The Huntley Family
The Civil War, also known as the War Between the States, was a tragic time for many families of the South.The following describes events in the lives of descendants of Thomas Huntley, during the antebellum period until shortly after the Civil War.
Thomas Huntley, Sr., the grandfather of our subject, settled in Anson County, North Carolina, obtaining a land grant in 1769.Thomas and his wife, Sarah, resided in Anson County.Thomas Huntley, Sr. died about 1802.Thomas andSarah had nine children.
Thomas Huntley, Sr.’s son, Robert Huntley, Sr., was born in North Carolina, circa 1761.Robert was married twice.His first wife was Elizabeth or Betsey Wilson, according to tradition.He later married Elizabeth Broadway.Elizabeth Broadway was born circa 1775.In 1800, Robert owned 4 slaves.By 1850, he owned 28 slaves.Robert Huntley, Sr. died on January 11, 1854, at the age of 93.Elizabeth (Broadway) Huntley also died in 1854.Robert Huntley, Sr. had eight children.
Robert Huntley, Sr.’s son, Thomas Huntley, was born on November 5, 1794, in Anson County, North Carolina.He married Mary Webb Cason.Mary was born on June 22, 1793.She was a daughter of John and Sidney (Fields) Cason.Thomas and Mary had the following children:
1.Sidney, b. 11 July 1815; m. Robert Grady
2.Robert C., b. 24 December 1816; m. Susan McLendon
3.Elizabeth, b. 5 November 1818; d. 26 September 1846
4.Thomas, b. 30 August 1821; d. 16 August 1830
5.John Waller, b. 21 March 1822; m. Martha Crowder
6.Wade Hampton, b. 29 January 1824; m. Martha F. Rushing
7.Ellison, b. 21 September 1825; m. Melissa Jane Wadsworth
8.Salathiel, b. 6 December 1827; d. 18 March 1839
9.James E., b. 19 August 1829; m. Ellen M. Edgeworth
10.Mary, b. 15 October 1831; m. James R. Gulledge
11.Emily, b. 1 August 1833; d. 24 June 1854
12.Ellen, b. 6 March 1835; m. William Allen
Thomas Huntley was a man of considerable wealth.However, his lifestyle reflected that of a modest farmer.In 1860, he lived in the Meltonsville District, in Anson County, North Carolina.Thomas owned 553 acres of land, which was worth $7,550.The land was located on the waters of Brown Creek.His personal estate was valued at $30,889, which included 45 slaves.They were reportedly treated well.Thomas had money deposited in several banks, including the Bank of Wadesborough (in Wadesboro, North Carolina) and the Bank of Cape Fear (in Wilmington, North Carolina).His plantation was referred to as the “Thomas Huntley home place”.The family lived in a one and a half story dwelling.The other known buildings on the plantation included a gin house (with a cotton gin), a sawmill, and seven slave houses.Thomas also had a carriage and 10 or 11 mules and horses.Animals raised on the plantation included sheep, hogs, and cattle.Cotton was the main crop produced on the plantation.Other crops included corn and wheat.In his final days, Thomas was cared for by his daughter-in-law, Jane.At the time, she was married to Thomas’ son, Dr. Ellison Huntley (he died on September 20, 1882).Mary W. (Cason) Huntley died on April 4, 1863.Thomas Huntley died on May 14, 1863.
When Thomas Huntley died in 1863, his estate was divided between his children.However, after the Civil War had ended, rumors began to circulate that Thomas Huntley had kept bags of gold and silver in the house.A group of Thomas’ heirs questioned the way the land and property had been distributed.What followed was a lengthy legal challenge against the executors of the estate, John W. Huntley and Dr. Ellison Huntley.The estate was finally settled in 1896 when the court ruled against the executors.John W. Huntley was living on the former plantation before the final judgement from the court.On April 6, 1896, the “Thomas Huntley home place” was auctioned to the highest bidder for cash at the door of the Court House in Wadesboro, North Carolina.Proceeds from the sale went to pay inheritance claims of Thomas Huntley’s heirs.The land was sold to David T. Redfearn, a son of Townley Redfearn.Townley Redfearn was an attorney who was originally involved in administering Thomas Huntley’s estate in 1863.
At the time of Thomas' death, the Confederate States of America was at its height of power.The Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the Civil War, was fought in July of 1863.Three of Thomas Huntley's sons, John W., Wade Hampton, and James E., fought for the Confederate States of America.
John Waller Huntley was a soldier in the Confederate Army.He served as a private in Company G, of the 40th North Carolina Troops (the 3rd Regiment North Carolina Artillery).John enlisted on April 16, 1863, in Brunswick County, North Carolina.He was 42 years old at the time.
James E. Huntley was a soldier in the Confederate Army.He served as a Sergeant in Company A, of the 48th North Carolina Infantry.
