Joseph Biddle Wilkinson Penrose (7 Mar. 1835-ca. 6 Apr. 1865)

Joseph B. W. Penrose of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, was the son of Clement Biddle Penrose (1802-1839), of Philadelphia, PA, and his wife Anne Wilkinson, of New Orleans, Louisiana. (Leach)

Joseph Penrose’s college career began with a year (1851-1852) at the University of Louisiana in New Orleans. (Catalogue … of the University of Louisiana) The next year, he enrolled in the University of Virginia in session 29 (1852-1853) as Wilkinson Penrose. According to the U.Va. Matriculation Books he studied Mathematics, Natural philosophy, and Moral philosophy during that year. After he left U.Va., Penrose returned to Louisiana and became a planter, according to the 1860 U.S. Census.

When the Civil War began, Penrose enlisted (11 June 1861) at New Orleans, joining a unit organized by his uncle, Lt. Col. Robert A. Wilkinson (also a U.Va. student). Lt. Col. Wilkinson died in the Second Battle of Manassas in 1862. Over the next four years the unit was merged, sequentially, with several other units. By 1863, 1st Lieutenant Penrose was signing the rolls as acting commanding officer of Company D, of the 15th Louisiana Infantry. His company participated in major battles in Virginia and Maryland. (Leach; “Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865”)

Lieutenant Penrose himself survived until April 1865, when he was mortally wounded in a skirmish at High Bridge, near Appomattox, Virginia, 3 days before General Lee surrendered. His body was never located. (Leach; Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana)

On 27 Feb. 1862, Joseph B. W. Penrose had married Jane Vaughn Butler (ca. 1844-5 Jun. 1867), of Norfolk, Virginia. (“Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940”) After his death, his wife refused to believe he was dead for some months, but by 24 Oct. 1865, “Administration of the estate of Joseph B. W. Penrose was granted to Jane V. Penrose” in the Norfolk courts. (Norfolk Post, 24 Oct. 1865) The couple’s only child, Joseph Biddle Wilkinson Penrose, was born in November 1865, and died in May 1866, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jane Penrose died on 31 May 1867, at the age of 23. She was buried in Charlottesville. (Leach; Norfolk Virginian 5 Jun. 1867)

References:

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana. Chicago, IL, 1892, v.2, p.98.
  • Catalogue of the officers and students of the Collegiate and Academic Departments of the University of Louisiana for the academical year 1851, ’52. New Orleans, 1852, p. 5.
  • “The Courts.” The Norfolk Post (Norfolk, Va.), 24 Oct. 1865, p.3.
  • [Death notice.] Norfolk Virginian, 5 Jun. 1867, on New York Virginia Genealogy. [website] <http://nyvagenealogy.homestead.com/vd1867.html&gt; Died “in Charlottesville. On 31st ultimo at the residence of Rev. William C. Butler in the 23rd year of her age. Mrs. Jane V. Penrose youngest daughter of Mrs. Rebecca F. and the late John H. Butler of this city [Norfolk, VA].”
  • Hawks, Steve. “15th Louisiana Infantry Regiment.” Civil War in the East. c2014. [website] <http://www.civilwarintheeast.com/CSA/LA/15LA.php&gt;
  • Leach, Josiah Granville. History of the Penrose family of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1903, p. 89, 113.
  • “Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XF67-LPN : accessed 26 Nov 2014), Joseph B W Penrose, 1861; from “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana,” Fold3.com; military unit Fifteenth Infantry, No – Sm, NARA microfilm publication M320, roll 271, NARA microfilm publication M321, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8DF-K6J : accessed 26 Nov 2014), Jane Butler in household of Rebecca Butler, Norfolk county, part of, Norfolk, Virginia, United States; citing family 1386, NARA microfilm publication M432, NARA microfilm publication M432, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFPC-2P1 : accessed 26 Nov 2014), De Joseph B W Penrose, The Parish, Plaquemines, Louisiana, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; p. 16, household ID 178, NARA microfilm publication M653; NARA microfilm publication M653. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803414.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
  • “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR9Z-LV3 : accessed 26 Nov 2014), Rebecca F. B. Butler in entry for Joseph B. W. Penrose and Jane V. Butler, 27 Feb 1862; citing Norfolk, Virginia, reference it 3p 52 n 26; FHL microfilm 2048491.

