Wednesday, July 13, 2011

When and Where did William Sidney Slay die ?

For some time, there has been a great deal of speculation about my second great-grandfather, William Sidney Slay. Some researchers say he died in 1881 "somewhere in Louisiana," while others are certain it was 1882.

Just as confusing is his place of death and final resting place. All of us agree he was in Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana on the 1880 census, with his second wife Laura Ann Hargrove and their children by this marriage.

Researchers have indicated he died in 1881 or 1882 in Pineville...but where did this date come from ? A family bible or 'passed-down' ? Unfortunately, no one has information on where he is buried.

Logic would suggest he is buried in the Holloway Methodist-Slay Cemetery in Rapides Parish, or perhaps the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery in the same parish. Both cemeteries contain graves of some of his children from Laura.

If we are to assume he died in 1881 or 1882 in Louisiana, there should be probate records and guardianship papers for his minor children, of which he had four of age fifteen and under at that time. No records have been found from requests for Court Orders, Guardianship Papers, Executor Bonds or Probate Case Files in Rapides or neighboring parishes.

I would welcome any comments, direction or information, to the above email address in the masthead. Are you a descendent of William Sidney Slay ? Do you know when and where he died in Louisiana ?

This is an ongoing project and has been for some time. I am actively working on a few leads I hope will answer questions for all of us.

The first Family Group Sheet list his children with Honor Pelton Futch. Many mistakes have been circulated among researchers regarding the children from this marriage. The majority of websites and researchers, list one daughter as Caroline Cornelia ... when actually these are two names mixed up. Their actual names are: Carolina C. (married John Heidelberg Terrel) and Catherine Cornelia who married William Garrison Hennington. Another error are places of birth for these children. All were born in Choctaw County, Alabama, where the Slay's lived until 1854 when he purchased land in Jasper County, Mississippi.

Family Group Record for William Sidney Slay

Husband: William Sidney Slay

Born: 17 Mar 1808 - Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Died: Between 1881 and 1882 - Poss. Pineville Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Father: Nathan (Sr.) Slay (1765-1843)
Mother: Martha Ann Sumrall (1765-1825)
Marriage: Abt 1831 Place: Poss. Alabama (or) Mississippi
Other Spouse: Laura Ann Hargrove (1844-Between 1911/1920)
Date: 1856 - Jasper County, Mississippi

Wife: Honor Pelton Futch
Born: 1814 - Bulloch County, Georgia
Died: Between 1851 and 1855 - Poss. Choctaw County, Alabama
Father: John Futch (Between 1788/1791- )

1 M John Linton Slay
Born: 1 Apr 1833 - Sumter County, Alabama
Died: 3 Jul 1902 - Clarke County, Mississippi
Buried: Elim Baptist Church Cemetery, Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi
Spouse: Permelia Agnes Puckett (1839-1914)
Marr. Date: 9 Aug 1854 - Choctaw, Alabama

2 F Martha E. (Mattie) Slay
Born: 1834 - Sumter County, Alabama
Died: 15 Apr 1915
Spouse: Joshua Sanford (Abt 1830- )
Marr. Date: Hinds County, Mississippi

3 F Caroline C. Slay
Born: 1837 - Sumter County, Alabama
Died: 1858 - Jasper County, Mississippi
Buried: - Heildelburg, Jasper County, Mississippi
Spouse: John Heildeberg Terral
Marr. Date: 29 Dec 1853 - Mississippi

4 M Lawrence James Slay
Born: 1839 - Sumter County, Alabama
Died: Bef. 1900 - Jefferson County, Mississippi
Spouse: Georgia (Georgeann) P. Farley (1846- )
Marr. Date: 27 Mar 1866 - Jefferson County, Mississippi

5 F Eleanor V. Slay
Born: 1841 - Sumter County, Alabama
Spouse: R.D. Hendrix
Marr. Date: 12 May 1856 - Lawrence County, Mississippi

