John J. Joiner, mayor, merchant and farner, Hawkinsville, Ga, was born November 18, 1850, Pulaski County, Ga. His parents are Larkin and Elizabeth (Linsey) Joiner.
Larkin Joiner was a farmer and a minister if the Missionary Baptist Church. he was born in North Carolina, June 20, 1809. He preached extensively in Houston, Lee, Worth, Dooley, Pulaski, Dodge and Laurens counties, and his fame as a minister was known throughout this part of Georgia. It is thought he baptized and married more persons than anyone else in this part of the State. He died November 14, 1880, aged seventy-one years. He was a son of Curtis and Sabre (Shepherd) Joiner, the former a farmer who is now deceased.
The subject's maternal grandfather was David Linsey, a farmer. His wife was Pollie (Heidleburg) Linsey; both deceased.
John J. was the fifth in a family of six children born to his parents, viz: Eliza, Martha, David C., Jane, John J. and Wm. L. The only death that occurred in this family for forty-five years was that of an infant.
Eliza, wife of Rev. R. Bullington, of Dooley County, died at the age of forty-five years. Martha, wife of J. T. Stevens, a farmer of Pulaski County, died in 1887, at the age of thirty-nine years. David C. was first married Mary A. Mims, who died in 1872. The second marriage was to Mary Singleton, and they are living in Hawkinsville, merchandising and farming. He served through the entire war without being wounded. Jane is the wife of Peter McKinney, of Dooley County. Wm. L., married to Bettie Taylor, is merchandising in Hawkinsville.
The subject began farming at the age of eighteen years, continued it for three years, when he engaged in merchandising in connection with his farming pursuits and has been thus employed since with very good success. He was elected mayor in January, 1887, and has been twice reelected, without opposition the second time. Before he served as mayor he filled the office of alderman for two terms.
January 14, 1869, he was married to Miss Jane Turner, daughter of John and Cynthia Turner, of Pulaski County. To their marriage have been born the following children: Mary J., a student in the senior class at Stanton, Va; Julian J., deceased at the age of two years; Greta, deceased at the age of fourteen months; Bessie L., deceased at the age of one month.
Mr. Joiner is a Mason and both he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. The mayor is a practical business man and a good worthy citizen.