpose of burglary. A negro, who was on the inside of the store, fired at the burglar, and the thief ran away. About 2 o'clock this morning the burglar returned and threw a rock through the glass window of the bedroom of Mr. and Mrs. Rowland. The couple ran into an adjoining room and locked the door. The assailant then climbed through the window into Mr. Rowland's bedroom and told him that money was all he wanted, and if it, was not given him that he would kill Rowland and wife. The money not being forthcoming, the intruder fired three pistol balls through the door of the room in which were Mr. and Mrs. Rowland. One of the bullets struck Mrs. Rowland in the abdomen, inflicting a fatal wound, so it is said a physician has declared. Mr. Rowland fired once at the assailant, but it is not known with what effect, as the man fled and not trace of him has been found.

January 15, 1897
Macon Telegraph
  Miss Dollie Farmer died in Twiggs county Tuesday. She was related in Macon, and the news of her death made sorrowful hearts.

January 23, 1897
Macon Telegraph
NOOSES FOR TWO NECKS. Charles Forysth and Willis White Were Lynched. TWIGGS STRIKES TERROR  TO THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO VIOLATE THE LAW. Tired of Long Defferred Punishment of Certain Criminals Now in Jail Masked Men Act as Judge, Jry and Executioners in Another Crime.
    Jeffersonville, Ga., Jan. 22 - Between 12 and 1 o'clock last night a masked mob, said to be a hundred or more strong, took from the jail here Charles Forysth, Jr. and Willis White, colored, the alleged murderers of Mrs. Rowland, carried then about half a mile from town in the bottom just between Capt. Carswell's old place and where he now lives, swung them up to  a scrubby oak and riddled their bodies with bullets.
  Thus ends another long lawsuit and big expense for old Twiggs, who has had her share of them for the past two years.
   The bodies of the two doomed men now lie in the court house here awaiting the inquest. Their bodies will probably be carried back near where the murder was committed (Adams Park) for burial.
   No one in Jeffersonville seems to know anything about the lynching. The only person supposed to have any idea as to the manner of their death is an old negro who lives on the first floor of the jail and acts as jailer and janitor. He says a number of masked men came to the jail at midnight and proceeded to break in. At once Forsyth and Willis begain crying for mercy and help.
   The mob was orderly and went about the work in a business-like way, taking the men without much disturbance and swinging them up without any preliminaries. The first idea was to hang them on the gallows erected for Mrs. Nobles and Gus Fambles, but the strucure was found to be insecure, so the limb of a nearby tree was utilized.
  As soon as the negroes were strung up the mob began firing into their writhing bodies, and when taken down this morning they were found to be pumped full of lead.
   The finding of the bodies seemingly caused a great deal of surprise, notwithstanding the amount of shooting that had taken place. The bodies were viewed by hundreds of people, many coming in from the surrounding country. It is generally believed that the negrose were guilty and met their just fate. It is also believed that there was another implicated in the murder.
  Story of Their Crime.
    About 10 o'clock Thursday night, Jan. 13, Charles Forsyth went to Rowland's store to buy a pair of shoes. While in the store buying the shoes, Rowland told him, that some one was trying to rob him. He gave the negro his pistol and told him to go out and ascertain who it was. The negro went out and fired the pistol twice at some persons going up the railroad, and who ran as soon as they saw him.
   Mr. and Mrs. Rowland decided to sit up and watch their store the remaining nof the night and asked the negro, Charles Forsyth, to stay and help defend it. But as the robbers did not return in a short while Charles Forsyth told Mr. Rowland he would leave, and did so.
   After Charles Forsyth left the store, Mr. and Mrs. Rowland retird, thinking everything was all right. But about 2 o'clock they were awakened by some one striking the door. Mr. Rowland went to the door and asked what was wanted. The reply which he received was "Money-money and victuals, too-and that quick." When Rowland told them he had no money, they then threw large stones against the window, smashing it asunder. They then again pounded on the door. Rowland asked what would satisfy them. The answered again, using threadts, "Money and victuals." Rowland told them he had only two dollars and would give it to them if they would leave. The agreed to this. Whiles handing them, the money one of the robbers fired, the ball passing  through the doorway and striking Mrs. Rowland in the abdomen. Then the robbers left. Mr. and Mrs. Rowland locked the doors and waited until dawn to give the alarm. The alarm was given early next morning.
   The entire community was aroused and many posses went out in search of the guilty parties with bloodhounds. The search resulted several days later in the capture of the negroes, Forysth and White, who paid the penalty of the crime last night.

