Born at Sunbury, son of William and Annie McIntosh Ward. She was the daughter of Lachlan Mclntosh, and sister of Commodore James McKay McIntosh, and Maria McIntosh. John Elliott Ward became an attorney and established a law practice in Savannah, Georgia. In 1836 he became solicitor of the Eastern Judicial Circuit. He was appointed U.S. Attorney in 1838. He resigned from that position when he was elected a state representative, and served in that position again in 1845 and 1853. During the latter term he was elected speaker of the house.
In 1854 he was elected mayor of Savannah, Georgia. He presided over the Democratic National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1856 when James Buchanan was nominated for and later elected president of the U.S. He was elected a state senator in 1857, served as president of that body, and was at one time lieutenant governor of Georgia. He resigned as state senator to accept a federal appointment as the first U.S. Minister to China.
He married Olivia Buckminister (1819-1890) of Boston, Massachusetts, on August 15, 1839. She was the younger sister of James Swan Sullivan, a physician in Savannah, Georgia. His wife died in New Jersey, while John Elliott Ward died in Liberty County, and is buried in Midway Church cemetery. He was survived by two daughters and one son. Two of his kinspersons in Liberty County when this book was published were Cordella Jones Browning of Riceboro, and Major General (U.S. Army-Retired) James Francis Cochran III of Hinesville.
From “Sweet Land of Liberty, A History of Liberty County, Georgia” by Robert Long Groover; Appendix Number #, Page(s); Used by the permission of the Liberty County Commissioners Office
Dr. Abner Porter was born in Orange County, Virginia in 1774, about the time of the Revolution. He studied for the medical profession and then migrated to Riceboro in Liberty County where he established his practice and also became a partner in the mercantile business with R.N. Grove.
At the age of 34, the successful bachelor was enjoying a nice medical practice successful business venture and was well like in the community. We now have two versions of his troubles which arose and will give both.One says that he cast his affections upon one of the fair damsels of the Community and was repulsed in his attentions. The other story says he was in love with two fair maidens at the same time. One was so good, so clever, the other so beautiful. Which he loved the better he could not decide; his poor heart was torn and bleeding.
On February 7, 1807, Dr. Abner Porter sat at his desk and wrote his will leaving most of his business ventures to his partner; one third of his estate to his friend, Ms. Sarah M. Foster, probable his landlady, and the remainder to his brothers and sisters in Virginia. The will was witnessed by John and William Baker. He returned to his office and with the skill of the surgical training he neatly severed his femoral artery and was soon dead.
The Puritans of Midway Church looked with horror upon such an atrocious deed and refused to allow him to be buried within the confines of the Church Cemetery. The members of the church did allow his body to be buried just north of the boundary at the foot of a large oak tree. A few years later the present brick wall was constructed, at which time the cemetery was enlarged to include his grave and the aged oak tree at his headstone. Today the ever increasing roots of the oak tree are slowly pushing the vault from the ground as if the spirits of those Puritans are attempting to exclude Porter from their midst.
The impact was devastating; nearly 2,000 killed, 30,000 homeless, and property damage in the millions. “Savannah,” reported one paper, “is demolished.” Governor William Northen called on Clara Barton and the Red Cross for relief, but help didn’t arrive till October.
The Sea Island Storm remains the third deadliest in American history, terrifying hours for those who faced it on the night of August 27, 1893, Today in Georgia History.
Daniel Stewart (1761-1829) A brigadier general in the Georgia militia and the great-grandfather of U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt, Daniel Stewart distinguished himself in both the American Revolution (1775-83) and the War of 1812 (1812-15). Fort Stewart and Stewart County are Daniel Stewart was born to Susannah Bacon and John Stewart on December 20, 1761, at Tranquil Plantation in what is now Liberty County. His mother died, probably of malaria, when he was five years old, and his father married Sarah Nickols in 1769. His father, who was a militia officer, died in 1776. In the same year fifteen-year-old Stewart enlisted in the militia. Under the command of Colonel John Baker of Liberty County, for two years Stewart’s unit attempted unsuccessfully to rout the British from Florida. In 1778 Stewart was wounded and captured by the British near Charleston, South Carolina. He was placed aboard a British prisoner-of-war ship in Charleston Harbor but escaped with other prisoners of war and swam to shore. While in hiding with South Carolina relatives, he met his first wife, Martha Pender. She died in childbirth a year after their wedding, but their child, John, survived. Promoted to colonel, Stewart established a cavalry brigade and then served as the commander of the Minutemen of Georgia. After the war Stewart established Cedar Hill plantation in Liberty County near the home of his stepmother. In 1785 he married Sarah Susannah Oswald and sent for his son, who had been living with South Carolina relatives. This marriage produced two surviving children, Daniel McLachlan in 1791 and Martha in 1799. During these years Stewart was involved in resolving the Creek Indian wars. He served as a state representative from 1785 to 1787, Liberty County sheriff from 1795 to 1797, and state senator for three terms between 1802 and 1811. He was also instrumental in constructing the brick wall, which still stands today, around the Midway Church cemetery. Stewart’s second wife died in 1807, and in 1810 he married Sarah Hines Lewis. His third marriage produced two daughters. In 1809 Stewart was promoted to brigadier general in the Georgia Militia and commanded a cavalry brigade during the War of 1812. After the war he was involved in Masonic rites and in veterans’ meetings and affairs. He died at Cedar Hill on May 27, 1829, and is buried in the Midway Church cemetery. In 1915 the U.S. Congress erected a monument in the cemetery in honor of Generals Daniel Stewart and James Screven. SOURCE: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1333