Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace

Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace
This house and property belonged to John Ward, Jr At his death he willed the property to his nephew William Ward

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Other Jefferson Family

Pittsylvania County Courthouse (Virginia).(cro...Image via Wikipedia

Last Friday, I received two marriage certificates from Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

The first marriage certificate is for Robt. L. Bailey and Henrietta Jefferson dated October 28, 1885  Clerk W. B. Shepherd.

Time of Marriage  October 29, 1885
Full Names of Parties Married:  Robert L. Bailey and Henrietta Jefferson
Color:  White
Age of Husband 23
Age of Wife 19
Both were single
Place of Husband and wife's birth  Pittsylvania County
Names of Husband's Parents:  William and Celia Bailey
Name of Wife's Parents:  William and Matilda J. Jefferson
Occupation of Husband:  Farmer
Minister's Return of Marriage:  I certify that on the 29th of October 1885 at William Jefferson's I united in the marriage the above named and described parties, under authority of the annexed license.
William Motley

The Next marriage license was for Wm. T. Jefferson Farmer, Pittsylvania, Virginia son of Alexander Jefferson and Polly or Mary of age and Matida J.   Daughter of Henry and Mary Ramsey Farmers

This will certifiy that I celebrated the rites of matrimony between Wm. T. Jefferson and Matilda J. Ramsey on the 31 of December 1857.

I . H. Jefferson.    (Could be T. H.)

They could not find a marriage license for William and Celia Bailey.  That was pretty disappointing.

Marriages of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1806-1830
Abstracts of Pittsylvania County Virginia Wills 1767-1820
Marriages of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1767-1850
Footprints from the old survey books of Halifax & Pittsylvania counties in Virginia
 Road Kill: A Jax Hayes Crime Thiller

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Funeral of Clarence M. Bailey  son of Eros G. Bailey and Kizzie Mae Crawley.  PFC Clarence Milton Bailey was killed in Korean War on March 28, 1953.  Furneral took place at Gretna Christian Church.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Other Jefferson Family

As you know I have been working on the Henrietta Jefferson and Robert Bailey line.  I have a copy of the Eros Gray Bailey (sometimes they called him Uncle Bill) and Kissie May Crawley marriage license which told me that Eros Gray's father was Bob Bailey and his mother was Henrietta.  It also told me that he was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  Well, I found the census for 1870 for William T. Jefferson showing Henrietta living with her father and mother and the 1880 census showing her still living in Pittsylvania County with her father and mother. As you know the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire.  Henrietta then pops up in the 1900 and 1910 census with her husband Robert .

While searching through some notes I had from over ten years ago, I found a note my mother had sent me.  Quite a few years ago she was at the Pittsylvania Courthouse and someone told her that Robert age 23 and Henrietta (age 19) were married on October 29, 1885.  And she had a note that Robert's parents were William and Celia Bailey and Henrietta's parents were William and Matilda Jefferson.  She also had written that Wm. T. Jefferson and Matilda Ramsey were married on December 31, 1857.  William's parents were Alexander and Mary Jefferson.  If you remember from one of my past blogs that the 1870 census and 1880 census for the William Jefferson family has a Mary Jefferson living with them as widowed and mother.   Matilda J. Ramsey's parents were Henry and Mary Ramsey.

Yesterday I wrote Pittsylvania County Circuit Court and requested copies of marriage licenses for the above. I am really looking forward to see what they have to offer.

One of my problems is that I am having difficulty locating the Bailey Family.  In my searches I have found that Celia may have been a Duncan.  In the 1850 census, I found a Celia Duncan age 17 living with Elizabeth Duncan 40, Martha Duncan 13, Mary Duncan 8, Daniel Duncan 5, William Duncan 0.  In the 1860 census there is a Celia Bailey 28 which I believe to be my Celia Duncan married to William R. Bailey 24, Charles A. Bailey 4, John W. Bailey 2, George W. Bailey seven months. If this is Robert Bailey's family, he would have been born in 1862.  Unfortunately. they seem to have dropped off the face of the earth in the 1870 and 1880 census.  My questions are if William R. Bailey was in the Civil War and that is entirely possible, was he killed?  If he was killed, did Celia remarry.  I have been trying to find her.  I searched all of the Danville District for 1880 federal census and all of the Pigg River District, Pittsylvania County.  It took quite a while.  I have no indication that she lived in that area.  In any case I am getting closer and I will certainly know more when I get the marriage certificates back.

