Walter Terry Saxon

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Personal and Family Information

Walter was born on 20 APR 1836 in Autauga Co, Alabama, the son of Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon and Mary Collingsworth Terry.

He died on 23 DEC 1924 in Hamilton County, Texas.

His wife was Susan Burns Simmons, who he married on 13 JUN 1864 in Macon, Alabama. Their three known children were Holman S (c1868-?), Troupe Elmore (1874-1952) and Elizabeth (c1878-1949).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Walter Terry Saxon
(1836-1924)

 

Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon
(1798-1861)

 

James Saxon
(1754-1836)

 

Benjamin Saxon
(-c1785)

 
     
 
 
   

Ann Nancy Elmore
(1754-c1842)

 

Archelas Elmore
(1730-1786)

+
   

Susannnah Morris
(c1730-?)

 
   

Mary Collingsworth Terry
(1812-<1875)

 

Elijah Terry
(c1772-c1842)

 

James Terry
(1746-1816)

+
   

Anne Robards
(-1801)

 
   

Mary Ann Prickett
(c1770-?)

 

James Prickett
(c1750-?)

 
   

Sarah Kimbrough
(c1750-?)

 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth20 APR 1836
Place: Autauga Co, Alabama
Type: http://trees.ancestry.com
Death23 DEC 1924
Place: Hamilton County, Texas
Agency: http://www.gravesfa.org/gen570.htm
Census13 SEP 1850
Place: Wetumpka, Coosa, Alabama
Age: 14 born Alabama
Address: with parents and siblings
Agency: 1850 census
Census 1850 Alabama
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Census24 AUG 1870
Place: Breckenridge Township, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 34 born Alabama
Address: Family #9, Dwelling 9 Breckenridge Twp. Jacksonport Post Office
Agency: 1870 Census Ark
Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
Source: Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
Authors: US Federal Census
Date: 21 AUG 1870
Publisher: ancestry.com

See Note 3
CensusJUN 1880
Place: Hamilton County, Texas
Age: 45 born Ala
Address: ED 69 Surveyor with wife Susan and two daughters
Agency: 1880 census
Census9 JUN 1900
Place: Hamilton County, Texas
Age: 64 b Ala
Address: Justice Precinct 1
Agency: 1900 census Texas
See Note 4
Census1910
Place: Hamilton County, Texas
Census16 JAN 1920
Place: Hamilton City, Hamiltion Cty, Texas
Age: 84 born Alabama
Address: dwelling 136 family 166 widower with granddaughter
Census 1920 Texas, Hamilton County
Source: Census 1920 Texas, Hamilton County
Date: 16 JAN 1920
Publisher: Federal Census

BurialDEC 1924
Place: Hamilton Cemetery
Address: Hamilton, Texas Find A Grave Memorial# 17655963
Other EventFROM JUL 1861 TO APR 1865
Place: Flordia
Type: Military Service
Address: Capt,Co C, 3rd Flordia Inf, CSA
Agency: Muster Roll
Military Rec-Saxon&Simmons Florida 3rd, Co C
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Saxon, Walter T, Pension App
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See Note 5
Other Event2 APR 1872
Place: Sec. 29, T10N R1W, 40 acres
Type: Deed
Address: East of Shoffner, east side of Cashe River near HC Simmons Jackson County Arkansas
Agency: Catalog of Arkansas Resources and Archival Treasures
See Note 6

Multimedia

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Notes

Note 1

Captain Walter Terry Saxon organized a company of men to fight in the Civil War immediately after the Seccession Convention. This company was known as Company "C" and were famous as the fighting "Wild Cats" of Florida.

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles about Walter Terry Saxon

Name: Walter Terry Saxon

Occupation: Surveyor

Age at Enlistment: 25

Enlistment Date: 19 Jul 1861

Rank at enlistment: Captain

Enlistment Place:Brooksville, FL

State Served:Florida

Survived the War?:Yes

Service Record:

Commissioned an officer in Company C, Florida 3rd Infantry Regiment on 19 Jul 1861.

Mustered out on 09 Apr 1865.

Transferred to Company C, Florida 1st Infantry Regiment on 09 Apr 1865.

Mustered out on 26 Apr 1865 at Orange County, NC.

Birth Date:23 Apr 1836

Death Date:23 Dec 1924

Death Place:Hamilton, TX

Sources:Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War...

Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865

also may refer to http://www.gravesfa.org/gen570.htm

this site may mirror ours or taken from Mary Makima work.

it seems to be secondary in nature.

http://www.fivay.org/hernando2.html

Capt. WALTER TERRY SAXON (1836-1924) was born on Apr. 23, 1836, in Autauga, Ala. He married Susan Burns Simmons, daughter of Holman Freeman Simmons and Sarah Eliza H. Burns. She was born 1840 in Alabama and died 1918 in Hamilton, Texas. Children:

• Holmes S. Saxon, b. 1868

• Troupe E. Saxon, b. May 1874, m. Pearl Montgomery on Jan. 15, 1897

• Elizabeth Saxon, b. April 1878, m. Charles H. Camp, 1900

Saxon enlisted at Brooksville on July 19, 1861. According to his obituary in Confederate Veteran:

A native of Alabama, born at Autoga, Falls County, just across the Alabama River from Montgomery, April 23, 1836, young Saxon completed his education at the Alabama Military Institute, and entered upon his life work as a surveyor. As a young man of twenty-five, he was located in Brooksville County, Fla., in 1860-61, and his most important work in that State was in surveying the Everglades. For that he received $20,000, which money he used in advancing the cause of the Confederacy. He organized the Hernando Guards, in July, 1861, which he commanded as Company C, of the 3rd Florida Regiment, serving with the Army of Tennessee under Generals Bragg, Johnston, and Hood. He was wounded at Perryville, but led his company at Murfreesboro, and was in many other memorable engagements of the war. On July 12, 1863, his company captured four hundred Federal troops. After the war Captain Saxon returned to Florida, and was his county’s representative in the State legislature for two terms, 1866 and 1867. In 1868 he organized a den of the original Ku-Klux-Klan in Southern Florida.

Recent research by Dr. Joe Knetsch indicates that Saxon did not do any surveying in Florida. Saxon later moved to Texas where he was a surveyor, taught school, and edited a newspaper. He died on Dec. 23, 1924, in Hamilton, Texas. [Information provided by Charles Blankenship]

http://www.fivay.org/letters.html

his article appeared in the Florida Genealogist in Spring 1992 and is reproduced here with the permission of the author.

No one spoke for Francis R. Nicks when the 1850 U.S. Census was conducted for the 8th District of Leon County. Florida. This was evident since he was listed as a female, and his name was spelled Frances which was his mother's name.(1) Francis' second Civil War letter was penned from home while he was on furlough in Florida. Although the letter was unsigned, it was obvious that Francis spoke as he was a member of the same C Company as was his brother under the command of Captain Walter Terry Saxon.(2)

This letter, written from Brooksville, Florida, does not mention the invasion of Union troops from Bayport, Florida, which took place in the second week of July, 1864, so his letter was probably written during the first week. His official records do not indicate that he was AWOL, and his brother was captured at a Confederate hospital in Georgia at the end of the war.(3) Both returned to the area and registered for the 1868 Voter Registration in Hernando County.(4) Francis does not appear on the 1870 U.S. Census and may have died before then. WPA Records show that he is buried in the Brooksville City Cemetery listed as F.R. Nix.(5) A lonely grave at Spring Lake south of Brooksville has a Confederate gravemarker with Frank Nix C Company on it. This is probably the grave of Francis' brother Ben.

[Some punctuation and capitalization have been added --Editor]

Brooksville July 1864

Capt Saxon(6)

Dear Friend

I seat my self to write you a few lines to lett you know how I am well Capt I have been in a verry low state of health ever since I got hom and I am no better. I wrote you some time a go but never recd and answer also one to Suhr(7) and none from him. I cant get my furlough extended unless I report to Hacon and I am not able to travel and it c ceaps me uneasy so I dont no what to do. All my friends advis me not to go back but to write to you. Every person that seas me say I never will be able for duty any more. My friends shant advis me rong fully. Just as soon as I get able to travel I will report to Macon or to the Regt. I have [this line unreadable].

day and have been no where. I have not enjoyed my self in the least. I have had this disease so long I am affraid I never will get over it. I will assure you that I have been verry low since I got home and I am worse off than I was when I got Sixty days furlough. If you Pleasse dont Report me. I will Report as soon as I get able.

Capt I cant do no better. Brother Ben never will be able for duty and longger. He can't eat tho he will Report as soon as he can. A peace of his jaw bone came out 2 inches long and one inch thick besides Several other pecies. Mother is verry low(8) and I have to stay with her night an day tho I cant be of (much) Service to her. I have no news to write at Presant.

