Georgia American History and Genealogy Project-Forsyth County Obituaries

The following obituaries/death notices are from the Atlanta Constitution. I will add more as I find them.

CUMMING, Ga., September 11. — [Special.]— Mrs. Bagwell, wife of Mr. Richard Bagwell, a respectable farmer residing in the lower part of the county, committed suicide by cutting her throat with a razor. She died in a few minutes. No cause is known for her rash act. Her husband and four children were out in the lot near by, but knew nothing o£ it until they came into the house and found her dying. The bloody razor was found upon the bureau, where she had placed it. (Atlanta Constitution, 9-12-1890)

Thomas Francis, a veteran of the war of 1812, died in Forsyth county recently at the advanced age of 90 (Atlanta Constitution, 10-22-1876)

Cumming Ga., January 22.—(Special.)— Miss Bessie Galloway, daughter of Professor J. J. S. Galloway, died at 10 o'clock this morning of typhoid fever, after an illness of two weeks. She was one of the best and most popular young ladies in Cumming, and her death has cast a gloom over the entire town. Hers was the fifth case of fever and the third death that has occurred In this family during the past six or seven weeks. (Atlanta Constitution, 1-23-1900)

CUMMING, Ga., May 30.—[Special]—In the death of Hon John K. Gramling, Atlanta lost one of her truest and best men Mr Gramling was an old Cumming boy having been raised here He went from this place to Atlanta, where his useful career has been watched with pleasure by all the people of Cumming, who are pained beyond expression at his untimely death. (Atlanta Constitution, 5-31-1890)

Cumming, Ga., December 12.—(Special.) Hon. James B. Henderson, representative. in the Georgia legislature from Forsyth county, died today, at his home at 9 o'clock. He lived 7 miles southwest of Cummings. Mr. Henderson had been ill for the past: three, weeks with pneumonia and fever. (Atlanta Constitution, 12-13-1901)

Cumming, Ga., May 14.—(Special.)—The funeral of Mr. James Hudson, who died in Atlanta Friday night, occurred here yesterday, from the Baptist church. The large church building was full to overflowing with his friends, and the funeral cortege was one of the largest ever seen in Cumming. The funeral services were conducted by Professor J. J. S. Calloway assisted by Rev. W. J. Hyde. A committee of five young men from the Junior Order American Mechanics, of Atlanta, of which order Mr. Hudson was member Accompanied his remains here, and assisted in the burial. Mr. Hudson was born and raised in Cumming, where he had many friends. (Atlanta Constitution, 5-15-1900)

Cumming, Ga., October 1.—(Special.)— The body of Mrs. Hughes, wife of R. Matt Hughes, of Atlanta, who died Saturday, was brought here this afternoon and buried at the Cumming cemetery. Dr. O'Kelly, of Capitol Avenue Baptist church, of Atlanta, conducted the funeral services, assisted by Rev. E.M. Potter. Mr. and Mrs. Hughes were reared in this community. (Atlanta Constitution, 10-2-1901)

Cumming, Ga., May 28.—(Special.)— Dr. T. L. Lipscomb, one of the most prominent physicians in north Georgia, died at his home near here today, after lingering illness of more than five months. He leaves a wife and number of children, among them Dr. Emery Lipscomb, a leading physician of this place. (Atlanta Constitution, 5-29-1912)

Cumming, Ga., October 21.—(Special)— Hon. E. C. McAfee died this morning at 1 o'clock after an illness of several months. He was 81 years old, and had been a leading citizen of Cumming for fifty years. He represented Forsyth county In the Georgia legislature for two terms, and was for one term state senator from this the thirty-ninth district. He leaves a wife and several children, among them Mrs. Captain E. M. Roberts, Atlanta; Captain J. M. McAfee and Mrs. Lockhart, Canton; Mrs. Dr. Knox, Villa Rica; W. P. McAfee, Chicago; Mrs. J. G. Puett and Mr. B. F. McAfee, Cumming. (Atlanta Constitution, 10-22-1901)

