Sally’s great-great-Grandfather – GC Moore’s 1st cousin:
Rev. Samuel Iredell Johnston 1806 – 1865 | his parents
& 1829 Margaret Ann Burgwin 1811 – 1886 | her parents
of Edenton NC
My working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
married 23 Sept 1829 Margaret Ann Burgwin 1 Nov 1811 – 16 Oct 1886 Pittsburg PA
daughter of George William Bush Bergwin
|e-mail from James Moore The first part of my trip to North Carolina was taken up with what I call “The Search for Captain Johnston”. George Burgwyn Johnston (1840-1864) was the second cousin of my great-great grandfather Major John Wheeler Moore (1833-1906). While that connection may sound far-fetched, the two cousins were much closer than normal second cousins. Both of their fathers Samuel Iredell Johnston and Godwin Cotten Moore lost their fathers when they were boys and were raised as brothers at Mulberry Grove by their grandfather the Revolutionary War veteran Godwin Cotten. The two families were very close until the Civil War scattered the Johnston family to the four winds. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Iredell Johnston married Margaret Ann Burgwyn from the Hermitage plantation in the Cape Fear River region near Wilmington. An Episcopal clergyman, he served as the rector of St. Paul’s in Edenton for nearly thirty years. George matriculated at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1855. His roommate was his second cousin Henry King Burgwyn, who was killed at Gettysburg and known as the “Boy Colonel of the Confederacy”. Johnston graduated at the head of the class of 1858 and gave the valedictory address at the commencement attended by President James Buchanan. He was appointed Greek tutor at the University. In 1861 he married Nannie Taylor Johnson, daughter of Dr. Charles Earl Johnson of Raleigh and his first wife Ann Taylor Skinner. He enlisted in the Confederate Army serving as lst lieutenant in Co. G, 28th Regiment of North Carolina Troops under Col. James H. Lane. He was soon promoted to captain. During a battle in Virginia, he swam across a river to escape the oncoming Union forces. When he saw that none of his men would follow him, he swam back and was captured with them. Sent to the notorious Johnson’s Island prison camp in the North, he inspired the men with his cheerful example and reading services to them from the Book of Common Prayer. Eventually exchanged, he returned to North Carolina and was appointed as adjutant to now General Lane. Tragically his health had been wrecked by his imprisonment. He was suffering from consumption and died in 1864. His wife survived him by only two years. General Lane recalled that she was heartbroken by the loss of the husband she had adored.|
So much for the basic facts. In the late summer I received an appeal from the Edenton Woman’s Club. They were soliciting contributions in order to publish “Between the River and the Sound: The Architectural Heritage of Chowan County” written by the late Thomas Butchko and Nancy Van Dolsen. In exchange for a donation of $100, one could receive a book and could memorialize three persons who had lived in Chowan County. So I wrote the check and asked that the names of Samuel Iredell Johnston, Margaret Burgwyn Johnston and George Burgwyn Johnston be put on the list.
Then I started thinking about Captain Johnston. Where was he buried? During the War, his parents were refugees in Chapel Hill where his brother-in-law the Rev. Francis Hilliard was the rector of the Chapel of the Cross. After his death, his widow was given permission to gather firewood from the university campus along with the faculty and their families. So it stood to reason he had come back to Chapel Hill to die and was probably buried in an unmarked grave in the old Town Cemetery next to the campus. Surely a quick check of the burial register of the Chapel of the Cross would answer my question. And with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War coming up next year, wouldn’t it be appropriate to see that this forgotten soldier was given his due with a proper marker and ceremony of remembrance? I emailed the Rev. Stephen Elkins-Williams, the rector, just before the Labor Day holiday. He replied he would be happy to help me. However, he was on his way out the door and would get back to me upon his return.