[unsigned]

Note 2

Hernando County Florida, 1865, List of voters

http://www.fivay.org/1865_voters.html

Researcher Linda Hill, a descendant of E. M. Harville, scanned these records at the Florida State Archives in Tallahassee. They are from: Series 21, Roll 4, Division of Elections, Election Returns by County, Hernando Co., 1843-1865. They indicate many of the men who survived the Civil War. Many also voted three years later in the 1868 Statehood Election. Several died thereafter, including F. R. Nicks and Henry Hope. The scanned document was transcribed by Charles Blankenship.

Pollbook or List of Voters at Brooksville Precinct, Hernando County, Florida

1. F. E. Saxon

63. Benj Saxon

http://www.fivay.org/hernando2.html

Capt. WALTER TERRY SAXON (1836-1924) was born on Apr. 23, 1836, in Autauga, Ala. He married Susan Burns Simmons, daughter of Holman Freeman Simmons and Sarah Eliza H. Burns. She was born 1840 in Alabama and died 1918 in Hamilton, Texas. Children:

• Holmes S. Saxon, b. 1868

• Troupe E. Saxon, b. May 1874, m. Pearl Montgomery on Jan. 15, 1897

• Elizabeth Saxon, b. April 1878, m. Charles H. Camp, 1900

Saxon enlisted at Brooksville on July 19, 1861. According to his obituary in Confederate Veteran:

A native of Alabama, born at Autoga, Falls County, just across the Alabama River from Montgomery, April 23, 1836, young Saxon completed his education at the Alabama Military Institute, and entered upon his life work as a surveyor. As a young man of twenty-five, he was located in Brooksville County, Fla., in 1860-61, and his most important work in that State was in surveying the Everglades. For that he received $20,000, which money he used in advancing the cause of the Confederacy. He organized the Hernando Guards, in July, 1861, which he commanded as Company C, of the 3rd Florida Regiment, serving with the Army of Tennessee under Generals Bragg, Johnston, and Hood. He was wounded at Perryville, but led his company at Murfreesboro, and was in many other memorable engagements of the war. On July 12, 1863, his company captured four hundred Federal troops. After the war Captain Saxon returned to Florida, and was his county’s representative in the State legislature for two terms, 1866 and 1867. In 1868 he organized a den of the original Ku-Klux-Klan in Southern Florida.

Recent research by Dr. Joe Knetsch indicates that Saxon did not do any surveying in Florida. Saxon later moved to Texas where he was a surveyor, taught school, and edited a newspaper. He died on Dec. 23, 1924, in Hamilton, Texas. [Information provided by Charles Blankenship]

FRANKLIN ELMORE SAXON (1840-1922) was born in Alabama. He first married Marena H. May on Dec. 25, 1866. She died on Feb. 10, 1869. He married second Tulula Victoria Hope on Feb. 10, 1876. Franklin Saxon died on Feb. 25, 1922, in Brooksville.

Children - Saxon, by Marena H. May

• Franklin Schmidt Saxon, b. 1867, d. in infancy

• Jessie May Saxon, b. 1869, d. in infancy

Children - Saxon, by Tulula V. Hope

• James Rhodes Saxon

• Jessie M. Saxon

• Franklin Elmore Saxon

• Walter Terry Saxon

• William Wadsworth Saxon

• Benjamin Randolph Saxon

• Eston Lewis Saxon

[Information from Charles Blankenship]

http://www.fivay.org/hernando4.html

Stringer House Is a Home to History

This article appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on Jan. 24, 1993.

By VIRGINIA JACKSON....

ohn L. May was a contractor who built several houses in Brooksville. He lived in a house on the corner of the street that now bears his name - May Avenue - with his wife, Marena, and their two daughters: Matildas, who married John Barnes, and Annie, who married C. P. Rogers. It is believed he moved to the Stringer House sometime between 1855 and 1858, when he died. His wife and children remained in the house.

Eight years later, on Dec. 25, 1866, Marena married Frank Elmore Saxon, whose picture is now hanging next to the fireplace in the living room.

Saxon was a Civil War hero who was a member of the Hernando Wild Cats, a unit of the Florida 3rd Regiment of the Confederate Army. He was the first to be wounded in a battle called Honeymoon, which took place near Jacksonville. After the Civil War, he became a delegate to the Florida Legislature, representing Hernando County, and in his later years became clerk of the Hernando County Circuit Court.

