“FROM THE EFFECTS OF A FALL.—Mr. George W. HELMS died yesterday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the residence of his son-in-law, thirteen miles north of Columbus, in Harris county. Mr. HELMS had reached the ripe old age of eighty two and his death was from the effects of a fall which he received on the 15th of October. Five children survive him. The funeral will take place at 11 a. m. today and the remains will be interred at the Clapp’s Factory burying ground. Mr. HELMS was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.”
[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer newspaper, Tuesday, 19 APR 1892.]
Evidently the widower of Louisa J. HELMS (1816 - [after 01 JUN] 1880), buried at Clapp's Factory Cemetery, per an article in The Columbus Ledger Sunday Magazine, 29 JUL 1928. This couple appears on 1880 census of Nances Dist., Muscogee Co, GA, p. 510A, as follows: George W. HELMS (66 NC works in cotton mill), Louisa (64 GA), Sarah (39 GA), Ellen (31 GA), George (29 GA), and Nancy (21 GA). Others in this household include GARDNER (from Rhoda Island), HIGHTOWER, and JENKINS (a Black domestic). All but Louise, Sarah, and JENKINS worked in the cotton mill at the time.
I am still seeking information on this couple’s background, family connections, and children. A death notice appeared on 15 JUN 1901 in the Columbus Enquirer-Sun newspaper for George HELMS, age 30, who was killed in a factory accident in Columbus. He was survived by a wife and two children. His remains were sent for burial to Waverly Hall in Harris County, where his brothers and sisters resided. I suspect he is a grandson of the above George W. HELMS.
Any further information would be appreciated – thanks. John in TX.
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