February 27, 1897
Macon Telegraph
DEATH IN TWIGGS COUNTY. Mrs. Louisa Martin Died Near Dry Branch Yesterday.
Mrs. Louisa Martin died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock near Dry Branch. She was about 63 years p;d amd was the wife of H. M. Martin,  for many years tax collector of Twiggs county.
   Mrs. Martin was the daughter of James Hammock of Twiggs county, and belonged to one of the best known families in that section. She is the mothr of R. M. Martin, a member of the Macon fire department.
  The funeral will occur tomorrow at the family burying ground in Twiggs county.

June 10, 1897
Macon Telegraph
Floyd-Lumpkin. Jeffersonville, Ga., June 9. - A quiet wedding was solemnized at the Methodist parsonage here at 7:30 a.m. The contracting parties were Mr. Cobb Lampkin of Athens and Miss Ketina Floyd of Harris county. Miss Floyd was assistant teacher in Auburn Institute at this place, and is an accomplished woman and very popular. Rev. J. M. Outler officiated in the marriage ceremony. The bride and groom left on this morning's train for their future home. Mrs. Lampkin leaves many sad hearts among her many friends, and especially the pupils of Auburn Institute. They all wish her a long, happy and prosperous life.

August 6, 1897
Atlanta Constitution
She Was Quite Old.
Macon, Ga. August 5 (Special) June Thorpe, an old negro woman who was one of the oldest in the state, died in Twiggs county yesterday. There is little doubt that the woman was 115 years of age. She has been in the employ of the Thorpe family for nearly a hundred years.

 August 15, 1897
Atlanta Constitution
Carried to Twiggs for Burial
Macon, Ga., August 14 (Special) The remains of John N. Davis were taken this afternoon to Twiggs county for interment. The deceased was sixty years old and a highly esteemed citizen. He was a brother of Messrs. Gilbert and W. A. Davis, of Macon.

October 11, 1897
Macon Telegraph
Mr. I. T. Crosby, one of Twiggs county's oldest and most highly respected citizens, died yesterday morning at his home near Asa. Undertaker Keating sent down a casket for the remains.
  Mr. Crosby was one of the best known men in Twiggs county and was pupular with everybody. He leaves a wife and five children. They are Messrs. E. T., G. S., W. T., and A. F. Crosby and Miss Emma Crosby.
    Mr. Crosby was born and reared in Twiggs county. His funeral will take place from New Haven church this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. G. B. Ward, the pastor, will conduct the services.

October 30, 1897
The Macon Telegraph
Jeffersonville, Ga., Oct. 29 - The friends of Mr. J. N. Maxwell extend to him, his family and the wife of his son, their heartfelt sympathy in the death of his son,John, who died at Danville this morning at 3 o'clock. It will be remembered about two weeks ago Dr. Ross of Macon and Dr. Dupree of Danville performed an operation for rupture of some nature and he never recovered. John was noted for his generosity and hospitality and his friends numbered by the score all over the county and adjoining counties. He was considered perhaps the best business young man in his county. The place of burial has not been determined yet.

November 10, 1897
The Macon Telegraph
    Mr. Frank Johnson, of Adams Park, who is not only popular with all of the people of Twiggs county, but with a large number of friends in Macon, died at his home at Adams Park yesterday morning at 8:30 o'clock, after a brief illness with malarial fever.
   Undertaker Keating sent down a magnificent casket for the remains yesterday morning.
  Mr. Johnson was 28 years of age and was a young man of fine character and genial manners.  He was the son of the late Rev. C. G. Johnson, a divine greatly beloved in his day. Mr. Johnson was one of ten brothers, nine of whom survive him. He also leaves a mother, 55 years of age, and a wife and one child.
  The funeral will take place from his late residence, this morning at 11:10 o'clock and the interment will be in the family burying ground in Twiggs county.
  News of Mr. Johnson's death will be learned with deep regret by his many friends in Macon and elsewhere.
(Note: buried Asbury Church Cemetery, Wilkinson County, near Twiggs County line)

