If you descend from Wm P. Ennis and Angeline Yarbrough, you are invited to attend a Yarbrough Grave Marker Memorial Service being planned for Oct. 26, 2008.Contact Virginia Tuttle, for driving directions to Macadonia Church, etc.Email: Gintut@aol.com
Descendants of Angeline Yarbrough are:
Generation No. 1 only
1.Angeline9 Yarbrough(Elam Thomas8, Nimrod7, John6, Thomas5, James4, Richard3, Nicholas2, Eustachius (de)1) was born 1838 in Chambers County, Alabama, and died Bef. 1876 in Chambers County, Alabama.She married William Pinkney Ennis 27 Sep 1859 in Chambers County, Alabama (Source: ML V5 #539-2 Issued Sept. 24, 1859 by JP Daniel Coggins, Married at Residence of E. T. Yarbrough.), son of Arthur Ennis and Nancy Weaver.He was born 24 Feb 1839 in Harris County, Ga., and died 11 Jun 1910 in Chambers County, Alabama.
Notes for Angeline Yarbrough:
We receive our Yarbrough ancestry thru Angeline Yarbrough, the first wife of William P.Ennis.Your compiler has not attempted to gather in all of the Yarbroughs in the U.S. since it would fill several volumes.There is a Yarbrough Societythat does that.We have tried here only to prove our lineage and find our closestYarbrough kin.
More About Angeline Yarbrough:
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Lanett, Ala. (unmarked grave)
Notes for William Pinkney Ennis:
BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM PINKNEY ENNIS, CSA OF CHAMBERS COUNTY, ALABAMA
BY:Virginia Bell Clements Tuttle, his great granddaughter,Kennesaw Chapter 241 UDC
William Pinkney Ennis, born February 24, 1839 moved to Georgia from Lancaster County, S. C.His parents moved when he was quite small to Chambers County, Alabama.William was 22 years of age when the war between the states started and he enlisted.He was already married with one child and another one on the way.He and three of his brothers heeded the call to "arms" and to defend their Southern Homeland with promises that the war would be over in a few months.We would win!
How sad this must have been for the Ennis family to have all four grown sons go off to war.Two ofWilliam'sbrothers did not live to return.One other like himself returned to find his people suffering from poverty and a lack of means to provide for themselves.The slaves had been freed,the men had gone to war and were not home to plant the gardens and money crops.The majority of the people were farmers during the mid to late 1800's.The women and children worked the fields and gardens as best they could with the help of the older men.The court records and census reports indicate that the Ennis familyin Chambers County was not a wealthy family prior to the war.They were not large land owners with slaves but were probablyliving comfortably.William's wife Angeline Yarbrough's parents were large land owners with slaves.
The Muster Record of William Pinkney Ennis tells us however that he was a "waggoner" in the47th Infantry, Co. I. of Alabama.William enlisted as a Private on April 18, 1862 at Loachapoka, Alabama (about 30 miles from his home).The 47th Infantry was made up largely of men from Chambers and Tallapoosa County.It had one company each from Coosa and Cherokee County.The regiment moved quickly from Loachapoka to Stonewall Jackson's Corps in Virginia.This unit fought largely with the Northern Army of Virginia until after Gettysburg,it was with Longstreet at Chicamauga but rejoined the Northern Army of Virginia for the rest of the war.The day after Antietam in Maryland in the early fall of 1862 it could muster only 17 men of the 115 with which it entered the fighting with.Except for the battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, which it watched, it seemed to have always been in the thickest of the fighting.
The Muster Rolls show that William Pinkney Ennis was at Cedar Run on August9, 1862 and in GeneralHospital No. 2 in Richmond, Virginia on September 30, 1862.He was captured at Chicamauga on September 19, 1963 and received as POW at Camp Douglas, Ill. on October 4, 1963.He was discharged from Camp Douglas on June 13, 1865.He walked back to Lanett, Alabama with only the clothes on his back.He begged food along the way and ate what he could from fields, woods, and streams.He often walked with other released prisoners.No food was provided by Prison Guards or Officials since they were more concerned with feeding their own men than their enemy, the Southern Rebels.His tales ofthe Prison Camp at Camp Douglaswere of bitterly cold winters with very little food and no medical attention.Many died in the Camp.
