Capt Thomas Jefferson Hadley IV

Capt Thomas Jefferson Hadley IV

Wayne County, North Carolina, USA
Death 3 Aug 1917 (aged 79)
Wilson County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 63498353 · View Source
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Thomas Jefferson Hadley IV was born 1838 in Wayne County, NC the 6th of 8 known surviving children (3 boys/5 girls) born to wealthy farmer Thomas Jefferson Hadley III and his wife, Millicent Richardson.

He was the paternal grandson of Thomas Jefferson Hadley II and Margaret Weeks Parker; and gr-grandson of Capt. Thomas Jefferson Hadley I of New Castle, DE who with his father and wife, Mary Thompson, came to Cumberland County, NC around 1750. He is a direct descendant of the family patriarch -- Joshua Hadley (ca. 1703-1760) of Ireland -- who removed to NC with the above named son.

Thomas IV was raised in a politically and socially prominent family, and was well educated. Thomas enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a fine student and member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, a group that contributed many young men to the Confederate cause. He was 23-years old and still in school when NC seceded from the union. He graduated in 1862, and after receiving his bachelor's degree he at once enlisted on May 10, 1862 as a private in a company made up of Wilson County men, which later became Company A of the 55th North Carolina Regiment, commanded by Col. John Kerr Connally. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant on June 2, 1862, and "as a recognition of his personal and soldierly qualities", he was elected 3rd Lieutenant on June 9, 1862.

His first experience in battle was at Washington, NC and then in Suffolk, VA, where the regiment joined the Army of Northern Virginia. In the battle of Gettysburg, as a portion of Heth's Division, Davis's Brigade, his unit took part in the blood bath later known as "Pickett's Charge", and he was among those who went "farthest to the front".

Thomas survived Gettysburg, and as Lt. Hadley was wounded at Falling Waters, MD, and again in the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness he also sustained a severe wound which disabled him for several weeks. Upon returning to his regiment "his service won for him well-deserved promotion" to Captain.
He was put in command of his company and, with the exception of the time he was in a Federal prison, was with his regiment, winning distinction for gallantry, judgment, and other soldierly qualities.

Capt. Hadley was captured at the Battle of Globe Tavern in August 1864 (Second Battle of the Weldon Railroad) and was imprisoned at the infamous Union prison, Fort Delaware where he managed to survive until his release on June 17, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance.

Following the war, he returned to his home, he resumed his studies at the University of North Carolina, where he secured the degree of Master of Arts and completed the law course; but after teaching for a year, he went into business, in which he achieved success.

On October 29, 1867, the 29-year old married 19-year old Sarah "Sally" Sanders, daughter of wealthy Johnston County planter, Lucien Holmes Sanders. The couple would reside in Wilson and would become parents to 9 known children: Addie Marsh Hadley (ca. 1868), Lucien Sanders Hadley (1868-1945), Kittie Sanders Hadley (ca. 1870), Martitia "Mattie" Hadley (1871-1952), Sarah "Sallie" Sanders Hadley (1873-1940), Thomas J. Hadley V. (1876-1908), and Mary Hadley (1879-aft 1920). Two more children -- Millicent Hadley and Luther Bell Hadley -- both died in infancy/childhood and their dates of birth/death are not known.

Thomas Hadley IV became an enterprising and successful planter and businessman during his years in Wilson. In 1872, he and Alpheus Branch founded the "Branch and Hadley" merchant bank. After many transactions, mostly with local farmers, Branch bought out Hadley's shares in 1887 and renamed the company to "Branch and Company, Bankers" -- today's BB&T bank. Hadley was an active member of the United Confederate Veterans and was always deeply interested in the welfare of his comrades in arms.

Thomas was widowed when his wife 36 years died in 1903 at age 56. He survived her almost 14 years, passing in 1917 at the age of 79.

This distinguished line of the Hadley's died out after the death of Lucien Sanders Hadley in 1945. Thomas Hadley IV only had 2 sons who survived to maturity. Both married, but neither had children. His daughter Mattie married and had children, so the line does continue through the Woodard lineage.

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