November 16, 1897
The Macon Telegraph
Mr. Hugh McCallum of Jeffersonville Passes Away.
Jeffersonville, Ga. It is with sad regret we announce the death of Mr. Hugh McCallum., which occurred on the night of the 12th, at his home about three miles from town. Mr. McCallum died very suddenly of some brain trouble. On the night of the 11th Mr. McCallum, with some friends went out possum hunting. They returned to the house about 10 o'clock. Later in the night he was heard struggling by a gentleman who lives in the house with him, and on going to his room, found him having convulsions. Drs. Jones and Slappey were immediately called, but all the medical aid they could bring to bear on him failed to accomplish anything. He never spoke after he was discovered and died about 10 o'clock. The burial took place Saturday afternoon at the family burial ground near the McCallum home. Mr. McCallum had many noble traits of character, was a consistent member of the Baptist church, was about twenty five years old, unmarried and a good farmer. Mr. Henry McCallum, bookkeeper for A. B. Smith, and brother of deceased, was present with his wife at the funeral Saturday evening.
  Col. Ramsey of Dublin, the pastor in charge of the Baptist church here, conducted the burial service.

December 3, 1897
The Macon Telegraph
DEATH OF A BRIDE. Was Mrs. Asbell of Twiggs County. Mrs. R. A. Asbell died at her home in Twiggs county early yesterday morning of typhoid pneumonia and will be buried at Andrews cemetery this morning at 10 o'clock.
  Undertaker Keating sent out a casket today and will have charge of the burial.
  Mrs. Asbell was a bride of two months having married Mr. Asbell about the 1st of October. Mr. Asbell was a motorman on the Consolidated line for a long time, and left after his marriage to make his home in Twiggs county.

December 14, 1897
Macon Telegraph
   DEATH OF MR. CANNON, One of Twiggs County's Aged Citizens Passed Away Yesterday.
   At 10 o'clock yesterday morning Mr. James Cannon, one of Twiggs county's oldest and  most highly respected citizens, died at his home near Myrick's mill, eighteen miles from Macon.
   The furneral will take place this morning at the family burying ground at Big Sandy postoffice and Rev. W. D. Duel, pastor of the Baptist church, will conduct the services.
   The aged gentleman leaves a widow and four grown children and several grandchildren. He was 71 years old and had spent all of his life on the plantation where he was born. He was a devoted member of the Baptist church, and was a prominent figure in the affairs of his community.

December 16, 1897
Atlanta Constitution
FROM DANCE TO A RIOT. Three Persons Killed and Two Fatally Wounded. LIQUOR WAS THE CAUSE OF IT
One Young Man Became Too Offensive in His Manner Toward the Ladies, and When He Was Admonished Pistols Were Drawn.
Jeffersonville, Ga., Dec. 16  - The citizens of this place were startled by a fusillade of pistol shots at the residence of
R. L. Califf, where a house party was in progress.
  The screaming of women aroused the town and the whole population gathered about the scene of the shooting, when it was discovered that three men were lying dead on the parlor floor and a woman and a girl fatally shot.
 The parlor was a scene of gaiety, young folks dancing and singing alternately, and amusement was at is height whenShort  Griffin, a young man under the influence of liquor, became too offensive in his manner toward the young ladies.
   Mr. Califf remonstrated with him and advice him to go home. This enraged Griffin, and he drew a pistol and began to rave and make threats against his host. Califf, knowing Griffin to be a dangerous man, prepared himself and ordered the offender to leave the house.
  This precipitated a fight. Seven shots were exchanged, both principals dropped dead, andClarence Jones, a young man was also instantly killed. The three men falling within a radius of a few feet.
  Califf fired three shots, all taking effect, one striking Griffin in the right temple, and two in the breast.
  Griffin fired four times. One shot entered Califf's breast, killing him instantly; another struck Clarence Jones in the head and death ensued an hour later.
   Mrs. Califf was shot in the abdomen and her 7-year-old daughter in the neck.

