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Jasper County Obituaries

Mrs. Rutland
AIKEN—Funeral services for Mrs. Maude Youngblood Rutland, of Aiken, who died Tuesday in Boulder, Colo., will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Marion Street Baptist Church.
The Rev. J. E. Baker and the Rev. J. C. Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Arthur Day, F. E. Cullum, L. A. Williamson, Leland Jordan, Ramey Yonce and Mayhew Hankinson.
Date: 1964-09-26; Paper: Augusta Chronicle

Will Terry
AIKEN - Will Terry of 706 Horry St., Aiken, died Thursday at an Aiken County hospital after an extended illness.
A native of Allendale, S.C., he was a former employe of Fox Drive-in Theatre and a member of Brown's Chapel in Barnwell. S.C.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Daisy Terry; four daughters, Mrs. Bertha Cummings and Mrs. Lubertha Scott, both of Aiken, Mrs. Ethel Moore of San Francisco. Calif., and Mrs Lillie Terrell of Long Island, N.Y.; a son. Willie Lee Terry Jr. of Long Island. N.Y.; three sisters. Mrs. Bertha Piatt of Rock Hill, SC.. Mrs. Janie Lawrence of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Miss Mary Terry of Miami, Fla.
Date: 1971-05-09; Paper: Augusta Chronicle

Mrs. Edith Geddes Helps
AIKEN - Mrs. Edith Geddes Helps, of 189 Aldrich St., N.E., Aiken, died Friday at Aiken County Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Aiken Memorial Park, with the Rev. Howard M. Hickey officiating.
Born in New York City. Mrs. Helps had lived in Aiken for the past three years.
Survivors are two nephews. John Geddes and David Geddes. both of Laguna Beach. Calif, and a cousin, David Fallon. Jersey City. N.J.
Friends may call at George Funeral Home bewteen 2 and 4 p.m Monday
Date: 1973-12-08; Paper: Augusta Chronicle

NEGRO PEONS IN GEORGIA:
A terrible state of things was brought to light on the Williams plantation in Jasper county, Georgia, when the bodies of 11 negroes who had been killed were found.  There had been rumors for some time that negroe’s were being made to work on certain plantations by armed guards, under threat of being killed.  The federal government had started investigations and it is thought that the negroes were killed in order to remove the evidence of peonage.  Williams and his negro helper were arrested, and on trial, Williams was given a life sentence in prison.
Source: The Hartford Republican, April 15, 1921Transcribed by: Melody Beery

MURDERED IN GEORGIA –ELEVEN ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED:
Atlanta, March 26:
Agents of the Department of Justice, led by Clyde Manning, a negro, who confessed to having aided in killing eleven negroes on the plantation of John Williams, in Jasper County, Georgia, today dug up the bodies of three negroes in a pasture a short distance from the Williams home.  The search was continued for three more bodies, which the negro is said to have confessed to having helped get rid of.   John Williams, owner of the plantation, is being held in the Fulton County tower on a warrant charging murder, and his three sons, Julius, Hayler and Marvin Williams, also were arrested today on State warrants charging murder.  Charges of peonage in connection with the operation of the Williams farms are being investigated by the Federal Officers.
Source: Keowee Courier, March 30, 1921 Trancribed by: Melody Beery

A young man named Charley E. Sherwood, was murdered in Jasper County Georgia, a few days ago.  Cause, jealousy; the murderer is believed to be a man named Benjamin Waits.
Source: The Daily Phoenix, (Columbia, S.C.) December 9, 1869
Transcribed by: Melody Beery

SENATOR BENJAMIN H. HILL:
Senator Benjamin H. Hill died yesterday morning at his home in Atlanta, Georgia, after a long and painful illness of many months duration.  He was born in Jasper County, Georgia, September 14, 1823 and received a classical education, graduating at the University of Georgia in 1844 with the highest honors of his class.

 Like most of the younger generation of southerners aspiring to political honors he studied law and upon his admission to the bar in 1845 he began the practice of law at La Grange, in his native state.  Mr. Hill first entered political life in 1851, when he was elected a member of the state house of representatives.  In 1855 he ran for congress as the American candidate, being defeated by N.N. Warner, democrat, and in 1857 he again suffered defeat on the same ticket for governor, receiving 46,889 votes against 57,681 for J.E. Bacon, democrat.  Mr. Hill, in 1856, was a presidential elector on the Fillmore and Donelson ticket, and on the Bell and Everett ticket in 1860. 

He filled a term of service as a state senator from 1859 to 1860, and was a delegate to the secession convention in 1861.  Up to the time secession was irrevocably resolved on Mr. Hill was a strong advocate of the union and fought earnestly against any disruption of the states.  When the die was cast he threw his fortune with those of his state.  He was a delegate from Georgia to the confederate provisional congress, and was subsequently a senator to the confederate congress.  At the close of the war Mr. Hill was arrested and confined with a number of other political prisoners at Ft. Lafayette.

For several years after the close of the rebellion Mr. Hill took no active part in politics, but at the close of the reconstruction period he stood for an election to congress and became a member of the Forty-fourth House of Representatives.  Here he soon attained a distinction as an able debater and a brilliant speaker, especially where questions impeaching the cause of the south were brought under discussion.  While he failed to take rank with the most distinguished of the old southern congressmen, his tongue was ever ready to meet an antagonist.  His national reputation was acquired in the contest in 1875 with James G. Blaine, in which the Maine champion received his distinction as the plumed knight, and vanquished in a running debate of two days his southern opponent.

During the stormy session of the Forty-fifth congress Mr. Hill did good service by his conservative course on the electoral fight.  He resigned his seat in March 1877, upon his election as United States senator, which office of representative trust he held at the time of his death.  Senator Hill was a man of culture, refinement and large practical experience.  With the exception of Alexander H. Stephens he was generally placed at the head of the southern congressional delegations, and more than any one man was considered as the special champion of southern interests. 

A little less than two years ago a cancerous affection of the mouth first made its appearance, and for six months his death has only been a matter of time.  The great sympathy which his affliction has created for the sufferer throughout the country will undoubtedly manifest itself more strongly now that death has removed him from the scene of his public labors.
Source: The Daily Bee: Omaha, Thursday, August 17, 1882 Transcribed by: Melody Beery

Mildred Blaxton
Entered into rest on Thursday, May 8, 2003, Mrs. Mildred A. Lewis Blaxton, of Vaucluse Road, Aiken. She was the wife of the late Mr. James Barn Blaxton.
Surviving are three daughters, Joyce Swearingen Turner of Ninety Six, Mary Gilliard of Waycross, Pauline Barton of Langley and one son, James Jesse Blaxton of Belvedere; one sister, Grace Bishop of Augusta; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was born in Lyons to the late Allie Frank and Annie Sue Braswell Blaxton. She was a member of the Gloria Rush Sunday School Class and the Women's Ministry of Langley Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Pallbearers will be the grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Gloria Rush Sunday School Class.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m., at Langley Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Gene Brown officiating. Interment Langley Cemetery.
Friends may call on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., at Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy No.1 Langley.
The August Chronicle - May 10, 2003 - Transcribed by Nancy Washell

Macon Telegraph, 20 Nov. 1905
Monticello, July 21. – Perhaps the saddest death that this community has had for many years was that of Mrs. Smith, the wife of Mr. J. H. S. Smith. Her death was very unexpected and a great shock to the whole town when the news was received this morning at 11:30 o’clock. She lived a life of Christian purity and often expressed herself as being willing to respond when the summons came. She had been married only one year, and a little babe a week old is left to comfort the bereaved father.
Contributed by Marla Zwakman







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