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Private Lewis Preston Thomas

 
LEWIS PRESTON THOMAS
 
Lewis was born August 27, 1840, the son of Hardin and Elizabeth Beckham Thomas. Hardin was first married to Elizabeth Farris (1848-1887) of Hat Creek by whom he had eight children: Harry, Lester, John, James, Lewis, Rufus, William, and Mallie. Hardin second married on April 17, 1887 to Bettie Boyle (1844-1915) and they had five children: Robert, Joseph, Bessie, Mary, and Hubert. Their home was in Campbell County before 1845 and after Appomattox County, what is now Route 460 at Spout Springs, Virginia, next to the old Wheeler Service Station.
 
Lewis Preston Thomas enlisted in the Confederate States Army on April 29, 1861 in Calhoun. Georgia in Co. F 4th George Regiment Infantry.  He was captured as prison of war on March 2, 1865 at Waynesboro, Virginia and taken to Fort Delaware and then released on June 15. 1865. He served as teamster and ambulance driver.  The reason for joining the army in Calhoun, Georgia instead of Appomattox or Campbell Counties is not known.  His name is in the books of the clerks office in Calhoun, Georgia.  Also, there are a number of deeds with Thomas name and the family assumes he was down there on family business when he enlisted.
 
One of the daughters of Lewis Preston Thomas, who lived her life across the road from the family home told the story that when Stonewall Jackson was shot and wounded by his own men, he was brought back to Lynchburg, Virginia and carried to Lexington on the packet boat, John Marshall, May 1863.  (The hull of this boat was in Riverside Park, Lynchburg Virginia for many years.)  Lewis Preston Thomas drove the ambulance wagon behind the one with Jackson in it and brought A.P. Hill who was also wounded.
 
After the war, Lewis Preston moved from his father's home to what is now Timberlake Road, in Lynchburg. He was postmaster for Burton Creek and operated a grocery store in the lower floor of his home which was located at the corner of Timberlake  and Leeville Roads.  At that time the road was Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike.  He gave land on which Beulah Baptist Church was built.  The family cemetery is beside the church.
 
Lewis Preston's brother, Robert H. Thomas, served the Confederate States Army in the 34th Virginia Infantry.
 
 
Submitted by Betty Thomas Drinkard, Granddaughter of Lewis Preston Thomas.

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Dr. Edward Warren

 
DR. EDWARD WARREN
 
Dr. Edward Warren was the son of Dr. William and Harriet Warren of Edenton, North Carolina.   During the War Between the States, he served briefly as a surgeon with troops from North Carolina and Virginia, prepared a manual on military surgery, and was Surgeon General of North Carolina from 1863 until the end of the war. After the war, he returned to active practice and a teaching position in Baltimore. Maryland.   Between 1867 and 1871 he helped establish two Baltimore Hospitals and the nucleus of the Johns Hopkins Medical School. 
 
For two years he was chief surgeon in the Egyptian army and performed a successful operation on the minister of war and was then awarded the title of "Bey". 
 
Dr. Warren moved to Paris, France in the 1870's and there he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
 
Dr. Warren and his wife Bettie both died and are buried in Paris.
 
 
Submitted by Frances Plunkett Harvey, Great Great Niece.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

 

This picture is from the front page of his autobiography: A Doctors Experiences in Three Continents by Edward Warren, M.D., C.M., LL.D, Bey By Khedival Firman, in a Series of Letters Addressed to John Morris, M.D., of Baltimore, M.D., published in 1885.

 

He was given this house (Albania in Edenton, NC) upon his marriage to Elizabeth C. "Bettie" Johnston, 16 November 1857, by his wife's uncle, James C. Johnston of Hayes in Chowan County on the opposite side of Edenton Bay.

 

During the Civil War he wrote a manual on military surgery: An Epitome of Practical Surgery for Field and Hospital: Richmond, VA, West & Johnston, 1863.

 

I do not know if he is the Edward Warren who wrote a biography of George Washington's Surgeon-General during the War of Independence: The Life of John Warren, M.D., Boston: Noyes, Holmes & Co., 1874.

 

In 1879 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. He was born in 1828 and died in 1893.

 

Above information and picture from Mr. John Collins:  john@patsyZZZsales.com (remove ZZZto email).(Thank you!)

 
 
 

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Saint McAllister Wilmouth

 

Saint McAllister Wilmouth was born in Halifax County about 1833, and was 1 of 10 children of Thomas C. Wilmouth & Nancy W. Traylor.  On December 29, 1853, at age 20, he married Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Stegall, daughter of Amy Stegall.  Saint & Bettie were blessed with 6 children:  Alfred M., Patrick C., Archer W., Wesley G., Emma Jackson, & Illey Johnston. 

 

In the 1860 Halifax County Census, his occupation was given as an overseer, though he was unable to read or write.  His wife’s family, the Stegalls, was fairly well to do at the time, and it is likely that he was overseeing on his father-in-law’s land.

 

On January 24, 1862, Saint, along with his brother, Burnett Green, enlisted at Halifax Court House as Privates in Company K, 3rd Infantry Regiment Virginia, also known as the Halifax Rifles.  He saw action at Yorktown, Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg, before being captured on May 7, 1862 at Burnt Ordinary, VA.  Records indicate that he was returned to duty on or about April 30, 1864.  This probably means that Saint was a prisoner of war for almost 2 years.  Between April 30th to December 23rd, 1864, Saint fought in all of the major battles in Virginia.  He was treated at General Hospital # 13 in Richmond, VA on November 19, 1864, and returned to duty on December 23rd.  The last entry on Saint’s military record notes that he was arrested on December 23, 1864 at Castle Thunder Prison in Richmond, VA, and charged with losing his gun, accoutrements, and ammo.  Unfortunately, there are no further records.