December 23, 1897
Macon Telegraph
  Death of Mrs. Finch at Jeffersonville. Jeffersonville, Ga, Dec. 22 - Mrs. Mary A. Finch, proprietress of the Floyd House, died last night at 7:30 o'clock with pneumonia. She died surrounded by all of her children and many relatives and friends. Mrs. Finch was in her 68th year, was a consistent and faithful member of the Baptist church here, and for twenty-five years or more she has run the Floyd House. She leaves four children, all grown and three grandchildren, relatives and friends without number to mourn her death.
  Little Mary Pettis and Mrs. Califf are getting on nicely.

September 11, 1898
Macon Telegraph
  ~excerpt~ Mrs. Eulah Fagan, beloved wife of our honored townsman, Mr. T. V. Fagan, was born in Twiggs county, Ga., September 24, 1858, and died September 4, 1898...A Friend. Fort Valley, Ga.

October 4, 1898
Macon Telegraph
   The 6-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Burke died Sunday night and will be buried this morning at 11 o'clock, from the residence, 709 Third street. Rev. J. L. White will conduct the service.

November 2, 1898
Macon Telegraph
  Mr. John Cranford, aged 80 years, died in Twiggs county Monday night. His remains will be interred in the family burying ground in the Smith district, of which community he had been an honored member all of his life. He was a member of Antioch Baptist church, and was a Free Mason of good standing. Old age and Bright's disease were the causes of his death.
  Among the close relatives who will suffer the sad bereavement are a wife, a widowed daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane Roberts, three grand children and three great-grand children.
  Undertaker Clay yesterday sent out a casket.

November 22, 1898
The Repulican-Freeman
-Ned Glover, a former slave, lives with his wife and ninety-five descendants upon the plantation in Twiggs, county, Ga., where he was born ninety-six years ago.

December 10, 1898
Macon Telegraph
   Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Mary Lizzie Jones of Bullards to Mr. J. H. Davis of Macon December 15, at her home in Twiggs county.

January 1, 1899
Macon Weekly Telegraph
MRS. WIMBERLY IS DEAD. A NOBLE WOMAN HAS GONE TO HER REWARD. Was the Mother of Mr. Minter Wimberly of Macon - The Funeral Will Be at 11 O'clock on Monday in Twiggs County.
  Information reached this city yesterday of the sudden death in her home near Jeffersonville, in Twiggs county, of Mrs. Isoline Minter Wimberly, the widow of the late Capt. Frederick Davis Wimberly, and mother of our esteemed fellow townsman Mr. Minter Wimberly. Although her health recently has not been good, no anticipation of an early and fatal crisis existed, and the blow fell with crushing force upon a large and devoted circle of relatives and friends. A sister and three of her children were by her side in her last moments and received the benedictions of her noble spirit ere it winged its way to God's changeless county. Of the Wimberly family, so long distinguished for its intellectual men and women in the history of state and country, there remain as the direct descendants of this pure woman two sons and three daughters, Mr. Minter Wimberly, city attorney of Macon, Dr. Warren W. Wimberly of Twiggs, Mrs. R. O. Campbell of Atlanta, and Misses Clara and Isoline Wimberly. One of the latter is now upon her way home from New York.
  The funeral of Mrs. Wimberly will take place at 11 o'clock on Monday morning at Richland church, where the remains of her husband and many of his kinsmen are buried.
  In maidenhood Mrs. Wimberly was Isoline Minter, daughter of Col. William T. Minter, a noted member of a distinguished Alabama family, from whom she inherited much of her noble pride and intellectual force. She was born in the beautiful ancestral home Emerald Place, near Earlwood,  in Dallas count, and came to Georgia a bride in 1860. Here she developed at once and illustrated unceasingly the character which made her the centre of an extended influence, and won her the beautiful devotion of all who came within it. The mainsprings of her life were lofty ideals and high aspirations, and her broad, strong mid impressed these upon her family, her friends and her servants.
  In her beautiful home, "Inglehurst." she has reigned for thirty-eight years, giving to her people from her full heart a wealth of love and affection. No one, white or black, whatever his condition, was ever turned empty handed from her door, and at her board where governors and senators have sat as honored guests, the wandering pilgrims of the road have received always an even tender courtesy. Cultured and refined, surrounded by her books and her flowers, she accepted cheerfully the isolation to which, in common with so many Southern woman, the changed conditions of society condemned her, and gave her life for her people.

