What If It Were Your Child?….

My Facebook feed this morning is full of posts about Josh Duggar and allegations that he molested several people when he was fifteen. Response goes from “Hang him at high noon” to “that’s what you get when you lead such a sheltered life”.

Now let me be totally upfront. I do not watch 19 Children and Counting and never have. For one, we don’t have cable and for two, I have three kids of my own, why would I need to watch someone else try and raise hers?  So I don’t watch the show. I will say, I don’t agree with a lot of the Duggars religious views either and that’s another reason I have never watched the show.  But I do have an opinion on the situation.  What if it were your child?

I have three children and one thing I know is they are all sinners.  I have been blessed that they were easy kids, incredibly easy teenagers and adulthood has had only a few trials along the way, but for the most part, I am an incredibly proud mom of three amazing kids, as I am sure Michelle Duggar would say about nineteen.

But I do know that just because they haven’t given me a lot of problems, doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Far from it.  They are human and they make mistakes, so I asked myself “How would I want people to react if this were my child.”   First off, Josh has apologized, so I would want people to take his apology on face value.  I would want them to be gracious and forgive my child.  And I would want them to allow him/her to move on from their sin, because Satan loves to keep us trapped in guilt about our sin, for it is there that he can get us to repeat it over and over again.  In forgiveness and moving forward, we can learn from the mistakes of our past and move on.

If you ask me how I would feel, I would be angry, bitter, afraid, frustrated, sad, disappointed, confused…..

Then I thought of my friends whose children have done things that disappointed them over the years:

The mom who told me her young teenager was pregnant. As she told me her story, she wasn’t looking for my judgment, she was looking for me to have the grace to love her anyway.  She was angry, bitter, afraid, frustrated, sad, disappointed, confused…. But she also loved her child very much and I reminded myself that while my 15 year old wasn’t making me a grandmother, he/she was still not perfect and so I prayed for my friend and her daughter and allowed them to move forward. That was all she wanted from me.

Then I thought of the friends whose children have told them they were gay. Again, she was angry, bitter, afraid, frustrated, sad, disappointed, confused…. But she also loved her child very much and I reminded myself that while my child wasn’t telling me he/she was gay, he/she was still not perfect and so I prayed for my friend and her child and allowed them to move forward.  That was all she wanted from me.

Then I thought of friends whose children have done stupid stuff that landed them in jail.  Again, she was angry, bitter, afraid, frustrated, sad, disappointed, confused…. But she also loved her child very much and I reminded myself that while my child who had committed a crime, he/she was still not perfect and so I prayed for my friend and her child and allowed them to move forward.  That was all she wanted from me.

It’s easy when it’s someone else’s child to say, “I’d kick them out” “I’d call the police” “I’d hang him at high noon”, but in reality, when it’s our own children, we are angry, bitter, afraid, frustrated, sad, disappointed, confused…. But we also loved our children very much.  And all we want from other people is forgiveness, grace and the chance to move forward.  It’s hard to say what we’d do in the situation and I just thank God that I am not the one dealing with this particular test.

So Michelle, I don’t know you, but I do know this much, your heart is breaking from this news. You are probably angry, bitter, afraid, frustrated, sad, disappointed and confused. But I do believe that our God can forgive all things. 

To the fans, when you put a fifteen year old on a pedestal, don’t be surprised when he falls off. Don’t kick him while he’s trying to get back up.  To the naysayers, why do you watch a TV show if you hate the people so very much?

Now you may ask, but if he committed a crime, shouldn’t he pay. Yes, he should. But remember, if he robbed a bank at 15, that would be removed from his record at 18.  All would be forgiven….

Ask yourself this: “What if it were my child?….”

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Walking, Podcasting and the Genealogist….

 

In my real life, my job is Youth Director at our church. Through the winter months, most of my time is spent at the computer planning lessons, planning activities, teaching kids. But come summer, I have five days of summer youth camp. The camp is built on the side of a mountain in South Alabama. It is June and the humidity often reaches 144% during the day time. Night is more miserable.  And you have to be decently dressed, because it’s a Baptist Church camp.

So I have been working on getting back into shape after months of rain and sitting and eating pretty much anything the grocery store sells.  Now I hate exercise as much as the next middle age woman in the south.  But I have found a way to not only get in shape, but also do genealogy.  Podcasts…..

