The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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Columbus, Benjamin Dossey, Catherine, married Doctor Lewis, Richard, Amos Johnson, and William Horn, (see his sketch for his descendants.)

        VI. Dempsey, born 1758, died 1857, married Jane Andrews, had Amelia, married to Cuthbert of Georgia, Andrews married Duggan, Cullen married (first) Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob Battle, and (second) Jane Lamon.

        VII. Jacob, born 1774, died 1814, married Mrs. -- Edwards, had Marmaduke, Elizabeth, married in (1802) to Doctor Cullen Battle; Cullen, Thomas, Lucy, James S., born 1786, died 1854, married (first) Tempy Battle, and (second) Harriet Westray; to James S., were born Marmaduke, William S., married Dancy, Turner Westray married daughter of Judge Daniel; Cornelia married John S. Daney; Mary E. married (first) to W. F. Dancy, (second) to Dr. N. J. Pittman, Martha married to Kemp P. Battle, and Penelope married to W. R. Cox.

        VIII. Jethro married Martha Lane, died 1813, had Joseph S., married (first) Dunn, (second) Horn, to whom was born Temperance, married to Marriott; H. L. Battle, Dr. James, John, George, Mary Ann married Bridgers, Marcus and Martha; to Jethro and Martha Battle was also born Orren, married Fort, and moved to Tennessee; and Alfred, who had Jethro: this Jethro died in the Mexican war; James L., Mary married to Tillory; Elizabeth married to Fort.

        The above table is from a genealogical paper drawn by Governor Henry T. Clark, and may therefore be relied upon as being accurate.

        Louis Dickson Wilson, born 1789, died August 12, 1847, was born, raised and lived in this county.

        His education was not classical. He was placed in a counting-house, and became a student of men rather than of books. He was successful in business. From 1815 to 1846, he was member of either one or the other branches of the legislature.

        He was a member of that distinguished convention of 1835, to amend the constitution of the state. The meed of exalted statesmanship, or of brilliant eloquence, or of deep philosophical research, cannot be claimed for him. Yet he was honest in his principles, and sincere in his convictions, and a laborious and useful man, rather than pretentious or showy, but of great popularity.

        After more than thirty years in the civil service of his state, in the war between the United States and Mexico, he joined the army, and as captain of the line, and marched to the seat of war. Without any application or knowledge on his part, he was made colonel of the twelfth regiment of infantry. While superintending a forward movement of this regiment from Vera Cruz, the visissitudes of war, the dangerous climate, with the weight of three score years, proved too much for his constitution. He was seized with the fever of the country, and died on May 12, 1847.

        He was never married. By his will his patrimonial estate, (land and slaves,) was bequeathed to his next of kin, (a nephew and a niece,) and the residue, about $40,000, to the poor of Edgecombe County.

        The county court of Edgecombe has ordered the erection of an appropriate asylum as one of the first investments of the fund.

        This noble charity, as also the erection of a county called after his name, perpetuates his life long services in the councils of the state, and his lamented death, leading the columns of his troops to subdue the enemies of his country will keep his memory ever fresh in the heart of every North Carolinian. The end of his life was just as he could have wished it:

                         "Whether on the scaffold high,
                         Or in the battle's van,
                         The fittest place for man to die,
                         Is when man dies for man."

        The brilliant eulogium pronounced by Governor
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