Tag Archives: Famous Georgians

General Clement Evans Boyhood Home, Circa 1835, Lumpkin

One of Georgia’s best-known citizens during his lifetime, General Clement Anselm Evans (1833-1911) was born near Lumpkin to Anselm  & Sarah Evans and grew up in this house. He was admitted to the bar at the age of 18 and married Mary Allen “Allie” Walton in 1854 . He was soon thereafter elected to a Stewart County judgeship and five years later was elected a state senator on the Know-Nothing ticket.

In April 1861, Evans resigned his legislative post and joined the Confederate army as a private. He became commander of the Bartow Guards (Thirty-first Georgia Infantry) in 1862, fought at Shenandoah and was present at nearly every battle of the Army of Northern Virginia. Evans was promoted to brigadier general in 1864.

After the war, General Evans was ordained a Methodist minister. He served at least six congregations in North Georgia over the course of 26 years. Upon the death of his wife in 1884, he married Sarah Ann Avary Howard. After retiring from the ministry, he edited the 13-volume Confederate Military History and coedited the influential Cyclopedia of Georgia. He was a co-founder and Georgia Division commander of the United Confederate Veterans and served the organization as commander-in-chief  from 1909-1911. His body lay in state in the state capitol and his funeral was heavily attended. Evans County was named in his honor in 1914.

Pigtail Alley Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
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Jared Irwin House, Circa 1830, Lumpkin

Thought to be the oldest house in Lumpkin, this was originally a log dogtrot to which siding was later applied.  It was the home of Jared Irwin, namesake nephew of the early Georgia governor. Upon the death of the younger Irwin’s parents, Alexander and Penelope Irwin, he was adopted by his uncle. He was in the first graduating class of Franklin College (now the University of Georgia), was an original settler of Lumpkin and served as clerk of the inferior court of Stewart County. During the Creek War of 1836, he was killed in the Battle of Shepherd’s Plantation and was tied to his horse, which returned his body to Lumpkin.

The house has been modified over time but the interior remains in largely original condition. The shed room along the rear and the front porch are later additions. It is also known as the Irwin-Partain House.

National Register of Historic Places

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Mac Hyman House, Cordele

John H. Churchwell built this house circa 1904-1905. A model was featured at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibit at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1903; Churchwell purchased the columns from the model and had them shipped to Cordele.

Other owners of the house through the years have been the Ryals, Hodges, and Durham families, but it will be forever remembered for its most famous owner, Mac Hyman. The Cordele native was the author of No Time for Sergeants (1954), the bestselling book which spawned Broadway, television and movie versions and launched the career of Andy Griffith. Hyman was working on his second book, Take Now Thy Son at the time of his death in 1963. He was a month shy of his 40th birthday. Take Now Thy Son was published posthumously, in 1965.

Thanks to Ross Hamilton for the identification.

O’Neal School Neighborhood Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Pemberton Country Home, 1860, Columbus

Coca Cola Inventor Dr John Pemberton Country Home Relocated to Columbus GA Historic District Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This house served as the residence of Dr. John S. Pemberton from 1860-1869. He moved into this house from the white cottage pictured in the previous post. Originally located four miles north of Columbus, it was relocated here in 1977 to afford it the protection of the Columbus Historic District.

Columbus Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Dr. John S. Pemberton House, 1840, Columbus

Coca Cola Inventor Dr John Stith Pemberton House Columbus GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Dr. John Stith Pemberton is known worldwide as the inventor of Coca-Cola. Born on 8 July 1831 in Knoxville, Georgia, and raised in Rome, Soon after he received his pharmacy license he married Eliza Crawford Lewis and the couple moved to Columbus. They lived in this house from 1855-1860. I’m unsure if the Greek Revival details are original or a later addition. Wounded in the Battle of Columbus in 1865, Dr. Pemberton in an attempt to alleviate pain became addicted to morphine. In his search for a cure to his addiction came the genesis of Coca-Cola, which Coca-Cola historian Phil Mooney asserts was invented in Columbus, not Atlanta as most assume. The Coca-Cola Company’s website, however, doesn’t concur. Either way, Dr. Pemberton sold the formula soon after he invented it. He died on 16 August 1888 in Atlanta and was returned to Columbus for burial.

Dr. John Stith Pemberton Columbus GA Inventor of Coca Cola Public Domain ImageDr. John Stith Pemberton – Public Domain Image via Wikipedia

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Charles F. Crisp House, 1892, Americus

Historic Americus GA Home of US Speaker of the House Charles F Crisp Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

A native of England and a Confederate veteran, Charles Frederick Crisp (1845-1896), served as judge of the Southwestern Judicial Circuit and as a member of Congress. During his time in Congress he served as Speaker of the House. He was elected to the senate a short time before his death, but did not live to take the oath of office. His son, Charles Robert Crisp (1870-1937) was appointed to fill his term and was later elected to the same seat. Speaker Crisp is the namesake of neighboring Crisp County.

Speaker Charles F. Crisp of Georgia Courtesy Collection of the US House of Representatives Public Domain ImageImage Courtesy of the U. S. House of Representatives

Americus Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Irwin Family Cemetery, Washington County

Irwin Family Cemetery Washington County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This historic rural cemetery is the final resting place of one of Georgia’s most important early governors, Jared Irwin.

Governor Jared Irwin Grave Irwin Family Cemetery Washington County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

These three gravestones memorialize Irwin family pioneers: Governor Jared Irwin, General John Lawson Irwin, and Alexander Irwin. The slabs for Jared and John Lawson appear to be later replacements but the headstone for Alexander is original.

Governor Jared Irwin Headstone Washington County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

To the Memory of Governor Jared Irwin – 1750-1818 – Colonel in the American Revolution. – Brig. General in Indian Wars. – Three Times Governor of Georgia. – Signed the famous act Recinding [sic] the Yazoo Fraud. Died at Union Hill, his County seat – March 1st 1818.

General John Lawson Irwin Headstone Washington County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Sacred to the memory of General John Lawson Irwin – 1755-1822 – Captain in the America Revolution – Brig. General Georgia Militia. – Brig. General in war 1812. – Died 1st day of January 1822. – Buried with Military Honors.

Irwin Family Cemetery Alexander Irwin Washington County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

In Memory of Alexander Irwin – Born Aug. 29, 1792 – Died May 10, 1842. – Served in Indian War in Florida 1815.

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