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George W. McLarty

 
The Paulding New Era
Dallas, Georgia
 
16 Jan 1885
 
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George W. McLarty was born in Mecklenburg county, N.C., the 30th day of August 1804, and died in Dallas, Paulding county, Ga., January 15th, 1885, at 4 o’clock a.m. aged eighty years, four months and sixteen days. He came to Georgia in the year 1832, and settled four miles West of what was then Skin Chestnut, but now Douglasville. He lived at the place for forty-one years, moving form there to Dallas, where he lived till his death.

On the 24th of January, 1833, he married Miss Charity Bates, of Gwinnett county, with whom he lived happily for fifty years, surviving her only about two years. This union was blessed with eleven children—six sons and five daughters—six of whom—five sons and one daughter, together with his faithful companion—preceded him across the dark river.

When about twenty one years of age he joined the Presbyterian church, and lived a consistent Christian life to the day of his death, having been a church member for sixty years. There being no Presbyterian church in the vicinity of the place where he settled after coming to Georgia, and his wife being a Methodist, he united himself with the M.E. church South, and ever afterwards was a member of that church.

He had been a member of the Masonic lodge for about forty years having joined the lodge at old Villa Rica when that lodge was first organized. In all the relations of life he was a noble man, and one whose example could be followed with profit by the rising generation.

His last illness was of five weeks and five days’ duration. To the last he retained the possession of all his faculties and realized that the end was near and calmly awaited the final summons, expressing by word and manner his faith in receiving the reward vouchsafed to those who had faith over the few things of earth. During his last hours he was surrounded by his children, and he expressed his gratitude at being permitted to die in the midst of his children. He will be buried at the old family burying ground, at Old Villa Rica, today with Masonic honors.



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