Friday, July 10, 2009

Woodfin: Family and brothers

SC Woodfin's obit says four Woodfin brothers enlist together at Lavern, TN, (or at Knoxville - UDC album) Oct. 14, 1862. Moses, 35, White (Hugh Lawson), 22, Tom, 18, and Samuel, 22 (according to his obit) or 24 (according to birth date 1838).

Obit said Tom was killed in December before battle of Murfreesboro. Also says Moses and White captured and sent to Union Prison in Rock Island. Confirmed by Ancestry search of prison records list Moses and H.L. Woodfin.

Moses - Co. B 45th Infantry - captured 12-4-1863 Chattanooga, Battle of Missionary Ridge.
Description of Rock Island prison. Confederacy list of soldiers shows T Woodfin enlisting in TN18 Inf., Company F.

From Murfreesboro Post story about Battle of Stone's River:

It was a case of so close, yet so far away for the Confederate infantrymen who were encamped around their hometown, but not free to come and go. For those from nearby counties like Cannon and DeKalb and the temptation to just go home must have been strong. After all, most of the troops had just volunteered for a year.

Wisely, its commanders gave the unit some leave in December 1862 in the days before the Battle of Stones River. Historian Larry J. Daniel recounted what followed in his “Soldiering in the Army of Tennessee.” Soldiers from the 45th returned to camp loaded with holiday treats, cakes, cookies, pies and other battlefield rarities. Cleverly, the men of the 20th Tennessee hatched a battle plan of their own. They challenged the 45th to a snowball fight. While the battle was being hotly contested, a raiding party from the 20th sneaked into the 45th’s camp and made off with many of the sweets.

Bedford County Biographical Index
MOSES WOODFIN, farmer, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., March 7, 1829, and of English-Irish lineage. His father, Samuel Woodfin, was born in Buncomb County, North Carolina, in 1791, and about 1815 married Maria Barnhill, a native of South Carolina, born December 9, 1798, and to them were born fifteen children. The father died April 29, 1863, and the mother in the same county March 8, 1863. Our subject received a good practical education and has followed farming as his chief occupation. He learned the trade of wheelwright which he followed in a regular way for over fifteen years. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Forty-fifth Tennessee Infantry, and participated in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge. At Chickamauga he was wounded and at Missionary Ridge he was wounded again, captured, and taken to Rock Island, Ill., where he remained a prisoner until the end of the war. September 11, 1856, he was married to Miss Rachel A. Clark, daughter of William Clark, and the fruits of this union were eight children--three sons and five daughters; the sons are William J., Samuel N. and James A. P.; the daughters: Mollie E., Emma L., Alice, Ida and Maggie L. Mr. Woodfin is a Democrat, a Mason, and he and wife and five children are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Woodfin, our subject's wife, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., August 9, 1835. Her father was born in North Carolina, in 1807, and her mother in 1817. Her father died October 20, 1881, and was of Irish lineage. Our subject's grandfather, Nicholas Woodfin, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and was distinguished for his gallantry and bravery on many occasions. Our subject's father was a soldier in the war of 1812, and participated in the battle of New Orleans.

Woodfin family history
Edward, John and Thomas Woodfin were born in Cheshire County, England. Early in the spring of 1718 the three brothers sailed for America. In the fall of that year they landed on the shore of the Old Dominion after a trying voyage with many months of hardships. They were almost exhausted when they landed and were practically without food. From the port of entry they gradually made their way up the James River section searching for new homes. They settled in James County, Virginia which later became, and still is, Powhatan County, Virginia.

Samuel's father, Samuel
Samuel Woodfin II was a civil engineer. Samuel served in the Indian War and the War of 1812 at the Battle of New Orleans.
Samuel Woodfin, the son of Nicholas and Hannah Woodfin was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina, on April 9, 1789. He was a civil engineer. He married Mariah Barnhill of Union, South Carolina, who was born December 9, 1796 and died March 8, 1863 in Fosterville, Tenn. Samuel Woodfin was one of the first volunteers to the call of Andrew Jackson from Rutherford County, Tenn., and was a valiant soldier in both the Indian Wars and in the battle of New Orleans against the British in 1812. Samuel Woodfin died at Fosterville April 29, 1863. To this union were born fifteen children

Grandfather Nicholas fought with a Militia company from Ohio in the War of 1812
Capt. Joel Collins Company lists Pvt. Nicholas Woodfin

Nicholas Woodfin served in the Indian War in 1774, the War of Independence as an Indian spy, and the War of 1812.
(Source: United Daughters of the Confederacy by Turner Publishing Company 1999)
Samuel willed Nicholas: to Nicholas Woodfin a mare and colt, 3 cows and 4 sheep

Samuel Chase was one of 15 children.
Four brothers who enlisted
Thomas 19
Hugh 22
SamC 24
Moses 33

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