Then I found that there was a yearbook with pictures of all the members of the Class of 1859, including George, in the London family papers in the Southern Historical Collection of Wilson Library at UNC. I took down the complete citation complete with call number and emailed it to my Aunt Sally of family website fame. Friday afternoon September 24th found me in the last hour of the workday as I tied up loose ends before I left for two weeks in North Carolina. I wanted to print the citation on that yearbook to take with me. I couldn’t find it! In desperation, I typed “George Burgwyn Johnston” and searched all of my email. And then the miraculous happened. Up popped an email sent to Sally in 2004 by one Helen Harper in Canada. After the Civil War, George’s brother Gabriel had gone to Canada and become a Church of England clergyman. Helen was Gabriel’s great-granddaughter and said she had a portrait of George Burgwyn Johnston painted by the noted nineteenth-century painter William Garl Brown. Would Sally like to see a photo of the portrait? I had no recollection of ever seeing this email before, and it was six years old. Hoping against hope, I wrote Helen Harper and hit “send”. That night I had a response! Over the next few days, emails flew through cyberspace between Ontario and the states of Tennessee and North Carolina.
I started out for North Carolina on the afternoon of Sunday, September 26 after lunch. At Knoxville, I encountered rain that would follow me for most of the week. I spent the night in Asheville. I arrived at the home of old UNC classmate David Hearn at Apex just outside Raleigh at noon on Monday. After a grand lunch of quiche and fruit salad, we drove into Chapel Hill to begin the Search for Captain Johnston in earnest. Our first stop was the Southern Historical Collection. I had recently come across three letters that belonged with the Sallie Moore Calvert Papers I had donated to the collection in 1979. As soon as we arrived, I presented the three additional letters and caused a flurry of excitement. This was essential to getting the red carpet treatment we received afterwards. David and I both wrote out our life history, donned white gloves and sat down under the surveillance camera. The librarian brought out the 1859 yearbook. The pictures must have been photographic proofs. Some were in perfect condition. Others had nearly faded away. George’s picture was nearly gone. A pale, ghostly image stared back at us from a century and a half ago. Still we good see that he had been a good-looking young man. I made arrangements at the desk for the library’s photo lab to reproduce the pictures of George Burgwyn Johnston and George Badger Barnes, one of Carl Witt’s relatives. When I told the librarian I was looking for George’s burial spot, he went scurrying around looking in all kinds of reference books. What he did find was the sketch I had written on the Rev. Samuel Iredell Johnston for “The Dictionary of North Carolina Biography” back in the seventies. I had cited a history of the Burgwyn-Jones family that I had completely forgotten had ever existed. He gave us the call number for this book, and we went downstairs to the North Carolina Collection to check it out. There was nothing new on George. However, I did find some new information on his sisters and their children.
It was now 4:30 and we hustled through the misty gloom to get to the parish office at the Chapel of the Cross before it closed. When I told the secretary that I wanted to see the burials register, she said “Oh the rector has that in his office”. The Rev. Mr. Elkins-Williams came out to meet us and informed me he was writing an email to me at that very moment! Then he showed us what he’d found. In the communicants list for 1864 was Dr. Johnston and his wife, two of their younger children and George and his wife. But no burials. Someone had written “Died March 7, 1864” next to George’s name and “removed” next to the citation for Mrs. George. What did this mean?
That night after dinner, we reviewed the evidence we’d gathered so far. Then I went online to look at the data one more time. Auburn University Library has a collection of letters written by George to his commanding officer General Lane in the summer of 1863. As I read through them, I noticed that all but one of them was written from Raleigh. A lifelong resident of North Carolina’s capital city, David kept saying “Look in Raleigh! Look in Raleigh!” I recalled that George’s father-in-law Dr. Charles Earl Johnson was a leading member of Christ Episcopal Church located downtown on Capitol Square and he was in charge of all the Confederate hospitals in Raleigh. If George did indeed have serious health problems, it would make far more sense for him to have been in Raleigh receiving medical care than languishing in Chapel Hill, which was an isolated village back then.
We started with historic Oakwood Cemetery. However, it wasn’t started until 1869. While Nannie’s father Dr. Charles Earl Johnson and other family members were interred there, it was too new to be the burial spot for Nannie and George. Then I discovered something I had never heard of before – the Old City Cemetery chartered in 1798. We couldn’t get the list of individual burials to work, but this looked promising.
Tuesday morning, the rain finally stopped and the sun came out to give us glorious weather. We had a date to have brunch with my friend Molly Urquhart at Courtney’s, a restaurant in North Raleigh. A devoted historical and genealogical enthusiast, Molly is like me in that she finds dead relatives far more interesting and easier to deal with than living ones. As soon as I told her of our project, she exclaimed “My friend Brennie Holloman is the head of preservation for Old City Cemetery”. We got Brennie on David’s cell phone. She said the names sounded familiar. I told her we were headed down to Christ Church as soon as we finished lunch. I was convinced that a look at their parish register would solve this mystery once and for all.