6 F Catherine Cornelia (Kate) Slay
Born: 18 Sep 1845 - Sumter County, Alabama
Died: 18 Jan 1921 - Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas
Buried: 20 Jan 1921 - Oak Hill Cemetery, Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas
Spouse: William Garrison Hennington (1837-1919)
Marr. Date: 10 Aug 1860 - Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Misissippi

7 M George W. Slay
Born: 1848 - Choctaw, Sumter County, Alabama
Died: 1920 - Poss. Hot Springs County, Arkansas
Spouse: Barbesy Unknown (1853- )

Family Group Records of Children with Laura Ann Hargrove

Wife: Laura Ann Hargrove
AKA: Laura Hargrave
Born: Jan 1844 - Jasper County, Mississippi
Died: Between 1911 and 1920 - Poss. Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Father: William Hargrove
Mother: Katherine (Kitty) Ross (1815- )
Other Spouse: John Y. Hathorn (1843-1923)
Date: 16 Apr 1888 - Rapides Parish, Louisiana


1 M James Buchanan Slay
Born: 24 Aug 1857 - Jasper County, Mississippi
Died: 9 Feb 1927 - Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Buried: - Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery, Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Spouse: Mary Cornelia (Lena) Tanner (1872-1914)
Marr. Date: Abt 1892 - Louisiana

2 F Althea May Slay
Born: 1862 - Lawrence County, Mississippi
Died: 1933
Spouse: Riley Eugene Barron (1856-1936)
Marr. Date: 27 Jul 1886 - Rapides Parish, Louisiana

3 M Richmond (Dick) Oliver Slay
Born: 9 Oct 1865 - Lawrence County, Mississippi
Died: 17 Apr 1933 - Holloway, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Buried: - Holloway Methodist-Slay Cemetery, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Spouse: Lillie Ann (Sis) Emma Barron (1869-1943)
Marr. Date: 11 Nov 1890 - Jonesville, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana

4 M William M. Slay
Born: 1867 - Lawrence County, Mississippi
Spouse: R.E. Hannah
Marr. Date: 28 Dec 1891 - Sabine Parish, Louisiana

5 M Benjamin Hilborn (Bennie) Slay
Born: 1870 - Lawrence County, Mississippi

6 F Frances Alice Slay
Born: 6 Feb 1874 - Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Spouse: Nathaniel Madison Hathorn (1873- )
Marr. Date: 2 Feb 1897 - Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Sunday, May 8, 2011

John Hennington Sells Real Property in 1796

I found the following article in the March 23, 1796 Charleston, South Carolina City Gazette

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Freddie Burdette, Cousin and professional baseball player

While I was working on my Georgia Burdette connections, I also discovered a new cousin from Moultrie, Georgia. Freddie Thomason Burdette, who was a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. The following obituary was included at the Riverside Cemetery listings on Find a Grave.

Freddie Burdette
Birth: Sep. 15, 1936
Moultrie, Colquitt County Georgia, USA
Death: June 1, 2010
Dougherty County
Georgia, USA

Professional baseball player 1962-1964. Pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

Freddie T. Burdette ALBANY The graveside service of Freddie Thomason Burdette, 73, of Albany, GA who died Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at Palmyra Nursing Home will be conducted, Friday at 2:00 PM at Riverside Cemetery. Dr. Ronald Baxley will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:30 PM until 2:00 PM at the cemetery. A native of Moultrie, GA and born to the late Horace A. Burdette and Aline Morris Burdette, Mr. Burdette had resided in Albany, GA since 1955. He was a 1954 graduate from Moultrie High School and played professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs from 1954 until 1964. He pitched thirty games for the major league Chicago Cubs from 1962-1964. Mr. Burdette was employed with United Parcel Service and retired in 1992. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Burdette. Survivors include three brothers, Ricky Burdette and Jackie, of Pelham, GA, Randy Burdette and his wife, Jenny of Lawrenceville, GA and Christy Burdette and his wife, Sheila of Tucson, AZ, a sister and her husband, Vickie and Tony Amorose of Sugarhill, GA and two sons, Marty and Brett. Those desiring may make donations to United Hospice of Cordele, 407 E. 16th Ave., Cordele, GA 31015. To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews' website at Mathews Funeral Home Albany 229/435-5657.

