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Pvt. William H Atkins

married 28 December 1865 in Hopkins County, Texas.
Name: William Atkins
Death date: 03 Jan 1920
Death place: Amarillo, Potter, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): w
Age at death: 74 years 8 months 25 days
Birth date: 08 Apr 1845
Birth place: Tn
Marital status: Married
Father name: E D Atkins
Father birth place: Nc
Mother name: Rebecca Damron
Mother birth place: Tn
Occupation: Farmer
Burial place: Amarillo, Tx
Burial date: 04 Jan 1920
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
Potter Co Death Certificate # 2866

William’s first wife was Marcella Jane Dial (1846-1890). Marcella was the daughter of Martha Evan Hall (1827-1906) and Joseph H. Dial. They were married 28 December 1865 in Hopkins County, Texas. Their children:

Martha “Mattie” Rebecca (Atkins) Myers (1867-1935)
Zelan Vivian Atkins (1871-1893)
Edwin Lee Atkins (1872-1930)
Edward Atkins (1873-?)
Emmitt Attwell Atkins (1877-1939)
Rosella “Rosa” Hope (Atkins) Caldwell (1882-1911)

One year and six days after William’s first wife, Marcella’s, death, he married May Ella Harris (1847-1923), on 22 July 1891 in Wilbarger County, Texas.
Ella was the daughter of Martha E McSpadden of Tennessee and William F. Harris of South Carolina. Ella is buried next to William and her tombstone says “Wife of Wm Atkins”. FYI:
William’s daughter “Mattie” and her husband, Lewis H. Myers, and several of their children
are buried in the next row west of William and Ella.

As William’s footstone records, William was a Civil War veteran. He held the rank of Private and served with Company D of the 37th Texas Cavalry in the Confederate Army. He enlisted on 1 April 1863 and was discharged at the end of the war on 5 June 1865. About 3 three weeks after William’s death, on 21 January 1920, Ella filed for a Confederate Widow’s Pension, Application/File # 36561, which was approved the same year.

Even though Ella died in the home of her sister, Miss Margaret ‘Lula’ Harris, in Mobeetee, Texas, her brother, B.A. Harris, brought her back to Amarillo to be buried beside her husband William. J.J. Love was the undertaker. Per the Application for Mortuary Warrant in William’s Confederate Pension file.

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Pvt David Lorenzo Britian

Parson’s Texas Cavalry
(Potter Co, TX Confederate Service Records)

Name: David L. Britain
Death date: 27 May 1920
Death place: Amarillo, Potter, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): white
Age at death: 80 years 7 months
Birth date: 30 Sep 1839
Birth place: Mo.
Marital status: Married
Father name: Joseph Britain
Father birth place: Tenn.
Mother name: Scena White
Occupation: Real Estate
Burial place: Amarillo, Texas
Burial date: 30 May 1920
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976

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Major James T Poe

THE RESCUE of Major Poe’s Family
In September of 1863, Colonel John Logan and Major James T. Poe had been trying to have their 11th Arkansas Infantry sent back to Arkansas to help protect their families because of the news that Little Rock had been taken by the Union Army.
Major Poe had obtained a furlough to travel home to check on his family in Saline County. The Yankees had received word that he was on his way home so they went to his home and captured his family and waited for him to arrive. Some neighbors warned Major Poe that the Yankees were at his home so he hid in the woods nearby and watched in horror as his home was burned and his family was taken away to a Union Camp nearby.
Major Poe knew that there were a lot of men in Saline County on furlough like himself so he gathered all the men he could find including William and Calvin Stuckey. William and some of his friends who were on furlough from Port Hudson, Louisiana and Calvin was home on furlough from the 2nd Arkansas in Mississippi.
Major Poe and his band of men attacked the Union camp and drove the Yankees away in a few minutes. Major Poe was then reunited with his family and took them south to Columbia County to a safe place. He then returned and received permission to form a new cavalry unit made up of the men who had helped him save his family plus some deserters and new recruits. This unit was officially designated Poe’s Battalion on November 9, 1863.
William and Calvin then remained with Major Poe for the remainder of the war and fought with him in Arkansas at Mt. Elba, Mark’s Mil and at Poison Springs. (Mt. Elba is near New Edinburg, Mark’s Mill is located between Kingsland and New Edinburg and Poison Springs is located near Camden, all in Southern Arkansas) At the time of his enlistment in Poe’s Battalion, Calvin Stuckey was promoted to 3rd Sergeant.

