John Augustus Young

The Standard
Cassville, Georgia
November 5, 1857, Page 3
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Died, on Friday the 23d ult., at his father’s residence, near Cartersville, Cass County, Ga., JOHN AUGUSTUS, eldest son of James C. and Sallie P. YOUNG; aged four years and six months.  Seldom, indeed, are the sympathies of a community called forth by so sad and so melancholy a dispensation of divine Providence, as that with which an all wise God has been pleased to visit the bereaved parents of this promising child.  In the midst of health, he was the idol of his mother, the pride of his father, and the admiration of all who knew him. When, on the evening of the 23d ult., while engaged in the plays and amusements of his childhood, he was, in the short space of a few moments, transformed from the picture of health to a cold and lifeless memorial of man’s mortality.  A small bean which he chanced to accidentally swallow sealed his destiny, causing his almost instant death, and as a messenger from on high, called him home, to take his place around the throne of his heavenly Father.  “The good die early,” says one whose stricken heart thus found an outlet for his grief, and the death of this child of the covenant and of many prayers is attended with the same consolation.

Gifted beyond ordinary children in those qualities which made him a model son, and blessed with such intellectual parts as gave promise of a bright future, all hearts were drawn to him, and “none knew him but to love and to praise.”  The loving hands of the affectionate mother which drew him to her in the moments of his sudden and unexpected death would have held him back in our midst, but the Lord willing another angel spirit to hover around him had summoned the cherished one to join the choir above, and the angel boy is now where he will ever be crowned with perpetual youth.  And though the heart be bereft of its earthly idol, and though the desolate home be for a while changed to an abode of grief, yet, as God has taken this Lamb of his Flock home to his fold, it makes heaven not only nearer and dearer but a more desirable place for those who follow after.  Truly do we sympathize with the bereaved father, who after a short absence, returned only a few hours after the fatal moment, expecting to be greeted as in former times by his darling boy, but, alas! He found him in the cold embrace of death; and equally are our sympathies enlisted in behalf of the sorrowing mother, who was called upon when thus alone, with no one to cherish and console her, without a moment’s warning to see her dearest child stricken down and her fondest hopes decay.  There is, however, some consolation to the bereaved in this hour of affliction, in the reflection that “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away,” and also in the remembrance that the Lord hath said unto them “Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Cartersville, Ga., Oct. 27, 1857
Laurensville, (S. C.) Herald will please copy.


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