 

Bettie died on December 28, 1886.  After her death, on March 20, 1889, Saint married Martha Elizabeth (Pattie) King, daughter of Lousia King.  On his marriage license, Saint lists his occupation as Farmer.  Saint had 2 more children with Pattie:  Arthur Mack & Isaac Cornelius.

 

Saint filed for a Confederate Pension on May 15, 1900.  He listed his disability as having rheumatism in his legs and that he could not do any work.  His pension was granted.

 

Saint McAllister Wilmouth died of pneumonia on September 9, 1904.

 

We may never know why Saint, his brother, and so many other of his relatives and friends chose to fight in the War Between the States.  Possibly it was due to the Northern Aggression, and the invasion of his beloved homeland.  Most assuredly, it was not about Slavery…Saint, nor his father, owned any slaves.  Since he enlisted during the dead of winter, we can assume that it was something that he felt very strongly about.  Why else would he leave his wife, and at the time two sons, to go off to war possibly never to return?

 

We must always remember this bravery and never be ashamed of our proud southern heritage.

 

 

Written By:  Laurie Goodman Lenz, G-G-G-Great Grand Niece 

 

Ancestor of Laurie Goodman Lenz, Kathleen Wilmouth Butts, Joy Medley Lewis, and Ethel Seamon Eberhard.

 

 

 

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James Wilson
 
James Wilson was born March 30, 1835 and was the son of Nathaniel and Betsy Wilson of Charlotte County Virginia. James enlisted  in Asland on May 15, 1861 as a Private in Comapny B., 14th Virginia Cavalry. He died of pneumonia on August 21, 1865 at the age of 29.
 
Submitted by: Carol Williams, great great great niece

Corporal Nathaniel Clay Wilson

 

Nathaniel Clay Wilson was born on February 21, 1831 to Nathaniel Wilson and his second wife Elizabeth Hamlette Wilson. They had one other son James. Nathaniel was raised at “Grassy Dale” in Charlotte County, Virginia, which was built just after his birth.

 

In 1856, Nathaniel married his cousin Laura Jeffress from Prince Edward County. They first lived at “Woodlawn” Laura’s home in Prince Edward County and then would later move to Charlotte County, Virginia. During the years before and after the war they raised 7 children – Blanche, Carrie, Willie, Mattie, Nora, Dalia, and Joseph.  Joseph Hudson Wilson, the next to the youngest son, married Elizabeth Annette Hawkes from Wellsville. They had 3 children, the oldest, Edith Hildred, then Mary and Arthur.  Edith Hildred Wilson married Charles Early Price and they raised two children Richard Wilson Price and Mary Louise Price Adams.

 

At the age of 30, Nathaniel was 5’9” and had hazel eyes and brown hair. Prior to the war he had always lived on the farm and was a planter, by trade.  On April 26, 1861, he enlisted in Co. A 18th Virginia Infantry. During the war he participated in many engagements. On June 1, 1862, he was wounded at Seven Pines, he then returned to duty that September. Beginning in March through July of 1863, he went AWOL and because of this he was demoted to a Pvt. by order of a court-martial on December 16, 1863. He was reappointed as a Corporal in May of 1864. On April 6, 1865, he was captured at Saylor’s Creek and was sent to Point Lookout Prison. He was paroled there on June 21, 1865 and returned to his family and “Grassy Dale” where lived until his death on December 15, 1882.

 

Corporal Nathaniel Clay Wilson is the Great, Great Grandfather of Carol Williams. 

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Thomas H. Wooldridge

THOMAS HAMILTON WOOLDRIDGE

 

Thomas Hamilton Wooldridge was born January 5, 1842, the third child of  Leroy (Lee) Wooldridge and Mrs. Frances McCormick Wooldridge. The other children were Mary J., Sarah E, and Hamilton W. Wooldridge.  After the death of his wife, Frances, Leroy married a second time,  in 1849,  to Mrs. Mary F. Scruggs, who had a daughter named Angeline.   Leroy and Mary  had  additional children as follows: Benjamin S., Silas B., Lucy J., Robert L., Alice, and Garland. Thomas  spent most of his young life  with his 10 siblings in Buckingham County.   Thomas joined the Confederate States Army and served with Co. C, 3rd Virginia Infantry Regiment , under Colonel  Booker and Captain Staples. At the age of  27, he married a lovely lady by the name of  Mildred Frances (Fannie) Bagby  the daughter of  James H. and Pauline Carson Bagby.  Thomas and Fannie had a total of  12 children,  9 boys (two sets of twins) and 3 girls. These  Wooldridge children were as follows: James L., Millard W., Benjamin L.,  twins - Malvin E. and Alvin E., twins Samuel M. and Hunter B., Nannie Irene, William Fuqua, Effie M., Pauline Elizabeth, and Robert Earl.

 

Thomas was a well-known and well-like citizen of the town of Sheppards, in Buckingham, Virginia, where he owned land between Buck and Doe Creeks.  Thomas died quite suddenly on July 18, 1895,  following an accident while carpentering. Robert Earl Wooldridge was only 6 months old when his father died.  Fannie Wooldridge was left alone to raise their children with help from family, friends, and neighbors.  Robert and his brothers and sisters all matured into good citizens and eventually  married and raised families of their own in Buckingham, Appomattox and Campbell Counties of Virginia.

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Submitted by Carolyn E. Austin, Great Granddaughter.

Information from personal family history and Genealogy Report by Dorothy Hines.

 

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