[My thanks to Kristina, who indexed the Norfolk Virginian of this period and offers the information on her New York Virginia Genealogy website: http://nyvagenealogy.homestead.com/ — JLC]

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Eve Family (Augusta, Georgia)

A man named Joseph Eve was the inventor of the Eve cotton gin which was used before the Whitney cotton gin. He had a factory seven miles from Augusta, Georgia. One of Eve’s sons was Dr. Joseph A. Eve, (1805-1886), one of the founders of the Augusta Medical Academy. This institution’s name was changed in 1833 to the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Joseph A. Eve and his wife Sarah Garland Coombs (1811-1876) were the parents of Joseph Edward and William Frederick Eve. (Battey; Knight)

Joseph Edward Eve (12 Mar. 1849-25 Feb. 1881) attended the University of Virginia in session 46 (1869-1870). He later attended his father’s institution, the Medical College of Georgia, graduating in 1872. (MCG Alumni Directory) In the 1880 U.S. Census, he is living in his father’s household, and his profession is listed as physician. Dr. Joseph E. Eve died in 1881, and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA. (Battey; Jones; UVA Matriculation Books) I could locate no indication that he ever married.

William Frederick Eve (8 Mar. 1851-21 Jan. 1916) was born in Augusta, GA. William Fred, as he was called, attended the Richmond Academy in Augusta, and Major Fitten’s preparatory school. He then attended the University of Virginia in sessions 45-47 (1868-1871), from which he graduated with a law degree. In 1871 he was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia. He served as solicitor for Richmond Co., GA, and became a judge of the Richmond County Court. In 1881, the office of judge of county court was abolished, and Eve was appointed the judge of the City Court of Richmond County and ex-officio commissioner of roads and revenues of the county, a position he held for 37 years. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Augusta Orphan Asylum. (Georgia Bar Association; Knight)

On 16 May 1876, he married Ida Evans (1855-ca. 1926-29), daughter of Gen. Clement A. Evans. The couple had seven children: Allie Walton, Sarah Garland, and William Frederick Eve, Jr. (2) survived to adulthood; William Frederick Jr. (1), Ida Evans, Joseph A., and Clement E. Eve died young.

William Frederick Eve, Sr. died in 1916, and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA. (Georgia Bar Association; Knight)

References:

  • Battey, Robert. “Dr. Joseph A. Eve.” Transactions of the Medical Association of Georgia, v.37 (1886), p. 349-351.
  • Eve family tombstones, Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA. Findagrave.com.
  • Georgia Bar Association. “Memorial of William F. Eve.” Report of the Thirty-third Annual Session of the Georgia Bar Association … June 1-3, 1916. Macon, GA, 1916, p. 289-291.
  • “Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KXJ4-BXC : accessed 04 Oct 2014), Joseph A. Eve and Sarah G. Coombs, 01 Apr 1833; citing Richmond, Georgia, United States; FHL microfilm 158602.
  • Jones, Charles Colcock, Jr. & Salem Dutcher. Memorial history of Augusta, Georgia. Syracuse, NY, 1890, p. 276-279.
  • Knight, Lucian Lamar. A Standard history of Georgia and Georgians. Chicago, Ill., 1917, v. 6, p.2949-2951.
  • The Medical College of Georgia Alumni Directory 1828-1984. White Plains, NY, 1984, p. 65.
  • Schele de Vere, Maximilian. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.
  • Spalding, Phinizy. The History of the Medical College of Georgia. Athens, GA, 2011.
  • “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFL8-GNP : accessed 04 Oct 2014), J E Eve & W F Eve, Virginia, United States; citing p. 87, family , NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000553130.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8G5-17C : accessed 04 Oct 2014), Joseph E Eve in household of Joseph Eve, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States; citing sheet 300A, NARA microfilm publication T9.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3VS-KG9 : accessed 04 Oct 2014), William F Eve, Militia District 1269 (excl. Augusta city) Summerville village, Richmond, Georgia, United States; citing sheet 26A, family 535, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240218.
  • “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLLC-HJG : accessed 04 Oct 2014), William F Eve Sr., Militia District 1269, Richmond, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 81, sheet 9A, family 84, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374223.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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George Miles Arnold (27 Aug. 1851-25 Jan. 1890)

George M. Arnold was the son of George Anson Arnold of Troy, NY, and his wife, Mary Antoinette Filkins. The couple moved to Mobile, AL where G. A. Arnold ran a wholesale business. Their son was born on a visit back to Troy, NY. (Dunlap)

He attended the University of Virginia in sessions 46-47 (1869-1871). He was one of the five students who founded Kappa Sigma Fraternity in America at the University of Virginia on Dec. 10, 1869, in 46 East Lawn at the University of Virginia. (Kappa Sigma Fraternity website; Dunlap)

In his last session at U.Va., Arnold began the study of medicine. About the same time, Arnold suddenly withdrew from UVA in Feb. 1871, because of an incident in which a drunken Arnold shot and wounded a black resident of Charlottesville. (The man survived.) In fear of retaliation by a mob, Arnold left Charlottesville that night, aided by his fraternity brothers. A few weeks later he entered the Medical College of New York from which he received his M.D. in 1873. (Dunlap) He studied at Bellevue Hospital during the year 1872-73, and was resident physician at the Convalescent Hospital on Hart’s Island, NY.

