Resolutions of the Berrien Minute Men

Resolutions of the Berrien Minute Men

Levi J. Knight, original pioneer settler of Ray City, was the military leader of the community. He served as a captain of the local militia company in the Indian Wars, and as a general in the state militia.

Almost immediately after the election of Abraham Lincoln,  Levi J. Knight formed a company of 103 volunteers, the Berrien Minute Men.

Resolutions of the Berrien Minute Men, passed December 10, 1860 at Nashville, GA

Resolutions of the Berrien Minute Men, passed December 10, 1860 at Nashville, GA

Georgia
Berrien County

At a meeting of the Company of Berrien Minute Men at Nashville this 10th day of December 1860, the following resolutions were offered by Capt. Levi J. Knight.
    Resolved that we the Berrien Minute Men, adopt the following uniform, viz, Blue Gray Cloth, turned up with black flat-plate buttons, gray caps, with a black leather band, and plate buckle in front.
   Resolved that  we hold ourselves in readinefs to march at a minute warning, under orders from his excellency  the Governor, to any place in this state or out of it, that his excellency’s orders may designate.
   Resolved that we prefer the Minnie Rifle, and Sword Bayonet, and request our officers to apply for them, as our first choice.
      On Motion, the above resolutions were unanimously adopted.

Although Civil War was imminent,  long months of preparation passed. A few of these original Minute Men would drop out and new recruits take their places before Captain Knight’s Company finally made their way to Savannah in the summer of 1861.

1860 Muster Roll of the Berrien Minute Men

1860 Muster Roll of the Berrien Minute Men

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Muster Roll of Capt. Levi J. Knight’s Company of Volunteers Styled, The Berrien Minute Men Enrolled 28 Nov. 1860
Levi J. Knight Capt.
Thos. S. Wylley 1st Lieut
William Giddens 2nd Lieut
William Y. Hill 3rd Lieut
1 Arch. McCranie 1st Sergt
2 Jno. R. Langdale 2nd Sergt
3 Wm H. Overstreet 3rd Sergt
4 Sirman W. Nash 4th Sergt
5 Moses Giddens 1st Corp.
6 John Knight 2nd Corp.
7 Wm C. Giddens 3rd Corp.
8 Jasper M. Luke 4th Corp.
9 Dr. H. M. Talley Surgeon
10 F. H. Rooks Private
11 Moses H. Giddens Private
12 Abraham J. Luke Private
13 David P. Luke Private
14 H. W. McCranie Private
15 Jacob B. Griffin Private
16 James M. Williams Private
17 John P. Griffin Private
18 Sion D. Griffin Private
19 John L. Hall Private
20 Berrien Hendly Private
21 David M. Luke Private
22 James H. Kirby Private
23 John F. Kirby Private
24 Joel J. Parrish Private
25 Jacob Davis Private
26 Thos N. Connell Private
27 Wm Bradley Private
28 Alex D. Patterson Private
29 Wm Dickson Private
30 Wm J. Lamb Private
31 Johnson M. Richardson Private
32 John M. J. McCranie Private
33 A. L. Parrish Private
34 David D. Mahon Private
35 Matthew O. Giddens Private
36 Jas L. ONeal Private
37 B. M. James Private
38 John Tison Private
39 D. P. McDonald Private
40 Danl. M. Patterson Private
41 Jno. W. Griffin Private
42 Irvin Jones Private
43 John F. Parrish Private
44 Levi T. Smith Private
45 Wm M. Kirby Private
46 Wm Anderson Private
47 Richard G. McCranie Private
48 Andrew Dobson Private
49 Solomon Griffin Private
50 Wm. W. Rutherford Private
51 Jackson M. Handcock Private
52 Jas M. Hall Private
53 Jas A. Hall Private
54 William B. Bradford Private
55 John C. Lamb Private
56 Martin Griner Private
57 Isbin T. Giddens Private
58 Saml Jefcoat Private
59 John P. Weekly Private
60 Jarrad Johnson Private
61 Wm Richardson Private
62 Jas Hendley Private
63 Wm Patten Private
64 John M. Handcock Private
65 John D. Handcock Private
66 Newton M. McCutchin Private
67 Patrick Nolon Private
68 John Studstill Private
69 Saml Gaskins Private
70 W. D. Williams Private
71 Isaac Goodman Private
72 Howell B Dobson Private
73 Thos D. Lindsey Private
74 Danl. McNabb Private
75 Robt McNabb Private
76 Jas McNabb Private
77 Boney Roe Private
78 Joseph S. Morris Private
79 Ed Maloy Private
80 John Giddens Private
81 Geo M. L Wilson Private
82 Danl. W. McCranie Private
83 John Lindsey Jr. Private
84 Lovic M. Young Private
85 Gideon Gaskins Private
86 Ashley Newbern Private
87 Elbert Mathis Private
88 Jas Mathis Private
89 Joseph Newbern Private
90 Joel G. Young Private
91 Wm Luke Private
92 Wm J. Watson Private
93 Joseph Gaskins Private
94 Wm Branch Private
95 John J. Young Private
96 George W. Flowers Private
97 Newit Ward Private
98 Robt. H. Goodman Private
99 John C. Clements Private