Family links at Find a Grave:
Horace A Burdette (1914 - 1971)
Aline M Burdette (1916 - 1994)

Riverside Cemetery
Dougherty County
Georgia, USA

Additional information from Wikipedia

Freddie Thomason Burdette (September 15, 1936 – June 1, 2010) was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs.

Burdette was born in 1936 in Moultrie, Georgia. He was signed by the Cubs on June 3, 1954 as an undrafted amateur free agent. He battled his way through the minor leagues before finally making his major-league debut at age 25, pitching in relief in both games of a doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. He induced the first batter he ever faced, Leo Cardenas, to ground out to second baseman Ken Hubbs. He also retired Gordy Coleman on a groundout before being removed from the game. In the nightcap, Burdette pitched a full inning, allowing a hit but no runs. On September 10, he tallied his first big-league strikeout, fanning slugger Frank Howard. He also earned his first (and only) career save when he finished a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on September 20. Burdette went on to finish the year with a 3.72 ERA in 9 2/3 innings over 8 games. The next year, he was a late-season call-up from the minors for the Cubs, appearing in 4 games as a reliever and posting a 3.86 ERA.

Burdette saw his most extensive major-league action in 1964, making 18 appearances out of the bullpen after getting promoted to the big leagues in June. He earned his first major-league win (and only decision) on August 18 against the Phillies in a marathon 16-inning contest at Shibe Park. Burdette retired six of the seven Phillie batters he faced in the 14th and 15th innings before being removed for a pinch-hitter as the Cubs rallied for two runs in the top of the 16th. Ernie Broglio (famously acquired by the Cubs in exchange for legend Lou Brock) allowed a solo homer in the bottom of the 16th to Clay Dalrymple but held on to save Burdette's only career win.

Burdette pitched in eight more games as a Cub in 1964, including his final appearance on October 2, 1964 against the San Francisco Giants. He hurled two-thirds of an inning, retiring opposing pitcher Bobby Bolin to end the final inning Burdett would pitch in the bigs.

For his career, Burdette was 1-0 in 30 games (all in relief) with one save and a 3.41 ERA.

[edit] Later lifeFollowing his baseball career, Burdette worked for the United Parcel Service. He died on June 1, 2010 in Albany, Georgia, where he had resided since 1955

Lew Burdett, Masterful Pitcher and Cousin

It's always a nice surprise to discover a new cousin, and being a baseball fan, this one was an added bonus. I've included Lew's baseball card and portions of his obituary from the New York Times

Lew Burdette, Masterful Pitcher, Dies at 80

Published: February 7, 2007
Lew Burdette, the Milwaukee Braves’ right-hander who beat the Yankees three times in the 1957 World Series, twice on shutouts, in one of the most dominant pitching performances in baseball’s postseason history, died yesterday in Winter Garden, Fla. He was 80.

His death was announced by the Atlanta Braves, who said he had battled lung cancer.

Armed with a variety of breaking balls, and bolstered by a reputation for throwing a spitter, Burdette was twice a 20-game winner and twice led the National League in shutouts. He had a career record of 203-144 in 18 seasons and teamed up with the Hall of Famer Warren Spahn and Bob Buhl to pitch the Braves to a pair of pennants.

But all that was hardly envisioned by the Yankees when, in August 1951, they sent him along with $50,000 to the Braves, then in Boston, for pitcher Johnny Sain.

Additional copyrighted story at:

Additional information on Lew Burdett from Wikipedia
Selva Lewis Burdette, Jr. (November 22, 1926 – February 6, 2007) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. The team's top right-hander during its years in Milwaukee, he was the Most Valuable Player of the 1957 World Series, leading the franchise to its first championship in 43 years, and the only title in Milwaukee history. An outstanding control pitcher, his career average of 1.84 walks per nine innings pitched places him behind only Robin Roberts (1.73), Carl Hubbell (1.82) and Juan Marichal among pitchers with at least 3000 innings since 1920.

