Nelson Gilreath, Sr.

 
The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
December 12, 1889, page 5
 
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“Over the Town.”

Rev. George Tumlin, of Marietta, attended the funeral of Mr. Nelson Gilreath, on Monday.


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The Courant American
December 12, 1889
Page 8

Gone To His Rest.

Mr. Nelson Gilreath, Sr., one of Cartersville’s oldest citizens, died at his home on Main street last Sunday afternoon. He was buried in Oak Hill cemetery on Monday, a large number of friends and relatives following the remains to their last resting place. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Cooper, pastor of the Baptist church.

Mr. Gilreath was in his eight-second year. He was for a long number of years a prominent figure in the business circles of Cartersville. He sold goods here long before the war and continued until a few years ago. He at one time was at the head of the largest mercantile house in Cartersville. He was a faithful member of the Baptist church.

Mr. Gilreath has been in bad health for quite some time and his death was no surprise, though it was sincerely mourned. He leaves a wife and a number of children, who have the sympathy of all.

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The Courant American
January 23, 1890, page 1

Obituary.

The earthly career of Nelson Gilreath, Sr., ended Dec. 8, 1889. He died at his residence in Cartersville, Ga., and was laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery, just outside the city limits.

Born in Greenville district (now Greenville county), South Carolina, Aug., 1814, he was at the time of his death in the 76th year of his age.

Was married, first, to a daughter of Rev. Mr. Gibson, of South Carolina, an Englishman by birth, and a Baptist minister. There are two surviving children of this union, James H. Gilreath, of Bartow county, and Mrs. Mary E. Jenkins, of Greenville, S. C.

Nelson Gilreath came to Georgia not long after his marriage. His wife died some years afterwards leaving three children—the two mentioned and an older son, Benj. Charles, who died in his 18th year. Previous to this sad event he buried his second wife, and now comes another severe stroke—the death of the oldest son, Ben.

His second marriage was to a daughter of Dr. Hardin, who, at the time of daughter’s marriage, resided at Canton, Ga., but subsequently moved to Cartersville, Ga. There are two children of this union, Miller H. Gilreath, of Cartersville, and Mrs. Elliot H. Ferguson, wife of W. Ferguson, of Rockmart, Ga.

After the death of his second wife, being still a young man, comparatively, he was married the third time to Miss Lizzie Hargis, who survives him, and now lives at the homestead in Cartersville. There are six surviving children of this union, the eldest, Alice, the wife of Rev. G. S. Tumlin, of Marietta, Ga. The sons are Lemuel R., Nelson, Jr., Paul, Thomas M. and William E., the youngest, aged 12 years. The life of Nelson Gilreath was an eventful one. As we look back over that life and see the difficulties, the trials, the afflictions he had to meet and contend with, the successes he achieved and the difficulties he overcame, it will be no undeserved eulogy to say that Nelson Gilreath was a man in the true sense of the term. He was a man of great perseverance and never tiring energy, a man of decision and will power, but kind and generous to all, and especially so to his immediate family and friends. One fault he had, if it be a fault, was in the matter of indulging his children to all they desired as far as he was able to respond to their wishes. He always looked at the bright side of things, and his motto was, “Never become discouraged.” Lastly he was a man who feared and honored God, loved and aided the cause of religion, and in the end committed his spirit to Him who doeth all things well.

Adieu, dear father. Thou hast preceded us a little while only.
Soon we’ll follow, soon we’ll come,
All must go, tho’ one by one.
M. H. G.
Cartersville, Ga., Jan. 20, 1890.

 

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