Getting into Christ Church was one step removed from gaining entrance to Fort Knox. When we finally did get to the secretary, she informed us that the parish register was not accessible to the public. It had been deposited in the State Archives, two blocks away, and could be viewed on microfilm. However, she did let us leave the car in their parking lot.
At the Archives, we signed our lives away once more in the reading room. The alleged microfilm was produced and duly loaded into the machine in the AV room. I cranked and cranked up to 1853. Then suddenly I was looking at 1871. What was this? I backed up and checked again. And then I did it a third time. There was NOTHING for a space of eighteen years. I was beside myself! At this point, one of the librarians heard me foaming at the mouth and asked what we were looking for? When I mentioned City Cemetery, he directed us back to the reading room to a survey of said cemetery made in the 1930s. It was a hefty book with no table of contents or index. It was a matter of going through it page by page encountering the graves in the same order as the compiler had done eighty years before us. Finally, I came across a mix of Iredells and Johnsons. I said to David “This has to be the place, but they’re not here!” Then he leaned over and asked “What’s this?’ One little line read “G.B & N.F. Johnson.” I almost whooped with joy and nearly ran across the room to the librarian. “I think we found it!” He said “great!’ and ran around to a computer. Here was a statewide survey of graves with photographs of the tombstones. In less than a minute, we had a print-out of the low, narrow granite stone that read “G.B. & N.T. Johnston. Died 1862-1866”. The 1862 death date for George is an error. But who cares?
It turned out that Old City Cemetery was just six blocks away. Walking up the cobblestone walk under the great trees, we found the Johnson plot fairly quickly. George and Nannie’s stone is at the very front of lot at the foot of the grave of her mother, who died in 1847 at the age of twenty-nine. Two infant children are on one side of her. On the other is Nannie’s sister Mary with her husband Capt. Campbell Iredell, mortally wounded at Gettysburg. In the adjoining plot are the wife and children of Governor James Iredell. One of the men is a brother of Campbell Iredell and died at Spotsylvania. The enormity of the suffering and tragedy of the Civil War hits one in this place. That night I emailed Helen that we had found the graves. She responded with “Bravo!’ and sent two pictures of the portrait. There captured for all time in his Confederate uniform was George Burgwyn Johnston. Our hunt was over. Our captain had been found. James
Question: which is the correct way to spell the name Bergwin or Burgwyn? James answered “That’s a long story. We all know that the Northampton branch changed to the ‘y’ spelling. The Cape Fear crowd retained the original ‘i’. However, George appears to have always used the ‘y’. Everything at UNC has his name that way. Even his mother appears to have adopted that spelling. Helen Harper has a copy of Moore’s history inscribed by her to her son in which she spells her maiden name “Burgwyn”.
