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William Henry Awl
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Birth: Jun. 10, 1849
Natchez
Adams County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 1934
Monroe
Ouachita Parish
Louisiana, USA

William was the son of Samuel and E.C. Awl [1850 Adams County, MS Census, South Natchez, Family No. 239]. He was the brother of Arabella F. Awl Clausen. William Henry Awl (Middle name taken from the 1880 Ouachita Parish Census) married Martha L. Callum in Ouachita Parish October 28, 1869. They were the parents of Aylmer Cora., James L., Edna L. (1880 Ouachita Parish Census), Samuel H., J.P. (1900 Ouachita Parish Census) and two others as indicated on the 1900 census and in a 1928 interview. James Lawrence died of Swamp Fever in Monroe at the age of 8 [The Monroe Bulletin, Wednesday, October 21, 1885, Page 3, Column 1] and John Percy died of Influenza at his parents home at the age of 33 [News-Star, October 21, 1918, Page 6, Column 3].

Received the Southern Cross of Honor in 1904.

Included in his pension papers is a letter to the pension board after he died from his daughter Cora. She states he suffered from asthma and pneumonia, had been wheelchair bound the last few years of his life and she had to borrow money to bury him. This is probably why William has no stone.

Information from Booth's Records:
Awl, Wm. H., Pvt. Co. D. 1st Trans Miss. Battn. Rolls of Prisoners of War Paroled Monroe, La., June 9th, 1865. Res., Ouachita Par., La.

Mr. Awl was interviewed in the Monroe News-Star Newspaper November 5, 1928. He gives a very detailed account of his life. An interesting item in it was his claim that he could hear the bombardment of Vicksburg from his parents home "...on the Harvey Rhymes place six miles out on the Winnsboro Rd." This was Rhymes Plantation which burned in early May, 1962.

The News-Star
Friday, April 13, 1934
Page 1, Column 6
WILLIAM H. AWL SUCCUMBS HERE
Funeral For Confederate Veteran Will Be Held Saturday Morning

William H. Awl, 84, one of the few remaining Confederate veterans in Monroe, died at his home at 217 Adams street [according to the above 1928 interview, this was the home of his daughter Cora Gibbs. It is now an empty lot behind the Monroe Transit Authority Bus barn.], at 10:07 o'clock Friday morning. Mr. Awl had been in failing health for a number of years and had been confined to his home for about five years.
At one time Mr. Awl was commander of Henry W. Allen post No. 182, Confederate veterans. He was in the service of the Confederate army for three years and was within range of the sound of guns in the battle of Mansfield, although he did not participate in any battles.
Mr. Awl was born June 10, 1849, at Natchez, Miss., and would have been 85 years old if he had lived less than two months longer. He moved with his parents to Ouachita parish in 1853 and, with the exception of several short periods, had been a continuous resident of Monroe since that time.
At the time Mr. Awl came to Monroe this city had a population of about 250. When he became old enough, Mr. Awl learned the brick-making trade near the site of the Confederate monument in the Monroe cemetery.
When the Civil war broke out Mr. Awl enlisted first as a volunteer courier and later with the First Trans-Mississippi calvary [sic], which saw service in Arkansas, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and many other places.
At 19 Mr. Awl was married to Miss Martha Louise Callum, who died about 10 years ago.
Mr. Awl was a charter member of the Eastern Star lodge, was a member of the Western Star and was a Royal Arch Mason. He had the reputation of being one of the best versed men in Masonry in the entire state. He was also a member of the First Methodist church.
Surviving are two children, Mrs. W.H. Gibbs and Sam H. Awl [The 1928 article said he was the father of a total of seven children, but only two survive.]; four grandchildren, Henry Gibbs, E.B. Gibbs and William B. Awl, all of Monroe, and Mrs. Roy Brice of Arcadia, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the residence, with interment following in the old city cemetery, with Rev. W.C. Scott, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Masons will have charge of the services at the grave. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mattie Louise Callam Awl (1849 - 1922)
 
 Children:
  Samuel Henry Awl (1882 - 1960)*
  John Percy Awl (1884 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: William lies in an unmarked grave beside his wife Mattie (who's grave is marked). The local SCV camps are currently trying to get him a marker.
 
Burial:
Old City Cemetery
Monroe
Ouachita Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: Lora Peppers
Record added: May 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69954841
William Henry Awl
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William Henry Awl
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William Henry Awl
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- Lora Peppers
 Added: May. 27, 2014
Thank you for your service, Sir.
- Sinecure
 Added: May. 24, 2013

- Lest We Forget
 Added: Apr. 13, 2013
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