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Brown Elder

Obituary of Thomas Nath Elder, Oconee County, Georgia.

"Uncle" Tom Elder, as he was affectionately called by all who knew him, passed away in December, 1915, at the ripe age of ninety-two years. He was born in 1824, making his home always in the rural district in what is known as the "Big Spring Settlement," of Oconee County, Ga. A son of the soil, "Mother Earth" had peculiarly endowed him with a gift of wonderful endurance. Just a few years prior to his death he could with ease walk a distance of six miles without apparent fatigue. He possessed a sweet Christian spirit, and this venerable patriarch was esteemed highly by his friends and acquaintances. He was a devoted member of the Christian Church and held the office of elder at the time of his death. Enlisting in the Confederate army in July, 1863, as a member of Company A, 4th Georgia Militia, General Phillips's brigade, General Smith's command, engaging in the battles of Atlanta and vicinity. He was twice married, first to Miss Lucy Brown, to whom were born five children. His second wife was Miss Nancy A. Elder, and of that union there were three children, several of whom survive him.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1916.

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