Lewis Neale Whittle

Lewis Neale Whittle

Notice of death, from The Macon Daily Telegraph, Thursday morning, February 18, 1886.

Lewis Neale Whittle 1818-1886, husband, father, devoted son and brother, civil engineer, lawyer, colonel, Command-in-Chief of the Bibb County Georgia Militia later named the Whittle Guard, Committee of eleven Macon leaders November 7, 1860 report resolution calling for state convention and arming of all male citizens, City Councilman, County Commissioner, member Georgia State Legislature 1861, 62, 63 and 1877. Senior Warden Christ Church, Macon 1874-1886. At time of death was President: Board of Trustees State Lunatic Asylum, Board of Public Education and Orphanage Bibb County, Academy for the Blind and the Macon Free School. He was a trustee of the University of the South at Suwannee, Tennessee and of the Alexander Free School Macon, Attorney and Director of Macon and Western Railroad and the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. The following is often seen in reference to him:

Col. Lewis Neale Whittle was the Commander-in-Chief of the Bibb County Militia, A.D.C. 22 Militia District. Too elderly for combat service during the Civil War, Whittle helped to equip companies, raise money and gave generously of what he had during those hard times during the war. He headed the battlefield Relief Assn. which took nurses, surgeon and supplies to the men on the battlefields. The Whittle Guards, organized in 1862, were named for him, as was one of Macon's elementary schools. Whittle was perhaps the most outstanding citizen of Macon during the years of the Civil War.

The Macon Daily Telegraph:
Thursday morning, February 18, 1886.


Sketch of his life — Meeting of the Bar — His Funeral

Colonel L.N. Whittle died at his residence on Jefferson Street at 2:00 o'clock yesterday morning.

Lewis Neal Whittle was born on the 15th day of May 1818 in the City of Norfolk, VA. He was the son of Fortescue Whittle, a gentleman of good family in Ireland who immigrated to this country and became quite a prominent merchant in Norfolk, but was like thousands of others engaged in foreign commerce very much reduced by the War of 1812. His mother was Mary Ann Davies, the daughter of Colonel William Davies, aide to General George Washington during the Revolution and personal friend of the General.

Sarah Powers Whittle

Sarah Powers Whittle.

Lewis N. Whittle left his father's home at the age of 17 to seek his fortune in Georgia, and was engaged for a time upon the Georgia Railroad Board. In 1836 he came to Macon as an Assistant Engineer under the late Daniel Griffin of Columbus, on the Monroe Railroad, and remained connected with that road in different capacities until it was reorganized as the Macon and Western Road. Whilst engaged in the service of that road between Macon and Forsyth he and Mr. Griffin lived for some time in the family of John Powers near the line of Bibb and Monroe Counties, and afterwards on the 14th of December 1842 he married Sarah M. the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mr. Powers by whom he had twelve children, only one of whom, (James Murray) survives. Some time after his marriage he went to his father's house in Virginia where he studied law and returning to Macon was admitted to the Bar in 1844. Soon afterwards he formed a co-partnership with his brother-in-law Abner P. Powers, which continued until Mr. Powers was elevated to the bench, being elected the first Judge of the Macon circuit. He afterwards practiced alone until a year or two before the War when he associated his brother Powhatan B. Whittle with him. That co-partnership was dissolved by the election of his brother as Judge of the County Court, and in 1866 he formed a co-partnership with George W. Gustin, Esquire which continued for ten years.

Abner P. Whittle, his son, was admitted into the firm in 1873 and continued with his father until his death in 1883.

Colonel Whittle enjoyed a larger professional income than the great majority of his brethren.

He was not permanently connected with the movements of political parties in the County or in the State, but he was elected to the legislature in 1861-1863 and again in 1876. Before his health failed he was more or less intimately connected with every enterprise which had for its object the advancement of the interest of Macon and of its people. In reference to all such enterprise we could have truthfully said, “Quorum Magna Pars Fui”.

He leaves one son, James Murray; two granddaughters, the children of his daughter who died on the 14th of this month and four brothers: James Murray, a distinguished lawyer of Danville, VA; Conway Davies, a physician of Mecklenburg County, Virginia; Frank M. of Richmond, Virginia, the Episcopal Bishop of that State and Powhatan B., a lawyer of Valdosta, GA and formerly Judge of the County Court of Bibb.

