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Jasper George, CSA Veteran

The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
March 27, 1919, Vol. 23. No. 16
Jasper George Dies Suddenly

Sellers, March 24. - Jasper C. George, a prominent citizen of Dillon county, died very suddenly on his farm near here Friday morning. He had always been a man of robust health but during the "flu" epidemic he contracted a serious case of the insidious, but was subject to severe covered*, but was subject to severe neuralgic pains in various parts of the body, which at time gave him severe pain. Being a very industrious man, he hitched up a plow animal after dinner and began plowing down a ditch bank near his house. Mr. Daniel Turner was plowing on the opposite of the ditch on the Evans farm, and as Turner would turn at the ditch, he and Mr. George would talk together as often as they met. When about 30 yards off Mr. Turner saw him fall forward and turn over on his back, while the animal moved on. Mr. Turner dropped his plow and sprang across the ditch and found that Mr. George was dead.

Jasper George was not an ordinary man and deserves great credit for the devotion he showed from a little boy to his mother and his helpless little brothers and sisters who were left destitute as a result of the great Confederate war. In fact his whole life was one of service to others and he literally wore himself out working for his mother's large family and later his own. He was the oldest child of Col. Jno. J. George who was prominent in the militia before the war and was elected Colonel of his regiment. He was a very large man and was said to have been the handsomest field officer in the old Marion "district" brigade. He lost a leg at the battle of Bentonville, N.C., the last battle of the war and came home after the war a physical wreck and found his family in a destitute condition as a result of the war. Sherman's burners had carried away all the work stock they could find in that section. Col. George lingered a hopeless invalid till 1868 dying at the early age of 43 years. By the help of Markly Lodge, of which Col. George was a member, the family was enabled to procure a horse, and Jasper, then a boy only 11 years old, and his mother, made a crop on the small farm the family owned near Mallory. Until he was a grown man and married he would faithfully work on the farm, gradually enlarging and improving it, and enabling his mother to rear the six younger children in comfort and giving them the best education that the country schools of the day afforded. For this reason his early education was neglected. But he did manage at odd time to master the three Rs and became a pretty good business man. His mother's children and her descendents are among the most prominent and progressive people in this section of the State, a fitting subject lesson of what a loving mother and a little boy can accomplish in the great country of ours, when marked by the indomitable spirit of industry and energy.

When a young man, Mr. George married Miss Dora Adams, whose father died of sickness in the war. By this marriage there are four sons living, all grown. Percy A. George, a successful farmer of Ellerbe, Carlos George, an engineer for the Marion county Lumber Company and Elbert and Henry George who live at the home place.

After the death of Mrs. George in 1912, he married Miss Gaddy, who died in a few years, childless. The body was buried at Catfish Baptist church Cemetery Sunday afternoon in the presence of an immense crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. The Rev. F. C. Foster, his pastor officiated.

The sudden and unexpected death of Mr. George was a great shock to his many friends in the community and in his death I feel a personal bereavement, for all his life he was a personal and devoted friend, of mine. Warm-hearted and true, nothing delighted him more that to have his friends gather at his hospitable home. His congenial manner, his hearty hand shake are alike in the memory of his many friend. Peace to his ashes. JOHN C. SELLERS.

Transcribed as written.

Transcribed by Helen B. Moody from microfilm at the Dillon Library, Dillon, South Carolina.

Submitted by Helen Moody, 12 Sept 2003.

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