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David Tilden Honeycutt
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Birth: 1832
Death: Apr. 19, 1896

David Tilden Honeycutt born 1832 near Smithfield, Johnston County, NC, the 3rd of 4 known surviving children (2 boys/2 girls) born to farmers John Honeycutt and his wife, Bethany.

He is first noted in Clayton, Johnston Co, in 1860, where the 25-year old single man was clerking for Samuel H. Hood, his future father in law. When NC seceded from the Union in May 1861, David enlisted with the "Clayton Yellow Jackets", NC 24th, Co. C. on June 5, 1861, where he enlisted as a Private and rose to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

The 24th Infantry Regiment went to Virginia where it served in the Army of the Kanawha, then moved to Murfreesboro, North Carolina, where it remained for a time. During the war it was assigned to General R. Ransom's and M.W. Ransom's Brigade. The 24th was active from the Seven Days' Battles to Fredericksburg , fought at Plymouth and Drewry's Bluff, then participated in the Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign. It lost 9 killed, 42 wounded, and 12 missing at Malvern Hill, 20 killed and 44 wounded in the Maryland Campaign, 4 killed and 24 wounded at Fredericksburg, and 11 killed and 89 wounded at Plymouth. Many were disabled at Sayler's Creek, and it surrendered 1 Assistant-Surgeon and 54 men.

David Tilden Honeycutt was captured at Petersburg in March 1865 and sent to the notorious Union prison at Fort Delaware, MD, where he managed to stay alive until the war ended April 9, 1865. This prison held many captured from the 24th. David came home to Clayton broke, without a penny to his name. The story goes he bought a jug of whiskey and went into the liquor business for 3 months until he accepted the position of station manager in Clayton. After he secured $60.00 in capital, he went into the general merchandise business, where he remained until his death. Local ads from the period indicate David Honeycutt was the first man in Clayton to sell fertilizers after the war.

David Honeycutt married his former boss's daughter, Rebecca Hood, about 1869. He was 37 years old, and she just 21. They would have 2 known children: Hatti Honeycutt (1870-1898), who married Macon Harris, and Samuel T. Honeycutt (1874-1960).

David became a much respected citizen in Clayton, and was involved in all aspects of of community, including serving on the Board of Commissioners.

David Honeycutt died of a stroke April 19, 1896, at the age of 64. His bride of 27 years outlived him another 24 years, passing in 1920 at age 72. She later ended up raising her grandchildren after the death of her daughter and son-in-law.

Son, Samuel Tilden Honeycutt was a first-class baseball player in his youth, and was considered for the pros. He became a lawyer and later Registrar of Deeds in Smithfield. He married May Young, daughter of Capt. J. J. Young (CSA), and had children. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Smithfield, Johnston County.

Daughter, Hattie Honeycutt Harris, married and died young. She is buried here at Clayton City Cemetery near her husband and parents.
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  Rebecca Hood Honeycutt (1848 - 1920)*
  Hattie Honeycutt Harris (1870 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
CSA - 2nd Lt. Co. C. 24th NC Troops
Clayton City Cemetery
Johnston County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: pbfries
Record added: Jan 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33023502
David Tilden Honeycutt
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David Tilden Honeycutt
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