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Pvt Drury Micheal Arrowood

The Gazette, Gastonia, NC

April 26, 1926

Mr. D. M. Arrowood Honored on his 80th Birthday.

Bessemer City, April 21.

An affair of more than usual interest throughout the state and county took place Saturday, April 17, when Mr. And Mrs. T. R. E. Oats, at their home in the country, were host and hostess to a large number of relatives, celebrating the eightieth birthday of the latter’s father, Mr. D. M. Arrowood. The day was m most delightful one to everyone present, and none happier than the honor guest, and his children and near kin gathered around him. The grandsons and cousins spent a wonderful day playing ball on the spacious grounds.

The home was most attractive with its wealth of lilacs in the reception rooms and of dogwood in the dining room. At the noon hour a most sumptuous dinner of all good viands was abundantly served; and after all present had entirely satisfied the inner man, quantities of good things remained unconsumed.

A large white birthday cake decorated in pink, bearing the dates 1846-1926, with large bowls of apple blossoms, centered the long dinner table. Covers were laid for Mr. Arrowood, Misses Estelle and Ida Arrowood, Mr. And Mrs. Lon Arrowood, Hugh, Edith, Ruth, Paul, Martha Davis and Esther Ann Arrowood, of Shelby, Mr. And Mrs. Bruce Arrowood, Flake, Bruce, Jr., Harry, Dan and John Arrowood. Mrs. W. T. Mills, Mrs. Maggie Merriwether and Gladys Merriwether, of Concord; Mr. Jim Davis, Miss Laura Arrowood, Mr. And Mrs. Clyde Arrowood, Kenneth Arrowood, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Arrowood, Nancy and Nell Frances Arrowood, all of Lincolnton; Rev. Robert Arrowood, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Concord, and sister, Miss Julia Arrowood, a member of the public school faculty at Concord; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Arrowood, Mary Rutledge and Clay Arrowood and Mr. R. G. Rutledge, of Lincolnton, (NC); Mrs. Leila Willis, of Lincolnton, and Mrs. Sara Dameron, of Bessemer City; Mrs. Bertha Gatling, Billy and Wilmot Gatling of Gastonia; Mrs. Lou Moore, Mrs. Ida Gamble, Tom and Robert Gamble, and Miss Mabel Clemmer. All of Mr. Arrowood’s children were present except Mr. Fred Arrowood, of Elon College. Late in the afternoon, just before the guests departed, the birthday cake was cut, each one receiving a slice.
Mr. Drury Michael Arrowood, in whose honor the reunion was held, was born April 17, 1846, and is 80 years of age. He is erect and spry, and does not look to be over sixty-five. He enjoys fine health and works every day on his farm. He is the third child of the late William and Mary Ann Foneberger Arrowood, both of whom also lived to be ripe old age. The mother lived to reach the age of 76, and the father died about 1910, age 95 years. Mrs. Sara Dameron, the oldest child in the family is still hale and hearty at the age of 84 years, and was one of the first to arrive on the morning of the reunion. Mr. Arrowood’s other living brothers and sisters are Mrs. Leila Willis, of Lincolnton, and Mrs. Ruff Kiser, of Blacksburg, S. C. and Mr. Luther Arrowood, of Lincolnton. Brothers and sisters who have died include Mrs. Margaret Davis, who died a number of years ago, at her home in Colorado; Mr. John Arrowood, who died in 1910; Rev. Butler Arrowood and Rev. W. C. Arrowood died in 1921, within ten days of each other. One brother Philip did not survive infancy.

Mr. Arrowood married Miss Nancy Jane Davis more than 60 years ago, and they were the parents of the following children; Lon, Laura, Bruce, Ida, Myrtle, (Mrs. Oates), Estelle, Clyde, Wilton, Fred, Ralph; and two other children, Arthur and Pearl, who died in infancy. Mrs. Arrowood died in 1915, at age of 61.

Mr. Arrowood has always lived where he now lives, with the exception of a few years spent in Tennessee when he was a young man. All his life he has been a member of the Presbyterian Church at Long Creek and for a long time has served as deacon. He was a Confederate soldier serving with the 17-year-old boys. He takes an active interest in all his surroundings and has many friends who hope he may celebrate many more birthdays.

