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My Great-great Grandfather Served in the Civil War

My Great-Great Grandfather Served in the Civil WarYesterday, April 15, 2006 I went to the grave marker dedication honoring the Civil War service of my great-great grandfather, Henry Prescott. His fat...

My Great-Great Grandfather Served in the Civil WarYesterday, April 15, 2006 I went to the grave marker dedication honoring the Civil War service of my great-great grandfather, Henry Prescott.

His father was John Prescott (came from South Carolina) and his mother was Martha.

He was born in Appling county, Georgia, June 21, 1839 and died in Charlton county, Georgia, on March 12, 1903.

He served as a private with Company I, 27th Regiment, and company K, 54th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

The following lineage shows how I am related to him:

Henry Prescott married Jane (Howard). They had nine children and the oldest was Jeanette Viola born August 28, 1866 (died September 21, 1937). She married Robert A. Gill, born July 3, 1859 (died June 22, 1931).

They lived in Pierce county, Georgia, and had 12 children.

Their sixth child was Ruth, born January 24, 1895 (died May 20, 1986).

Ruth married Archie Perry Winn, born February 2, 1895 (died November 17, 1963).

He was the ninth (of 13) child of Jasper J. Winn and Melissa Dowling.

Archie and Ruth had eight children.

Their sixth and seventh children were twins, Mary and Mildred.

My mother was Mary, born October 22, 1929 (died Jan 7, 2001).

She married A.J. Rozier, born August 18, 1926 (died December 22, 1966).

His father was James Bess Rozier born in 1890 (died 1933), from McIntosh County, Georgia.

He married Esma Manning, born 1900 (died 1964).

Mary and A.J. had five children and I am their third child.

The marker dedication was held on the burial grounds of Corinth Primitive Baptist church located in north Charlton County, Georgia.

This land was donated by Henry for a church.

He and his wife had moved to Charlton county in 1880.

He purchased 750 acres of land and was a farmer.

Many people were there, including some great-great-great-great grandchildren. The commander of the "Seaboard Guards"  gave the opening remarks followed by a prayer from the Chaplain.

I then had the honor of reading a portion of scripture, Psalm 116.

To read the Bible at my great-great grandfather's marker dedication, and to see the crowd of some of my kinfolks was a special blessing to me.

As the ceremony unfolded, it was plain to see that even though our great country was divided at one time, the most important thing is family.

After all, soldiers (being a retired one myself), come from families and will fight to defend them.

As I reflected on Henry and Jane's life, I couldn't help but to think that the Good Lord knew what he was doing when he put them together.

If all of their descendants would have been present yesterday, the church grounds would not have contained them.

Henry was a God fearing hardworking family man.

He served as he thought best, and I am so glad he was honored for his service.

This event helped me recognize my roots, and how my ancestors carved a living from the Wiregrass Area of South Georgia.

Henry's old home place is still there.

It is surrounded by majestic pecan and  oak trees, no doubt planted by Henry or Jane.

Some of the fields he cleared are still being cultivated, and some of his descendents still live on land that Henry bought.

Irvin L. Rozier, aka walkin2e 

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