Levi J. Clements

Levi J. Clements 1851-1924, New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, GA

In the 1920s, Levi J. Clements and  wife Roena (or Rowena) had moved to a house on North Street in Ray City, GA, probably to be closer to the Clements sawmill. The mill was located between North Street and the tracks of the Georgia and Florida Railroad.  The Clements were surrounded by their family. Their son, Dr. Henry Clements, had the home next door, and on the other side was the home of their son Lucius, who was General Manager at the sawmill.   Irwin Clements and his wife, Annie, and Joe Clements and his family (wife Effie, and daughter Camille) lived with Levi and Rowena. Irwin Clements was a manager at the mill, and Joe was treasurer.  Levi’s grandson, Leland Gaskins, lived in the big house as well.

Roena Clements 1858-1951, New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, GA

Mr. Clements died April 25,  1924. He and his wife are buried in New Ramah Primitive Baptist cemetery.

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The Haints of Berrien County

Georgia ghost stories are told far and wide.   Even the New York times reported on Georgia ‘haunts’, or ‘haints’ as they called the spirits in the old days.  Haints of Berrien County include ghostly sawmill men and the Lantern Man of Ray City.  From the 1850’s to the 1890’s, Georgia’s ghosts were found in the press and literature of America.

“Haunted!”said I; “Do people here [in Georgia] really believe in ghosts?”

“Yes,” said the landlord, “There are thousands, both in this state and South Carolina, who believe in them as firmly as they believe in anything. The old time people all believe  in them.”

                                                                           – in The Roving Editor, James Redpath, 1859

One Berrien County, GA ghost story concerns the ghost of murderer Ben W. Furlong. The Furlong story may not be specific to Ray City History, but more information on the subject would still be interesting.

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