Absalom's Branch

Big Creek Cemetery
Alma, Bacon County, Georgia

On April 19, 2003 descendants of Zilpha Jean Holland and David Woodard Peacock, C. S. A.; and members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans; gathered at Big Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Alma, Georgia, to honor their heritage.  A memorial plaque was dedicated and placed on the grave of Confederate War Veteran David Peacock, husband of Zilpha Holland, nearly 100 years after his death, commemorating his service in the North Carolina Troops.  

 About 150 people attended the impressive dedication ceremony and family reunion luncheon that followed, including five living grandchildren of Zilpha Holland and David Peacock.  The program featured prayers; posting of the CSA Colours; singing of "Dixie" by the crowd; a brief overview of David Peacock's military service given by his great-great grandson, George Randall Peacock, 1st Lt. Commander SCV Camp #1372 Fighting Joe Wheeler of Birmingham, Alabama; the reading of a poem entitled "Dear Ancestor" by Patricia Allen Wiggins; and the placing of a wreath by Mrs. Faye Castile, vice president of the Florida Division of the UDC.  A great-great granddaughter of Zilpha and David Peacock, Danielle Nicole Thomas, unveiled the marker.  A cannon battery salute was performed by the 9th Georgia DeKalb Light Artillery, who are members of SCV Camp #154, "The Invincibles," from Tattnall County, Georgia.  A 21-gun musket salute was performed by the 26th Georgia Company "K" Infantry, who are members of SCV Camp #918, "Appling Grays," of Waycross.  A haunting rendition of "Taps" was performed by Bill Bowers at the close of the ceremony.  

The ceremony was primarily organized by Zilpha and David Peacock's great-granddaughter Aline (Shellie) Allen Thomas Weber, a resident of Alva, Florida.  She is a member of the Ft. Meyers Chapter #2614 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy who sponsored the dedication of the bronze marker.   


Randy Peacock salutes the Confederate and Georgia flags next to the graves of his great-great-grandparents, David W. Peacock and Zilpha Holland, while SCV give musket salute.  


George Randall Peacock beside grave of his great-great-grandfather David W. Peacock.  The photograph on grave is of David W. Peacock and Zilpha Jean Holland, daughter of Absalom Holland and Nancy Hales. 

David Woodard Peacock, C. S. A.
1838 - 1904
27th NC Infantry, Co. "K"
15th NC Infantry, Co. 'I"
May 1861 - April 9, 1865
Wounded at Bristo Station, Va.
Surrendered with Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, Va. 


These pictures were donated in May 2003 by George Randall Peacock, great-great-grandson of Zilpha Holland and David W. Peacock.

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