Stonewall Cemetery in Lagrange, Georgia

Here is the Story about the Stonewall Cemetery in LaGrange

About 300 Confederate soldiers are buried here, most of whom died of wounds or disease in the several Confederate hospitals located in LaGrange. Most of these men served in the Confederate Army of Tennessee and participated in many bloody engagements. The hospitals here were the St. Marys, Oliver, Cannon, Law, and some temporary ones. The “Nancy Hearts.” a militia Organization of gallant Confederate women, assisted in nursing the sick and wounded, as did other patriotic men and women of this vicinity.

LaGRANGE – A citizen came before the city council on Tuesday to discuss allegations that the city disregarded state regulations regarding Confederate memorials in their recent renovations of the Mulberry Street Cemeteries, where famed bridge builder Horace King is buried.

The alleged infractions regarded the removal of a Confederate flag from the cemetery and a monument that the Sons of Confederate Veterans placed on King’s grave that appears to have gone missing.

“In 1995, I came before the city council with a request to erect a flag pole inside (with) the third national confederate flag in the cemetery,” said Mike Hanners on behalf of the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “It was approved by unanimous vote. We also got permission from some of Horace King’s last relatives living in Atlanta. We put a Confederate cross of honor on his grave, and it was supposed to stay there.”

The flag was replaced with the Georgia flag at the request of several citizens during the renovations at both the confederate cemetery and the adjacent cemetery where King was buried, which were approved by the city council in April 2016. The two cemeteries were also renamed at that time to Mulberry Street Cemeteries. A dedication of the new plaques and an obelisk to honor King and his son’s grave site and the 400 graves that were marked at that site took place in March.

“Back in 2016, Kaye (Minchew) along with the Georgia State Department of Tourism received a $12,000 grant to do the renovations to the Mulberry Street Cemeteries,” said City Director Alton West. “No marker has been removed identifying the cemetery. At the request of my boss, I was asked to have the flag taken down, and I did have that taken down, and I do have it here. We do now have the state flag up that is there flying in the Confederate cemetery. As far as the iron cross, there was a tree that was taken down by the river-side of Horace King. The city did not take that tree down. I do not know what became of the iron cross. I have consulted with city staff, and they have not seen it or know what happened to it.”

Hanners alleged that the removal of the Confederate flag and cross were illegal under the same Georgia law that was created in 2015 to protect Stone Mountain’s carvings, and he stated the possibility of taking a case before the county superior court or state supreme court if the city did not take some sort of action, but according to the city attorney that particular law does not apply to local governments.

“It (that law) doesn’t apply to local government property,” said City Attorney Jeff Todd. “Moreover, as a way to support that, a couple of years ago there was a bill that was dropped to attempt to have it apply to local governments, which backs up what is the plain reading as it applies to state property and not local government property.”

Hanners argued that as a city corporation, the City of LaGrange should be covered under the law, and the Confederate flag should be put back up in the cemetery.

“I would like the third national (Confederate flag) back up, and I would like the Mulberry Street rock moved,” said Hanners.

According to Hanners the Confederate cemetery was formerly called the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery – though there was no marker – and the current sign negates that distinction. Officials claimed that the sign covers both cemeteries at the site. “I think when you actually renamed it you called it Mulberry Street Cemeteries, plural, and there is still the Stonewall – Confederate – cemetery, but then there is the separate cemetery where we went in and marked all the unmarked graves, and so forth like that,” said Mayor Jim Thornton. “But, the overall property is what is named Mulberry Street Cemeteries, plural.”

The city council agreed to take Hanner’s request under consideration, but the council does not plan to take any action until they have had a chance to review their options on the best way to honor everyone buried at the site. They plan to discuss further action at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m.…/city-considers-stonewall-ce…/

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LaGRANGE – On Tuesday, the LaGrange City Council voted to place a historic marker next to the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery and created a city policy to only allow city, state and federal flags to fly on city properties.

