Col. James B. Conyers

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
June 10, 1909, Page 1
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Col. Conyers Dead.
Leading Lawyer and Well Known Citizen Passes Away Sunday.

Col. James B. Conyers died at his home in this city Sunday night at 11:30. Mr. Conyers received a stroke of apoplexy Saturday night and was unconscious until the end came.

Col. Conyers was born November 22d, 1846, on the “McIntosh Reserve,” in Carroll county, Georgia, grew to young manhood in Bartow county on his father’s plantation.  In March, 1864, he, a stripling, volunteered in the confederate army and was a member of company “A” whose captain was Col. Robert C. Saxon in the 4th regiment Georgia Reserves, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Allen D. Candler.  He was at one time a guard at Andersonville during the trying time of Wirtz’s experience.

After the war Colonel Conyers studied law and graduated from the University law school January 28th, 1874.

He was a man of remarkable mind and legal ability; honest and true as steel to his convictions, he feared no man or criticism.  He was a friend to the poor and fought their legal battles regardless of money or public opinion.  In the home he was devoted and provided for those dear to him with a lavish hand.

Colonel Conyers was married to Miss Maria H. Field on December 17th 1867, who died in 1869.  Afterwards he was married to Miss Eliza Newton, of Athens, Ga., in 1876, who survives him.  He is also survived by the following children: Misses Kittie and Bessie; J. Bennett, Jr., William, John Lawrence and C. T. Conyers.

The funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church Tuesday morning at 10:30 by Rev. Sam C. Dean and interment took place at Oak Hill cemetery.  Colonel Conyers was a devout member of the Baptist church and took quite an interest in church work.

The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: J. R. Anderson, T. C. Milner, J. H. Gilreath, W. H. Howard, R. B. Harris and E. Matthews. [A tribute to Col. Conyers by the Baptist church can be found on page 1 of the August 12, 1909 issue.]


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