- From Marsha S. Faulk firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Augustus DeLoach was born in Upson County, Ga. on August 2, 1842 to
Thomas DeLoach and Amelia "Milly" Isabella Magnan. They resided in Upson
County until approximately 1848-49 when they moved to Troup County, Ga. The
family was in Troup County by the time of the 1850 census. When war broke
out, Charles, along with two of his brothers and six first cousins, joined
Hilliard's Legion, Company A, 5th Battalion, Alabama Volunteers and served
under Captain Peter Rowland. As this was a cavalry unit, Charles furnished
his own horse, for which he was paid 40 cents per day. In September, 1862,
Charles was sick with a "fever" and in the hospital in Atlanta. His mother
went to Atlanta to nurse him back to health (and apparently succeeded) but she
contracted the disease and died on the way back home. Her date of death is
listed as October 10, 1862 in the family bible. Charles stayed with his unit
until the wars end and was paroled in accordance with the terms of a military
convention entered into on the 26th day of April, 1865, between General Joseph
E. Johnston, commanding Confederate Army and Major General W.T. Sherman,
commanding U.S. Army in North Carolina. Roll dated Hillsboro, North Carolina,
April 28, 1865, paroled at Hillsboro, North Carolina, May 3, 1865. He was
probably a prisoner of war. He had left home riding his horse but returned
home on foot.
Charles wasted no time after his arrival home (unknown as to how long it took
him to walk home) in courting his sweetheart. On October 7, 1865, he married
Mary Elizabeth Nichols, daughter of William Martin Nichols and Henrietta
Cavendar. According to information passed down through the family, they
eloped thereby upsetting her family so much that they did not speak to them
again until the birth of the first child (which was actually two, twins).
Charles and Mary Elizabeth had a total of 13 children that survived infancy.
Charles was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Masonic Order. He held
many positions during his lifetime. In May 1897, he became the Postmaster.
He served on juries in both Troup County, Ga. and Chambers County, Al. He was
a farmer and storekeeper also and played the fiddle. In later years, he was
the Overseer for the Hugley Farm on State Line Road.
In the 1880 Chambers County, Alabama Census, Thomas is living in the household of his grandson, Thomas Sutton DeLoach.