Those decisions came in response to a request by representatives from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans to return a confederate flag to its former location in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. The confederate flag that formerly flew at the site was replaced by Georgia’s state flag during cemetery renovations last year.

“There was concern when Mike (Hanners) called me about the removal of the third national flag (of the Confederate States of America) from the flag pole that it had been authorized for by this city council back in 1995,” State Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) said.

Benton was asked to speak at the meeting by Hanners, the founder of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and both saw the flag as a symbol of their heritage and a link to their ancestors. Some people who live in the neighborhood near the cemetery felt differently about the flag though.

“I live in that neighborhood, and I appreciate the mayor and council making that decision that they made to remove the flag,” Willie Cofield said.

The LaGrange City Council is scheduled to meet again on June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at 208 Ridley Ave.

So here we are in an attempt to keep the cemtery as StoneWall Cemetery, replace the iron cross there I have contacted the city council with a somple request.


These are some details about the monument in the Stonewall Cemetery in Lagrange. The amounts were donated in dollars and pennies. To illustrate to the DeKalb Commission and others that it took time to raise money for these monuments. Look how long it took to raise just $88 dollars and in DeKalb it took over 1000 school children and another 1000 donors to contribute to the Decatur monument fund in 1906. The year of this article is 1912. This is to illustrate it took a group effort to put up these monuments and a lot of hard earned money. In DeKalb the group Hate Free Decatur claimed the monument was put up in response to the 1906 Race Riots which was a complete lie. You can see the time and effort it takes to get this process started.




Vosgan Aaron Avakian and his marvelous Mendol

Recently I shared where my ancestor John McClain advertised for a miracle tonic called MENDOL so I became intrigued by just what this drug was and who was behind it. The tonic had its beginnings with an Armenian gentleman who set up shop in Rossville, Georgia.


Dr. Avakian. He was a renaissance man of sorts. He was an oculist in Rossville but many of the Avakian name were musicians and he even placed a patent on a couple of songs he wrote.


Among other patents Dr. Avakian came up with the miracle tonic MENDOL of which he manufactured in his office at Rossville, Georgia. Without revealing the secrets of MENDOL what exactly is this miracle tonic that purifies blood. First we look towards the patent Dr. Avakian used.


So we see its a blood builder and general tonic and reconstructive in cases of stomach liver and blood troubles. OK that’s pretty vague. Lets look further.

mendol4According to this ad this tonic is an Oriental recipe and he has now expanded his laboratory to produce 10,000 bottles a day.

mendol2All of which he made in his little shop in Rossville, Georgia putting this city on the map with this miracle tonic or at least all the customers that advertised for him say so.

Walker County messenger. January 18, 1924, Image 6

Now we are learning more. MENDOL contain Gentian Gentian root is a common beverage flavouring for bitters. A bitters is traditionally an alcoholic preparation flavored with botanical matter such that the end result is characterized by a bitter, sour, or bittersweet flavor. Numerous longstanding brands of bitters were originally developed as patent medicines, but now are sold as digestifs, sometimes with herbal properties, and cocktail flavorings: Wikipedia.

It contains rhubarb as a purgative.  Rhubarb roots contain anthraquinones which have a purgative effect, and the tannins and bitters have an effect that is opposite that of an astringent.

In India, China, and Japan, the seeds have long been used as a bitter-tasting gastric medicine, Vomica. Strychnine has also been used as a pesticide, particularly for killing small vertebrates such as rodents. Yummy

And finally arsenic. Although arsenic can be poisonous in higher doses, it has also been used in some medicines. In the 1800s and early 1900s, arsenic was commonly used to treat diseases such as syphilis and psoriasis. A form of arsenic is still used to treat an uncommon blood cancer known as acute promyelocytic leukemia.

