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~~Mrs Frances Duke Johnson, 29 Oct 1879~~


Obituary of Mrs. Frances Duke Johnson, as written in the 29 October 1879 issue of "The Buena Vista Argus". (Submitted by Linda Johnson.)
     Mrs. Hershel V. Johnson died about dark on last Sunday night. She was a beautiful young woman, and celebrated her marriage to Mr. Johnson last Christmas ever. This news will send grief to the hearts of numerous relatives and friends. Her remains were interred at Liberty Church at 4 o'clock last Monday evening.

    Also noted in the 26 November 1879 issue of "The Buena Vista Argus"
     Mrs. Fannie Johnson, daughter of Mrs. Henrietta Duke, closed her mortal career at the home of her mother in Marion County, on the 26th October, 1879. The hearts that

     had so recently been stricken by the sudden death, by congestion of her little brother, were again doomed to bitter anguish at this unexpected blow.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 1880 Marion Co Mortality Schedule shows cause of death to be "childbirth fever". "Fannie's" husband Herschel Virgil Johnson

appeared on the 1860 and 1870 census in Schley Co, GA.


~~Mrs Elizabeth Hart Johnson, 7 Apr 1880~~

Obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth (Hart) Johnson as written in the 7 April 1880 issue of "The Buena Vista Argus". (Submitted by Linda Johnson.)
    Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson was born in Warren Co, Georgia, and died of malaria fever in Marion county, (GA) on the 20th of March, 1880--aged 58. Mrs. Johnson was a

    daughter of Mr. Barney Hart, so well and favorably known, and joined her hopes and labors for life's real ties with those of Mr. Geo S. Johnson, in 1837. In that year the

    mercy and wonderful love of God crowned her heart and soul with forgiveness for sin, after which she joined the M. E. Church, to which she belonged until her death. Up

    to near the close of the war she was an active, zealous member of the church, shedding light and imparting comfort upon all whom she met. She moved to Marion county in

    1839, and in her new home, she began life anew by deconsecrating of soul and membership at Tazewell, where she dispersed joy by her smiles, and assurance by her counsel.

    Near the close of the war she lost her two oldest sons. That saddened her heart and clouded her mind with grief. These destroyers of human happiness preyed upon her

    tenderness with unusual pungency, which with her ended only with her life.  She leaves a husband and six children--three sons and three daughters--to mourn her death.
     A Friend
     Columbus Times and Augusta papers

    CORRECTION: Husband was George Washington Johnson. Date of arrival in Marion Co was in the 1840s because G. W. appears on Warren Co's 1840 census and land

    was purchased in Marion Co in the 1840s.

    ADDITION: "Tazewell" is a district in Marion Co, GA. She and her husband also appear on the 1860 & 70 Schley Co, census. Sons referred to are: James P. born abt 1841,

     d abt 1864/5, married to "Lavincy" on 1860 census; William S. born abt 1843, d 10 May 1864 at Battle of Spotsylvania, VA. Other children: Nancy S. A. b abt 1845;

    Martha M. A. R. "Mattie" b abt 1847 married Thompson Corley, d in Dickens Co, TX; Samuel Pierce b 1851, d in Hunt Co, TX; Herschel Virgil b 1854, d in Dickens Co,

    TX; Tula "Lou" b abt 1858; Joseph E. B. b 1859, d in Dickens Co, TX.


~~Monnie Corley, October 1883~~

Obituary of Monnie Corley as written in an October 1883 issue of "The Buena Vista Argus".  (Submitted by Linda Johnson.)
     We are sorry to hear of the death of little Monnie daughter of Mrs. Martha Corley who died at the residence of her Grandfather Mr. George (Washington) Johnson in this

     county on Thursday, Oct 11th. (1883) after a brief illness of twenty-four hours.

     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Mrs. Martha Corley was the daughter of Elizabeth HART and George Washington JOHNSON of Marion and Schley Counties, GA.

    Martha was a widow of Thompson Corley of Marion Co., GA. The Marion Co 1880 Census shows Monnie's birthday to be about 1875.


~~Dr William A Drane, June 9, 1932~~

JUNE 9, 1932 BUENA VISTA, GEORGIA THURSDAY (Submitted by d h deci )

DR. William A Drane Passes Early Monday

The passing of Dr. William Arthur Drane at six o'clock at his home, Monday morning has thrown a pall of gloom over the town. His death was not unexpected as he had been

critically ill for more than a week from an illness extending nearly a year.  Dr. Drane has been for 46 years an eminently successful practioner in Buena Vista. He was a man

of brilliant intellect and possessed many noble traits of character. HE was progressive and public spirited and an outstanding citizen of the county. Dr. Drane was particularly

fond of children and his gentleness in administering to their ills made him beloved by all and his successful treatment of childrens diseases gave him an extensive practice. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from residence which was attended by a large representation of sorrowing friends and relatives. A tender tribute was paid Dr. Drane by

Hon Ed Mathis, of Americus, who couched in lovely words the affection existing between the two and called to mind many noble virtues of the deceased. Rev C R McKibben,

assisted by Rev G A Briggs conducted the services. Interment took place in the family plat in the Methodist Cemetery. Dr. Drane was born on Oct. 27, 1860 and was a son

of William Margrauder Drane and Margaret Bryan Drane, prominent families of the county. In early life he was married to Miss Elizabeth Lou Butt, a daughter of Judge Edgar

M. Butt, a colonel in the Confederate army, an ex-judge of the Superior court of the Chattahoochee circuit and a leading attorney in Middle West Georgia. To this union six

children where born: William E. Drane of Columbus, Mrs. Mary Lou Drane of Ellaville, Mrs. Minnie Burt of Americus, Mrs. Marguerite Lowe and Mrs. Elizabeth McMichael,

Buena Visa, and Dr. Arthur Hall Drane (deceased). His present wife who was Miss Suzanne Bennett of Columbus. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. O C Bullock and

Mrs. E B Hornady of Columbus, 18 grand children and 3 great grand children. The following grandsons and nephews acted as pall bearers; Horace Holmer Lowe, Frank Lowe, Jr. Arthur Drane Jordan, Edgar and Joseph Drane and Floyd Bullock.



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