Florala News Democrat
Thursday, May 23, 1918
Veteran Answers Last Roll Call-
Captain S A Cawthon died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J G Page, at Samson, Ala, May 12th. Captain Cawthon was born at Columbia, Henry Co., Ala July 19th, 1833; married December 22, 1853, to Miss Melissa Hutchison, of Coffee Co., Ala. There were four children to this union, Frank Cawthon who passed away when a young
man; Mesdames Manning of Florala, Page of Samson, and Patrick of Andalusia.
He volunteered in the Confederate Army in April 1862 at Eucheeanna, Fla. And served to the end of the war. Was captain of Co H 6th Florida Volunteers and by being senior captain had the command of the regiment at the battle of Franklin, Tenn.
His wife having died the first year of the war he married the year of the surrender, upon his return, Miss Sarah Frances Cheshire, a close friend of his first wife. Of this marriage there were five children, one daughter Mrs. Grimes of Alberton, Coffee County, Messrs. Stephen D. Cawthon of DeFuniak, W S Cawthon of Gainesville, Fla., B L Cawthon of Falco, Ala. And our own townsman Claude P Cawthon. Later upon the death of his second wife, he married Miss Celia Meeks, who only lived a very short while.
For several years he had made his home with Mrs. Page at Samson and often spent some time in Florala. He was a consistent member of the Universalist Church at Florala.
Captain Cawthon was buried in DeFuniak cemetery, Monday, May 13 near his son, Stephen D. Cawthon who died several years ago. Rev. A G Strain, pastor of the Universalist church at Florala conducted the funeral services.