12. James Roland (Deadmon) Dedmond
(1) was born on 18 May 1845 in Mocksville,
North Carolina, Davie County. He died on 28 Sep 1925 in Salisbury, North Carolina
Rowan County. He was buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Salisbury, N.C.. He
was a Farmer. He served in the military. James R. Deadmon, Sergeant, was in
Company F., 42nd North Carolina Infantry. [Danny A. McBee, September 8, 2000].
James Roland Dedmond and his twin brother, Thomas Dedmon were in the North
Carolina 42nd Infantry Regiment. The following is a little history on this
regiment that I (Danny A. McBee, Great Grandson of James Roland Dedmond) have
gathered for future Dedmond genealogists.
North Carolina 42nd Infantry Regiment, Company F.
Organization: Organized at Salisbury on April 22, 1862. Surrendered by
General Joseph E. Johnston at Durham Station, Orange County, North Carolina,
on April 26, 1865.
First Commander: George C. Gibbs (Colonel)
Field Officers: Charles W. Bradshaw (Major, Lieutenant Colonel)
John E. Brown (Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel)
Thomas J. Brown (Major)
Davidson A. Underwood (Major)
Assignments: Department of North Carolina (August-September 1862)
Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia (September
Post of Weldon, French's Command, Department of North Carolina
and Southern Virginia (January-February 1863)
Post of Weldon, D. H. Hill's Command, Department of North
Carolina and Southern Virginia (February-April 1863)
Martin's Brigade, Department of North Carolina (April-July 1863)
District of North Carolin, Department of North Carolina (July-
Martin's Brigade, District of Cape Fear (November 1863-April
Martin's Brigade, Department of North Carolina (April-May 1864)
Martin's Brigade, Whiting's-D. H. Hill's Division, Department
of North Carolina and Southern Virginia (May 1864)
Martin's-Kirkland's Brigade, Hoke's Division, Department of
North Carolina and Southern Virginia (May-October 1864)
Kirkland's Brigade, Hoke's Division, 4th Corps, Army of Northern
Virginia (October-December 1864)
Kirkland's Brigade, Hoke's Division, Department of North
Carolina (December 1864-March 1865)
Kirland's Brigade, Hoke's Division, Hardee's Corps (March-April
Kirkland's Brigade, Hoke's Division, 1st Corps, Army of
Tennessee (April 1865)
Battles: Bermuda Hundred (May 17-June 14, 1864) James Dedmond wounded.
Cold Harbor (June1-3, 1864)
Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
Fort Harrison (September 29-30, 1864)
Burgess' Mill (October 27, 1864)
1st Fort Fisher (December 24-25, 1864)
2nd Fort Fisher (January 13-15, 1865)
Wise's Forks (March 7, 1865) James and Thomas Dedmond captured
Southwest Creek (March 8, 1865)
Bentonville (March 19-21, 1865)
James Roland Dedmond's last years were spent in the home of his son Henry
Baxter Dedmond, Salisbury, North Carolina, Rowan County.
NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS, 1861-1865
A Roster compiled by Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr.
Unit Histories by Louis H. Masrarin, Vol. X
Infantry, 38th-39th and 42nd-44th Regiments
(Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History 1985)
Page 193. James R. Deadman enlisted in Rowan County on 19
January 1862, at age 17 in Company A of Major George C.
Gibbs's Prison Guard Battalion, N.C. Troops, which guarded
prisoners in the Confederate Prison at Salisbury. He was
discharged in May-June of 1862.
Page 252. (Write-ups for James R. Deadman and Thomas H.
Deadman much the same.)
"Deadman, James R., Private, Co. F (Deadman, Thomas H.
Private, Co. F) resided in Davie County. Both enlisted in
Co. F, 42nd Regiment, N.C. Troops in Lenoir County, N.C.,
Kinston, N.C., on 15 July 1863, for the duration of the war.
Present or accounted for until May-August 1864, when they
were reported wounded on or about 20 May 1864. J.R., the
record says, was wounded near Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, on
or about 20 May 1864. It doesn't say where Thomas H. was
wounded, but my guess is that he too was wounded at Bermuda
Hundred. Both of the Deadmans were given medical leaves.
