Carolina Girl Genealogy

Researching My Southern Roots

"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections.
Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Monday, May 25, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 21-Military~Thomas Lemuel Thames

   Many of my ancestors have served in the military. 
  For Week 21 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Thomas Lemuel Thames (1827-1863), my paternal 3rd Great Grandfather is the subject.
  In the 1860 US Federal Census of Clarendon County, South Carolina, Thomas and family were living in Wrights Bluff.
 With the start of the Civil War Thomas joined the Hampton Legion of the South Carolina Volunteers. He was part of the Company C, Infantry Division.  His Compiled Service Record shows that he enlisted on April 15, 1862 in Sumter, South Carolina.

Muster Roll
Thomas L. Thames
March and April 1862 image

 It appears from the Muster Rolls that during most of Thomas' service in the Confederate Army, he was ill. He was in and out of the Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and reported as absent due to sickness several times. One record has him absent-sick with diarrhea. This seems to have been common with the soldiers in Hampton's Legion.

Muster Roll
T.L. Thames
31 Oct. 1862-Dec. 5 1862 image

 Thomas was eventually furloughed and went home to his family in South Carolina. Passed down through the years is the story of his homecoming. It is said that Thomas Thames was so dirty upon his arrival that his wife, Rebecca, made him bathe outside, cut off all his  hair and burn his clothes before he could go in the house.
   The company Muster Roll records the death of Thomas Lemuel Thames as being on 10 March 1863. Although  the cause of death is not recorded, it is thought that he died as a result of the illnesses he suffered during his time of service in the Hampton Legion. 

Muster Roll
T.L. Thames
March-April 1863 image
 Thomas Lemuel Thames left his family, friends and home  for a cause he felt was worth fighting for. He returned home a sick man. His  death left a widow and two children whose lives were forever changed. 
That is the nature of war. 

On this Memorial Day, 2015 let us honor those who fought and died in the many conflicts our nation has been involved in. 
Let us never forget their sacrifice.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

May 24-May 30

May 24~
 Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931), my paternal Great Great Grandfather was born 161 years ago in Sumter District, South Carolina. He was the son of Thomas Lemuel Thames (1827-1853) and Rebecca Hannah (Stukes) Thames (1830-1870).

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 20-Black Sheep- Found Guilty of Murder~Twice!

The blog prompt for week 20 of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition leads me to my maternal Great Grand Uncle Andrew Clifton Roberts, Sr. (1905-1971).

     Andrew Clifton Roberts, Sr. the son of my Great Great Grandparents, George Philip Roberts (1856-1930) and Hattie (Brazell) Roberts (1870-1927) seems to have had several run-ins with the law. As a young man in 1922, he was sentenced to a life sentence for the death of a transfer driver in Columbia, South Carolina.  At the time of his arrest for the murder of the driver, Andrew was serving a nine-month sentence for grand larceny after being convicted of stealing a car
The life sentence was not served however as he was released from prison after an appeal proved successful. 
   For a time, Andrew seemed to have made a new life for himself with a good job as the Captain of the county chain gang. He had become a family man marrying Laura Belle (Wilson) Roberts (1911-1997) and was the father of six children. Events to come eventually lead to a divorce. 
The following is the front page headline from The State, Columbia, SC, Friday, Nov. 4, 1949:

  Andrew Roberts, once again had been found guilty of murder. This time his 18-year-old son, Andrew, Jr. was one of the witnesses.
 According to several newspaper accounts, on August 17, 1949 Andrew Roberts, Sr. and an insurance salesman got into an altercation.  The disagreement according to  Andrew, Sr., was over some unwelcomed attention given by the man to wife Laura during times when he was not at home.
 Andrew and son Andrew, Jr.,  were driving down the road when they spotted the salesman driving in his car. A chase began, and they ended up in a wooded area near Eastover ,SC. An argument ensued, and the agent was shot and killed.  
  The car belonging to the insurance agent was discovered, and a search began for him. His body was found 11 days later. The gun used to shoot him was turned over to the police by Andrew Roberts, Sr. who eventually confessed to the crime. 

The State, Columbia, SC
10 Sept., 1949 pg. 9

  After a trial lasting several months, Andrew Clifton Roberts, Sr. was sentenced to life in prison April 22, 1950.  Then in June of 1968 a list of Paroles Granted is printed in The State newspaper.
The State, Columbia, SC
7 June 1968, pg. 4C

 Andrew died three years later at the age of 65. 
 Found guilty of murder, twice. The toll on his family must have been immense.

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