Arnold married on 8 Sep. 1874 to Minnie Jane Law (b. May 1856) of New York. They lived in Manhattan. The couple had eight children; however, five (including Mary L., George M. Jr., and Susan L.) died of diptheria as children. Their surviving children: Lilian R., Mary “Miriam” Emma, and Robert Anson Miles Arnold. The Arnolds were Episcopalians, and Dr. Arnold was a Master Mason.

Dr. Arnold died of pneumonia. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx, NY. (Dunlap) Mrs. Arnold appears in the U. S. Census at least through 1910, but I couldn’t locate the date of her death.

References:

  • Dunlap, Boutwell. The Kappa Sigma book. Nashville, TN, 1907, p. 22-27, 34-37.
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity. c2014. [website] http://kappasigma.org/
  • “New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDTV-YYG : accessed 18 Sep 2014), George Miles Arnold in entry for Mary Emma Arnold, 01 Oct 1882; citing BIRTH CERTIFICATES, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, reference ; FHL microfilm 1322175.
  • “New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDPQ-Z5T : accessed 18 Sep 2014), Robert Anson Miles Arnold, 16 Jan 1889; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, reference ; FHL microfilm 1323486.
  • “New York, Marriages, 1686-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F64Y-HP2 : accessed 18 Sep 2014), George M. Arnold and Minnie J. Law, 08 Sep 1874; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1562049.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZX3-Q3Y : accessed 18 Sep 2014), Minnie J Arnold in household of George M Arnold, New York, New York, New York, United States; citing sheet 544C, NARA microfilm publication T9.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MSKR-KS2 : accessed 18 Sep 2014), Robert Arnold in household of Minnie J Arnold, Borough of Manhattan, Election District 19 New York City Ward 31, New York County, New York, United States; citing sheet 9A, family 146, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241119.
  • “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M53V-MZL : accessed 18 Sep 2014), Robert M Arnold in household of Minnie Arnold, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 495, sheet 7A, family 103, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375033.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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William Henry Palmer (15 Sep. 1847-30 Aug. 1902)

William Henry Palmer was born at “Spring Grove,” in Appomattox County, Virginia. He was the son of Judge Edward Albert Palmer (1825-1862), and his wife, Martha Winifred Branch (1827- ). E. A. Palmer moved to Houston, Texas in 1846, where he practiced as a lawyer and became a member of the Texas legislature from 1852-1854 and a state senator in 1855; he served as a judge of the District court from 1860 until his death in 1862. (Barringer)

William H. Palmer attended Houston private schools until 1863, when he was sent to Paris, France. He studied in Paris for four years. He returned to the United States in 1867 and attended the University of Virginia in session 46 (1869-1870), where he studied Law. He joined Delta Psi fraternity in 1870. He settled in Houston, Texas after leaving the University, and began his practice as an attorney.

On 14 Dec. 1882, Palmer married Susan Manella Shepherd (1856-1920), daughter of B. A. Shepherd, President and founder of the First National Bank of Houston. The couple had two children, Edward Albert and Daphne Winifred Palmer. W. H. Palmer became an officer of the First National Bank, where he worked until his death at Avalon, on Catalina Island, California. He is buried with his wife in Glenwood Cemetery, in Houston, TX.

References:

  • Barringer, Paul B., University of Virginia, its history, influence, equipment and characteristics. New York, 1904, v. 2, p. 32-33.
  • Delta Psi. Catalog of the members of the fraternity of Delta Psi. 1906.
  • Palmer tombstones, Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, TX. Findagrave.com
  • “Palmer, Edward A.” in National Cyclopedia of American Biography. New York, NY, 1898, v. 8, p. 160.
  • University of Virginia. Catalogue of the University of Virginia. Forty-sixth session, 1869-’70. Richmond, VA, 1870, p. 14.
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James Thomas Tosh (16 May 1838-7 Apr. 1894)

James T. Tosh was born in Roanoke County, Virginia. His parents were possibly Jonathan J. Tosh (1812-ca. 1840) and his wife, Jane M. F. Clark (ca. 1814-ca. 1840), though that assertion needs additional supporting evidence. (lorbot@cox.net)

Young Tosh attended the Virginia Military Institute, from which he graduated in 1860. He attended the University of Virginia in session 37 (1860-1861). In the year before the Civil War started, the students at the University organized themselves into three companies, including the “Sons of Liberty” of which Tosh was the captain. (Patton) The Sons of Liberty participated in the Confederate attack on Harper’s Ferry, but saw little action. When the University units were disbanded to allow them to serve in the regiments of their home states, Tosh became aide de camp to Confederate Brigadier General R. E. Colston (in the 16th Virginia Infantry (Colston’s Regiment, 26th Virginia Infantry Regiment)), a position in which he served until the end of the war.

