Obadiah Wynn (1842 – )

"OBADIAH WYNN, a prominent citizen of Coweta county, was
born June 29, 1842, and is a brother of Joseph H. Wynn,
his grandfather being Maj. John Wynn of revolutionary fame,
and his father Judge Glen O. Wynn, for many years a 
central figure in the affairs of this region. Although 
his school privileges had been few, Judge Wynn was a 
great reader and kept fully abreast of the times on all 
of the leading questions of the day. He was a man who had
the full confidence of the people for his unswerving 
integrity, it being said that his work was as good as his 

In 1858, when he was elected to the state senate, a 
large portion of the better element of the Whig party 
supported him, although he was a stanch and uncompromising 
democrat, feeling that a man of his stability of 
character might be safely trusted, and loving him for 
his generous friendship for the poor and needy. 

During the dark days of the war many soldiers' wives 
and others of the needy were supported by his generous 
hand and it is well known that no one ever applied 
in vain to Judge Wynn. His patriotism displayed itself 
in the gift of two of his sons to serve in the war. 
His wife's father, Samuel Lumpkin, was also a revolutionary 
soldier, and the family is widely known as one of 
the worthiest in the state. Obadiah Wynn received his 
education in Fayetteville seminary and Newnan college, 
and had prepared himself to enter the state university, 
but the war coming on put an end to his hopes. He 
enlisted May, 1861, in Company A, Seventh Georgia 
regiment, being appointed lieutenant, but after the 
first battle of Manassas was promoted to the captaincy.
After serving two years he was forced to resign, owing 
to a wound received at the battle of Malvern Hill. 
Besides this he was engaged in several very fierce 
battles: Manassas, Yorktown, Seven Pines, Garnett's farm, 
and others of less note. 

After the war Mr. Wynn married Miss A. E. Ware, whose 
parents, George and Mildred (Sorrel) Ware, both natives 
of Virginia, were among the early settlers of Georgia. 
Mrs. Wynn's grandfather was in the revolutionary war 
and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. Mrs. 
Wynn was born in Fayette county, Ga., and she and her
husband are both members of the Baptist church. Mr.
Wynn is also a member of the masonic fraternity. At
the close of the war Mr. Wynn, like most of the old 
soldiers, returned home to begin life anew, without 
a dollar to start with. He began farming, but also 
engaged in mercantile trade, and by his own efforts, 
with care and diligence, has accumulated considerable 
wealth, and has given his children the best educational 
advantages. He has one son, Glen B. Wynn, of whom any 
father might be proud. He is a young man of great promise 
and marked ability as an amateur geologist, has one of 
the finest collections of minerals in all that region, 
and is thoroughly familiar with the subject. It is a 
delight to examine his beautiful specimens, and to 
listen to his lucid and interesting description; and 
it seems to afford him equal pleasure to display his 
collection and to explain concerning them. 

Mr. Wynn has three daughters:  Annie, Louise and Ruby,
who are typical representatives of true southern ladies, 
in beauty, goodness and refinement. The two elder are
highly educated; the younger has not yet completed her
studies. Mr. Wynn's beautiful home is elegantly fitted 
up and furnished, his farm is one of the best improved 
in the county, and he and his family deservedly stand 
high in the esteem of all who know them, and are leaders
in the society of the county."

Source:  Transcribed from MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA published by 
the Southern Historical Association, 1895.  Contributed by:
Nel Rocklein TAROCKLEIN@aol.com

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