Margaret Bates Johnson

Margaret Bates Johnson

Hale County, Alabama, USA
Death 26 May 1905 (aged 73)
Wilkinson County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Johnson
Memorial ID 28558396 · View Source
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This Grave Marker for Margaret Johnson was sold to the Johnson Family by Author Thomas Wolfe's father W O Wolfe from his Pack Square monumentshop in Asheville.The Angel was ordered and shipped from Carrara in Italy at a high price from a New York distributor of Italian-crafted marble
Thomas Wolf wrote an essay "The Angel on the Porch " and August 1929 Scribners published "An Angel on the Porch,"

"first work of a new writer about whom much will be heard this fall." The story and the novel published that fall, Look Homeward Angel, took their titles from a statue:

". . . No one knew how fond he (Gant) was of the angel. Publicly he called it his white elephant. He cursed it and said he had been a fool to order it. For six years it had stood on the porch weathering in all the wind and rain. It was now brown and fly-specked. But it had come from Carrara in Italy, and it held a stone lily delicately in one hand. The other was lifted in benediction, it was poised clumsily upon the ball of one phthisic foot, and its stupid white face wore a smile of soft stone idiocy.
In his rages, Gant sometimes directed vast climaxes of abuse at the angel. "Fiend out of hell," he roared, "you have impoverished me, you have ruined me."

An N C Historical Road Side Marker 65 is along side U S 64 just over from the Angel. The Marker list this Statue as "Wolf's Angel" A Marble statue from the Asheville shop of W. O. Wolfe. Inspired title of son Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel. Stands 150 feet south.

Margaret Johnson was the wife of REV Harvey Harry Fletcher Johnson D.D.

per an article by Jennie Jones Giles Times-News Staff Writer for the Times News ( Local Hendersonville News Paper ). "Harvey Fletcher Johnson obtained a doctor of divinity degree and became the president of Whitworth Female College in Brookhaven, Miss. He and his wife, Margaret, died in Brookhaven, Miss., but their bodies were brought back to Henderson County for burial. He died in 1886. His wife in 1905. They are buried in Oakdale Cemetery. "

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  • Created by: Bill Foster (W.L.Foster )
  • Added: 27 Jul 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 28558396
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Bates Johnson (13 May 1832–26 May 1905), Find a Grave Memorial no. 28558396, citing Oakdale Cemetery, Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Bill Foster (W.L.Foster ) (contributor 47029276) .