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Thomas B. Mothershead
Grandson of Christopher Mothershead and
Milly Croxton

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Thomas B. Mothershead served as a Private in Co. I, 45th. Alabama Infantry, C.S.A.

From Frances Ellington, Corsicana, TX:

Thomas B. Mothershead left Alabama and came to Texas where several other Mothersheads were already living...  The story goes that Thomas B. convinced Charles Ellington, his son-in-law, to come to Corsicana. Oil had been discovered in Texas and things were really booming. Charles went first to look things over, then went back to Alabama to get his wife, Georgia, and their three children. In 1900, the two families were living about two blocks from each other. Charles Ellington was also a carpenter. He built oil derricks and homes for several years.

Sometime after 1900, the Mothersheads bought some farm land and moved out of town, about ten miles to the Eurika community. They lived there until their death in 1910. A few years before this, Charles and Georgia moved into the house with Thomas and Milly to help take care of them because of their health. Thomas Mothershead gave the farm to his three Ellington grandchildren but specified that Charles and Georgia could live there as long as they wished. After the death of the Mothersheads, Charles and Georgia moved back to Corsicana. Georgia died in 1919 and is buried next to her father and step mother. Charles Ellington moved back to the farm and married Daisy McNeill who had lived near the farm for several years. They remained there until his death in 1940.    
The parents of Thomas B. Mothershead were James "Jim" Mothershead and Elizabeth Victoria Davis. All seven of the sons of James and Eliza Mothershead served in the Confederate Army. Only three lived to return home.

1850 Lowndes Co. AL Census:

456/456 Jas MOTHERSHEAD 50 M Planter 1000 SC
Eliza 40 F GA
William J. 20 M Planter AL Attends school
John A. 18 M Planter Attends school
Jas A. 16 M Planter Attends school
Henry 14 M
Polly C. 12 F
Jane 10 F
David B. 8 M
Thom 6 M
Sarah 4 F
Lara 1 F

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