Gen Francis Marion Bamberg

Gen Francis Marion Bamberg

Barnwell County, South Carolina, USA
Death 5 Apr 1905 (aged 66)
Bamberg, Bamberg County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Bamberg, Bamberg County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 117751387 · View Source
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Francis Marion Bamberg, for whom the county of Bamberg was named, was born June 27, 1838, the son of John Frederick and Cynthia Atterburg Bamberg,and the grandson of John George Bamberg, immigrant from Prussia The town of Bamberg was named after his older brother, William Seaborn Bamberg, who raised FM after their parents died.

General Francis Marion Bamberg was born near the William Gilmore Sims place a few miles out in the country from Bamberg, where a certain aged tree now stands [ca 1905], June 27, 1838. His parents were of German descent, his grandfather having come to America during the Revolutionary War. His parents were poor, but were highly honorable. Both of them died when Francis was a boy, and he went to Bamberg to live with [probably his brother, William Seaborn]. His schooling was limited to the country schools of the time. Francis began his career by ploughing for Mr Brunson, on the salary of $6 per month and board. He worked behind the plough with as much energy, heroism and bravery as he did behind the cannons of Hart's famous battery during the war. At the ed of the year Farmer Bronson could pay young Bamberg only half his wages-$36. This was his start in life before the war. He worked a while in Augusta, Ga, then with his oldest brother, Seaborn Bamberg, at Bamberg [then called Lowry].

The war came on when he was quite a young man, and he enlisted at once. He was made first lieutenant of Hart's Battery. He served from the beginning until the close of the war, making a brave and faithful soldier.
"He served in Hart's Battery. Need more be said? It is trite to add that he was a hero. Hart's Battery? Why, the name is carved on every heart that loves the memories of Hampton and Hampton's old Legion; it is graven on the soul of South Carolina."
His battery was in more engagements that any other in the service and he accompanied it in all of them.

After the close of the war, he came home to Bamberg and married Miss Mary Ann Jennings in November 1865. His sole possession was a pair of mules that had hauled his artillery through the war. These mules he traded for cotton. On the cotton he made some money, bought some more cotton, and so on, til he had enough capital to enter the store of his brother I S Bamberg. Merchandising did not suit young Francis. He conceived the idea of building at Bamberg the first sale stables for stock ever thought of in this country. With what money he had and what he could borrow from a Charleston cotton factor, he began selling mules and horses. He succeeded well beyond his expectations. He eventually devoted his time to large farming interests and looking after numerous investments in manufacturing and other enterprises. He was the largest stockholder of the cotton mill, the bank, the oil mill. Time after time, General Bamberg refused to hold public office of any kind.

As a Brigadier General on the Staff of Governor Wade Hampton, Mr. Bamberg gained the title of "General" by which he was always known. He was engaged in the mercantile and livestock businesses, and was president of the Bamberg Banking Company.General Bamberg was one of Bamberg's most influential businessmen, and a philanthropist, donating generously to many Bamberg institutions and investing in enterprises to assist the growth of the county. He died April 13, 1905 and is interred in Southend Cemetery.

At one point, the cotton factory of Bamberg was losing money badly. The directors met, and decided to stop the mill until times got better. General Bamberg heard and would not hear of it. Why, said he, those mill people must live. they are poor and cannot move away, and that mill must go on so long as I have a dollar.
Gen Bamberg was the friend of the poor boy. No deserving person or causes sought his id and went away empty handed. He was a large contributor to the local school, his church, and Wofford college. He was the most liberal of lenders; he never foreclosed a mortgage when it was possible to avoid it. He was one of the most universally beloved men of his community.
Bamberg, April 13, 1905: General F M Bamberg died suddenly this afternoon about 3:30 o'clock. He suffered a stroke of paralysis over a year ago, and while he had never been able to walk again, he still had been able to travel around in his rolling chair and attend to his large business interests with a mind as clear as ever. He was in his usual health until a couple of days ago when he had a bad turn, but he had recovered sufficiently to be up and was preparing to take a buggy ride when the final stroke came on. He lived only about 30 minutes and never regained consciousness.


An Outpouring of the People of Bamberg to Pay the Last Tribute of Affection to One of the Leading and Most Honored Citizens of the Town

Bamberg, April 16-- The largest crowd ever seen in attendance upon a funeral service in Bamberg assembled this morning to do honor to their departed friend, Gen F M Bamberg. The funeral services were held at his late home, on Railroad Avenue, and were conducted by the Rev W T Duncan, pastor of the Methodist Church here, and the Rev Jesse A Clifton of Orangeburg, who has been a lifelong friend of the deceased.

The house was filled to overflowing with ladies and relatives of the deceased, and the beautiful lawn in front of his dwelling was well filled with others. It was an unusual sight-all masses, colors and conditions of humanity assembled for one purpose-to do honor to the man who had been their dear friend. There were many tear-dimmed eyes among them, and it was no unusual thing to hear the expression: "He was my best friend." Many old war comrades and other friends had come from a distance to do him honor.

The funeral services were simple in the extreme, which was in keeping with the life and character of General Bamberg. The simple burial service of the Mehodist Church was used, augmented by a few feeling words by Dr Clifton.

After the services at the residence were concluded, the beautiful casket was taken by the pallbearers to South End cemetery, followed by the large assemblage, and there the body was committed to the ground.

The floral offerings were the most numerous as well as the handsomest ever seen here. Extra conveyances had to be provided especially to take the flowers to the cemetery, and when the interment was completed, Bamberg's much loved friend rested beneath a veritable bed of roses and lovely hot house plants, placed there by the hands of loving friends.

The pallbearers were: Honorary E R Hays, L N Bellinger H J Brabham J P Murphy, S W Johnson, Joseph Dickinson, T J Counts, John R Bellinger, C B Free, W A Riley, James S Izlar, Robert Aldrich, and W C Crum. Active: J D Copeland, J H Cope, H C Folk, E C Hays, Thomas Black, E C Bruce, E L Price, C R Brabham, D F Horton, and G M Dickinson.

Gen Bamberg left a large and loving family: his widow, Mrs Mary Ann Jennings Bamberg, six daughters: Mrs R M Hays, of Greenwood, SC, Mrs E J Wannamaker of Columbia; Mrs Norman Walker of Fairfax; Mrs James Williams, Miss Hattie Bamberg, Miss Llewellyn Bamberg, of this place; and two sons, G Frank Bamberg and Henry F Bamberg, also of this place.

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