One of the most well-known (and somewhat scandalous) stories regarding those buried in Midway Cemetery is that of Senator John Elliott. John was born and raised locally, attended Yale University, and married Martha “Patsy” Stewart from Savannah. Martha was 17 when she married John - a widower old enough to be her father.
Martha was known for being beautiful, stylish, and having her choice of suitors. One of these suitors was her fellow Savannah native, James Bulloch (grandson of GA Governor Archibald Bulloch). James and Martha grew up together, but for reasons unclear, Martha wouldn’t marry him. Instead, she proceeded to take her time weighing her options – eventually attracting the attention of the much older John Elliott, who was known to be destined for the Senate. She began to court John Elliott – but imagine her shock when she learned that her childhood beau, James Bulloch, had proposed to John Elliott’s daughter!
Within a week, Martha became engaged to John Elliott – thus becoming the step-mother-in-law of her former suitor, James. The timing was questionable -- and, if that wasn't awkward enough -- Martha was younger than her husband's prior children.
The year that Martha married John Elliott, he was elected to Senate. She accompanied him to Washington, DC, where the young legislator’s wife turned heads. She welcomed the glamour and attention and was described as wearing an ostrich feather hat that “hung down to her belt.”
However, after only a decade, John Elliott passed away. Martha was widowed at only 30-years-old.
Elliott family tomb in Midway Cemetery. Resting place of John Elliott (Martha "Patsy" Stewart's first husband)
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