This Ramble begins on Central Avenue at the third street off to the left. When
you enter the main gate you have a street down to the left just beyond the Dunlap
mausoleum. Then there is another left directed street at the Stetson lot and this
is the third street off to the left, just past the Willingham lots and here on the
corner, the grave of Peter Solomon with the Campbell lot directly across. I have
mentioned this Campbell monument in other Rambles because of the fact that it
suffered severe vandal damage several years ago. It resembles a tabernacle more
or less, and under the canopy there was a carved bowl of fruit or flowers, I don't
remember which. Of course, that was stolen many years ago. In a recent occur-
rence the roof of this tabernacle was lying on the ground and the four marble
columns all lying there by it and some broken in more than one place. Mr. Lovick
Culverhouse, at that time employed by a stone company, very kindly came out
and gathered all the pieces together and took them out to the plant and
reassembled them. I hope they will now be secure here for a good many years to
come. Mr. James M. Campbell is buried on this lot. He was a Macon merchant, one
of the organizers of the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway, better known as
the G. S. and F. He was active in state politics, owner of the first electric light and
power company in 1882. In 1887, he bought controlling interest in The Macon
Telegraph but he died the following year and the paper was then sold.
Directly behind the Campbell lot, a lot containing some of the handsomest
monuments in Rose Hill Cemetery. This is the family of John Bennett Ross. The
wall you can see at one time had an iron fence, and I have always understood that
it was a very handsome one, but, of course, it has been stolen. John Bennett Ross
was a member of a very prominent family in Macon, his dates are 1808-1877. The
two identical monuments next to his are his first and second wives. His third wife
is buried in Eufaula, Ala., so we don't know how well he did by her monument. The
Ross connection in Macon includes the Plant family and many others of
Now directly across the street to the lot of Charles Campbell. His dates are
1798-1860, and his wife, Ann Mary King, 1812-1891. Thomas K. Campbell, Mary
Lillian Campbell, Carrie Weed Campbell, Charles Emmell Campbell, Louise Weed
Campbell, the last named person's dates are 1869 to 1943, and there are some
people, I am sure, living today who remember Miss Louise Campbell. She was a
very elegant lady who in later years lived in Washington, D.C. The Weed family
were all prominent in the life of Macon.
Now we move down to the next lot below the Ross lot to the family of Dr.
Abner F. Holt. His wife's monument reads Eliza Holt, consort of Dr. A. F. Holt. And
their daughter, Parthenia R. Holt. Also in this lot are descendants of these
people; Victoria Holmes and Carrie Holt Holmes, two sisters who taught in public
schools for many years. "Miss Vickie", whose dates are 1859 to 1934, taught
Biology at the Girls High School for many years. Their sister Lannie Holt Holmes
Jemison, Mrs. Robert Jemison is also buried here.
The next lot below is of Mr. and Mrs. Cadwell W. Raines. Mr. Raines came to
Macon from Baldwin County, Georgia, where he always had spelled his name
Cadwallader, but he used the shorter CADWELL when he moved to Bibb County
and all deeds, business papers and so forth were signed in this manner.
Strangely enough his last name is spelled RAINES, but you will see on his monu-
ment it is simply RAINS. His monument, incidently, is a beautiful example of the
funerary art of the period and it is too bad that vandals saw fit to remove the
head from this beautiful piece of statuary.