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Markgraf ERNST von der Ostmark

ABT 1020 - 9 Jun 1075

ID Number: I67754

  • TITLE: Markgraf
  • RESIDENCE: Bavaria and Austria
  • BIRTH: ABT 1020
  • DEATH: 9 Jun 1075
  • RESOURCES: See: [S1994]
Father: ADALBERT I von der Ostmark


Family 1 : ADELHEID von WETTIN

                                                                               _ARNULF I "The Bad" von BAYERN Duke of Bavaria_+
                                                                              | (0895 - 0937) m 0910                          
                              _LUITPOLD von der OSTMARK of East Mark, Bavaria_|
                             | (0930 - 0994) m 0984                           |
                             |                                                |_JUDITH von FRIAUL of the Sulichau_____________
                             |                                                  (0895 - ....) m 0910                          
 _ADALBERT I von der Ostmark_|
| (0990 - 1053)              |
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|                            |_RICHWARA (Richiza) von SUALAFELD ______________|
|                              (0960 - ....) m 0984                           |
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|--ERNST von der Ostmark
|  (1020 - 1075)
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Rev. George BLUND

ABT 1830 - ____

ID Number: I19775

  • TITLE: Rev.
  • OCCUPATION: Methodist Minister In Anderson, SC
  • RESIDENCE: SC
  • BIRTH: ABT 1830
  • RESOURCES: See: [S615]
Father: George BLUND
Mother: Jean MCCANTS



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                      |                                                   
 _George BLUND _______|
| (1800 - ....)       |
|                     |                              _____________________
|                     |                             |                     
|                     |_____________________________|
|                                                   |
|                                                   |_____________________
|                                                                         
|
|--George BLUND 
|  (1830 - ....)
|                                                    _Thomas MCCANTS Sr.__+
|                                                   | (1741 - 1791) m 1778
|                      _James MCCANTS ______________|
|                     | (1784 - 1816) m 1805        |
|                     |                             |_Ann REID (REED) ____+
|                     |                               (1758 - 1823) m 1778
|_Jean MCCANTS _______|
  (1810 - ....)       |
                      |                              _Nathaniel MCCANTS __+
                      |                             | (1745 - 1816) m 1766
                      |_Jane (Martha Jean) MCCANTS _|
                        (1779 - 1863) m 1805        |
                                                    |_Elizabeth GOTEA ____+
                                                      (1745 - 1824) m 1766

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Col. Jerome Napoleon BONAPARTE III

5 Nov 1830 - 3 Sep 1893

ID Number: I92958

  • TITLE: Col.
  • RESIDENCE: of Baltimore, MD
  • OCCUPATION: US Army; French Army
  • BIRTH: 5 Nov 1830, Baltimore, Maryland
  • DEATH: 3 Sep 1893, Pride's Crossing, Massachusetts
  • RESOURCES: See: [S3444]
Father: Jerome Napoleon BONAPARTE II
Mother: Susan May WILLIAMS


Family 1 : Caroline Le Roy EDGAR

Notes


Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte((3)), son of Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte((2)) and Susan May Williams, his wife, married, 1871, Caroline Le Roy Edgar. Issue:


I. Louise Eugenie Bonaparte((4)), b. 1873. Married (1896) Count Adam Molke-Huitfeldt, of Denmark.
II. Jerome Napoleon Charles Bonaparte((4)), b. 1878; unmarried.


BONAPARTE, JEROME NAPOLEON, JR. (1830-1893). Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, Jr., was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 5, 1830, the son of Jerome Napoleon and Susan May (Williams) Bonaparte. He was the grandson of Jerome Bonaparte, the younger brother of the Emperor Napoleon I of France. While serving as a lieutenant in the French navy Jerome Bonaparte met and married Elizabeth Patterson of Baltimore, "a reigning belle of that city," and the couple had one child. The emperor took exception to his brother's marrying a commoner, however, and the marriage did not last. On July 1, 1852, Jerome N. Bonaparte, Jr., graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, eleventh in his class. He was brevetted a second lieutenant in C Troop of the Regiment of Mounted Rifles and was assigned to duty at Fort Inge. On August 30, 1853, he was promoted to the substantive rank of second lieutenant. His letters from Fort Inge and Fort Ewell, now at the Maryland Historical Society, shed considerable light on the life of a junior officer on the Texas frontier in the 1850s. On August 16, 1854, after two years of frontier duty, he resigned from the United States Army when Napoleon III summoned him to Paris to commission him into the French army. Bonaparte served in Algiers, the Italian campaign, the Crimean War, and the Franco-Prussian War and eventually rose to the rank of colonel. In 1871 he returned to the United States to marry Mrs. Caroline Edgar. With the exception of a prolonged stay in Paris from 1873 through 1879, he spent the rest of his life in America. He died at Pride's Crossing, Massachusetts, on September 3, 1893. Gen. Dabney H. Maury wrote that Bonaparte's "commanding appearance, the grace and gentleness of his demeanor, and his fine intelligence win him the admiration of all who know him." Bonaparte was said to have been held high in the esteem of his kinsman, the emperor Louis Napoleon.