Born in Nitro, West Virginia, Burdette was signed by the New York Yankees in 1947, and after making two relief appearances for the team in September 1950, he was traded to the Braves in August 1951 for four-time 20-game winner Johnny Sain.[3] Along with left-hander Warren Spahn and Bob Buhl, he gave the Braves one of the best starting rotations in the majors during the 1950s, winning 15 or more games eight times between 1953 and 1961. Burdette led National League pitchers in earned run average in 1956. When Milwaukee won the 1957 World Series against the Yankees, Burdette became the first pitcher in 37 years to win three complete games in a Series, and the first since Christy Mathewson in 1905 to pitch two shutouts (Games 5 and 7). In the 1958 Series, however, the Yankees defeated Burdette twice in three starts. In addition to winning 20 games in 1958 and tying Spahn for the National League lead with 21 victories in 1959, Burdette won 19 in 1956 and 1960, 18 in 1961, and 17 in 1957.

Burdette was the winning pitcher on May 26, 1959 when the Pittsburgh Pirates' Harvey Haddix pitched a perfect game against the Braves for 12 innings, only to lose in the 13th. Burdette threw a 1–0 shutout, scattering 12 hits. In the ensuing offseason, he joked, "I'm the greatest pitcher that ever lived. The greatest game that was ever pitched in baseball wasn't good enough to beat me, so I've got to be the greatest!" The next year, facing the minimum 27 batters, Burdette pitched a 1–0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18, 1960. Tony Gonz├ílez, the only opposing batter to reach base after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, was retired on a double play. Burdette helped himself by scoring the only run of the game. Following up his no-hitter, five days later he pitched his third shutout in a row.

In 1963 Burdette was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals (1963–1964), and was later sent to the Chicago Cubs (1964–1965) and Phillies (1965). Signing with the California Angels, he pitched exclusively in relief for the team in 1966 and 1967 before retiring.

In an 18-year career, Burdette posted a 203–144 record with 1074 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA in 3067.1 innings, compiling 158 complete games and 33 shutouts. In two All-Star games, he allowed only one run in seven innings pitched,and in 1956 he topped National League pitchers with a 2.70 earned run average.He was twice a twenty game winner and twice led the National League in shutouts. He also led the National League in wins, earned run average, innings and complete games once each. His totals of wins, games and innings with the Braves ranked behind only Spahn and Kid Nichols in franchise history. As a hitter, he compiled a .183 batting average with 75 RBI and 12 home runs; his first two home runs came in the same 1957 game, and he later had two more two-homer games.

Burdette was often rumored as having thrown spitballs,leading to New York Times sportswriter Red Smith writing that "There should be 3 pitching statistics for Burdette: Wins, Losses, and Relative Humidity."

In 1958, a reference to Burdette appeared in an episode of "Leave It To Beaver". The text "Lew Burdette just hit a home run and Milwaukee leads seven to one in the series." appears briefly in a few frames showing a letter from the principal to Beaver's parents. Burdette also cut a record in the 1950s entitled "Three Strikes and Then You're Out".

Burdette was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.He died of lung cancer at age 80 at his home in Winter Garden, Florida.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Revising family group records

Over the coming weeks, I will be reposting many of the Family Group records I have previously posted since 2007. Those I'll be reposting, are ones I have discovered new or corrected family information, while others now have photos that have been found, either from Find a Grave, my personal archives or family members that have graciously sent me copies from their collections. To the latter, I am very appreciative.
Blog readers that discover a family tie-in to any these listed surnames are welcomed to email me at the above email address in the mast head. I have been an active family genealogist for over thirty years and enjoy hearing from fellow researchers.
Some of my ancestral surnames include; Hennington, Burdette, Clement, Jones, Slay, Cooper, DeLay, Seely, Hood, Bankston, Rambo, Townsend, Falkner, Perry, Corn, Futch, Sumrall, Payne, Lanier, St. Leger and many more !

