Col. R. C. Saxon

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
June 25, 1908, Page 1
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Col. R. C. Saxon Dead
Prominent Citizen Dies At Grassdale.
Was Confederate Officer and County School Commissioner Sixteen Years.

Col. R. C. Saxon, one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of Bartow county, died, at his home, at Grassdale, last Wednesday.  He had been in feeble health for a number of months, and his death was not unexpected.

Col. Saxon was born in Laurens, S, C., August 10, 1821, and therefore would have been 87 years of age at his next birth in August.  He moved to Georgia in 1850 and located in Gordon county.  In 1859 he moved to Bartow county, settling at Cassville.  While living at Cassville he entered the confederate army, going out in one of the six-months term regiments that located at Savannah.  After his return from that service he went into the 55th Georgia regiment of which he was elected adjutant.  He afterwards raised a company for the Georgia Reserves and was elected its Captain.  A number of survivors of his old company yet live in Bartow county.  He was finally made quartermaster of his brigade which was commanded by General Lucius J. Gartrell.  In all his connections with the army he was faithfully devoted to all his duties and left behind an honorable, clean and a gallant record.  His soldiers whom he commanded always spoke in the very highest terms of him after the war.

Col. Saxon served Bartow county for sixteen years as county school commissioner.  He succeeded Rev. Theodore Smith, in the seventies and was succeeded by Hon. R. A. Clayton in the nineties.  He was faithfully devoted to the educational interest of his county and spared no effort in advancing the cause of education during his term of office.

Col. Saxon was a devout member of the Methodist church and did much for the cause of the church and religion.  He was an all around fine citizen and no man in the county carried the respect of everybody more completely than he did.

Col. Saxon’s first wife was Miss Elizabeth Crocker, whom he married at the age of 21. There were seven daughters and two sons from this marriage.  They were: Mrs. Alfred Best; Mrs. R. L. Saxon and Mrs. L. D. Munford, of this city; Mrs. W. F. King, of Calhoun; Misses Mamie and Lydie Saxon, of this county; Mr. Charlie Saxon, of this county, and Mr. Henry Saxon, who is dead.  He married his second wife in 1892. She was Mrs. Georgia Whitaker, of Eatonton, Ga.  She survives him.

Col. Saxon’s remains were interred at Cassville cemetery last Friday.  The funeral took place from the Methodist church and the services were conducted by Rev. G. W. Duval of this city.  A large concourse of friends followed the remains to their last resting place.


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