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From: "S D Holland" <>
Subject: Re: [THAMES] What Ever Happened to John Yancey? (Thames family in Clayton County, Georgia)
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 18:35:36 -0400
Donna: In keeping all of this together.
William had a daughter Sirena Thames who married Lovic Hodnett. She and
Lovic seperated in 1865 and she moved back home with her father. Lovic and
Sirena were divorced in 1868 and he went to Alabama. Lovic is buried in
Macon County, Ala at Armstrong Methodist Church.
Sirena is found 1870 census living with her father and keeping house. She
has three children, Sarah, Joseph , died in Milledge State Hospital at
Milledgeville. and George.
Sarah married George Waddy and thy had a daughter Minnie Lois Waddy and a
dau Bessie Waddy. Bessie Waddy married Pink Lester Thames, b/o of Sirena
Thames Hodnett. Yes that is correct. Bessie was the g daughter of Sarah
William's son James T. Thames is living next to him.
James T Thames who married Mary E Allen had a daughter Mattie M. Thames-abt
1862. This is the Mattie Mrs. Benefield is talking about. Her parents
lived close enough to William and on the same side of the road. I just bet
this is the Mattie Thames she is talking about. James T Thames wife was
Mary E Allen and they could have called her Mattie. Will try to find out at
the Thames family reunion in Sept. in Fayette County, GA.
Bet it was one or the other.
Mystery ????????????? Solved
William had a daughter Mary Emma who married Hugh H Mabry and they were
living in Thames House when it was sold and demolished 1954.
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Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 5:07 PM
Subject: [THAMES] What Ever Happened to John Yancey? (Thames family in
Clayton County, Georgia)
> Hi Lee & Shirley,
> >From the article, "What Ever Happened to John Yancey"?
> I see the following clues:
> o Mrs. Mattie Thames had a gggrandaughter - Mrs. Nell Benefield (husband
> o John Yancey was in Co. E 10th Regiment Georgia - "Clayton Sharpshooters"
> died November 21, 1861 in Williamsburg, VA
> o Mrs. Mattie Thames - "Mattie was the wife of Billy Thames and he had a
> plantation. The original plantation house sat right where the State
> market is today. That was the Thames Plantation at Rough and Ready,
> o Mrs. Mattie Thames wrote to her cousin John Yancey.
> Conclusion: Heck if I know.
> Anyway, Lee - if Reverend William "Billy" Owen Thames married Rachel
> and she died 7 October 1861 and then he married Susan Elizabeth Weaver 21
> 1872, I would think that 11 years is a very long time for a Reverend not
> married. (My Reverend Peter Eldridge went thru four wifes.)
> I almost think that Reverend Billy Thames might have married a Mattie ____
> 1861, and she already had children?
> or could "Mattie" have been his daughter - "Matilda"
> Book A - Clayton County Georiga Marriages
> 46 Stephens, Currin Thames, Matilda 3 Mar 1861
> Found this on rootsweb.
> ID: I18798
> Name: Nancy Malinda THAMES
> Sex: F
> Birth: 11 NOV 1835 in Henry Co. GA
> Death: 1 JUL 1888
> Father: William "Billy" Owen THAMES b: 22 APR 1796 in near Fayetteville,
> Mother: Rachel TAYLOR b: 6 FEB 1793 in Somerset Co. MD
> Marriage 1 Currin STEPHENS b: 1828 in Henry Co. GA
> Married: 3 MAR 1861 in Clayton Co. GA
> Below is a web page for the Yancey family.
> Another thought:
> John Yancey had a brother - Simeon Plummer Yancey - "Plummer" - Wonder
> this Plummer name comes from?
> John Yancey's grandparents were: Father: FRANCIS GRIFFIN Mother: SUSAN
> TRAMNUM - Tramnum - almost sounds like it could be another spelling for
> Don't know.
> Donna Eldridge
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> Notes from Lee:
> William Thames, my great grandfather, whose plantation was located near
> present location of the Farmer's Market had two wives. Rachael Taylor b 6
> 1793 d 7 Oct 1861 and Susan Elizabeth Weaver b 5 Sep 1839 d 6 Jul 1919.
> marriage was 21 Feb 1872. While some descendants recall William being
> Billy I have never heard of Susan Elizabeth being called Mattie.