Danville (VA) (Images of America)
A Walking Tour of Danville, Virginia (Look Up, America!)
Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing Confederate Veteran Families in Virginia (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era)

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Welcome Back to Grave Matters

The Courthouse in Wytheville, Virginia.Image via Wikipedia

It has been a while since I posted any grave pictures for our astounding past.  A few weeks ago I was on the corner of Wilson Pike Road and Crockett.  This is the cemetery for some of the Crockett Family and Owen Family that moved to this area at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

 Picture of Crockett/Owen Cemetery

 Andrew Crockett grave stone and marker   Lt. Andrew Crockett Patriot American Revolution Montgomery County, Virginia Militia, Signer of Cumberland Compact  B. 1745  D. May 28, 1821 Tn

 Sara Sally Elliott Crockett wife of Andrew Crockett  B. 1750 in Va.  Died June 28, 1821 Tn
 Charles Crockett  son of James and Martha Crockett  Born March 12, 1835 Died August 19, 1858
James Crockett Born in Wythe County  December 9, 1790  Died November 17, 1874
Martha Crockett   Born January 15, 1804  No Death Date on Stone

If you remember, Charles Lynch and Robert Adams were seriously involved in running and guarding the lead mines in Wythe County, Virginia during the Revolution.  Wythe County was Montgomery County until 1790.  So it is totally possible that the Crockett family may have known the Ward family and Adams family.

Wythe County Chapters: A Gathering of Materials from Scarce, Rare, or Out- of-Print Sources about Wythe County, Virginia
Another album of Wythe County, Virginia
Photo Wythe House, Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia 1930
A Summer Without Children: An Oral History of Wythe County, Virginia's 1950 Polio Epidemic
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Field Jefferson Will in its entirety

Field Jefferson Will
Mecklenburg Virginia County Court House
Will Book 1 page 4

In the name of God, Amen, I Field Jefferson, of Lunenburg County, and St. James Parrish being in my proper sense and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  First of all, I resign my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the ground, to be Buryed in a Christian like decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors, and for what worldly goods it has pleased God to Bless me with, my will and desire is, that after my just debts and funeral charges are paid they may be disposed of as follows.
I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Jefferson, a Gold Ring of a Guinea value.
I give to my son Thomas Jefferson ten pounds curt. money annually during his natural life to be laid out by my other sons toward bringing his necessary clothes __ and fifteen pounds curt. money immediately after my death to pay the rights, patent fees of what lands he has taken up in Albemarle and Amherst Countys if I shall not do it in my life time.
I give and bequeath to my son Peter Field Jefferson the plantation whereon I live  including all the lands I purchased of Francis Howard (excepting ten acres at the Ferry Landing) and part of the back land running a straight line from the dividing line of two Howard's Hill it reaches Holloway line to him and his heir and assigns forever excepting also one hundred feet square at the Burying place.
I give and bequeath to my son George Jefferson the reaminder of my Back land except as much of the said land as is mentioned in my Bond to John Speed hereafter taken notice of to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and bequeath to my son John Jefferson all my land in the south side of Roanoke that I purchased of Andrew Hampton, and whereon my son Peter Field now lives, together with ten acres on this side of the river at the Ferry Landing as before mentioned to him his heirs and assigns forever.  Further more my will and desire in that whereas there is now pending a law suit between Field Farrar and myself concerning the land last mentioned , now if the said Farrar shall recover the land that then my two sons Peterfield and George Jefferson shall each of them pay my son John Jefferson two hundred and fifteen pounds curt. money in lieu of the said land but if we should not be the case in the said suit, then each of my said sons, Peter Field and George Jefferson only to pay my son John Jefferson one hundred pounds curt. money to make up the difference between their lands and his, and my will and desire is, that if my son John Jefferson should die before he comes of age or has issue lawfully begotten that then his part of the estate to be equally divided between my other two sons Peter Field and George Jefferson them and theirs heirs assigns forever
I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Nicholls the labor of a negro man slave named Robin during the absence of her husband William Nichols.
I give and bequeath to my two daughters Judith and Phoebe Jefferson one hundred and fifty pounds curt. money.  If my daughter Phoebe Jefferson shall die before she comes of age or marrys, then my daughter Judith Jefferson to have her part.
I give and bequeath to my friend John Speed about one hundred and fifty acres of land, being part of the back land mentioned above be the same more or less.  Beginning at a corner Black jack on Holloways line and thence a due West course to Speeds own line including all the land between Terrel, Williams and Holloways lines to him, his heirs and assignes forever.
I give and bequeath to each of my grandchildren Mary Delany, Susanna, and William Nicholls and God daughter Mary Burton a gold ring of a guinea value.
And lastly my will and desire is that all the rest of my estate of what kind soever be sold to the highest bidder in such manner as to make the most of it, and the produce of such sale to be equally divided between my three sons Peterfield, George and John Jefferson.
And I appoint my friend Henry Delany, my sons PeterField, George and John Jefferson to be the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all other wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this eight day of June, 1762
Field Jefferson
Signed Sealed and pronounced as his last will and testament in presence of John Day, Marinter Sanders, Mourning Day

