|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1827|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1895|
Emmett, as he was known by his friends, grew up in Twiggs County, Georgia, and married Fannie Maria Blackshear (a granddaughter of Major General John Floyd) the evening of December 9, 1852, in Laurens County, Georgia. In the mid-1850's, he moved his family to Marietta in Cobb County and from there attended Atlanta (now Emory) University, where he graduated in 1859. Afterwards, Dr Blackshear moved his family to Macon, where he became a contracted surgeon for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He served in the Masonic Grand Lodge of Georgia as Deputy Grand Master, 1865-1867, and as Grand Secretary, 1869-1872 and 1874-1885. His wife, Fannie, died in 1877, and he married Julia C Rogers on October 27, 1887, in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. In 1888, he departed, with three of his daughters, on a two-year business trip to England. After returning, he spent a short time in Atlanta, then moved to Savannah where he resided until he was overcome by illness.
"Fanny married Dr. James Emmett Blackshear, had a family of seven children and died at Macon, Ga., leaving two sons and three daughters." (A Little Family History by Mary Hazzard Floyd Hamilton, The Morning News Press, 1906, p 17)
The Macon Telegraph - Macon, Georgia
Saturday Morning, November 16, 1895, p. 6
DEATH OF DR. BLACKSHEAR.
One of the Highest Degree Masons in
Georgia Died at Savannah
HIS FUNERAL WILL BE IN MACON
He Was a Prominent Citizen Here for Many
Years--The Local Masonic Lodges Will
Pay Their Tribute of Respect to
the Deceased Today.
News reached Macon yesterday morning to the effect that Dr. J. Emmett Blackshear had died early in the day at Savannah.
His death had been expected for a couple of weeks.
The remains reached Macon this morning at 3:55, and were carried to the home of Mr. W. R. Rogers, where the funeral will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
Interment will be at Rose Hill cemetery. The Masons will conduct the services.
Dr. Blackshear was one of the highest degree Masons in the state, having attained the 33rd degree. He formerly lived in Macon, where he married his surviving wife.
He was born in Twiggs county, Georgia, October 25, 1827. After residing for a time in Marietta, Ga., he removed to Macon in about 1855, where he successfully practiced medicine until a few years ago, when he retired from actual practice and went abroad. He spent a couple of years in London, returned to America and located in Atlanta; but he soon removed to Savannah.
In Macon Dr. Blackshear filled the office of city physician several years, was the hospital surgeon, president of the board of health, etc.
As a Mason he was one of the leaders in the state, and filled several important offices in the order. For a number of years he was deputy grand master, and succeeded the late Simri Rose as grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of Georgia. As grand secretary he was succeeded by the worthy incumbent, Mr. W. A. Wollihin.
Dr. Blackshear was also a leading member of several other Benevolent orders.
His first wife was Miss Fannie Blackshear of Laurens county, granddaughter of Gen. Floyd. By this marriage were five children, all of whom are now living--James H. and Eugene H. of McComb City, Miss., and Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Graybill and Mrs. Marlow of Savannah. His second wife was Miss Julia Rogers of Macon, sister of Messrs. William R., Morris and Frank Rogers.
Note: Contrary to the obituary, he moved from Marietta to Macon sometime between June and November of 1860. Also, he was not succeeded as Grand Secretary by William A Wolihin, but rather by Mr Wolihin's father, Andrew Martin Wolihin, who served 1886-1897.
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(bio by: Raymond B.)
Joseph Blackshear (1801 - 1864)
Elizabeth Collins Paul Blackshear (1803 - 1876)
Fannie Maria Blackshear Blackshear (1832 - 1877)
Julia C Rogers Blackshear (1841 - 1920)
Caroline Louisa Blackshear (1853 - ____)*
James Hamilton Blackshear (1855 - ____)*
Eugene Herbert Blackshear (1857 - 1939)*
J L Blackshear (1860 - 1860)*
Rosalie Floyd Blackshear Robinson (1862 - 1949)*
Marian Alberta Blackshear Graybill (1865 - 1954)*
Leila Cornelia Blackshear Marlow (1868 - 1958)*
Headstone is missing, reason unknown.
Note: Interment - November 16, 1895
Rose Hill Cemetery
Plot: Central Avenue Division, Block 7, Lot 27, Grave unmarked.
Created by: Raymond B.
Record added: Mar 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50355944
Added: Dec. 9, 2010