2010-12-10

dee_burris: (Default)
2010-12-10 05:08 pm

Surname Saturday: Hemphill

Thomas G Hemphill was born in June 1842, the son of Samuel Hemphill and Nancy Callaway. He was single all his life, as far as I can tell.

He enlisted in the Confederate States Army at Little Rock on 15 Jul 1861. He served as a Private in the Clark Co Artillery, Wiggins Battery, 2nd Ark Light Artillery.

A note at this website discusses the history of the battery and states, in part:

For reasons not yet fully researched, the men of the Clark County Artillery appear to have been singled out by the Federal authorities for harsher than normal treatment. They were not included in the general parole of prisoners in April and May of 1865, but were held well into the summer of that year before finally being released.

Thomas' military records seem to bear that out.

According to muster roll records, Thomas was taken prisoner at Shelbyville TN on 27 Jun 1863. Then, he was:
  • Sent to Louisville KY on 15 Jul 1863.
  • Sent to Camp Chase (OH) 20 Jul 1863.
  • Transferred to Camp Douglass (IL) on 24 Aug 1863. (Muster roll record dated Nov/Dec 1864 showed him as a POW, with last pay date of 30 Apr 1863.)
  • Transferred to Point Lookout MD on 14 Mar 1865.
  • Admitted to General Hospital, Howard's Grove, Richmond VA on 22 Mar 1865 (treatment for "scorb," e.g., scurvy).
  • Paroled at Meridian MS on 10 May 1865.
Thomas returned home to Clark County.

In the 1880 census, he was living with his brother John and his family in Clark County.

In 1900 he was listed as a boarder in the home of Alonzo and Martha Obaugh, Caddo Twp, Clark Co., AR. Alonzo was his step-brother, his mother having married Alonzo's father, James H Obaugh, in 1858, after the death of Samuel Hemphill in 1847.

According to the Clark County Historical Association's cemetery book, "Clark County Cemeteries, Vol II," T G Hemphill is buried in an unmarked grave in Rose Hill Cemetery in Arkadelphia. A list of Confederates buried in unmarked graves in Rose Hill was extracted from an article in the Southern Standard dated 1 Jul 1909.

So for now, I have to date Thomas Hemphill's death between 1900 and 1909. If anyone has an exact date of death, I'd love to hear from you.
dee_burris: (Default)
2010-12-10 06:24 pm

Happy birthday, sis!

Monday, 11 Dec 1961...

That's the day my younger sister was born.

I was told that - at first - I was quite excited to be a "big sister."

But the new wore off, and when she was a few weeks old, I asked if we could take her back to the hospital.

Sis shares the same birthday with the following people in our family tree:
Frances Adelaide "Fanny" Ashmore - 1879
Charlie W Baker - 1882
Elizabeth Buck - 1868
Seth Chapin - 1733
Gilbert J Duelmer - 1932
Homer M Francis - 1896
Hans Devauld Funderburk - 1724
Charleen Herrington - 1946
Lena Belle Hobbs - 1880
Harriet Pauline Lee - 1848
Abner Meek - 1795
Leona V Potillo - 1910

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My sis and me, Arkansas Democrat, 22 Dec 1963


I'm glad they didn't take you back, sissy.

Have a great birthday!