second son of Collin Aldrich, Sr. was born on
Mustang Prairie about 1837 and spent his boyhood
there, with but few school advantages.
In 1860 he boarded with Tom Vaughan at Old
Randolph and went to school to Judge S.M. Thompson.
On July 4th he became a member of Currie's
Company of Volunteers and marched away with that
company on that day and reached Virginia in time to
become a member of Company I of Hoods Brigade.
He served for four full years in the Confederate
army, and participated in the battles of
Fredericksburg, and other hard fought battles
including the battle of Gettysburg, where he was
wounded and made a splendid record as a brave and
After the end of the war he returned to Crockett
and engaged in the mercantile business for many
years. About 1879 he married Miss Josephine
Coleman, the daughter of Uncle Dan Coleman, soon
afterwards they removed to Athens where his wife and
their only child, a son named John died.
He then returned to Crockett and fro several
years lived in the home of his brother Collin
Aldrich, Jr. His last years were spent in the
home of the A. A. Aldrich, where he died on March
18, 1917, at the age of eighty years. He is
buried in the Old Crockett Cemetery by the side of