At 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon the members of the Bar held a meeting in the Judge's room in the Court House to take suitable action regarding Colonel Whittle's death.

The report following was made by the Secretary: Wednesday, February 17, 1886, a meeting of the Macon Bar having been called for the purpose of taking action relative to the death of Colonel L.N. Whittle, the Bar assembled at the Judge's Chambers Bibb Superior Court this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.

On motion Judge Simmons was invited to the chair and Mr. Clifford L. Anderson requested to act as Secretary.

On motion of Judge Nisbet the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

It was agreed that the Bar should assemble in a body at the late residence of Colonel Whittle at the proper time to escort the funeral procession from there to the church and thence to the cemetery. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Clifford L. Anderson

At a meeting of the Board of Public Education, the following action was taken:

By order of the Board of Public Education and Orphanage, the exercises in he City schools and in the suburban schools of Vineville, East Macon and Gilesville will be suspended for this day in respect of the memory of L.N. Whittle, the late President of the Board.

The members of the Board are requested to assemble at the Lanier House at 3 o'clock P.M. to attend the funeral of Mr. Whittle.

Jas. T. Nisbet

Appearing in the weekly Macon Telegraph dated February 23, 1886:

“A communication has been received at this office from a well known citizen of Macon suggesting that a monument be erected to the memory of Colonel L.N. Whittle. ‘All classes and every age’ the writer says, ‘I am confident would cheerfully give their mite toward a monument to be erected to his memory, from the little school girl and the little school boy to the oldest citizen of the County.’”

Resolutions by the Vestry of Christ Church

The Committee appointed by the Vestry of Christ Church to draft resolutions relative to Colonel L.N. Whittle, born in Norfolk, Virginia, May 15th, 1818, died at this home in Macon, Georgia, February 17th, 1886, are unable to embody in words the virtues of his life; for language cannot possibly express their ideas regarding his symmetrical character which was completed according to the heavenly model and resembled a perfect cube, whose length, breadth and height were equal — i.e., intellectually, morally and spiritually he approximated as seldom seen the Scriptural standard of manhood. Realizing that a pillar has been removed from our spiritual edifice, and with a deep sense of our loss — therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That it becomes our sad pleasure to testify to his pure and spotless character reflected from both public and private life, his lofty and chivalrous conceptions of trust, and his clear and sound judgment as a friend and adviser in all questions of perplexity. That he has left his fellow-men a bright example of humility, for with many and great honors he had the spirit of the meek and lowly Jesus; of boldness, for, like the forerunner of Christ, he did not hesitate to denounce evil principle wherever found; and of liberality to all objects of good, whether missions of his Church or the advancement of any charitable institution in his city or State, for, like the early, and unlike the latter day Christians, he brought his property with a consecrated heart and laid it at the feet of the Savior's cause. That his virtues are held up to young men as worthy of their aspirations.

BE IT RESOLVED, That this Commonwealth has lost a true patriot, the City of Macon a public-spirited and broad-minded man, the Parish of Christ Church an eminently godly and influential warden, the Diocese of Georgia a substantial friend, the Church an able advocate, and the poor of all classes a sympathizing benefactor.

BE IT RESOLVED, That this Vestry has bee deprived of their safe adviser, whose mind was logical, while burning, like St. Paul's, with devoted love for the Savior and yearning for the salvation of all men, and that his death should draw us more closely to the same dear Lord who comforted him under many dark clouds of sorrow.

BE IT RESOLVED, That cordial sympathy be tendered his relatives, and to the sole survivor of his twelve children be extended the additional assurance that a rich legacy has been bequeathed him in the pure character of such a father whose chief happiness consisted in doing good, whose life was a daily preparation for a still higher existence, and whose good deeds must co-exist with time.

“So when a good man dies,
For years beyond our ken
The light he leaves behind him lies
Upon the paths of men.

BE IT RESOLVED, That these resolutions be sent to his bereaved family, and be published in the Macon Telegraph and the Southern Churchman.

Respectfully submitted,
JOHN G. DEITZ, Sr. Warden
JOHN G. DEITZ, Sr. Warden


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