|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1832|
|Death: ||Apr. 8, 1915|
Biography of Captain Milford Eugene Pentecost, Sr.
Taken from the manuscript written by my Grandparent's, Frank Huff and Louise Hay Pentecost,(Grandson of Milford Eugene Pentecost) "There is a Tide Which..."
"Milford Eugene Pentecost, was the eighth and youngest son of John Wesley and Mary Pentecost, was born in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, on January 5, 1833. Although he was at home with his mothers and brothers in 1850, he later moved to Rome, Georgia, beginning his professional career as factor for a cotton brokerage firm. He was not married at the time of the Civil War, and enlisted in Rome on 23 August 1862 in Captain Van Den Corput's Company of the Cherokee Light Artillery, rated as Quartermaster Sergeant. On 24 January 1863, by order of General Stevenson, he was transferred to Company C, 31st regiment of the Alabama Infantry. He was captured at Vicksburg on 4 July 1863 and later that year was one of a group of exchanged prisoners. He went into winter quarters at Dalton, Georgia, and in the spring of 1864, fought in the campaign through Georgia to the Battle of Atlanta. He was honorably discharged at the time of the surrender in Greensboro, North Carolina. It has been a family legend that Milford Eugene was a witness to the "Great Locomotive Chase" which started at Big Shanty, but if this be the case, he was a civilian onlooker--not having enlisted for many months after the event took place on 12 April 1862.
Milford Eugene Pentecost was married twice; his first wife was Annie Elizabeth (Ella) Alexander, born 20 August, 1844. They had two children, Annie Elizabeth and Milford Eugene, Jr. Ella (Alexander) Pentecost died 11 November 1884 and is buried in the family lot in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome, Georgia. Two years later, Milford Eugene married Nora (Huff) Boyd, a young widow with a small daughter, Mary Boyd. Nora was born in Warrenton, Georgia 17 December 1858, the daughter of Isaac and Icey (Turner) Huff. Her father had been an outstanding lawyer in Warrenton, and active in political affairs of the region. He served during the Civil War as 1st Sergeant, Company F, 7th Battalion, Cavalry, of the Georgia State Guards. Isaac Huff died in 1864 of illness contracted in camp, and Icey died a short time after the close of the war. Nora Huff was taken into the home of her aunt, Mrs. Mary Mandell, an older half sister of Icey. The Mandell's daughter, Annie, and Nora were near the same age and grew up as almost sisters. Nora was an intelligent and extremely capable young girl and received her education at Brenau College in Gainsville, Georgia. She taught school for some time before her marraige to R. J. Boyd, a Louisville, Georgia newspaperman. He was the owner and editor of the Louisville "News & Farmer" and their wedding was one of much magnificence and a notable social event. Though the newspaper account of their marraige predicted a long and happy marriage, events proved otherwise as Mr. Boyd died within two years, shortly before the birth of their daughter, Mary.
Nora resumed her position as a teacher and cousin Annie, by then Mrs. Munnerlyn, cared for little Mary Boyd. During a summer recess from teaching. Nora made reservations for a vacation at the famous resort hotel in Cave Springs, Georgia. It was one of the favorite "watering places' of that era, patronized by southerners who went to "take the waters". She and little Mary arrived at the hotel during a summer thunderstorm and one of the gentleman (who she later described as being very distinguished looking) standing on the gallery of the hotel politely offered to assist her with her luggage and the baby. She thus became acquainted with Milford Eugene Pentecost. After her return to Waynesboro, they kept up a correspondence which lead to their marriage in Waynesboro on 10 March 1886.
Milford Eugene Pentecost was commissioner of a cotton warehouse in Rome and it was in this city they lived for the next decade. In 1886, he was elected President of the Stock Exchange, an affluent and outstanding person in business and social affairs in Rome. The prosperous business of cotton trading was brought to a standstill only a short time later in the depression which developed during the Cleveland administration, and the whole country suffered severe financial reverses.
In 1895, Milford Eugene Pentecost moved his family to Gadsden, Alabama, where he had received an appointment as Justice of the Peace, also holding a position on the local Board of Pensions. As he grew older, his health declined, he was forced to retire from active busniess and at the age of seventy-one made application for a Confederate Pension. The Pension was granted and continued until his death 8 April 1915. After the death of Milford Eugene, Nora drew a Confederate Widow's Pension. She had established a very successful magazine agency during the time of their residence in Gadsden and continued her business activities until shortly before her death on 18 November 1934. Milford Eugene and Nora Pentecost are buried in Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden, and with the exception of his daughter, Annie (Pentecost) Macgruder who is buried in Rome's Myrtle Hill Cemetery, all their children are buried near them in the same cemetery."
*"There is a Tide Which.." may be located in both the Alabama & Georgia State Archives.
Ella Alexander Pentecost 1st wife is buried Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome,Floyd Co, GA Find A Grave #113364055
John Wesley Pentecost (1794 - 1836)
Mary Combs Pentecost (1796 - 1868)
Annie Elizabeth Alexander Pentecost (1844 - 1884)
Nora Huff Pentecost (1858 - 1934)*
Annie E. Pentecost Magruder (1873 - 1903)*
Milford Eugene Pentecost (1875 - 1960)*
Frank Huff Pentecost (1887 - 1936)*
William Samuel Pentecost (1819 - 1889)**
Francis Thomas Pentecost (1821 - 1856)**
Leonidas Melvin Pentecost (1823 - 1867)**
John Samuel Pentecost (1824 - 1899)**
Joseph Summers Pentecost (1831 - 1863)*
Milford Eugene Pentecost (1832 - 1915)
Maintained by: Kimberly Clutsam
Originally Created by: mulder
Record added: Feb 01, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17763207