I would love to find a bottle to find the picture of the good doctor. I am not sure of the cost of the medicine but if the doctor could produce 10,000 bottles a day and sold around the United States he may have had  a lucrative business as I have seen most of his articles in Walker County Messenger and the Chattanooga Times. His business and ads seem to be in that general area in North Georgia and Tennessee. But the good doctor was not without his troubles. As with all entrepreneurs legal issues arise.

courtWe don’t know the details of this case and whether or not it was related to MENDOL but the Hasty family took him to court.

fireA fire damaged the home which Dr. Avakian shared with other tenants and the loss was a total of $25,000


This article is large and perhaps easier to read if you download but recent actions between the US and his home country of Armenia led Dr. Avakian to explain his position and that Armenians and Turks are not synonymous.

Vosgan was and interesting person and later on in life his problems in business began to appear.


It was in 1941 where we find a record of his bankruptcy with Cunningham as a trustee. And it was in 1960 we find he has passed away.

Here we see his family from the 1930 US Census

Vosgan Avakian  Head M 44 Armenia
Anna E Avakian   Wife F 36 South Carolina
John Avakian   Son M 16 Maryland
Anna E Avakian   Daughter F 15 Maryland
Thomas M Avakian   Son M 13 Tennessee
Quinton Avakian   Son M 9 Tennessee
Lewis J Avakian   Son M 11 Tennessee
Kermit A Avakian   Son M 8 Tennessee
Julia B Hunt   Boarder F 29 Tennessee


Here with Vosgan’s draft registration we find his Birth Date. July 13, 1888 and his wife Anna Elizabeth Avakian.

John McClain in the Walker Messenger

My ancestor John McClain showed up in a few articles in the newspaper. He served as a justice of the peace for a time and served as a tyler in the Masons which is sort of a sergeant of arms. Mt father told me once he was a sheriff but I did not find any evidence of that. but I will share what I found.

Walker County messenger. January 13, 1898, Page 5, Image 5

John was obviously a hard worker as the road improved in Ringgold. Here he is listed with the Hackett Mill in 1898.


Here John’s daughter passed away. A fever led to a hemorrhage of the bowels. Her name is Elizabeth Magnolia McClain


Here in 1901 John is working for the Union Cotton Mills. I don’t know the details of work in the cotton mill but this was long before OSHA.


Here in 1904 John is serving as a Tyler. Tyler (or Tiler) is the name of the office of outer guard of a Masonic Lodge. Masonic lodges may meet in rooms in taverns and other public meeting places, and all Lodges appoint a Tyler to guard the door from the outside against ineligible masons or malicious or curious people, to check the eligibility of latecomers, and to ensure that candidates for ceremonies in the Lodge are properly prepared. Although a junior Officer of the Lodge and often a highly experienced Past Master, he may often be considered akin to a sergeant: in some cases the Tyler may not be an unpaid member of the lodge, but a mason from another lodge employed for the purpose. Other duties often involve preparing the room for meetings, supplying regalia and equipment, serving as bar steward or acting as permanent, and sometimes resident, caretaker of the furniture and premises. Source:Wikipeida

burnhere was an almost tragedy that was solved with some help form neighbors.


Here is where John was elected a City Marshal and it mentions him in the Rossville Lodge.


Here John is listed as a pensioner so he started receiving a pension about this time.



Here John is advertising for a drug called MENDOL. There are no details about this drug I have found yet but I feel confident it is a snake oil. We sit and watch TV and are bombarded by drug advertisements daily. There is no indications of side effects and no  details of John’s stomach trouble but he endorsed this drug.








Lucinda Haynes Carroll

0686Before I was looking at the paperwork of Lucinda Carroll who was the cousin of James Lilburn Colbaugh. I am still trying to make the connection of these to Phoebe Longmire Owsley who they claim their Cherokee ancestry so lets look at the documents from the national archives.  Above we see Lucinda Carroll living in Hill City Tennessee rejected on her application.


Lucinda states she was born October 30, 1854 in Meigs County Tennessee making the claim for her minor child John Roy Carroll. She is married to Silas Carroll who is 58 Years old.