Children of Rev. Samuel Iredell Johnston & Margaret Burgwin:
1. Samuel John Johnston 8 Jan 1832 – 21 Sept 1842 aged 10 years 8 mo and 13 days
buried in the “Hayes Cemetery”
2. James Cathcart Johnston Jr 12 Jan 1834 – 21 Dec 1888 Hochheim, Dewitt Co TX
“He was named for his father’s first cousin, the master of “Hayes” and owner of vast estates throughout the Albemarle region. The younger Johnston styled himself James Cathcart Johnston, Jr. and lived at “Hayes” with his elder
cousin until their rupture early in the Civil War. The elder Johnston made a new will in 1863 completely disinheriting his relatives and leaving everything to three friends and business partners. Dr. Max R. Williams of Western Carolina University wrote a two-part series “The Johnston Will Case: A Clash of Titans” for the North Carolina Historical Review in 1990.” (six children all rem to TX)
married 3 Jul 1958 Katherine [Katie] Harris Warren 18 July 1840 – 22 Feb 1889
i. Sallie Annie Johnston
ii. Katherine [Kate] Warren Johnston
iii. Frances [Fannie] Christian Johnston
iv. William Warren Johnston
v. Jane Johnston 1862 –
|e-mail from RE to James
James Cathcart Johnson, eldest son of the Rev. Johnston, had a daughter named Anne, who is likely the niece living with Helen Perry in 1880. RE
e-mail from James
That wouldn’t surprise me. James had been named for his father’s cousin the eccentric but very wealthy old bachelor James Cathcart Johnston, who lived at Hayes plantation at Edenton and owned vast tracts of land along the Roanoke River. Everyone simply assumed that young James was the heir apparent. He called himself “James C. Johnston, Jr.”. He and his wife and children were living with the elder Johnston. When Roanoke Island fell early in the War, the Albemarle Sound was opened to Yankee invasion. The younger Johnston and family refugeed to Virginia leaving the old man who refused to abandon his home. This led to much bad blood. When the old man died in 1865 shortly after the end of the war, it was found that he had disinherited all of his Johnston kin and left everything to his friend Edward Wood and several other business associates. The Johnstons challenged the will on the grounds of mental incompetency. There followed a sensational trial with the best legal minds lined up on both sides. The will stood, and the Woods live at Hayes to this day. James and Kate packed up and went to Texas, where they are supposed to have had a very hard time of it.
3. Mariah Nash Johnston 1836 – 1907
married Rev. Francis W. Hilliard 1830 MA –
Rev. Francis W. Hilliard
in 1861 Rector of Grace Church, Plymouth, NC
He was the rector of the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill during the War.
He received the honorary degree of master of arts at the Commencement of 1864 UNC
I. Frances Hilliard ca 1857 –
ii. Margaret Hilliard 1859 –
4. Elizabeth Cotten [Bettie Cotten] Johnston 22 Feb 1838 – 29 June 1879 Paris, France
married Dr. Edward Warren of Edenton
i. Elizabeth Cotten Warren d. ca 1910 Paris, France
ii. Inis Warren
married Frank Bizzell
1. Frank Bizzel
2. Mary Bizzell
married 2nd Mr. Bey
5. George Burgwyn Johnston 1840 – 1864
health ruined in Civil War (grad UNC 1855)
Capt. George Burgwyn Johnston
married 1860 Ann [Nannie] Taylor Johnson 1841 – 1866
dau of Dr. Charles Earl Johnson 1812 – 1876 & 1st wife Emily Ann Skinner 1818 – 1847
from a piece written by Gen. H Lane – Charlotte Observer 1895
“Company G, which was cut off from the regiment at Kinney’s, can never forget how their brave, but frail and delicate young captain George B Johnston, afterward the accomplished adjutant-general of the brigade, swam the river to escape the enemy, and then swam back rather than appear to have deserted his men; how he marched as a prisoner of war from Kinney’s farm to West Point in his wet clothes; how he was confined on Johnson’s Island; how he read the Episcopal service regularly to his fellow-prisoners there; how he endeared himself to all in his captivity; how he was joyfully welcomed back to camp; and how, a physical wreck, he was soon forced to return home to die. A nobler, braver, purer Christian hero never lived.”
Again from Battle’s History of UNC:
George Burgwyn Johnston Class of 1859. From Edenton. Matriculated 1855.
Held rank of captain in the war. Gave the valedictory address at the 1859 commencement when President Buchannan was in attendance. In 1861 he was named tutor of Greek. In 1862 it was noted he was a captain and prisoner of war. He returned from a long imprisonment in Ohio with a ruined constitution. In 1864 the faculty were allowed to cut firewood from the University forests. “…and the same liberty was granted to the widow of Tutor George B. Johnston, who had died in service”.
