Col. Matthew R. Stansell

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
February 16, 1899, page 1
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Col. Stansell Dead.
Cartersville’s Oldest and One of its Best Known Lawyers.

The community was greatly shocked when the new spread on Saturday morning last that Col. Stansell was dead.

He had been sick for only two weeks, having been taken first with grip, pneumonia soon developed and it was discovered that he had jaundice.  He continued to grow gradually worse until the end came at the time mentioned.

Col. Stansell was born in Newton county where he grew to young manhood and studied law and was admitted to the bar and established himself in practice, forming a partnership with Col. J. M. Pace.  He enlisted in the confederate army while living in Covington but served only a few months, receiving a discharge.

December 13, 1859, he married Miss Mary Wallace, of Americus, and after the war was over he went to that city to live and practice his profession.  From Americus he moved to Cartersville in May, 1872.  Here he built himself up a fair practice that extended to other towns.

Col. Stansell was a man of clear understanding, originality of thought and a notable gift of expression.  He took a broad view of matters and as a lawyer as well as a citizen, was noted for his integrity, goodness of heart and consideration for his fellow man.  He was a member of the Methodist church, in the affairs of which he always took a perceptible interest and lived devoutly in its laws and teachings.

He leaves a wife and three children. These are Mrs. J. R. Banton, of this city, Mr. Wallace K. Stansell, of Washington City, and Mr. Rollin J. Stansell, of Philadelphia.

There was a meeting of the Cartersville bar at the office of John H. Wikle, at 3 o’clock p. m. on Saturday evening.

Hon. T. W. Milner was elected chairman, and G. H. Aubrey secretary of the meeting.  The death of Col. M. R. Stansell was announced, and upon motion it was:

Resolved: That the bar and the officers of the court, attend the funeral of Col. Stansell, in a body.

Resolved: That Major A. M. Foute, Hon. T. W. Milner, John H. Wikle, R. W. Murphy and J. M. Neel, be and are appointed a committee to prepare suitable resolutions, in memoriam, upon the death of our brother; to be submitted at the adjourned term of Bartow Superior Court, on Thursday the 16th inst.

Owing to the unprecedented cold weather, Colonel Stansell’s funeral did not take place until Tuesday at 1:30 o’clock.  It was from the residence, Rev. B. P. Allen, of the Methodist church, assisted by Revs. Craig, of the Presbyterian and Bealer, of the Baptist churches, conducting the services.  The remarks of Mr. Allen touching the life and character of the deceased were both appropriate and impressive.  He alluded to Col. Stansell’s simple and abiding faith that enabled him to withstand life’s storms and trials and at last insured him that rest the faithful in Christ find at last.

The following acted as pall bearers: Judge Aaron Collins, W. H. Howard, R. A. Clayton, D. B. Freeman, Will McEwen, A. D. Gilbert.

Notwithstanding the severe weather, the remains were followed by a goodly number of mourners to their last resting place at Oak Hill.


February 23, 1899
Page 1

Honor Col. Stansell
Brethren of the Bar Pay Tributes to His Memory
Judge Milner Reminiscent.
His Noble Life and Character Attested by Those With Whom He Was Associated.

[A very long tribute to Col. Matthew Rollin Stansell, born May 7, 1830 died Feb. 11, 1899.]


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