|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1871|
George W. Fish, the father of Judge W. H. Fish, who was destined to sit on the Supreme Court Bench of Georgia, was one of Macon County's distinguished citizens, etc.
Col. Fish at the time of his death was in his fifty-first year, having been born in Pulaski County in 1820. [2 pages]
Pg. 368.369 - [Not Pulaski but Washington Co.,Ga.]
One of the most sensational trials ever held in Macon County was that of Loyd and Holsonback for the murder of Col. George W. Fish of Oglethorpe.
John Holsonback felt that Col. Fish had wronged him and he was determined to get revenge. He talked with his best friend, Jim Loyd, with whom he was living at that time. Loyd advised him to kill Col. Fish and at once began to plan the murder.
Holsonback saw Col. Fish board the afternoon train for Macon and knew that he meant to come back that night on a late train.
Col. Fish's gun was in the repair shop, Loyd had begged the proprietor to let him have the gun to shoot some squirrels, stating he would return it before the colonel had need of it.
Sure enough, he never needed the gun, for when the train arrived in Oglethorpe, Holsonback was ready for him.
In Washington Co., Ga. Estate Papers [pages 110-117]
WILLIAM FISH 12-29-1842 - no probate date - William Fish died Jan.3,1843, his will was probated and Sarah fish, his widow and George W. Fish, his son, were executors.
The will was burned in the courthouse fire of March 1855.
Thursday March 23, 1871
The Killing of G. W. Fish
The Americus Republican: Col. George W Fish coming home from Savannah, had come down from Macon on Monday night's train, reaching Oglethorpe about 1 o'clock. Getting off at the depot of the later place, he gave a bundle of books to a negro man, named Jacob, and started walking home, followed immediately by the servant. Proceeding towards his residence, he had reached the heart of the town, and was passing up the left sidewalk along side the courthouse, when a gun fired at him from this building, opening immediately on the street, the shot taking effect in the left side of his face and neck, and inflicting a ghastly and gaping wound, from which Col. Fish died at once. He fell forward on his right side, out towards the outer edge of the sidewalk. His overcoat was buttoned up close to his chin and nothing about him had been disturbed in any way, although he had on a gold watch, money about his person, and other valuables, plainly showing that the lurking assassin, who had fired the fatal shot, sought not spoils and profits, but human blood and human life.
The servant was walking according to his own account, to the left and a little in the rear of Col. Fish, and when the gun fired dodged down, squatting, and then turned and ran off frightened. He at once woke up some gentleman sleeping not far off, who found the body as above described, the warm blood gushing profusely from the severed arteries and the last faint breath fluttering on his dying lips.
Thomas P Lloyd, Solicitor General for the Southwestern Circuit, and John D Carter, Esquire, District Attorney of the court of which Col. George W Fish was Judge, where in Oglethorpe, yesterday to represent the in a preliminary trial of a negro named Henry Stubbs, who has been arrested and has been charged with the crime. It seems that Henry confesses to the have been at the Court House the night of the murder. On his shoe heels were iron taps, and the right one makes a peculiar track. This Track was discovered leading from another door at the court house, made by a party evidently running, was followed, measured and identified as Henry's and admitted by him to be veritably his own. The case against him rest this far upon this circumstantial evidence. The gun was found near the body and buckshot were cut out of the shade trees nearby, but no gun was found in Henry's possession. Very grave suspicion points to a well know white man as the instigator of the deed, and for whom the warrant has been taken out.
Judge William Hansell Fish
1849 – 1926
George S. Fish
Cornelia (Nina) Graves Fish
1856 – 1945
Marriage: 20 Apr 1843 - Baldwin, Georgia
Spouse: Martha Elizabeth Hansell
William Washington Fish (1800 - 1843)
Sarah Harvard Fish (1804 - 1856)
Martha E. Hansell Fish (1822 - 1887)
William Hansell Fish (1849 - 1926)*
Cornelia Graves Fish Johnson (1856 - 1945)*
George Washington Fish (1820 - 1871)
Emily Eliza Fish Janes (1824 - 1894)*
Fannie Fish Williams (1833 - 1896)*
Thomas Jefferson Fish (1837 - 1863)*
David Augustus Fish (1839 - 1902)*
Horace Virgil Fish (1840 - 1845)*
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