BIBLIOGRAPHY: Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1903; rpt., Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1965). Dabney Herndon Maury, Recollections of a Virginian in the Mexican, Indian, and Civil Wars (New York: Scribner, 1894).


William D. Hoyt, Jr.






                                                                            _CARLO Maria BONAPARTE _____________
                                                                           | (1746 - 1785) m 1764               
                                _JEROME NAPOLEON BONAPARTE I of Westphalia_|
                               | (1784 - 1860) m 1803                      |
                               |                                           |_Laetizia RAMOLINO of Naples________
                               |                                             (1750 - 1836) m 1764               
 _Jerome Napoleon BONAPARTE II_|
| (1805 - 1870) m 1829         |
|                              |                                            _Willliam PATTERSON "the Immigrant"_
|                              |                                           | (1752 - 1835) m 1779               
|                              |_Elizabeth Brown "Betsy" PATTERSON ________|
|                                (1785 - 1879) m 1803                      |
|                                                                          |_Dorothy (Dorcas) SPEAR ____________+
|                                                                            (1761 - 1814) m 1779               
|
|--Jerome Napoleon BONAPARTE III
|  (1830 - 1893)
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|                                                                          |                                    
|                               _Benajmin WILLIAMS ________________________|
|                              |                                           |
|                              |                                           |____________________________________
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|_Susan May WILLIAMS __________|
  (1812 - 1881) m 1829         |
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                               |                                           |                                    
                               |_Sarah COPELAND ___________________________|
                                                                           |
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(RESEARCH QUERY) CHAPMAN of E. Feliciana Par. LA

____ - ____

ID Number: I21321

  • RESIDENCE: E Feliciana Parish, LA
  • RESOURCES: See: [S18]

Family 1 :
  1. +Thomas CHAPMAN Jr.
  2. +Mary Ann CHAPMAN
  3. +George W. CHAPMAN
  4. +Ben P. CHAPMAN

Notes


Some loose Chapmans Grouped here for Research purposes - relationship of kids on this card to each other is not determined yet, but each ones descendants are. please write jbass@digital.net.

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Sarah Ann Eliza DIXON

1849 - ____

ID Number: I44979

  • RESIDENCE: E. Feliciana Parish, LA
  • BIRTH: 1849
  • RESOURCES: See: [S1627]
Father: Thomas Ferguson DIXON
Mother: Sarah Ann SIMS


Family 1 : Benjamin Z. SWAYZE

                                                  _Thomas DIXON Jr.____________
                                                 | (1750 - ....)               
                          _William George DIXON _|
                         | (1783 - 1840) m 1811  |
                         |                       |_Ann FERGUSON _______________+
                         |                         (1760 - ....)               
 _Thomas Ferguson DIXON _|
| (1818 - 1905)          |
|                        |                        _William Gunnell SANDERS Sr._
|                        |                       | (1769 - 1825)               
|                        |_Nancy Ann SANDERS ____|
|                          (1793 - 1851) m 1811  |
|                                                |_Mary YOUNG _________________
|                                                  (1774 - 1827)               
|
|--Sarah Ann Eliza DIXON 
|  (1849 - ....)
|                                                 _____________________________
|                                                |                             
|                         _Joseph SIMS __________|
|                        | (1780 - 1838)         |
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|_Sarah Ann SIMS ________|
  (1825 - 1896)          |
                         |                        _____________________________
                         |                       |                             
                         |_Sarah_________________|
                           (1780 - ....)         |
                                                 |_____________________________
                                                                               

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RANULF de MACON Viscount of Macon

