Saturday, February 14, 2015

Marriage License of John Hopson Tiller and Mary "Polly" Raines (1853)

Georgia Oglethorpe County I hereby certify that John H Tiller and Mary Raines were joined together in the Holy Bond of Matrimony on the 1st day of November 1853 by me. Mial? Smith, J.I.C. Recorded the 7th day of April 1854 Henry Britain, Ordinary

John Hopson Tiller (CSA) headstone application

Application for military headstone for Capt. John Hopson Tiller, CSA by his grand-daughter-in-law Mae Bell (Clark) Callaway (Mrs. Hugh Thomas Callaway) 1 Nov 1949. Hugh Thomas Callaway was the son of Mattie Tiller, daughter of John Hopson Tiller.

Application for Headstone or Marker Upright Marble Headstone, Christian Emblem Enlistment date: March 4, 1862 [checked] Discharge Date: April 26, 1865 [comment--not shown] State: Georgia, Rank: Captain, Comapny: Echol's Light Artillery Regiment: Captain Tiller's Co., Ga. (Echol's Light Artillery), CSA Name: Tiller, John H. [Capt. scratched through] DOB: 6-2-1827 [comment--not shown] DOD: 2-1900 Name of Cemetery: Clarke Cemetery, Lexington, Georgia Ship to: Mrs. H. T. Callaway, Lexington, Georgia Freight station: Crawford, Georgia Application date: 11/1/49 Verification: 21 Nov 1949, Tate Ga. 1 Feb 1950 7959412

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Looney School

LOONEY SCHOOL. Looney School was established in 1861 by Morgan H. Looney, who first rented and then bought the old Upshur Masonic College from the Bethesda lodge in Gilmer, Upshur County. Looney's school averaged 200 students annually for the ten years (1861–71) he ran it. Courses in English, mathematics, ancient languages, composition, spelling, and other subjects were offered during the ten months the school was open each year. During the years 1868–70 grades ranged from the elementary level up to the study of law. With such a variety of subjects, the length of the school year, and the number of students attending, Looney had to build a large staff of teachers. Among his teachers were J. L. Coven, Miss Achsa Culberson, W. A. Hart, M. L. Looney (a brother of Morgan H. Looney), Lafayette Camp, Oran M. Roberts (who later became governor of Texas), J. C. Reagan, and J. B. Norman. In 1863 the Looney School building was destroyed by fire. Until a new one could be completed, temporary arrangements had to be made for housing the school. The new building, a two-story frame structure, was opened in 1866. On the lower floor were six big classrooms. Upstairs was an auditorium evenly partitioned by one center wall, but not all the way across. There was a door at the back of each partition. Girls came in one door and sat in their section, while the boys came in the other door and sat in the other section. The teacher could see both sections from an elevated platform. Over the years about 2,000 students attended Looney School. Notable graduates included Charles A. Culberson, Judge Sawney Roberts, who became a state Supreme Court justice; Sam Templeton, who became attorney general of Texas; and Sallie Stinson, who married James Stephen Hogg. Many graduates became contributing members of society in such fields as law, medicine, education, and business. While the school was flourishing, Looney left Gilmer because of his wife's poor health; the school closed shortly after his departure, probably in 1871.

James David Carter, Masonry in Texas: Background, History and Influence to 1846 (Waco: Grand Lodge of Texas, 1955). Doyal T. Loyd, A History of Upshur County (Gilmer, Texas: Gilmer Mirror, 1966). Dudley Goodall Wooten, ed., A Comprehensive History of Texas (2 vols., Dallas: Scarff, 1898; rpt., Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1986).

Texas State Historical Association website:

Morgan Harbin Looney (Part 2)

Morgan Harbin Looney (Part 2)

On 8 Aug 1852 he married Amy Melissa Black in Coweta County, Georgia. She was the daughter of Cyrus and Elizabeth (Harkey) Black. Amy was born about 1835 in Coweta County.

In 1853 Morgan taught at the Old Starrsville School, Starrsville, Newton, Georgia.

About 1855 they had a son, George L Looney, who died in infancy. In May 1856, son Edgar Hayden Looney was born in Hart County, Georgia.

In 1857 Morgan taught in Palmetto, Fulton County, Georgia. Later that year he moved to Fayetteville, Fayette County, Georgia to head the Fayetteville Seminary, where he taught until 1860. In 1858 he wrote Southern Arithmetic,  ublished by G. C. Welch Company in Newnan, Georgia. In 1859 he and his brother George Cleveland Looney published a newspaper, The Literary Casket. In May 1860 Charles Edward Looney was born. On the 1860 Census in July  they were living in W. E. Redwine’s Hotel, Fayetteville, GA.

