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BRANTLEY COUNTY HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

P.O. BOX 1096, Nahunta, Georgia 31553

This page was updated April 28, 2014

RICHARD C. STOKES *CSA*

1847 - 1900

Richard C. Stokes
 

Richard C. Stokes enlisted into the Confederate Army on July 3, 1864, as a private in Company I, 6th Georgia Infantry. He was separated in March 1865.

 

Richard C. Stokes Jr. was born September 30, 1847 to his parents, Richard C. Sr. and Nancy Altman Stokes, in Ware County.

 

Richard Jr. married Martha Thomas December 6, 1866 in Ware County, daughter of Edmund and Martha Dowling Thomas. Martha was born October 18, 1851 . Children born to them are:
 

(1) Elizabeth “Lizzie” Stokes, born November 13, 1867; died January 8, 1948, married Raiford M. Thornton August 19, 1888. Raiford was born January 9, 1869 and died December 28, 1928. Both are buried in High Bluff Cemetery.

 

(2) Mary Stokes, born May 10, 1869, died March 6, 1955, married Russell Raulerson, March 22, 1899.

 

(3) Sarah Stokes, born July 20, 1870, died November 18, 1943, married David M. Pearson.

 

(4) Noah Franklin “Frank” Stokes, born July 10 1872, died July 10, 1942, married Mary Jane Jacobs. Noah and Mary are buried in Hoboken Cemetery.

 

(5) Richard E. Stokes, born April 18, 1874, died April 7, 1879, buried in High Bluff Cemetery.

 

(6) Nancy Stokes, born July 24, 1875, died January 1 1967, married George J. Dryden March 19, 1902.

 

(7) Martha Stokes, born May 22, 1877, died July 31, 1879, buried in High Bluff Cemetery.

 

(8) Henry Jathan Stokes, born March 21, 1879, died April 9, 1955, married Ida Viola Bradley June 13, 1906.

 

(9) James Allen Stokes, born September 30,1880, died January 15, 1936, married Minnie Crews.

 

(10) William “Willie” Arthur Stokes, born March 18, 1882, died November 26, 1957, married (1st) Mary Luvada Herrin, July 22, 1903, daughter of Sherrod and Frances Victoria Highsmith Herrin. Victoria was born August 22, 1883 and died June 12, 1906. “Willie” married (2nd) Ella Gatsey Highsmith, May 7, 1907, daughter of Curtis and Arra Smith Highsmith. She was born March 21, 1887 and died December 25, 1986. They are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery at Raybon.

 

(11) Rilla Stokes, born September 3, 1883 and died January 23, 1973, married John M. Williams.

 

(12) Johnny Lee Stokes, born March 24, 1886, died May 25, 1936, married Frances Barber.

 

(13) Hattie Stokes, born September 20, 1889, died December 10, 1890, buried in High Bluff Cemetery.

 

(14) Lucien C. Stokes, born August 1, 1890, died December 31, 1944, married Nora Harris.

 

(15) Elbert C. Stokes, born October 17, 1893, married Lisie Etta Dowling.

 

Richard lost his hearing during his service in the War Between the States because of a shell bursting near his head and was granted a disability discharge in March 1865. He was walking the rails one mile east of Hoboken, Georgia, August 22, 1900, and was struck from behind and killed by a train. Martha died August 21, 1924 and they are buried in High Bluff Cemetery.

 

Military service was researched and a stone was ordered by Gaynell H. Sasser on October 13, 2004, and was placed by Jerry Van Herrin on January 13, 2005.

 

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