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The life of Elijah Marmaduke Norfleet Denby

Elijah Marmaduke Norfleet Denby was born in 1814 in Franklin County, North Carolina.  Son of James Denby, Elijah mother's name is not known.  Mary Williams was born in 1824.  Elijah M.N. Denby & Mary Williams were married around 1840.   Mary would have been around 16 years old.  Elijah was about 26 when he married Mary Williams in Franklin County, North Carolina.

Their children:

    James Henry Denby was born 1842 in Franklin County, North Carolina.

    John Thomas Denby was born 1844 in Franklin County, North Carolina.

    Elijah Norfleet Denby was born 1846 in Franklin County, North Carolina.

    Mary Elizabeth Denby was born 1849.  During the time that Mary was born, the Denbys loaded their wagon with their family belongings and moved in search for a better land.  The Denbys possibly arrived in Georgia just after she was born.  They have her listed as being born in North Carolina.  It is according to the time that the Denby's actually made their moved.

    Samuel Denby

    Margaret Liza Denby was born in 1854 in Dooly County, GA. She was one of the first Denby children to be born in GA as well as in Dooly County, GA.

    George Washington Denby was born October 28, 1854, in Dooly County, GA.

    Allen Green Denby was born in 1856 in Dooly County, GA

    Gertrude Susan was born in 1858 in Dooly County, GA.

    Ann Denby

There have been articles written about Elijah Marmaduke Norfleet Denby and Mary Annie Williams Denby.  They were some of the first settlers who settled in Dooly County, GA, which later became Worth County.  They show up in the 1860 census for Worth County, GA.  The Denby family were listed as living in the Isabelle, GA, area of Worth County, GA.

The Civil War, Worth County Rebels, Confederate Soldiers:

On March 1, 1862, along with 130 men from Worth County, GA, some of these men left their homes and families to become a part of the Civil War.  They were part of the Battalion 10, Company A-D.  Worth County Rebels were the company B group.   These men left their wives and younger sons to look after their  families while they fought in the War.  Elijah was 48 years old when he left his family behind.  Mary was 36 years old.  John Thomas Denby joined the Civil War in later years.  He was 18 years old.  The other children were from 16-3 years old at the time their father left for war.  It was believed that in July, 1862, that Elijah had died in a hospital in Macon, GA, where the troup had been sent to guard the Rebel Soldiers.   Elijah was able enough to travel with his troup to Virginia to move the Rebel Soldiers and to stand guard in Virginia.  There he became ill again in March 1863, and Elijah Marmaduke Norfleet Denby died March 3, 1863, in a hospital in Charlotte, Virginia.  With his discharge papers was $3.10 and a pair of dungarees, all the effects that he had with him when he died.  The $3.10 was his last pay from Dec. 31, 1862.  Elijah was buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Albermarle Cemetery in Virginia according to records that were recorded. There has been documentation about his time of death.  He was listed as dying in Macon, GA, where his family believed he died.  Yet, he was transferred with his troup and died in Virginia.  The discharge papers came from Washington and signed by a Major in Virginia.  It is proud to know your family went to war.  And those who lost their lives to war.  Should be given the credit and correct information posted on their family member.  This is why I would like to let his family members and friends to know what happen to their loved one.

His children lived in GA., Worth, Dooly, Crisp, Tift, Irwin Counties and in other area of the state and some live in other States where they raised there families and carried his name on with them.  He may be gone but not forgotten.

Information proved by family members and the census of Franklin County, North Carolina and Dooly and Worth County, GA.

Information posted by Linda Bulloch Denby

March, 1999

 

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