Thursday, June 16, 2016

Soliders and Sheriffs of Georgia

These Men were first soldiers and later elected Sheriffs while in service of the Confederate army of Georgia.

Robinson, Christopher C.—Private Mar. 18, 1861. Mustered out  at Augusta, Ga. Mar. 18, 1862. Appointed 1st Sergeant of Co. C, 34th Regt. Ga. Inf. May 13, 1862. Discharged, having been elected sheriff of Coweta County, Ga., Apr.3,1864.

Teague, William D.—Private Apr. 30, 1861. Appears last on roll for Sept. 3, 1862. No record of transfer or discharge found. Enlisted as a private in Co. F. 6th Regt. Ga. Cavalry in 1862. Discharged, having been elected Sheriff of Union County, Ga.

Pittman, James—2d Corporal Apr. 26, 1861. Discharged, having  been sheriff of Wilkinson County, Ga. Feb. 20,1864.

Nash, Linton A.—2d Sergeant Apr. 25, 1861. Elected Jr. 2d Lieutenant Aug. 26, 1861; 2d Lieutenant May 21, 1862. Wounded at Chancellorsville, Va. May 2, 1863. Elected Captain July 1, 1863. Resigned, having been elected sheriff of Twiggs County, Ga., Feb. 13,1864.

Young, W. T.—Private May 15, 1861. Wounded and disabled, date and place not given. Elected sheriff of Oglethorpe County,  Ga. and discharged Jan. 6,1864.

Hendricks, James—2d Corporal June 10, 1861. Appointed 1st Sergeant June 16, 1862. Elected 1st Lieutenant Dec. 20, 1863. Elected Sheriff of Bulloch County, Ga. and resigned Oct. 1864.

Williams, James T.—Private Oct. 2, 1863. Elected sheriff of Bryan County, Ga. Jan. 1864. Discharged July 15,1864. Private, 21st., Co. K.

Coffee, William R.—Private Aug. 24, 1861. Elected Sheriff of  Rabun County, Ga. and discharged in 1863. Private, 24th. Co.. E.

Henderson, John J.—4th Sergeant Aug. 26, 1861. Elected sheriff of Pierce County, Ga. in 1864. Discharged Feb. 9, 1864.

Daniel, Moses—Private May 8, 1862. Discharged, having been elected sheriff of Coffee County, Ga., Feb. 26, 1864.

Morton, Thomas Hardy—Private Mar. 5, 1862. Discharged, having been elected sheriff of Ware County, Ga., Feb. 20, 1864.

Brady, John W.—3d Corporal Sept. 25, 1861. Discharged, having been elected deputy sheriff of Butts County, Ga., July 15, 1862. Reenlisted as a private. Wounded at Jackson, Miss. July 16, 1863.

Parham, John T.—2d Corporal Nov. 10, 1861. Elected Jr. 2d Lieutenant Sept. 23, 1862. Elected Sheriff of his county and resigned Feb. 23, 1864.

Robinson, Christopher C.—Enlisted as a private in Co. A, 1st Regt. Ga. Inf. (Ramsey's), Mch. 18, 1861. Mustered out at Augusta, Ga. Mch. 18, 1862. Appointed 1st Sergeant of Co. C, 34th Regt. Ga. Inf. May 13, 1862. Discharged, having been elected sheriff of Coweta County, Ga., Apr. 3, 1864.

Lewis, Joshua K.—Private Oct. 1, 1861. Appointed 4th Sergeant in 1862. Pension records show he was elected Sheriff of Emanuel County, Ga. and discharged Oct. 21, 1863. (Born in Ga. in 1839.)

Kelly, John—Private May 6, 1862. Roll dated Nov. 7, 1864, last on file, shows him "Absent without leave since Aug. 1863, Deputy Sheriff, Dawson County, Ga."

Brittain, John C.—Enlisted as a private in Co. A, Phillips' Legion Ga. Cavalry Sept. 25, 1861. Transferred to Co. L, 38th Regt. Ga. Inf. Apr. 30, 1863. Roll dated Aug. 31, 1863. shows him sick in camp. No later record. Pension records show he was wounded near Richmond, Va. and furloughed home Sept. 1863. Elected Sheriff while on furlough. (Died at Gainesville, Ga. in 1912.)

McClain, Newton C.—2d Lieutenant Mar. 10, 1862. Elected 1st Lieutenant May 25, 1863. Roll dated Feb. 1864, last on file, shows him present. Pension records show he was furloughed for 30 days Feb. 1865. Elected sheriff while on furlough. (Born in Ga. in 1829.)

Powell, Washington—Private Mch. 4, 1862. Captured at Charleston, S. C. Oct. 16, 1862. Paroled at Fort McHenry, Md., sent to Aiken's Landing, Va., and exchanged, Nov. 1862. Elected Sheriff of Telfair County, Ga. and discharged July 1, 1864. (Born in 1831.)