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> The Yancey Family
> Surname Resource Center
> Maintained by Dennis J Yancey -
> My Yancey Line of Descent - Other Ancestors
> Sign Guestbook - - View Guestbook
> Personal Information about Dennis J Yancey
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> ID: I32169
> Name: PENELOPE GRIFFIN
> Sex: F
> Birth: 21 JUL 1807 in VIRGINIA
> Death: 22 OCT 1870 in CLAYTON CO., GA
> Father: FRANCIS GRIFFIN
> Mother: SUSAN TRAMNUM
> Marriage 1 JAMES YANCEY b: 20 JUN 1807 in VIRGINIA
> Married: 6 MAR 1828 in MECKLENBURG CO., VA
> MARSHALL ORLE YANCEY b: 15 DEC 1828 in FULTON CO., GA
> WASHINGTON B. YANCEY b: 22 JUN 1830 in FULTON CO., GA
> JAMES ANDRUS YANCEY b: 4 MAR 1832 in GEORGIA
> ALEXANDER FRANKLIN YANCEY b: 24 JUL 1834 in FULTON CO., GA
> PLONEAN ELIZABETH YANCEY b: 30 JAN 1837 in FULTON CO., GA
> SERENSE CATHRYN YANCEY b: 29 NOV 1839 in FULTON CO., GA
> JOHN YANCEY b: 31 MAR 1842 in FULTON CO., GA
> SUSAN AGNES YANCEY b: 16 AUG 1844 in FULTON CO., GA
> PENELOPE YANCEY b: 20 NOV 1847 in FULTON CO., GA
> SIMEON PLUMMER YANCEY b: 6 JAN 1852 in CLAYTON CO., GA
> What Ever Happened to John Yancey?
> - A Confederate Soldier -
> The Atlanta Constitution, 28 Feb 1972 in an article by Bob Harrell:
> "What Ever Happened to John Yancey? "
> Mrs Nell Benefield was 112 years getting the letter from her
> This statement does not date Mrs. Benefield's age, and it isn't being
> critical of the U.S. Mail. It happened this way:
> Mrs. Benefield collects Civil War memorabilia and she bought this packet
> letters because one of the writers was named "Thames". It just so happens
> Mrs. Mattie Thames wrote one of these letters and Mrs. Thames was Mrs.
> Benefield's great-great-grandmother.
> Sitting around the big table with Mr. and Mrs. Bennefield, I heard about
> long-ago relative from "Miss Nell" "Mattie was the wife of Billy Thames
> had a plantation. The original plantation house sat right where the State
> Farmer's market is today. That was the Thames Plantation at Rough and
> I asked, "At where, Georgia?"
> "Rough and Ready, Georgia. Don't tell me you've never heard of it?"
> Miss Nell explained, "Rough and Ready, Georgia, later became Forest Park.
> thought everybody knew that."
> We looked through the packet of letters and almost all had come from Rough
> and Ready, a name would go well with some wild west movie.
> All of the letters were written to John Yancey who was serving in the
> Confederate Army Co. E, Georgia Regiment, near Richmond. The year was
> Mrs. Bennefield speculated, "I believe that Yancey might have been killed
> his packet of letters collected and either sent home or with that purpose
> mind". She displayed some of the letters. "See? Doesn't that look like
> stains on them?"
> The three of us sat around the big table, passing the letters back and
> trying to read them. Sometimes Mr. Bennefield would let me borrow his
> bifocals. Sometimes even the bifocals didn't help.
> Susan Yancey wrote to brother John:
> "John, you said them Yankees were going to drive you all away from there,
> I hope you all will be brave men and not let them run you away. John, you
> must be brave and never run because I don't want to never hear of you
> shot in the back."
> And Mrs. Thames wrote cousin John that if she didn't get to see him in
> world she hoped to see him in the next.
> Well, Mr. and Mrs. Bennefield agreed that John Yancey could have used more
> encouraging news from home which was Rough and Ready, Ga.
> An unknown writer -- because the letter had been torn - described for John
> Yancey the Rough and Ready scene as some young men left for the army and
> local girls said goodby.
> "They took a protracted spell of hugging and kissing . . . "
> It was interesting to read that a Mr. Morrow might carry a pair of new
> to John Yancey who earlier had written that the mud was coming over the
> "mouth" of his shoes.
> Any of you readers ever heard of a shoe's mouth? Not me. I guess it covers
> the tongue. Seems logical.
> So the time passed and the readers of those old, old letters were taken
> into another era.
> Mrs. Nell Benfield had a mission now. It is to dig back into history and
> discover what really happened to John Yancey of Rough and Ready Ga.
