|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1844|
|Death: ||May 27, 1916|
El Paso County
C. C. Hemming
Buried: 08/15/1910 (prob error)
Section 69, Plot 61(SE)
Son of John Charles Heming (1815-1886) and Maria Olivia Dupont (1824-?). Commissioned the monument to Fallen Confederate soldiers in Hemming Park in Jacksonville, FL in 1899.
Obituary~ 6/2/1916, El Paso County Democrat, 1-6
Obituary~ 6/16/1916, El Paso County Democrat, 1-3
El Paso County Democrat shows death: 5/27/1916
Probable burial: between 5/27/1916-5/30/1916
A BIG "Thank You!" to contributor David Hope for additional information on this memorial.
And a big "Thank You!" to contributor Andrena's Daughter for her many photographs in Colorado Springs area cemeteries and graveyards.
Civil War Veteran, Confederate Spy, Businessman, Banker, Philanthropist
Charles Cornelius Hemming was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Englishman John Charles Heming and Maria Olivia Dupont.
The day after Florida seceded from the Union on January 10, 1861, seventeen year-old Charles joined the Jacksonville Light Infantry as a private. After fighting in many land battles, Hemming was captured by Union forces at the Battle of Missionary Ridge and sent to an Illinois prison in December 1863. He escaped the prison and fled to Canada and became a Confederate spy. Wearing Federal clothing he visited several northern fortifications throughout the Midwest, during which time he was captured on three different occasions, but escaped each time.
As a secret Confederate emissary, Hemming again made his way to Canada, and then to the West Indies, Florida, and Virginia, before rejoining his regiment in North Carolina, where he was promoted for meritorious service.
In 1866 Charles moved to Texas where he met and married Lucy Key, December 2, 1868, and together they at least 8 children. Eventually became cashier for a Texas bank in 1870, and by 1896 he was President of the Gainesville National Bank and also President of the Texas State Bankers Association. Later he became cashier of the Giddings Bank for several years, eventually moving to Colorado Springs. There he became president of the El Paso National Bank.
In February 1896, at the state reunion of United Confederate Veterans in Ocala, Charles announced his plan to erect a memorial in honor of Florida's Confederate soldiers in St. James Park in Jacksonville, Florida. It cost approximately $20,000, and was a joint gift from Charles and his wife to the state of Florida. To honor Charles for his donation, the Jacksonville City Council changed the name of St. James Park to Hemming Park on October 26, 1899.
Charles dies in Colorado Springs on May 27, 1916. He was 71 years old.
Information provided by FAG volunteer Ron West
Lucy Key Hemming (1850 - 1935)
Oscar C Hemming (____ - 1891)*
Alma Hartridge Hemming Brownlie (1872 - 1953)*
Charles LeGrand Hemming (1873 - 1908)*
John Key Hemming (1874 - 1875)*
Lucy Key Hemming (1876 - 1880)*
Metta Day Hemming (1879 - 1881)*
Edith H Hemming Healy (1879 - 1954)*
Zaida Hemming Miller (1885 - 1967)*
Wilmer Du Pont Hemming (1886 - 1962)*
Oleyn Daffan Hemming (1888 - 1921)*
Note: Source: City of Colo Spgs cemetery data
Source Date: 3/14/09
El Paso County
Plot: Section 69, Plot 61 (SE)
Created by: Mariah, Joe & Connie
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34858977