Good luck in your personal family quest

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Robert Sampson Lanier Family Group Sheet

Robert Sampson Lanier was father of poet, Sidney Clopton Lanier. Robert was a attorney at law on the 1850 Census in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, and was admitted to the Bar by the Supreme Court of Georgia that same year. He was also an accomplished reader of Shakespeare, Addison, and Sir Walter Scott.

Husband: Robert Sampson Lanier
Born: 22 Sep 1819, Clarke County, Georgia
Died: 29 Oct 1893, Macon County, Georgia
Buried: Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
Father: Sterling C. Lanier (1794-1870)
Mother: Sarah Vivian Fulwood (1803-1877)
Marriage: 27 Oct. 1840

Wife: Mary Jane Anderson
Born: 11 Dec 1822, Nottoway, Nottoway County, Virginia
Died: 22 May 1865, Macon County, Georgia
Father: Maj. Hezakiah Anderson
Mother: Martha Robertson


1 M Sidney Clopton Lanier
Born: 3 Feb 1842, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 7 Sep 1881, Lynn, Polk County, North Carolina
Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland
Spouse: Mary Day (1844-1931)
Marr. Date: 19 Dec 1867, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia

2 M Clifford Anderson Lanier
Born: 24 Apr 1844, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 3 Nov 1908, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama
Spouse: Wilhelmina (Nellie) Clopton (1848-1918)
Marr. Date: 1869, Poss. Alabama

3 F Gertrude Shannon Lanier
Born: 20 Nov 1845, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 16 Nov 1889, Poss. Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
Spouse: Joseph Carr Gibson ( -1912)
Marr. Date: 14 Jan 1873, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
(tombstone photos via Find-a-Grave, Rose Hill Cemetery, Bibb County, Georgia)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sidney Clopton Lanier 1842-1881

While working on my Lanier family ancestral lines, I discovered I was related as a third cousin to the poet Sidney Lanier. The following is a brief biography on a fascinating man.

Poet, Playwright and Confederate soldier. Sidney Clopton Lanier was born Feb. 3, 1842, and reared in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. His father was Robert Sampson Lanier, a respected lawyer in Macon. His grandfather was Sterling C. Lanier, owner of hotels and resorts in Tennessee and Georgia.

Sidney Lanier became known through his poetry as a spokesman for the his beloved days of southern antebellum and the defeated Confederacy. He was an 1860 graduate of Oglethorpe University and tutored there until the Civil War. He supported the secession of Georgia. In June 1861 he joined the Macon Guards (which became Company I of the 4th Georgia) and was assigned to the Virginia theater through most of the war. On March 9, 1862, he witnessed the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac. He transferred to mounted signal duty in late summer 1862, and served on the staff of Major General S. G. French. In May 1863, he visited the battlefield of Chancellorsville, which inspired his 1865 poem, The Dying Words of Jackson. He later served variously as a scout, courier, and signalman aboard blockade runners until being captured at sea on November 2, 1864. He was sent to Point Lookout Prison, Maryland, where he sat out the end of the war.

His 1867 novel of the war period, Tiger-Lilies, and his poems brought his antebellum views of the South before the Northern and Southern public. The novel also dealt with prison life. His more popular poems reflected these sentiments but were sometimes racist. They included: The Raven Days, Civil Rights, Betrayal, Corn, Laughter in the Senate, and The Revenge of Hamish. Before pursuing writing full-time, he practiced law, and wrote in 1878 the poem, The Marshes of Glynn, which endeared him to his native state. In 1879 he became a lecturer at John Hopkins University. While a prisoner of war during the Civil War, his health was permanently impaired and he died of consumption (tuberculosis) in Lynn, North Carolina.

The largest lake in Georgia is named in his honor (Lake Lanier) as is the longest spanning bridge in the state. There are numerous schools, parks, dams, streets and a county in Georgia named in his honor. Texas has honored him as well throughout Austin and San Antonio's Lanier High School is named in his honor.