Luke, James—Private Mch. 4, 1862. Elected Sheriff of Wilcox County, Ga.

Peters, Isham H.—5th Sergeant Mch. 4, 1862. Appointed 4th Sergeant Oct. 1862. Elected Sheriff of Lowndes County, Ga. and discharged. (Born in 1830.)

Ledford, Elbert Coleman—3d Corporal Mch. 4, 1862. Captured at Vicksburg, Miss. July 4, 1863, and paroled there July 7, 1863. Elected Sheriff of White County, Ga. and discharged in 1863.

Baxley, Mitchell—1st Corporal Apr. 21, 1862. Elected Sheriff of Appling County and discharged Mch. 1, 1864. (Born in Appling County, Ga. Jan.14, 1830.)

Martin, James Blanchard—Elected Captain of Co. D, 3d Regt. Ga. State Troops Oct. 13, 1861. Mustered out at Savannah, Ga. Apr. 20, 1862.Elected Captain of Co. B, 56th Regt. Ga. Inf. May 5, 1862. Wounded at Baker's Creek, Miss. May 16, 1863. Captured at Vicksburg, Miss. July 4, 1863, and paroled there July 5, 1863. Resigned, having been elected Sheriff, Mar. 31, 1864. Died at Newnan, Ga. Mar. 23, 1914.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


ROBERT F. RIVES was born on the line between Kentucky and Tennessee, on the 7th of December, 1837 ; his father, Robert Rives, is a native of Warren County, N. C, born December 16, 1803 ; he is a farmer and resides in Lafayette Precinct, Christian Co., Ky. ; he is of Scotch descent. His wife, subject's mother, Rebecca (Vaughan) Rives, was born in Granville County, N. C, and died March 8, 1870, aged sixty-six years. She was the mother of six children, of whom four are now living, Robert F. being the youngest child. He was reared on a farm and received a common school education. At nineteen years of age he engaged as manager of his father's farm in Montgomery County, Tenn. In 1861 he enlisted in the late Civil war, in Company L, Fourteenth Tennessee Cavalry, served through the war, and participated in many cavalry fights.

After Lee's surrender he was captured at Paris, Tenn., but was immediately paroled. After the war he resumed farming in Montgomery County, and in 1874 removed to his present residence, where he has since remained engaged in agricultural pursuits. His farm, " Jordon," contains 600 acres, upon which he makes the raising of wheat and tobacco a specialty.

In 1868 he married Isabella V. Pollard, who died October 19, 1875, leaving four children : Robert Henry, Franklin, Florence Neal and George Pollard. On the 25th of October, 1876, he married Sally E. Moore, a native of Dixon County, Tenn., a daughter of Jordon and Sarah D. (Viser) Moore, be a native of Montgomery County, Tenn., born in 1811, a member of the Tennessee Methodist Conference ; and she a native of Alabama, born in 1818. By this union there are two children: Mary Belle and Jordon Moore. Mr. and Mrs. Rives are members of the Methodist Church ; he is a member of the Casky Grange, and is a Democrat in politics.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Walden E. Purdy.

Walden E. Purdy.

Birth: Aug., 1840, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jan., 1921, Wall Lake, Sac County, Iowa.

Wife: Sarah Ann Pelton Purdy (1842 - 1920).

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Sac City, Sac County, Iowa.

Walden E. Purdy and Family History.


The pioneer settlers of Sac county enjoyed one advantage which will never come to the future settlers of this county, and that is cheap land. In the seventies there was plenty of five and ten-dollar land for sale in this county and today there are few. farms which could be bought for less than one hundred and fifty dollars an acre. While the early settlers enjoyed this one advantage they suffered a number of disadvantages, and it is probably true that a farmer today can pay for his land in almost the same length of time which the farmer of thirty years ago could pay for the land at the price at which it was then purchased. The Purdy family were among the early settlers of this county, and is one of the few families in the county who are able to trace their ancestry back through three generations.

The Purdys have traced their family history in the United States back  to the year 1656, when three brothers of the family came from Norway to  America and settled in Vermont. One member of the family, Reverend
William Purdy, settled in Pennsylvania. He became the progenitor of the Purdys who came to Sac county, Iowa. The family have been prominent in many states from the earliest history of the country. Members of the family
fought in the Revolutionary War and also in the War of 1812, while a
number of them were in the Civil War. Rev. William Purdy. a Baptist minister of Pennsylvania, had a son by the name of Peter, who in tum was the father of Marshall. the father of Walden E., whose history is here delineated.