0850 - AFT 0915

ID Number: I61499

  • RESIDENCE: FR
  • BIRTH: 0850, France
  • DEATH: AFT 0915
  • RESOURCES: See: [S2294]
Father: BERNARD II "Hairyfoot" de MACON of Auvergne
Mother: ERMENGARDE de CHALONS


Family 1 :
  1. +ATTELA de MACON

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spouse: unknown


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 _BERNARD II "Hairyfoot" de MACON of Auvergne_|
| (0841 - 0886)                               |
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|--RANULF de MACON Viscount of Macon
|  (0850 - 0915)
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|                                              _THIERRY I "the Treasurer" Count d'Autunois_|
|                                             | (0817 - 0880)                              |
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|_ERMENGARDE de CHALONS ______________________|
  (0843 - ....)                               |
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Hannah MCCANTS

1787 - ____

ID Number: I23691

  • RESIDENCE: Colleton Co. SC
  • BIRTH: 1787
  • RESOURCES: See: [S407]
Father: William MCCANTS Jr. Esq.
Mother: Sarah CROSSKEYS



                                                  _James MCCANTS ______+
                                                 | (1680 - ....)       
                            _William MCCANTS ____|
                           | (1730 - 1763) m 1753|
                           |                     |_____________________
                           |                                           
 _William MCCANTS Jr. Esq._|
| (1756 - 1829) m 1782     |
|                          |                      _ ANDREWS ___________+
|                          |                     | (1700 - ....)       
|                          |_Hannah ANDREWS _____|
|                            (1730 - 1793) m 1753|
|                                                |_____________________
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|--Hannah MCCANTS 
|  (1787 - ....)
|                                                 _____________________
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|                           _John CROSSKEYS _____|
|                          | (1730 - ....) m 1758|
|                          |                     |_____________________
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|_Sarah CROSSKEYS _________|
  (1762 - 1795) m 1782     |
                           |                      _____________________
                           |                     |                     
                           |_Jemima MANNING _____|
                             (1741 - 1794) m 1758|
                                                 |_____________________
                                                                       

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Gen. George Edward PICKETT C.S.A.

25 Jan 1825 - 30 Jul 1875

ID Number: I71670

  • TITLE: Gen.
  • OCCUPATION: CSA famous for Pickett's Charge and "the game-cock brigade."
  • RESIDENCE: Richmond Co. VA
  • BIRTH: 25 Jan 1825, Richmond Co. Virginia
  • DEATH: 30 Jul 1875, Norfolk, Virginia
  • BURIAL: Hollywood Cem. Richmond, VA
  • RESOURCES: See: [S2128] [S3428]
Father: Robert PICKETT
Mother: Mary JOHNSTON


Family 1 : Sally Harrison Steward MINGE
  1.   PICKETT
Family 2 : Sallie Ann CORBELL
  1.  George Edward PICKETT Jr.
  2.  David Corbell PICKETT

Notes


Marriage 1 Sarah "Sally" Minge b: 28 Mar 1833 in Richmond Co. VA d Nov 1851.
Marriage 2 La Salle (error La Salle was a stage name) Corbett b: 16 MAY 1848 Married: 15 MAY 1863
Children: George La Salle (of his mother) Pickett 1848-1931 and Corbett Pickett.


George E. Pickett (George Edward), 1825-1875 The Heart of a Soldier: As Revealed
in the Intimate Letters of Genl. George E. Pickett C.S.A. New York: Seth Moyle, c1913.
http://docsouth.unc.edu/pickett/menu.html


George Edward Pickett January 25, 1825 - July 30, 1875: Confederate Army officer during the American Civil War, known for Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.


After graduating last in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., (1846), Pickett served with distinction in the Mexican War (1846-47). He resigned his commission in June 1861 and entered the Confederate Army, in which he was made brigadier general in February 1862. Pickett rose to major general in October and was given command of a Virginia division. At the Battle of Fredericksburg he commanded the centre of Gen. Robert E. Lee's line but saw little action.


