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Henry Lane
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Birth: Aug. 31, 1784
Wilkes County
Georgia, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1858

Henry Lane was born August 31, 1784, in Wilkes County, Georgia, the son of Richard and Mary (Flint) Lane. Both his father and his grandfather, Jesse Lane, were Revolutionary Soldiers in North Carolina, and both men received land grants in northeast Georgia for their services.
Henry married Martha Herring on January 1, 1809, in Clarke County, and they moved further west to settle in Newton County, Georgia, near Covington. During the Indian incursions, certain settlements in the county were attacked, and several people were killed. When the news reached Covington, Henry Lane was the only man willing to go out and bury the bodies of the massacred settlers. He went alone, collecting and removing the bodies to an old shed; then next day digging the graves and burying them. He slept leaning against a tree, holding his horse's bridle because the danger of Indians was so great he dared not lie down.
As the area became safer, Henry established a small plantation and enjoyed a very comfortable life, owning over two dozen slaves. Henry and Martha were the parents of seven sons and three daughters, and did their best to educate their children. The family were devout Methodists, and two sons became Methodist ministers. Another son was a physician, and one daughter married a Methodist minister.
During the War of 1812, Henry was Captain of a volunteer Rifle Company in Lt. Col. William Jones' Battalion of Georgia militia. Military records from the National Archives show that he served six months, from November, 1814, to May, 1815. Interestingly, the pay records also show him receiving compensation for his personal servant (one of his slaves). Family tradition says he served with General Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans, but this has not been confirmed.
Martha Lane died of tuberculosis in Newton County on November 25, 1837, at the age of 50. In 1858, Henry and several of his grown children, with their families, decided to move from Georgia to Texas. Passing through Mississippi, Henry was riding in a buggy driven by his son-in-law. The horse became frightened, the driver lost control, and in the wild running, Henry was violently thrown to the ground and died of a fractured skull. His death occurred on November 9, 1858, but the place of his burial was lost to the family until his grave was discovered on findagrave.com. in Leake County, Mississippi.
 
 
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 Children:
  Eliza Lane Finley (1814 - 1847)*
  James Sterling Lane (1818 - 1882)*
  Henry Capers Lane (1823 - 1854)*
  Mary Ann Stokes Lane Finley (1826 - 1877)*
  Iverson Wesley Lane (1829 - 1890)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Broken marble Vault Inscribed:
SACRED
TO
The memory of
HENRY LANE
Late of Oxford, Ga
(broken part)
Nov. 9, 1858
In the 75th year of his age
Having been a Methodist forty years
Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord

 
Burial:
Wake Forest Cemetery
Thomastown
Leake County
Mississippi, USA
 
Maintained by: Sue Porter
Originally Created by: Martha
Record added: Jun 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37795152
Henry Lane
Added by: Lisa Goss Sanders
 
Henry Lane
Added by: Lisa Goss Sanders
 
Henry Lane
Added by: Lisa Goss Sanders
 
 
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We are so glad we finally found your resting place. You would be proud of the great bunch of descendants who are carrying on your legacy. Rest in Peace.Your great-great-great-grandaughter.
- Sue Porter
 Added: May. 3, 2011
 
 
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