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Dillard Jones Penn

Obituary of George Dillard, Micanopy, Florida.

George Dillard passed away at his home, in Micanopy, Fla., July 11, 1916, at the ripe age of eighty-six years. He was born in Henry County, Va., May 11, 1830, and was educated at Botetourt College. He married Miss Fannie Virginia Penn in 1855, and to this union were born eleven children, ten girls and one boy, seven of whom survive him. The last fifteen years of his life were spent with his daughters at Micanopy, in easy traveling distance of the others, who frequently visited him. The devotion of father to children and children to father was never more pronounced than in this family. His wife died thirty-four years ago, and he remained ever true to her memory, devoting himself to the rearing of their children.

Mr. Dillard was a tobacco manufacturer in his native State until the call came to take up arms in defense of his loved Southland. He enlisted as a private in Company D, 10th Virginia Cavalry, was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and served his country bravely until honorably discharged at Appomattox Courthouse April 9, 1865.

In 1874 Mr. Dillard took his family to Florida and located at Gainesville. Five years later he removed to Micanopy and lived continuously in this vicinity, where he drew unto himself many strong friends who feel his demise with sorrowing hearts. Internment was made in the Micanopy Cemetery. The casket was draped with the flag of our reunited country, and after the grave had been completely covered with the many beautiful floral tributes the escort of veterans marched around the grave and placed their flags to form the center line. At the head were two Confederate flags, the gift of Mrs. McCreary, the State President, U. D. C. Mr. Dillard was not a member of any Church, but was a believer and a close student of the Bible. Surely a good man has been removed from us, and we shall miss him from his accustomed place.

Mrs. J. J. Jones.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1916.

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