Now all genealogists know about the basic ones:
Genealogy Gems

Genealogy Guys

But did you know about:

Footnoting History

http://www.footnotinghistory.com/home/welcome-to-the-footnoting-history-podcast-series

Colonial Williamsburg Past and Present

http://podcast.history.org/

Virginia Historical Society

http://www.vahistorical.org/read-watch-listen/video-and-audio

Civil War Traveler

http://www.civilwartraveler.com/audio/podcasts.html

 

Just to name a few.  Just search Civil War, History, Revolutionary War, or maybe even a topic of interest like Civil War Medicine.  And start walking.  In two weeks, I have managed to gain a pound. :)  But I can now run up a flight of stairs without feeling light headed and I have learned a great deal of  history. Maybe that’s where the pound came from?!?

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And our ancestor is NOT FOUND on….

Ever wish you had a good way of keeping up with all those books and microfilm that your ancestor WAS NOT FOUND on?

Well, by carefully naming my Evernote microfilm notes and book notes, and by tagging them with my ancestor’s Not Found tag, I can do just that:

 

Here are a sampling of the microfilm and books I have looked for Burnett Victory on and that he WAS NOT FOUND.

      1. B044 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrators and Executors Bonds and Letters Books 1- 2 (1861-1894)

      2. B045 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Administrators and Executors Bonds and Letter Books Books 3-4 (1894-Feb 1917)

      3. B057 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Guardian Bonds and Letters Books D-E (Dec 1894 – Nov 1930)

      4. B101 Bedford County, TN Probate Records Wills and Inventories Books E-F (Jul 1890-Feb 1901)

      5. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages V. 1 Grooms

      6. H 976.858 MAR: Bedford County, TN Wills

      7. H 976.8583 MAR V.1: Bedford County, Tennessee Bible Records Volume 1

      8. H 976.8583 MAR V.2: Bedford County, Tennessee Bible Records Volume 2

      9. H 976.8583 MAR: Bedford County, Tennessee wills & vital records from newspapers (1996 Volume)

      10. H 976.8583 MAR: Chancery Court Records of Bedford County, Tennessee

      11. H 976.8583 MAR: Land deed genealogy of Bedford County Tennessee, 1861-1865 The War and Reconstruction Years Volume 2

      12. H 976.8583 MAR: Land deed genealogy of Bedford County, Tennessee, 1807-1852

      13. H 976.8583 MAR: The Burned Deed Index of Bedford County, TN 1852-1861

      14. H 976.8583 PHI: The Jennings-Phillips collection of early Bedford County, Tennessee records

      15. H 976.8583 Soldiers of the Revolution in Bedford County

      16. H976.8 SIS Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists

      17. H976.8 SIS v.2 Tennessee Land Grants Volume II Surnames L-Z and Cross Index

      18. H976.8 TEN V. 5 The Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionaires Volume Five (Rainey-Young) Confederate

      19. H976.8 Ten-Index to Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications

      20. R116 Rutherford County, TN Registrar of Deeds Deed Books 1-2  (1842-1847)

      21. R204 Rutherford County, TN County Court Clerk, Settlement Books 1-2 (1883-1892)

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Making a Genealogy Research Trip Productive….

Several months ago, I decided to move all my genealogy research to Evernote and I have been keeping my research log there ever since. As most genealogists know, a good research log can save you time, but when your family refused to live more than 45 miles from each other for 6 generations (on most all lines) you find yourself using the same records over and over and over again despite the best of logs. I needed something that could grow with my research.

In Evernote, I created a note for each book our local research library had on Bedford County, TN. My ancestor, Burnett Victory lived most his life there, and the Civil District I need in 1850 to prove his parents doesn’t exist, so I need to look at wills, deeds, etc to see if I can abstract every Victory, Vickery, Vickory, (well you get the gist.) from the records.

Once I had made a note for each book at home, it was time today to visit the library.  I took my computer, iphone, Evernote and a good looking research assistant to help me.   I went to the stacks and got every book the library had on Bedford County and began the process of looking up my Victory family. I didn’t look for other surnames today, that will require another trip. Just too easy to get distracted. But I did copy the front page and page with the publisher’s information so that I could use it to set up source citations in TMG.

I copied those pages to Evernote to refer to for future surnames. 

