Post by benotforgot on Jan 12, 2005 22:54:43 GMT -6
DR. MILTON ANTONY, JR. 26 September 1824 ~ 25 January 1885
Dr. Milton Antony, Jr. is born in Georgia on the 26th day of September in the year 1824. He marries Margaret* Frances Davis on the 6th February 1849 in Morgan County, Georgia.
This family is living in Brazoria County, Texas by 1860. According to Margaret's Confederate Pension Application dated 31st August 1909, Dr. Antony enlisted in the Confederate service at Columbia, Texas shortly after the beginning of the war, where he was detailed as surgeon at the post. Margaret also said that he was in Capt. Louis Strobles Company, in Col. Bates regiment, at Velasco, Texas.
By 1867 or 1868 they are in Milam Co. Dr. Antony is the third Postmaster in the new city of Rockdale, serving 6th June 1876 to 26th April 1877. He is also a practicing physician in both Cameron and Rockdale.
Milton and his wife, Margaret (Davis) Antony, are both buried in the Old City Cemetery in Rockdale.
*Margaret is the older sister of Josephine Wingfield Davis, who will marry William Paschal Henry in Texas in 1864. The Henrys are 2nd great-grandparents of the Keeper of this genealogy website, and they are both buried in the Murray Cemetery north of Rockdale.
Post by benotforgot on Jan 25, 2010 21:00:50 GMT -6
Josephine Wingfield (Davis) Henry's only sister, Margaret Frances Davis (1833-1912) married their 1st cousin once removed. This cousin was Dr. Milton Antony, Jr. (1824-1885), who was born in Georgia. The wedding took place in Morgan County, Georgia on the 6th February 1849. Margaret and Milton had two children -- Edwin LeRoy Antony (1852-1913) and Julia Florine Antony (1854-?).
The biographical information found on Edwin places the Antony family in Brazoria County, Texas in 1859. This date was two years after the death in Georgia of Margaret and Josephine's mother, America James (Fears) Davis (1810-1857). When America died, Josephine (the youngest of her five children) was just fourteen years of age.
I had always assumed that Josephine and her family were in Georgia during the Civil War (1861-1865), yet I could not find them on the 1860 Census anywhere in Georgia. Finding out about Edwin in October of 1998, and doing further research on him, led me to check the 1860 Brazoria County census.
In August of 1999, it was verified that Josephine, her father and her brothers were living in Brazoria County at the time of the 1860 census. AND, they were living next door to the Antonys! This date is shortly after the last Negroes birth on the copies of the pages from Josephine's elusive family Bible.
According to another entry in that Bible, Brazoria County was also the birthplace of Josephine and William Paschal Henry's first child, Margaret Ann (Maggie), in 1865. It is assumed that little Maggie was named after Josephine's big sister, Margaret.
We now know that Brazoria County is also where Josephine & Wm. P. were married "...on March 1864 in the home of James W. Lance." That means that William Paschal Henry was in South Texas just prior to the Spring of 1864, as well as during the first part of 1865 (since little Maggie was born in October).
Note -- Regarding the vague oral tradition about Wm. P. serving in Hood's Brigade during the Civil War, I have found no evidence of any part of Hood's Brigade being in Texas in March of 1864 or being "stationed along old Caney Creek in South Texas" at the end of the War.
The biographical information on Edwin also places the Antonys in Milam County as early as 1867. An article about a Henry family reunion at the old Hamilton homeplace was published in the Rockdale Reporter in the autumn of 1931. It recorded the following about the arrival of Josephine (Davis) Henry and her family in the then-new town of Rockdale . . . On Oct. 3, 1876, the Henrys arrived in Rockdale to visit a sister and family of Mrs. Henry's [Josephine], it being Dr. and Mrs. M. F. Anthony, who at that time had the post office and drug store combined on the corner where the Wolf Hotel now stands. Dr. Milton Antony, Jr. was the third Postmaster in the new city of Rockdale, serving 6 June 1876 to 26 April 1877. He was also a practicing physician in both Cameron and Rockdale. Margaret and Milton are buried in the Old City Cemetery in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas.
Note -- Edwin's paternal grandfather, Dr. Milton Antony, Sr. (1789-1939) led the group that received a charter from the Georgia Legislature to establish the Medical Academy of Georgia in 1828. Long considered a Georgia medical pioneer, Antony was instrumental in the creation of the Medical Society of Augusta, the State Board of Medical Examiners, and the first substantive medical publication in the South. He died in the Augusta yellow fever epidemic of 1839. His daughter, Miss Julia Ann Antony (Milton, Jr.'s sister) married a Dr. J.R.E. Coutrier of Hamburg, South Carolina, between 1827 and 1845.
