Facts and Events
||Jacob Henry Hoss
||19 Jul 1804
||Washington, Tennessee, United States
||9 Mar 1830
||Tennessee, United Statesto Sarah Vance Mitchell
||Calhoun, Alabama, United States
||Cedar Bluff, Cherokee, Alabama, United States
||Silver Creek, Floyd, Georgia, United States
||Lindale, Floyd, Georgia, United StatesMiller
||7 Dec 1890
||Silver Creek, Floyd, Georgia, United States
||9 Dec 1890
||Silver Creek, Floyd, Georgia, United StatesSilver Creek Methodist Church
Jacob was the eldest son of John Hoss and Sarah Adams Williams. Jacob and his wife and two eldest daughters moved from Tennessee to Alabama about 1833, where three more daughters and a son were born. By the 1840s, Jacob and his family resided in Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Alabama.
Jacob was the military governor of Rome, Georgia (just across the Alabama/Georgia line from Cedar Bluff) in 1863, during the Civil War. After the war, Jacob purchased an old mill in Floyd County, repaired the damages inflicted by Union soldiers, and operated the mill for a number of years. The building is still standing and is believed to be the oldest brick building in Floyd County, having been constructed about 1832.
Jacob and his wife are buried in the cemetery of the Silver Creek United Methodist Church; one of their granddaughters is buried there, also.--KF-in-Georgia 19:54, 29 April 2007 (MDT)
- Floyd, Georgia, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, 8 Jun 1880.
Inhabitants in Chulio District (962), in the County of Floyd, State of Georgia, enumerated by me on the Eighth day of June, 1880. James A. Clement. Page No. 19, Supervisor's District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 72.
Dwelling 193, family 193.
15-Hoss, Jacob. White. Male. Age 76. Married. Farmer. Born in Tennessee; parents born in Tennessee.
16-[Hoss], Sarah V. White. Female. Age 73. Wife. Married. Keeping House. Born in Tennessee; parents born in Virginia.
17-[Hoss], Sarah A. White. Female. Age 45. Daughter. Single. At Home. Born in Alabama; parents born in Tennessee.
18-[Hoss], Mary E. White. Female. Age 39. Daughter. Single. At Home. Born in Alabama; parents born in Tennessee.
19-Ross, John W. White. Male. Age 32. Son-in-law. Married. Farmer. Born in Georgia; parents born in Alabama.
20-[Ross], Laura L. White. Female. Age 25. Daughter. Married. At Home. Born in Alabama; parents born in Tennessee.
21-[Ross], Jesse Lee. White. Female. Age 9. Daughter. Single. Born in Georgia; father born in Georgia; mother born in Alabama.
22-[Ross], Jennie A. White. Female. Age 7. Daughter. Single. Born in Georgia; father born in Georgia; mother born in Alabama.
23-[Ross], Charles B. White. Male. Age 6. Son. Single. Born in Georgia; father born in Georgia; mother born in Alabama.
24-[Ross], Connie C. White. Female. Age 1 month (born in April). Daughter. Single. Born in Georgia; father born in Georgia; mother born in Alabama.
25-Collins, John C. White. Male. Age 24. Boarder. Single. Works on farm. Born in Georgia; parents born in Georgia.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The following obituary appeared in a Rome, Georgia, newspaper: KF-in-Georgia
Major Jacob Hoss Has Entered Into The Rest Of The Good
Last Sabbath, after the shadows of night had fallen, Major Jacob Hoss, at his residence near Silver creek, drew the drapery of his couch about him and fell on sleep, as peaceful as the sun sinks to rest in the evening of a radiant day.
Major Hoss was beloved by all who knew him for his kindliness and Christian character, and the world was brighter and better for the light of the many virtues that illumined his life from its spring time down to the winter that whitened his locks and furrowed brow and cheek, but left untouched the freshness and warmth of his gentle heart.
He was born July 19, 1804, in Washington county, near Jonesboro, Tennessee, moved from there to Jacksonville, Calhoun county, Alabama, 1838 [a typographical error in the obituary gave the date as 1883], and thence to Georgia in 1868.
His death shadows with grief a family of two unmarried daughters, Misses Bettie and Balm Hoss; a son, Mr Wm Hoss, of Thomson, Georgia, and three married daughters, Mrs Capt. J.M. Elliott, Mrs John W. Ross and Mrs Henry Bogan. He was the grandfather of Mrs John C. Printup, of this city.
He died December 7th, 9 pm, and was buried the following Tuesday at Silver creek, the Silver creek Alliance assisting in the ceremonies. The services were conducted by Rev. Caleb Dowdle.
And so another good man and an old valued citizen is gone, one by one the landmarks fade, till soon every link that binds us to the long ago will have reached the shining shore.