The list of Children include Clinton Haynes of Hill City Tennessee.

Christena “Teney” Elizabeth Haynes Hayes Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA

Mary Catherine “Cat” Haynes Pettit  Erwinsville, Arkansas

I will be trying to figure out the connection between Lucinda and James

Ok Lucinda’s Mothers names we established earlier and according to Find  A Grave as Matilda “Tilda” McCorkle Haynes. Matilda McCorkle, married Joseph Truston Haynes February 10, 1853. She is believed to be the daughter of Samuel and Phoebe Christena “Tenna” McCorkle.

Here is one Samuel McCorkle born in 1819 who had ties to my family is Lucinda Colbaugh McCorkle born in 1812. Lucinda’s father is named John Colbaugh born in 1765 in Piney Flats Tennessee  I believe the original Henry Kalbach (Colbaugh)Lived here with him according to Census Records.

According to this site: Samuel McCorkle was born about 1760 in Frederick County, Virginia. He was the son of James McCorkle and Elizabeth Rhea. Samuel McCorkle (1790, married Christina), Samuel McCorkle was in Sullivan County in 1796, 1797, and 1812.

In 1793, Samuel McCorkle bought 400 acres in Sullivan County next to Benjamin Webb and Joseph McCorkle. In 1794 Samuel was appointed to be a Justice of the Peace for Sullivan County. Samuel McCorkle sold the first town lots in Middletown (Bluff City) in 1798.

I want to call this Mr. McCorkle the Senior.


Samuel McCorkle was born about 1790. He was the son of Samuel McCorkle.

His wife was Christina. Christina was born about 1798.

George C. McCorkle (1812, Susanna Torbett,
Lydia McCorkle ( 1820, married Samuel Torbett),
Minerva McCorkle (1825, married Joseph Jenkins),
Charlotte McCorkle (1826, married Tyre Lawson),
Clarissa McCorkle (1828),
Elizabeth McCorkle (1829, married Elisha Lillard),
Lucinda McCorkle (1834, married Lafayette Francis Lillard),
Robert McCorkle (1835)

I have not proven the connecting but the Colbaugh’s are tied to the Torbett family too.

The father was a highly successful farmer, and died in 1885. The mother, born in 1812, in Sullivan County, was the daughter of John Colbaugh, a soldier in the war of 1812, and a farmer. Their children were William M., John J., Eliza, Mary, Martha, Susan and Harriet.

I will focus more on John Colbaugh soon but I am slowly piecing this together.

Phoebe Christena “Tenna” McCorkle. seems like the name I need to figure out to tie James with Lucinda but I have yet to tie her with Phoebe Longmire Owsley(Housley). Lucinda mentioned a Tina Housley.

What this is all leading to is James Lilburn Colbaugh claimed he was related to Pheobe Housley. So he applied to the Cherokee Indian Rolls for money. Lucinda Carroll also claims a relationship to Phoebe Housley and James claimed Lucinda was his cousin. Although they were rejected for the Eastern Cherokee Fund they may have been indeed been related to Phoebe Longmire Housley and were unable to prove it. Thus their application was rejected. My goal is to prove the connection. Although I have avoided using the Genealogy DNA kits which I will research further, I may want to see if I have any Native American blood in my DNA. Either way the research has been interesting.












John McClain Photograph


John McClain- Private Company E 3rd Mounted Infantry Lillards, from Enlisted May 2nd 1861, Maryville under Captain McRamey for 1 year May 1 to December 31 1863 Present, June to August 1864 Present, Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War, paroled at Vicksburg, Mississippi, according to terms of capitulation entered into by the commanding Generals of the United States and Confederate Forces July 4th, 1863,Captured Vicksburg, Mississippi July 4, 1863, J. McClain Lieutenant Company 3, 3rd Tennessee Cavalry appears on a receipt roll for clothing September 20th, 1864 signature John McClain,

I finally got a picture of John McClain. He was in the Rossville and Lafayette Georgia Lodges. a friend sent me the photograph that was hanging in the Lodge


This is John McClain’s Daughter Lucille Edith McClain Colbaugh and my Grandfather Arthur Harless Colbaugh


My Father Harless Ralph Colbaugh in his WWII uniform


My Mom Evelyn Lou Forrister Colbaugh and Father Harless Ralph Colbaugh

Well at least this part I am clear on. Its great to have some family pictures to share.