Letters from George B Johnston to Lane Nov 62 – July 1863
6. Gabriel Iredell Johnston 1842 – 1902 (Episcopalian Minister)
UNC Commencement of 1893: Doctor of Divinity awarded to Gabriel Johnston, a native of North Carolina, Rector of a Parish in Canada. “It was resolved to confer the degree of A.B. on the surviving members of the War Classes, 1862 to 1868, inclusive. The following received diplomas at the Commencement of 1911” Class of 1863: Gabriel Johnston
married Alice Killaly died 1926
i. Mary Carmen Johnston 1876 –
married William Vicars Mencke
1. Ruth Mencke
married Robert Hutchinson
ii. Margaret Johnston 1878 –
married Harry W McCoombe
1911 census – he is a barrister living on Dorothy St, Welland, Ontario
1. Hudson W McCoombe Oct 1906 –
2. Gabriel J McCoombe Oct 1909 –
iii. Emma Killaly Johnston 1880 –
married William H Bailey
1. Alice Bailey
2. William Bailey
iv. Kathleen Johnston 1882 –
v. George Johnston 1888 – 1913
vi. Iredell Killaly Johnston 1888 – 1953
married Helen Clarissa Richardson 1896 – 1990
1. Helen Mary Johnston 1924 – 1988
married Hugh Grant Harper 1924 –
family info from their daughter Helen
2. Frances Austin Johnston 1927 –
married Rolland Lewis Jerry – died March 2002/7.
7. Helen Scrymoure Johnston 1844 – aft 1920
(rem. to Wilcox Co, AL 1869)
married 8 Feb 1869 John Doctrine Perry ca 1843 – ca 1873
a. Margaret Johnston Perry
married James M Norman
8. John Johnston 1846 – 1877
married Ida Lytle nfi
9. Samuel Iredell Johnston 1848 – 25 Sept 1852 aged 4 years & 5 mo
buried “Hayes Cemetery”
10. Iredell Johnston 1850 – 1889 dsp
11. Sallie Annie Johnston 12 July 1852 – 22 July 1852 Aged 10 days
buried “Hayes Cemetery”
12. Frances [Fannie] Ann Johnston
31 March 1854 Edenton NC – 1 May 1909 Monroe NC
buried Suncrest Cemetery Monroe NC
married John Daniel Parker 13 Nov 1857 – 2 Nov 1915 Monroe, NC
son of Leonidas Parker 1830 – 1863 & Edna Caroline King 1831 – 1897
i. John Johnston Parker 20 Nov 1885 Monroe NC – 17 March 1958 DC
lawyer and judge a Federal judge in Charlotte
served on the Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal
married 1910 Maria Burgwin Maffitt 3 Oct 1885 Wilmington NC – 22 Jan 1960 Charlotte NC
1. Francis Iredell Parker 21 August 1923 – 5 March 2008
Francis Iredell Parker ~ lawyer
ii. Margaret Burgwin Parker 1887 – 1969
married James Earl Dees 1881 – 1955 of Greenville NC
iii. Caroline Ashe Parker 1890 – 1913
married Charles Dexter
iv. Samuel Iredell [Sy] Parker 17 Oct 1891 – 1 Dec 1975
married Mary Lou Morris 1894 – 1982
Samuel Iredell Parker
Medal of Honor, WWI
photo courtesy of HomeofHeroes.com
feed back 12/05/05 from old guest book Lee Morris email@example.com : S.I. Parker was my uncle by marriage. He married my great aunt Cetie. I attended his funeral as a child in 1975. In attendance were many NC notables, including Senator Sam Ervin. I remember Uncle Sy, as we called him, as a playful, jolly old man. Only later did I find out about his great heroism in WW1, and his illustrious military career.
Leonidas Parker 1830 – 1863 | his parents
& 1849 Edna Caroline King 1831 – 1897 | her parents
of Union Co/Anson Co NC
This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
Leonidas Parker, born 16 Jan 1830, the son of Peter Parker and 1st wife Jane Baker.
Peter died in Union Co in 1881. a life long farmer who had 12 children.
Leonida Parker married in 1849 Edna Caroline King (1831 – 1897) of Mt. Croghan, SC.
Leonidas was killed in battle (3 May 1863) during the Civil War and was buried on the battlefield at Chancellorsville.
Children of Leonidas Parker and Edna Caroline King:
1. Henry Parker 1851 – 1851 dy
2. Benjamin Franklin Parker 1853 – 1928
3. John Daniel Parker 13 Nov 1857 – 2 Nov 1915
married Frances Johnston 31 March 1854 Edenton NC – 1 May 1909 Monroe NC
Peter Parker 1805 – 1881 | his parents
& 1826 Jane Baker 1805 – 1833 | her parents
& 1833 Evelina Griffen c 1805 – bef 1838 | her parents
& 1838 Nancy Gulledge 1809 – bef 1909 | her parents
of Union Co NC
My working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
Peter was the son of another Peter Parker d 1860 and Jemina Hasty 1769 Hertford Co NC – bef 1860
Peter was a farmer in Union County his entire lifetime. He had 12 children by three wives.
is supposed to be buried in the same small Hasty tract burial site as his father and perhaps one or more of his wives there also.