J.R. returned to duty about 31 October 1864; Thomas H.
returned in September-October 1864. They were both captured
at or near Wise's Forks, on 10 March 1865, and both
confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, on 16 March 1865. They
were released on 12 June 1865 after taking the Oath of
(Thomas Harvey married Eliza C. Foster while on medical
leave. J.R. waited until after the Civil War to marry Martha
A. Click, Daughter of Heinrick Herman Gluck (Click) and
Elizabeth Ann Snider. When H.H. died, in 1851, Elizabeth
married again, this time to Hailey Deadman. It was Hailey
Deadman who raised Martha Ann Click.)
(Information provided by Francis B. Dedmond)
The following was copied from the microfilm of James Roland Dedmond's
service record by Mrs. Millie Dedmond, wife of Haley Maxwell (Mack)
Dedmond: Microfilm Service Record: Gibb's Prison Guard Battalion, N. C.
Troops. James R. Deadman enlisted Jan. 19, 1862 at Salisbury by C. W.
Bradshaw for 1 year. Next page said enlisted July 15, 1863 at Kinston by
Wiley A. Clement for period of war. Then we read the following: Period of
April 30 to Aug 30, 1864 was absent. Remarks: at Div. Hospital, wounded.
Sept and Oct 1864 at hospital Richmond--sick since Sept. 15, 1864. Morning
report of 5th Division General Hospital, Camp Winder, Richmond, Virginia for:
to August 31, 1864 dated Oct. 17, 1864--Last Paid: by Capt. L. Semance
(writing wasn't too good) May 1, 1864. Present or Absent: Not stated.
Point Lookout, Maryland. Register 2, page 176--J R Dadmone, Pvt. Co. H., 42nd
Regt. Appears on a roll of Prisoners of War. Date of arrival - New Berne,
March 16, 1865. Captured near Kingston, N. C. March 10,1865. Released June
12, 1865. Oath of Allegiance to the U. S. subscribed and sworn to at Point
Lookout, Maryland, June 12, 1865. Place of residence--Davie Co., N. C.
Complexion: Dark Hair: D. Brown Eyes: Brown Height: 5 ft 9 in. Note:
Released at Point Lookout, June 12, 1865 by G. O. No. 109, A.G.O. Signs by
mark. Name appears in Column Name as Jas. R. Deadmon. Number of roll 22,
J. W. Wilkinson, copyist.
James R. Dedman, age 64, married 38 years, 15 children born, 10 surviving,
shows up in the 1910 Rowan County, Salisbury Township, North Carolina Census,
as head of household with wife Martha, 52, son Jesse H., 28, son Henry B., 17,
son Marshall O., 14, daughter Josie Reeves, widowed, age 23.
I, Danny A. McBee, visited the graves of Martha and James Roland Dedmond
located in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, April 4, 1994. I have pictures of the
tombstones. There is a story behind finding the graves. We, my wife and I,
went to the tiny chapel to locate the graves. Records said the Triangle E
area. There is a little triangle with roads going on both sides of it. Grave reflects
the name James R. Deadmon. [Danny A. McBee].
I, Danny A. McBee, have found that James R. Deadman was also in Co. G., NC
66th Infantry while I was at the State Archives in Raleigh, N. C. today, March 25,
1998]. [Danny A. McBee, March 25, 1998].
Copied from American Online, May 24, 1998, by Danny A. McBee. This was the
prison camp that my great-grandfather James Roland Dedmond was imprisoned in along with his twin brother Thomas Dedmon.
A federal prison camp for Confederates was built on Point Lookout, Maryland, at the extreme tip of St. Mary's County, on the barren peninusla where the Potomac River joins Chesapeake Bay. The camp was convenient to the battlefields in the East and therefore became the largest Union prison. The campe was established after the Battle of Gettysburg to incarcerate Confederate prisoners. The camp was in operation two years, July, 1863-June, 1865. The prison consisted of "two enclosures of flat sand, one about thirty and the other about ten acres, each surrounded by a fence fifteen feet high, without tree or shrub. The camp was only about 5' above sea level.
Because of the topography, drainage was poor, and the area was subject to extreme heat in the summer and cold in the winter. This exacerbated the problems created by inadequate food, clothing, fuel, housing, and medical care. As a result, approximately 4,000 prisoners died there over 22 months, a death rate of 25-30%.
