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William Thomas Arnall

Male 1839 - 1914  (75 years)


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  • Name William Thomas Arnall 
    Born 4 May 1839  Walton County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Oct 1914  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Senoia City Cemetery, Senoia, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arnall, William T
    Arnall, William T
    Notes 
    • WILLIAM T. ARNALL, one of Senoia's prominent citizens, was born in Walton county, Ga., in 1839, his parents, John and Nancy A. (Gibbs) Arnall, being also natives of this state. The father, born in Butts county in 1811, was the son of William H. Arnall, a Virginian who came to Georgia, settling in Butts county before 1800, making the long journey thither on horseback. He was by trade a wheelwright and blacksmith, at which he worked for many years. His son John settled in Coweta county in 1843, and there the younger William grew to manhood, attending school in what was noted as a better schoolhouse than most of that time, in that the logs of which it was built were hewed, and the chimney, though of sticks and dirt, was the outlet of a fire-place extending almost across the entire end
      of the building. The writing-desk, too, was a great improvement for those days, being made like the roof of a house, with a slope on each side so that it would accommodate pupils on both sides. It was no unusual occurrence in those days for the pupils to turn the teacher out on Christmas and make him treat. Soon after the outbreak of the war, in July, 1861, young Arnall enlisted in Company A, Seventh Georgia regiment. In this company he remained until the second battle of Manassas, where he was wounded in the arm, on Aug. 30, and when he reached home on Sept. 20 he weighed only eighty-four pounds. As soon as he was sufficiently recovered he helped Capt. J. H. Graham recruit a cavalry company, and on Dec.
      29, 1862, he returned to the front, at which time he weighed I 72 pounds. In May, 1863, his wound broke out afresh, and the physician told him he must lose his arm or his life; he, however, refused to submit to amputation of the suffering member, and at last, -to his great joy, it healed. He was in a number of very hard-fought battles: Yorktown, the seven days? fight at Richmond, Thoroughfare Gap, Va., and that at Manassas. He was with Bragg in his retreat from Chattanooga; was wounded again, this time in the hand, at Chickamauga, by which he was laid up about two months. But as soon as he was able he returned once more to his company, to remain with it to the end of the war. He was with Gen. Wheeler when he captured Stoneman, and shared in the sufferings of those perilous times. In common with his comrades he returned home to Coweta county after the war was done, having nothing with which to begin life, but with courage and patience he engaged in farming, in which he has prospered. In 1878 he removed to Senoia and engaged in the cotton trade, dealing also in buggies, wagons, etc., and still giving attention and care to the interests of his farm. His standing in the community is high, and he is liked and respected by all who know him. In December, 1858, Mr. Arnall was married to Miss Frances J. North, born in Coweta county, January, 1840, the daughter of Abraham B. and Eliza (Holmes) North. To them
      were born two sons, Robert E. and Lucius T. F. Mrs. Arnall, who was a faithful member of the M. E. church, died in November, 1862. In 1865 he married Martha C. Couch, daughter of Matthew and Jane (Euslev) Couch, and they had four children: Jane E, wife of J. T. Glover; Idelia, wife of Dr. Green; Sallie Gibbs, and John C. The mother, who was born in Coweta county in 1844. died in August, 1892. November 21, 1893, Mr. Arnall married Mrs. Elizabeth J. Tegne, daughter of John and Elvira (Carlton) Urquhart, who was born in Coweta county in 1855. Mr. and Mrs. Arnall are both members of the Baptist church. [1]
    Person ID I7929  Dickinson
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2018 

    Father John Gholston Arnall,   b. 26 Dec 1811, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Dec 1873, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ann Miles Gibbs,   b. 28 Mar 1815, Morgan County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1873, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 25 Nov 1833  Morgan County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F2127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 May 1839 - Walton County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Oct 1914 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Senoia City Cemetery, Senoia, Coweta, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Veterans: Confederate
    Veterans: Confederate
    Had the South in her border
    A hero to spare,
    Or a heart at her altar,
    Lo! its life's blood was there!
    And the black battle-grime
    Might never disguise
    The smile of the South
    On the lips and the eyes
    Of her barefooted boys!

  • Sources 
    1. [S009920] Memoirs of Georgia, (Atlanta, Georgia: The Southern Historical Association, 1895), 1: 519.

    2. [S012032] Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944, Hunting For Bears, comp., (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).