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Elder John Richard Respess was a Minister and the publisher of The Gospel Messenger in Butler, Georgia form 1879 to January 1896. Born Oct. 2, 1831 in Upson County to Nathan Respass and Louisa Williams. Louisa Williams was the daughter of John B. Williams and Susanna Mourning of Crawford County, Georgia. He was a received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1852. He set up law practice in Butler, Georgia in 1854 but left Butler when there was an outbreak of small pox in 1854. During his departure from Butler he became a Primitive Baptist minister and did not return to Butler for 30 years. He joined the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church in Upson County in 1856 and was baptized by Elder John Dickey. Ordained as an Elder in the Primitive Baptist Churn in 1858 by Elders John Dickey, William Crowell Cleveland and Samuel Bentley at the Ebenezer Church. Elder Respass moved his family to Schley County, Georgia in late 1859 to be near the academy to for the education of his children. Elder and Mrs. Respess joined the Phillippi church and remained members for over 20 years. Elder Respass and Mrs. Respass are buried in the Butler Memorial Hospital
Sept. 1880 Gospel Messenger
Deacon W. A. Bartlett departed this life at his residence, Marion Co., Ga. on Feb. 18, 1880 in the 62nd year of his age. He died very suddenly of heart disease. He was a member of county line Church, Chattahoochee, Ga., He joined the church at New Hope in Taylor County Georgia about 40 years ago and was baptized by Elder J. W. Bassett. He is survived by his wife and left a very large family of children, married twice, 24 in all, 15 survive him. Elder John Green Murray
November 1880 Gospel Messenger
My mother, Mrs. Rachel Caldwell departed this live in Meriwether Co, Georgia June 28, 1880 age 78. She was a faithful Primitive Baptist for about 55 years. She was the widow of the late Elder Creed Caldwell and mother of the late Elder David Caldwell. By Deacon John H. Caldwell
November 1880 Gospel Messenger
Mrs. Temperance Wynn, Born 1814 in Edgefield, S. C. . Joined the Bethel Church in Taylor Co. Georgia May 1, 1869 and remained a member until her death Sept. 20, 1880 age 66. Her father Daniel Huff moved from S. C. to Georgia when she was young .Married Harrison Wynno f Haris Co., Georgia and is buried at the Butler Memorial Cemetery in Butler.
Jan. 1882 Gospel Messenger
Robert William Respass born Sept. 7, 1857 died Oct. 26, 1881 in Suwanee Co., Fl. He was residing with Elder R. F. Rogers (a mission Elder) and teaching school. He died from malarial fever. His body was brought back to Butler for burial. If his mother had a favorite child it was Bobby. Bobby marked the sixth boy that has preceded us to the grave. We only have 2 sons left the oldest of whom Zaccheus Durand is in bed with typhoid fever. Oh Lord, sanctify these afflictions to our good, for Christ sake. Elder John Richard Respass
April 1882 Gospel Messenger
Sallie, the youngest child of Elder Samuel Bentley died of malarial fever.
May 1882 Gospel Messenger
Ellie Howe wife of Robert R. Howe died in Sumpter Co., Ga. Jan 30, 1882 of typhoid fever. She was born in Early County Georgia on June 25, 1854, daughter of Daniels and M. C. Shehee who reside in Taylor county, Ga. She left 5 children 3 daughters and 2 sons, the oldest being 5 years of age.
Job Turner b. Aprol 30, 1823 Lenoir County, N. C, removed to Houston county 1840. Married Mary A. Royal of Marion county Georgia Dec. 17, 1850. Baptized in teh Primiteve Bap. Church on June 1 1881. Died of Dropsy of the heart Dec. 18, 1881...E. J. Williams
Cinderella C. Dean b. Jones Co., Ga. May 27, 1809. Married Charles Dean Dec. 23, 1838. They had 7 daughters and 1 son. The only son died at an early age, survived by her husband and daughters. She died 6 miles NE of Columbus, Ga. at her home on Jan. 27, 1882. George W. Cargill.