At court held for Mecklenburg County on Monday the 10th day of June, 1765.
The last will and testament of Field Jefferson, Gent. decd. was offered to proof by George Jefferson one of the executors therein named and was proved by the oath of John Day and Mourning Day two of the witnesses thereto subscribed and also by the oath of the executor and admitted to record.
Teste:  John Tabb  C.M.C

I apologize for any misspellings or misinterpretations in advance.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More on the Jefferson Family in Pittsylvania County

Seal of Mecklenburg County, VirginiaImage via Wikipedia
Before I begin with the Jefferson Family I would like to mention that I found a free e-book on google.  The name of the book is A Southern Woman's Story by Phoebe Yates Pember.  She was a matron at Chimborazo Hospital during the Civil War.  I haven't had a chance to read it, but it may prove very interesting.  Also, please look up Chimborazo Hospital and read all the fascinating links.  I found myself just reading the newspaper articles attached to the hospitals and prisons.  Some of the articles name names which could be beneficial if you have an ancestor that you cannot find.


I found this on the internet.  It was published in the William and Mary Quarterly  Vol. 23, No. 3 (Janl, 1915), pp 181-182.  As communicated by Mrs. N. E. Clement

In an account of the Allen family, mention is made of the marriage of Elizabeth Allen to Field Jefferson, mother of Col. Peter Jefferson, of Albemarle.  Field Jefferson's will, dated 1762, is filed at Mecklenburg Courthouse, and in it he names four sons, viz.:  Thomas, Peter Field, George and John.

Also in the Book The Old Free State by Landon Covington Bell page 292 and 293 excerpt.

Field Jefferson son of Thomas Jefferson and uncle of Thomas Jefferson, the President, moved from Chesterfield County to Lunenburg County, and resided in that part of it now forming Mecklenburg County, near Clarksville, about where the rivers Dan and Staunton form the Roanoke. He called his farm Occaneechee.  He married Mary __________________(her family name has not been discovered) His will is recorded in the clerk's office of Mecklenburg County.  It is dated June 8, 1762, and was proved June 10, 1765.  In this will he describes himself as of Lunenburg County.  In other words, he made his will before Mecklenburg was cut off from Lunenberg, but it was cut off (by Act of November 27, 1764)  before his will was proved.
There are a number of deeds in Lunenburg County in 1762, from Field Jefferson to his sons George, John and Peterfield, and to his grandson Field Jefferson, son of Peterfield.
He had issue
Thomas Jefferson
Peterfield Jefferson born March 14, 1735, married May 30, 1762, Elizabeth Allen born December 7, 1739, daughter of Samuel Allen of Cumberland County.
George Jefferson
John Jefferson
Mary Jefferson who married one Nichools, and had Susanna Nicholls and William Nicholls.
Judith Jefferson
Phoebe Jefferson

Field Jefferson was the First cousin of Thomas Jefferson, the President.

Peterfield Jefferson, the son of the above Field Jefferson lived in Lunenburg which was later Mecklenburg.  Sometime between 1774 and 1776 he bought land in Pittsylvania County from his brother George and in 1779 he sold property to Elisha Walker and names his residence as Pittsylvania County.
No Will of Peterfield Jefferson has been found, but his children are shown by the will of his wife made in 1828 and recorded in Pittsylvania County
Their issue
Field Jefferson
John Jefferson
Samuel Allen Jefferson (b. March 24, 1776 died March 23, 1855) In Winston Dalton's list of vital statistics  I found a mention of a Capt. Samuel Jefferson and that his wife died on May 8, 1843.
Alexander Jefferson who married Elizabeth Smith.  Marriage Bond Dated February 20, 1808
Alexander Jefferson was the grandfather of David Alexander Jefferson of Chatham, Virginia.  He was the brother of my descendant Henrietta Jefferson Bailey.
Archer Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (died January 14, 1814)  who married Elizabeth Ball (marriage bond dated February 27, 1806)  She died December 27, 1857.  She was the daughter of John and Mary Ball
Patsy Jefferson  She married a Brewer
Judith Jefferson

