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Rev. Robert Lewis  Bolton

Rev. Robert Lewis Bolton

Male 1883 - 1950  (67 years)

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  • Name Robert Lewis Bolton  [1
    Bolton, William Hardaway
    Bolton, William Hardaway
    The sons of William Hardaway Bolton (in birth order, not in photo order): Walter Howard; Herbert Alfred; William Oscar; Robert Lewis (seated, middle); and Charles Warren.
    Title Rev. 
    Born 15 Nov 1883  Milner, Lamar, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Name Robert L Bolton  [2
    Residence Orange, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence Morgan County Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence Not Stated, Morgan, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1920  Madison, Morgan, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 11 Dec 1950  Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • From "Baptist Biography", Balus Joseph Winzer Graham, editor (Atlanta, Georgia: Index Printing Co., 1920) 22-24. Digitized at Google Books, <http://books.google.com>

      Here is one of the most gifted and efficient of the younger Baptist ministers of Georgia.

      He was born at Milner, Georgia, November 15, 1883. His grandparents were all of sturdy Irish and Scotch-Irish stock, coming to Georgia from South Carolina. Two of the four grandfathers were ministers of the gosprl, one of them being a Baptist and the other a Methodist. The Methodist forbear approached the Baptist position at least one point, viz., in his belief in immersion as baptism, which he administered to the father of the subject of this sketch. These grandparents were: Alfred Perdue and his wife, Mary Ann Mabry, on the maternal side; John Marvin Bolton and his wife, Elizabeth Dover, on the paternal side.

      William H. Bolton and Lorina H. Perdue were married December 3, 1876. They made an ideal home- a home where religion was dominant, where family worship was maintained, where good religious literature found a place, where preachers were welcome and where they often came. In this godly and intelligent home they reared five sons. Two of them live in Griffin, Georgia, where W. H. Bolton, Jr., is superintendent of the schools for Spalding county, and H. A. Bolton is deacon in the First Baptist Church. W. O. Bolton is a deacon in Newnan, and C. W. Bolton lives in Cedartown. The sons were brought to Christ while yet in the home where they grew up a priceless tribute to the character of the home.

      It was of such parent that "Lewis" was born, and in such a home was brought up. He received his earliest school training in the schools of his native county. His education was continued at Gordon Institute, Barnesville, Georgia; Mercer University, Macon, Georgia; and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. At Mercer he graduated in June 1906, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. At the Theological Seminary he graduated, two years later, with the degree of Graduate in Theology.

      While still at Mercer University, April 30, 1906, he was ordained to the gospel ministry, at Milner, by a presbytery consisting of J. A. Drewry, W. T. Smith, J. W. Johnson and E. J. Forrester. On the afternoon of the same day, at Milner, he preached a very effective sermon, which was a presage of the kind of ministry that he was to exercise.

      During his college course, he served churches at Hillsboro and Irvington. At the same time he also actively engaged in the Y.M.C.A. work of the University. In the course of his service as committeeman charged with the program of the daily devotional meeting, he performed a most marvelous feat. It had been decided to conduct a series of evangelistic meetings at the hour of the regular devotional service, and it fell to his lot to act as leader, the Association having decided, in conference with members of the faculty, to call in no outside help, but to lay the responsibility of the unsaved students upon the hearts and efforts of the saved ones. For several weeks young Bolton stood up each evening and spoke to his fellow-students; and the meeting was the best that the university has had in at least a dozen years.

      During vacation from the Seminary in the Summer of 1907, Mr. Bolton supplied the church in Thomson, Georgia, and gave great satisfaction to the brethren there. From the Seminary, June, 1908, he went to the Valence Street church, New Orleans, Louisiana, where he wrought faithfully and well, and from there to Millen, Gerogia, in October, 1911.

      At this juncture he greatly increased his already admirable equipment for his work by taking into partnership a beautiful and accomplished daughter of North Carolina, Mrs. Lizzie Griffith Compton. The marriage was solemnized October 4, 1911. Three children have blessed their home, Elizabeth Grier, Robert Lewis, Jr., and Louise Isabel.

      In Millen his ministry was vital and dynamic. Not only in his church but in the city also he was a force for righteousness that had to be reckoned with. From Millen he went to Madison, Georgia, January, 1918, where he has already taken a strong hold upon the city and won a high place of esteem of his people.

      Lewis Bolton has everywhere been a leading spirit among his fellows, and his talent has been readily recognized. While at college he was one of the editors of the Mercerian, the college publication; he was one of the officers of the Y.M.C.A. of the college, and was class orator at his graduation. Just out of college he was elected moderator of the Centennial Association, of which his home church at Milner was a member. For two years he served as a member of the Georgia State Board of Missions.

      Mr. Bolton has a fine evangelistic talent and has held many series of meetings that were very fruitful. He has held such meetings at various places in South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana.

      It is the hope of his many friends that this fine, manly specimen of the pastor, the evangelist and the promoter of civic betterment may live yet many years and labor even more successfully than ever before.
    Person ID I0241  Dickinson
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2009 

    Father William Hardaway Bolton,   b. 9 Jan 1854, Gwinnett County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1922, Lamar County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Mittie Lorena Perdue,   b. 15 Nov 1847, Monroe County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1923, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 03 Dec 1876  [5
    Family ID F0096  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Griffith,   b. 20 Dec 1882, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1964, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 3 Oct 1911 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Grier Bolton,   b. 9 Jul 1912, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 2005, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Robert Lewis Bolton,   b. 2 Jun 1914, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1964  (Age 50 years)
     3. Louise Isabel Bolton,   b. 7 Jan 1917, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 2002, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Family ID F0774  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Bolton, Robert Lewis
    Bolton, Robert Lewis
    Millen Baptist Church
    Bolton, Robert Lewis
    Bolton, Robert Lewis
    Valence Street Baptist Church

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    How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

  • Sources 
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    6. [S006918] World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration).
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    7. [S013317] 1920 U.S. Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920.T625, 2,076 rolls. Madison, Morgan, Georgia, ED , roll , page , image 63.

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