Historic Markers Across Georgia

Doc Holliday - Presbyterian Church

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Location: E. Solomon St. E of S Hill St., Griffin, GA
County: Spalding
Coordinates: N 33° 14.920    W 084° 15.795
  33.24866666    -84.26325
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Doc Holliday - Presbyterian Church Marker
Photo by Todd Massar


Doc Holliday
Presbyterian Church

The original building for the first Presbyterian Church of Griffin was built on this site. It is here where John Henry "Doc" Holliday and his mother Alice Jane were baptized into the Presbyterian faith.

Despite being born into a Methodist family, Alice Jane had not previously joined a church. She was received into the Presbyterian faith two months following the passing of their firstborn child, Martha Eleonora in June 1850. Church records show that almost eighteen months later, on Sunday, March 21st, 1852, "John Henry, infant son of Henry B and Alice J. Holiday received the ordinance of baptism."

Antidotal accounts describe young John Henry and his mother as being very close. As with is the custom of the time, it is likely that Alice Jane would have been responsible for his education before beginning formal schooling. She was raising him to be a Southern gentleman. John Henry's in formal education may have included piano and social graces.


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