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Salisbury Prison North Carolina

"Bird's Eye View of the Confederate Priso...Image via Wikipedia

While searching for fellowing enlistees on June 29th I found John Casey - Nail Cutter.  He is listed as dying as a prisoner on October 29, 1864 at Salisbury, North Carolina.  This made no sense to me because why would he be a prisoner in the south?  So I looked him up in and I found that someone had listed him as deserting in May of 1862 and rejoining on October 1, 1863.  But that didn't last but four days and he had deserted again on October 5, 1863.  A few months later on December 15, 1863, he rejoined.  He stayed until April, 1864 and was admitted in Chimbarozo Hospital for Shell Shock  on May 11, 1864 and died October 29, 1864 at Salisbury Prison in North Carolina.
This lead me to look up Salisbury Prison.  You can find information at

North Carolina seceded from the union on May 20, 1861.  The powers that be knew that there would be a need for a prison for the prisoners of war and they found an empty cotton factory which was located near the railroad tracts in Salisbury, North Carolina.  There were 120 prisoners of war at the Salisbury prison camp by the end of 1861 and in six months there were 1,200 prisoners at Salisbury.  According to the article I read that the prison population was compiled of northern soldiers, but quickly became a place for disloyal confederates, deserters, confederate criminals and civilians.  And with the exchange of prisoner policy being terminated and transfers from other prison in 1864 the prison population exploded.  In October of 1864 there were 5,000 prisoners and by November there were 10,000.  This was a prison that was designed to  house 2,500 men.  And not only that, but the Union Naval blockade caused a shortage of medicine, supplies and food.  One can only imagine the horrors.  Before October of 1864 the death rate had been only 2%.  After October, it increased to 28%.   There were mass burials every day.  The bodies were collected, taken to a dead house for counting and then loaded on a wagon.  At 2:00 p,m, the bodies would be taken to a cornfield and buried in a mass grave.

Now I don't know the real reason for John Casey being at Salisbury except for speculation that he tried to desert again.  Nor do I know if he is one of the five thousand men buried there.  It is just another sad tale of war that may never be finished.

The Salisbury National Cemetery was established in 1870 as a memorial to those who died there.

While reading about the cemetery I also went back to Chimbarazo site and found the web site below.  I found the newspaper articles extremely interesting.

PENNSYLVANIA AT SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA. Ceremonies At the Dedication of the Memorial Erected By the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania In the National Cemetery at Salisbury, North Carolina. IN MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO PERISHED IN THE CONFEDERATE PRISON AT SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA 1864 AND 1865
Salisbury: Civil War Death Camp in North Carolina
Pennsylvania at Salisbury, North Carolina: Ceremonies at the Dedication of the Memorial Erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the National Cemetery at Salisbury, North Carolina In Memory of the Soldiers of Pennsylvania who Perished in the Confederate Prison at Salisbury, North Carolina, 1864 and 1865
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Chimborazo Hospital

Chimborazo Medical MuseumImage by taberandrew via Flickr

In my list of soldiers enlisting with W. T. Jefferson on June 29, 1861, was a John Bates that died at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond.  I was a little curious about the name.  I found in several links on the computer that this is now the location for the Richmond Battlefield Park in Richmond, Virginia.  I read that recruits that came to Richmond at the beginning of the war set up training quarters at this location.  Chimborazo Hill was named by Alexander Humboldt an explorer.  Mr Humboldt had traveled to Equator and explored an inactive volcano called  Mt. Chimborazo, hence Richmond's Mt. Chimborazo was named.  The Soldiers set up as many as 100 wooden  buildings there and when they went to war they left their wooden barracks behind.  So the Surgeon General of the Confederate States Dr. Samuel P. Moore commandeered the area for a hospital which was established in October of 1861.  Dr. James B. McCraw was the head of the hospital.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