Sidney Clapton Laniar died September 7, 1888 while in Lynn, North Carolina and his body was transferred to the Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. He left a widow Mary Day and four sons, Charles Day Lanier, Sidney Clopton Lanier Jr., Henry Wysham Lanier, and Robert Sampson Lanier (I). Each son lived to adulthood and settled in the northeast.

Family Group Record
Husband: Sidney Clopton Lanier
Born: 3 Feb 1842, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 7 Sep 1881, Lynn, Polk County, North Carolina
Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland
Father: Robert Sampson Lanier (1819-1893)
Mother: Mary Jane Anderson (1822-1865)
Marriage: 19 Dec 1867 Place: Macon, Bibb County, Georgia

Wife: Mary Day
Born: 10 Jun 1844, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 20 Dec 1931 , Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland
Father: Charles Day (1801- )
Mother: M.J. Unknown (1817-Bef 1880)


1 M Charles Day Lanier
Born: 12 Sep 1868 , Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 1945 , Poss. Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Spouse: Mary Field (1873-1962)
Marr. (poss.) Connecticut

2 M Sidney Clopton (Jr.) Lanier
Born: Sep 1870, Bibb County, Georgia
Spouse: Maude Elizabeth Mason (1868- )
Marr. Date: 1903

3 M Henry Wysham Lanier
Born: 28 Jun 1873, Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 1958
Spouse: Josephine Ledyard Stevens (1873- )
Marr. Date: 1897, Poss. New York

4 M Robert Sampson (I) Lanier
Born: 14 Aug 1880 , Bibb County, Georgia
Died: 1912
Spouse: Anna K. Goldsborough
(record revised 25 Feb 2011/MGHVH)
tombstone marker via find-a-grave

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Family Group Record for Marcus Wayland Beck Sr.

Yesterday I posted information on James W. Beck. The following family group sheet, follows this family, beginning with James' son Marcus Wayland Beck. If you are a descendant of this Beck line your emails are welcomed.

Family Group Record for Marcus Wayland (Sr.) Beck

Husband: Marcus Wayland (Sr.) Beck

Born: 28 Apr 1860 - Harris County, Georgia
Died: 21 Jan 1943 - Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia

Buried: Jackson City Cemetery, Butts County, Georgia
Father: James W. (Lt. Col.) (Rev.) Beck (1831-After 1895)
Mother: Margaret J. Willis (Wells) (1835-After 1885)
Marriage: 13 Dec 1888 Place: Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia

Appointed: Judge to Georgia Supreme Court
Appointed: Baptist Deacon, Fulton County, Georgia
Political Party: Democrat

Military Event: Spanish American War
Military: Major-US Army - 3rd GA Infantry
Religion - Baptist

Wife: Caroline (Carrie) Ellis
Born: Oct 1860 - Georgia
Died: After 1937 - Poss. Mildgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia

1 M Leroy E. Beck
Born: Jan 1890 - Georgia

2 F Martha Beck
Born: Feb 1892 - Georgia
Spouse: Lyle K. Baltherton (1885-)

3 F Rachel Beck
Born: Apr 1894 - Georgia
4 M Frank K. Beck
Born: Jan 1898 - Georgia
Died: Bef 1910 - Georgia

5 F Corporal Marcus Wayland Beck Jr.
Born: 26 Dec 1898 - Georgia
Died: 14 Jun 1918 - Chateau Thierry, France
Buried: - Jackson City Cemetery, Butts C0unty, Georgia

General Notes on Marcus Wayland Beck Sr.

Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials & Legends
Knight, Lucian Lamar
Atlanta, GA

Marcus Wayland Beck Diaries

Associate Judge of the Georgia Supreme Court and Presiding Judge

Marcus Wayland Beck was born April 28, 1860, in Harris County, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated in 1881 with an A.B. and in 1882 received an LL.D. degree. After being admitted to the bar in 1883, Beck began practicing law in Jackson County.