Two children were born to Frank and Marena Saxon - a son, Frankland Schmidt Saxon in 1867, and a daughter, Jessie May Saxon, in 1869. Their son lived only one month; their daughter died in 1872. Unfortunately, these were not the only tragedies to strike. Marena also died, on Feb. 19, 1869, while giving birth to Jessie May.

After Marena's death, Frank Saxon married Tululu Hope, daughter of William Hope (one of the earliest settlers of Hernando County). Saxon had another house built, south of May Avenue, for Tululu and himself. This house was constructed of cypress and is now known as the Scarborough House.

The May home was sold several times after Frank Saxon left. The records of those transactions, however, were lost in the courthouse fire. The first records after the fire are dated 1883, when J. H. Reddic sold the May-Saxon house to Jennie Johnson for $600.

Hernando Countians in the Civil War

Contributed by: Charles Blankenship

Soldiers of Florida, first published in 1903 and again in 1983 by Richard J. Ferry, compiles the Muster Rolls of three distinct companies of Hernando County, Florida Confederate Soldiers.

SOF, pages 40-41, lists the Old Guards [many who were Seminole Indian War Veterans] who mustered in on March 29, 1862 and mustered out on May 17, 1862. The list includes early Hernando settlers: Hill, Hope, Law, Townsend and Wall.

SOF, pages 105-107, lists the entire roll of Captain W. Terry Saxon's C Company (Hernando Guards & later known as the Hernando Wildcats) of the 3rd Florida Infantry Regiment. The Regiment was formed in 1861 and after combining with the 1st and 4th Regiments remained until April 1865. Action included Perryville, KY and Murfreesborough, TN.

SOF, pages 211-212, lists Captain Samuel E. Hope's C Company, 9th Florida Infantry from June 21, 1862 to April 1865. The Company originally mustered in at Bayport. They saw action at Olustee and later in major battles in Northern Virginia.

Many CSA Veterans are buried throughout Citrus, Pasco and Hernando County and elsewhere. Additional sources of sketches, cemetery locations and pension files are:

1. Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate and Union Soldiers 1861-1865 by Hartman & Coles.

2. Florida Confederate Pension Application Files, on line at http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/Pensionfiles.html

3. Veterans' Graves Registration Project, Work Projects Administration (1940-1941). [Bound Editions in most Florida Libraries]

Transcribed Letter from Senator Samuel Pasco
for Florida Confederate Pension:
Franklin Elmore Saxon, Hernando County, Florida

United States Senate
Monticello, Fla.
Washington, D. C.
April 30 9

     I hereby certify that during the year 1862 I was a member of Co. H. 3d. Regiment of Florida Volunteers M H Strain being the Captain of the Company and W S Dilworth the Colonel of the Regiment; that on the 8th day of October in that year I was present as a member of said Company on the battle field at Perryville, Ky. With Geníl J. C. Brown who was then our Brigade Commander. I being at the time detailed as Clerk at his Head Quarters; that I well knew Frank E. Saxon, who was then a member of Company C. of the same Regiment, his brother W. T. Saxon, being the Captain of said Company; that Company C. was next in line to Company H and the two Companies were afterwards consolidated; that the said Frank E. Saxon was wounded in action in the line of duty in the said battle; that I knew this of my own knowledge at the time and as Clerk and while actually discharging the duties of Adjutant General of the Brigade I made up the list of those who were killed and wounded in said battle from the official lists which were received from the several Regiments in the Brigade and the said list so made up contained the name of the said Frank E. Saxon and was the official consolidated list of the said Brigade losses in the Perryville battle.

S. Pasco

Franklin Elmore Saxon (1841-1922), also known as Frank E. Saxon was born in Autauga Co., Alabama as was his brother, Captain Walter Terry Saxon. He is listed in Soldiers of Florida, page 166 and Hartmanís Biographical Rosters, page 292, Third Florida Infantry, Company C. Frank was married to Talula V. Hope, daughter of William Hope, Jr. of Brooksville. Both drew his Confederate Soldierís Pension (A02380) from the State of Florida.

Transcribed September 22, 2006 by Charles Blankenship, distant cousin of Tulula Hope.

Note 3

Teacher with wife and 2 yr old son

very near his sister Mary Theodora Saxon Simmons and her husband Holman Felix Simmons.