William T. Jefferson 57th infantry

On the May 10, 2011, blog I reported that William T. Jefferson was a member of the Co E 57th Virginia Infantry Pigg River Greys.  If you will recall, On July 14, 2010, I was writing about Winchester Dalton.  He was also in the 57th Virginia Infantry, but he was a Galveston Tiger Company D.  Winchester enlisted on Saturday June 22, 1861 and on the next weekend June 29, 1861 William T. Jefferson enlisted.  I have searched through a list of soldiers on that were in Company E  57th Infantry and what date they enlisted.  Below I have listed the soldiers that enlisted on the same day and in the same company as W. T. Jefferson.
  • Vincent Arthur
  • John Bates - Died of Disease on July 22, 1861 at Chimborazoh in Richmond, Virginia
  • Abner Bennett - died May 20, 1862 at Petersburg
  • Absalom Bennett - 
  • John Boswell - Died on July 14, 1863 from wounds received during the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Nacy Boswell - Died of Disease on January 17, 1863
  • Henry Bowling - Discharged from Company E on September 5, 1862
  • John Casey - Nail Cutter.  Died as a prisoner on October 29, 1864 at Salisburg, North Carolina
  • George Cook - enlisted as Corporal.  Promoted to full private (reduced to ranks) on May 7, 1862
  • John Cook - Farmer- discharged December 16, 1861
  • Thomas Cook - Promoted Full Sgt May 7, 1862
  • Henry Cooper - Died January 3, 1865
  • Doctor Cumby - Discharged December 15, 1861
  • Mial Dangerfield
  • Joseph Deboe - enlisted as private, promoted to full corporal on October 24, 1862
  • McMurry Haley
  • Elijah Holt - Deserted August 23, 1861
  • Perrin Hudson - Discharged September 5, 1862
  • John Julius
  • John Mease
  • William Pickeral - April 4, 1862
  • John Ramsey enlisted as Lieutenant  Resigned September 20, 1862.  (I found a John Ramsey living as a next door neighbor to William Jefferson in the census of 1860.  In all liklihood this is probably the same man.  I wander if they rode down together.  Also William's wife Matilda was a Ramsey.)
  • William Ramsey born April 10, 1831 Died September 19, 1905 enlisted as a Captain. promoted to full lieutenant colonel on July 5, 1863.  Was at the Surrender of Appomattox on April 9, 1865.
  • Alexander Ramsey enlisted a private and discharged due to disabilility on January 4, 1862.  Reenlisted on Novmeber 20, 1862 with Company C 39th Battalion.
  • Barton Reynolds  (Was another neighbor of William Jefferson)
  • John Reynolds as lieutenant  Resigned May 16, 1863
  • Henry Rigna  Found all through the war until the Surrender at Appomattox
  • Binney Rorrer  enlisted as lieutenant resigned July 4, 1862
  • John Shockly  Discharged January 14, 1862
  • William Smith - Discharged November 19, 1861  promoted to full corporal
  • Isaac Stevens
  • Stephen Stevens  enlisted at the age of 43  Discharged May 26, 1862.  He was a carpenter.
  • Gabriel Thompson  Discharged September 5, 1862
  • William Thompson  Discharged September 5, 1862
  • John Toler  died of disease  November 2, 1861 at Richmond, Virginia
  • Joel Willis  discharged September 5,1862
  • Chesly Woody Enlisted as Sgt at the age of 35   Died of disease on November 8, 1861 in Richmond, Virginia
  • Ralph Woody  promoted to full Sgt on December 24, 1861, Full lst lieutenant on July 5, 1863 and promoted to full captain on August 15, 1864.  He was at the surrender at Appomattox.    

Below is a list of Some of the Pittsylvania County, Virginia residents that were killed in the Civil War.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More about W. T. Jefferson

W. T. Jefferson was the son of Alexander Jefferson and Mary Polly Mahan.  He was born around 1840 which would have made him about 21 when he enlisted in Keen's Brigade at Rorrer's Mill in Pittsylvania County on Saturday, June 29, 1861.  All of Keen's Brigade was incorporated into the 57th Virginia Infantry on September 29, 1860. I have been searching on the map of Virginia and I believe that Rorrer's Mill was somewhere between Gretna, Virginia and Penhook, Virginia off of what is Route 750.  On that faithful day June 29, 1861 William Thomas Jefferson did not enlist alone.  I have looked through some records and especially to locate the men that enlisted on the same day and the same place as W.T. Jefferson.   This is the names I found which doesn't mean that there is not more.  Please note that John Ramsey was a next door neighbor and so was Barton Reynolds.