Beck became active in Democratic politics and served as a Georgia state senator from 1889 to 1890. After leaving the Senate, he became Solicitor General of the Flint Circuit in 1892 and in 1894 served as judge for that same circuit. In 1898, Beck resigned this position in order to join the Spanish American War. He became a major in the 3rd Georgia Infantry and served in the army of occupation in Cuba.

After the war, Beck moved to Griffin until 1905 when Governor Terrell appointed him as associate justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. On October 1, 1917, he became the presiding judge, a position he maintained until illness forced him to retire in 1937. It is this role that Beck is most well known for his judicial opinions. He was also appointed as the first member of an advisory appellate council that consulted with both the courts and the Attorney General concerning judicial questions. During his career, Beck was also on the Board of Consulting Editors of the American and english Encyclopedia of Law and Practice.

On December 13, 1888 Beck married Caroline R. English in Marietta, Georgia and the couple had four children. He died in Milledgeville, Georgia on January 21, 1943.

Scope and Content:
The two diaries reflect Beck's day-to-day personal and judiciary activities as Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court (1905-1937) and as Presiding Judge (1917-1937).

Organization and Arrangement:
The collection consists of two bound diaries handwritten by Marcus W. Beck from q1899-1921 (1934). They are arranged in chronological order.

Marcus Wayland Beck

Marcus Wayland Beck, while in college, was not would be called a "boner". He seemed to attach no special importance to the matter of class standing. I do not mean to say that his answers in class were not satisfactory or that his examinations were not up to high notch; he simply regarded class honors as myth and moonshine. But to his credit I wish to say that he did more general or outside reading than any student in college. He was well-informed on all topics of the day, and was considered by the students as best authority on any question which arose for discussion.

Marcus Beck decided that he would become a lawyer, as he came back to the University after graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and in 1888 graduated with the Bachelor of Law degree. During his younger days he was attracted by politics and public affairs. He continued throughout life to be a great student, but practically all of his life was that of a jurist and not a politician. He served in the stage senate 1890-1891, as solicitor-general 1893-1894 and as Judge of the Superior Court of the Flint Circuit 1894-1898. In 1905 he was named as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia in which he served until 1937, a period of thirty-two years. During seventeen years of that time being the presiding judge.

Digital Library of Georgia; University of Georgia Online Archives; History of the University of Georgia by Thomas Walter Reed: Chapter IX-The Administrator of Chancellor-Patrick H. Mell - Pg. 1154

excerpt from Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials & Legends., Knight, Lucian Lamar, Atlanta, GA; Pg. 347
Dr. James W. Beck, a noted scholar and a gifted divine, was for years principal of the Jackson Institutute, prior to which time he was president of Bowdon College. His son, Judge Marcus W. Beck, occupies an honored seat on the Supreme Bench of Georgia, while his daughter, Mrs. Leonora Beck Ellis, has achieved fame both as an educator of Southern girls and as an author of rare gifts.

Univerty Georgia website:

Has three pages for Marcus Wayland Beck (application to UGA, saved under Documents-Beck)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Closer Look at Rev. James W. Beck

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Valerie (Johnson) Freeman
June 3, 2003, 1:58 am

Author: "Memoirs of Georgia" published in 1895 by the Southern Historical Association

Rev. James W. Beck

Rev. J. W. Beck ~ One of the most distinguished educators in the state and a learned and brilliant gentleman, is the Rev. James W. Beck, of Concord, Pike Co., Ga. He was born in Wilkes County, Ga., Oct. 23, 1831, and is one of the most noted Baptist ministers in the south. Rev. T. J. Beck (father of James W.) was born in 1805, and deprived of the advantages of an early education, succeeded by indefatigable efforts in surmounting all obstacles and preparing his talented mind for a work which has not been surpassed in the history of the church. He preached his last sermon at Richmond, Virginia in 1862, and died that year.

Rev. J. W. Beck, who in his youth accompanied his father when on the round of his ministerial duties, was educated up and down the valleys of Georgia, and attended Mercer University in 1857-8-9. His life has been identified with the cause of education and devoted to the service of the church. He was president of the Bowdon College from 1878 to 1883, and president of Jackson, Butts Co., Ga., institute from 1884 to 1890.

