Sunday, February 26, 2017

Obituary of Alva Matthews, Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia (1910)

Obituary of Alva Matthews of Cedartown, Polk, Georgia 

Library/Database: GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online)
Newspaper: Cedartown Standard
Place of Publication: Cedartown, Polk, Georgia
Date of Publication: Thursday, 03 March 1910
Page: 2. Column: 4
Title of Article: "A Fatal Accident."
Subtitle(s): "Alva Matthews killed Last Thursday Morning: At the Wray Mines of the Independent Mining Company."

Name of Deceased: Alva Matthews
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Date of Death: "Last Thursday" [not stated; estimated, Thursday, 24 Feb. 1910]
Place of Death: Wray Mines at Lime Branch [type of location not stated; community or mining camp, , Polk, Georgia]

Cause of Death (summarized): struck by iron pipe, which had come lose while he was moving machinery.

Date of Funeral: "Friday" [estimated, Friday, 25 Feb. 1910]
Place of Funeral: Bethlehem Church
Minister/Officiator: Rev. Filmore Waddell
Date of Burial: "Friday" [estimated, Friday, 25 Feb. 1910]
Place of Burial: [not stated; probably Bethlehem Church]
Date of Birth: 24 Jan. 1880
Place of Birth: Dallas [not stated, but probably Dallas, Paulding, Georgia]

Wife (Maiden Name): Miss Lizzie Sparks ("daughter of the late Judge W. M. Sparks")
Two children (boy, aged 7; girl, aged 1)
Religious Affiliation: Baptist (Protestant, Christian)
Membership: Baptist Church (name not stated; probably in, near Cedartown)

Extract by: D.K. Pritchett, 26 Feb. 2017

Citation: "A Fatal Accident: Alva Matthews Killed...," |Cedartown Standard| [Cedartown, Polk, Georgia], 3 March 1910, pg. 2 (via GALILEO). (accessed 26 February 2017). 

Reference: Found, J. A. Matthews. See Find A Grave Memorial no. 100846089. (accessed 26 Feb. 2017).

A quick search of records in Family Search tells me that he is probably the same as James A. Matthews, a.k.a. J. A. Matthews, born Jan. 1880, Cedartown, Polk, Georgia, son of Janie. (Not yet searched in depth, though).

With a quick search of Find A Grave, for Bethlehem Cemetery in Polk, Georgia, I found: M. Jane "Janie" (Ansburn) Matthews. See Find A Grave Memorial no. 100846684. Link: (accessed 26 Feb. 2017).

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 February 2017), James A Mathews in household of Janie Mathews, Cedartown town, Polk, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 86, sheet 28A, family 535, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,217.

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