William's brother John Marion Ennis was also in the 47th Infantry.He was a Hospital Corpman during the War and lived to return home.He was born July 4, 1829 S.C. and died July 23, 1901 in Elmore County, Alabama.His gravein Elmore County has a Confederate Tombstone.
Confederate Memorial Markers have been placed in Oakwood Cemetery, Lanett, Alabama to honor William and histwo brothers who did not return.One brotherwas James W. Ennis, b. February 16, 1833 Georgia, diedSeptember 17, 1862 at Sharpesburg, Md.He is shown in records as a Cook.He was buried at Sharpesburg.
The other brother was Benjamin Thomas Martin Ennis, born April 17, 1844, Harris County, Georgia died July 26, 1863.He was wounded at Gettysburg, Penn. and died a few days later.He is buried in a mass grave at an old barn at Gettysburg.He was a Drummer Boy in Company E, 14th Infantry. He and his brother James were in the same Alabama Unit.
What a joyous homecoming this must have been for William Ennis.He and his wife Angeline Yarbroughhad the following six children before she died.
Laura Ennis, b. 1860 married J. D.Sloan
Elizabeth, b. 1862 (nothing else known)
William Benjamin P. Ennis, b. January 11, 1863 married 1st Margaret Weldon, 2nd, Nancy Lavicie Wood,3rd Lucy Lee Thomas
James Jefferson Ennis, b. February 28, 1867 married 1st Della, 2nd Ella Viola Bailey, 3rd Ethel Seay
Josephine Ennis, b. 1869 married William H. Smith
Thomas Wilson Ennis, b. August 7, 1872 married 1st Claudia Banks, 2nd Marjorie Mae Foster
After Angeline's deathWilliam remarried.He married Jane Broughton Oliver on December 21, 1876 in Chambers County and together they had six children.They are as follows
Eula P. Ennis, b. June 1878 married J. W. Deloach
Arthur Marion Ennis, b. July 31, 1880 married Jimmie Roe Lawrence
Olen Leonard Ennis, b . July 1883 married Willie Sue Prince
Loma Ennis, b. January 1886 married Jeffie Mathews
Benjamin W. Ennis, b. March 1890 married Ora Lee Deloach
Edna Bell Ennis, b. September 13, 1896 married Albert T. Logan
William Ennis, father of 12 children died at the age of 71 at his home in Lanett, Alabama.Family legend says his health was never really good after the war.
Other Yaborough marriages in Chambers County,Al are:
Francis Marion to Malissa Weldon ???
Henry H. to Emma Jane Adcock, 10 Jan. 1861
John H. to Mary A. Muldrew, 6 April 1840
Littleton to Malissa House, 16 Jan. 1861
Mary A. to John F. Williams, 5 Oct. 1865
Sanford H. to Matilda O'Neal, 12 Jan. 1865
William J to Eliza J. Holt, 2 Feb. 1856
Calibee to Andrew J. Weldon, 30 Apr. 1862
Eliza to Benjamin Stonaker, 30 Dec. 1840
Emily to Henry Applewhite, ?Dec. 1865
Franklin to Elizabeth Foster 28 Apr. 1836
Franklin to Mary E. Carroll 16 Jan. 1866
Isaac to Mary R. Myhand 9 Nov. 1865
John to Jane Roberts 4 Apr 1837
John to Mary Farrer 7 Jul 1840
Laura A. to Travis G. Hammock 22 Feb. 1866
Martha to Joseph Boon7 Apr 1836
Martha Ann to Martin Holt 29 Jul 1849
Mary to Hincher Thomas 21 Mar 1839
Mary B to Chessley R. Moreman 17 Aug. 1865
Nancy to Richard G. Walker 4 Sept 1838
Nancy Ann to David F. Avant 4 Jul 1852
Sarah to Jefferson Myhand 30 Apr 1861
Thomas to Martha A. Foster 10 Jul 1838
Useby to Thornton House 10 May 1835
Wm. F. to Mary Mills 5 Sept 1861
1880 Oak Bowery, Chambers Co.,Al. census reads:
William P. Ennis, age 40, b. Ga., parents b. N.C.
