James H. Williams

The News
Cartersville, Georgia
March 27, 1901, Page 1
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Play Together In Their Youth
Die Together In Their Old Age.

Cartersville has just put away in their last resting places two of her oldest citizens, F. M. Walker and Jas. H. Williams.  Coincidences, strikingly strange, occur in the lives of these two old citizens, that are very interesting indeed.  Both came from the mountains of Surry county, North Carolina, where they were raised to manhood’s estate.  They were schoolmates in the old North State and both came to Georgia about the same time.  Though never in business together, so far as learned, their lives strangely drifted together.  From North Carolina they came to Bartow, to old Cassville, thence to Cartersville, where they both lived up to the time of their deaths.  Mr. Walker died last Saturday.  Mr. Williams followed him Sunday.  While the grief-stricken family and friends were about the grave of the former, workmen were engaged in preparing a last resting place for the latter, within a stone’s throw,  Both were splendid characters, known far and wide for their geniality and splendid traits.


In the death of Mr. James H. Williams, Cartersville loses one of her oldest citizens.  The announcement of his death came in the nature of a surprise, for it was known that he had suffered a long illness a few months ago, but all were of the opinion that he had about recovered.  He was out upon the streets, apparently a little enfeebled.  A few days ago he suddenly became ill and for a few days he held his own with the Black Messenger.  He succumbed, however, Sunday about 11 o’clock, surrounded by his entire family, wife, sons and daughter.

Mr. Williams was a native of Surry county, N. C., where he was born 69 years ago.  He came to Pickens county, this state when he was 18 years of age,  In that county he married Miss Margaret Caroline Jackson,  When the war broke out he was one of the first to enlist, and went into active service in Col. Jesse A. Glenn’s 36th Ga. Regiment.  He did valiant service, was wounded three times, but aside from nursing his wounds a few days, during which he staid with his command, he was never off the firing line.  He went through the bloody Missionary Ridge fight, thence the Kennesaw engagement, and was in the Atlanta battle.  After the war he moved to Gordon county, where he lived until coming to Bartow in 1872, locating in old Cassville.  He commenced carpentering there, which he followed for years, then taking up farming.  He was of a most genial nature and made friends wherever he went.

The deceased leaves, besides a grief-stricken widow, four children, Messrs. R. A. and J. O. Williams, of Chattanooga; Mrs. Jud Eaves, of Cartersville, and Mr. Thomas H. Williams, of Cartersville,  They have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in their sad bereavement.

The funeral services, Rev. C. A. Allday, officiating, were held at the home Tuesday morning and a large concourse of friends followed the remains to Oak Hill cemetery.

The family wishes to extend thanks to good friends and kind neighbors for their attention during his illness and consolation after death.

[See separate obituary for F. M. Walker]


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