Once I had that done, each note now has a source citation, a copy of the cover page and publisher page and notes about any Victorys found in the index. 

Each ancestor has a tag for found and not found. So now that I am home, I can tag each book with each Victory ancestor as to whether he or she was found or not.  Then I will know at a glance which books I have researched and found or not found information.

Next time I go, I will pick another surname in that county and yes, I will retrace my steps, just not for the Victorys again.  I will be able to see that I have looked them up already in the index.  And I can easily get a group of books I have looked a certain ancestor up and not found any data for just by searching for certain tags.

Now if only I had found some suggestion of who were his parents….

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How Were They Related? You Say….

Abraham Lincoln to Michael Prewitt

— 1st Generation —

1. Abraham1 Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln, son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, was born on 12 Feb 1809 in Hardin County, KY.

Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd, daughter of Robert S. Todd and Eliza Parker, on 04 Nov 1842.

Abraham Lincoln died Ford’s theater, Washington, District of Columbia, DC. Assignation.

— 2nd Generation —

3. Nancy2 Hanks.

Nancy Hanks, daughter of James Hanks and Lucy Shipley, was born circa 1784 in Bedford County, VA.

Nancy Hanks married Thomas Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln and Bathsheba Herring, on 12 Jun 1806 in Washington County, KY.

Nancy Hanks died on 05 Oct 1818.

— 3rd Generation —

7. Lucy3 Shipley.

Lucy Shipley, daughter of Robert Shipley Jr. and Rachael Prewitt, was born circa 1765 in Bedford County, VA.

Lucy Shipley married Henry Sparrow on 30 Apr 1790.

Lucy Shipley married James Hanks, son of Joseph Hanks and Nancy Unknown.

Lucy Shipley died circa 1825 in Hardin County, KY.

— 4th Generation —

15. Rachael4 Prewitt.

Rachael Prewitt married Robert Shipley Jr., son of Robert Shipley Sr.

Rachael Prewitt, daughter of Michael Prewitt and Elizabeth Simpkins, was born circa 1743 in Campbell County, VA.

Rachael Prewitt died before 1798 in VA.

— 5th Generation —

30. Michael5 Prewitt.

Michael Prewitt, son of Andrew Prewitt and Agnes Unknown, was born in 1722 in Lunenburg County, VA.

Michael Prewitt married Elizabeth Simpkins, daughter of John Simpkins and Elizabeth Adam Rench.

Michael Prewitt died.

 

Hiram “Joshua” Edde to Michael Prewitt

(Joshua was my father’s 2nd great grandfather)
Joshua was my only Union Civil War ancestor

— 5th Generation —

20. Hiram Joshua5 “Joshua” Eady.

Hiram Joshua “Joshua” Eady, son of Hiram Eddy and Candace Johnson Holt, was born in 1837 in Bedford County, TN.

Hiram Joshua “Joshua” Eady married Carry Muse, daughter of Samuel B. Muse and Nancy Sutton, assumedly in Bedford County, TN. Bedford County, TN did not start recording marriages until Jan 1861.

Hiram Joshua “Joshua” Eady died before 1870 in Bedford County, TN. Carry is the head of household on the 1870 census.

— 6th Generation —

40. Hiram6 Eddy.

Hiram Eddy, son of James Edde and Patience Prewitt, was born on 07 May 1807 in TN. It is possible that Hiram was born in Shelby County, KY or somewhere between there and Bedford County. Since the first deed we find for James isn’t until 1810, the family probably did not live there until that time period making it unlikely that Hiram was born in Bedford County, TN.  The 1810 census is not extant.

Hiram Eddy married Candace Johnson Holt, daughter of Joshua Holt and Elanor Cain Burrow most likely in Bedford County, TN. Bedford County, TN did not start keeping marriage records until Jan 1861.

Hiram Eddy married Harriet Richards circa 1853.

Hiram Eddy died.

— 7th Generation —

81. Patience7 Prewitt.

Patience Prewitt, daughter of Michael Prewitt Jr. and Elizabeth “Betty” Hurt, was born in 1786 in Campbell County, VA.

Patience Prewitt married James Edde, son of John Edde and Francis Stringer, on 05 May 1806 in Shelby County, KY.