Jane (2nd wife), age 26, b. Ga. parents b. GA
Lizzie Ennis, dau., age 18, b. Al.
James Ennis, age 12, b.Al.
Josephine Ennis, age 10, b.Al.
Thomas Ennis, age 8, b. Al
Eula Ennis,age 2, b. Al.
Arther Ennis, 10 months, b. Al.
Note:This census states his parents were born in North Carolina, not South Carolina which leads one to believe that it was his grandparents that were born in North Carolina.???????Most of this information came from the family file of Martha Jean Ennis who lives in Lanett, Ala.
This William died at the age of 71.
More About William Pinkney Ennis:
Burial: Jun 1910, Oakwood Cemetery,Lanett, AL
More About William Ennis and Angeline Yarbrough:
Marriage: 27 Sep 1859, Chambers County, Alabama (Source: ML V5 #539-2 Issued Sept. 24, 1859 by JP Daniel Coggins, Married at Residence of E. T. Yarbrough.)
Children of Angeline Yarbrough and William Ennis are:
2 i. Laura10 Ennis, born 1860 in Chambers County, Alabama.She married J. D. Sloan, Jr. 11 Dec 1879 in Chambers Co. Alabama; born Abt. 1855 in Alabama.
Notes for J. D. Sloan, Jr.:
A check of the census records has rewarded us with the following information.Evidently J.D.Sloan, Jr. followed his parents and siblings toTitus, Texas for heand Laura are found living next door to his parents.
The census reads:
John D.Sloan, age 56, b. Ga. farming
Jeanette Sloan, wife, age 46, housekeeping, b. Ga.
Joseph Sloan, son, age 19, b. Ala. works on farm
Archibald Sloan, son, age 18, b. Ala. works on farm
Lafayette Sloan, son, age 14, b.Ala. works on famr
Robert A. Sloan, son, age 3, b. Ala.
Ada Sloan, dau., age 1, b.Ala.
John D.Sloan, age 22, b. Ala. works on farm
Laura Sloan, age 20, b.Ala. Housekeeping, fat.b. Ga. mo.b. Ala.
A search of the census could only find a Laura E. Sloan, age 72, b. Al., parens b. Georgia on the 1930 Jackson, Okla. census.There is a Ross ?possibly her grandson, age 22, brickmason, single, b. in Texas living next door.She has no occupation and is listed as a widow.
More About J. Sloan and Laura Ennis:
Marriage: 11 Dec 1879, Chambers Co. Alabama
3 ii. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Ennis, born 1862 in Chambers County,Alabama.She married J. A. Smith; born Abt. 1860.
Notes for Elizabeth "Lizzy" Ennis:
Lizzy was still living with her father and step mother on the 1880 census.She cannot be found in other censuses.
4 iii. William Benjamin Pinkney Ennis, born 11 Jan 1863 in Chambers County, Alabama; died 03 Mar 1952 in Opelika, Lee County, AL.He married (1) Margaret " Maggie" Weldon 23 Dec 1882 in Lafayette, AlabamaChambers County; born Abt. 1861 in Chambers Co. Alabama; died 1908 in Chambers County, Alabama.He married (2) Vicie C. Wood 23 Oct 1910 in Troupe County, Georgia.He married (3) Lucy Lee Thomas 15 Apr 1924 in Lee County, Alabama; born 1885 in Alabama.
Notes for William Benjamin Pinkney Ennis:
William or "Billy" Ennis as he was called lived quite a long life and had three wives.His first wife Margaret"Maggie"Weldon was gored in her stomach by a cow with a young calf and gangrene set in.She died leaving nine children.Thecensus indicatesthat Billy was a farmer.Your compiler cannot find where he ever owned any land.He probably lived on his in-laws farm.The Weldons were prosperous land owners in Chambers County.Maggie's great grandfather Isaac Weldon sold the land for the Courthouse and square in Monticello, Jasper County, Ga.The Ennis family never recovered from the devastating effects of the Civil War, no land or money was left any of them.
