|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1842|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 1874|
Civil War Veteran. Served with 6th Regiment South Carolina Cavalry (Aiken's Partisans).
Dozier's first name was provided by FAG member #46903322.
Old Ledger: Born in Georgetown, SC. Died in Yountville, CA.(All of individual's information was included in an old cemetery ledger) In between James L Davis and Grandpa and Grandma Davis in ledger.
"Roots of the Civil War buried in Napa
By JODY COLLINS
Register Staff Writer
Toni Dozier Porterfield grew up in San Francisco, but regrets she didn't spend her childhood in Napa.
"My roots are here in the Napa Valley," said Porterfield. "It seems out of five groups somebody would have stayed and I could've grown up here."
After all, she has more ties to the Valley than any of us probably can claim. On one side, she is descended from George Yount, founder of Yountville; on the other side, she Is the great-granddaughter of Dr, Leonard Franklin Dozier, who was a superintendent of the Napa State Hospital and Confederate veteran and the great-grand niece of Anthony White Dozier, a Confederate veteran.
"I get it coming and going," she said, laughing.
As a way of honoring ancestors, Porterfield, family members and members of Civil War groups recently participated in a grave marking ceremony for Anthony in early October at the George Yount Pioneer Cemetery in Yountville.
The ceremony included cleaning up the grave site, adding a Confederate flag, decorating graves with wreaths and flowers, a rifle salute and a Napa High schooler's bugle rendition of "Taps."
Actually, Toni isn't even her real name. When Meredie was a young girl of 10, she spotted the name of Anthony White Dozier in a book and decided to adopt his name, shortened to Toni, and the name stuck with her.
Her namesake's gravestone was in such disrepair before the ceremony, said Toni, that it had to be hoisted with a car jack to correct a Pisa-like lean. Filler was placed under it and the stone was brought down to rest again, this time level.
It was then cleaned and lichen removed with a special substance that doesn't harm stone.
His grave reads: A.W. Dozier, Georgetown, S. C., Jan. 23, 1842, Died in Yountville, Cal., Oct. 31, 1871. He was 32 years old.
It is brief, but so was the life. After returning from the war, several Doziers moved to west to Napa. Anthony became a teacher in Vallejo, while his brothers became businessmen and wheat ranchers in Rio Vista, near Fairfield and Yountville.
Anthony and wife caught tuberculosis shortly after the war and both eventually died from it.
Porterfield said the ceremony brought out a lot of strong emotions.
"As I was standing in this place, I was thinking of the terrible loss," she recalled. "It was a terrible waste, all the young men that died in that war or any war. He was 32 and had a future ahead of him, he didn't have that chance."
The retired homemaker has an encyclopedic memory of Napa history. She's taken her girlhood hobby of studying her family roots and brought it into her involvement with the Napa County Historical Society.
Claiming computer illiteracy, she hasn't done a moment of her research on the Internet. Instead, she spends hours among musty books, leafing through yellowed pages searching for any tidbit of information about her family. She does research at the Napa State Hospital, the Veterans Home and in countless libraries.
Often her searches lead to dead ends, pictures without names, lost forever to time.
"As our valley emerges from a quiet, rural area into the modern, fast-paced era of a new century, we do not want to lose our ties with history," she stressed.
As a volunteer, Porterfield is helping the Veterans Home make sure all the members, especially the early ones, are accurately put into a database so future generations can search for their family.
One of the most valuable research tools were bibles, Porterfield said. Bibles were often used as family records of births, deaths and marriages in the days before county records offices.
On Anthony's gravestone, there was a paragraph of writing that couldn't be deciphered due to a thick mossy covering. Fortunately, somebody wrote the elegy into a bible for future generations to discover.
Anthony's eulogy talked about how he was held in love and regard and how he contributed to the family, said Porterfield.
Porterfield insists these ceremonies are not a "Confederate only" event. Union descendants participate in Confederate grave-marking ceremonies and vice-versa. They are not glorifying the Confederacy, but are taking a historical approach.
"It's remembering the dead, it has nothing to do with refighting the war," she said. "People had relatives on both sides, sons fought fathers.
"See it from that view; it's important not to have skinheads encourage that. This is a historical organization."
Dr. Dozier, her closest relative, is now entombed in Tulocay Cemetery. He and his five brothers all served in the Civil War. During the course of the war, four of the brothers were wounded, but miraculously none were killed.
Dr. Dozier became a physician at the Napa State Hospital in 1876, eventually retiring in 1903.
Military inclinations stayed in the family: Anthony's grandson, Yount Dozier fought in the National Guard during Pancho Villa's raids in 1916 and in World War I, Porterfield's brother served in World War II shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Porterfield called Nancy Brennan from Tulocay Cemetery "a marvelous reference." Brennan takes areas in the cemetery, picks out the most interesting grave sites and does research on them.
"As we head into the next century, we have a lot of young people coming into the Historical Society," she said. "Children want to know their background. Otherwise, it just gets lost."
- The Napa Valley Register (November 10, 1999)
Anthony White Dozier (1801 - 1870)
Mary Catherine Cuttino Dozier (1811 - 1873)
Lydia Lee Dozier (1844 - 1874)*
Esther Gaillard Dozier (____ - 1831)*
William Gaillard Dozier (1833 - 1908)*
Peter Cuttino Dozier (1835 - 1877)*
Leonard Franklin Dozier (1836 - 1917)*
Virginia Ellen Dozier Brown (1838 - 1925)*
John Dozier (1839 - 1839)*
Mary Emeline Dozier (1840 - 1842)*
Anthony White Dozier (1842 - 1874)
Edward Charles Dozier (1843 - 1919)*
Melville Dozier (1846 - 1936)*
Alvin Dozier (1848 - 1921)*
Barton Dozier (1851 - 1931)*
Linwood Dozier (1855 - 1886)*
"Though taken from the earth so young. He leaves in a multitude of hearts, a living testament of his genius, his worth and his devoted piety. A brighter mind never lived, a purer heart never died."
Note: He is one of two known Confederate soldiers buried in this cemetery.
George C Yount Pioneer Cemetery
Maintained by: Denise Ratterman Jackson
Originally Created by: Randy
Record added: Feb 18, 2007
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