Known CSA Veterans at Cedar Hill
Known CSA Soldiers at Soldiers' Rest
Urquhart, Thomas N., d. 15 May 1915, Vicksburg. He enlisted in the13th Va. Cav., Co. A, for the war 22 Oct 1862 at Brandy Station, Virginia. In late summer of 1863, he was absent on sick furlough but returned for the Sep-Oct 1863 company muster roll.
His name appears on a list of Confederate prisoners of war paroled at Farmville, Va., between 11-21 Apr 1865.
He began residency at Beauvoir Confederate Soldiers Home on 10 Oct 1911. He gave his age as 68 and stated he lived in Harrison Co., Miss. The Fisher Funeral Home record gives the burial date as 16 May 1915 and this soldier's age as 75.
Below is his signature on a 19 Dec 1863 commutation for rations while he was on furlough 21 Aug 1863 to 20 Sep 1863.
Above, identifying card for Urquhart and, right, a muster roll card for Sept and Oct of 1862, showing his enlistment information, both from his compiled service record at
Record on fold3.com
Above, on the 1900 federal census for Livingston Parish,
La., Thomas, head of household, gives this information. He is white,
male, born Jan 1844, 56 years old, and a widower. The house numbering to the
left indicates he lived alone.
Thomas also says he and his parents were born in Virginia
and that He
works as a day laborer.
Here is the 1910 federal census, part of Jackson, Miss. Thomas Urquhart is the head, male, white, 66 years old, and a widower. Again, we can see by the house numbering that he lives alone. The row is snipped in two and continues below.
He says he and his father were born in Virginia, but he gives his mother's birthplace as North Carolina. He speaks English and is a retired agent for a nursery.
The Records of Beaufort Confederate Soldiers' Home, Gulfport, Miss., show T. N. Urquart [sic] of Co. A, 13th VA Cavalry and a resident of Harrison County, Miss., living at Beaufort. His death date is given as 15 May 1915.
|Below is a page from the original Jefferson Davis Beauvoir Memorial Home for Confederate soldiers, sailors, and widows. (At the right, someone has written page 19, but it is the 22nd page of the 126-pg pdf.) On the top line, registering at the home on 10 Oct 1911 is T. N. Urquhart, age 68, of Harrison Co., a native of Virginia, having served in Co. A, 13th Va Cav. [Beaufort is in Harrison Co., Miss.]|
A close up of the note added to the end of the registration line. It states that he died 15 May 1915 in Vicksburg.
Images are from SCV's Beauvoir site.
There are other Urquharts in the 13 Va Cal -- A. B. Urquhart and Joseph W. Urquhart enlisted 19 Apr 1862 in Norfolk, Va. William C. Urquhart (b. Southampton Co., Va.) enlisted at Culpeper Court House, Va., 9 Oct 1862, but received a disability discharge. See A. B. Urquhart's record on fold3.com. See Joseph W. Urquhart's record on fold3.com. See William C. Urquhart's record on fold3.com.
The "Annex Records of Confederate Veterans" notes on page 12 that Maj. Kemp brought T. N. Urquhart from Beauvoir to the Annex on 6 May 1915. (The Annex was a wing "annexed" to the hospital and paid for by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was for the CSA veterans.)
On page 15 we read that "Mr. Thomas N. Urquhart died May 15th 1915 A very nice gentleman & lovely letters from his neice Miss Lucy Delk, from Suffolk Va--Mr Urquhart was in the Annex only a week--brought here from Beauvoir. The Beauvoir Home meeting some of the expense of burial."
Thomas N. Urquhart married Ann Eliza Millington Delk. In the marriage information, Thomas is listed as single; Ann Eliza Delk is listed as widowed. They married 22 Dec 1886 in Isle of Wight, Virginia.
She was the widow of John W. Delk (b. 1846), whom she married in 1869. They had a daughter and a son, John Edwin Delk. In 1901, this son married Rachel Regina Gann.
This information is included because when Thomas' wife Ann M. Urquhart died in Feb 1900, she was interred in the Delk lot in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Smithfield, Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. Her son John Edwin Delk died in 1931, and his wife Regina died in 1947. Both were buried there with his mother. (findagrave.com memorial # 87231391)
(Marriage information from Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940, Ancestry.com)
Thomas N. Urquhart's parents
Thomas N. Urquhart (age 6) appears on the 1850 census for Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. Among his siblings is brother Burgess Urquhart (age 3). The value of real estate belonging to the father, Richard A. Urquhart, makes him very much the landed gentry. [See 1850 census below.]