 Walden E. Purdy was born August 14. 1840, in Wayne county. Pennsylvania. and is the son of Marshall and Sally Ann (Rude) Purdy, both of whom are natives of Pennsylvania. Peter Purdy, the father of Rev.  William  Purdy, migrated from Connecticut to Wayne county, Pennsylvania, in 17

Marshall Purdy lived and died in Pennsylvania, dying in Wayne county in
1872. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Purdy were the parents of nine children:
Newman D., Walden E., Elmer N., Mahlon D., Chester, Emeline, Lucinda,
Celeste and Melissa.

Walden E. Purdy was educated in Abbington Academy in Pennsylvania
and in 1861 came to Floyd county, Iowa, from his native state. The next
year he bought eighty acres in this county of his father-in-law, and lived on
it for the next ten years. In 1873 he came to Sac county, where he purchased
ninety-seven acres at five dollars and a half an acre. This land had never
been broken, and, as Mr. Purdy says, “there was nothing but prairie grass and mosquitoes” to be found on the farm. Since purchasing this farm he has
added to his land holdings from time to time, until he now owns one hundred and ninety-four acres in Wall Lake township. His son has forty acres in Jackson township and eighty-seven acres in W all Lake township, making a total of three hundred and forty-one acres in this county.

Mr. Purdy was married March 1 7, 1854, to Sarah A. Pelton, who was born October 23, 1842, in Lake county, Illinois. She is the daughter of Thomas and Lovilla (Graves) Pelton. natives of Tompkins and E Washington
counties, New York, respectively. Thomas Pelton pre-empted his land in
Lake county, Illinois, and at one time had an opportunity to buy land at
Chicago, but refused the opportunity. He did not realize at that time that the
land would become very valuable.

 In 1850 the Pelton family moved to Floyd county, Iowa, where they lived the remainder of their days. Thomas Pelton was born in 1811 and died in 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pelton were the parents of two children, Susan and Sarah, the wife of Mr. Purdy. They also reared one adopted son, Frank. M r. and Mrs. Purdy are the parents of nine children: Mrs. Carrie Platt, of Minnesota; Mrs. May Della Stanzel, of Wall Lake township; Mrs. Nettie Benson, who lives in Texas, near Galveston; Frank. at home; Mrs. Cora McClintock, of South Dakota; Mrs. Grace Jennett, deceased; Clarence, at home; Mrs. Ada Thaw, deceased, and Mrs. Vernie Ellwanger, of Wall Lake, Iowa.

Mr. Purdy is a stanch Democrat and a firm believer in the principles of his party. He and his family are all members of the Baptist church and contribute of their means to its support. Mr. Purdy is a musician of ability
and has reared a family of musicians. At one time the family organized an
orchestra. which was known as the Purdy orchestra. Mr. Purdy has taught
a singing school since coming to this county. He is a vocal teacher of merit
and because of his musical ability has taught vocal music in the Methodist
church. The family has long been recognized as one which is interested in
the development of their community along such lines as would make a community a better place in which to live.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Robert N. Brady.

BRADY, ROBERT N., was born In this State In 1840, in what Is now Fulton County. He was born and raised on a farm which his father owned not far from where Atlanta now Is. Prior to the Civil War, Mr. Brady bought a pair of horses and a pair of mules and with a big wagon of merchandise, started out to trade in live stock and merchandise. He came to this section during the war, and married Miss Ann Marshall, of Berrien County, by whom he had two sons, Samuel H., and John Brady.

When O'Steen's company was organized In Homervllle for service In the Confederate Army, Mr. Brady, together with his brothers, joined this company, serving until 1865. Returning home he opened up a store at Lawton, which he ran until his election as sheriff of Clinch County In 1872.

In this election he defeated James North. Mr. Brady was commissioned January i8th, 1873. In 1874 he was killed by some parties who lived In the vicinity of the Okefinokee Swamp. Mr. Brady had a warrant for a party who lived in the neighborhood of the swamp, and after pursuing his man as far as the Everglades In Florida, captured him and carried him to Live Oak, Fla., and put him in jail, as Clinch County had no jail then.

He returned home on a Friday night and at dinner the next day was called from his table by parties In front of his house, and as he emerged through the door was shot In the chest before he could hardly recognize his assailants. The sheriff's brother, Lewis J. Brady, was at the house at the time, and came out and engaged the crowd who proved to be relatives and confederates of the man whom the sheriff had arrested. Lewis J. Brady was shot in the abdomen and died in a few minutes.

The sheriff lingered after this for three months and six days and died from the effects of the shot in his breast. He could not speak above a whisper from the time he was shot until he died. Thus ended the life of a brave officer of the law, faithful to every trust.

C. S. A.

Brady, Robert N.—Private Mar. 4, 1862. Captured at Gettysburg, Pa. July 2, 1863. Paroled. (Born in 1840.)

Pvt Robert N. Brady. Birth: 1840. Death: 1874.

Burial: Prospect Church Cemetery, Du Pont, Clinch County, Georgia.