  • Vincent Arthur
  • John Bates - died of disease on July 22, 1862 at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia
  • Abner Bennett - died May 20, 1862 at Petersburg
  • Absalom Bennett
  • John Boswell - died July 14, 1863  from wounds received during the Battle at Gettysburg
  • Nacy Boswell - Died of Disease  January 17, 1863
  • Henry Bowling - Discharged from Company E on September 5, 1862
  • John Casey-Nail Cutter, Died as a prisoner on October 29, 1864 at Salisbury, North Carolina
  • George Cook  enlisted as Corporal promote to full private (reduced to ranks) on May 7, 1862
  • John Cook-Farmer  Discharged December 16, 1861
  • Thomas Cook  Promoted to Full Sgt on May 7, 1862
  • Henry Cooper - Died January 3, 1865
  • Doctor Cumby-Discharged December 15, 1861
  • Mial Dangerfield
  • Joseph Deboe- enlisted as private promoted to full corporat October 24, 1862
  • McMurry Haley
  • Elijah Holt   Deserted on August 23, 1861
  • Perrin Hudson - Discharged September 5, 1862
  • John Julius
  • John Mease
  • William Pickeral   Discharged April 4, 1862
  • John Ramsey enlisted as Lieutenant   Resigned on September 20, 1862
  • William Ramsey born April 10, 1831  Died September 19, 1905enlisted as a Captain. promoted to full Lt. Col. July 5, 1863 Surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865
  • Alexander Ramsey enlisted as privated.  Disability Discharge on January 4, 1862  Reenlisted with Company C 39th Battalion  on November 20, 1862
  • Barton Reynolds
  • John Reynolds enlisted as lieutenant  Resigned May 16, 1863
  • Henry Rigna  Was at surrender at Appomattox
  • Binney Rorrer  enlisted as lieutenant  Resigned July 4, 1862
  • John Shockly Discharged january 14, 1862
  • William Smith Discharged November 19, 1861  Promoted to Full Corporal enlisted as a private
  • Isaac Stevens
  • Stephen Stevens  enlisted at the age of 43  Discharged May 26, 1862    He was a carpenter
  • Gabriel Thompson  Discharged September 5, 1862
  • William Thompson Discharged September 5, 1862
  • John Toler  Was at the surrender at Appomattox
  • Peyton Toler Died of disease November 2, 1861  in Richmond, Virginia
  • Joel Willis  Discharged September 5, 1862
  • Chesley Woody enlisted as Sgt at the age of 35.  Died of disease on November 8, 1861 in Richmond, Virginia
  • Ralph Woody  Promoted to Full Sgt on December 24, 1861, promoted to full lst Lieutenant on July 5, 1863, promoted to Full Captain on August 15, 1864  was at the surrender at Appomattox.

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The Jefferson Bailey Family in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

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I have been exploring the census records on looking for information on Henrietta Jefferson and her father and mother. I also found my great great grandfather's grave stone on find a  His name was W.T. Jefferson and he was a Sgt during the Civil War.  I logged back onto and found information on W.T. Jefferson.  They said that he was enlisted in Company E 57th Virginia Infantry as a Sergeant.  That he enlisted at Rorrer's Virginia on June 29, 1861. He was discharged for wounds on July 13, 1864.
I checked the Library of Virginia and found in their digital resource catalog that William T. Jefferson had applied for a pension and for disability benefits.  His application of soldier, sailor or marine for a pension stated that he was 56 years old and he was a member of the 57th Virginia Infantry.  He was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3rd.  He lost the use of his left hand.  He also applied for disability due to the loss of his hand.  His statement was notarized by A. J. Ramsey justice of the peace of Pittsylvania County and R. W. Bennett was the physician that signed off on the disability.  H. F. Jones was the Clerk of Pittsylvania County at the time and his statement about W. T. Jefferson also added that he served under Captain Ralph Woody in the service of the Confederate States.
Just a little speculating here, but remember  myearly blog of this week where I listed  Dalton births, deaths and marriages that had been compiled by a teacher by the name of Winston Dalton.  These vital statistics  had been in the possession of Dr. Rueben Bennett.  Could this Dr. Bennett be the same man?  I think so.