His will written in 1878 and probated August 1881 is on file in Union County which was partitioned out of Anson County with Monroe as the county seat in 1842. His will did not list all of his children but named his third wife Nancy and left some cash to his daughter Susannah M King to “make equal with the other heirs who have been given sums earlier” He also bequeathed some land to his son Peter A Parker and named his brother Sephen H Parker as executor.
Children of Peter Parker and Jane Baker:
1. Nancy Parker 1828 – 1907
2. Leonidas Parker 1830 – 1863 [killed in the war]
married 1849 Edna Caroline King 1831 – 1897
Children of Peter Parker and Evelina Griffen:
3. Harrietta Adeline Parker 4 Feb 1835 – bef 1865
married ca 1855 Lee Hargett ca 1835 – bef 1857
married 1857 Daniel Krimminger 1815 – 1865
4. John Wilson Parker 14 Feb 1836 – bef 1865 [killed in the war]
5. Mary Ann Parker 1 Sep 1837 – bef 1937
married 1860 William C King 1833 – bef 1933
Children of Peter Parker and Nancy Gulledge:
6. Joel Thomas Parker 7 April 1839 – 1839
7. Franklin D. Parker 31 May 1840 – 10 Aug 1862 killed in the war
8. David Henderson Parker 19 Jun 1842 – 6 May 1862 killed in the war
9. Zephaus Geminy Parker 13 May 1843 – 1843
10. Peter Alexander [Sandy] Parker 28 June 1844 – 11 Feb 1926 Union Co NC
married ca 1864 Mary Frances King 14 Jan 1838 Chesterfield Co SC – 8 Jun 1913 Union Co NC
11. Samuel Leard [twin] Parker 24 Oct 1845 – 1845
12. Susannah M [twin] Parker 24 Oct 1845 – 1926 Chesterfield Co SC
married 26 Jan 1866 Ezekiel T King 1839 SC – bef 1939
13. Levinia Jane Parker 10 Nov 1846 – 6 Jan 1861
14. Benjamin Anderson Parker 9 Apr 1849 – 1849
Peter Parker 1774 – 1860 | his parents
& c 1794 Jemina Hasty 1769 – bef 1860 | her parents
of Hertford Co NC
and of Union Co NC
My working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
Peter Parker was born in Hertford Co NC in 1774 son of Peter Parker 1740 – 1810 and wife Joanne Parker daughter of Thomas Parker and Mary
He moved to Union Co NC and later moved to Mississippi. His son Peter bought him back to Union Co NC where he died in 1860.
Children of Peter Parker and Jemina Hasty:
1. Anna Parker 1796 – bef 1896
married 9 Jan 1817 William [Billy] Anderson 10 Jan 1792 – 1 Mar 1873
2. Susannah Parker 1799 – 7 May 1880
married 1818 Benjamin C Ashcraft 10 Mar 1795 – 3 Apr 1863
3. Lemuel L Parker 1801 NC – Apr 1860 Maury Co TN
married c 1821 Sarah ? c 1801 – bef 1833
4. Matthew Parker 1802 – bef 1860
married 1819 Marianne Ross 1793 – 1882
5. Peter Parker 18 Jan 1805 – 29 Jul 1881
married 20 Dec 1826 Jane Baker 1805 – 1833
married 1833 Evelina Griffen c 1805 – bef 1838
married 1838 Nancy Gulledge 1809 – bef 1909
6. Wiley R Parker 1805 – bef 1905 Akom Co MS
married c 1828 Ellen Ross 1807 – bef 1880
7. Burwell Parker 1809 – dec 1844 Holmes Co MS
married c 1829 Catherine Parker c 1809 -bef 1909
8. Steven Hasty Parker 16 Dec 1812 – 14 Dec 1885 Union Co NC
married c 1833 Zelpha H Ashcraft 10 Mar 1813 – 14 Sept 1897