It is estimated that a total of over 50,000 men, both military and civilian, were held prisoner there. Although it was designed for 10, 000 prisoners, during most of its existence it held 12,600 to 20,000 inmates.
The camp's Provost Marchall was Mjr. Brady assisted by Mjr. Gen. Benjamin Butler.
More information on Point Lookout, Maryland Prison Camp that my great-grandfather James Roland Dedmond was imprisoned in:
A prison camp for Confederate prisoners of war was built at Point Lookout, Md., on the tip of the peninsula where the Potomac River joins Chesapeake Bay. In the two years during which the camp was in operation, August, 1863, to June, 1865, Point Lookout overflowed with inmates, surpassing its intended capacity of 10,000 to a population numbering between 12,500 and 20,000. In all, over 50,000 men, both military and civilian, were held prisoner there.
G.W. Jones, a private of Co. H, 24th Virginia Cavalry, described his ominous entrance into the prison amidst "a pile of coffins for dead rebels," hearing the lid close shut on his own soon thereafter when he learned that the system of prisoner exchanges had been suspended for the duration of the war. Jones described the camp as laid out into a series of streets and trenches, intended to aid in drainage, and surrounded by a fourteen foot parapet wall. Prisoners, who lived sixteen or more to a tent, were subjected to habitually short rations and limited fire wood in winter, and when the coffee ration was suspended for federal prisoners at Andersonville, the Point Lookout prisoner lost theirs as well.
The worst the prisoners suffered, however, may have been inflicted by the physical conditions. The flat topography, sandy soil, and an elevation barely above high tide led to poor drainage, and the area was subjected to every imaginable extreme of weather, from blazing heat to bone-chilling cold. Polluted water exacerbated the problems of inadequate food, clothing, fuel, housing, and medical care, and as a result, approximately 4,000 prisoners died there over 22 months. He was married to Martha Ann Click on 6 Aug 1866 in Salisbury, North Carolina.
13. Martha Ann Click
(1) was born on 19 Aug 1850 in Mocksville, North Carolina, Davie County.
She died on 12 Feb 1919 in Salisbury, North Carolina Rowan County. She was
buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Salisbury, N.C.. She was a Housewife/mother.
Note: a J C Click was witness to Deadman wills some years prior to this
marriage. John H. Butler and Frances A. Click were witnesses at the wedding
of Martha Ann Click and James Roland Dedmond. Frances and John Henry Butler
would marry a year later. Martha Ann Click attended Salem Female Academy with
a cousin Mattie Douthit in Salem, N. C. during the scholastic year from July
1865 to June 1866 (keep in mind she was only 15 or 16 years old). I, Danny A.
McBee, have a copy of the school catalogue her name appears in. [Danny A.
6 i. William Haley Dedmond.
ii. John Franklin Deadmon Sr.(1) was born on 7 Oct 1871 in Davie County, North Carolina. He died on 31 Jan 1952 in Salisbury, North Carolina Rowan County. John F. Deadmon shows up in the 1920 Rowan County, North Carolina Census as
the head of household, age 48, with wife, Mary, age 47, children Norman, 21,
Blanche, 19 Ruth, 14, and John, age 9.
iii. Jesse Bell Dedmond(1) was born on 27 Jul 1872 in N C. He died on 25 Oct 1873 in N C.
iv. Dewitt Clinton Deadmon(1) was born on 22 Oct 1873 in Davie County, North Carolina. He died on 18 Oct 1967 in Salisbury, North Carolina. He was buried on 19 Oct 1967 in Chestnut Hill Cem. Salisbury, N. C.. He had an estate probated in Dorothea Dix Hospital. He had Social Security Number 240-09-5877. Dewitt was a Lutheran. Jesse, his brother, lived in Greensboro NC. Gilmer C
Miller was his grandson and lived at 1607 S 3rd St Salisbury NC. He had three
grandchildren. He had on granddaughter, Mrs Ralph G Thornburg of Salisbury.
Funeral by Sommersett Funeral Home. He was asssociated with the Fruit and Seed
Business and later manager of Hardiman & Son Furniture. Retired 1963". [Danny A.
McBee, June 25, 1994].