Below are the engagements for 57th Virginia Infantry
Seven Days Battles, east of Richmond, Virginia  June 25-July 1, 1862
Malvern Hill, Virginia July 1, 1862
2nd Manassas, Virginia August 28-30, 1862
Shepherdstown Ford, West Virginia, September 20, 1862
Fredericksburg December 13, 1862
Suffolk Siege April - May 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania  July1-3, 1863
New Bern, North Carolina,  February 1, 1864
Chester Station, Virginia May 10, 1864
Drewry's Bluff, Virginia May 16, 1864
North Anna, Virginia May 22-26, 1864
Cold Harbor, Virginia  June 1-3, 1864
Siege of Petersburg June 1864-March 1865
Dinwiddie Court House  March 31, 1865
Five Forks, Virginia  April 1, 1865
Saylors Creek, Virginia  April 6, 1865
Appomattox Court Huse, Virginia  April 9, 1865

If you remember I have been searching other family members and Winchester Dalton was also a member of the 57th, but he was Company D  Galveston Tigers.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Other Jefferson Family

Pittsylvania County Courthouse (Virginia).(cro...Image via Wikipedia

A few days ago I started searching the census in to locate some of my Jefferson family relatives.  I found an 1870, 1880, 1900 and 1910 census.  Henrietta Jefferson was my great grandmother.  In the  1870 she is four years old and her family was inhabiting the area  north of the Dan River in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  Her father was William T. Jefferson and her mother was Matilda J.  In 1870, she had a old brother William T. and an older sister Nannie.  Henrietta also had a twin sister Mary A.  She also had a younger brother David A.
In 1880 she is living in the area South of the Pigg River and three more children have been born, Valeria, Welton or Melton and Cland M.   Also in the 1870 and 1880 census  William Jefferson's mother Mary is living with them.
Through my search I have discovered that her father was a civil war veteran.  He enlisted as a Seargeant on June 29, 1861 at Rorrer's, Virginia in Company E 57th Infantry Regiment.  W. T. Jefferson was discharged for wounds on June 13, 1864.  He served three years in the same company.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Some Vital Records of interest.

Last weekend I was in the library perusing the genealogy section.  I made a few copies of some vital records.

I found these in the book called "Virginia Vital Records". This section of the book originally was in the possession of Dr. Rueben Bennett of Gretna, Virginia for many years .  The register of births and deaths were kept by a school teacher in the area by the name of Winston Dalton.

Some dalton names

John Dalton son of Martin and Caty, born January 22, 1804
Daniel Dalton son of Martin and Caty, born February 23, 1805
Willis Dalton, son of Aggy, born March 14, 1811
Frances Dalton, died April 15, 1800
David Dalton son of William and Rachel born August 6, 1808
Cintha Dalton daughter of William and Rachel born June 29, 1811
Henry Dalton son of William and Rachel born November 5, 1813
Churchel Dalton son of William and Rachel born March 10, 1819
Dalton, ___ 2nd child of Aggy born April 28, 1816
Solomon Dalton son of Robert and Mary born June 14, 1760; moved to South Carolina from Pittsylvania in 1793
Aunt Mary Dalton wife of Solomon born May 10, 1765
Uncle James Dalton died May 1811
Dalton,  wife of Randolph died February 1, 1812
Martin Dalton started for Tennessee in October 6, 1813
Samuel Dalton died July 10, 1814
Molly Dalton (blind) died September 30, 1814
Caleb Dalton died October 3, 1814
Sally Dalton and John Toler married in January of 1807
Winston Dalton commenced teaching school May 8, 1820
Larkin Dalton son of James S. and Sally born January 5, 1804
Matthew Dalton son of James S and Sally born June 5, 1806
Greenville Dalton son of James S. and Sally born June 7, 1809
John H. Dalton son of Robert and Tabitha born February 26, 1807
Elzy Dalton son of Robert and Tabitha born January 11, 1809
Shelton Dalton son of Robert and Tabitha born February 20, 1811
James Dalton son of Robert and Tabitha born February 7, 1813
Bowker Dalton, son of Robert and Tabitha born March 19, 1815
Robert Dalton, son of Robert and Tabitha born May 26, 1817
Locke Dalton, son of Robert and Tabitha born November 6, 1819
Robert and Tabitha Dalton were married on April 24, 1806
Wyatt Dalton started for Tenessee on November 4, 1822
Joseph Dalton died October 3, 1825
David Dalton son of Lewis, married Polly Walden, daughter of Henry Walden who shot himself, married on June 4, 1826
Samuel Dalton and Caty Pickral  daughter of Thomas, married on June 4, 1826
Lasy Dalton, son of James and Polly, married June Pickral, June 15, 1826
Jonathan Dalton son of tim,  and Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Dalton, married September 17, 1826
John Dalton and Coley Mattocks, married December 12, 1826
John S. died March 2, 1827
Jubal S. Dalton and Peggy Wright married February 21, 1832
David Dalton and Sally Bennett married December 29, 1834
Peggy, Polly and Siner Dalton had measles on April 22, 1832
John F. Dalton died April 3, 1833
Wyatt Dalton 2nd son born October 15, 1829
John Dalton started for Tennessee on November 3, 1812
Joseph Debboe and Polly Dalton married on November, 1835.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Jefferson Bailey Family in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Photographic view looking north on Main Street...Image via Wikipedia

