Born July 7, 1842 Tom's mother died when he was quite small. He was raised by his grandmother and a negro "mammy". Born July 7, 1842 Tom's mother died when he was quite small. He was raised by his grandmother and a negro "mammy".
As a teenager he ran off to join the Confederate Army, serving in the Phillip's Georgia Legion Infantry Battalion, Company B, Dalton Guards from Whitfield County. He was detached for service with the Signal Corp. of McLaw's Division October 13, 1862. William received a Southern Cross of Honor, which he proudly wears in the picture above. He served throughout the war without receiving a scratch. Upon his return home, he was welcomed by all, they serving him what they had in the house; cornbread, cabbage and pot likker .He said " This is the best food I have eaten in a long time". Tom was well educated and had excellent penmanship. He became a school teacher. In 1869 he left Georgia to come to Texas and at Wylie he met Elizabeth Cunningham (born 1852). He was twenty seven years of age and she was only seventeen. Elizabeth was an orphan whose father, M.D.L. Cunningham, 32nd Mississippi Infantry, Company C, never returned from the Civil War. Her young mother, Mary Ann (Hughes) Cunningham, died from overwork and exposure.
Tom and Elizabeth were wed August 23, 1876 in Wylie, Texas. They had nine children with two sons dying in infancy.
Created by: Bev
Record added: Oct 24, 2004
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