Billy'ssecond wife was a beautiful young woman, quite a few years younger, (27 years his junior) whose name was Nancy Lavice Wood.She died quite young(age 27) from pneumonia and left three small children, age 9, 4, and 6 months in addition to one minor step-son (Jesse) ."Vicey" was such a beauty;it is told that no one could ever figure out why she would marry a widowed older man with nine children.At the time of his marriage to Vicey several of his children were grown and married. Several were older than she was,but they all loved her.According to his children by this marriage their father never was much of a provider though they loved him dearly.He was quite a stylish dresser, always owning a couple of good suits.His manerisms were those of a typical Southern Gentleman.His children dropped out of high school to work and provide for themselves and their father and step-mother.
About 4 years after Vicey's death, Billy again lucked up on a fine pretty woman.When his youngest daughter Phoebe was about five years old he met and married "Miss Lucy", 22 years his junior (her first marriage).He was 61 years of age at that time (1924).She was 39 years of age;considered a spinster.Billycalled her 'Miss Lucy".She called him "Mr. Ennis".They seem to adore each other and she waited on his every need until his death.He lived to be 89 years of age and was bedridden for about two years of that time.
Billy lived in Opelika for at least 40years and during the last 20 years of that time, he never missed many court sessions.He would get up every morning when court was in session and dress as if he were going to preach a funeral.He would then proceed to go to the courthouse where a chair was reserved for him.There was one judge, it is told that would not open court until Mr. Ennis was in his chair.He kept up with everything going on in the local political arena as well as who did what.He was not a gossip,just an interested outsider, looking in.Though he was not well educated,I was told he read the paper often.They say when he was young, he had quite a temper.He was a small man with perfect posture, slender, and quick in his movements.Hehad brown hair and blue eyes.He had a cute typical "Ennis walk" and the traits and personality of an Irishman though his ancestry has not definitely been proven.William or Billy as he was called by friends was a short small man who loved to dress well and was extremely neat in his attire.He was a farmer in his early years.He probably farmed on his wife's father's land since the Weldon's were rather well off financially,and he had been brought up on poverty's edge.His father had fought in the Civil War and had nothing except lots of children to feed and poor health.Nevertheless, this did not undermine the pride that the "Ennis clan" seemed to possess abundantly, coupled with plenty of self-confidence.The Ennises' financial situation was the "rule" rather than the exception.Everyone suffered for a good 50 years after the Civil War but still laughter and happiness surfaced among most Southerners.Social gatherings were held frequently in the homes and churches.
Maggie Weldon did not live to get old.Two of her children had married, Nan and Bud.She had one granddaughter (Maggie) when she got bored in the stomach by a cow with a young calf.Gangrene set in and she died at age 47.She left several small children.Compiler has a group picture of Maggie and Billy Ennis and all their children.Maggie was a short plump lady and Billy was short and thin. They are a beautiful family.
Two years after Maggie died, Billy married again.Lavice Woods was a much younger woman and considered quite a beauty.Why she married an older man with many children is not known.She and Billy had three children and she died of pneumonia when they were all quite young.Billy, with the help of his older children, managed to raise the three younger orphans.
In 1924 he met and married Lucy Thomas, a lovely old maid, who adored him and loved all his children. He called her "Miss Lucy" and she called him "Mr. Ennis" through their many years of marriage. Miss Lucy waited on him and cared for him as a bedridden patient for about two years.No one ever could have had a better nurse and more loving companion.Your complier is his great granddaughter and knew him well.Of course, he was quite old when she was born.He and Miss Lucy had no issue.He died at age 89.
For more on descendants of this family, see Ennis book compiled by Virginia Tuttle,
761 Prince Avenue, Marietta, Ga. 30062
See Ennis and Bell Sections to continue the lineage of Margaret"Maggie" Weldon Ennis.
Sources:Family Bible of Nancy Annie Ennis Bell and censuses.
1930 Lee County, Al census (Auburn, Beat 6) , Roll 34, Book 2, Page 97 reads:
William Ennis, age 67, age at last marriage 60, b.Al,Parents b.AL, Farmer
Lucy Ennis, Wife, age45, age at mar. 39, b.Al.
J. P. Ennis, son, age 17, b. AL
Vesta Mae Ennis, age 14, b. AL
Phoebe Jane Ennis, age 12, b. AL
Living next door:
Ennis, Gus(should be Bud), age 29
Ella, wife, age 42
More About William Benjamin Pinkney Ennis:
Burial: 06 Mar 1952, Rosemere Cemetary, Opelika, Lee Co., Al.