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Pvt Nathaniel Allen

Born in Wake County, Nathaniel is the brother of Lt. Wyatt Allen. He is shown as attending school in the 1860 census. Enlisted in Alamance County at age 20, May 28, 1861. Appointed Commissary Sergeant July 1, 1861, and transferred to Field and Staff of the 6th N.C.S.T. Reduced to ranks on February 25, 1862, and was reassigned to this company; however he was detailed as Acting Commissary Sergeant until November 7, 1863, when he was captured at Rappahannock Station, VA. Confined at Point Lookout, MD., until paroled and exchanged at CoxÕs Landing, James River, VA., February 14, 1865. Reported present with a detachment at Camp Lee, near Richmond, VA. February 17, 1865. In 1866, he joined the Cary Masonic Lodge no. 198 with his brother and father. He was demitted from the lodge in 1875. Allen was admitted to the Raleigh Old SoldierÕs Home on November 19, 1910 at age 68. It lists his home county as Guilford and his death as April 30, 1915. Nathaniel is buried Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, N.C.

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James Calvin Bryant Elliott’s Brigade, Co H 23rd

James Calvin Bryant, a very successful merchant and a leading citizen of early Loris, was one of six children born in Marion County, SC, to Stephen D and Martha F Bryant. The 1850 county census records show J.C.Bryant, as he was later known, as being born on March 8 1846; however, his tombstone, located in the Green Sea cemetery, shows his birthdate as 1843. No records have been found concerning Bryant during his early years until he enlisted in the Civil War on March 3 1863. It is believed he may have changed the year of his birth by the time he enlisted in Elliott’s Brigade, Co.H, 23rd Ret. in Wilmington, NC. Young bryant served only six months before he was listed as absent because of sickness. He continued to be reported absent because of sickness until he was admitted to Jackson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. On February 13, 1865, Bryant was discharged because of sickness.
On October 5, 1866, J C Bryant was married to Nancy S Mincey by the Rev. Matthew Martin and records show on August 2, 1867 he purchased 100 acres of land for $150. It is believed this land was in the Green Sea Township because in 1881 he built the Old Bryant Home in Green Sea. Records of 1880 show Bryant living on 100 acres of land in the Green Sea Township.
Between 1866 and 1881, J C and Nancy Bryant became the parents of eight children and they lived in the Green Sea Township until he purchased property in Loris on December 29, 1899. The first house the Bryants lived in in Loris was located at the intersection of Main and Broad St. The Bryants lived in this house until about 1907 when he purchased the farm and home where Mrs. Lena Bryant once lived. They lived in the Lena Bryant home until Nancy Bryant died in 1914. After his wife’s death, J.C. Bryant lived with his daugther and son in law, Eva Mae and Dan W Hardwick.
J C Bryant was a clever businessman and was a leader in many of the early businesses in Loris. He was an active leader in the building of the Methodist church, It is said that Bryant furnished, cut and delivered the lumber used to build the church which was later moved and given to the local black members of the Methodist church. As long as he owned the JC Bryant Lumber company, Bryant supplied, cut and delivered firewood to the local Methodist preachers.
In September, 1902. J C Bryant helped sponsor a basket picnic for anyone interested in promoting the idea of building a tobacco warehouse. $1500.75 was received and the warehouse had its opening sale on July 26, 1905.
At his death, J C Bryant left an estate valued at $42158.06 to his six surviving children and two surviving children of his deceased daughter.
An article on the front page of the Horry Herald on May 18, 1916 stated, “Man of Affairs has Passed Away. President of the J C Bryant Co. of Loris for a number of years. Mr. J C Bryant, for many years the president of The J C Bryant Company, a leading mercantile concern located at Loris, departed this life on the afternoon of May 12 at an advanced age. He had been unable, owing to ill health, to attend to any active affairs for some time before his death. He was a veteran of the Civil War, a past Master in the Masonic Fraternity and was a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was successful in business and was a leading citizen of his time. He is survived by several children, all grown to womanhood and manhood. The interment took place at Green Sea, the old home place of Mr. Bryant on last Saturday at 4:00 pm.”
James Calvin and Nancy Mincey Bryant’s children, Mandy Mellie, Simpkons D, Francis Elmina, James Aldolphus, Warren Carl, Eva Mae, Jennie E and Nancy Adeline, have left many descendents in the Loris area. Mandy Mellie married John A McDermott and they were the parents of 2 children, Maude who died as a child and Johnny who died shortly after his birth. Mandy Mellie Bryant died about the time of the birth of Johnny. Simpkons D Bryant married Emma Jenkins and they were the parents of Nell who married Bernard Peal, Albert who married Oleta Fore, and Elise who married a Mr. Humphery. Francis Elmina Bryant married J Quincey Graham and they were the parents of Blanche who married Doc Prince, Ernest who married Sarah, Ruth who married H. Clay Hughes, James who married Janie Marsh, Fannie who married C.P.Brewer, Ruby who was first marreid to Poe Hickmand and after his death to John Spell, Gladys who married Frank Barbour, Joe who married Lucille Cater, and Clarabelle who married Pete Nocek. James Alfolphus Bryant married Blanche Harreson and they were the parents of Roscoe who married Lena Carter, Douglas who married Frances McCorkle, and Hubert who married Doris. Warren Carl Bryant married Rebecca Elizabeth Watson and they were they parents of James Thomas who married Dorothy Jennings, Frosty Bell who married Quince Grainger, Warren Ralph who married Emma Shelley, William Penn who married Janie Weaver, Ethel Bernice who married Averet Hayes, Edwin Earl who married Vera Shelley, John Calvin who married Cornell Allen, Cordelia who married John Alexander, Robert Eldridge who married Austin Grainger, Bruce who married Essie Mae Thompkins, and Rebecca who married Raymond Loch. Eva Mae Bryant married Dan W Hardwick and they were the parents of D. W who never married and Nathan Everett who married Nell Winesette. Jennie E Bryant married D.F. McGougan and they were the parents of John Monroe who married Velma Bell and James who married Sarah Powell, Nancy Adeline Bryant married Albert F Cannon and they were the parents of Dorothy Genevieve who never married, Frank Cannon who married Grace Fowler, Cecile Elouise who never married, and James Bryant Cannon who married Suedell Norris

