Collection: Biographies of Pulaski County Georgia

Biography of Dr. Nathaniel Polhill Jelks

Dr. Nathaniel Polhill Jelks, fourth son of James Oliver Jelks and Mary Polhill, was born July 18, 1845, in Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia, where he died March 28, 1911. When six years old his family moved to Oglethorpe, Georgia, after two years movingĀ to Hamilton County, Florida, where he received his early education, later studying in Augusta, Georgia. In 1863 he entered the Confederate Army, enlisting in Company I, Second Florida Cavalry, under General Jones, a gallant command guarding the interior of the State. He was wounded at the Battle of Natural Bridge, Florida, March 6, 1865, in which the enemy was defeated. After the Confederates laid down their arms, he surrendered with his command at Baldwin, Fla. When peace came again to the land, he entered upon the study of medicine, and was graduated at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York, in 1868. He immediately began the practice of medicine in Hawkinsville, Ga. In this profession he gained distinction and success, was a member of the Georgia Medical Association, and at one time president of the South Georgia Medical Association. As a physician he was devoted to his profession, and no one ever lived up to its high code of ethics more closely than he, not swerving from them in the remotest degree. In addition to his profession he was for many years connected with the drug business, and...

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Biography of Noah Scarborough

The name Scarborough is an old and honorable one. Family records show that several brothers came to this country during the Revolutionary War and settled here. The Scarborough coat of arms shows that this family descended from the nobility of Great Britain. Noah Scarborough emigrated from South Carolina to Houston County, Georgia, later moving to Pulaski County, near the present Friendship Baptist Church, about 1836. (Records show he paid tax in said county in 1837.) He was a large landowner, being given a land grant for his services in the Mexican War. He donated the land on which the first Friendship Church was built, and in 1852 was buried in this churchyard-being the first person interred there. Josey, son of Noah Scarborough, was born in 1822, and attended school in Houston County, Georgia. He was a justice of the peace and a Mason. In 1843 he married Nancy Elinor Knight, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Fountain) Knight, the latter of an old Georgia family. During the War Between the States he served in the Forty-fifth Georgia Regiment. He died in 1864 of an illness in the war, and is buried in Dalton, Georgia. Their children are: John Franklin, who married Susan Singletary, who died in 1927; Harmon David, who married Mary Taylor, who died in 1932; Mary Isabella, who married John Gunn, who died in 1928; Amanda, who married...

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Biography of Ellouisa Winifred Martin

Among the names of women who have worked untiringly for the good of Hawkinsville and Pulaski County, the name of Ellouisa Winifred Martin, known to her thousands of-friends as “Miss Lillie,” stands foremost. With a sincere desire to express admiration and do honor in a small way to this brilliant, self-sacrificing, beloved woman, this sketch is written. She was born August 3, 1871, the daughter of John Henry Martin and Eleanora Wynne Martin, of Liberty County, Georgia, near the historic Midway Church, which settlement her ancestors were instrumental in building. She had twin brothers, Kibbee and Wynne, born August 7, 1873. Wynne died in infancy; Kibbee, December 25, 1889. John Henry Martin was a student of Oglethorpe College at the outbreak of the War Between the States, and received leave of absence to enter the service of the Confederate States. As Captain of Company D, Seventeenth Georgia Regiment, he served gallantly until the close of the war, being wounded three times. In 1874, with his family, he moved to Hawkinsville, where he was admitted to the legal bar, and was known as one of the best lawyers of the State. He was elected judge of the Oconee Circuit, which office he held for several terms. He was mayor of Hawkinsville in 1873-74-75. Eleanora Wynne Martin was a beautiful and accomplished woman. After her death he married Amittee Curry. She...

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Biography of Mary Culler White

Mary Culler White, born May 12, 1875, in Perry, Georgia, moved to Hawkinsville when four years old. She is the daughter of George H. and Emma Culler White. Her early school years were spent in Hawkinsville. Later she attended Wesleyan College, was a member of the Adelphian Sorority, and graduated in 1891. She taught drawing and painting in the Hawkinsville public schools for seven years. During a meeting held in the Hawkinsville Methodist Church by Miss Emma Tucker she was deeply impressed and felt the direct call to the foreign field of mission work in 1899. After the necessary course of training at Scarritt College and a brief vacation at her home at Monteagle, Tenn., she, with her aunt, Mrs. Cobb, left for China. She has been there thirty-four years, and has served in the Hayes Wilkins Bible School; as evangelist at the Mary Black Hospital; and for many years has done work from a house boat. This work, with a native Bible woman as helper, and a boatman, she finds arduous, but most satisfying. When the regular periods for furlough bring her to her homeland she spends most of her vacation trying to be of spiritual help to friends in her native land. Each visit shows the result of her efforts. The Methodist Missionary Society of Hawkinsville for many years had the pleasure and privilege of supporting Mary...

