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Griffin in Spalding County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Presbyterian Church

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 21, 2021
1. Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  The original building for the First Presbyterian Church of Griffin was built on this site. It is here where John Henry “Doc” Holliday and his mother Alice Jane were baptized into the Presbyterian faith.

Despite being born into a Methodist family, Alice Jane had not previously joined a church. She was received into the Presbyterian faith two months following the passing of their first born child, Martha Eleanora in June 1850. Church records show that almost eighteen months later, on Sunday, March 21st 1852, “John Henry, infant son of Henry B. and Allice [sic] J. Holliday received the ordinance of baptism.”

Anecdotal accounts describe young John Henry and his mother as being very close. As was the custom of the time, it is likely that Alice Jane would have been responsible for his education before beginning formal schooling. She was raising him to be a Southern gentleman. John Henry's informal education may have included piano and social graces.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is March 21, 1852.
 
Location. 33° 15.14′ 
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N, 84° 15.815′ W. Marker is in Griffin, Georgia, in Spalding County. Marker is at the intersection of North Hill Street and East Chappell Street, on the right when traveling north on North Hill Street. Marker is in front of a fire station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 N Hill St, Griffin GA 30223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Griffin Commercial District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pvt. Otis E. Cook (about 800 feet away); Sgt. A. C. Long (about 800 feet away); Pvt. Paul E. Buckalew (about 800 feet away); SPC. Johnathan F. Davis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cpl. D.G. Norton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pvt. Joe William (approx. 0.2 miles away); PFC. Lewis N. Brown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Griffin.
 
Regarding Presbyterian Church. The marker is part of a self-guided driving tour focusing on John Henry “Doc” Holliday, a Griffin native best known for his involvement with Wyatt Earp and the 1881 gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz.
 
Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 21, 2021
2. Presbyterian Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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