CUMMING, Ga., March 31-[Special]-Joe Muckelreath, living five miles south of Cumming, met with a horrible death while returning home from Suwanee with a load of guano. He fell off his wagon, the wheels running over his body, crushing him to death. His friends ran to him but he died just as they reached him. It was said he was full of Suwanee liquor. He leaves a large family in needy circumstances. (Atlanta Constitution, 4-1-1890)

Cumming, Ga., July 23-Mrs. Mary Owens died at her home near here last Sunday, aged 85 years. She was a member of the Salem Baptist church for 52 years. Her husband preceded her to the grave by 46 years. (Atlanta Constitution, 7-24-1906)

John Pruitt, 60 years of age, a farmer of Forsyth county, died suddenly last night about 10-30 o'clock In a mam at the corner of Decatur and Courtland streets. His death is supposed to have been due to heart failure, induced by excessive use of intoxicants. Pruitt, in company with his son and two friends, came to the city from his home yesterday in a wagon. It is stated that during the ride he drank freely of Jamaica ginger, and that on arrival in the city began drinking whisky. It is said that he had been suffering with heart disease, and that his physicians had warned him to beware of whisky. Last night he went to the room, accompanied by his friends. He sat down on the side of the bed and a few minutes later his head dropped over on his breast as if he had collapsed. He was immediately lain back on the bed and h u r r i ed efforts were made to revive him, but with no effect. The aged man was practically dead before he was laid on the bed. Coroner J. R. Stamps was notified, but after an investigation decided not to hold an inquest. The body will be sent back to Forsyth county this morning for Interment. Pruitt resided about a miles from Cumming.

Cumming, Ga., October 21-(Special.)-Balus J. Sanders, sheriff of Forsyth county, died at his home in Cumming at 10 o'clock last night of typhoid fever. Mrs. Sanders was a popular officer, and his death has caused universal sorrow here. (Atlanta Constitution, 10-8-1903)

Cumming. Ga., January 8.— (Special.) Dr. Ansel Strickland, a noted physician and leading citizen of Cumming for thirty years, died at his home here Wednesday morning and was buried at the Cumming cemetery on Thursday at i o'clock. (Atlanta Constitution, 1-9-1914)

Cumming, Ga., August 22—(Special.) Hon. Pomp Strickland, for many years a citizen of Dawson county, and once state senator from that county, but for three years a citizen of Cumming, died at his home here last evening at the age of 68 years. He leaves four daughters, Mrs Parks, of Greenville, S C , Mrs. Durham, of Dahlonega, Mrs Hays and Miss Kate Strickland, of this place, besides a number of other relatives. (Atlanta Constitution, 8-23-1915)

Lafayette Williams, of Cumming, died on the 18th. (Atlanta Constitution, 3-30-1876)

Cumming, Ga., December19.—(Special.)—Clutching the trunk of a tree, Rev. Furman T. Williams battled against the icy current of flooded Big creek last night for two hours, while spectators, summoned by his cries for help, stood on the bank unable to render aid. Finally his grasp loosened and he was swept down stream, not to be seen again until his body was recovered this morning Mr. Williams was pastor of Baptist churches at Alpharetta and Roswell and lived at Cumming. He left here Saturday afternoon to fill the pulpit at Alpharetta Sunday. In crossing Big creek, on the line of Forsyth and Milton counties, his buggy went down and he was thrown into the cold stream, which was very high from Friday's rains. After struggling with the current for time he finally caught hold of the body of a small tree, and, in water 10 feet deep, his head just above the waves, he swung therefor two hours. Help was summoned, but it was in a sparsely settled community and only two or three men and boys reached the scene early, to find the water so high they could do nothing to rescue the man. Mr. Williams begged them to come to him and save him. but no boat or other means of reaching him were at hand and the frantic men had to stand for more than an hour, and finally see the man drown. News of his terrible plight reached Cumming late, but a score or more people rushed to the scene, 10 miles distant, in automobiles, but when they arrived Mr. Williams had, from cold and sheer exhaustion, been forced to loose his hold on the tree and go down to his death. Searching parties worked all night, but it was 8 o'clock this morning before his body was recovered. Mr. Williams was about 22 (32?) years old and was a very popular young minister, with a bright future. He leaves a wife and one child, together with a number of relatives. Burial will take place here tomorrow. (Atlanta Constitution, 12-20-1915)

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