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Biography of Alfred Nelson

Alfred Nelson came to Georgia from Virginia in 1825 and settled near Perry. He married Pauline Jenkins of Houston County. She was a refined, educated woman, and very wealthy. Alfred Nelson raised cattle and was a large land and slave owner. He was uneducated, but was intensely interested in education and all worthy causes. The people of Houston County admired and respected him. Twelve children were born to them, eight of whom were boys, who served in the War Between the States. One was killed. They received the best education Houston County offered, and the four girls attended Wesleyan College. Alfred Nelson was buried at the Nelson Cemetery, two miles north of Perry, and his wife is buried at Brunswick. His children are Jim, who moved to Brunswick and was mayor at the time of his death, having served this office for several years. A monument is erected to his memory there. George lived and died at Olgethorpe. William moved to South Georgia and later to Louisiana, where he died. His son, Jim, became a Baptist minister and was pastor of Mount Pleasant and Friendship churches in this county. He was dearly loved by those he served. Alfred was killed in the Battle of the Wilderness. Martin remained in Houston County. His daughter, Kate, was a fine painter. Lina married John Murray, and Fannie, who married John Pew, moved...

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Biography of W. H. Spurlin

The father of the Spurlins of Worth County was W. H. Spurlin, born in Shelby, N. C. He was a Confederate soldier, who moved to Pulaski County, Georgia, and married Nancy Bateman, daughter of G. W. Bateman. Children: J. G., W. C., and Sallie Spurlin. Sallie married D. Boland. They had one son, Denton. The second marriage was to Mary Frances Dewitte. Their children are: Thomas Augustus (called “Gus”) Spurlin, R. L., J. D., G. Clarence Spurlin, and daughters, Ella and Edna. Four of these, T. A. Spurlin, Col. G. Clarence Spurlin, Miss Ella Spurlin, and Mrs. Edna Webster, made their homes in Sylvester for a number of years. Only T. A. Spurlin is a citizen of Worth County now. Miss Ella and Mrs. Edna Webster live in Florida. Col. G. Clarence Spurlin is Solicitor at Valdosta. T. A. Spurlin came to Sumner in 1891, lived there nine months, then went to Tifton, Ga., and worked for H. H. and W. 0. Tift for six years as bookkeeper and salesman. He married Miss Josephine Fogler in Tifton, Ga., June 10, 1896. She is the daughter of John Daniel Fogler and wife, Julia Elizabeth (Havener) Fogler. Mrs. T. A. Spurlin was born in Brazos County, Texas. Her parents moved from South Carolina to Texas, where she was born. They returned to South Carolina, where she spent her girlhood in Port...

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Biography of Augustus A. Smith, Dr.

Dr. Augustus A. Smith, son of Columbus and Annie McEachin Smith, was born in Telfair County, Georgia, July 15, 1846. At the age of fifteen, a few months before the close of the War Between the States, he enlisted in the Confderate Army, serving until the close of the war. In 1875 Dr. Smith was graduated with first honor from the Savannah Medical College, Savannah, Georgia, and served an interneship at the Savannah Hospital. In 1876 he moved to Hawkinsville, where he practiced medicine until the time of his death, November 26, 1925. He married Elizabeth Hodge of Henderson, Houston County, Georgia, November 25, 1879. In 1893, at Columbus, Georgia, Dr. Smith was elected president of the Georgia Medical Association. Twenty-nine years from that date, in the same city, his nephew, Dr. J. M. Smith of Valdosta, who had begun the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Smith, was made president of the Georgia Medical Association. Dr. Augustus A. Smith had the distinction of being the first president of the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners, 1895, on which board he served eight years. During the World War he served as a member of the Southern District of Georgia and Pulaski County draft boards. His brother, Judge C. C. Smith, who was eight years solicitor general and eight years judge of the Superior Court, was a resident...

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Biography of Emile Sommer

Emile Sommer, son of Samuel and Fannie Brown Sommer, born in Shierhoffen, Alsace, France, October 10, 1853, came to America and to Fort Valley, Ga., at the age of fourteen, joining his elder brother, Aaron, with whom he became associated in the mercantile business. Four years later Aaron died, and shortly thereafter Emile was joined in Fort Valley by his mother, three brothers, Albert, Willie, and Emanuel, and two sisters, Palmyre and Rosa. The brothers became closely associated in business, operating under the name of Sommer Brothers. In the year 1889 the firm and the entire Sommer family moved to Hawkinsville, where there has been some member of the family living since, and where the name has been continuously affiliated with the upbuilding of Hawkinsville and Pulaski County. In that same year, two nephews, Leopold and Sylvia Sommer, came from France to make Hawkinsville their home. In 1898 the mother of the family passed away and soon the entire family, excepting Emile and his immediate family, moved from Hawkinsville. Palmyre (Mrs. H. Kahn) moved to Lorman, Miss., with her husband and children: Anna, Sue, Theresa, Sylvia, Dan, and Henry. Rosa, who had become Mrs. Abe Mohr, moved to Montgomery, Ala. To them were born three sons, Jake, Sam, and Mike. Emanuel moved to Macon, Ga., where he was living at the time of his death in 1903. Willie moved...