March 12, 1899
The Macon Telegraph
MR. WALL BURIED. His Remains Were Laid to Rest in the Family Burying Ground.
  A number of Macon people who went down to Twiggs county Thursday to attend the funeral of Mr. John Wall, who died in Macon Wednesday, returned yesterday.
  Mr. Wall was formerly a citizen of Twiggs county, but for a number of years lived in Macon, and had many friends here. He was buried at his old home in Twiggs county.
  Mr. Wall leaves a widow, six children and a host of friends to mourn his death.

March 29, 1899
Atlanta Constitution
Four Deaths on One Day in the Town. One Was an Accident.
Jeffersonville, Ga. March 25 (Special) Our little town is grief-stricken over the heavy harvest which the angel of death reaped in our midst today.
   This morning Thomas Beal, a citizen of this community, died after a few days' illness.
   In a short while the baby boy of A. F. Martin, the clerk of the superior court, died.
    An hour afterwards littleJoel M. Whitehurst, the eight-year-old son of Mrs. W. F. Slappey, while out hunting, was killed by the accidental discharge of his gun. It seems that the dogs were worrying some goats and young Whitehurst, in company with Wilber Reynolds, undertook to beat them off, when in some manner the gun was discharged, blowing out the brains of Whitehurst and tearing off a portion of young Reynold's hand.
Mrs. Jones, the wife of Mr. Elias Jones, also died about 3 o'clock today.
   The aggregate loss of life is excessively heavy for a small community of only about three hundred people.

April 20, 1899
Macon Telegraph
SHOT HIS WIFE. She Challenged Him to Shoot Her Instead of the Dog
FITZPATRICK, Ga. April 19. An awful tragedy came near being enacted near this place a few days ago. A. M. Bell was snapping his gun at his dog, when his wife remonstrated with him, saying she would as soon have him shoot her as the dog. He thereupon pointed the gun at her in a playful way, it is presumed, and it went off, striking her in the shoulder and side of the face. If she had been standing erect the shot would doubtless have been fatal.
  The frightened husband hurried off for a doctor, and soon secured the services of Dr. A. J. Wood, who dressed the wound. The lady is now doing well.

May 16, 1899
Macon Telegraph
NEGRO DROWNED.  He Was a Member of the Sixth Virginia
  A few days ago Mr. Will Reed had two negroes in a boat with him down the river trying to manage a raft of timber for the Standard Lumber company. While opposite Bullard's station the boat capsized and one of the Negroes was drowned. Mr. Reed and the other negro managed to swim to shore. The body of the dead man, whose name was John Hughes, formerly a member of the Sixth Virginia regiment, was later found down the river. An inquest resulted in a verdict of accidental drowning. Hughes was well liked by both whites and blacks, and his tragic death was deeply  regretted.

July 30, 1899
Macon Telegraph
DEATHS AT BOND'S MILL.  Two Old Citizens Were Buried Friday.
Mrs. Hennie Davis, aged 90, died at her home, near Bond's mill, in Twiggs county, Thursday and was buried Friday. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her.
   Mr. Melton father of Mr. H. H. Melton of Macon, also died at Bond's mill Thursday and was buried Friday in the family burying ground near by. He was an old citizen of the community and had many friends.

