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J B (#47320365)
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Civil war nut from the Brice's Crossroads area in North Misssissippi. Still own part of the orginal James Samuel Bryson's homeplace in the 1850's. Home is on edge of battlefield and when the cannon's started firing, the young kids, including my Great Grandfather, were hidden out in the woods. The house was used as a hospital during the battle. Samuel was a founding father of the Presbyterian Church there at the Crossroads. Looking for any old family pictures or information from Bryson, Smith, or Gambrell families around Brice's Crossroads.
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Angela Byrd
James Kennedy
The corrections you suggested are fine. Please post. Thanks, Angela
James Leonidas (Lee) Kennedy
Confederate - Mississippi
James Kennedy was born in Tippah county Missisippi in 1841, a few years after his parents moved there from South Carolina. His father owned a 1000 acre farm and James was likely born there. Over time he had four brothers and a sister.
Before the war, James and his family were farmers. He enlisted in the army at age 20 on March 6, 1862 in Lebanon , Mississippi, as a private in Captain W. R. Nelson company of the Mississippi Volunteers, which eventually became Company B of the 32nd Infantry Regiment.
2 months later in May he was absent with leave on orders of the surgeon for an illness and was out until June.
After his return in June, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on August 22nd and just 2 days late he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. By December, he was the unofficial leader of the regiment, possibly after the death of the previous captain, whether in battle or otherwise. He was officially named Captain on February 1, 1863.
By February of 1864, the unit had suffered enough casualties that it had to be combined with Company I of the 32nd. Kennedy was in charge of both units.
By late in the war, they were fighting in some of the most intense battles of the war, including Chickamauga and Atlanta. High casualty rates once again forced them to consolidate, this time with another Mississippi regiment, the 45th. In April of 1865 the entire unit surrendered to Union forces in North Carolina, where he was mustered out on April 9, 1865 at Smithfield, NC still holding the rank of Captain.
After the war, Kennedy returned to Mississippi, settling in Lee county. He married Sarah Duke in Itawamba county on December 20, 1865 and the family settled near Guntown, where he was a farmer. They had one child, a son.
His wife, Sarah, died in 1889 at only 45 and James went to Amite county Ms. to live with his son, a doctor. Some time later he lost a leg, likely due to diabetes, but it was said he liked to tell his grandchildren it was "shot off by a cannon" in the war. His son moved to Shelby Ms. in 1910 and at that time Kennedy moved to Wynnewood, Oklahoma with his brother. James Kennedy passed away on March 19, 1913 at 72, from emphysema. He is buried in the Oaklawn cemetery in Wynnewood. By Things Forgotten 3-1-2016
Added by Angela Byrd on Jul 18, 2016 6:08 PM
mfb59Margaret Bagwell
RE: Gambrell Relatives
Thank you so much. I am really interested in getting information. There are quite a lot of my parents' generation that have passed.
Added by mfb59Margaret Bagwell on May 05, 2014 2:06 PM
mfb59Margaret Bagwell
Gambrell Relatives
I read with interest your FindAGrave message about Mississippi relatives. Gambrell is a last name on my tree along with Cely, Merritt, Elrod.
I don't live too far away from Bethesda Methodist Church in Powdersville, Anderson County, SC. where many relatives are buried There might be a link somewhere. My Find A Grave member number is 47449577. I am interested in any history you might throw my way.
Added by mfb59Margaret Bagwell on Apr 30, 2014 9:23 PM
Kelly Jane O
RE: James D. Gambrell orbit
Hello - no relation but found the obit while looking for something else. Glad you could use it and for taking care of the cemetery.
Added by Kelly Jane O on Feb 26, 2012 8:46 AM
Marsha Holder
Curtis Burcham
I need proof readers helping me out. Thanks so much. I corrected my error and posted headstone photos for my distant cousins. Thanks again. Marsha
Added by Marsha Holder on Sep 25, 2011 11:12 AM
RE: John Exum, Old Bethel Cemetery
That's great, I just added a bit to him including a link.
Added by Anonymous on Sep 18, 2011 12:39 PM
Duke Information
Thanks for updating me on the Duke memorial and the photos
Added by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 3:00 PM
RE: Gaston Cemetery, Lee Co., MS
Thanks for all the photos, really appreciate it.
Added by Anonymous on Dec 05, 2010 1:47 PM
Jonathan Phillips
RE: Henry B. Kennedy, Lebanon Cemetery
I have added the links, thank you.
Added by Jonathan Phillips on Nov 23, 2010 9:11 PM
Chuck Mols
RE: Thompson photos
I can't tell you how many times that has happened to me. Usually when I am 3 or 4 counties away.
Added by Chuck Mols on Sep 01, 2010 6:47 PM
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