In 1861 the family moved to Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas where Morgan opened the Looney School. Daughter Maud was born there 23 Feb 1866 and daughter Myrtice was born there 3 Sep 1868. The Looney School was a prominent private school for ten years until 1871.

In 1870, due to Amy Melissa’s declining health, they moved to the mountains of Arkansas. Son Earl Mortimer Looney was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas 4 Feb. 1870. In Fayetteville, Morgan taught school, lectured, did some legal work, and pleaded eloquently for the University of Arkansas to be located in Fayetteville.

Amy Melissa died in 28 July 1871 in Fayetteville, AR. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Sacred to the Memory of
Amy M.
Wife of
M.H. Looney
who died in
July 28, 1871
Aged 31 years

Has a hand pointing to a crown with "Heaven" written upon it.

Fayetteville Democrat, Fayetteville, AR July 8, 1871, page 3, col 3&4:

In Memoriam.

    Died in this city on Thursday the 29th, ult., at sun-set, Mrs. Amy M. Looney, wife of Prof. Morgan H. Looney, in the 32nd year of her age. She embraced religion in early life and joined the M.E. church South--living a consistent member until death. Her understanding was vigorous, and her intuitive perceptions were quick and discriminating. Her imagination was lively, but it was tempered and regulated by sound judgment. Her sensibilities were strong, but they were directed and controlled by Christian principles. Early a professor of Christianity, she was well established in its distinguishing principles, not merely as a system of doctrines, but as a rule of life; and while she was able to give a reason of her faith and hope, she proved the soundness of the one, and the justness of the other, by a practical conformity to the requirements of the gospel. High was her standard of piety, but not visionary; strict her observance of Christian duties, but not austere. Cheerful without levity, she gave new proof, that THE WAYS OF WISDOM ARE PLEASANTNESS, AND HER PATHS PEACE. In Social life she was engaging in her conversation and manners, adapting herself happily to the characters of those with whom she was conversant, and always uniting the useful with the agreeable. The poor were the objects of her charity; the afflicted of her sympathy. Her alms accompanied her prayers. In the relations of a wife and a mother, she exhibited those virtues which rendered her a signal blessing and ornament to her family, to which she was most highly and justly endeared. Independent in judging, and adhering to what was fit and obligatory, she took no counsel from the fashionable world., in what related to religion and morals, but pursued such a course as was adapted, to mould her children into the Christian temper and character, and to form them to VIRTUE AND GLORY. This was the object of her supreme desire, and of her most fervent prayer. Her system of education was happily adapted to attain it. Highly propious was its influence; and the result may justly furnish perpetual encouragement to all parents, to go and do likewise. In this present time she lost not her reward. Seldom have children manifested an equal degree of filial respect and affection.
    During a long confinement, she gave astonishing proofs of the power of religion. Under its divine influence, she sustained all the pains and distresses of a lingering disease, not with serenity merely, but with cheerfulness. Retaining the faculties of reason and speech until her last moments, she was enabled to impart salutary and pious advice to all around her. These impressions will never be obliterated.
    In the spiritual world, as in the natural, clouds often obscure the face of Heaven. Few of the children of God uninterruptedly enjoy the light of his countenance. There are seasons when they are liable to be in heaviness, through manifold temptations. Here was a favorable instance of exception. From the time of her entrance into her chamber under a fixed persuasion that this would be her last sickness, she appeared never to have one serious doubt respecting the safety of her spiritual state. Her cheerfulness could not escape the observations of any person who saw her. The Christian hope being now an anchor to her soul, sure and steadfast, the winds and tempests could neither agitate nor disquiet her. This hope raised her....and the tender assiduities of home, was done to try to save her to her family and friends. But all was unavailing. The debt of nature must be paid. In her youth and beauty, blessing and blessed, the light of her home, the guardian angel of her household, she was called away. And to the stricken hearts of her husband and children came the awful shadow. All sympathize with the widowed husband, and the orphaned children to this their untoward affliction. May God, who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, temper the awful trial to them.
    The long line of carriages that followed the corpse in procession, and the large crowd that gathered at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday evening to see her interred attest the estimation in which, though a comparative stranger, she was held by our citizens.
    Now, dearest sister, farewell. Sweet be the sleep of thy holy dust in its peaceful home, until the glorious morn of the resurrection when we shall greet thee again,--greet thee on those bright and blessed shores where pain and suffering, sickness and death, sorrow and anguish shall be feared and felt no more.
    "While I gazed--with speed surprising, down the stream she plunged from sight; Gazing still, I saw her rising, Like an angel, cloth'd with light."
E.J. Dawne

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