Confederate Postal History.
Confederate Postal History. CSA #1 on cover to Athens, Ga. Beautiful blue Albany, Ga. Feb 28 1862 town date stamp cancel. Addressed to Colonel S.P. Thurmond. Worthy of further research.
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Information obtained on ancestry from a Thurmond relation:
"Samuel Pinckney Thurmond, born 2 Apr 1820 and died 15 July 1887 in Athens Georgia and is buried at Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Here is a partial copy of his obit which I had to edit due to its length."
SAMUEL P THURMOND
HIS DEATH YESTERDAY AT HIS HOME IN ATHENS.
Yesterday at noon Samuel P Thurmond, and old and well known resident of Athens, died at his residence on Dearing Street, after a long illness. Several months ago symptoms of Bright's disease of the kidneys manifested themselves and Col Thurmond has lingered a painful but a patient sufferer at home. He has been missed on the streets, at the court house and in his office, and frequent inquiries have been made from day to day about his condition. Scores of friends have visited him at his house and hundreds of people on the circuit where his practice had extended were grieved to learn that he probably would not appear in this accustomed place again. His death was only a question of time and his physical powers were gradually depressed until the disease had conquered his vitality. Samuel P Thurmond was born in Morgan county, Georgia, April 2d, 1820, He worked upon the farm, discharging the simple duties with something of that strength and thoroughness which marked him everywhere in life, and laid up a store of physical endurance which his stalwart frame carried in perfect poise and with admirable availability, until his last fatal illness came upon him. He moved early in life to Coweta county, and there with his neighbors and friends, this hardy young frontiersman commenced to build up a beautiful section of Georgia, participating at the same time, as a public duty, in the war for the expulsion of Cherokees. This was in 1838. He studied law at such times as he could spare from his work, and finally under the direction of Green B Hagood, the father of Nathan B Hagood. He was admitted to the bar at the spring term of Habersham court in 1843. Immediately, he moved to Jackson county and opened his office in Jefferson. He soon commanded a good business and the people were not slow to find they could trust him. This was the keynote of his life. He had preserved in all this struggles a strong identity. He was original, blunt and direct; he was absolutely truthful and trustworthy. Afraid of nothing, morally or physically, he was entirely a stranger to duplicity. His neighbors confided their business interest to him and pledged him their public confidence. He was elected to the State Legislature, and shortly afterwards was chosen Solicitor General of the Western Circuit. This position he held for ten years, serving the State with that zeal and faithfulness he was well capable of giving. He knew how to ferret out evil-doers; he was fearless in prosecuting them. He never compromised or dallied with a duty in any form. Throughout his public and professional career he was "a plain, blunt man." Col Thurmond had begun the practice of law with a bar singularly brilliant and able. There were the Cobbs, Dawson, Dougherty, Cone, Thomas, Foster, Hillyer, Peeples, Hull, Hutchins, Deloney, Jackson, Daniels and others, who figured in the arena of giants. Deprived of the earlier advantages of these men, Col Thurmond maintained a good, steady pace by his hard natural sense, close application and granitic integrity. His later years have been comparatively smooth sailing. His vigorous schooling has stood him in good stead. Practice has accumulated and his family, consisting of a wife and three daughters, have been sustained in comfort. Col Thurmond is worth more than one hundred thousand dollars, and his business in civil cases has been large and satisfactory. His absolute honesty and untiring industry made him a power before judge and jury. His manner was strong, original, at times even quaint; but his earnestness and determination left no doubt that behind even his grim humor there was a world of sense and shrewdness. Col Thurmond wielded a strong pen and his power in controversial correspondence was admitted. He never stooped at the bar to take a short cut or to score an undue advantage. All that was honorable he did for his client -- more than that he would not even do for himself. His example to the bar of this State should be preserved. He stands preeminent as a man of character and fidelity.
Weekly Banner-Watchman, Jul 19, 1887 - page 3