Biography of Asa Cornelius Pipkin
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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 in 1924.
Ola was the only one of the three children who lived to maturity. She lives in the home built by her father in 1880, and was married in the same house to Lorenzo Norwood Anderson, descendant of Pulaski pioneers. Their children are: Nita, Harry Pipkin, and Hilda. Mrs. Anderson, a member of the Baptist Church, served in every office of the Missionary Society, and was a teacher in the Sunday school. She was a historian of U. D. C. for fifteen years, and a past treasurer of the Garden Club, now chaplain. Nita (Mrs. Oscar Paul) attended the Hawkinsville public school and Bessie Tift College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and was recording secretary of the first woman’s club of Hawkinsville. She, with her thirteen maids, unveiled the U. D. C. monument. She has one daughter, Marjorie, who lives in Macon, Ga.
Harry Pipkin, educated at Hawkinsville and Macon, Ga., associated with his grandfather and father in business. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He volunteered for service in the World War and served in the Paymaster’s Department at -Charleston, S. C. He was honorably discharged. Since then he has been engaged in banking, and is now assistant cashier of the Bank of Commerce, Americus, Ga. He married Christine Poole of Hawkinsville, Georgia.
Hilda, a graduate of Hawkinsville High School, attended Bessie Tift College. She is a member of the Baptist Church, and is active in church work and social affairs. She was maid of honor, Eastern Brigade, Georgia Division, U. C. V. Reunion, at Richmond, Va. She married John William Hall, Cochran, Ga., and they have one son, Jack, and live in Atlanta, Georgia.