02 March 2013

Marmaduke G. Bayne, a Biographical Sketch

Source: Georgia and Florida Biographies [database on-line].
Original Data from Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida,
Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and many
Early Settled Families in These States
. F. A. Battey & Company, 1889.
Transcribed by S. Lincecum about 2006.

Marmaduke G. Bayne is one of the progressive young lawyers of Macon, Bibb County, Ga, and was born in Jones County, Ga, November 26, 1854; a son of Henry H. and Nancy (Gresham) Bayne, both native of Jones County. Henry H. Bayne was a son of John Bayne, a school teacher, and a gentleman of prominence in his day, having represented Jones County in the legislature of 1830. Henry H. was a planter, but also a patriot, and was killed in the fight at Ocean Pond, Fla, in 1863, while serving in the Confederate service under General Colquitt. He was the father of eight children, of whom seven are still living -- Emily M., William E., John W., M. G. (our subject), Charles E., Henry F., and Nancy F.

Marmaduke G. Bayne, as will be seen from the above, was left an orphan before he was eight years of age, and, having no inheritance, was compelled to care for himself. He went from Jones to Bibb County, where for six years he worked for his board and clothing, his employer and protector being John Mitchell. He then worked on a farm for some time, saved money and entered Carrollton Institute, John M. Richardson, president, and studied ten months; he next taught a while, saved money, and entered the University of Georgia, at Athens, from which he graduated in 1878. Once more he resorted to school teaching, reading law the meanwhile under preceptorship of W. E. Collier, and was admitted to the bar, November 10, 1879, at Macon. He first practiced at Fort Valley, Ga, where he remained five years, filled the offices of city treasurer and alderman, and then, in 1884, returned to Macon, where he has since resided, and where his professional abilities are fully recognized. He was married in April, 1879, to Miss Minnie Rushing, of Byron, Ga, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hardison) Rushing, of Houston County. To this happy marriage have been born four children, namely: Lester, Alva, Emma and Marmaduke. Mr. Bayne is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church.

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