For the last few days I have been searching the internet for a marriage license for Henrietta Jefferson and Robert Bailey.  So far I have had no luck.  I found Henrietta's grave marker at the Chatham Cemetery in Chatham, Virginia.  She is buried near her father Sgt. W. T. Jefferson.  I also cannot find information on Robert Bailey's birth or death.  I will find out where it is.  It just will take me a little more time.  I going to address this with as much information as I have available and then combine census reports and family lore to get the real facts.  I would send off for a marriage license, but I am not quite sure which county Robert and Henrietta were married. So I will begin with the census reports which also seem strange and sketchy.

These are the Census records I found which mention Henrietta Jefferson
1870 census, Subdivision North of Dan River  Pittsylvania County, Virginia
taken August 15, 1870
Enumerator:  J. W. Cole

William T. Jefferson  is 35 years old and a  Farmer  He was born in Virginia and can read and write.
His wife  is Matilda J.  age 33
William T.-8
Mary A.-4
Henrietta A.-4
David A.-2
William's mother Mary Jefferson is also living with them.  She says her age is 70.
Some of their neighbors are David Owen and his wife Cynthia and children
Martha Mahan and her children.  Henrietta my great grandmother was a twin.  I think I remember my mother mentioning this before. Also I my Dove relative Rosa Dove.  Rosa was also my great grandmother.  She was a twin also.

1880 census  South Pigg River District  June 9, 1880

William T.-42  Farmer
Matilda J. wife  41
Nannie L.  17
Mary A. and Henrietta-14
David A. 11
Valeria A. 10
Welton or Melton A. 8
Cland M. 3
Williams' mother is still living with them.  Her age is either 87 or 81.  I am going with 81 since she was 70 ten years ago.

Also Matilda's age is 41 here and ten years ago she was 33.

Their neighbors are Wm. T. Jefferson and Willie A. his wife.  They have a boarder by the name of James A. McGhee.  William T. is Matilda and William's son.
They are also living near Marshall and Susan Ramsey

1900 Pigg River District Federal Census
William T. Jefferson, enumerator
June 26, 1900
Robert Bailey  born around January, 1863    37  farm laborer
Henrietta Bailey  wife  34   She has had seven children and six of them are still living.
Sylvester  born Nov, 1888   11
Luela        born Dec, 1890    9
Flossie     born Nov, 1892    7
Minnie   born    Oct, 1894     5
Hettie born Dec, 1896  3
David E.  born, January 1899 1

Chatham District 1910 census
April 18, 1910
Robert L. Bailey  47  married 25 years
Henrietta Bailey  44 married 25 years  has had ten children and eight are living
Sylvester  21
Louisa  19
Minnie/Mannie 15
Hettie 13
David 11
Eros 9
Melvin 3

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jefferson/Bailey family continued

The above picture has my grandfather Eros G. Baily in the back row in the middle.  I believe that the older lady in front is his mother Henrietta Jefferson Bailey.  The other three ladies I am guessing to be Eros G. Bailey's sisters and the other man in the back to be one of his brothers.
Picture of my grandmother and grandfather. Kizzie Mae Crawley Bailey, daughter of William T. Crawley and Margaret Bennett.  Eros G. Bailey son of Robert L. Bailey and Henrietta Jefferson.
This is a picture of the minister that married Eros and Mae Bailey.  J. P. McCabe.
This picture is in the same location as the first.  I believe that this is granddaddy's father  Robert L. Bailey and one of his brothers.

History of Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia
A History of Henry County Virginia
Henry County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1778-1849
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