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Sgt James Alexander Fisher

– Born in Virginia
– Pre-enlistment occupation: Farmer
– Last known address: Marshall, MO
– James Alexander Fisher died on Nov 17 1916 at Marshall, MO
– He is buried at Ridge Park Cemetery, Marshall, MO

– 30 years of age at time of enlistment
– Enlisted on Apr 22 1861 at Warrenton, VA as Private

Mustering information:
– Enlisted into Fauquier Light Artillery (Virginia)
– Enlisted into K Company, 17th Infantry (Virginia) on Apr 22 1861
– Surrendered while serving in 17th Infantry (Virginia) on Apr 9 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA

Intra-company transfers:
– Transferred from K Company to G Company on

– Promoted to Sergt

Listed as:
– Wounded on May 16 1864 at Drewry’s Bluff, VA (In thigh)
– Absent, wounded on May 17 1864
– Returned on Jan 15 1865

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Maj Jacob Henry Ransom Co K 1 Cherokee Mtd Vols


Well Known as Railroad Promoter – Burial Will Be Made Here

Word was received here this morning of the death of J. H. Ransom of Houston, Texas, formerly of Carthage. He was about 85 years old and had been in failing health several years.
Mrs. Ransom is a sister of Mrs. Ed Gerkey and Mrs. B. Werner and an aunt of E. M. Yancey of Carthage. The wife is the sole survivor.
Mr. Ransom was a railroad promoter and was widely known in rail circles throughout the southwest, having been instrumental in the building of several lines.
The body will be brought to Carthage and funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Gerkey home, 522 East Chestnut street.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerkey, who have been in Kansas City this week, are expected home today. they are making the trip by motor.

Photo at right:
Marriage announcement published in the October 30, 1890 edition of the Carthage Weekly Press newspaper in Carthage, MO.

Civil War background

Jacob N. Ransom
1st Regiment, Cherokee Mounted Volunteers, CSA

Side Confederate
Company K
Soldier’s Rank_In Private
Soldier’s Rank_Out Private

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Pvt Marcus Lafayette Wilkins Co. D 2nd Battalion NC

Marcus Lafayette Wilkins was the son of John F. Wilkins and Sarah Jane Beam. He married Martha Tabitha Anderson, the daughter of Ensley Benton Anderson and Mary Ann Blackwell, on September 24, 1865, in Gilmer County, Georgia. They had eight children: William, Mary, Nancy, John, Joseph, Robert, Floyd, and James. During the Civil War, he enlisted on July 22, 1861, at Forsyth County, Georgia as a private in D Company, 2nd Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, CSA. On April 11, 1864, he was transfered to E Company, 21st Georgia Infantry Regiment, CSA. He was captured at the Battle of Roanoke Island (Fort Huger) and later paroled, and he was captured at the Battle of Gettysburg and remained as a POW until paroled for exchange on February 18, 1865, at Pea Patch Island, Delaware City, Delaware. After the war, he moved to Arkansas where he farmed in Madison and Benton Counties. He later moved to the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory and eventually moved to Golden, Barry County, Missouri, where he died.