August 18, 1899
The Macon Telegraph
CLOSING EXERCISES. Macon People Visited Big Oak School Yesterday.
  About fifteen people from Macon went out to Big Oak, in Twiggs county, about twelve miles from Macon, yesterday to attend the commencement exercises of the Big Oak school. They report having had a pleasant day and that the exercises were a great success.
  There were thirty-two pupils in the school. Miss Lizzie Burkett is the teacher.
  Mr. B. S. Fitzpatrick, school commissioner, was there, and among the prominent citizens of Twiggs were Messrs. J. H. Jessup, John Clance, W. N. Kitchens, J. J. Kitchens, Melvin Kitchens and others who assisted in building the school.
  Misses Nannie Burkett and Lillie Hatfield assisted in the exercises, to the delight of the large audience.
  The school was built at Big Oak last year and is in a very flourishing condition.

October 28, 1899
Atlanta Constitution
Mrs. Carswell, Jeffersonville, Ga.
Jeffersonville, Ga, October 27 (Special) Mrs. Anna Carswell, wife of Captain W. E. Carswell, and a most excellent lady, died here at 6 o'clock a.m. today.

October 28, 1899
Macon Weekly Telegraph
DEATH AT JEFFERSONVILLE. Mrs. W. E. Carswell Dies, Leaving a Big Family.
Jeffersonville, Ga. Oct. 27 - Mrs. Capt. W. E. Carswell, who has been sick for the past ten or fifteen days at her home near town, with typhoid dysentery, died this morning at 6 o'clock. SHe was a lady of noble Christian graces, a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church and chairman of the Woman's Foreign Missionary society, She was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, seven children and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her. She will be buried in the town cemetery here.

October 28, 1899
Atlanta Constitution
Nelson Slappey Went Out Hunting Yesterday
Not Returning, Search Was Made and Dead body Found-Was a Prominent Man.
Jeffersonville, Ga. October 27 (Special) The body of Mr.Nelson Slappey was found today in the Ocmulgee river swamp just opposite West Lake, Ga., a small station on the Southern railway. Mr. Slappey was railroad agent and postmaster, and a prominent citizen of this county. He had gone into the swamp hunting, and not returning, search was made for him and he was found with his gun beside him and one barrel of the gun empty with almost, the entire top of his head blown off.
  There is suspicious of foul play, and a murder may be brought to light.

October 30, 1899
Macon Telegraph
~excerpt~Twiggs and Wilkinson are joining hands in holy wedlock. On last Thursday Mr. Stephen Jones, Jr., of Twiggs, was married to Miss Rawlins of Toomsboro, Wilkinson county. On the same day Mr. J. L. Gallemore of Twiggs and of Miss Horton near Ball's church, in Wilkinson county, were married. Rumor has it that there is to be several mariages here in town between now and Christmas.

October 30, 1899
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Toomsboro, Ga.  Happy Marriage at Toomsboro - the Groom From Jeffersonville.
    At the beautiful country home of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Duncan, on Thursday evening, the 26th inst., occurred a happy marriage of much interest. Mr. S. C. Jones of Jeffersonville and Miss Maockie-Lou Rawlings were joined in wedlock by the Rev. W. S. Ramsey of Dublin, the attendants being Mr. Henry Denson of Allentown and Miss Willie Cason of Toomsboro, Mr. J. O. Moore and Miss Rosa Dickson of Macon, Mr. James Chambers of Macon and Miss Mary Wimberly of Jeffersonville, and Mr. J. N. Horne and Miss Carrie McCallum of Jeffersonville. The bridal party entered the delightfully decorated drawing rooms while Mendelssolm's Wedding March was rendered by Miss Jennie Shepherd, and beneath a horse shoe of superb roses and lovely chrysanthemums the bride and groom pledged their troth. After congratulations the many friends and relatives present partook of the bounteous hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan.
     The groom is a prosperous planter of Twiggs county and the bride is the charming sister of Mrs. W. P. Duncan, and is one of the most popular young women of this community. The bridal couple departed on the northbound train at late hour for Atlanta and the East.
Submitted by R. Elizabeth Brewer

December 25, 1899
Atlanta Constitution
Hardy Solomon Dead. News was received in the city yesterday of the death of Hardy Solomon, of Twiggs county.  Mr. Solomon was well known in Macon, being an uncle of Mr. W. G. Solomon, of this city.
The funeral services were held this afternoon from the residence in Twiggs county, and the interment was at the old family burying ground.

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