Eliza Hawks

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
January 8, 1880, Page 3
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In Memoriam.

Mrs. ELIZA HAWKS was born in Greenville district, South Carolina.  In 1816 she removed to Gwinnett county, Georgia, when about seven years of age, and from thence to Cassville, Bartow county, in the year 1835, where she resided until her death, which occurred 28th of December, 1879.

Early in life she was left a widow with four little children and with little of this world’s goods for their rearing and education; but being a woman of strong will and determination she went to work with energy and judgment and made for herself and little ones a home of comfort and plenty.  Her second son, Chester, a bright, brilliant boy of fourteen, a son of great promise and a great favorite with all who knew him, was taken from her by death’s fell stroke in the year 1856.  This was truly a crushing blow and came near breaking her already lamented heart.  But being a devoted mother and led by God’s spirit to recognize His chastening hand in her continued afflictions.  She reconsecrated herself around the grave of her darling boy and from that hour lived a devoted and Christian life.

In the year 1861, when the union of the states was severed, the tocsin of war was sounded and a call was made for the true and the brave to defend their homes and their firesides, with the spirit of the Spartan mother she buckled the armor on her two remaining boys and sent them forth to battle for their country.  Her oldest boy yielded up his life in the campaigns of the 1st Georgia volunteers.  The fates of the war swept from her the accumulations of years of energy and left her almost homeless. But with all these crushing blows this remarkable woman yielded not to despair, but with the giant energy of her mind again surrounded herself with a home and its comforts.—One year ago she was stricken with paralysis and months after has been a great sufferer.  During these affecting scenes and trials of her ebbing life, her Christian experience has shone out bright and full, giving a clear evidence to her loving son and daughter, who waited in tenderness around her dying bed, of her happy entrance into heaven.  She leaves many friends and relatives, cause them to mourn her death and cherish fondly her memory.  May God watch over the lives of her bereaved relatives, cause them to emulate her Christian devotion and experience; and when done with life, deliver them safely on the happy shores of paradise is the wish of

A Friend.


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