Sunday, February 18, 2018

Henry Merritt: Amazon Cousins

Gordon and Ann Stewart
"The Henry Merritt is the same George Henry Merritt to which you referred. ...All my records show that this Lydia A. Stewart Webb was the daughter of my great-great grandfather, Gordon S. Stewart."  
E-Mail from William Stewart 
Gordon S and Ann (Taylor) Stewart are our third great grandparents*. Their daughter, Lydia, married and had a family with William J Webb. He was killed fighting for the South in the Civil War. Then she took up with a former Union soldier from Connecticut, George Leonard Merritt. Our great grandfather George 'Henry' Merritt was their only surviving child.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Civil War Stories: Deserters

Our second great grandfather, George Leonard Merritt, was a Union soldier in the Sixth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded on July 10, 1863 in the first attack on Fort Wagner, South Carolina.

The Assault on Fort Wagner
July 18, 1863
One week later, on July 18th, his regiment was part of the disastrous second attack on Fort Wagner. The Union forces retreated under fire.

"In leaving Wagner that night, the ditch we crossed was filled with the dead and wounded... . Our loss was quite heavy...the total figures footed up to 141 killed, wounded and missing." 
Chap V: The Old Sixth Regiment, Its War Record

Civil War Stories: The Color Bearers

According to his war records, our great, great grandfather, George Leonard Merritt, served in the 6th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

He was wounded early July 10, 1863, at the First Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina.

His unit took 215 'Johnnies' prisoner and a rebel flag.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Lydia A. Smith: Queen of the Okefenokee

Lydia (Smith) Stone

Lydia (Smith) Stone

"Born a dreamer, she became an empire-builder and a living legend in her time. 
Lydia Stone was the name she was best known by, but she was born Lydia Smith and died Lydia Crews, the name of her second husband." 
Ware County Georgia  Biography Lydia Stone

Monday, January 29, 2018

William and Elizabeth (Stewart) Smith

Elizabeth (Stewart) Smith

Elizabeth (Stewart) Smith
"Gordon S and Ann Stewart had the following known children:

Elizabeth b. 1823 m. William Smith
Priscilla b. 1825 m. Berry Whitley
Lydia b. 1827 m. William J Webb
William Gordon b. 1830 m. ThursdayAnn Lee
Mary b. 1837 m. Lemuel Pittman
Matilda b. 1837 m. C G B W Parker
Martha b. 1838 m. Elias Pittman"

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Civil War Stories: Brother-In-Laws in Arms

William Webb and Berry Whitley

Pioneers of Wiregrass-Huxford
Book V page 420
The Huxford Genealogical Society identifies our second great grandmother as Lydia Stewart, sister of Priscilla. 

Grandma* Lydia's first husband was William Webb. Priscilla married Berry Whitley.

On the 1860 Ware County, Georgia, census, the three sisters - Priscilla Whitley, Lydia Webb and Martha Pittman - and their families are next door neighbors of their widowed mother, Ann Stewart, and another daughter (?), Rodha. (zoomable pdf file).

Civil War Stories: Burning of Jacksonville

6th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment 

Charles K Cadwell, of Company F, served with our second great grandfather*, George Leonard Merritt, of Company I, in the 6th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War.

Thirty years after the war, in 1895, he wrote in the introduction of his book, The Old Sixth Regiment, Its War Record, 1861-5;
"The author collected the facts from a private diary kept by himself while in the service."  
The Old Sixth Regiment, Its War Record, 1861-5