|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1843|
West Virginia, USA
SAMUEL R AILSTOCK was the oldest son of Absalom Ailstock and Betsy Peters born 12 Dec 1843 in Rockbridge County, VA. An illiterate farmer, he lived in Albemarle County, VA during the Census of 1850 and the Lexington region of Rockbridge County, VA during the Census of 1860, both of which listed him as "mulatto". He served as a private, Co. G, 25th Virginia's Infantry during the Civil War. He was likely drafted or called as substitute as it seems he did not fully support the Confederate cause.** (Note that he later moved to a town called UNION and named his son after a well known anti-Confederate politician.) He married Susan Josephine Clark on 3 Feb 1864. Following the death of Susan, he married Amanda M. Williams on 25 Jan 1866 in Amherst County, VA. They had three children: William Thomas, Estridge Johnson, and Henry Anderson. They lived among the Free Issues, a segregated tri-racial isolate group who intermarried with the Native American people of Beverlytown, Amherst County, VA (now in George Washington National Forest west of Amherst, VA), who labored in apple orchards on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
After the Civil War, Virginia's race laws became more strict and many mixed-race families were labeled as "black" by the state government and as a result many began to move father west. Samuel and Amanda moved to Union (near Sago), Upshur County, WV, electing to live deep in the wilderness where social isolation allowed them to be totally free and where their neighbors did not care about the color of their skin. They built a log cabin near Split Rock. The family was recorded there in the 1880 and 1900 Census as "mulatto". Amanda died in 1905. Samuel and Amanda divorced sometime before. Their children stayed in Upshur County but Samuel moved to Harrison County. He married Margaret A. Gibson on 22 Sep 1906 in Harrison County, WV. The 1910 Census lists him and his new wife as "white" and spells their surname ALESTOCK. He died in Clarksburg after 1906 and is buried at the Mount Clare Oddfellows Cemetery in Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV.
** An 1896 article in the Richmond newspaper reported that men belonging to the Monacan community near Bear Mountain in Amherst had been "taken" to Petersburg during the recent war to work on fortifications there, presumably for the South, perhaps against their will.
Amanda M Williams Ailstock (1840 - 1905)
Estridge Johnson Alestock (1867 - 1947)*
Mount Clare Odd Fellows Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Geoffrey
Record added: Jul 01, 2010
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