Judge Augustin Harris Hansell, who for 50 years heard the legal matters, criminal and civil, of Berrien county and the Wiregrass region, died on February 10, 1907. A notable Ray City case was the trial of J. T. Biggles, who shot his brother-in-law in 1887 then fled the county for 12 years before his arrest.
The Atlanta Constitution
Feb 11, 1907 Page 1
DEATH CLAIMS JUDGE HANSELL
Distinguished Georgia Jurist Passes Away at Thomasville.
OLDEST MASON IN STATE
Funeral Will Take Place Today at Thomasville and Six Grandsons Will Act as the Pallbearers. Judge Hansell Eighty-Nine Years Old.
Thomasville, Ga., February 10. – (Special.) – Judge Augustus H. Hansell died today at half past 1 o’clock at his home here. The immediate cause of his death was a fracture of the hip bone, caused by a fall ten days ago.
He was born in Milledgeville in 1817, and was 89 years old at the time of his death. He was the oldest Mason in the state having joined in 1838 at Milledgeville, and the Masonic lodges of Thomas county will all attend his funeral at the Presbyterian church tomorrow at 3 o’clock. Six of his grandsons will act as pall bearers.
Judge Hansell was admitted to the bar in 1838. He was elected solicitor general of the southern circuit by the legislature of 1847, and judged of the same circuit in 1849. He served as judge until January 1, 1903, with the exception of six years from 1853 to 1859, when he refused to serve. He was removed by reconstruction in 1865, but was reelected in 1873, and served continuously until 1903. He was a member of the secession convention in 1861 and of the constitutional convention in 1877. He served in the Indian War when but 18 years of age on the staff of General Safford, of Milledgeville. He did not serve in the confederate war on account of his position as judge, but was on the relief committee, which was sent to Atlanta during the siege to relieve sick and wounded.
He joined the Presbyterian church in 1837. He came to Thomasville in 1852, and was a charter member and elder in the church here since 1854.
In 1840 he was married to Miss Annie B. Paine, of Milledgeville, who died six months ago.
He leaves five children, C. P. Hansell, judge of the city court of Thomasville and assistant secretary of the senate; Mrs. James Watt, Miss Sallie Hansell of Thomasville; Mrs. B. L. Baker and Mrs. J. S. Denham, of Monticello, Fla.
The stores of the town will close during the funeral hours tomorrow.
Augustin Harris Hansell is buried in the Soldiers Circle plot at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, Thomas County, GA.