Patience Prewitt died between 17 May 1817 and 1820. I think Patience died in childbirth or soon thereafter, since James sold his 212 acres of land at a huge loss. Perhaps he needed the money to help raise his family. This will require a lot more research.

By 1821, James Lockhart is selling land to Moses H. Prewitt. Hiram Edde, Moses Edde, Malvina Edde, and Patience Edde are named as heirs of Michael Prewitt. If their mother was still alive, they would not have been mentioned. 

— 8th Generation —

162. Michael8 Prewitt Jr.

Michael Prewitt Jr., son of Michael Prewitt and Elizabeth Simpkins, was born in 1756.

Michael Prewitt Jr. married Elizabeth “Betty” Hurt, daughter of Moza Hurt and Mary Unknown.

Michael Prewitt Jr. died in 1812.

— 9th Generation —

324. Michael9 Prewitt.

Michael Prewitt, son of Andrew Prewitt and Agnes Unknown, was born in 1722 in Lunenburg County, VA.

Michael Prewitt married Elizabeth Simpkins, daughter of John Simpkins and Elizabeth Adam Rench.

Michael Prewitt died.

 

Note:  Most of the information on Lincoln’s family and the connection between the Prewitts and Abraham Lincoln are taken from Dr. Charles Raymond Dillon PsD., Pruitt-Prewitt Ancestors Genealogical Research Associates, 1960

Other source information available by request.

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150 years ago, my dad lost a distant cousin….

James-Lincoln comparison           Lincoln

 

Today is the 150th anniversary of the passing of Abraham Lincoln from a gun shot wound to the back of the head while watching a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D. C.  Lincoln, was the 16th President of the United States, and my dad’s 3rd cousin, 4 times removed.

I have always thought there was a family resemblance around the mouth and chin area and of course the long forehead.  Dad always combed his hair forward and then over, to hide the fact that he had the same receding hairline.  I have often wondered, could I be looking into the face of my Prewitt ancestors when I look at these two men?

Like most of the American Public, I have been fascinated by this man who led our country during one of her most trying and horrific times.  But when I discovered that he and my dad share a common ancestor, I became even more curious about him. 

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Commemorating 150 years….

 

One Hundred and Fifty years ago today, the Civil War began to come to a close in the United States with surrender at Appomattox, VA.  For four long years, north and south had battled each other. Nearly 1, 100, 000 men had lost their lives or were mortally wounded.  For my ancestors in the great state of Tennessee life would never be the same again.

When the war started in 1861, Tennessee was a Union state, but soon rumblings would begin among the people of Tennessee. She believed in the ability of states to make their own laws and finally on 08 Jun 1861, Tennessee became the last southern state to succeed from the Union.  With her, 6 of my 7 Civil War ancestors went off to join the Confederacy.  One ancestor fought for the Union and one ancestor may have fought for both sides.  One ancestor was the right age, but has too common a name to prove service.

The war wasn’t easy on the state of Tennessee. Many of the major battles, Murfreesboro, Shiloh, Chattanooga, Fort Donelson were fought on her soil.  Her men went off to fight in the north, leaving women, children and even slaves at home unprotected.  When the war moved south into Tennessee, her men were fighting in Virginia and places north and their homes and crops were devastated.

But now the war was ending , and as her men returned home, they returned home proud of what they had tried to do, even if they were defeated.  My family, like thousands of others were never the same.  Neither would my husband’s family from KY, which was a border state.  Here are their stories:

John Abner Carlton:  John A was 25 when he enlisted at Fort Pillow on 08 Mar 1862.  He had been married for 6 years and had four children. His fourth child was born a month after he enlisted.  He would join the 1st Tennessee Heavy Artillery Unit.  He would see action at Vicksburg defending the area.  Fortunately he would miss the battle of Vicksburg, because both he and his brother Benajah would get sick and be sent to a hospital at Mississippi Springs.  When he got his furlough from hospital, John A. apparently thought he was done with the war, because he deserted on 12 Dec 1862.  He had been promoted by this time to 2nd Corporal.  After the war, John A. Carlton would move back to Rutherford County, where his father’s family lived. He would become a circuit riding minister and marry 3 times. He would serve on the Pension Board for the State of Tennessee as well.  By his three wives, he would have twenty-one children and one step daughter. All twenty-two children would live to adulthood.  John A and his wives were prominent members in their community, as were their descendants. John A. Carlton died in 1911 and is buried next to his three wives.

