|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1848|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1932|
Rev. Hamilton John ARNETT, "Hamp," was the son of William ARNETT & Elizabeth ZEAGLER , and the husband, first of Georgia Ann DIXON, and then of Joanna O. ENNEIS.
Rev. Hamilton John ARNETT of Sylvania, Georgia, was born in Screven County and studied at Mercer University. He was licensed to preach in March of 1874, and ordained in September of 1875 at Double Heads Church. He has pastored at Double Heads, Sylvania, Wades, McDonald, Douglas Branch, Rocky Ford, Blitch, Union, Friendship, Stillmore, Bay Branch, Red Bluff, Little Ogeechee, Sylvania, Blitch, Little Ogeechee, and Red Bluff.
From History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia Volume II Pages 11-12 (1881):
H. J. ARNETT was born ... in Screven county Georgia. His forefathers were among the earliest settlers of the State. His mother was a daughter of Solomon Zeigler, who came from the colony of Saltzburgers that settled in Effingham County, in 1734. The parents .. were both Baptists. His father moved and settled on Vernon river, an arm of the sea some ten miles from the city of Savannah. Here the family remained until the close of the war, and here he spent some of his happiest days, though they were days of labor and hardship. In January, 1864, while hauling wood to be used in the manufature of salt, he picked up a bombshell which had fallen among the trees without explosion. He attempted to open it and although aware of the danger and using great caution, it exploded, tearing off his left hand and left foot, besides inflicting other injuries of less serious nature. By the skillful management of Drs. Brewster and Houston, surgeons in the Confederate Army, who were near at hand, and amputated the torn limbs, the wounds healed rapidly, and recovery was the happy result.
His educational advantages have been fair. He had access to good academic instruction in the schools of his section, and for nearly two years enjoyed the thorough training of the able faculty of Mercer University. In August 1865 he united with the Baptist church at Little Horse Creek ... Up to 1873, when not in school, he engaged alternately in teaching and performing the duties of receiver of tax returns for Screven county, to which office he was elected in 1870, and which he still holds. After the misfortune referred to, he had determined to devote himself to book-keeping, and had shaped his education to that end, but the Lord otherwise ordained. He became deeply impressed that it was his duty to preach the gospel and warn sinners of their danger. He felt God who had been so wonderfully gracious to him, was calling him to engage in that service. He cheerfully yielded, submitting himself to the divine will. In September, 1873, he was licensed to preach by Double Heads church. In September, 1875, he was called to ordination by this church, and was afterwards its pastor, as well as of two other churches which he has served ever since. His pastorates have been a success. Over one hundred have been added to these churches since he became their pastor. He is a zealous and warm-hearted young minister, and has before him a future of usefulness in the kingdom of the Lord.
On the 28th of October, 1875, he was united in marriage [by Rev. Thomas Benton Conner COOPER] to Miss Georgia A. Dixon, of Screven county, a most estimable lady. Two bright little girls have been given them by the Lord, as golden links in the chain that binds their hearts and lives in one.
Rev. ARNETT pastored Double Heads, Sylvania, Wades, McDonald, Douglas Branch, Rocky Ford, Blitch, Union, Friendship, Stillmore, Bay Branch, Red Bluff, and Little Ogeechee.
William Arnett (1820 - 1887)
Elizabeth Zeagler Arnett (1826 - 1858)
Georgia Dixon Arnett (1861 - 1895)
Joanna Enneis Arnett (1856 - 1943)
Georgia Eva Arnett Burke (1878 - 1974)*
H Judson Arnett (1880 - 1960)*
Carey George Arnett (1882 - 1959)*
Alex Matthews Arnett (1888 - 1945)*
Hulda Arnett Cail (1846 - 1906)*
Hamilton John Arnett (1848 - 1932)
Ordained a minister in Double Heads Church Sept. 11, 1875
Double Heads Baptist Church Cemetery
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Record added: May 09, 2008
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