> The Atlanta Constitution, a succeeding article by Bob Harrell:
> "Civil War Soldier - John Yancey Story Fleshes Out"
> The John Yancey store grows backwards, thanks to interested readers. We
> the ending. John, a Confederate soldier, died Nov 21 1861, in
> It's the beginning and middle portions of the story that take some
> out and filling in.
> Mrs. Leon (Nell) Benefield bought a packet of old letters because her
> is Civil War history. The letters concerned John Yancey. On the entire
> there were stains. Blood? Mrs Benefield thought so. So the question was
> in this column: "What happened to John Yancey?"
> Ruth Yancey was the first to answer. In the family bible were facts which
> said John Yancey was shot and wounded as he sat in the open door of a
> Yankee sniper did the deed. He later died of this wound.
> In the meantime, Mrs. John McHugh of the State Department of Education,
> Division of Public Library Services, did some research on John Yancey. She
> in the "Roster of Confederate Soldier of Georgia" written by Lillian
> who was director of Confederate Pensions and Records Department.
> Mrs. McHugh, a history buff herself, zeroed in on our John Yancey, who was
> found under "Muster Roll of Co. E, 10th Reg. Georgia Volunteer Infantry,
> Northern Virginia, Confederate States of America". To make a long title
> short, they were nicknamed "The Clayton Sharp Shooters."
> Mrs. McHugh came up with John Yancey's death on the same date and in the
> place as did Ruth Yancey. But the records consulted by Mrs. McHugh
> that John "died of disease".
> Mrs. Benefield said, "I'm more inclined to go along with facts from the
> Yancey Family Bible because I've discovered that it was hard to keep up
> many deaths back then and I think officers tended to lump the deaths
> Course, thousands died of typhoid fever then. I'm inclined to believe that
> John Yancey died of the bullet wound or complications from it. Or this
> might have weakened him to the point that Typhoid or pneumonia took over
> ended what that Yankee bullet started.
> But Mrs. McHugh filled in and uncovered more questions of John's story.
> instance, John was in northern Virginia when Company E was formed here.
> he up there?
> When Company E left Jonesboro, for Richmond on May 30 1861, it took them
> two days to get there on the troop train. That was fast travelling then.
> is, I recall a World War II troop train that didn't make it as fast from
> McPherson to Petersburg, Virginia.
> Mrs. McHugh's research indicates that John's company camped at 28 sites in
> Virginia and Maryland in about one years time. And at each site the
> men killed, wounded or captured.
> I asked Mrs. Bennefield, "Do you feel like you are getting to know John?
> sort of gotten close to him".
> She laughed and explained. "Its the most amazing thing to read his letters
> and get the feel of the man. He strongly believed in what he was doing. He
> so concerned that he do what was right. We know all the Confederate
> believed in what they were doing but when it comes out of a letter, when a
> person can sit down and take their time and read how the man felt, it
> >From a letter to Bob Harrell, of the Atlanta Constitution, from Ruth
> Dear Sir:
> In your news column of Feb 28th 1972 you asked the question "What ever
> happened to John Yancey?"
> Here is the answer: John Yancey was born March 31st 1842 in Clayton
> Georgia. He was the seventh child of James Robert Yancey and Penelope
> Yancey - early settlers of Forest Park, Georgia. He was wounded in the
> shoulder by a Yankee sniper and died in Williamsburg, Va. Nov 21 1861. He
> sitting in the door of a freight car (troop train) and had been warned by
> comrades that he was in an exposed position just before he was shot by the
> sniper. Susan Agnes Yancey who wrote to her brother that encouraging
letter was born
> Aug 16 1844 and died Jan 19 1898 (a single lady). When you talk or read
> the terrific odds and the plain fighting ability of the Southern Men don't
> forget the Southern Women who like the women of Sparta, Greece told their
> as they went into battle to come back wearing their shields and swords or
> come back on them.
> That is what happened to John Yancey and this was told to me by my
> grandfather Simeon Plummer Yancey who was the 10th child of James Robert
> Griffin Yancey. These facts and dates are recorded in the family Bible of
> Plummer Yancey.
> Rough and Ready was a stage coach stop and tavern and was located about
> distance between what is now the Carling Brewery and the road that turns
> the Old Dixie Highway to the present day State Farmers Market. Rough and
> was the location of the Post Office at the time. In our family there are
> quite a few letters addressed to James Robert Yancey, Esq, Rough and
> also to Marthasville, Ga. from his family in Virginia, Alabama, and
> Ruth Yancey
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