Wade Hampton Huntley, known as Hampton, was born on January 29, 1824, in Anson County, North Carolina.He married Martha F. Rushing.Martha was born in August 1825.She was a daughter of Jesse and Mary (Barrett) Rushing.They had the following children:
1.Mary E., b. circa 1844; m. Albert Kennedy
2.Thomas Salathiel, b. March 4, 1846; m. Nora Phillips
3.Narcissus (Nunnie), b. 1849; m. James B. Cox, 10 January 1867
4.Jesse Marion, b. 19 November 1851; m. Mary P. King
5.Franklin Pierce, b. April 22, 1856; m. Sarah Fannie King
6.Isadora Norwood, b. 12 April 1859; m. John Albert Gulledge, 16 December
7.Young Hampton, b. 3 December 1861
8.Fannie, b. 1 September 1863; m. William E. Gulledge, 16 December 1880
9.Robert D., b. 9 July 1866; m. Nannie Mullis
When Hampton Huntley and Martha F. Rushing were married, they reportedly received $1,000 in gold as a wedding present from Hampton's father, Thomas.Hampton and Martha proceeded to buy a farm and lived in Union County, North Carolina.The home was located about 5 miles east of Monroe, in the Rock West community.Hampton reportedly owned 7 male slaves.In 1863, he inherited 6 slaves (Ned, Calvin, Sally, Alford, St(e?)phen, and Gastin) from his father.
Hampton Huntley and his son, Thomas S. Huntley, both served in the Confederate Army.Hamptonenlisted on March 24, 1863, in Union County, North Carolina.Thomas enlisted on February 25, 1864, also in Union County.Thomas was later nicknamed "Fighting Tom" by his family.Hampton and Thomas served as privates in Company C, of the 10th Battalion of the North Carolina Heavy Artillery.Company C was known as the "Monroe Heavy Artillery".
In March 1863, Company C was assigned to Fort Caswell, in Brunswick County, North Carolina.By February 1864, the company was stationed at Fort Campbell, also in Brunswick County.From July 23, 1864 to November 1864, Company C served on garrison duty in Wilmington, North Carolina.During that time, Hampton's son, Jess, would load up a wagon with food and other supplies and haul it to his father who was stationed at Fort Fisher.Fort Fisher was part of the Wilmington defensive works.In November 1864, the 10th Battalion was sent to join General Hardee's command.General Hardee was resisting the advance of General Sherman's Union army, which was moving toward Savannah, Georgia.The 10th Battalion was moved to several defensive positions around Savannah.In December 1864, the battalion was evacuated from Savannah and withdrew northward.A family story relates that as Thomas S. Huntley lay in a field, a Union sharpshooter shot just behind his head.Thomas stayed calm, but another bullet landed in front of his feet.He quickly got up and moved to a safer location.This event most likely occurred around this time.
On the home front, Martha and the family took care of the plantation.Hampton’s son, Jess (Jesse), helped direct the slaves.In February or March of 1865, General Sherman's cavalry moved through Union County, North Carolina.Family stories relate that when arriving at Hampton’s plantation, the Union soldiers began ransacking the place.Meat was stolen from the smokehouse.Inside the Huntley home, a soldier kicked in a door on the solid walnut sideboard while searching for valuables.Other soldiers found a large jar and asked what was in it.The soldiers were told strawberry preserves to which they might help themselves.They declined to do so, perhaps because they feared the jar might contain something else.Outside, the Union soldiers proceeded to burn down the barn.When Martha asked them not to, she was told to shut up or the house would also be burned down.In addition, the horses were stolen, including the riding horse which Martha rode sidesaddle.Martha’s riding horse was exchanged for a mule.Unknown to the soldiers, the family silver (silverware) had been buried and was later safely retrieved.
On March 16, 1865, General Hardee engaged General Sherman's forces at Averasboro, North Carolina.Hardee's forces then joined General Johnston's army at Bentonville, North Carolina.On March 19, 1865, at the Battle of Bentonville, General Johnston's army attempted to defeat a portion of Sherman's army before it united with the main Union forces.The 10th Battalion suffered heavy casualties.General Johnston's army retreated to Smithfield, North Carolina.While serving in the Confederate Army, Thomas S. Huntley said that he had been captured.This event most likely occurred about the time of the Battle of Bentonville.During a skirmish with Union troops, Thomas was captured and held in a log building.He had long hair, where he hid matches.During the night, Thomas set the building on fire.The Union soldiers were in a state of confusion and brought the prisoners outside.Thomas ran into the woods to make his escape.He walked down the middle of a creek, which left no trail, to evade the hounds and Union search parties.He later rejoined the Confederate forces.
On April 26, 1865, General Johnston surrendered his army to General Sherman.Hampton Huntley was paroled on May 3, 1865, in Charlotte, North Carolina.He was at home when the parole was issued.Thomas S. Huntley was paroled on May 6, 1865, in Charlotte, North Carolina.Somewhat bitter about his wartime experiences, Thomas later said, “I killed eight damn Yankees and didn’t count the Niggers”.
After the war, Hampton Huntley purchased 800 acres of land near White Store, North Carolina.Brown’s Creek crossed through the property.Wade Hampton Huntley died on December 24, 1894.Martha F. (Rushing) Huntley died on December 3, 1911.