Tidewater Virginia VMI Graduates
The file that follows is a listing of Tidewater (Virginia)
personnel listed in the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). The data was
extracted from the Online files at the VMI website.
All entries conform to the following format:
Last Name, First Name, Middle Name; Date/Place of birth and death,
if known; parents' names; graduation status; military service, if known;
post-graduate career; spouse's name. Links to, or brief description of other
holdings (photographs, manuscripts, etc) are provided.
Garnett, Louis Anacharsis. b. 1821 Essex Co., VA;
d. 1901, pacific Grove, CA; Robert Selden Garnett and Olympia Charlotte de
Gouges; graduate; no military record; lawyer; m. Maria Champe Garnett (cousin),
Knight, Oscar Mansfield. b. 1823, Nottoway Co.,
VA; d. 1918, Wilmington, NC; John Hughes Knight and Sallie Everett Carter;
graduate; Civil War- Capt. 9th Virginia Cavalry; physician, farmer; Uncle of
Emmet Knight (Class of 1867/New Market cadet); m. Ellen Todd.
Shields, Hamilton L. b. 1821, Norfolk, VA; d.
1889, New York; William Cannon Shields and Elizabeth Finch; non-graduate;
Mexican War--Lt. 3rd Artillery, U.S. Army; did not serve in Civil War; army
officer, lawyer, farmer; m. Caroline Hart of Troy, New York
Jeffress, William Calvin. b.
1823, Nottoway Co., VA; d. 1895, Nottoway Co.; Edward Thomas Jeffress
(1794-1873) & Dicy Hall Fowlkes (1800-1858); graduate; Capt. Artillery, CSA;
lawyer, tobacco farmer; married (1st) Betty Clark, (2nd) Margaret Moseley (3rd)
Smith, William Henry. b.
ca. 1824, Richmond Co., VA; d. 1859 or 1860, Warsaw, VA; William G. Smith &
Elizabeth Bailey Settle; non-graduate; no military record; teacher; never
Twiford, Robert Purnell. b.
ca. 1818; death information unknown, "died young."; no information
about parents; Mrs. E. Twiford was listed as guardian in matriculation book (he
matriculated from Accomac, VA); non-graduate; no military record; teacher;
married Tabitha Wharton Dix
Washington, John Tayloe.
b. 1822 (1824?), Westmoreland Co., VA (at "Blenheim"); d. 1864 May;
Lawrence Washington & Sarah Tayloe; graduate; Civil War--unit unknown; died
after contracting typhoid fever; farmer & sheriff; married Mary Dent Ashton
of King George Co., VA.
Wills, John Cunningham. b.
1821 Isle of Wight Co., Virginia; d. 1878 Fayette, Missouri; John Goodrich Wills
and Louisa Cunningham; graduate; Civil War--Col. in militia, not called to
active duty; educator and minister; married Katherine Emily Duffey, 1847.
Garnett, Thomas Stuart. b. 1825, Westmoreland
Co., Virginia; d. 1863 in battle at Chancellorsville; Henry Thomas Garnett &
Eliza Stuart Bankhead; non-graduate; Mexican War-Lt. Civil War- Col. 48th
Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA; physician; married Emma L. Baber, 1848.
Jett, John Jr.. b. 1824 Rappahannock Co., VA; d.
1856 in Kansas; James Jett & Julia M. Lane; non-graduate; no military
record; merchant; married Isabella Roberts
Pitts, John Henry. b. 1825 Tappahannock, VA; d.
1861 Essex Co., VA; Reubin Lindsey Pitts & Kiturah Waller Jones; graduate;
Civil War- Capt C.S.A; died June 1861 after organizing his company but before
active service; teacher; married 1849 Sarah Ann Ellis.
Taylor, Edmund. b. 1822 Caroline Co., VA; d. 1881
Richmond, VA; John Taylor and Lucy Gregory Woodford; graduate; Civil War- Lt.