James Davis, infant son of Deacon James W. Murray and wife Annie (then of Macon County Georgia and now of Orange County Florida) born Nov. 27, 1880 died Nov. 1880.. Elder John Green Murray
July 1882 Gospel Messenger
Miss Virginia Bailey daughter of Dr. Charles am Mrs. Amanda Bailey born in Butts Co., Ga.born May 17, 1842 died Aug. 12, 1881 . Dr. Bailey died when she was 10 and her mother married Elder Washington C. Cleveland and removed to Crawford County, Ga. Emeline Jordan
Nov. 1882 Gospel Messenger
Mrs. Theresa Mariah Philpot born June 23 1854 wife of Dr. Philpot of Talbotton Georgia died the home of her father Elder Samuel Bentley of this village Aug. 12, 1882 from consumption at her parents home. On Sunday morning Aug. 13, 1882, the writer of this imperfect sketch preached at her request the funeral in the house of her parent. She was taken to Talbotton and interred.
December 1882 Gospel Messenger
B. H. Mobley died in Butler Sept. 29, 1882. He came to butler to teach music and was a dealer in musical instuments. He joined the Primitive Baptist Church at Butler. He left a wife and two children. Elder John Richard Respass.
Jan 1883 Gospel Messenger
Deacon John F. Markett of Providence Church, Sumter County Georgia died Sept 3, 1882. Born in Jones County Georgia to Joseph Markett and moved to Jones county with his father at age 12. Later removed to Upson county Georgia and married Sarah Bozeman 1832 in Crawford County, Ga. He was baptized by Elder Jock Barker Sept. 9 1843 at the Primitive Baptist Church and ordained deacon of Ebenezer Church April 10, 1847. 1848 he removed to Sumter County Georgia and joined the church at Providence and remain there until his death. By Elder John Richard Respess
April 1883 Gospel Messenger
Mr. Nancy McCrary died Jan 6, 1883 at age 83 lacking 2 days. She was a member of the Utapoie Church, Talbot County Georgia, widow of Mathew McCrary and a Primitive Baptist. She leaves but two daughters one a step daughter of teh may she had raised. She having been bereaved of her husbands and children by death, some of whom were killed in teh late war, some dying in Virginia and Alabama (Civil War). Her daughter L. R. Edwards
June 1883 Gospel Messenger
Sister Elizabeth A. Gassett died at her home in Taylor County Georgia on Jan. 25, 1883. Born in Pitt county North Carolina on Aug. 1, 1818 , the daughter of George and Mary Bland. She married Charles M. Gassettt and settled in Taylor County Georgia about 1846.. She joined by letter the Prosperity Church July 19, 1851 She had 6 children. By Elder Bennett Stewartt
October 1883 Gospel Messenger
Elder James D. Tennison dies at his home in Brooks County, Ga. Born April 5, 1815, died June 6, 1883. He joined the Primitive Baptist Church in Crawford County Georgia and was baptized by Elder John Bassett.Jan. 8, 1838 he married Zinno Horton in Crawford County, Ga. and they had 10 children, 2 sons and 3 daughters survive him. Pelham Georgia.. Elder William Hollingsworth.
March 1884 Gospel Messenger
John W. Bartlett son of Deacon William and Mrs. Ruth Bartlett died Oct. 8,
1883, born in Marion County Jan 10, 1855..
Oct. 1884 Gospel Messenger
Deacon John H. Caldwell of Good Hope Church in Upson County Georgia b. Jan 27, 1822. died June 20, 1884 from a strode at the Echeconna Assoc. last September 1883 from which he never fully recovered. By Elder John Richard Respess
June 1885 Gospel Messenger
My aunt, Mrs. Mary Murray wife of Daniel Murray died at her home in Macon County Georgia, Jan. 9, 1885. Born in Burke County Georgia Nov. 12, 1800 m. November 14, 1824. Member of Sardis Church and was baptized by Elder Green all of Macon County Georgia.. She removed to Houston County Georgia where she was a member of Bethel Church. They removed to Marion County and joined the Prosperity Church, on the move again to Schley County and joined the Phillippi. Her husband was baptized by Elder John Respess at Phillipi. Into the fellowship of Phillipi chruch two of her sons James W. Murray, afterwards a deacon in the chruch now in a church in Orange County, Florida and Jasper R. Murray of Macon County Georgia were all of them baptized. She died a member of the Ebenezer Church in Macon County Georgia.. By Elder John Green Murray
July 1885 Gospel Messenger
Deacon James Johnson and wife.
