2013-10-10 / Local & State

Tonoloway Group Publish Fulton County Civil War Veterans Volume II


The Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church, a nonprofit group responsible for maintaining the historic church near Hancock, decided two years ago to publish local history books as fundraisers for maintenance of the church, which was the first church in Fulton County when it was organized in the 1740s. The sale of its other publications, “The Mellotts of Fulton County,” “The Truax Impact on Fulton County” and “ Tonoloway, If Its Walls Could Talk,” the stories of the soldiers and other individuals who wrote their names on the church walls in the 1800s, have provided maintenance funds for the past five years. It was decided to research and provide information on veterans from Fulton County who fought in earlier wars and because these are the 150th anniversary years of the Civil War, the Friends began with Civil War soldiers.

Using the names on the two bronze plaques located on the courthouse portico that honor Civil War soldiers as a reference point, the Friends published Volume I in January 2013. It included more than 300 individuals, beginning with Abbott and ending with Fulton. The Friends intended to have three volumes cover the countyĆ­s Civil War veterans. However, following the publication of Volume I, more and more information is being made available and this effort will now include four volumes. These books include not only names from the courthouse plaques but those from the 1884 Fulton County history, cemetery records, those located in cemetery visits and information from family descendants. More than 800 served from a county with less than 7,000 residents in the 1860 census.

Volume II “Civil War Veterans from Fulton County” includes names from Gamble to Lake and is now available. There are 248 veterans listed, 181 photos and 162 pages in Volume II.

Some of the veterans included are Scott Hann, who was instrumental in organizing the first Memorial Day services at Union Cemetery, and was the last veteran in the Great Cove. Scott Hann and Gustavus Brady, a Confederate veteran, who moved to Fulton County in the 1900s, often refought the war at the Webster Mills general store. Lazarus Jamison, a black soldier who is buried on Peach Orchard Road near the Medical Center and of whom there are many stories, but not many verifiable, is also included. Eleven grandsons of Timothy Hixson of Brush Creek Township fought in the war, and at least three did not return. Adam Kauffman and his five sons and five Glenn brothers were all in the war. The Kendall family was also well represented. There is family information and references for most of the veterans that can be used for further research by family members interested in pursuing family history.

Additional information about this or other Friends publications can be had by contacting Marlin Douglas 717-263-9860 or e-mail dougmar2@comcast.net or John Mentzer 717-328-9279 or email mentzer30@embarqmail.co m. Volume I (158 pages) and Volume II can be purchased at the Fulton County treasurer's office or at the Yankee Mercantile in Webster Mills. They will also be available at the church open house during the Fall Folk Festival. The books are $26 each plus $4.00 postage if mailed.

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