I recently purchased a Bible that belonged to Charlie Deckner with the intent of reuniting it with a descendant. The information in the Bible:
Deckner Bible, published by Hubbard Brothers of Phildelphia
Charlie Deckner, born Green Bay, Wis. On Jan 17, 1844, married May 1, 1870
Mattie Annie Moore Bugg, wife of Charlie Deckner, born in Oglethorpe Co, GA, Feb 25, 1849, married May 1, 1870
Willie Bugg Deckner born in Oglethorpe Co, Ga January 16, 1871
Lelia May Deckner born in Catoosa Co. Ga, May 28, 1873
Carl Hampton Deckner born in Fulton Co. Ga., Aug 2, 1877, married June 8th, 1898
Allen Turner Deckner born in Fulton Co., Ga., Aug 30, 1879
Gussie Virginia Deckner born in Fulton Co., Ga., March 16, 1882
Ned or Edw George Deckner born in Fulton Co., Ga April 20, 1887
Rollie B. Deckner born in Fulton Co., Ga., Aug 10th, 1899
Irene Lucile Deckner born in Fulton Co., Ga Nov 7, 1901
Mable Frances Deckner born in Fulton Co., Ga., April 25, 1904
Annie Pecar Miller born in Pa., Aug 11, 1899, died Aug 9,1916
In the most sudden departure from our midst to the higher life of, our highly respectful townsman, Frederick Deckner, Atlanta, has lost the physical presence of one whose sunny face, genial manners and sympathetic heart won for him the kindly thought and good will of all whom he came in contact, and now enshrine him in the tender memory of our people. He was a tender and devoted husband, a kind and loving father, a sincere and faithful friend. His life was upright, earnest and progressive. His transition to the life beyond was a sublime vindication of the glorious faith that possessed him in the contact and mutual influence of the two worlds. His passing away was sweet and beautiful beyond the power of words to describe. Glimpses of the future world into which he was being borne were caught by his enraptured spirit as it hung in the balances between heaven and earth. In tones glowing with the light immortal love and gratitude to the Infinite Spirit, he declared to his loved ones who clustered around his dying couch, as he awoke from a deep trance-like slumber that he had “already been to four heavens.” Later, on awakening again, he remarked, “Now the child (meaning himself) is ready. Put it on the train and let it go on. Carry away the clay.” In the earlier stages of his sickness, he enjoyed greatly to hear, from a member of the family who possessed the gift of discerning accounts of the presence of loved ones who had preceded him to the better land. During the last two or three days he spent a great part of the time in singing various appropriate pieces, among them, “Nearer my God to Thee.” During the last day or more , he was almost constantly engaged in teaching the principles of life and the progressive development of mankind through the various historic eras. He so continued, indeed, until the tongue became stiff in death. Some twenty minutes before the breath ceased he became silent, and passed, gently as a babe in its mother’s arms, to sleep.
Frederick Deckner was born in Reimsdorf, near Leipsic, Germany, March 26, 1813. From his 7th to his 21st year, he was the regular organistin the Luthern Church of his native town, missing in all that time but one Sunday. At the age of 27 he married Miss Maria Rossina Jacobs, and in 1842 they moved to America. Settling in Wisconsin, at that time a wilderness, they encountered the usual hardships and vicissitudes of pioneer life. In Green Bay, where they mostly resided while in Wisconsin, he was a member of the Moravian Church. They left Wisconsin in 1865, and have since resided in Atlanta, where as a professional and practical gardener he has achieved a most enviable reputation; having indeed been an exceedingly efficient pioneer hereabouts in awakening a general interest in the important subject of improved agriculture. May the example he has set of integrity, industry, and progressiveness, in his chosen avocation, be not lost upon us who remain, and may we sufficiently appreciate his kindness of heart and conscientious adherence to what he believed right.
Obituary notice for W. D. Bethea, From The Constitution, Atlanta, Sunday December 18, 1921:
W.D. BETHEA DIES OF ASPHYXIATION
Cause of Blast Which Resulted in Death of Gas Company Employee Has Not Been Learned
Definite cause of the explosion in the “House that Jack Built,” corner of Carnagie way and Peachtree street, Saturday morning which resulted in the asphyxiation of W. D. Bethea, 584 Stewart avenue, had not been cleared up late Saturday. Another man reported seriously burned as the result of the explosion appeared to have been only slightly injured. His identity could not be learned.
Funeral services for Mr. Bethea have not yet been announced, but it was stated last night by Barclay & Brandon, undertakers, that he will be buried as soon as his brother and sister arrive from South Carolina.
Reports that Mr. Bethea was killed by the actual explosion were found to be untrue. He was in a lavatory on a floor just beneath the one on which the explosion took place and his foot became entangled in a sewer pipe, making it impossible for him to escape. His cries evidently failed to attract notice for he was found dead over an hour and a half later.
Fire departments responded to a small fire which broke out as the result of the explosion. The employees of the Nikko Inn, located on the second floor of the building, said that some preliminary work had been begun on installation of a new gas meter Friday afternoon and that the odor of gas fumes had been noticeable.
The most generally accepted theory is that the room was full of dense fumes and that in some way it was ignited by contact with fire.
Bethea and the man slightly hurt were partners in work, but were not together at the time of the blast.
The small blaze which resulted in no serious damage, was easily extinguished by firefighters. The dead body was found, pinioned in the narrow closet with one foot twisted, showing that Bethea had made superhuman efforts to disentangle himself in order to escape the deadly fumes.
Despite heroic efforts by attendants with a pulmoter, all efforts to restore respiration were futile. He had been dead long before his body was discovered.
The “House that Jack Built” is owned by the Jack Smith estate.
Mr. Bethea was an employee of the Georgia Railway and Power Company, and has been connected with prominent corporations about the city for a long number of years.
He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. W. A. Moore of McCall, S. C.; two daughters, Misses Mattie Willie and Edith, both of Atlanta; a sister, Miss Alma Bethea, and a brother, Tom Bethea of Atlanta.
Also included in the Bible:
- A newspaper article dated February 20, 1890, Our Farms and Gardens, Mr. Deckner’s Notes.
- Several newspaper clippings of poems, articles and
- Several pressed flowers
- Typed letters to the writer’s church.
- Photo of a baby in a carriage, identified as ?? Lucile’s baby.
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