Brother Johnson b. near Goldsboro N.C. Sept. 30,1810. His father removed to Crawford County Georgia when he was young. He married Sarah Ogburn Dec. 13,1838 and moved to Macon County Georgia. Joined Ebenezer Church and was baptized by Elder John Dickey on Sabbath Sept. 1852 and ordained a Deacon. He moved to Taylor County Georgia where he served Bethel Church as a deacon for 16 or 17 years, he moved to Columbus, Georgia and died there May 27, 1884. AT the timof his death he was a member of the Bethl Chruch in Alabama. He died from dropsy. His body was returned to Bethel Cemetery for burial. His dear aged compainion did not sufvive him long. She died April 2, 1885 from dropsy and a severe cough. She joined the church at Mt Carmel Crawford County Georgia and was baptized by Elder James Mathews 3rd Sabbath in October 1842. Elder John Green Murray
August 1885 Gospel Messenger
J. L. Ogburn, Deacon of New Hope Church in Taylor County Georgia was born in Houston County August 27, 1849 and baptized at Bethlehem Church in Taylor County Georgia by Rev. John P. Glover December 7, 1872 he married Sister Mary E. Glover ceremony performed by Elder J. F. Sikes July 18, 1880. J. L. Ogburn was ordained Deacon at New Hope (with much confidence) Elders Samuel Bentley, B. Stewart, John R. Respess and writer on May 5, 1883. He died April 7, 1885 leaving his wife and three little daughters, aged father and mother, several sisters. By J. F. Sikes
If anyone has any information on this family please contact Margie Daniels
Oct. 188 Gospel Messenger
Sister Sarah Woodall died, Marion County, Georgia on the 5th Sabbath in May,
last at the residence of her son-in-law, she was 88.
THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, Butler, Ga.
Mrs. Mattie Mathews Fletcher married J. T. Fletcher, May 1, 1877, born
Jan, 1 1850 died Aug. 2, 1885
She joined the Primitive Baptist Church at New Bethel in Marion County
Georgia. By E. Nowell
G. B. Hall born in Dooley County Georgia Dec. 27, 1861 died Sept. 11,
1885. He was a member of the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church.
Decon J. E. Lloyd died in Duffau, Erath County Texas Nov. 23, 1885 at
74. Born in Talbot county 1811 married Miss E. J. Sherrard, moved to
Alabama, taught school two years and then returned to Georgia.. Brother of
the late Benjamin Lloyd, publisher of the Primitive Hymn Book. A. V. Atkins
Mrs.Matilda Holmes died Oct. 11 1885 in Crawford County Georgia age 76.
Born Aug 21, 1809. Baptized at Sharon Church in Monroe County with her
late husband by Elder William Henderson. She was a member of Mt. Carmel
Church in Crawford County Georgia when she died. B. G. McCowen.
Mrs. Mary A. Pickard B. Feb. 24, 1847 in Upson County Georgia died Jan. 28,
1886. Married J. H. Pickard. She had 8 children and is survived by 7 of
them ages 3-20. She joined Good Hope Church in Upson County Georgia and was
baptized by John Dickey July 1865. Funeral was preached by Elder John
Dickey.....By Elder John Dickey
Nathan Bussey died Sept. 17, 1886 age 88 at his home in Talbot County
Georgia. Married Miss Luch Baugh May 3, 1821, she died Sept. 7, 1861. They
had 8 children 6 boys and 2 girls, 5 died before their father. One died as
an infant the others lived to adulthood all were Primitive Baptists, two
sons Elders Nathan Bussey and Hezekiah Bussey wee ministers. In 1821 at
age 24 he joined the Baptist and was baptized by Elder John Robinson into
the fellowship of Crooked Creek Church Putnam County Georgia. (See
www.rootsweb.com/~gaputnam for the church data). When the split took place
and withdrew from Mount Vernon Church and was in the constitution of Salem
where hi membership remained until his death. He became a Deacon at age
26.His second wife was Mrs. C. R. Williams m. July 216, 1863 who survives
him. Elder John Respess
Mrs. Caroline E. Bentley Miller born Nov. 27,1827 in Jones County Georgia
daughter of John and Martha Bentley, died Nov. 18, 1885. The last
surviving sister of Elder Samuel Bentley of Butler Georgia. Member of
Ebenezer Church in Upson County Georgia. A widow she leaves children and
grandchildren. Elder John Richard Respess
Mrs. Mary Ann McKindley Jackson, b. Aug.17, 1817 died Feb. 28,1887 at 69.
Married William B. Jackson of Upson Co., Ga. July 18, 1833 in Crawford
County Georgia. She was a member of Primitive Baptist church of Good Hope
in Upson County Georgia. Funeral services conducted by Elder John
Dickey. Survived by her husband. Elder W. W. Childs
March 1886 Gospel Messenger
THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, Williamston, N.C.
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