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Montgomery Co., TN Bible/Family Records
BALTHROP Bible & Civil War Letters

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Montgomery County Bible   & Family Records

as recorded on 08/30/1937, from the family Bible of
J. H. BALTHROP, of Clarksville, Tennessee.


John Hartwell BALTHROP, born Aug. 18th, 1841 in Robertson County, Tennessee. (He was the son of John Christian BALTHROP and Nancy White BALTHROP.)

Mary Jane Gupton BALTHROP, born Nov. 23rd, 1855 in Montgomery County.

Eunice Balthrop PENNEBAKER, born Dec. 12th, 1880, in Cheatham County.

Mary Frances PENNEBAKER, born May 13th, 1903.

Leander A. PENNEBAKER, born Sept. 13th, 1868, in Jasper, Texas.

Eben Winrod Gupton, the father of Mary Jane Gupton BALTHROP,
born Feb. 1813, died Feb. 13th 1884.
<Someone has crossed out Eben Winrod & penciled in the name
Ebben Nimrod above it.  It was not part of the original transcription.>

Lydia Page GUPTON, born April 1st, 1820, died March 27th, 1903,
married Eben Winrod Gupton June 20th 1844.
    <Someone has crossed out Winrod &
penciled in information below which says...
Ebernezer Nimrod, son of Eb. Nimrod of N. C.
& Sally ANDERSON of Cheatham Co.>


John Hartwell BALTHROP and Mary Jane GUPTON married
the 29th of January 1880 in Montgomery County.

Eunice Balthrop PENNEBAKER married Leander A. PENNEBAKER
June 25th 1902 in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Mary Frances PENNEBAKER, daughter of Eunice Balthrop PENNEBAKER and Leander A. PENNEBAKER, married Patrick Henry CROSS Feb. 10th, 1925.


Mary Jane Gupton BALTHROP, departed this life the 6th of Oct. 1894 in Cheatham County Tennessee, buried in Greenwood Cemetery at Clarksville, Tennessee.

John Hartwell BALTHROP died in Clarksville, Tennessee
Sunday 12:30 O’clock., Jan. 27th 1929.
He was a Confederate Soldier, Member of Co. C. 49th Tenn. Infantry,
buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Leander Aquilla PENNEBAKER, died Sept. 24th 1929,
buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tennessee.

Civil War Letters

     The following letters are copies of the original ones written from camp and prison by G. J. and J. H. BALTHROP, Confederate Soldiers, to their father, J. C. BALTHROP, also one by Mrs. T. H. PLANT, to J. C. BALTHROP at the time of the death of his son, G. J. BALTHROP.  These letters were on October 20, 1938 owned by Mrs. L. A. PENNEBAKER, 1101 Madison St., Clarksville, Tennessee, who is a daughter of J. H. BALTHROP and granddaughter of J. C. BALTHROP.
    Mrs. PLANT was a close friend of the Balthrop family, and lived in Macon, Ga. during the Civil War Period.

<Note: These letters are presented with their spelling and grammatical errors intact, at least according to the original transcription, because of their historical value.>

Civil War Letter

                                                                                         Camp Near Shelbyville
                                                                                         May 13, 1863

Dear farther and Mother -

     I take the present opportunity to write you a fiew lines to let you
____ that I am yet in the land of the living. I am well at present, hopeing
when these few lines reach you they ma find you enjoying the same blessings.
     Pa I suppose the Yankees is treating you all very bad, but I hope they
will not be there allways to do that. I hear the Yankees have made you take
the oath. I think by the time they take a few more horses and one or too
more negroes runs away that you will be left very near lone. They have had
another fight in Virginia, and I supose we whiped them very bad. General
Jackson was killed by our own men. Pa, I think it would be the best to get
along with them the best you can.
     Pa, I haven’t heard from hart sence I wrote to you last. Pa if you
haven’t had the chance to send me some cloths I want you to send them to
me the first chance. Pa I want you to send me some tobacco the first chance,
for I have to pay from too to three dollars a plug. You must excuse bad
writting and bad spelling. My love to you all.
    Nothing more, only I remain your son untill death, from

                                                                        G. J. Balthrop

To J. C. Balthrop


Civil War Letter

                                                                                      Camp Douglas, Illinois
                                                                                      April 8th, 1862

Dear Father--

     I seat myself to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am
harty and well and getting along very well. I landed at this place 21st.
of Feb. last, it seems like it has been a long time. I want to come home
very much indeed. I don’t think it will be a great while before we will
be released.
     I want you to write to me and send me some money. Direct your letter
to Camp Douglas, Illinois and the money by hand as there will be someone
passing. Send gold or silver. I want you and all the citizens to use all
your influence to get us released from prison so we may come home. Father
we are well situated in good houses and have plenty to eat, and have preach-
ing every day.
     There is a good deal of sickness. Several have died since we came
here, some with Pneumonia and various Diseases. I think the health of the
prisons is getting better as the weather gets warmer, though it is cold
here yet. It has been very cold here. I don’t think we will have any
spring till May. The weather is changeable.
     Tell Uncle Thomas that Tom is well and harty, and Cousin William
BALTHROP is here and sends his respects to you and family and says he is
well. He is the William BALTHROP that stayed with us last June going to
Camp Cheatham.
     Nothing more, but remain your affectionate son till Death, Farewell
till we meet again.

                                                                                    J. H. Balthrop

To J. C. Baltbrop


Civil War Letter

                                                                                    Macon, Ga.
                                                                                    Nov. 13th. 1862


     Ere this reaches you you will have recd. the sad intelligence of the
death of your son, G. J. BALTHROP.
     Thinking perhaps it would be some gratification to hear from one who
saw him every day for several weeks before his death, I take the liberty of
writing you and giving you a few particulars -
     He was brought to the Floyd House Hospital In our city soon after he
was wounded — I have been in the habit of visiting that ward nearly every
day for several months — I was attracted to your son by his severe suffer-
ing & by his quiet uncomplaining manner — and from that time till he died
I saw or heard from him generally, twice a day - he was wounded through his
right lung . He had the best of Medical attention and every attention that
could be given him. A nurse, Mr. Dunbar, was with him most of the time, and
two members of his regiment were near him to see that he had every care.
     The phycian had strong hopes that he would recover until he found that
his ribs were seperated by the ball. Then of course he knew there was no hopes.
     He was perfectly concious till the last moment - was visited several
times by Mr. Warren, the Babtist Minister and although he could not converse
very freely on account of his wound still he enjoyed seeing Mr. W. Said he
felt perfectly ready and willing to die, that he could put his whole trust
in his Savior.
     His suffering was very great and towards the last he prayed that he
might be taken from this world of suffering.
     He died perfectly happy and quietly on the 9th of Nov. - calling on
those around him to meet him in Heaven.
     His brother who was out of twon at the hospital came in town to see
him the day he died.
     I send you in this a look of his hair, which I had cut off, thinking
it would be valued by you all. He often spoke of you, his mother and the
other members of the family, and hoped to meet you in Heaven.
     May we all be as ready, when our summons comes to leave this world
of sorrow, as your dear son was, and may you all be comforted in this your
great affliction. “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be
the name of the Lord”- is the prayers of


                                                                         Mrs. T. H. Plant

To J. C. Balthrop

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