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Peter Fair

Jun 6, 1759 - Sep 21, 1826

Cemetery: Memory Hill
East Side, Section I, Lot 75, Grave 1
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Inscription and Notes:

Dates per other sources - see below.
Military Service: American Revolution
Ga Troops. French soldier

Peter Fair's original tombstone in Milledgeville's Memory Hill Cemetery is no longer in existence, but records indicate that it was inscribed: "A Frenchman who came to SC later to GA, Revolutionary Soldier."  The DAR Patriot Index terms him as a Private from Georgia, and indicates that it is believed he served under the Marquis de Lafayette.[1] 

Starting in 1807, he is believed to have held various titles in various capacities serving the Georgia Senate, including those of executive messenger, doorkeeper to the Senate, and keeper of the capital clock.[2]

Peter Fair married first, Susannah Bone, of Charleston, South Carolina, and second, Rachel Lovisa Chandler.[3][4] He had a son, Peter, and three daughters, Caroline, Sally (Mapplewood) and Jane (Finel). At the time of his will, he owned land in Milledgeville referred to as square 46, which consisted of four lots and a house.[5]

Peter Fair's obituary was published in Milledgeville's Southern Recorder in 1826, and reads:

Departed this life on the 21st August last; in the 68th year of his age, Peter Fair, a native of France. He came to America before the Revolution - In that struggle he embarked with zeal for the success of the Colonies - His name is ranked among the number who fought and bled for the Declaration of Independence. In 1802, he was appointed an officer in the Executive Department of this State, in which he continued until his death. His duty was always strictly and punctually performed - For many years a worthy member of the Baptist Church - he died in full faith of a reward in Heaven - He was one of the noblest works of God - an honest man.[6]

Information provided by Friends of Baldwin County Cemeteries, Inc.

[1]. Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia

[2]. Biographical Sketch by Brad Creel, located in Special Collections vertical file, Ina Dillard Russell Library Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, Georgia.

[3]. DAR Patriot Index p. 980

[4]. Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia

[5]. Biographical Sketch by Brad Creel, located in Special Collections, vertical file, GC&SU, citing the Will of Peter Fair (not included in the file).

[6]. Southern Recorder  (Milledgeville, Georgia), October 10, 1826.

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