Judge John W. Wofford

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
February 28, 1907, Page 1
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Judge Wofford Dead.
Lived Formerly In Cartersville – Brave Warrior a Fearless Judge.

News comes from Kansas City of the death of Judge W. Wofford, which occurred a few days ago.

Judge Wofford was a former resident of Cartersville, having gone west in 1877.  He was a fine lawyer and soon forged to the front in his new home and became judge of one of the large courts of his state.  He made a great reputation as judge and rendered some of the strongest and notable decision of any man on the bench in the west.

Many of the old war comrades of Judge Wofford as also his many friends and acquaintances in general in Georgia will regret to know of his death.  Judge Wofford was a brave Confederate soldier, being adjutant pf Phillips Legion, and fighting in all the fierce engagements of that command in Virginia.

He leaves a number of children, but his wife preceded him in death only a few years ago.  Two brothers survive him, Messrs. Charles and Ben Wofford, of Arkansas, also three sisters, Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Jordan of Banks county, in this state, and Mrs. James Wofford, of Arkansas.  He was a brother of the late General Tatum Wofford and of Col. Ab. Wofford.


March 7, 1907
Page 1.

Some Facts About Judge Wofford.
Kansas City Papers Speak of His Ability and Integrity and His Great Popularity.

[Another very long article taken from the “Kansas City Journal” about the death of John W. Wofford.  I will transcribe a few paragraphs with additional genealogical information.]

John W. Wofford was born in Habersham county, Ga., August 14, 1837.  He was of Scotch-Irish parentage.  At the beginning of the war he was married to Miss Cornelia Trescot, of Charleston, S. C.  He enrolled with Philips Legion, composed of infantry and cavalry, and which was afterward disbanded.  He remained with the cavalry and was later lieutenant adjutant.  He was in Lee’s army, under command of General William T. Wofford, of Georgia, and was wounded three times; slightly at Sharpsburg and in a skirmish, dangerously at North Anna river.  He was in the battles of Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and North Anna river.

He moved to Cartersville, Ga., from Rome, Ga., after the war, where he studied law, was admitted to the bar and was prominent in Georgia politics, being for several years in the Georgia legislature, house and senate, and was presidential elector for that state in 1876.  He leaves seven sons and four daughters – Edwin Hampton, Ormond Trescot, George, Campbell Wallace, Clarence, John W. Jr., Gordon, Amelia, Louisa Carrere, Mrs. Larkin M. Tyler of this city, and Mrs. Frederick J. Lewis of Philadelphia.  Judge Wofford was never a wealthy man…..Burial will be in the family lot in Elmwood cemetery.


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