It is strange and terrible that the only certain thing in life is death, and though, like Maj. Hoss, we may be allotted more than the three score and ten, death inevitably conquers. So let his death remind us that unless we, like him, can draw to meet the relentless foe, justified by faith and love in Christ, in believing ’tis but the threshold of an eternal Heaven, how, oh how can we be sure that beyond the grave is victory over its sting.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The following obituary appeared in a Cedar Bluff, Alabama, newspaper: KF-in-Georgia
Death Of A Former Citizen Of Cedar Bluff—Major Hoss
The death of this octogenarian leaves a gap wide and deep in the ranks of those who formerly lived at this place when it was first settled and continued here for many years after this event took place. Major came here in 1838. He lived here ’til the shadows of war threw their murky forebodings over the land of his birth. He saw the light first in Washington county, Tennessee, and lived there from his birth, in December [sic: July] 1804, ’til the date of his removal to Benton, (Calhoun) county in this State, which was in 1833. There he was in business with the father of U.S. Senator John T. Morgan ’til his removal to this county at the time given above. He enjoyed the visits of this distinguished son of his old partner whenever this gentleman came near enough to see the friend of his early days. Major Hoss while living here, gave two of his daughters in marriage to young men of the place—James M. Elliott, now living at Round Mountain and Henry S. Bogan, living at present 8 miles east of the place of his young manhood and maturer days. He leaves two daughters and a son, born at this place, Miss Bamma and Miss Bettie at Silver Creek, Georgia, where he died December 7th, and William who resides at Thomasville [sic: Thomson], Georgia, some distance away. Maj. Jacob Hoss is respected here for memory of the past and his bereaved relatives have that condolence and sympathy such respect always begets.
[This obituary omits mention of Jacob's daughter Laura.]
- Transcript of the will of Jacob Henry Hoss KF-in-Georgia
Know all men by these presents, that I Jacob Hoss of the County of Floyd and State of Georgia, considering the uncertainty of this life, and being of sound mind and memory, do make, declare, and publish this my last will and testament.
First, I will my Soul to God who gave it, and my Body to be decently buried on the right hand side of my beloved wife at Silver Creek Church in said County.
Second, I give and bequeath to my two single daughters, Sarah A. and Elizabeth Hoss, all of my real and personal estate of which I shall be seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of decease, to have and hold the same to themselves during their single lives, and if either of them shall marry, than all shall revert to the other, unless they agree to divide themselves of what they may possess.
Third, I have four other children, to wit, Mrs E. J. Elliott, Amanda H. Bogan, Laura L. Ross and William A. Hoss, all who stand the same in my affections, whom I hope will not be as dependent as my two daughters above named.
Fourth, I do nominate and appoint John W. Ross and William A. Hoss to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have, to this my last will and testament […] subscribed my name and affixed my seal this [blank] day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three.
Signed, sealed, declared, and published by the said Jacob Hoss as and for his last will and testament, in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto: J.C. Martin, Wm P. Barnes, G.R. Loyd [?].
- ↑ This article appeared in the "Arena" section of a Rome-area newspaper. (I have no publication date, and I've only seen a photocopy of the article.--KF-in-Georgia)
“Brick Mill” at Lindale is oldest building in county
Our Arena cover this week presents a scene familiar to most Romans, but in a new format not used here before.
The old brick mill directly across from West Point Pepperell Mills at Lindale, perhaps the oldest building of any kind in the Rome area, is shown in a Duotone process designed especially for tinted paper stock, making use of black-and-blue or black-and-red overlays to attain greater clarity of detail than found in standard multi-color reproductions.
The old mill itself, now headquarters for the Lindale Garden Club, from best available information was built of handmade brick baked from local clay in 1832, in the same year as the formation of Floyd County from the original Cherokee Nation territory and two years before the five-forks village of Rome was founded.
Builder was Larkin Barnett, who chose the site because of ample water furnished by the flow of Silver Creek. Construction was effected by slave labor, and the huge overshot waterwheel, fed by a tall millrace or flume which brought water from a higher elevation to power the great millstones inside the plant, was one of the largest in the country.
From old records, a 50-pound sack of flour ground at this mill was entered by its owners at the World’s Fair of 1840 at Paris, France, where it took a high award for its excellent quality.
The mill was severely damaged by pillaging Union troops during the Civil War, but was restored and its broken wheel replaced by Captain Jacob H. Hoss, one of its former owners.
Known variously as “the old brick mill,” as “Hoss’ Mill” and “Jones’ Mill,” it has survived for 132 years and is still quite sound of structure. It has been used by succeeding generations by 10 different fraternal and civic organizations as a meeting hall, and once was center for community square dances and parties.
Leased on an indefinite basis by the Lindale Garden Club in 1972, it has been handsomely restored inside and today is a fitting place for the headquarters of that active organization. It is a monument to the industry, determination and foresight of this area’s founders and developers.