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Monday, April 25, 2011

Memorial Day Post

Just wanted to remember some family on memorial day. Since MD started with our country remembering those who died during the Civil War, I would like to acknowledge two that gave their lives. I do not know if they had family to caring on so I'll do this to remember them.
Joel Brooks went off to war with five of his sons. He and my 2nd great grandfather returned to leave the line that I am from. But two Samuel's brothers did not.
Balaam Brooks of the 1st Al. Perote Guards was captured at Is. 10, survived Camp Randell and was killed at the siege of Port Hudson. Port Hudson was the last Confederate stronghold to fall on the Mississippi River and not Vicksburg. The Confederates got to the point they had to boil their shoe leather to eat in order to survive. Only after they got the news that Vicksburg fell did they surrender.He was killed before the end. As fare as I can tell his father Joel who's service was up went to Port Hudson to be with his boys and stayed for the siege. He is listed at the park that is there now but not listed in the official Alabama records.
Lucius D. Brooks of the 60th Al. was killed by a snipper at Petersburg, Va. The report says minnie ball which makes me think he was shot by a confederate, but let's stick with the official record.
Both of these I would like to remember. There are more details of their service but I let it go.
My father served in the navy was not in any war. And I take it MD is for those who died in war time.
To those who served , RIP
(All Direct bloodline to me exept 4 of Joel's sons)
Joel Brooks 1st. Al. Co.G
John Brooks s/o Joel 34th Al. Co. A & 60th Co. A
Lucious D. Brooks s/o Joel 60th Al. Co. B (Killed)
Andrew J. Brooks s/o Joel 1st. Al. Co.C (Missing)
Balaam Brooks s/o Joel 1st. Al. Co.C & B (Killed)
Samuel Brooks s/o Joel 1st. Al. Co.G
John E. Cook 1st. Al. Co.G
Edward Y. Martin 60th Al. Co. C
Elish W. Blankenship 33rd & 60th Al.
A. Matthew Grantham 1st Al. Co. I (Died POW)
J. Andrew Grantham 18th & 39th Al. (Died POW)
William R. Albrittion Provost Guard (Killed)
Jasper E. Barnes 3rd Reg. Hillard's Leg. 59th Al
Dempsy Cook 4th Reg. Ga. St. Trps Co. G


Anonymous said...

My ancestor was Swamp Fox Marion. He was also a believer and a very intelligent man. He killed many men in the name of our Lord and so should everyone. Not atheists, they don't care, but every religious person with the indecency NOT TO LOVE OUR LORD!

atheist are never a problem, they don;t work for the devil or for God, they are middle people with no home to go to after they die.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Hi, Wayne--

I'm trying to find information on a Jasper Barnes in southeast Alabama, and noticed that you have one in your list here as a direct ancestor. Would you mind e-mailing me, or giving me your e-mail to contact you with a question? My e-mail is:
rl_vaughn -AT- yahoo.com (just replace -AT- with the @ symbol). Thanks so much! (Nice Memorial Day post, by the way.)

R. L. Vaughn said...

Hello again, Wayne. Thanks so much for responding. I tried e-mailing you, but every time it keeps coming back as undeliverable. Hate to tie up your blog, but I'll send this way to contact you again. Here's what I'm working on:

I am trying to identify the men who served on a committee for revision of The Sacred Harp song book in 1909. Jasper Barnes of southeast Alabama served as First Vice-Chairman. (You can see a list of the committee at the link below, on page 3.)

When I started looking for Jasper Barnes, I discovered that there are three of them in and around Dothan -- a father, son and a grandson. I ruled out the grandson. Since he was born in 1895, he would have only been 14 years old in 1909. But either the father or son could easily have been this vice-chairman. When I Google-searched and ran across you as a descendant, I decided to make contact. Do you or anyone in your family know which of these two Jasper Barneses might have served on this committee to revise The Sacred Harp. Any help, ideas, comments, and/or conjectures will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks again. Have a nice day.

Robert Vaughn

R. L. Vaughn said...

Hi, Wayne.

Not sure what is happening, but the e-mail bounced back to me again. Not sure if it is on my end or yours. Hope you won't mind my continuing to contact you through the blog since the e-mail isn't working.

I'll look forward to hearing what you find about Jasper Barnes and The Sacred Harp. I have the birth and death dates for both the Jasper Barneses based on what is at Find-a-Grave.
They have pictures of the tombstones, so I think these should be accurate. If there are any discrepancies, please let me know.

Have a nice day and a great Thanksgiving holiday.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Wayne, I put together this tentative material on Jasper Barnes and The Sacred Harp. Thought you might like to read it. Have a great day.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Wayne, I've been researching W. M. Cooper of Dothan for some time now. His book is the one we use here in East Texas, rather than the one I mention that Jasper Barnes worked on, with J. L. White of Atlanta. There is an unusual circumstance that no one living seems to know and no records seem to survive to tell -- quite a few of the same people in the Dothan area were working with Cooper on his book revision as well as working with J. L. White in Atlanta. I haven't figured out exactly what was going on.

Thanks again for your help. If you find anything else on Jasper Barnes, let me know. Have a blessed weekend.