At Gettysburg (July 3, 1863) three brigades of Pickett's division (4,300 men) constituted somewhat less than half the force in the climactic attack known as Pickett's Charge. The attack was actually under the command of Gen. James Longstreet. Its bloodily disastrous repulse is often considered the turning point of the war. Although Pickett was much criticized and charged by some with cowardice, Lee retained him in divisional command throughout the Virginia Campaign of 1864. Eight days before the surrender at Appomattox (April 9, 1865), Pickett's division was almost destroyed at Five Forks while he was attending a shad bake. After the war he worked in an insurance business in Norfolk, Va. 1999 Britannica.com Inc


CAMPAIGNS: Seven Days, Gaines' Mill, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, New Berne, Petersburg, Five Forks and Sayler's Creek. HIGHEST RANK ACHIEVED: Major General


BIOGRAPHY
George Edward Pickett was born on January 28, 1825, in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from West Point in 1846, in the same class as George B. McClellan and Thomas J. Jackson. After fighting in the Mexican War, he served in Texas, Virginia and Washington Territory. In 1861, he resigned his commission and joined the Confederate army. Commissioned a Confederate brigadier general on January 14, 1862, he fought under Maj. Gen. James Longstreet in the Seven Days' Campaign, and was wounded at Gaines' Mill. Promoted to major general on October 10, 1862, he led a division at Fredericksburg. During the Battle of Gettysburg, he led what became known as "Pickett's Charge," an unsuccessful attempt to coordinate a massive assault on the Union center. Thereafter, Pickett's military reputation declined and, after fighting in the Battles of New Berne, Petersburg Five Forks and Sayler's Creek, he was relieved of command by General Lee. A few days later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and the Civil War ended. After the war, Pickett worked as an insurance salesman. He died in Norfolk, Virginia, on July 30, 1875. http://www.multied.com/Bio/CWcGENS/CSAPickett.html


George Edward Pickett: PICKETT, George Edward, soldier, born in Richmond, Virginia, 25 January, 1825 ; died in Norfolk, Virginia, 30 July, 1875. His father was a resident of Henrico county, Virginia The son was appointed to the United States military academy from Illinois, and graduated in 1846. He served in the war with Mexico, was made 2d lieutenant in the 2d infantry, 3 March, 1847, was at the siege of Vera Cruz and was engaged in all the battles that preceded the assault and capture of the city of Mexico. He was transferred to the 7th infantry, 13 July, 1847, and to the 8th infantry, 18 July, 1847, and brevetted 1st lieutenant, 8 September, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct at Contreras and Churubusco, and captain, 13 September, for Chapultepec. He became captain in the 9th infantry, 3 March, 1855, after serving in garrisons in Texas from 1849, and in 1856 he was on frontier duty in the northwest territory at Puget sound. Captain Pickett was ordered, with sixty men, to occupy San Juan island then, during the dispute with Great Britain over the northwest boundary, and the British governor, Sir James Douglas, sent three vessels of war to eject Pickett from his position. He forbade the landing of troops from the vessels, under the threat of firing upon them, and an actual collision was prevented only by the timely arrival of the British admiral, by whose order the issue of force was postponed. For his conduct on this occasion General Harney in his report commended Captain Pickett "for the cool judgment, ability, and gallantry he had displayed," and the legislature of Washington territory passed resolutions thanking him for it. He resigned from the army, 25 June. 1861, and after great difficulty and delays reached Virginia, where he was at once commissioned colonel in the state forces and assigned to duty on Rappahannock river. In February, 1862, he was made brigadier-general in General James Longstreet's division of the Confederate army under General Joseph E. Johnston, which was then called the Army of the Potomac, but afterward became the Army of Northern Virginia. His brigade, in the retreat before McClellan up the peninsula and in the seven days' battles around Richmond, won such a reputation that it was known as "the game-cock brigade." At the battle of Gaines's Mills, 27 June, 1862, Pickett was severely wounded in the shoulder, and he did not rejoin his command until after the first Maryland campaign. He was then made major-general, with a division that was composed entirely of Virginians. At the battle of Fredericksburg this division held the centre of Bee's line. For an account of Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, 3 July, 1863, see the articles LEE, ROBERT E., and MEADE, GEORGE G. Pickett was afterward placed in command in lower Virginia and eastern North Carolina. In May, 1864, he defended Petersburg and saved it from surprise and capture by General Benjamin F. Butler. In the attack on General Butler's forces along the line of the railroad between Richmond and Petersburg, Pickett's division captured the works. General Lee, in a letter of thanks and congratulation, dated 17 June, said: " We tried very hard to stop Pickett's men from capturing the breastworks of the enemy, but could not do it." At Five Forks his division received the brunt of the National attack, and was entirely disorganized. After the war General Pickett returned to Richmond, where he spent the remainder of his life in the life-insurance business. His biography by Edward A. Pollard is in Pollard's "Life and Times of Robert E. Lee and his Companions in Arms" (New York, 1871). See also "Pickett's Men," by Walter Harrison (1870). Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Copyright 2001 VirtualologyTM