Joseph Houston Hubbard:  Joe was 18 when he enlisted 27 Apr 1861.  He joined Company E, 1st Tennessee (Turney’s) and fought at battles like Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, 1st Manassas. Joe claims he was injured at Fredericksburg. Though his compiled service records don’t mention any time injured or in the hospital, Joe’s unit was part of the Tennessee Brigade, and he was certainly in the right place several times during the Battle of Fredericksburg to have been injured. He claims he was captured and spent twelve months at Camp Chase, Ohio.  His compiled service records show that he deserted on 17 Jun 1863. His unit was moving from Fredericksburg to Winchester on that night and if he ran off, it is possible that he was later captured by a Federal Unit. If he was, no proof of that has been found yet.  After the war, Joe returned to Lincoln County, TN where he found an old horse and nursed it back to health. It was an US Calvary horse and someone accused him of horse theft.  You can read his story here. Grand Theft Equine  Joe married his wife after the war and had eight children.  He died in 1924 of cancer.  He did talk about his time in the war and his granddaughter Mary Morgan Hickerson recorded some of her memories of Joe in a tape she did for the family in the early 1980s.

Burnett Vickrey: Burnett joined J. C. Jackson’s 24th Tennessee Infantry on 24 Apr 1861.  In Feb 1862, Burnett is listed as present, but he has lost two Enfield rifles.  He returns the rifles and reenlists in Murfreesboro in Jun 1862. I am not sure why he was in Murfreesboro, when his unit muster roll for that month was from Baldwin Mississippi. He is listed as absent without leave, so my guess is he took a little bit too long coming back from furlough. Though he is still listed as AWOL in Jul and Aug of 1862, he has returned the two rifles. He marries his wife in Sep 1862 in Williamson County, TN and his unit is engaged in the Battle of Murfreesboro shortly after that. Sometime between Jan and Feb 1863, he is dropped from the roll by General Order.  Now this is where it gets tricky for Burnett. In 1870, he and his wife Mary are enumerated in the 10th District of Bedford County, where both their families were from. In 1880, there is a family identical to Burnett’s living in the 10th District of Rutherford County, but the family surname is Curtis. And we find that a Burnett Curtis joined a Union unit shortly after Burnett Victory was dropped from the rolls of his Confederate Unit. Were these the same men?  Not sure yet, but no record has been found of both men at the same time leading me to believe Burnett may have joined the Union forces after leaving the Confederacy. Burnett Curtis wasn’t any better a soldier than Burnett Victory and spent most his tenure in Prison.   At any rate, Mary Vickrey is enumerated with a son and two grand daughters (listed as nieces) on the 1900 Federal Population Census, so we assume that Burnett died before that point. Tennessee did not start having statewide death certificates until 1914 and Burnett is buried in an unmarked grave some place in Murfreesboro, TN.

Thomas Dixon Morgan:  Thomas D. Morgan was a wagon master under V. K. Stevenson.  He states he joined after the Battle of Nashville. He has no compiled service records, but his wagon master certificate was part of his Pension Application.  He claims he was captured by the Federals and held in a private home until the end of the war.  Because he has no compiled service records, we can not prove this at this time. After the war, Thomas and his wife Elmira had 11 children.  his military pension was denied, most likely because he did not sustain any injuries during the war.

Jacob Ray: Jacob joined the 2oth Tennessee Regiment on 08 June 1861, when he was 33 years old.  He was discharged on 16 Nov 1861, because of a disability. His wife Polly applied for a widow’s pension, but it was denied. She stated that he joined the McClemore’s 4th Tennessee Calvary.  No compiled service record in that unit was found for Jacob and I find it odd that a man who was discharged because of a disability would have then joined a Calvary unit.  Although I guess if his wound allowed him to shoot, but not easily walk, it could be the case. Her pension in 1911 was denied.  My guess is because she could not prove the later service and he was dead and she could not prove the disability. It was a shame because by this time Polly Ray was legally blind.  They had eleven children. Jacob Ray died 19 Jun 1896.