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Biography of John Joseph Sparrow

The Sparrows came to Georgia along with other immigrants from Carolina in. the eighteenth century. They lived in Pulaski while it was still a part of Wilkinson County. John Joseph Sparrow (1829-1873), of Pulaski proper, was a son of John Sparrow (1792-1833) and Ellender Crutchfield (17971850). He was a progressive farmer, merchant, and realtor of more than ordinary ability. While his health prevented his acceptance in the army proper, he was active in the service of the Confederacy at home. He was Ordinary of the county from 1862 to 1864, and was ever worthy of the confidenceā€ž and trust placed in him. His first marriage was to Sarah E. Fale (1836-1858), in 1855. One son, Joseph Franklin, was born. From a second marriage in 1859 to Martha Cratch DeLamar (1844-1916) another son, Henry Hooker, was reared. John Joseph Sparrow’s life, while brief, was full of usefulness. He died before the Reconstruction period was over. Joseph Franklin Sparrow (1857-1900) was born in Pulaski County and educated in her schools, with one year at Dahlonega’s Military Academy. He was a farmer and served as a member of the County Board of Education; also was a justice of the peace of Hartford District from 1827 to 1829. He was a Christian leader, and served as clerk of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church for years. He married Josephine Catherine Beaty (1857- ). Two children...

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Biographical Sketch of Gene Sparrow Warren

Henry H. Sparrow (1861-1924) was a citizen of Pulaski County his entire life; was educated in her schools, with one year in the Military Academy at Dahlonega. He, as his father and brother, was quiet and unassuming, yet measuring up to the highest standards of citizenship. He was full of civic pride and gave to his county and her enterprises his loyal support at all times. He was an extensive farmer and an advocate of advanced methods of farming, a promoter of the first county fair, a member of the Board of County Commissioners when the value of good roads was first demonstrated, in 1901-1908. He was tax collector from 1891 to 1895, and a well known warehouseman. He served on the city’s board of education. He married Helen Carruthers of Hawkinsville in 1898. Six sons and five daughters survive Henry Sparrow. They are: Mary C., Thomas Joseph, Loretta Frances, Helen C., Edna Elizabeth, Marion, Henry H., Dan. P., Frank B., William C., and Richard Carruthers. While time and its varying fortunes have placed the Sparrows over several of our Southern states, they all call Pulaski home, and are ever watchful and concerned when her interests are...

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Biography of Asa Cornelius Pipkin

Asa Cornelius Pipkin, son of Asa and wife, Margaret Schmidt Pipkin, was born in Houston County, in 1840. Early the next year his parents removed to the vicinity of Hawkinsville, which was his lifetime home. Asa, Sr., was carrier on the mail route from Hartford, Pulaski County, to Jacksonville, Telfair County. Asa Cornelius Pipkin, at age twenty, taught school and read law. He enlisted for Confederate service in 1862, in Company K, Forty-ninth Georgia Regiment, and received three wounds at the Battle of the Wilderness. He was captured in 1865, and imprisoned at Elmira, N. Y., and Point Lookout, Md. He was paroled by Brady in 1865. In 1868 he married Eliza Pool, daughter of John Pool and wife, Priscilla Pool, of Hayneville, Ga. He and his wife were members of the Baptist Church, and were baptized in the Ocmulgee River at the same service. He was president of the first cannery established here, was proprietor of the first fruit and candy store, and the first fancy and family grocery. Lorenzo Norwood Anderson, his son-in-law, was associated in business with him for twenty-six years. He was appointed and commissioned justice of the peace by Governor James Smith, served forty years, and resigned because of ill health. Also he was commander of Camp Manning, U. C. V., for several years. Asa Cornelius Pipkin died in 1917. His wife, Eliza, died...