Posted by Adam Youngs on August 04, 2001 In Reply to: Re: General George Edward Pickett; I'am his great-great grandson posted by john king pickett on January 02, 2001:


It was not Pickett's fault that the Confederacy lost the Battle of Gettysburg. Pickett commanded his division consisting of three brigades under the command of Lewis A.Armistead, James L. Kemper, and Richard B.Garnett. Pickett's Division was located in James Longstreet's 1st Corps. Pickett and Longstreet were very good friends and had fought in the Mexican War together. The High Water Mark of the Confederacy was dubbed the name "Pickett's Charge" because Longstreet was commanding and Pickett's Division was the only main division under his command. Longstreet was also given command of Ambrose Powell Hill's (A.P.Hill) divisions under the command of Issac Trimble and James Pettigrew. Pickett's Division was the last of Longstreets Divisons to be engaged at Gettysburg. Although Longstreet used some of Hood's and McLaws's Division to penetrate the Union Center on Cemetery Ridge on July 3rd, Pickett's Division outnumbered the other charging divisions. Before the charge occured Lee insisted that Longstreet order a cannonade to weaken the Union center in hope to break the Union line. Longstreet was still upset from the battle on the 2nd day that occured in the Devil's Den where Hood and McLaws had ordered their men forward. Lee was cautious and was upset stating that the procedures and charges were not properly coordinated. Longstreet mentioned to Lee that there was enough artillery to have another good fight and he also told Lee that Pickett's Division was not yet engaged. He also suggested that there was an open gap to the right of Big Round Top. On the morning of July 3rd Longstreet told Pickett to deploy his brigades forward. Lee finally told Longstreet that he wanted to attack the Union center where the line was the weakest. Ordering Col.E.Porter Alexander to apply force on the Union center by weakening the Union by cannon fire Lee was about to procede with the dealiest assault in American history known today as Pickett's Charge, The High Water Mark, or Longstreet's Big Mistake. For almost 2 hours artillery from both sides of the 1 mile stretch overshot each other. Some cannon overheated and were shooting 2 miles at the most. With utter confusion neither side could tell whether or not the shell's were hitting near the enemy. Pickett placed Garnett and Kemper in the front and Armistead's brigade in support. Trimble and Pettigrew were placed on the left. As the columns lined up the drummer boy cadence started drumming a steady beat and slowly deployed forward. It was a deadly charge over open ground with canister fire and cannon balls bursting over and around the ranks. They passed over the mile stretch with cannon fire coming from all sides with Cushing to their left , cannon up ahead and cannon fire from Little Round Top. Once they reached the Emmitsburg Road it was a deadly hail of musketry as the blue clad stood up from the low lying stone wall. Thinking this was the weakest point the Union gained reserve support and put up a big fight. Up and over the stone wall went Kemper and Garnett. Garnett being crippled from a horse kick to the knee cap was unable to walk so he rode forward on his horse becoming the perfect target. Kemper was felled also with a mortal wound and Armistead was wounded near Cushing's Battery. Of all of the officers that participated in Pickett's Charge 7 were killed 6 were wounded. Pickett never forgave Lee for ordering the deadly attack and would always regret how his division was destroyed at Gettysburg. Pickett was a great officer but he wasn't really well educated in military tactics considering the fact that he graduated last in his class at West Point. He also participated in the Battle of Chepultepec during the Mexican and he stormed the ramparts there with Longstreet and a few others. Pickett also paid for the funerals of Longstreets children when three of the four died within a month. Pickett was a very humorous and a very serious man. He was one of the souths most beloved generals.


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In general, a bad re-enactor?
Man who played role of a Pickett descendant troubles Richmond kin


BY BILL MCKELWAY
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER Oct 10, 2004


In a turn of events that speaks to the age-old, sometimes sticky pursuit of one's Virginia ancestry, descendants of famous Confederate Civil War general and Richmond native George E. Pickett are quietly turning their backs on one of their own.


Or at least on someone they thought was one of their own.


To the swelling ranks of thousands of Civil War re-enactors, Ray Pickett is the very image of a modern, mustachioed Confederate major general.


