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George W. Elvington, CSA Veteran

The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
March 14, 1912, Vol. 18, No. 4

Mr. G. W. Elvington dead

Prominent Citizen of Pages Mill Passes away

We learn just as we go to press that Mr. Geo W. Elvington, of the prominent citizens of the lower end of the county, passed away early Tuesday night. The particulars of Mr. Elvington's death could not be learned, but he has been in bad health for the past several months, having been confined to his bed at intervals during the past three months. Mr. Elvington is survived by a wife, to whom he was married last fall. He was also the father of Mrs. J. W. Moore[*], now of Fayetteville. Mr. Elvington had many friends in Dillon who greatly deplore his death.

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

And in a later edition the following.

April 18, 1912, Vol. 18 No. 7

Geo. W. Elvington
Born August 9, 1864[*]-Died March 12, 1912

In the death of Geo W. Elvington, one of the best and most substantial citizens of Dillon county passed from life unto the end that must sooner or later overtake us all for the better of for the worse. Mr. Elvington was thought in splendid health and was stricken with appoplexy and in a few hours passed quietly away. He was buried with Masonic honors the next day at Bear Swamp church. The religious services were conducted by the Rev Mr. Wilson, pastor of the Kemper Baptist church. District Deputy Grand Master John C. Sellers delivered the eulogy, assisted by James Norton, of Mullins. Mr. Elvington was a member of Little Pee Dee Lodge before his death. He was twice married. First time to Miss Hayes by whom two children were left a son, Fulton and Mrs. V. W. Williams, of Mullins.

The Elvington family is one of the oldest of old Marion coming to South Carolina before the Revolutionary War[*]. Four of the Elvintons, David, John H., Owen, and Nathan were in the company with the writer, led by that gallant by Washington Pinckney Shooter. No braver better boys went to Virginia than they were. Geo. W. Elvington was in the 8th South Carolina Regiment with Col. E. T. Stackhouse as we learn and made as good a soldier as carried a gun in that great conflict between the States which resulted so seriously to the Southern States.

George W. Elvington's mother was a daughter of the old man John Goodyear who had ten daughters and one son. The only son, John Emory Goodyear, was killed in the battle of the 2nd Manassas and was a fine character and a noble young man.

George W. Elvington was a successful business man and withal one of the best and most substantial citizens of old Marion county. No man in the Kemper community will be more missed than George W. Elvington. His second wife was Miss Lucy Grantham, a daughter of Owen Grantham. A good man gone.

Transcribed by Mary Lewis from microfilm at the South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, SC.

Submitted by Helen Moody, 12 Sept 2003.

[*] PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The asterisks denote apparent errors in the obituaries published which were brought to my attention by a descendant of George W. Elvington.
Victoria, Aug. 8, 2006

Vicki Hamlin Warner, great-granddaughter of George W. Elvington, wrote:

  1. In the first, dated 14 March 1912, it is stated, "He is also the father of Mrs. J.W. Moore, now of Fayetteville." That is erroneous. He had no daughter named Mrs. Moore, nor any children who lived in Fayetteville."

  2. In the second write up dated 18 April 1912, just under his name his birth date is cited as August 9, 1864. That is erroneous. The corredt year was 1846. (Source: gravestone at Bear Swamp Baptist Church.) I cannot confirm nor deny the August 9 date.

  3. Paragraph 2: "The Elvington family . . . to South Carolina before the Revolutionary War" is incorrect. In fact, ancestor Zadock Yelverton (pronounced Elverton with the initial Y silent, then eventually misspelled Yelventon and finally extrapolated to Elvington) received a land grant in Marion District in 1796 and brought his family to SC in 1798 from Johnston County, NC, along with his father, Jacob Yelverton.

  4. If you would like to expand some of the information introduced in these obituaries, here it is:

    George Washington Elvington's parents were Owen Elvington (b. ca 1822) and Louisa Goodyear (b. 1826).
    He married 1) Hannah Elizabeth Hayes (1841-1910), daughter of James R. Hayes and Hannah Jones.
    James Owen (1867-1907) who married Bettie Page of Marietta, NC;
    Handford McIver (1870-1898) died unmarried;
    Cora Leigh (1880-1955) married Victor W. Williams of Mullins, SC;
    Robert Fulton (1884-1948) married Annie Laurie Randolph of Kinston, NC.

    Married 2) Miss Lucy Grantham

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