Henry G. Arthur was born in Edgefield, South Carolina. He was the son of John James Arthur (1799-1860) and his wife, Jemima Sellers Gallman (1814-1909). After attending the local schools and one year in Edgefield Academy, young Arthur was a druggist for four years in Edgefield while he read medicine and attended lectures at Charleston, SC. He entered the University of Virginia in session 39 (1862-1863) but did not finish because of the Civil War. (Barringer)
Arthur enlisted in the Confederate service on 15 April 1861. He served in Company K of the 7th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, and for a time during the war was in charge of the Hospital at Charlottesville, VA. (Barringer) On 15 Mar. 1864 he was appointed Hospital Steward of the 7th. He was paroled at Greensboro, NC on 2 May 1865. (Florida. Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications)
After the war, he became a farmer in South Carolina, and worked as a travelling salesman. According to the 1900 U.S. Census he was a storekeeper and gauger in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in Greenville, SC, from 1893 until at least 1900.
Arthur married, first, on 28 Feb. 1866, Sarah Jane (Boulware) Penn, widow of Captain Edmund M. Penn. with whom he had five children: William H., Edmond Penn, Lucile Gallman, Iola Gazelle, and Robert Boulware Arthur. (Barringer) (There may have been a sixth child, Johnnie, born in 1868, who appeared on the 1870 U.S. Census, but Johnnie doesn’t appear on any later census.)
On 15 Oct. 1895, in Greenville, SC, H. G. Arthur married his second wife, Anzonette Lance (Sep. 1862-25 Sep. 1937) of Ashville, NC. (Florida. Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications) (Anzonette was the daughter of William Burton Lance and his wife, Delia, of Henderson County, NC.) By 1910, Arthur and his second wife were living in Orange County, Florida. H. G. Arthur died at his son E. P. Arthur’s home in Kissimmee, Florida in 1911, and was first buried in Florida. But in July 1912, his body was moved to Edgefield Village Cemetery in Edgefield, SC. (Edgefield Advertiser, 1912)
Interestingly, Anzonette Lance Arthur’s second husband, Uriah Seely of New Jersey (Feb. 1841-3 Oct. 1929), was a Union veteran who was very active in the Grand Army of the Republic, and for 20 years was the National Patriotic Instructor of that organization. (New York Times, 1929) Mrs. Seely lived out her life in Orlando, Florida.
[N.b. Arthur’s death date is recorded in his widow’s pension claim filed in Florida. — JLC]
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- Barringer, Paul B., University of Virginia, its history, influence, equipment and characteristics. New York, 1904, v.1, p. 425.
- “Col. Uriah Seely dies at 88 years.” New York Times, 4 Oct. 1929, p. 23.
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- “Rests beneath Edgefield’s sod.” Edgefield Advertiser, 24 Jul. 1912 (v.77, no.24), p.1.