Tag Archives: South Georgia Confederate Veterans

Mercer Grave Houses, Candler County

These grave houses, located at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, mark the final resting places of Clemons* Mercer (1832-1881) and Jane Elizabeth “Janie” Johnson Mercer (1835-1880). Clemons Mercer served in the Third Seminole War in Florida and contracted malaria there in 1856, which he never completely recovered from. He was later a lieutenant in the Emanuel County Militia (Captain Moring’s Company) during the Atlanta Campaign in the Civil War. Janie Mercer bore him 11 children, all of whom lived to adulthood.

Gary Lee writes: Local lore is that it was raining the day of her burial and her husband promised that another raindrop would never touch her grave. Her family actually rebuilt these a few years ago. Also near her are two of her sisters, Hattie and Adeline who were married to twin brothers, George Washington Lee and Henry Clay Lee who gave the land and the materials for the church.

*also recorded as Clemmons Mercer


Filed under --CANDLER COUNTY GA--

Early Settlers Cemetery, 1881, Swainsboro

Over 80 of Swainsboro and Emanuel County’s earliest settlers are buried in this secluded downtown cemetery. It’s a great space for quiet reflection and if you’re a taphophile, you’ll enjoy it.

The triumphant arch marks the graves of John Calhoun Coleman (28 October 1844-1 January 1923) and wife Martha Sarah “Mattie” Moring Coleman (21 April 1858-15 September 1926). The angel memorializes their daughter, Juanita Coleman Smith (16 March 1874-18 May 1910). Mr. Coleman was one of the most prominent men in Emanuel County during his lifetime and was a Confederate veteran. He served in Company H, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, taking part in the Seven Days Battle, first and second battles of Cold Harbor, Harper’s Ferry, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, first and second battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysbur, and finally at Manassas Gap, where he was captured and held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

John Coleman Mitchell (25 April 1897-21 January 1901). Grandson of John Calhoun Coleman.





Filed under --EMANUEL COUNTY GA--, Swainsboro GA

Corporal C. S. Meadows House, Normantown


Adam Underhill writes: I believe this was the residence of my great-great-grandfather, Cannie Swain Meadows, a Confederate veteran. I believe he is correct in his assertion. According to the listing on Find A Grave, where this circa 19100 postcard was shared by Olivia Williamson Braddy originates, Meadows (8 March 1843-15 August 1923) was a Corporal with Company H, 49th Georgia Infanty. He owned a dry goods store and hotel, as well as Tiger Springs, a recreational attraction on Tiger Creek. Cannie, as he was known, had 13 children, all but one of whom lived to adulthood; several lived well into their nineties.


Filed under --TOOMBS COUNTY GA--, Normantown GA

Anson B. Slappey House, Marshallville

historic marshallville ga eclectic house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Liz writes: This house was built by George H. Slappey’s son Anson B. Slappey. He attended military school and then joined the Confederate army. He died in 1908. In the 1960’s his great-granddaughter, Mrs. Eugenia Ramsey lived here as well.

East Main Street Residential District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --MACON COUNTY GA--, Marshallville GA

Williams Store, Raines

Raines GA Crisp County Williams General Store Ghost Town Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Raines Station was a whistlestop on the Albany & Northern Railroad.  The Albany & Northern was founded about 1895, so the Raines settlement would have come into being sometime soon thereafter. The tracks once ran beside this old store, owned by Confederate veteran Isaiah Williams, who served with the 60th Georgia Volunteer Infantry. The store was open as recently as  the late 1970s. Thanks to Mr. Williams’ great-great grandson, Fred Gleaton, for sharing the history of the place.

Raines GA Crisp County Williams General Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Lori Odom Jones wrote: As a child I remember going to Raines Station to get collard greens and other stuff. I still remember the inside of the store and that they had an old Ouija Board in there. That was the first time I ever saw one. I begged and begged for one and my mama finally bought it. Sadly…it predicted the age my mama would die as 43 and she did. Coincidence? I threw that thing away. Funny how reading these posts bring back so many memories.

Clyde Watson recalls: I remember this store very well in the early 1950’s it was operated as Barry Mercantile Company, by John C Spears. I went to West Crisp School and would work for John on Saturdays and after school on the days he needed me. At that time there was a Grist Mill to left side of the store and I ground meal for customers on Saturday, I was able to work there for three years. Also sometime before maybe there was a store as well but the upstairs was a doctor’s office. When I worked there the remnants of the doctor’s office was still there, some old papers and such, but John and his mother Mrs. Arlette did not want anyone up there very long at the time.


Filed under --CRISP COUNTY GA--, Raines GA

John “Duffy” Rogers House, 1850s, Evans County


In his book Houses of Heart Pine: A Survey of the Antebellum Architecture of Evans County, Georgia (2001) Pharris DeLoach Johnson notes that this house was already built when purchased by Uriah Rogers in 1856. Rogers gave the house to his son James, who then sold it to his brother, John “Duffy” Rogers, Evans County’s longest-surviving Confederate veteran. Thirteen of his twenty children were born here to his first two wives, Laura Blitch of Blitchton who died here during childbirth in 1883, and Melvina Hearn. John Rogers lived here until 1891, when he built the large home seen in the next post. It is in immediate danger as the back roof is collapsing and this important house will soon be lost if not stabilized.


Filed under --EVANS COUNTY GA--

John “Duffy” Rogers House, Circa 1891, Evans County


John “Duffy” Rogers (1847-1941) was the last surviving Confederate veteran of Evans County.  He helped establish Bull Creek Baptist Church in 1870 and was a well-known citizen of the area throughout his life.


Filed under --EVANS COUNTY GA--