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WATLEY / WHATLEY deaths in Columbus on October 11, 1903
Posted by: John Mallory Land (ID *****6788) Date: August 26, 2007 at 17:38:09
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“MRS. ELIZABETH WATLEY, AGED 62 YEARS, IS DEAD.

“Mrs. Elizabeth WATLEY, aged 62 years, died at her residence, No 2357 [?] Third avenue, at 7 o’clock yesterday morning, after an illness of several months. She is survived by four sons, Mr. Green WATLEY, of Taylor county, Georgia, and Messrs. Jas. [?], Hamer, and John WATLEY, of this city, and three daughters, Mrs. Allie OWENS, Mrs. WATSON and Mrs. Ada SEDBERRY, all of this city. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. The funeral will take place from the house at 10 o’clock this morning and will be conducted by Rev. Aaron HART….”

[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer-Sun, Sunday, October 11, 1903.]

“MRS. ELIZABETH WATLEY DIED YESTERDAY

“At Her Home On Upper Third Avenue After a Long Illness.

“… ___ died at her [don’t have this section – continued at top of next column:] Free Will Baptist church. She is survived by four sons, Mr. Green WATLEY of Taylor county, and Messrs. James [?], Homer and John WATLEY, of this city, and by three daughters Mrs. A[llie] OWENS, Mrs. WATSON, and Mrs. Ada SEDBERRY [?], all of Columbus. The funeral will take place from the house at 10 o’clock this morning, conducted by Rev. Aaron HART, and the interment will be at Clapp’s factory burying ground.”

[Columbus (GA) Ledger newspaper, Sunday, 11 OCT 1903.]

Wondering if Elizabeth is connected to Mr. A. P. WATLEY, a well-digger who was killed in a cave-in in May 1902. Probably coincidentally, the following comes immediately after the previous piece:

“DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MRS. J. A. WHATLEY…”

[Columbus (GA) Ledger newspaper, Sunday, 11 OCT 1903.]

I was not able to recover text for the above, so I don’t know if it is different from the following, from the rival newspaper, or if they are the same, but with varied spelling of the name:

“Funeral of Mrs. G. A. WATLEY

“The funeral of Mrs. G. A. WATLEY, whose death occurred Friday, took place yesterday morning at 10 o’clock, from her late residence, No. 16 [?] _____ street. The services being conducted by Rev. J. W. HOWARD. The following were the pallbearers: Messrs. J. Q. RANDALL, Norman HARRIS, J. W. LAWRENCE, J. D. GINNETT, W. G. HYDE and Homer HOLIDAY. The interment was at Girard Cemetery [in Russell County, Alabama].”

[Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer-Sun, Sunday, October 11, 1903.]

J. W. HOWARD evidently is a Baptist minister.

I am interested to learn more about all of these WATLEY / WHATLEY individuals, their backgrounds and family connections. Also, if given name of brother is Hamer, rather than Homer, does this indicate a kinship with the HAMER family of norhern Muscogee County? Thanks – John in TX


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