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PVT Moses Albert Waldron

Son of Joshua Waldron and Frances Settle

Moses A. Waldron resided at 914 Chestnut, Carthage, Missouri with his wife Fanny. He had worked as a policeman and at 83 years he of age passed away from chronic heart disease and high blood pressure.
Burial in Park Cemetery under the direction of Knell Mortuary.
The death certificate can be viewed at Missouri Digital Archives/death certificates online website.

MARRIAGE: to Mildred Frances Clingenpeel
26 Sep 1865 – Bedford, Virginia




End Comes Unexpectedly to Confederate Veteran at Home on West Chestnut

The ranks of that rapidly thinning army of men who fought for the causes of the north and south in 1861 to 1864 lost another good soldier last night when M. A. Waldron, Confederate veteran, who served with Pickett division at Gettysburg, and for nearly 25 years a resident of Carthage, passed away suddenly at his home, 914 West Chestnut street. Mr. Waldron would have been 84 years old next March 4.
Mr. Waldron until failing health and particularly the failing health of his wife caused his retirement a year ago, served this city as merchant’s policeman 16 years and in that capacity came to be familiarly known and universally liked by citizens of Carthage. To the public he generally was known as “Dad” Waldron and everyone had a cheerful word for him.

End Comes Without Warning
For several days past Mr. Waldron had not been well, and members of the family entertained fears that he was near death. Yesterday, however, he appeared stronger and was up and around, stepping out onto the porch last night to bid goodbye to members of his family who had been visiting him.
Shortly at 11:50 last night he arose to wait upon Mrs. Waldron and a few moments later returned to his bed. Lying back he placed his hands across his breast, putting them together seemingly, and then was still.
When he did not answer Mrs. Waldron investigated and discovered he was dead.

Native of Virginia
Moses A. Waldron was a native of Virginia, having been born near Roanoke, March 4, 1841. He was reared in that state and when the Civil War broke out enlisted in Company D. 128th Virginia Infantry which was organized at what was then his home, Stewardsville.
The company was mustered in May 20, 1864. He served with Lee’s army until the surrender at Appomattox, participating in all of the battles in which that army took part, including those at Bull Run and Gettysburg. Although in the thick of the fighting, Mr. Waldron went through the war unscathed although he had many close calls.
At the close of the war Mr. Waldron went into Pennsylvania to get work, returning to Virginia in September, 1865, to marry his sweetheart, Miss Fannie Frances Clingenpell. Seven years later they moved to Indiana and then to Missouri, coming to Carthage from Appleton City in 1904. He had engaged in farming at Appleton City. After coming to Carthage he worked as a night-watch, taking up the work of merchant policeman in 1911.

Wife and 5 Children Survive
Mrs. Waldron and five of their nine children survive. The surviving children are Mrs. A. E. Stewart and Mrs. F. A. George of Carthage, Mrs. W. E. Booker, Kansas City, MO.; Mrs. S. E. Hicks, Los Angeles, CA., and Mrs. Glen West, Kansas City, KS.
Six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive as follows: Grandchildren-Mrs. Lottie Lohrier, Chicago; Carl Booker, Ruth, Nevada; Charles George, Carthage; Mrs. A. C. Van Hook, Carthage; Mrs. Lena Garretson, Walnut, CA.; Mrs. Carl Covington, Alhambra, CA.


Pvt. Moses A. Waldron
Regiment Name 28 Virginia Infantry
Side Confederate
Company D

28th Regiment, Virginia Infantry

28th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Lynchburg, Virginia, in June, 1861. Its members were raised in the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Bedford, Campbell, and Roanoke. After fighting at First Manassas the unit was assigned to General Pickett’s, Garnett’s, and Hunton’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It was active in the campaigns of the army from Williamsburg to Gettysburg except when it served with Longstreet at Suffolk. The 28th moved to North Carolina, then was on detached duty at Richmond. It fought at Cold Harbor, endured the battles and hardships of the Petersburg trenches, and was engaged in various conflicts around Appomattox. The regiment totalled 600 men in April, 1862, and reported 40 casualties at Williamsburg at 47 at Seven Pines. It lost 12 killed and 52 wounded at Second Manassas, had 8 killed and 54 wounded during the Maryland Campaign, and, of the 333 engaged at Gettysburg, half were disabled. Many were captured at Sayler’s Creek, and 3 officers and 51 men surrendered on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Robert C. Allen, Robert T. Preston, and William Watts; Lieutenant Colonels Samuel B. Paul and William L. Wingfield; and Majors Michael P. Spesard and Nathaniel C. Wilson.