“The public is hereby notified that what has heretofore been known as the Clapp’s Factory burying ground has been permanently closed, and no further burials will be permitted.
“CHATTAHOOCHEE FALLS CO.”
[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer-Sun newspaper, Tuesday, 03 NOV 1903]
“A LITTL[E] BOY DIED FROM BURNS
“Little William Luther COLE, the 21 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. COLE, died Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the effects of burns which he received last Saturday three weeks ago. Everything that was possible was done for him, but despite all this, he died Monday at the hour stated. The grief-stricken parents have the deep sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the home, No. 212 Twenty-sixth street, conducted by Rev. J. G. HARRISON [of Broad Street Church], the interment being at Clapp’s Factory burying ground above the city.”
[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer-Sun newspaper, Wednesday, 24 FEB 1904]
“IS NOT NOW USED FOR BURIAL PURPOSES
“A day or two ago in a notice which appeared in The Enquirer-Sun of the funeral and place of interment of little William Luther Cole, it was stated that the interment would be at Clapp’s Factory burying ground. This statement was incorrect, as the interment was at Girard Cemetery. The Clapp’s burying ground is not being used for burial purposes any longer, having been closed to the public.”
[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer-Sun newspaper, Sunday, 28 FEB 1904]
Note: at least one burial is known to have taken place at Clapp's Factory after this date (Edgar Alton NIX, d. 13 APR 1904), per abstracts of Torbert Funeral Home records.
Seeking any information on the background and family connections of William Luther’s parents. I am particularly interested to know how his father may be kin to the following COLE individuals, believed to be buried at Clapp’s Factory:
COLE, John W(illiam?) – (1787 SC - 09 MAY (between 1874 and ’79), prob. in Columbus, Muscogee Co, GA; believed to have served from SC in the War of 1812; resided in Lancaster Co, SC by 1820; moved to Monroe Co, GA ca. 1833, later to Russell Co, AL. Bible records show he d. 09 MAY, but year/age are not clear; his pension application for War of 1812 service indicates he d. after MAR 1874; his wife d. SEP 1879 (or 1878?) as a widow (all per Cynthia NASON).
COLE, Margaret (HOOD) – (d. age 91, so b. between 25 SEP 1786 and 24 SEP 1787 SC, d. 24 SEP 1878 in Muscogee Co, GA or Russell Co, AL. She appears on the 1880 mortality schedule for both counties—Muscogee Co. is more likely the correct place of death; this record shows Margaret d. age 89 in 1879.) Death data above per Bible record, although 1879 may be correct year instead), daughter of Archibald and Catherine (UNKNOWN) HOOD, wife of John W. COLE (all per Cynthia NASON).
COLE, Mary Virginia (JACKSON) – (ca. 1849 Marion Co, GA - ca. 1888 Columbus, Muscogee Co, GA), Purportedly died during an influenza epidemic, dau. of Seaborn & Nancy “Mammy” (VICKERY?) JACKSON. Mary m. 16 NOV 1871 in Muscogee Co, GA, to Wiley V. COLE, a grandson of John W. & Margaret (HOOD) COLE above; Wiley is buried in an unmarked grave at Girard Cemetery (all per Cynthia NASON).
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