CSA; farmer; married 1845 Susan Morris Dabney (1827-1918).
Lawrence, James H. b. ca. 1822, (Caroline Co.,
VA?); date/place of death unknown; John G. Lawrence and Hannah ?; graduate;
Civil War- various Georgia units; dentist; no information regarding marital
Meredith, John Scott. b. 1824 Hanover Co., VA d.
1917 Stafford Co. VA; Reuben Meredith and Mary L. Clarkson; non-graduate; Civil
War - Lt., Cavalry, CSA; lawyer; no marriage info
Moomau, John Bean. b. 1821 Franklin VA, d. 1864
Charlottesville VA; Frederick Moomau and Catherine Johnson; graduate; Civil War
- Capt. Franklin Guards (Co. E, 62nd Regt. Va. Mounted Infantry); lawyer;
married Hannah Hinkle Dice.
Wheelwright, William Henry. b. 1824 Westmoreland
Co., VA., d. 1879; Joseph Wheelwright (physician) and Levica Dodge; graduate;
Civil War - Major, 26th Virginia Infantry Regiment CSA, Chaplain 9th Virginia
Cavalry Regiment; clergyman; married 1849 Margaret Kerfoot.
Williamson, Henry Watson. b. 1823 Norfolk VA, d.
1884 Lexington, VA; Thomas Williamson and Anne Walke; graduate; Mexican War -
Lt. Civil War - 6th Virginia Infantry Regiment CSA; civil engineer, VMI
Librarian 1876-1884; married 1861 Patty Green; brother of Thomas Hoomes
Williamson, VMI Faculty member. (photograph of Thomas Hoomes Williamson on file
at VMI). Death of Henry W. Williamson is mentioned in Thomas J. Nottingham diary
( on file at VMI)
Baber, Thomas Berry Jr. b. 1827 King George Co.,
VA; d. 1872; Thomas B. Baber and Emily J.; non-graduate; Civil War--Company C.,
9th Virginia Cavalry; farmer; never married.
Fitzhugh, Philip Aylett. b. 1824 Middlesex Co.,
VA; d. 1908 Northampton Co. VA; Philip A. Fitzhugh and Mary Macon Aylett;
graduate; Civil War- Capt. Infantry Co. at beginning of war; physician; m. 1849
Georgeanna Tankard. (photograph on file at VMI)
Stewart Wise Anderson,
b. 1886, Portsmouth, VA; VMI Class of 1908; educator; VMI faculty member
(1911-1957) and Dean of the Faculty 1941-1955; d. 1970, Lexington, VA.
William Couper b. 1884,
Norfolk, Virginia; graduate Virginia Military Institute (Class of 1904); army
officer, 1917-1920; engineer; Business Executive VMI, 1925-1954; VMI
Historiographer, 1934-1954; retired VMI 1954; d. 1964, Lexington, Va
James Smith Ferebee, b.
1906, Virginia Beach, VA; VMI Class of 1927; sportsman (golf & skeet) and
insurance executive; member Virginia Sports Hall of Fame; d. 1988 VMI Class of
John Marvin Luke, b.
1880, Portsmouth, VA; VMI Class of 1900; World War I veteran; teacher and
clergyman; d. 1951.
Emmett Masalon Morrison,
b. 1841 Smithfield, VA; VMI Class of 1861; 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA;
teacher; d. 1932 Smithfield, VA
Kenneth Sinclair Purdie,
b. 1892, Norfolk, Virginia; VMI Class of 1912; army officer; educator; VMI
faculty member; d. 1983, Lexington, Virginia.
Thomas Middleton Semmes,
b. 1840, Caroline Co., VA; VMI Class of 1860; Lt. Arkansas regiment, CSA; VMI
Faculty member, 1860-1904; d. 1904, Lexington, VA.
Francis Williamson Smith,
b. 1838, Norfolk, Virginia; graduate VMI Class of 1856; educator; Lt. Col.
