Saturday, July 30, 2011
Aaron Brice Francis, CSA
I was out this morning to Little Creek Primitive Baptist church looking for a gravestone when I came across this grave of Aaron B. Francis, CSA. Doing an internet search I came up with this bit of information;
Aaron Brice Francis, Color Corporal/Color Sergeant Born in New Baltimore, Fauquier Co., 5/14/42, son of Robert H. and Susannah E. Francis; removed to farm 3 1/2 miles north of Warrenton; enlisted 4/22/61, at Warrenton; Pvt., Co. K. Captured at Frazier's Farm, 6/30/62; sent to Ft. Columbus, N. Y. Harbor; and Ft. Warren, Mass.; exchanged. Detailed to Division Provost Guard. Appointed Color Corporal, 1863. Promoted to Color Sergeant, 1864. Wounded 3/31/65, at Dinwiddie C. H. Made his way to the Southside Railroad the next day and went by rail to Lynchburg, where he was hospitalized. Paroled at Lynchburg, 4/15/65. Removed to a farm in eastern Loudoun Co., in 1881, near Willard in Fairfax Co. Preached for nearly 31 yrs., serving as a pastor and evangelist in Va., Md., Del., N. J., and Pa. Member Clinton-Hatcher Camp C. V., Loudoun Co.
So the man came along ways to died in Sussex County. His father was Robert H. Francis, his mother was Susannah Bise. His first wife (Laura Pagf, born 1850,died 1897) is buried back in Loudoun County, Virginia. His second wife Mary F. was 21 years younger then him. He lived in Delmar. He is first picked up in the 1900 census as being a minister (don't know which church) with a number of daughters; Susanna, Anna, and Margaret (from the first wife). His sons were Roger and Lewis. The grave is tended so his relatives must still be in the area.