In the 1860 census, Thomas N. is ten years older. His mother, Mary R., is now a well-to-do widow, with a great deal of value to her real estate and to her personal estate.
Who were Thomas N.'s parents?
A marriage between Richard A. Urquhart and Mary R. Norfleet had a bonded date 5 Jun 1829 in Bertie Co., North Carolina. These are believed to be the parents of Thomas N. Urquhart. In Richard A. Urquharts's handwritten will of 29 Nov 1856, he mentions his wife Mary R. He also mentions his "brother A. B. Urquhart, and my nephew James B. Urquhart." His children are not individually named, being referred to as simply, "my children."
His will was not witnessed. Kin and friends vouched for his handwriting.
His will was presented to the County Court of Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, on 27 Apr1857. In the proceedings, he was referred to as "Doct. Richard A. Urquhart." "[A] true copy of the last will and testament of Doct. Richard A. Urquhart was filed by the Clerk of the County Court on 1 May 1857."
The 3 and 4 Oct 1850 census for Eastern
District, Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
and 4 Oct 1850 census for Eastern District, Isle of Wight Co.,
Virginia, shows the Urquharts as family 578. Richard A. Urquhart, 47, a
farmer, born in Virginia
(Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Federal Census, Virginia, Isle of Wight, Eastern District, 3 and 4 Oct 1850)
As an aside......
A search for information on the Urquhart name brought to light many web sites on the Scottish Urquharts and Urquhart Castle, or rather its ruins, on the banks of Loch Ness in Inverness, Scotland.
One of the most interesting finds was a book entitled History of the Family of Urquhart (University Press, 1946) by Henrietta Tayler, online at Ancestry.com (pages referenced below are 1, 2, 5, 31, 50).
The author writes "[t]he Family of Urquhart is one of the oldest in the north of Scotland, and was once both numerous and powerful. It is now sadly reduced in numbers. Some of the ancient castles it formerly possessed are in ruins, and others in the hands of different families. But it will never cease to be of interest to all Scots, and also to all genealogists on account of the most famous member of the family, Sir Thomas Urquhart [1611-1660], royalist soldier and translator of Rabelais...." who compiled an extensive genealogy of the Urquharts.
In a later paragraph, in the Introduction, Tayler allows Sir Thomas to speak on an elder's concern of how descendants of notable ancestors have spread across the earth, across the years, leaving the name of the family on towns, castles, churches... and, too, perhaps the name changes over time as descendants move away, meet different cultures, and their history is forgotten.
"In the great chronicle of the house of Urquhart, the aforesaid Sir Thomas purposeth by God's assistance, to make mention of the illustrious families from thence descended, which are yet in esteem in the countries of Germany, Bohemia, Italy, France, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland and several other nations of a warmer climate, adjacent to that famous territory of Greece, the lovely mother of this most ancient and honorable stem. How, by the iniquity of time and confusion of languages, their names have been varied, their coat armour altered and, as new scions, transplanted into another soil, without any reference almost to the stock from whence they sprung. And how many towns, castles, churches, fountains, rivers, nesses [capes], bays, harbours and such like, have from the name of Urquhart received their denomination."
For the sake of the family and posterity, Sir Thomas set down the branches of the Urquhart families, together with their alliances, exploits, and other items of historical interest.
Which of several branches of Urquharts our Confederate soldier Thomas N. Urquhart might be descended from, we don't know. However, the concerns of Sir Thomas for the preservation of the history of his family and name is offered here because it can apply to the ancestor of every soldier in Soldiers' Rest.
There were numerous castles associated with the Urquhart families. The earliest notice of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness is in the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, 1st Vol., 1306-1424, where a charter is dated 1371, the first year of the reign of Scotland's Stuart King Robert II.
If you go searching for Urquharts (and there are a lot of them), be prepared for interesting transcription and spelling errors. Urguhast, Urguhart, Mrquhart, Urgahart, Urqwhart, Vrquart, and Wigerhart. Sometimes, we are simply not used to the handwriting of the time, so that a capital U may appear to be a captal M or someone may try to spell it as it sounds. However, I can offer no guess for the reasoning behind "Wigerhart."
An Urquhart plaid
From Bain, Robert, The Clans and Tartans of
Scotland, Collins, London and Glasgow
Another view of Urquhart's grave marker.
Special thanks to Bobbie Beyers Edwards, who tracked down and transcribed the "Annex Records of Confederate Veterans."
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