Vinson, Joseph S.-- Enlisted as a private in Company C, 6th Regiment Georgia inf. May 27, 1861. Wounded at Seven Pines, Virginia, May 31, 1862. Transferred to Company G, 62nd Regiment Georgia Infantry, April 20, 1864; to Company G, 8th Regiment Georgia Cavalry, July 11, 1864. Paroled at Headquarters 2nd Military District, Department of North Carolina, Bunn's House, April 20, 1865. (Born in Houston County, Georgia, July 30, 1844. Died February 18, 1925.
AT HIS BURIAL
Profound Tribute is Paid at Obsequies
When Joseph S. Vinson was buried late Monday at Wellston, Ga. (Warner Robins), a hundred or more of his friends and relatives turned away and with tears in their eyes extolled the qualities which had endeared him to thousands in the state where he had lived for his entire life of eight-one years.
They attributed to him a surprising mental activity which did not desert him until the day of his death. They related he phenomenal clearness with which Mr. Vinson recalled the days of his very early childhood, and of his pleasure in relating these events.
And then they paid a profound tribute of his ability as friend-maker.
He knew and was known to more persons in Houston, Bibb, Dooly and Peach counties than any other man and he could hail each of these acquaintances by their give names.
The friends lamented more than the mere
passing of another friend, it left a hole in their lives, left a wide spaced in their existence barren and empty.
For Mr. Vinson, they said, was a brilliant conversationalist, and a keen humorist and when he talked, he became the center of all interest.
Mr. Vinson entered the Confederate Army at the age of 16, as a member of the Sixth Georgia Regiment of Volunteers, Colquitt's Brigade and Stonewall Jackson's Division. He was shot three times in each leg in the Battle of Seven Pines, and after six months in the hospital and at home, he returned to the Virginia Army. Later, because of his wounds and his desire to be with his brothers, Dan and Zack, he was transferred to Company G, 8th Georgia Cavalry, where he served until the end of the year.
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Shortly thereafter, Mr Vinson married Miss Amanda J. Stripling, who lived only a few months after the wedding, and on Jan 28, 1868, he married Miss Julia Bason, daughter of Jacob and Frances Bason.
Mr. Vinson was for a few years a conductor on the Brunswick & Albany Railroad. He was the first express agent of the road, and located at Albany, Ga. Later he became a conductor on the Southern Railway, running between Macon and Brunswick.
With the exception of the few years of railroading and a few more in business in Macon, Mr. Vinson passed most of his life on a farm in Houston County. He served for several years as chairman of the local farmers union and later as chairman of the county association. He was a Mason for fifty-three years, the oldest member of the Wellston Lodge.
Mr. Vinson is survived by his wife and two sons, John W. Vinson, of Macon, and Dr. Curtis D. Vinson, of Atlanta, one nephew, I.D. Vinson, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., two brothers James Carroll, Ralph La., Patrick Carroll, Cedar Rapids, La. And one sister, Ella Bellnap, Cedar Rapids. La.
Interred Bason Family Cemetery, Stevens Street, Warner Robins, Georgia.
Bio info courtesy of Evelyn McCrary Horne
Cenotaph for Joseph and others located HERE: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54392770
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