The following is a letter written by Maurice Hamner Garland of Lynchburg, Virginia to Harry Beverley Deas of St. Louis, Mo. in response to a request for family history. It is the first time I have seen actual dates for the birth and marriage of General John Garland. It also lists his children. The first section is the letter to Deas; the second was the sheet filled with family input.
MAURICE HAMNER GARLAND TO HARRY B. DEAS
Mr. Harry B. Deas St. Louis, Mo.
D Sir Your of the 26th ult. with letter of Spotswood Garland and blank genealogical paper came duly in hand but mission of business taking me several times from home – has occasioned this delay in responding to your request for information in regard to your “Garland” connection. I have filled out the blank as far as my information will enable me. I met your parents during the War, but was more intimate with Gen’l Longstreet & family who were a good deal in Lynchburg – and with whose staff I served a short while, the winter of 1862 at Fredericksburg – Your Uncle John Garland and daughters have been guest at my home in Lynchburg – If in your investigations in matters of Family Hist. you gather any thing in addition to what I have given you, I would be glad of the information – as I have frequently to answer inquiries from all parts of the Country – of some connection wishing to know where they belong –
Very Respectfully Your Kinsman Maurice H. Garland 303 Madison Street Lynchburg, Va. April 22nd 1900
Harry Beverley Deas of St. Louis, Mo., son of Gen’l George Deas and Mary Elizabeth Garland, daughter of Gen’l John Garland, U.S.A. was born Dec. 25th 1853 – Married Julia Inez Smith daughter of Davis Smith & Josette Hollingsworth of Macon, Georgia – Had the following issue: Ralph Izard (dec’d); Alice Delancey; Wm. Nickerson; Inez Josette; Harry B. Jr. Coat of Arms – (can’t read most of this but it includes something “feeding on a daisy, Motto: Industria”
Gen’l Geo Deas, C.S.A was before the War in the U.S.A. Mrs. Deas sister Louise G. married on March 8th 1848 by Rev W.H. Kinkle of Lynchburg, Va., Gen’l Jas. Longstreet also of U.S.A & C.S.A.
The children of Gen’l Geo. Deas and Mary Elizabeth Garland were Ralph Izard Deas; Virginia Deas; George Deas;Harry Beverley Deas; Charlotte Deas.
Gen’l John Garland, U.S.A. son of Hudson M. Garland was born in Albemarle Co. Va., Nov. 15th 1793, died in N.Y. June 5th 1861. Married 22 Sept. 1816 in Detroit Mich. To Henrietta Margaret Smith, daughter of Jacob & Mary Smith of Quebec, Canada where she was born Aug. 20th 1799 –
Children of Gen’l John G ---, Malvina Ossian Garland; Henrietta Virginia Garland; John Spotswood Garland, Capt. U.S.A.; Mary Elizabeth Garland; Maria Louise Garland; David Smith Garland; Hudson Martin Garland; Lewis Cass Garland; Chauncey Payne Garland.
In the female line of my grand parents the records run back to 1300 and if of any interest through the Scotch Royal line to 500, Eric (sp?) first King of the Picts – but not of your branch.