He married Ida Ragland (b. ca. 1846) of Petersburg, VA, on 5 Jan. 1864, and the couple had the following children: Charles W., Evelyn R., Madeline Robards, Mary Ingles, Reuben Ragland, Thomas Lewis, Rhoda C., Josephine J., James T., Andrew L. Tosh. Another child, Lilian Charlestine Tosh (b. 1883) is found in the Virginia Birth Records (1853-1896), but she is not seen on any census. Mr. Tosh settled in Petersburg and became a tobacconist—a tobacco manufacturer. (U.S. Censuses; lorbot@cox.net)

Petersburg, April  7 [1894].—This city was visited by a terrible catastrophy [sic] this afternoon occasioned by the fire and explosion of powder at the fireworks factory of Romaine Bros. Eleven men were killed and a large number seriously if not fatally injured. Among the killed are Charles N. Romaine and John R. Bland [the owners of the factory], manufacturers, and members of the city council, and Capt. James T. Tosh, a prominent citizen. … This afternoon about 3 o’clock an alarm of fire was turned in and was soon followed by a loud explosion. …  These explosions were distinctly heard for over a mile. … There were three explosions. The first was a small affair. As soon as it occurred Messrs. Romaine, Bland and Tosh rushed into the drying room and then the second and fatal explosion occurred and they were killed. A number of girls, employed in the fireworks factory, escaped just before the second explosion.” (“Eleven Killed”)

The body of Captain Tosh was not found until about 6 o’clock. The Captain was a candidate for Commissioner of the Revenue, and while he lived in the western part of the city [Petersburg], was at the time of the fire in Blandford, prosecuting his canvas. He felt very hopeful of a nomination by the Democratic primary…He leaves a widow and nine children.” (“Awful holocaust.”)

The funeral of Captain James T. Tosh was attended by large numbers of people, including the members of A.P. Hill Camp of Confederate Veterans, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and members of the Tobacco Exchange. He was interred in Blandford Cemetery. (“To aid the sufferers.”)

In the 1920 U.S. Census, Ida Tosh was living with her daughters, Evelyn and Mary, in Richmond, Virginia.

References:

  • “Awful holocaust.” Richmond Dispatch (Richmond, VA), 8 April 1894, p.8.
  • Brock, R. A. & Virgil A. Lewis. Virginia and Virginians. Richmond. VA, 1888, v.2, p. 657.
  • “Eleven killed.” The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA), 8 April 1894, p.1.
  • “James Thomas Tosh, ID 790.” in Virginia Military Institute. Archives, Historical Rosters Database. http://www9.vmi.edu/archiverosters/
  • Laura (Lorbot@cox.net). Descendants of Thomas Tosh & Mark Evans of Roanoke. [database online] Last updated: 1 Nov. 2008.
    <http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&db=toshseeker2&id=I00018&gt;
  • Patton, John S. & Sallie J. Doswell. The University of Virgina; glimpses of its past and its present. [Charlottesville, VA?] 1900, p. 63.
  • “To aid the sufferers.” The Times (Richmond, VA), 11 April 1894, p.2.
  • Tosh family tombstones, Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA. Findagrave.com.
  • “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHMW-674 : accessed 10 Oct 2014), James T Tosh, Lexington, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States; citing “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; p. 15, household ID 92, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 805378.
  • “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFL5-ZDP : accessed 10 Oct 2014), James T Tosh in household of Ruben Ragland, Virginia, United States; citing p. 21, family 144, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000553142.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCPB-W25 : accessed 10 Oct 2014), James T Tosh, Namozine, Dinwiddie, Virginia, United States; citing sheet 182C, NARA microfilm publication T9.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMJG-7YR : accessed 10 Oct 2014), Ida R Tosh, Petersburg city Ward 3, Dinwiddie, Virginia, United States; citing sheet 5B, family 138, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241736.
  • “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F9L8-FW1 : accessed 10 Oct 2014), James T. Tosh, 1861-1865; citing military unit 16th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Confederate Soldier, NARA microfilm publication M382, roll 56 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 881450.
  • “Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRR8-MYW : accessed 10 Oct 2014), James T. Tosh in entry for Lilian Charlestine Tosh, 1883; citing Petersburg, Prince George, Virginia, reference ; FHL microfilm 33442.
  • “Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X51S-LTL : accessed 10 Oct 2014), J.T Tosh, 07 Apr 1894; citing Petersburg, Virginia, reference p 6 ln 204; FHL microfilm 2048594.
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