Confederate Artillery; wounded at Amelia Springs and died April 6, 1865.
Edmund Clivious Waddill,
b. 1883 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1903; United States Army officer and World
War I veteran; d. 1964 Portsmouth, VA.
John Robinson Waddy, b.
1834; graduate, VMI Class of 1853; officer, U.S. Army prior to 1861; officer,
CSA; farmer, businessman, postmaster; d. 1903, Norfolk, VA
Walter Wheeler Williams,
b. 1834, Norfolk, VA; graduate, VMI Class of 1853; graduate University of
Virginia and Theological Seminary in Virginia (Alexandria); Episcopal clergyman
in Leesburg and Halifax VA, Washington DC, New York City, & Baltimore; d.
1891, Sudbrook Park, MD
William Macon Jerdone,
b. 1848, Charles City Co., VA; VMI Class of 1871; lawyer and Texas state
legislator; d. 1900, Galveston, TX
Richard Tuggle Goodwyn
b. 1866, Nottoway VA; VMI Class of 1887; educator and real estate broker; d.
William Augustus Moncure,
b. 1863, Bowling Green, VA; VMI Class of 1884; lawyer and judge; died 1947,
Robert Edward Bruce Stewart,
b. 1863 Norfolk Co., VA; VMI Class of 1886; state legislator; Clerk to Capt. of
Norfolk Navy Yard; d. 1930, Portsmouth VA
William Waller Vest, b.
1871 Williamsburg, Virginia; VMI Class of 1892; physician, Clarksville,
Virginia; d. 1918, Clarksville, VA
John Crump Parker, b.
1895, Franklin, VA; VMI Class of 1914; lawyer; d. 1986 Franklin, VA
John Franklin East, Jr.,
b. 1901 Norfolk, VA; VMI Class of 1924; shipping business; d. 1979 Norfolk, VA
George DeLancey Hanger,
b. 1907, Portsmouth, VA; VMI Class of 1928; World War II veteran; businessman;
d. 1992, Norfolk VA
Andrew Lee Hannah, Jr.,
b. 1903, Portsmouth, VA ; VMI Class of 1924; United States Air Force officer; d.
Richard Rawles Woodward,
b. 1905 Suffolk, VA; VMI Class of 1926; Marine Corps officer during World War
II; businessman; d. 1982 Suffolk, VA
William T. Hardy b. 1834, Norfolk, Virginia; VMI
Class of 1855; during Civil War was Captain, Quartermaster, Confederate States
Army; farmer; d. 1911.
Lawrence Royster , b. 1841, New Kent Co.,
Virginia; Honorary graduate, VMI Class of 1866; New Market Cadet; farmer,
accountant, Court Clerk; d. 1914, Richmond, Virginia
James Henry Lane, b.
July 28, 1833, Mathews Court House, Virginia. Parents: Henry Gardner Lane and
Mary Ann Henry Barkwell . VMI Class of 1854; appointed Brigadier General Nov.
1862;. Marriage Charlotte
Randolph Meade of Richmond, VA; (four daughters Lidie, Mary, Kate, Lottie).
(Photograph available VMI)
William Mahone, born
1826 December 1 at Fort Monroe, Southampton Co., Virginia. Parents: Fielding
Jordan Mahone, a merchant in Southampton Co., and Martha Drew. Paternal
Grandparents: William Mahone (b. Ireland) and Nancy Jordan. VMI
Class of 1847; promoted to Major General on July 30; Married
Otelia Butler on February 8, 1855; daughter of Dr. Robert Butler of Smithfield,
Isle of Wight Co., Virginia and Otelia Voinard of Petersburg, VA. William and
Otelia had 13 children, 3 of whom lived into adulthood (William, Robert, and
Otelia).; United States Senator, 1881-1887; died October 8, 1895; buried
Blandford Cemetery, near Petersburg, VA. (Photograph available VMI)
Submitted by Rod McDonald