Col. Lindsay Johnson

 
The Cartersville American
Cartersville, Georgia
November 10, 1885 Page 1
 
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Died, after a brief illness at his residence in Bartow county, Ga., on the 8th inst., Col. Lindsay Johnson, aged 66.

The deceased was too well known to require a lengthy notice at our hands. He settled in this county about the year 1834 as a planter. He was at that time a man of limited means, but rapidly rose to a prominent place amongst our wealthiest and best citizens. Possessing a strong native mind and a temperament warm, social and liberal, he soon attained a marked and controlling influence in the section in which he lived. This influence he never lost.

Col. Johnson was a man of iron will and indomitable integrity; and it is probable that in a different sphere or under different circumstances of life and education he would have attained to high political or military distinction. But he shrank from office and sought no distinction, though on more than one occasion he was chosen to places of trust by his county. His best friends were the poor of his own neighborhood to whom he was ever kind and charitable. Many of them for years were tenants upon his lands free of charge or rent, and he was often known since the pressure of these war times to give provisions for the poor when he declined to sell to others.

The house of Col. Johnson was ever free to his friends and open to the traveler. The numerous drovers from Kentucky and Tennessee who for years were accustomed in their annual trips to the cotton states to stop with him, can never cease to recur with grateful recollections to the kind cheer and hospitable board of Col. Johnson. He leaves a devoted wife and a number of children to mourn his loss, and it is worthy of notice in these times that amongst the many who felt and acknowledged the sad event of his death, none seemed to be more overwhelmed than his own servants who gave vent to their grief in the most agonizing and heart-rending cries.

In the death of Col. Johnson we may truly say that a useful citizen, a kind and charitable neighbor, a warm-hearted friend, a devoted husband and father and a true patriot to his country, has gone to that land from whose bourne no traveler returns. Peace to his memory.

R. C. W.
Bartow Co., June, 1863

[This is the correct date and matches the Cemetery listing for Lindsay Johnson, born Mar. 28, 1797 died June 18, 1863, buried in Cass cemetery. It is unknown why this obituary appears over 2 decades later.]

 

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