Joseph Lannom: Joseph Lannom was 39 years old and had seven children when he joined Company G, 7th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry on 21 May 1861.  His unit fought at First Manassas and Seven Pines.  He would serve with his unit one year and would be discharged at Orange Courthouse based on seniority on 20 Aug 1862.  Good thing for him he was discharged because his unit was next at Fredericksburg in Dec 1862.  He traveled home after discharge, most likely by train from Orange Courthouse.  He was in a fight with a man named Richard “Cedar Dick” Mount. No one knows what the fight was about. Mount’s family state that Lannom attacked Mount with a large tree and Mount stabbed him with a Bowie knife.  Joseph Lannom died from his wounds on 08 Nov 1862.  His son Jeff Davis Lannom was born 12 Jun 1863. 

Hiram Joshua Edde “Joshua”: Joshua Edde joined Company C. (Galbraith’s) 1st Regiment, 5th Tennessee Calvary on 04 Sep 1862 in Nashville, TN. His unit spent most it’s time fighting skirmishes in and around Shelbyville, TN where he was from.  His unit were known for being disorderly and causes problems around town by being disrespectful to women. One officer wrote:

When I took command of the defenses of this road, in June, 1864, the 5th Tennessee Cavalry was stationed at this Post. I found it camped outside the picket line of the post, men and officers boarding at private houses, inside and outside the lines. I found that officers and men were absent at home and elsewhere without authority. In fact, I found the regiment utterly void of order and discipline. I at once made it a specialty *** to try and reduce the regiment to some sort of discipline, and worked faithfully, but without any perceptible benefit. I have tried every means known to me to bring about order and efficiency in the regiment, but have not been rewarded with any success, even unto this day. In fact, the regiment is as far from being an efficient organization as it was in June. The field officers seem to have no conception of their obligations and duties; have no control over their subordinates or men. Officers and men absent themselves without authority whenever they take a notion to visit their homes. The regiment is about 800 strong, and the largest number that can be paraded in camp at any time will not exceed 200. Most of the 600 absentees are unaccounted for. I have been informed that Colonel Stokes was able to keep the men together, and did hold them under reasonable discipline. I therefore suggest that Colonel Stokes be ordered back to his regiment, because, without him, the regiment is a rabble and entirely worthless to the service. I further suggest that even if Colonel Stokes is ordered back to his regiment, it be sent beyond the state of Tennessee clear beyond the reach of their homes-as a sure means of making them of service to the Government. Many of the officers and men live within one or two days’ ride of this place, and so long as they are so situated they will be worthless as soldiers. I respectfully request that this regiment be ordered away from my command, and that a regiment of cavalry from some other state be sent in its stead.”

Joshua Edde was apparently a good soldier, as he was always present despite the fact that he managed to get home impregnate his wife twice during the Civil War.  My guess is he spent most of his nights at home.  He is not enumerated on the 1870 census with his wife Carry.  Carry remarried in 1874 and lived to 1922.  Joshua was my only Union ancestor.

My husband’s family were from KY.  They did not fair much better, though most of his ancestors were too young or two old to serve.

Thomas Decatur Barrett:  My husband’s only Civil War ancestor.  He joined Company F, 56th Virginia Regiment on 25 Jul 1861 in Virginia.   He contracted measles while in the Civil War and was promoted to Corporal. On  25 Nov 1862, he was sent to General Hospital No. 8 for phosphatic diathecis (disease of the kidney).   On 10 Dec 1862, the doctor recommended that he was unfit for field service and that he be given less active duty. He was detailed to the Boxley Lead Mines very near his home in Lousia County, VA.   He was discharged on 26 Jan 1863 and signed his oath of allegiance on 24 Apr 1865. He and his wife had 8 children after the war and he died 23 Oct 1915.

Edward Briant:  Though he was born in 1818 and was too old for service when the Civil War broke out, I feel I must mention Edward Briant.  My husband’s 3rd great grandfather was the only casualty of the war of our direct ancestors.  Though he did not serve, I feel it would do his family disservice to not mention it. Edward was shot by the Harper Gang while out working in his field.  His young son Ben S. Briant had to go and get his father’s body in the family wagon and bring it home for burial.    You can read about Ellis Harper here: Harper Gang.  Edward left behind a wife and thirteen children, the youngest who was born after her father’s death. 

So I am sure on this date 150 years ago, my ancestors were very happy to see the war end. Reconstruction would be hard on TN and it would take her people many years to recover.  But finally war was ending and that is always a good thing!

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