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Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
Thursday, 9 June 1904 - pg 6 [via South Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Death of Dr. J. B. Smith
At his home on Swift street in Perry Dr. John Baptiste Smith died early last Saturday morning.
At the home Sunday morning the funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. E. Davenport, pastor of the Perry Methodist church.
The Houston Lodge No. 35, F. & A. M. with visiting Masons, took charge of the body, and at Evergreen cemetery the rites of burial were performed with Masonic honors.
Six Knights Templar of Fort Valley acted as an escort of honors.
The pall bearers were Messrs. C. F. Cooper, M. L. Cooper, C. E. Gilbert, J. P. Duncan, J. H. Hodges, L. M. Paul.
Dr. Smith was 91 years of age nine days prior to his death. He was the oldest white man in Houston county, and no man in the county was ever held in higher esteem.
He is survived by the devoted wife and three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Powers of Perry, Mrs. S. H. Morgan of Atlanta and Mrs. B. C. Holtzclaw of Perry. There are also seven grand-children and four great-grand-children.
Attending the funeral and burial there were Masons and other friends of the family from Hawkinsville, Elko, Fort Valley and other sections of the county.
The floral offerings were magnificently beautiful, completely covering the top of the casket and in accord with the desire of the family, these beautiful emblems were buried with him to whose honor they were silent tributes.
Dr. John Baptiste Smith was born May 26th, 1813, at Budeshire, Germany, graduated at Marsburg, Germany, came to the United States in 1848, was married to Mrs. Matilda Blackman in Charleston, Tenn., and from that place came to Perry, Ga., in 1863.
He was a Royal Arch Mason and Knight Templar. In 1863 he served as surgeon in Gen. J. C. Vaughn's Tennessee Brigade, and in 1864 he was assistant surgeon in the McFarrin hospital at Forsyth, Ga.
Though he retired from the practice of medicine several years prior to his death, he took the same interest in the profession as he had demonstrated during the many yeare [sic] of his successful practice, and read his medical journals regularly until his eyesight failed.
Though confined to his room more than a year, and to his bed several months, it was not disease, but the weight of more than four score well-spent years that prevented his daily intercourse with business people whose utmost confidence he had earned by many years of upright living in their midst.
Of this perfect gentleman and friend of many years, we can but repeat that which we wrote last week in calling attention to his 91st birthday.
Never of robust physique, he was strong because he had learned to subdue his passions and control himself.
For forty years our people have known him, and in all that time no word of reproach has been uttered against him. Morally his life was a model. For fully forty years this writer has known him, and in his intercourse with our people, professionally and socially, we know not that he has ever uttered a word in anger, or given expression to a vulgar or impure thought.
Having attained by reason of moral strength a score and one more than the allotted years of man, he deservedly held the implicit confidence of all those who knew him.
Of far greater value than much gold is his good name, and to his children and grandchildren his example will ever be a priceless heritage.
I do have a connection to the good doctor. John Baptiste Smith was the father-in-law of an uncle (Benjamin Clark Holtzclaw, 1854-1930) of the husband (Robert Clifford Holtzclaw, 1883-1932) of my 2nd cousin (Claribel Peavy, b. abt 1886).
Clifford was the first wife of Henry Macon Holtzclaw, Jr., and the daughter of Dr. Julius C. Gilbert. Her remains rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Perry, Houston County, Georgia.
Wife of H. M. Holtzclaw, Jr.
Born Sep 17, 1863
Died Dec 27, 1890
"Blessed are the pure in heart."
Houston Home Journal (Perry, Georgia)
1 January 1891 – pg. 3 [via South Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Death of Mrs. Holtzclaw
At about eight o'clock last Saturday night, Mrs. Clifford M. Holtzclaw, wife of Dr. H. V. Holtzclaw, died in Perry, at the residence of Judge H. M. Holtzclaw.
She was about 27 years old, lacking about two weeks of having been a wife twelve months. She was a consistent christian lady, a member of the Presbyterian church.
She was the second youngest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Gilbert, of near Houston Factory. Possessing in an eminent degree the noblest characteristics of true womanhood, she was loved by all who knew her.
Her death was one of the saddest ever known here, especially as only a few hours before her death it was thought she would get well.
To the devoted husband, father and mother, brothers and sisters, the bereavement is indeed crushing. Their many friends feel for them the deepest sympathy, knowing full well that consolation can only come from the Divine source.
Surely Heaven has gained another inmate.
The funeral service was held at the residence of Judge Holtclaw [sic] at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and immediately thereafter the solemn cortege proceeded to Evergreen cemetery, where the body of the loved one was placed in the grave, beside the infant that never knew the mother who gave it birth.
The floral offerings at the grave were decideely [sic] beautiful -- white flowers formed into wreaths and circlets, emblematic of the pure life of the deceased, and the love entertained for her.
Six years after the death of Clifford, H. M. Holtzclaw, Jr. married her sister Kate. This second wife died in 1917. After five years more, Mr. Holtzclaw committed suicide.
Nancy A., wife of Thomas M. Hughes, rests in Old Blairsville Cemetery at Union County, Georgia.
Nancy A. Hughes
Born Dec 11, 1810
Died March 9, 1881
In the 71st year of her age.
Borne by angels on their wings;
Far from earth the spirit flies;
Finds her God, and sits and sings;
Triumphing in paradise.
According to Our Hymns and Their Authors (Tillett, 1892), the last several lines of Nancy's epitaph are from "A Funeral Hymn." The words, originally written in the masculine, were by Charles Wesley about 1742.
Using census records only, it appears Nancy and Thomas had about 13 children, one of which is buried along side them at Old Blairsville Cemetery.