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Re: T. Barrett, Spalding County
Posted by: Lynn Cunningham (ID *****4392) Date: April 24, 2011 at 16:43:41
In Reply to: T. Barrett, Spaulding County by Dr. Nell Barrett Salter of 380

Muster Roll of Company A, 13th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry Evans' Brigade, Gordon's Division Army of Northern Virginia C. S. A. Pike County, Georgia "Confederate Guards" - Barrett, Thomas J.-3d Sergeant July 8,1861. Elected Jr.2d Lieutenant March 9,1862; 2d Lieutenant September 1,1862. Resigned disability, April 18,1863. (Born in Pike County, Ga. in 1831. Died in Pike County, Ga. March 24,1900. Buried in Fincher's Cemetery in Pike County, Ga.

The Pike County Journal. Zebulon, Pike County, Georgia, March 30, 1900
Death of Hon T.J. Barrett
Hon. Thomas Jefferson Barrett was born Feb. 28, 1831 and died in great peace at his home in Pike County, Ga., March 24th, 1900. Bro. Barrett professed religion at a camp meting near Fincher's church in 1848 and united with the family church at that place, and for more than a half century his name has been on the official roll of that church. In every office and in every place he was efficient and faithful. He was greatly beloved for his excellencies of head, heart and life. Having had all the advantages to be inherited from fine parentage and his environment conducive to the formation of that splendid character that crowned his life and made it beautiful. He was thus prepared for a noble work and for a sphere of great usefulness. In 1851 he was happily married to Miss Manerva Slade, a noble Christian woman, well worthy of him. Together they built up a happy home pervaded by an atmosphere of courtesy and kindness which reached and influenced everyone who came within its hospitable walls. Here in his home and in the various social relations of life, his character shone with highest luster, and his frank affectionate nature was best exemplified. Bro. Barrett was progressive and sought to aid his county and community in every possible way, morally and financially. He served his county faithfully as Representative, and as Chairman of the "Board of County Commissioners" and made an enviable record. His heroic work for the Prohibition cause will abide forever. He was liberal beyond his means. He was genial and cordial and loved to put sunshine in the lives of others. He never purposely put a shadow on the brow of anyone or gave pain to any human heart. He never yielded a conviction on but possessed the happy faculty of maintaining his opinion without being offensive to others. He did not turn the world upside down but steadily strove to raise it to a higher cause. His second marriage was also a very happy one, with Miss Emma Taylor, an estimable Christian lady. The devotion of the wife to her husband and home was beautiful beyond words. The desire to save those comforts so sweet to ripening age inspired her devotion and filled her life with loving service. May the widow's Friend and the orphan's God, care for her and her six children. For several years he was in failing health, the real nature of his malady being difficult to ascertain. He was stricken with something like paralysis from which he never recovered, but gradually grew worse - until Saturday morning [when] he quietly passed away. Before his mind as so seriously involved, he seemed anxious to go and be with the Lord. A lucid moment came just before he died and he spoke of seeing his mother and his wife who years ago passed beyond the everlasting hills. The end was peace. "Death had no sting, the grave no Victory." He had only "to wrap the drapery of his couch about him and lie down to pleasant dreams," to be awakened by dear ones waiting for his coming amid the loving splendor of the eternal City. - G.W. Park

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