But to the chagrin of a growing cadre of Pickett family members and, apparently, to Pickett himself, what Ray Pickett isn't is a relative of the dashing warrior. Pickett, it seems, is not the Pickett he said he was.


"It makes my skin crawl," said one genuine Pickett descendant, labeling Ray Pickett a poseur who ingratiated himself to family members and was a major presence at family ceremonies. That includes the reinterment of General Pickett's wife's remains six years ago at Hollywood Cemetery.


"It was a day full of a lot of meaning for our family," Ray Pickett, then the family spokesman, said in words that have proved prophetic.


These days Pickett is fighting a rear-guard action defending his motives and pressing ahead with Civil War pursuits in the guise of someone other than a descendant of the general.


"I'm not hiding anything here; there's nothing here to be crawling under a rock about," Pickett said in a recent telephone interview. "It's a legitimate concern and I realize some people might be disap- pointed, or disenchanted, and maybe some are seething with hatred right now. But it was never about me; it was about the general."


A New Yorker who since childhood was mesmerized with family lore that General Pickett was an ancestor, Pickett now acknowledges that he can't prove a familial link - either to George or to George's brother, Charles, also a veteran, whom Ray Pickett believes he is directly descended from.


"The bottom line is that I can't prove that I am related and I can't prove that I'm not related. I'm in limbo. It's the collapse of a belief I've had since I was 5 years old," said Pickett, who lives on Long Island and is known to thousands of fellow re-enactors as a descendant of the general.


Pickett, 43, helped actors with background about his supposed ancestors for epic Civil War movies. He briefly appeared in the movie "Gods and Generals" in the role of Charles Pickett. And he played the general himself in talks to history-minded groups, such as the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Greater Astoria Historical Society.


"A great-great-grand nephew of the great Civil War General!" an advertising blurb said of the lecture Pickett gave this year in New York.


And at the 135th re-enactment of the Gettysburg campaign in July 1998, Pickett was a center of attention, playing the role of the general and leading to bloodless slaughter nearly as many soldiers as the real Pickett had led to death.


Dressed in full military gear, Pickett glared at his costumed followers that steamy day and said this:


"I am very honored and proud. In my 22 years of re-enacting, never have I felt worthy of portraying my ancestor. But today, at the largest gathering of North and South since the war, I will command you."


But his most personal entry into the life of General Pickett came with his involvement in The Pickett Society. Based in Richmond, the society is a loosely knit but devoted group of Pickett descendants and followers who celebrate the general and publish a newsletter about him. It's dedicated to erasing myths about the soldier.


Ray Pickett became a charming addition to the society shortly after it was formed in 1999 and was so enthusiastic that he agreed to serve as chairman of the group, members said.


It soon became evident that Pickett was unknown to other descendants.


Pickett, they said, wasn't even able to produce documentation from death and birth certificates. "He's refused to take a DNA test," said Pickett Society President Pat Wood, a longtime member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy who led efforts to restore General Pickett's gravesite at Hollywood Cemetery seven years ago.


She had met Pickett at a re-enactment and turned to him for family approval to begin the restoration work, she said.


In a February 1997 letter, citing his position as Pickett's "great-great-grand nephew," Ray Pickett OK'd the work, praised the effort and wrote of the responsibility borne by Confederate descendants.


"I cannot think of a more noble practice than caring for the graves of our glorious Confederate dead," Pickett wrote.


Pickett said in a telephone interview that he's a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is open to direct descendants of Confederate soldiers, and he worked with two chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to bestow two Crosses of Military Service to his father. The honor recognizes a Confederate soldier's descendant for his military service. A Pickett Society Web site still shows Ray Pickett the day he was inducted into the George E. Pickett Chapter of the Military Order of Stars and Bars.


As Pickett's lineage claims became questionable, they were removed from Pickett Society literature, and the society will begin efforts to formally remove him as chairman.


"I've been cleansed," Pickett said, adding that he hopes his father will keep his UDC medals. "I don't see why there should be some effort to take back medals from an 82-year-old man."


He said he's in the process of informing various Confederate memorial societies of his problems establishing lineage. He said he also has revealed the problem to members of the New York-based re-enactment company he organized two decades ago, Company B of the 57th Virginia Infantry Regiment, the Franklin County Sharpshooters.


Bryan Sharp, who works with the national office of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Tennessee, declined to discuss specifics of Pickett's status.


