CAPTAIN JAMES F. HENDON OBITUARY
Courtesy of Aubrey Morris, great great great grandson
THE SOUTHERN BANNER, ATHENS, GEORGIA
Thursday, Feb. 27, 1845
Departed this life, in Watkinsville,
on Friday evening, the 14th. of February, Capt. JAMES HENDON, in the 61st.
year of his age. The deceased
was, at the time of his death, Deputy Sheriff of Clark County, which Office,
with the Office of Sheriff, he had filled for "nearly thirty years, to
the satisfaction of all. Prompt and firm, almost to sternness, yet mild and
merciful in the discharge of his official duties, either plaintiff or defendant
had cause for complaint ...honest as any man that ever lived, although nearly
two millions of dollars passed through his hands,
he was never ruled for a dollar to compel payment, never speculated on public
funds, or enriched himself at the expense of others...a model officer he
has passed from the sphere of his usefulness, leaving a bright example for
the imitation of his successors in office.
In private life,
he was an honest, independent and worthy citizen, a kind father, and an indulgent
master ---he lived universally respected, and died as universally regretted.
CLARK COUNTY GEORGIA
Superior Court, February Term, 1845.
The Superior Court, now in session,
having been informed of the death of Capt. James Hendon, for twenty eight
years the Sheriff Or Deputy Sheriff of this county - - - who performed his
official duties to the entire satisfaction of the court and the public -
- who was never, by any compulsory process of the court, required to discharge
his duty - - whose decease is felt as a public calamity, and who, by his
and firmness in his Office, secured the confidence of his his fellow-citizens
to an extent attained by very few men in that difficult and responsible post:
The Court and Bar, out of respect to the menory of the
deceased, adopt the following resolution:
Resolved, That this Court
and Bar deeply lament the death of Capt. James Hendon, and sympathise
with his relatives and friends, and the citizens of the County.
Resolved, That this paper
be entered on the minutes, and that the Clerk furnish a copy to the children
of the deceased.
A true extract from the minutes of said
court, this 22nd day of February, 1845.
(signed) John Calvin Johnson, Clerk.
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