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Re: Butts County Cemeteries
Posted by: Raymond W. Ryan, Jr. Date: March 10, 2002 at 08:52:29
In Reply to: Re: Butts County Cemeteries by Hayward Mayfield of 292

The information posted is correct and I have the following to add.
Robert Carter Carmichael, husband of Rosannah Elizabeth Harkness, died of a heart attack "age 46 yrs., 10 mo. 3 days." He was born on the 4th of July 1834, in Butts Co., Ga. He was know as "Carter" Carmichael; was Worshipful Master of St. Johns Masonic Lodge No. 45; served in Co. A, 30th Ga. Infantry; and the following was written in the Middle Georgia Argus, Indian Springs, Ga., May 12, 1881:
"Robert Carter Carmichael [1824-1881] - It becomes our painful duty to announce the present death of one of our most highly esteemed and dearly beloved fellow citizens, Mr. Carter Carmichael, which occurred in Jackson on Saturday afternoon last [May 7]. Mr. Carmichael had just rode into town and died in the process of dismounting from his horse near Mr. Duke's store. His death is supposed to have been caused by dropsy of the heart." My grandmother, Anne Boyd Carmichael Lester, daughter of Robert Carter and Rosannah Harkness Carmichael, told me that her father had his horse shot out from under him at the "Battle of Manassas" and had to walk home to Georgia. Now that is a "far piece" to walk!
Carter David Carmichael was a son of Robert Carter Carmichael and Rosannah E. Harkness. Some mistakenly have posted that he was the husband of Rosannah E. Harkness but, in fact, she was his mother. He lived only 12 years, born February 19, 1881 and died September 6, 1893.
Since Rosannah Elizabeth Harkness Carmichael was not buried beside her late husband, I have the following to offer. She died 44 years after her husband's death. Some of her children pre-deceased her and were buried at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church cemetery. Her son, Carter David, was less than 3 months old when her husband died. Why he was not buried near his father is hard to answer. One reason is that it might have been too hard to bear for her to bury her son so soon after her husband's death, especially next to her husband's grave. Possibly he had not been baptised in the Presbyterian faith. And, in the year 1925, when Rosannah Carmichael died, there may have not been any burial plots available near her late husband. But, whatever the reason, I would venture to say that her last wish was to be buried beside her last child, a fleeting memory so long ago.

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