Note 4

with Sue B, married 36 yr

born Apr 1836 in Alabama

Note 5

SAXON WALTER TERRY CN 00JUL61 26APR65 RL 25MAY00

SAXON JAS RANDOLPH PV 00JUL61 K TN MISS RDGE 25NOV63

SAXON FRANKLEN H E PV 00JUL61 26APR65 W KY PERRYVLLE 08OCT62

SAXON BENJAMIN PV 00JUL61 DG AT REORG UNDER AGE 62

SIMMONS FELIX PV 00JUL61 DG FERNANDINA

SIMMONS JAMES R PV 00JUL61 TR 8INF CO F

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

about Walter Terry Saxon

Name: Walter Terry Saxon

Occupation: Surveyor Age at Enlistment: 25

Enlistment Date: 19 Jul 1861 Rank at enlistment: Captain

Enlistment Place: Brooksville, FL State Served: Florida

Survived the War?: Yes

Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company C, Florida 3rd Infantry Regiment on 19 Jul 1861.

Mustered out on 09 Apr 1865.

Transferred to Company C, Florida 1st Infantry Regiment on 09 Apr 1865.

Mustered out on 26 Apr 1865 at Orange County, NC.

Birth Date: 23 Apr 1836 Death Date: 23 Dec 1924 Death Place: Hamilton, TX

Sources: Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War...

Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865

THIRD FLORIDA INFANTRY, COMPANY C (Hernando County Wildcats)

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Deborah Byrd, dbyrd@lightcom.net

A Biographical Roster of Brooksville's Confederate Soldiers

(1861-1865).

THIRD FLORIDA INFANTRY,COMPANY C (Hernando County Wildcats)

Captain Walter Terry Saxon (b.4/23/1836 Autoga AL; d.12/23/1924

Hamilton TX) and his son served in the same company. He was a

surveyor and surveyed the Everglades prior to the war.He was paid

$20,000 which he spent toward the Confederate cause. He enlisted

7/19/1861 at Brooksville. He was wounded as Perryville 10/8/1861

and captured later the same year.He was exchanged near Vicksburg

in the late 1862.He commanded companies C & H at the battle of

Murfreesboro 12/31/62.Wounded in the head at Dallas GA. in mid 1864.

Saxon, Benjamin (b.1844 Autauga Co. AL.) enlisted 7/19/1861 at

Brooksville. Appointed musician 3/1/1862. Discharged 6/30/1862. He

was 5'1", fair skin, blue eyes, light hair, occupation: student.

May have served in L.G.Lesley's Company.

Saxon, Franklin Elmore (b.9/28/1841 Autauga Co. AL; m. Marena May

12/15/1866 (1st); m. Tulula Hope 2/10/1876 (2nd); d. 2/25/1922

buried Hernando County.) Seminole War veteran enlisted 7/19/1861

at Brooksville. Wounded at honeymoon near Jacksonville in 1862.

Badly wounded at Perryville 10/8/1862 in the leg and instep and was

going to be left behind. Franklin's father persuaded Thomas Ellis

(also wounded) to stay behind with Frank. In the evening, both men

were taken to a farmhouse serving as a hospital and were captured

the next morning. Frank was exchanged in the mid 1863 then

furloughed 8/29/1864. He hid the regimental flag in his bosom during

the surrender and brought it back to Brooksville. He later donated

it to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA.

Saxon, James Randolph enlisted 5/1/1862 at Midway. Serving as a

nurse in Bardstown,Ky when captured. Exchanged near Vicksburg in

late 1862. Mortally wounded at Missionary Ridge 11/25/1863 and

captured. He died 1/31/1864 at USA General Hospital in Chattnooga.

Simmons, Benjamin Felix (b. 3/6/1830 Lake Jackson; m. Elenora

11/17/1852; d.7/29/1904 St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola)

enlisted in Brooksville 7/19/1861. Transferred to Capt. Simmons

Coast Guard in late 1861. Wounded in foot and resigned 9/17/1862.

Simmons, James R (b.1831 Cuthbert Co. GA.) enlisted 7/19/1861 at

Brooksville. Discharged 8/15/1862 at Chattanooga. Ht: 6'1", dark

skin, hair & eyes. A farmer.

Note 6

State Land Records

Last Name: Saxon

First Name: W. T.

Date: 4/2/1872

Box: 165

File: 3

Record Type:

Swamp Land Application

Notes: 2359

Location: Sec. 29, T10N R1W, 40 acres

Sources

  1. Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
    Source: Census 1870 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Breckenridge Twp
    Authors: US Federal Census
    Date: 21 AUG 1870
    Publisher: ancestry.com
  2. Census 1920 Texas, Hamilton County
    Source: Census 1920 Texas, Hamilton County
    Date: 16 JAN 1920
    Publisher: Federal Census