Dewitt Deadmon is listed in the Ancestry.Com Social Security Death Index. Dewitt was born October 22, 1873 and died October 1967 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. Dewitt's social security number was 240-09-5877. Dewitt was a brother to my grandfather William Haley Dedmond. As you can see, Dewitt spelled his name Deadmon. My grandfather spelled our name Dedmond. Their father James Roland Dedmond had his name spelled James Roland Deadmon on his grave marker in Salisbury, North Carolina. [Danny A.
McBee, September 18, 1999].
v. Thomas Jefferson Deadman(1) was born on 22 Jan 1875. Thomas Dedman, age 25, is listed in the 1900 Rowan County, North Carolina
Census with wife Georgia E., 18, and daughter Lola M., 4/12 months old. They are
living in the household of Lawson Loflin and his wife Mary. [Danny A. McBee,
April 18, 1998].
Thomas J. Dedman, age 34, married 11 years, shows up as head of household in
the 1910 Rowan County, Salisbury Township, North Carolina Census. He is
living next door to his father James R. Dedman, age 64. [Danny A. McBee, April
vi. Sarah (Sally) Elizabeth Dedmond(1) was born on 25 Aug 1877 in N C. "Lived in the Franklin Community, near Salisbury". Shows up in the 1920 Rowan
County, Salisbury, North Carolina Census with her husband Dorsett Holshouser
and two children Gernie and John. [Danny A. McBee, April 17, 1998].
vii. Dora Lee Dedmond(1) was born on 23 Feb 1881 in Davie County, North Carolina. She died about 1963. She was buried in Kendall's Baptist Church, Stanly County, North Carolina. Dora Dedmond is listed as Dora Lee Dedman in the Rowan County Marriage License
Issued For roster with prospective groom Charles Pennington, whom she did
marry. Marriage license was issued October 27, 1898. Dora Dedmond was my
grandfather William Haley Dedmond's sister.
viii. Jesse Herman Dedmond(1) was born on 8 May 1882 in Davie County, North Carolina. He died on 27 Apr 1969 in Greensboro, Guilford Co., North Carolina. He had Social Security Number 239-09-7138. Jesse Dedmond's Social Security number was 239-09-7138. Jesse died April
1969 in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina. I, Danny A. McBee, gathered
this information from the Social Security Death Index records. I have talked
several times with Jesse's daughter Vardelle. (Danny A. McBee).
Jesse H. Dedman, age 28, is listed in the household of his father, Jamrs R.
Dedman, age 64, in the 1910 Rowan County, Salisbury Township, North Carolina
Census. He is not married at this time. [Danny A. McBee, April 18, 1998].
ix. Josephine Dedmond (Private).
x. George Roland Dedmond(1) was born on 12 Oct 1888. He died on 3 Dec 1890.
xi. Ernest Dedmond(1) was born on 22 Apr 1890 in N C. He died on 22 Jul 1891 in N C.
xii. Henry Baxter Dedmond(1) was born on 14 Feb 1893 in Davie County, North Carolina. He died on 6 Oct 1965 in Salisbury N C. He was buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Salisbury, N.C.. He had Social Security Number 242-10-0140. Henry Baxter Dedmond's social security number was 242-10-0140. This was
listed in the Social Security Death Index. (Danny A. McBee).
Henry B. Dedman, age 17, is listed in the household of his father James R. Dedman,
age 64, in the 1910 Rowan County, Salisbury Township, North Carolina Census.
[Danny A. McBee, April 18, 1998].
xiii. Marshall Owens Dedmond(1) was born on 1 Oct 1895. He died on 24 Nov 1967 in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. "Moved into 706 Railroad St when Henry Baxter Dedmond moved to 119 Knox St,
Salisbury N C". Marshall's social security number was listed as 242-10-0142.
Marshall got his number at the same time as his brother Henry (242-10-0140)
and Myrtle (his wife)(242-10-0143). I found this to be unusual. (Danny A.
Marshal O. Dedman, age 14, is listed as a child in the household of his father James
R. Dedman, age 64, in the 1910 Rowan County, Salisbury Township, North Carolina
Census. [Danny A. McBee, April 18, 1998].
xiv. Infant Dedmond(1).
xv. Infant Dedmond(1).
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