11 August 2012

Another Confederate Ancestor


I went to the Crutchfield family reunion today at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton,Virginia and discovered I have yet another Confederate ancestor. Number four that I know of - another great-great grandfather - Lewis F. Clark who served with the 5th Virginia Infantry. I was quite delighted to find this out as the 5th Virginia was part of the Stonewall Brigade. I'll be exploring his service record more in the coming days and report back anything interesting.

I was also fortunate enough to become reacquainted with one of my Crutchfield relatives. Later this month, we're going to explore an old family homesite in a remote area of Rockbridge County. Only the stones from the old chimney and foundation remain. I'll share what I find.

9 comments:

cenantua said...

Richard, Don't get too excited just yet. Who made the claim that he served in the 5th and what resource did they base it on? He doesn't appear in the rosters for the 5th. There is a Benjamin F. Clark, but no Lewis F. Clark.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Robert - I think it may actually be the 5th Virginia Cavalry. I'm pretty sure it's the right tombstone due to the birth and death years. My relative sourced Bob Driver's book, though I didn't actually see it myself.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

PS - But I've not been able to confirm that either. If you've got Driver's book, take a look. I know I've got it somewhere, but can't seem to put my hands on it right now.

cenantua said...

I've checked the book and the records of the 5th Cav in Fold3... no record of Lewis F. Clark (or Clarke). I'm starting to wonder... is the Lewis Clark stone, maybe... over the grave of Ben F. Clark? Also, according to the Soldiers and Sailors database... no Lewis F. Clark in the service of Virginia... except for the 166th Virginia Militia, from Monroe County.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hmmm...that's a possibility. I had intended to send off the info to the SCV state geneaolotist tomorrow. Seems like he told me he got some help from the UDC on the research and that he had other sources as well. I'll check with him either later today or tomorrow and post what I find out. Thanks for the alert on this.

Lindsay said...

Either way what a blessing to make this discovery and make connections that will further your information on ancestors - always love stumbling upon things like this. I have four known Confederate ancestors, but that is just from my mother's maternal line. No telling what my dad's ancestry would bring up since his family is from Georgia and my mother's paternal side from VA. I have only just begun :)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Lindsay - I should know something more definite soon. Yes, I would bet you've got some GA ancestors who fought for the CSA.

13thBama said...

I had a relative who did not show up in the 13th Alabama roster, but who was vouched for later by a veteran. It happens. The rosters that we have today are not error free.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - Yes, I had the same issue with one of my other ancestors. I've employed the assistance of a genealogist to help sort this out. Hopefully, I'll know more next week.