"It's really a system that operates on trust," he said, acknowledging that most divisions don't require documentation of ancestry. "It's really not a problem that comes up very much."


But the 100-member-strong Pickett Society, about 10 percent of whom are descendants, is growing increasingly frustrated by Pickett's inability to document his ancestry.


"The whole thing about The Pickett Society is truth and credibility," said interim Chairman Dwight Wood, who is Pat Wood's husband and a Richmond resident. Any future member claiming ties to the Pickett family will have to show "immediate and irrefutable documentation," he said.


Ray Pickett said he's working with a professional genealogist to ferret out a possible connection, but Pickett Society members are closing ranks. Pickett said he stepped aside voluntarily in April.


"It's slow going," Pickett, a service manager for a coffee company in New York, said of the hunt for a family tie that would bind him to the general.


Pickett said he believes his connection to the general runs through John Smith Pickett, Charles' older son and General Pickett's nephew. John Smith Pickett was a salesman who lived for years in New York.


But a death certificate and a newspaper obituary show that John died single in 1910 and left no children. Based on Pickett's theory of lineage, John Smith Pickett would have been an infant when he fathered Ray Pickett's great-grandfather, according to Sons of Confederate Veterans documents submitted by Ray Pickett's family.


"It's correct to say that I feel very deceived," said Henry Clay Pickett III, a great-great-grandson of Charles Pickett.


Henry Clay Pickett, 44, said he befriended Ray Pickett and even has done re-enacting with him. "He's never done anything to detract from the general, but the fact that he won't come forward and admit to us that he was deceiving us really makes him a questionable person," said Pickett, who goes by Clay and lives in eastern Virginia.


Whatever his ancestry, Ray Pickett said he's proud of the role he has played in helping to restore the reputation of the often-maligned general.


"I never thought I'd see that in my lifetime," Pickett said.


He was referring to a Southern-motivated effort to place a lot of the blame for Gettysburg on Pickett's shoulders. Pickett, a genuine war hero for much of his military service, came to be regarded unfairly as something of a dandy, according to Ray Pickett.


More hurtful to society members is that Pickett unflinchingly took part in private, personal ceremonies that have helped bond descendants and bring them closer to their ancestor.


And disclosures about Pickett haven't helped the family get past the travails several years ago of another descendant. In that case, George E. Pickett V sold off military heirlooms of the general's at bargain-basement prices; they are now housed in a Harrisburg, Pa., museum.


A key event that still grates on family members and others was the re-interment of Pickett's wife, Sallie, at Hollywood Cemetery in March 1998. The ceremony, which attracted 400 spectators and dozens of re-enactors and featured cannon fire, made a reality Sallie's last wish: to be buried beside her husband. Sallie Corbell Pickett died in 1931, 56 years after her much older husband. Their separation lasted 123 years.


Ray Pickett was at the ceremony and the next day served as a family spokesman when General Pickett's refurbished monument was dedicated.


Pickett said he was merely being helpful and one participant in the event, Barbara Childress, said she's never doubted Pickett's sincerity. "It was heartbreaking for me to hear about the [lineage issue] because Ray is such a good person and his family are such good people," she said.


Childress, a longtime UDC official, said tracking one's ancestors is always tricky and she noted that Sallie Corbell Pickett's tombstone at Hollywood originally had the wrong birthdate. And the use on the tombstone of the name LaSalle as Sallie's first name is not totally accurate, said Childress. "LaSalle was a stage name," she said.


That should be heartening to Ray Pickett, who said last week that he hasn't abandoned hope that he'll find the skeleton key that will unlock his past.


Citing the fact that three Picketts settled on the East Coast, Pickett said, "Somewhere along the line - very, very distantly perhaps - I am definitely related. But not the way people, myself included, would have liked to have thought."


And if push comes to shove and Pickett is drummed out of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, he said he'll merely reapply. "An ancestor of my mother's fought for a Louisiana unit," he said cheerily.


Meanwhile, Ray Pickett is gathering the 57th Virginia for a re-enactment next weekend of the Battle of Cedar Creek near Winchester. It's expected to draw 10,000 re-enactors and thousands more spectators.


General Pickett, who became an insurance agent after the war and died in Norfolk in 1875, didn't fight in that battle, so Ray Pickett will portray another soldier. Clay Pickett, the genuine Pickett descendant who once thought he was Ray's cousin, will be there, too.


