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MURRAY COUNTRY FAMILIES

Thomas Plemons Family


Thomas Plemons (1817-1902) and Emily P. Dickerson (1814-1865) were both born in North Carolina. They married in Georgia about 1840.

The 1850 Census listed the family living in Hall County, Georgia, Thomas, Emily, and 4 children: William E.; Nancy Jane; John M.; and Zachariah T. Plemons.

On his application for a soldier's pension in 1915, John stated that he had lived in Murray County since 1854. This means that his family had moved from Hall County to Murray County in that year.

William E. Plemons (1841-1865) married Margarett Jane Cain. They had one daughter, Annie O. Plemons (1863-1947).

Nancy Jane Plemons (1842-1926) married Joseph Harlan Cain (1839-1900). Their children were: John F. (1862-1881); James H. (1864-1950); Nancy E. (1867-1877); William E. (1870-1871); Thomas O. (1874-1897); Lilly T. (1876-1879); Michael B. (1878-1965); Onie E. (1880-1933); and Horace T. Cain (1884-1934).

John M. Plemons (1843-1932) first married Susanna A. Sparks. They had two sons: Thomas O. (1874-?) and William H. Plemons (1876-1958). After Susanna died John married Amanda Dorah Plemons. They had two boys: John H. (1900-1975) and Haskel G. (1909-1989).

Zachariah T. Plemons (1844-1915) married first Mary Cobb, in 1862. They had a son, William H. and a daughter, Martha E. Plemons. Mary died. In 1872 Zachariah married Tamer E. McCamey (1838-1909). They had two sons, Charlie M. (1875-?) And Homer (1876-?)

William, John and Zachariah served in the Confederate Army. Although all three brothers served in Company E, 60th Georgia Infantry Regiment, John and Zach enlisted September 19, 1861; John did not join them until May 14, 1862. Their father, considered too old for combat, enlisted in Captain Bond's Company, Cavalry, Georgia State Guards.

On November 23, 1863, Zach was shot through his left leg in fighting at Mine Run, Virginia. Surgeons had to amputate his leg and he was sent home. Eventually he was awarded a Disabled Soldier's Pension of one hundred dollars.

Both John and William had been captured by Union forces on April 6, 1865, just three days before their unit surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia. They had been taken to Point Lookout, Maryland, where they were held as Prisoners-of-war until they were released on June 17, 1865.

William and John were making their way home when William gave out on the road and was taken to a hospital. He was too ill to continue the journey so he remained in Lynchburg, Virginia. John went on to Murray County. When he returned to Lynchburg two weeks later, hoping to take William home to Murray County, he found that William had died.

A newspaper article from The Daily Lynchburg Virginian, dated Saturday, 8 July 1865, contained this closing paragraph: "The first death that has yet occurred at this Soldiers' Home took place on Wednesday. The victim was private W. E. Plemons, Co. E, 60th Georgia Infantry–lately from Point Lookout. A paper in his possession bore the address, ‘Mrs. Margaret Jane Plemons, Fancy Hill, Murray County, Ga.' He had been sick about ten days." This confirms that Pvt. William Plemons died July 5, 1865, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Although official cemetery records for burials prior to 1914 simply do not exist, William Plemons almost certainly was buried in the Old City Cemetery at Lynchburg. There is no grave marker bearing his name but many soldiers were buried in unmarked graves in that cemetery's Confederate section.

Submitted by: Bessie Mayer


 



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