Robert Emmett Amis (called “Amie”) was the son of Junius Amis (b. ca. 1815-d. before 1860), a planter, and his wife, Henrietta Hawkins (b. ca. 1821). He was born in North Carolina, but the family soon moved to Mississippi, and by 1850 had settled in Madison Parish, Louisiana.
He attended the University of Virginia in session 37 (1860-1861). On 21 May, 1861, Emmett Amis entered Confederate service at Richmond, Louisiana, and served as a private in the 4th Battalion (the Madison Infantry) of the Louisiana Infantry, Company A. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant in December 1861. His pay records state that he was Acting Asst. Quarter Master for the 4th Battalion in the early part of 1863. He was struck from the rolls for excessive absence in May 1864, having been “absent without leave since May 1863.” He surrendered at New Orleans on 26 May 1865, and was paroled on 6 Jun. 1865. (Scriber; Louisiana, Confederate Pensions)
On 25 Oct. 1865, he married Julia Frances (Turpin) Woodburn (1842-1911), called “Fanny.” She was a widow with a small daughter; Kate Stone called her “that fascinating little widow at Oak Ridge.” (Stone, 364) They lived at Fortune’s Fork plantation in Talullah, Louisiana. Emmett died in 1876 of apoplexy, and was buried in the Fortune’s Fork Burying Ground at the plantation. (Louisiana, Confederate Pensions) In 1879, Fanny was listed as the owner of Fortune’s Fork in the Madison Parish tax rolls. (Sevier)
[Note: Amis’s birth date is from the U.Va. Matriculation Books; his death date was found in the Louisiana, Confederate Pensions records. — JLC]
- “Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F3M6-XJL : accessed 23 Feb 2013), Fannie Turpin Amis, 19 Apr 1915.
- National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
- “North Carolina, Marriages, 1759-1979,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F8BJ-B8M : accessed 17 Feb 2013), Junius Amis and Henretta Hawkins, 19 Aug 1837; citing reference , FHL microfilm 6330285.
- Scriber, Terry G. & Theresa Arnold-Scriber. The Fourth Louisiana Battalion in the Civil War; a history and a roster. Jefferson, NC, 2008, p. 272, 276.
- Sevier, Richard P. “Madison Parish Resident Tax Rolls for 1879 and Surnames A-G.” c2010. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lamadiso/taxrolls/mptr7981ag.htm
- Stone, Kate. “Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868.” Louisiana State University Press, 1972.
- “Widows Application for Pension no. 6059, Fanny Turpin Amis.” Louisiana, Confederate Pensions,1898-1950. Images. FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org : accessed 2013. Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14056-4955-5?cc=1838535&wc=9172653