Notes for Margaret " Maggie" Weldon:
Your Compiler, Virginia Clements Tuttle, descends from this Maggie Weldon.
More About Margaret " Maggie" Weldon:
Burial: 1908, Rock Springs Church Cemetery, Chambers Co., Al.
More About William Ennis and Margaret Weldon:
Marriage: 23 Dec 1882, Lafayette, AlabamaChambers County
Marriage license: Marriage Bk.8, P221, Chambers Co.,AL.
More About William Ennis and Vicie Wood:
Marriage: 23 Oct 1910, Troupe County, Georgia
More About William Ennis and Lucy Thomas:
Marriage: 15 Apr 1924, Lee County, Alabama
5 iv. James Jefferson Ennis, born 28 Feb 1867 in Chambers County, Alabama; died 09 Oct 1948 in Lee County, Alabama; Stepchild.He married (1) Della Bailey 11 Nov 1886 in Lee County, Alabama.He married (2) Ella Viola Bailey 30 Jan 1896 in Lee County, Alabama; born 29 Jan 1870 in Opelika, Lee County, Al.; died 21 May 1934 in Elba, Al..He married (3) Ethel Seay 1936 in Coffee County, Al..
More About James Jefferson Ennis:
Date born 2: 28 Feb 1867
Burial: 11 Oct 1948, Pine Level Cemetry, Pine Level, Al.
Fact 1: Fathered last child at age 76
Notes for Della Bailey:
Della's uncle Samuel Paul Bailey married Mattie Ennis.Della was the daughter of Cicero Bailey and Carrie McClellan.
More About James Ennis and Della Bailey:
Marriage: 11 Nov 1886, Lee County, Alabama
Ella was the daughter of John Bailey and Bethanie.
More About Ella Viola Bailey:
Burial: Pine Level Cemetery.
More About James Ennis and Ella Bailey:
Marriage: 30 Jan 1896, Lee County, Alabama
Marriage Notes for James Ennis and Ethel Seay:
Marriage record filed in Coffe County, Al. Book 6, Page 348.
More About James Ennis and Ethel Seay:
Marriage: 1936, Coffee County, Al.
6 v. Josephine Ennis, born 1869 in Chambers County, Alabama; died Abt. 1915 in Opelika, Lee County, AL.She married William H. Smith 16 Dec 1886 in Lee County, Ala.; born Abt. 1854 in Chambers Co., Alabama; died Abt. 1892 in Opelika, Lee County, AL.
More About Josephine Ennis:
Burial: Whatley Family Cemetery, Opelika, Lee County, AL
Notes for William H. Smith:
William was the son of Thomas L. Smith and Susan M. Smith.
More About William H. Smith:
Burial: Whatley Family Cemetery, Opelika, Lee County, AL
More About William Smith and Josephine Ennis:
Marriage: 16 Dec 1886, Lee County, Ala.
7 vi. Thomas Wilson Ennis, born 07 Aug 1872 in Chambers County, Alabama; died 18 Nov 1944 in Lee County, Alabama.He married (1) Claudia Banks 1900 in Chambers County, Al.; born 07 Dec 1876 in Tallapoosa County, AL; died 22 Feb 1910 in Lee County, Alabama.He married (2) Marjorie Mae Foster 28 Dec 1911 in Lee County, Alabama; born 18 Apr 1877 in Lee County, Al.; died 16 Nov 1965 in Opelika, Alabama, Lee County.
More About Thomas Wilson Ennis:
Burial: Union Grove Cemetery, Lee Co.,Al.
More About Thomas Ennis and Claudia Banks:
Marriage: 1900, Chambers County, Al.
Notes for Marjorie Mae Foster:
Marjorie was the daughter of James Foster and Sophronia Lee.
Marriage Notes for Thomas Ennis and Marjorie Foster:
Marriage Records filed in Lee Countyh Courthouse, Opelika, Al., Book H.
More About Thomas Ennis and Marjorie Foster:
Marriage: 28 Dec 1911, Lee County, Alabama