Gazzam Family of Alabama

George Gano Gazzam (22 Oct. 1831-1 Sep. 1864) and William Parker Gazzam (29 Apr. 1839-25 Feb. 1910) were sons of Charles Wood Gazzam (1798-1882) of Mobile, Alabama, and his wife, Clementina Lea (d. 1886). Charles W. Gazzam was the founder of the Mobile Foundry Co., the first iron manufacturing company in the South.

George G. Gazzam was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended the University of Virginia in sessions 27-28 (1850-1852). He became a merchant. On 24 Apr. 1860, he married Lucy Angelica Schuyler (1837-1864) of Mobile. The couple had one son, George G. Gazzam (d. young) and one daughter, Kate Lea Gazzam.

During the Civil War, George G. Gazzam served as a lieutenant in Capt. Morris’s Squadron of Cavalry, Murphy’s Battalion, CSA. He was wounded at Spanish Fort, Mobile, and died in the military camp at Montrose, Alabama.  He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile, AL, with his parents.

William Parker Gazzam attended the University of Virginia in sessions 32-34 (1855-1858), where he studied law. At the time the Civil War began he was reading law with the Hon. R. H. Smith in Mobile. During the Civil War, he first entered Capt. Woodruff’s “Mobile Rifles,” a volunteer organization in Norfolk, Va. Later he served in Company K of the 3rd Alabama Infantry Regiment, and was awarded the rank of 1st lieutenant in that unit. (Gazzam, Letter, 1861) When he signed his parole at Meridian, Mississippi on 10 May, 1865, he was “Asst. Adjt. Engr., Dept. Ala., Miss., & E. La.” (Gazzam, Parole, 1865)

On 23 May 1860, William married his first wife, Annie E. (Cooney) Humphrey (1839-1876), a widow.  His second wife was Helen Macmurdo (1845-1926) whom  he married on 5 Dec. 1882. There were no children from either marriage.

After the war, W. P. Gazzam moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. He died in New Orleans, LA, of pneumonia. (Widow’s Application for Pension, Helen Gazzam) He is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, in Mobile, AL and Helen McMurdo Gazzam is buried in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans.

References:

  • “Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRJ5-4TX : accessed 12 Jun 2013), George G Gazzam and Lucy A Schuyler, 1860.
  • “Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRJ5-FV4 : accessed 12 Jun 2013), William P Gazzam and Annie E Humphrey, 1865.
  • “Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRVQ-S71 : accessed 12 Jun 2013), William P Gazzam and Helen Macmurdo, 1882.
  • “Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDD7-4BS : accessed 12 Jun 2013), Wm. P. Gazzam, 25 Feb 1910; citing reference cn 235, Department of Health, Montgomery; FHL microfilm 1894077.
  • Ancestry.com. 1850-1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
  • Ancestry.com. Alabama Deaths, 1908-59 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
  • Gazzam tombstones, Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, AL and Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA. Findagrave.com
  • Gazzam, William Parker, Letter to the Hon. L. P. Walker [Secretary of War, CSA]. Mobile, AL, 17 Apr. 1861.
  • Gazzam, William Parker, Parole. Meridian, Miss., 10 Apr. 1865.
  • Lea, James Henry, and George Henry Lea. The ancestry and posterity of John Lea of Christian Malford, Wiltshire, England, and of Pennsylvania in America, 1503-1906. Philadelphia, PA, 1906.
  • Louisiana. Board of Pension Commissioners. Widow’s Application for Pension. Helen Gazzam. 12 Dec. 1914. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18113-24811-59?cc=1838535&wc=M61M-PTP:164938201
  • Mackenzie, A. DeB. History of the Gazzam Family. Reading, PA, 1894, p.23, 27-28.
  • U. S. National Archives. Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations , compiled 1903 – 1927, documenting the period 1861 – 1865. William P. Gazzam. fold3.com
  • National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
  • Schele de Vere, Maximilian. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.
  • “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XKFT-T2H : accessed 15 May 2014), William P. Gazzam, 1861-1865; citing military unit 3rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Confederate Soldier, NARA microfilm publication M374, roll 16 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 0821964.
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