"I hope we don't meet," he said.
Contact Bill McKelway at (804) 649-6601 or bmckelway@timesdispatch.com
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graduated at West Point in 1846; served with distinction in the 8th U. S. Inf, in the Mexican War, under Gen. Scott; entered as 2nd Lieut., and rose to the Captaincy; was stationed at the various Forts, in Texas, Oregon and Washington, where the Indian Wars were then raging. In 1859 he occupied the Island of San Juan, the ownership of which was in question between the United States and Great Britain;


in 1861, when Virginia seceded, he resigned his commission in the U.S.A. and at once offered his services to the C.S.; entered the Army and served as Major in Corps of Artillery, March 16, 1861; Brig. Gen., March 16, 1862; Major Gen., Oct. 10, 1862; his famous charge at Gettysburg, has made his name immortal; was a staunch and liberal Churchman.


He m. (first) Sally Harrison Minge, b. March 28, 1833; dau. of Collier Harrison and Anna Maria (Ladd) Minge, of Mobile, Alabama., and gr.-dau. of John and Sarah (Harrison) Minge, of "Weynoke," Charles City Co., Va.; (second) LaSalle Corbell, living 1909, in Washington, D. C. She is an authoress and lecturer of note; dau. of Dr. John D. and Elizabeth (Phillips) Corbell, of "Chuckatuck," Nansemond Co., Va.; no issue by first marriage. (See Collier and Harrison lineage.) Issue by second marriage:


7--1. George E., Jr., Major, U. S. A., educated at West Point, rendered distinguished services during the Spanish American War, and is now (in 1909) stationed in California; m. Ida Christiancy, dau.of Col. H. S. Christiancy, U. S. A., and had issue. 1. Geo. E. III. 2. Corbell.
7--2. Corbell, d. young


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                                                       _William PICKETT I___+
                                                      | (1700 - 1766) m 1728
                       _George PICKETT _______________|
                      | (1752 - 1821) m 1789          |
                      |                               |_Elizabeth COOKE ____+
                      |                                 (1712 - 1800) m 1728
 _Robert PICKETT _____|
| (1799 - 1857) m 1823|
|                     |                                _____________________
|                     |                               |                     
|                     |_Margaret SANDERSON OR FLINT? _|
|                       (1755 - 1838) m 1789          |
|                                                     |_____________________
|                                                                           
|
|--George Edward PICKETT C.S.A.
|  (1825 - 1875)
|                                                      _____________________
|                                                     |                     
|                      _Robert JOHNSTON ______________|
|                     | (1770 - ....)                 |
|                     |                               |_____________________
|                     |                                                     
|_Mary JOHNSTON ______|
  (1805 - ....) m 1823|
                      |                                _____________________
                      |                               |                     
                      |_Elizabeth MCCAN ______________|
                        (1780 - ....)                 |
                                                      |_____________________
                                                                            

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Edwin G. PRIDGEN

ABT 1810 - ____

ID Number: I36295

  • RESIDENCE: Dobbs & Greene Cos. NC
  • BIRTH: ABT 1810
  • RESOURCES: See: [S1169]
Father: Jesse R. PRIDGEN
Mother: Sarah "Sally" WILLIAMS



                                                 _William PRIDGEN ________
                                                | (1710 - 1762)           
                           _Thomas PRIDGEN _____|
                          | (1740 - 1794) m 1763|
                          |                     |_________________________
                          |                                               
 _Jesse R. PRIDGEN _______|
| (1777 - 1823) m 1799    |
|                         |                      _Samuel RUFFIN __________+
|                         |                     | (1715 - 1779)           
|                         |_Martha RUFFIN ______|
|                           (1740 - ....) m 1763|
|                                               |_Sarah Lamon MCWILLIAMS _
|                                                 (1720 - ....)           
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|--Edwin G. PRIDGEN 
|  (1810 - ....)
|                                                _________________________
|                                               |                         
|                          _Robert WILLIAMS ____|
|                         | (1760 - ....)       |
|                         |                     |_________________________
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|_Sarah "Sally" WILLIAMS _|
  (1785 - 1823) m 1799    |
                          |                      _Francis HARPER _________
                          |                     | (1740 - ....)           
                          |_Mary HARPER ________|
                            (1770 - ....)       |
                                                |_Elizabeth BRIGHT _______+
                                                  (1750 - ....)           

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