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Biography of Benjamin F. Parsons

Benjamin F. and Leonora Bartlett Parsons moved to Hawkinsville. Georgia, from Massachusetts in 1878, bringing with them two sons, Charles L. and William Naramore. Mr. Parsons first engaged in farming, and afterward became a member of the firm of Ferguson and Parsons, and later of the firm of R. F. DeLamar and Company. For four years he served as postmaster. During the latter years of his life he represented the Mutual Life Insurance Company, and died in 1910. Mrs. Parsons taught in the schools of Hawkinsville for fifteen years, and in the Sunday school of the Methodist Church for a long period of time. A brilliant woman intellectually, naturally outstanding in all religious, cultural and civic organizations of our town, she left a lasting influence on those with whom she came in contact. She died in 1920. Charles Lathrop Parsons, chemist and educator, born in New Marlboro, Mass., March 23, 1867, was educated in Hawkinsville, Ga., and at Cushing Academy, Mass., and Cornell University, where he obtained his B.S. degree in 1888. Upon leaving Cornell, he became assistant chemist in the New Hampshire Experiment Station at Hanover, and in 1890, after graduation, he taught chemistry at Hanover, Darham, N. H. In 1911, Dr. Parsons was appointed chief mineral chemist of the Bureau of Mines in Washington, D. C. In 1919 he resigned to enter private practice, having served his...

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Biography of Anton Schneider

Anton Schneider, a respected citizen of Hawkinsville, was a native of Prussia, born October 1, 1825. In youth he was apprenticed to a cabinet-maker and four years were consumed in learning the trade. In that country it was necessary that a mechanic should travel throughout the provinces before he became a master mechanic. He traveled through Germany. When war broke out in Baden he joined the forces of the revolutionists known as the forty-niners. After the defeat of his party, they were exiled from Germany. Mr. Schneider was given passage from Barma in Switzerland of Havre de Grace to New York. Being a skilled mechanic, he soon secured employment and remained in New York for eight years. In 1858 he journeyed southward, obtained employment at Savannah, Ga., and later moved to Macon, Ga., and afterwards located at Hawkinsville, Ga. In 1861 Mr. Schneider enlisted in Capt. 0. C. Horne’s company, Tenth Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, and went to the front to battle for his adopted country. Mr. Schneider came back to his adopted home at Hawkinsville and resumed business as cabinet-maker and dealer in furniture, and in 1875 he became interested in grape culture and established the Pine Level Vineyard, employed a skillful wine-maker, sent to Europe for a cooper to prepare the necessary vessels, and built up an industry of large proportions. Mr. Schneider was successful in all his...

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Biography of George R. McCall, Dr.

George Robert McCall, minister, was born February 7, 1829, in Screven County, Georgia, and died October 6, 1895. He was the son of Rev. Moses N. and Caroline Griner McCall. He united with the Black Creek Baptist Church in 1844; graduated with honors from the literary department of Mercer University in 1853, and from the theological department in 1854. He was ordained minister September 24, 1854, and served as pastor first at Richland Church, Twiggs County. In 1865 he was called to the Hawkinsville Baptist Church, having up to that time preached to the churches at Providence, in Wilkinson County, Stone Creek and Beech Spring, in Twiggs County, Evergreen and Blue Spring, in Pulaski County, and Rocky Creek, in Laurens County. After going to Hawkinsville, his territory included a radius of twenty-five miles, taking in Antioch and Corinth Churches in Pulaski and Hayneville in Houston County. He was moderator of the District Association and a member of the Pulaski County Board of Education. He spent seventeen years in Hawkinsville, leaving there in 1882 to take charge of the First Baptist Church at Griffin, Ga. In 1885 he accepted the call of the State Mission Board to conduct the institutes for colored ministers and deacons. For two years he was secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention, and for twenty-seven years secretary of the Georgia Baptist Convention. In 1888 he moved...

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Biography of M. H. Boyer

Born in Sandersville, Georgia, September 4, 1878, the son of Miribeau and Vivian Skrine Boyer, of Sandersville, Georgia. Education obtained in the Hawkinsville High School. He read law in the office of Col. Thos. C. Taylor, and was admitted to the bar under Judge C. C. Smith on June 23, 1898. Appointed solicitor of the County Court of Pulaski County by Governor Candler, and was twice appointed to this office by Governor Terrell, retiring voluntarily on December 31, 1907. He continued-to practice law in Hawkinsville until he was elected to the office of Solicitor General of the Oconee Circuit on January 1, 1921, which office he has held until this time, and is now serving his fourth term of four years each, being elected twice with opposition and twice without opposition. His father, born at old Linton in Hancock County, Georgia, was a merchant and farmer, serving four years in the Confederate Army, laying down his gun at Appomattox courthouse. His mother, Vivian Skrine Boyer, born at Sandersville, Georgia, descended from a long line of lawyers. He was one of seven children: Forest Boyer, Alex S. Boyer, M. H. Boyer, Orian Wilcox, Annie Louise Brown, Alfred, and Benjamin Boyer (deceased). M. H. Boyer married Lena Lovejoy, daughter of the late P. H. Lovejoy of Hawkinsville, on December 4, 1904, and of this union there was born and reared M....

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