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Notes for Mariah ADKINS

In the short span of seven months, Mrs. Mariah Powell lost her husband and two beloved sons to the cruel hand of war. For Wiley, William Joseph, and James Lewis Powell, their battles were over, but Mariah’s battles were just beginning in raising eight children alone in rural Georgia. She lived another 47 years after the war ended and died on February 5th, 1912 , in Elbert County Georgia. She is buried at Rock Branch Baptist Church Cemetery in Elbert County, beside her son James Lewis Powell. A tribute stone to Wiley Powell is set just below Mariah's headstone.

The Elberton Star Febrary 13, 1912 issue carried her obituary:

"Mrs. Maria Powell, one of the oldest ladies in the county, died at the residence of her son. W. W. Powell in Moss District, February 6th, at the advanced age of 96 years.

Mrs Powell was in splendid health up till the time of her death, and died sitting in a chair. She was a woman of strong constitution and had been sick but little in her life. She was the mother of ten children, and had the burden of raising them as her husband and two sons were sacrificed in the cruel war. She was a consistent member of New Bethel church, and was buried at Rock Branch. Her life as a Christian is worhty of emulation."

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