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"English Memorial Service- 2002"
written & presented by Sandra Perry Wellons
English Family
"Sampson J. English was born January 2, 1790, in North Carolina. Though Sampson's tombstone has his death date as 1875, he died in December of 1865 or January of 1866 in Englishville in Macon County, Georgia. His will was entered for probate in January of 1866 and his estate was appraised in February of 1866. Sampson had three sisters and a brother. Nothing is known about his sisters other than their names and birth dates.
In 1818 Sampson was living in Washington County, Georgia. In 1822 Sampson sold land in Hancock County to his brother John. His brother is thought to be the John English in the 1850 census of Early County, Georgia. By 1825 Sampson was in Crawford County, Georgia, where in 1827 he was associated with the Union Primitive Baptist Church in Crawford County and was ordained in 1830 as a minister. About 1831 Sampson bought land lots 60 and 61 on Camp Creek in the Hamburg Community in Marion County, now Macon County. About 1831 he became pastor of Hepzibah Primitive Baptist Church, known as Red Hill, and served until 1863. Also, in 1831 while Sampson English was the pastor of Hepzibah, he was called to serve as a presbyter at a church in Americus formed by a small group of Baptists who bound themselves together in Christian fellowship. Their church would later become known as The First Baptist Church of Americus.
Some of Sampson's descendants also served as Primitive Baptist ministers. According to Sarah Maxie Smith Fowler, one of the Primitive Baptist Churches served by an English was sawed in half when members of the congregation had a dispute as to whether or not music should be allowed in the church. Each group took their half of the church and rebuilt, one with a piano and the other without. I am not sure whether or not the pastor was Samuel Jackson English who was the grandfather of Sarah Maxie. Dean Fowler, her son, may be able to answer that question. As much as Sarah Maxie loved the piano, her family would surely have sided with those wanting music.
Not all of Sampson's children were adhering to their strict primitive Baptist upbringing. From Lowndes County in 1859 a son-in-law of Sampson's, William T. Cunningham who was married to Fanny English, the twin of William "Bill" Wallace English, wrote the following letter to William and his wife Josephine:
Dear brother and sister, I write you a few lines which will inform you that we are all well and hoping this will find you and family all well and the rest of the connections. Bill, I received yours in due time and was glad to hear from you. You said that you got my word too late to send the whiskey to Albany for sell. If you want me to see what I can do with it send a barrel to Albany and I will do the best I can with it. There will be a chance for to have it hauled any time. The common rye is worth a dollar per gallon so you can tell what can be done with it. I will go or send to Albany in the course of three or four weeks. The health of the country is good. Fanny sends her love to all. Give my love to all. So I will come to a close, I still remain your friend and brother.
Wm. T. Cunningham
Another letter later says he has sold 41 gallons at $1.20 a gallon, but hasn't collected it all yet.
Sampson faced some difficult times in the new frontier of Marion County. In 1835 Sampson, along with other citizen's of Marion County, sent a petition to Govenor William Schley making the following request:
We… feeling ourselves aggrieved and much in danger from …a body of Indians to the number of 40 or 50 which are located … near the center of our county. (We ask) that you remove from us the body of Indians. …From good authority we believe the Indians…have threatened that as soon as a few more of the whites shall be drifted from among us and marched to the frontier that they intend to commence an indiscriminate massacre of the balance of men, women, and children that remain. We further state … all that is wanting to excite them to action is the presence of a few hostile Indians to lead the way. (We are in) a defenseless situation...from the want of men, arms and ammunition. Once they commence the murder of ourselves, wives and children and the destruction of our property they would do incalculable damage before a sufficient force could be raised to oppose them… We request the earliest attention of your Excellency to this subject.
The issue must have been resolved satisfactorily for there was never an Indian uprising in Marion nor Macon Counties after that.
By his first wife, Sampson had a son John J. English born December 2, 1810. His son John J. English is thought to have been the John J. English who married Louvenia Wilkins Coleman in Hancock County, Georgia, and moved to Alabama. Sampson married Frances Hardison about 1815. The parents of Frances are not known at this time, but it is highly likely that she was the granddaughter or great granddaughter of Jasper Hardison who died in 1733 in Albemarle County, N.C.. Frances and Sampson had 12 children, including a set of twins. In all Sampson had over 84 known grandchildren. There are 9 known sets of twins among his descendants. Sampson had prospered in Macon County…
By the beginning of the War Between the States in 1861, Sampson and Frances had already had two adult children to die: Mary Ann and Edwin. Now they watched as their seven sons and a sixteen-year-old grandson enlisted and marched off to war.
1) Jasper Newton English - Sgt.- Co. A - 11th Battalion Georgia Artillery, enlisted July 6, 1861, in Americus at the age of 24, wounded December 20, 1861, in Drainsville, Virginia, wounded July 3, 1863, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was dicharged October 30, 1863. Jasper losted an arm in the War and was later fitted with a prosthesis.

2) Joseph (Joe) English - Pvt.- Co. A - 11th Battalion Georgia Artillery, enlisted May 15, 1862, in Americus, and served three years. His battallion was cut off from the main army of Gen. Robert E. Lee before Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. Joseph's unit was disband and ordered to Lincolnton, N.C., where they were captured and paroled by the enemy.

3) Matthew English - Co. E - 22nd Battalion Georgia Heavy Artillery, enlisted May 15, 1862, in Americus, discharged November 19, 1863, on a Surgeon's Certificate.

4) Robert H. (Buddy) English - Co. G -11th Georgia Reserves.

5) Samuel H. English - Co. A - Georgia State Troops- Robinson's Georgia Cavalry- (State Guards).

6) Thomas H. English - Pvt.- Co. A- 11th Battalion Georgia Artillery, enlisted May 15, 1862, in Americus. He was with his brother Joseph when their battalion was cut off from the army of Robert E. Lee, and sent to Lincolnton, N.C. where he was captured and paroled by the enemy after Lee's surrender.

7) William (Bill) Wallace English
- Pvt.- Co. A- 11th Battalion Georgia Artillery, enlisted July 6, 1861, in Americus and died September 30, 1861, in Manasses, Virginia.
Joel Wenil English, the 16-year-old son of Robert English, enlisted July 6, 1861, the same day as his uncles Jasper Newton English and William Wallace English did, and served with them in Co. A- 11th Battalion, also known as the Sumter Flying Artillery. Joel is buried in the Andersonville Cemetery…
William "Bill" Wallace English was the only son who died in the war. He left his wife Josephine Edge English with five young children. Petrona, the youngest daughter, was five months old and she, too, died four months after her father's death. Fortunately, most, if not all of his letters home have survived…"
Sandra Perry Wellons, author
Presented: 18 May 2002

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