|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
Submitted by Betty Thomas Drinkard, Granddaughter of Lewis Preston Thomas.
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
Dr. Warren and his wife Bettie both died and are buried in Paris.
Submitted by Frances Plunkett Harvey, Great Great Niece.
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
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.
the Civil War he wrote a manual on military surgery: An Epitome of Practical Surgery for Field and Hospital: Richmond,
VA, West & Johnston, 1863.
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.
1879 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. He was born in 1828 and died in 1893.
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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.
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.
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
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Submitted by Carolyn E. Austin, Great Granddaughter.
Information from personal
family history and Genealogy Report by Dorothy Hines.