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WILKES,Richard Sparkes, 27 Dec 1829 6 Nov 1863, A lover of his country, A zealous Mason, A useful member of the church, he died as he lived in favor with God & Man. (son of Richard Ambrose Lipscomb Wilkes & Judith Harris; husband of Elvira Ophelia Moore; Pvt., Co E, 3rd Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A.)

I (Rick Gray) have found a listing for a Pvt. Richard Sparkes Wilkes in Co. E. 3rd Tenn Infantry. He is listed (Pvt Richard Sparkes Wilkes Co. E 3rd Tenn Inf Sept 1863) as dying in Sept 1863 in Aberdeen, Mississippi. He is listed as one of the Confederate dead laid to rest in Old Aberdeen Cemetery. Link to the cemetery and the list of those buried there - It shows a photo of the area for the Confederate Dead. Photo by Suzanne Davison, May 2003. Info by Rick Gray. Updated 6/2/2007


WILKES, Richard Sparkes, 27 Dec 1829 - 6 Nov 1865 on one stone 1863 on second stone. (Son of Richard A.L. & Judieth Wilkes; mar. to Elvira Ophelia Moore Wilkes; C.S.A. 3rd Tenn. Infantry, Widow's Pension #W4177 by Evlira O. Wilkes; Ref. Tn. State Library & Archives.) Richard has two memorials. See the first listed stone above for further information about this soldier. The soldier's memorial has a death date of 1863 and 1865 is inscribed on the family memorial.
WILKES, Elvira Ophelia Daughter of Nathaniel T. & Mary E. Moore, Oct. 6, 1834 - Feb. 1, 1920 

Based on the available evidence 1863 is the correct death year for Richard Sparkes Wilkes. Photos by Suzanne Davison, May 2003. Revised to combine two duplicate files.
[WA 22 Jan 2010]