Hardeman Sirmans Obituary

Hardeman Sirmans died  September 21, 1896 in Ray’s Mill, Berrien County, Georgia

The Valdosta Times Saturday, September 26, 1896

 Mr. Hardy Sirman, an old and esteemed citizen of Berrien County, died at his home near Ray’s Mill on Monday night of last week, after an illness of only a couple of days. He was taken violently ill Saturday evening with something like cramp colic and found little relief until death ended his sufferings. He was sixty odd years old and leaves a wife and a large family of children and other relatives to lament his death.

Burial: September 23, 1896 Empire Church Cemetery, Berrien County, Georgia.

Hardeman Sirmans, Empire Cemetery, near Ray City, GA

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  1. Patricia Sirmans Puckett Miller said,

    September 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    This person was my Great Great Aunt and Great Great Grandmother’s father and I own the home he died in today.

    • October 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Saw the photo of the Hardeman Sirmans Home you posted at http://berriencounty.smugmug.com/ Thanks for sharing your Ray City History!

      • Bryan Shaw said,

        March 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

        See my comments shared with Patricia and Jennifer. You need to stop by the Old Courthouse and view the other Sirmans documents that were gifted to the Historical Foundation.
        Bryan Shaw

    • Bryan Shaw said,

      March 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

      The National Archives in Atlanta now has possession of the Civil War muster rolls you gifted to the Berrien Historical Foundation. They said they would send you a letter of appreciation as a condition of donation. Did you receive it? These muster rolls are treasures of our national heritage, and they were so pleased to discover such prizes so many years after the War. They will be used as a part of an exhibit at the National Archives in Atlanta, opening sometime in April. I am so thankful you had the wisdom to preserve these documents.
      Bryan Shaw

  2. Geraldyne Sirmans said,

    September 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Notice that Hardeman’s tombstone is spelled ‘SIRMONS’ and the caption is spelled Sirmans. It is impossible to keep us Sirmans spelled correctly! Actually it probably should be SURMAN.

  3. Jennifer Sirmans said,

    February 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Mrs. Patricia Sirmans Puckett Miller, is it possible to give any other information about the family? I just began researching last year. Thanks so much.
    Ps…is the house still in good condition…would you mind taking a photo of it and allowing us to see it? Just due to historical family reasons. Any photos of the Sirmans family back then would be greatly appreciated. =) Hope this finds you well.

    • Bryan Shaw said,

      March 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Yes the home is still standing, with the dogtrot closed up. The well still sits to the east of the house. I have photos of it if you would like. Also, we do have some information on Hardeman and his family, with other family photos, courtesy of Patricia Miller. Mrs. Miller also recently brought to our attention two Civil War Union Army muster rolls she found in a trunk in the Hardeman Sirmans home. We photographed and transcribed those muster rolls, then turned them over to the National Archives in Atlanta. They were very excited about receiving them as they were the only muster rolls of those two companies in existence. They will be displaying them in an exhibit celebrating the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. Other documents were also found that are part of the permanent collection of the Berrien Historical Foundation. If interested in those documents, please visit us at the Old Courthouse in Nashville.
      Bryan Shaw
      Berrien Historical Foundation

  4. James River said,

    November 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Bryan, I am looking for more information about the Sirmons/Sirmans line from grandmother Martha Patsey Rouse Watson-Kirkland-Sirmons. It appears I am a ggg granddaughter through her marriage to Kirkland and he son J L Kirkland. Do know if there is any information concerning this line at the BHF?

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