It was good to hear from you. Since you sent me your telephone number, I will try to call you soon, next two weeks if it don’t rain. I assume you have retired since I sent you a message via the posting on the GenForum, dated January 12, 2003. I have posted several messages on the GenForum to inquiries about the Thomas, Benjamin, Edward Delbridge family. These messages tells about all I know about the family.
As stated in my letter and telephone conservations to others, Thomas Delbridge of Brunswick County, VA, was my great-great-great grandfather. My great grandfather, Edward Williamton Delbridge, was the son of Benjamin Delbridge and Lucy Walton and the grandson of Thomas Delbridge and Nancy Gwaltney of Brunswick County, VA.His grandfather, Thomas Delbridge was born 1759 at Barnstable, England and died in February 1848 in Brunswick County,VA. Thomas left a will. As far as I know, there has not been a will found for Benjamin.
My grandfather stated that his father, Edward W Delbridge, told him he was born in VA, that his father was Benjamin Delbridge and his mother was Lucy Walton; that he lived at Millersburg and worked as a Blacksmith, before and after the War.
Edward came to Millersburg, Rutherford County, TN in the 1850’s where he served as Millersburg’s Blacksmith. April 26, 1861 he enlisted in Captain White’s Millersburg’s 110, company of riflemen. They muster into Confederate Service on May 17, 1861 at Lynchburg, VA. In February 1862 they were returned to TN and fought in the Battle of Shiloh. After the Battle of Shiloh, Bragg made Edward the Horseshoe Man for the Confederate Army. Its all in the Chaffins, Liberty, Hoover’s Gap books and The Millersburg’s 110, soon to be out.
After the war, Edward, sometimes called Ned, returned from Columbus, MS and resumed his occupation as Millersburg’s blacksmith. On November 11, 1868 he married Mattie Susan Pruett, the daughter of John Henry Pruett and Sally Fox. They are buried in the family cemetery on the old home place. Their daughter, Molly, my grandfather’s sister, return to Emporia, VA in 1901 and married her cousin, Jim Richard Delbridge. Their children were Jim Richard, Mabel, Matthew, Oddie, Byrdia, Edward and Albert. Any assistant finding their descendants would be appreciated. I meet Jim Richard at a family reunion in 1948 at my grandfather’s (John Madison Delbridge) old homeplace; the Old Plantation of John Henry Pruett and Sally Fox.
The internet is a good place to get started but you should be skeptical. Most of the information is in error. It has to be checked and double checked. You have to make trips to the courthouses to check it out.