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Leila Clements and Lawrence Luke

Leila Clements

The January 12, 1913 edition of the Clinch County News announced the marriage of Leila Clements, of Ray City, and Lawrence Luke, of Nashville, GA.

NASHVILLE, GA.     Miss Leila O. Clements and Mr. Lawrence Luke, of Nashville, were united in marriage at the home of the bride, near Ray’s mill.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. Joseph Clements.  Mr. and Mrs. Luke will reside here.    Miss Alice King and Mr. Carl Register, of Masssee, were united in marriage.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. T. B. McCranie.    Another marriage which took place at Massee was that of Miss Lilious Foy to Mr. Albert Newborn.      Miss Nell Bullard was a recent visitor to this city.    Mrs. M. M. Moore and little daughter of Nacona, Texas, are visiting here.  They are the guests of Mrs. F. S. Lee.

Leila Clements was a daughter of Martha Elizabeth Sirmans and Joseph Seaphus Clements, and a granddaughter of David G. and Jincy Clements. Leila’s father was a farmer, but she and the other Clements children all attended school.

Wedding announcement of Leila O. Clements and Lawrence Luke appeared in the Atlanta Constitution, January 12, 1913.

Wedding announcement of Leila O. Clements and Lawrence Luke appeared in the Atlanta Constitution, January 12, 1913.

Joseph S. Clements home, just north of Ray City, circa 1905. Standing on the porch, left to right, Leila, Decanter, Bessie, Quinton, Martha E. Sirmans Clements, and Joseph S. Clements. Image courtesy of berriencountyga.com

Lawrence Dupont Luke was a lawyer and former teacher from Nashville, GA. He was tall, dark and handsome, a slender man with grey eyes and black hair. He was a son of Oscar Bartow Luke and “Mattie” Martha Jane Walker, and a grandson of David Perry Luke.

In 1917, Lawrence and Leila Luke were living in Douglas, GA, where Lawrence practiced law, while Leila kept house and tended their young children, Chester and James.

Later, Leila and Lawrence made their home in Alma, GA. where they owned a house on Dixon Street. Their next door neighbor was hotel operator Elizabeth Dixon.

Lawrence D. Luke died in 1926 and was buried at the old city cemetery, Nashville, GA. Leila Clements Luke died in 1961 and was buried next to her husband.  Upon their deaths Chester and James Luke were buried in adjacent graves.

Grave of Leila Clements Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

Grave of Leila Clements Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

Grave of Lawrence D. Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

Grave of Lawrence D. Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

 

Grave of Chester K. Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

Grave of Chester K. Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

Grave of James Lawrence Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

Grave of James Lawrence Luke, Old City Cemetery, Nashville, GA

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