He entered the service of the Confederacy at the opening of the war, enlisting in Company B, Second regiment, Georgiavolunteers, as a private soldier. He was afterward elected captain of Company K, Forty-fourth Georgia regiment, and was made Major of the regiment for meritorious service on the field. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel for bravery at the battle of Gettysburg. He then commanded the 44th Georgia regiment till the end of the war, and was in battles all around Richmond, at Fredericksburg with the Second Army corps and at Chancellorsville with Jackson. He with 400 men, having 360 muskets, marched 5,641 Union prisoners take at the battle of Chancellorsville, to Richmond, Va., in one week. Rev. Beck is a royal arch Mason and for three years was state lecturer for the Farmers' alliance. He was married in 1853 to Margaret Willis in Meriwether County, by whom he has three children: Marcus W., the present judge of the Flint Circuit Court; Lenore Beck, president of the Capital Female college at Atlanta and also president of the Woman's Press association Georgia, and Walter L., business manager of the Griffin Wheel Company Chicago. All are graduates of colleges and bright in mental accomplishments.

Additional Comments:
Meriwether Co., GA Marriage Records:

Beck, James W. - Wells, Margaret J. on 18 May 1853.

Muster Roll of Company B, Second Regiment
Georgia Volunteer Infantry

Army of Northern Virginia
C. S. A.
Meriwether Co., Georgia
"Jackson Blues"
This company was also known as "Georgia Blues."
Beck, James W. - 3d Sergeant July 12, 1861. Appears last on roll for October 31, 1861

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by
Lynn Cunningham

"The Pike County Journal"
Zebulon, Ga., Tuesday, July 22, 1890
Attention 44th Ga. Regt. The surviving members of the 44th Ga. Regt. will have a reunion at Jonesboro, Clayton county, on the 24th day of July 1890. Every surviving member of this old Regiment [is] earnestly requested to be present. Gen. Phil Cook, Col. BECK, Col. Estes and several other old warriors will be there to greet old comrades. The surviving members of the 10th and 30th Ga. Regiments are cordially invited to join us on this occasion. Railroads throughout the state will carry all who wish to attend at reduced rates. Comrades, a few more years and the Last Confederate Soldier will have crossed over the River; let us therefore meet with pleasant greetings while we may.SS.M. Buchanan, Secty.

(Transcribed 10/7/02 Lynn Cunningham
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Excerpt from Georgia's Landmarks, Memorials & Legends., Knight, Lucian Lamar, Atlanta, GA; Pg. 347
Dr. James W. Beck, a noted scholar and a gifted divine, was for years prinicipal of the Jackson Institutute, prior to which time he was president of Bowdon College. His son, Judge Marcus W. Beck, occupies an honored seat on the Supreme Court Bench of Georgia, while his daughter, Mrs. Leonora Beck Ellis, has achieved fame both as an educator of Southern girls and as an author of rare gifts.

James W Beck
b. 23 Oct 1831 Wilkes Co GA
d. after 1895 Milledgeville, GA
buried: Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Baldwin County, GA

Spouse: Married Margaret J. Wells 1853 in Georgia
b. 1835 Meriwether Co GA
d. after 1885 Poss. Pike Co GA

Marcus Wayland
Leonora J.
Walter L.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Family Photo Album

Next time your looking at your grandparent's photos, pause a moment to consider this ...


Pull out that old family photo album and scan the faces. The people on these pages brought you to this point. Their lives are the cornerstones of your life. Their sacrifices are your mandate to continue invest in yourself—and in all that comes next. Just as they formed your foundation—your work lays a foundation for lives after you.

Your family album is a picture of the tenacity and strength in your DNA. It is a study in perseverance. Secrets of survival that course through your veins.

To settle for less than you are capable of is to squander not just your life—but their lives—and your legacy to future generations. One generation's position is the next generation's reposition. Picture that.
(T.D. Jakes)