Camilla Hillman Hubert


Camilla Hillman Hubert was born in 1858 six miles north of White Plains, GA. She is the oldest child of Beatrice and Jasper Hillman. Camilla was born on the John Hillman estate, comprised of several thousand acres of land; her earliest memory was hearing talk about the "Yankees" coming through Georgia to Savannah in December, 1864. Jasper lived with his old master for three years after emancipation, then he rented land about two miles south of the old plantation and began to farm on his own. This place was known at that time as the Askew Place. He lived there for many years and raised most of his large family there.

The old two-story house was burned down about 1890 and was never rebuilt. Fortunately, a son of Camilla bought that portion of the tract which made it possible for Camilla to select her own burial place, which was just ten steps from the spot where she and Zack were married in August, 1873.

Camilla was the happy mother of seven sons and five girls, all of whom, with her husband, survived her.

Camilla's home, which she and Zack labored to buy, and where all of her children were born and reared, was only 300 yards from the spot where she is buried.

One of her sons asked her jovially, in late November 1925, "Ma, what do you want for a Christmas present?" She replied, "Just a nice little tombstone with plenty of pretty flowers planted around and kept beautiful."

Camilla died in Atlanta in December, 1925. She had gone there to stay with her oldest daughter, Beatrice, because she was ill. Beatrice's husband, Ross Douthard, Sr., was a doctor and it was felt that they could look after her well. Ross, Jr. remembers her feeling so good one day that, when he came home from school, she was sitting out on the front porch in the sun. Not long after that, three doctors came to consult when she was near death. They felt that Dr. Douthard had prescribed all the possible medicines and she was getting the best care possible. "She died of heart failure soon thereafter, full of faith and happy, with her children and several of her grandchildren around her."

Zack stayed in Atlanta, first with Beatrice, then with Johnson, and then with his youngest daughter, Mabel, who was then living with her husband in Graves Hall at Morehouse. One day, Zack just caught the train back to his home in Hancock County.

In March of 1926, neighbors called to say that, after having not seen Zack for some time, they discovered him dead in his home. It was said by all who were around him after his wife's death, that he just "pined away the rest of his life". They had never been separated, in 52 years of marriage, until the time of her illness and he just couldn't bear the loss any longer.


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