James Lilburn Colbaugh and his cousin

I am enjoying a free few days of Fold3 for the memorial day weekend. I discovered some more records and details about James and the rejection of his Cherokee application. In Previous posts I listed James Lilburn Colbaugh and his family applying on the Guion Roll for his attempt to draw money.

cjames Colbaugh

Note he mentions his first cousin Lucinda Carrall and he mentions again his great grandmother was Phoebe Housley. I am not sure how he is related until we look at Lucinda Carrals application who was also rejected. Phoebe Housley according ot another sidte was a Phoebe Longmire prior to marrying Joseph Owsley. Phoebe was Half Cherokee and it was said that Joseph was disowned because he married her. The story was handed down on the Owsley family website.


Lucinda shares some more details here. She like James was born in Meigs County. Henry Colbaugh and Polly were from Sullivan County but moved to Meigs later on. Henry and Polly were James Lilburn and George Clinton Colbaugh’s parents. Lucinda says her mother was born in 1826 in Sullivan County. Her mothers maiden name was Matilda McCorkle.

I found This on Find  A Grave

Matilda McCorkle, married Joseph Truston Haynes February 10, 1853. She is believed to be the daughter of Samuel and Phoebe Christena “Tenna” McCorkle.

From their marriage, four children were born: Ira Clinton Haynes (1856), Lucinda R. Haynes (1857), Christena Elizabeth “Teney” Haynes (1858), and Mary Catherine “Cat” Haynes (1860). All were born in Tennessee. At the 1860 census, he was a “saddler,” a maker of saddles.

Perhaps this is Lucinda R Haynes and her married name is Carroll

Her grandmothers maiden name was Tina Housley which was Mary Lucinda Colbaugh’s mother

Now this is a little deeper down the rabbit hole. I will search more on Lucinda Carrall but here is another application related to hers.

Clinton Haynes

Clinton Haynes claims to be a brother of Lucinda Carrall also born in Meigs County in 1856 Lucinda was born in 1853. There are some more detailed records here as James Colbaugh submitted. Perhaps this is Ira Clinton Haynes

More confusing.

I will keep digging into this topic.

I want to add her names is Lucinda Carroll Haynes as per Find A Grave So although the record is spelled Carrall it is Carroll and her husbands names is Silas.



John McClain Rossville Lodge


Above is a picture of the Certificate of Dimit. According to the Masonic Dictionary the word dimit as a verb this hails from the Latin dimettere, to send away, to release, to let go; we have it in our “dismiss.” To dimit from an organization is, using the official form, to resign, to relinquish one’s membership. It has this meaning in Masonry.

I am not sure how or why John Joined but I am sure serving in the War had an effect on him. John has his picture on the wall. He has a preachers podium strapped to him. The Rossville Lodges is known as the Western Lodge No. 91 A. F. & A. M. The Rossville Lodge is known today as the Rossville Lodge #397.


We can see from the document above that he was a master mason in good standing affixed at the Lafayette Lodge in Walker County. The Lodge later in Lafayette was called Lodge Empire #100 and another in the community of Naomi which later fused into the Chickamauga Lodge # 221. The Western Lodge donated cornerstones including the 1883 Walker County Courthouse cornerstone, the 1920’s Walker County Jail cornerstone, and another Masonic cornerstone from Lafayette yet to be determined. When these buildings were torn down the cornerstones were returned to the lodge. A monument with the cornerstones was dedicated at Heritage Day on Saturday, October 3rd 2015.


We can see John’s signature in the document above.