Post by benotforgot on Jan 25, 2010 21:15:00 GMT -6
Margaret F. Antony Application for Confederate Pension
On the 27th day of March in 1909, 75-year-old Margaret F. Antony of Milam County, Texas, signed her application for pension as the indigent widow of a soldier of the late Confederacy. In that application Margaret stated that she:
* had lived in Milam County since 1868 * currently lived in Rockdale, Texas (Route #4) * had never applied for a pension before * was very feeble, health not good * married Dr. Milton Antony Feby. 6th 1849 in Morgan Co. Geo. * had been a widow since his death Jany 25th 1885 * did not own anything in the world except my wearing apparel and a little bed clothing
Margaret also stated that, to the best of her knowledge, Dr. Antony served about 3 years, but she was not certain as to date of enlistment and discharge. She said that he served in the Calvary, and that he was in Capt. Louis Stroble's Company in Col. Bates regiment at Velasco, Texas.
On September 3, 1909, the War Department wrote that no record was found of service, capture or parole of a man named Milton Antony who was a surgeon in the Confederate States Army or a member of the organization.
Margaret's application was approved on the affidavits of witnesses who had personal knowledge of Dr. Antony's service in the Confederate Army for three years. Interrogatories were propounded to Robert Faickney of West Columbia, Texas, and to J. P. Underwood, of Columbia, Texas.
Both J. P. Underwood and Robert Faickney stated that:
* they personally knew Dr. Milton Antony before, during and subsequent to the Civil War * they personally knew that Dr. Antony enlisted in the service of the Confederacy shortly after the beginning of the war, in 1862, at Columbia, Texas * they did not positively know in which company and regiment Dr. Antony enlisted, but that he either belonged to Bates Regiment or Brown's Battalion, and was detailed as a surgeon at the Post of Columbia, Texas
Both men also stated that:
I know that Dr. Milton Antony enlisted in the Confederate service and served honorably and that he was appointed Post Surgeon at Columbia, Texas, and performed the duties of Surgeon at that Post. The source of my knowledge is the fact that I lived in the same town with Dr. Milton Antony and knew him well, previous to the war, during the war, and since the war. He moved from Columbia to Milam County, Texas about the year 1868 or 69. There is no doubt as to the identity of this applicant. I never knew any other person by name of Dr. Milton Antony who was a soldier or sailor.
Post by benotforgot on Jan 25, 2010 21:17:06 GMT -6
SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 384-386.
E. L. ANTHONY - The subject of this sketch is a native of Georgia, of which State his parents, MILTON and MARGARET F. DAVIS ANTHONY, were also natives. The father was born in the city of Augusta, September 26,1824, and the mother in Morgan County, August 11, 1833. The parents were married in Morgan County, Georgia, February 6, 1849. MILTON ANTONY was a son of MILTON ANTONY, and both were physicians.
The elder ANTONY was an eminent member of his profession, being for years editor of the Southern Medical Journal of Augusta and dean of the faculty of the Georgia Medical Journal of Augusta, of which he was one of the founders. He died in 1839 of yellow fever, making his life the last offering to a profession, which he had long adored. He left a scholarship to each of his sons in the institution with which he was connected, six of whom availed themselves of the privilege and became regular practicing physicians.
MILTON after taking a literary course in Mercer University, then at Penfield, graduated in medicine at the Georgia Medical College in 1845, and from that date until 1859 practiced that profession in Burke County, his native State. He came to Texas in the last named year and was a resident first of Columbia, Brazoria County, then of Cameron, and later Rockdale, Milam County until his death, which occurred January 25, 1885.
His life was devoted to the practice of medicine, in which he met with reasonable financial success and did a vast amount of good for his fellow man, being accounted among his neighbors and associates in the profession an excellent physician.
His widow is still living, an estimable lady, a descendant of an old and honorable family of middle Georgia, daughter of MILTON GRANT DAVIS, who was a prosperous planter of antebellum days and cousin of ex-Governor HUBBARD of this State.
Post by benotforgot on Jan 26, 2010 14:23:57 GMT -6
The Atlanta Constitution 15 June 1902 page 22
22. LANE-ANTONY -- I write to correct an error in regard to the Lane and Antony families. The writer in The Sunday Constitution, April 27, says that James Lane married Rachel Antony, a sister of Dr. Milton Antony, founder of the medical college at Augusta, Ga.
This is a mistake. Dr. Antony never had a sister Rachel. He had four sisters, viz:
1. Sally, who married Tommy Anderson, and lived and died in Wilkes Co., Ga., leaving a large family.
2. Betsy, who married Burnard Binns, and then Mr. Tye, many years ago. She moved to Talbot county and lived with her son, Christopher Binns. She had four children.
3. Nancy Tate, who married Grant Davis. They moved from Wilkes to Morgan Co. in 1808. They are both buried 6 miles from Madison, near Brownwood church. They had six children, of whom the writer is the youngest and is now in her seventy-ninth year.
4. Polly, married Green Talbot. They moved from Morgan to Meriwether county and from there to Chambers county, Ala. They had twelve children and moved with some of their children to Arkansas.
One of Dr. Milton Antony's aunts married a Lane, but I never knew her given name, as my mother (Nancy T. Davis) always called her Aunt Lane. She was the mother of Micajah Lane, who was an own cousin of Dr. Milton Antony, the founder of the medical college, Augusta, Ga.
Dr. Milton Antony, Sr., had a son, Dr. Milton Antony, Jr., who lived with my mother after his father's death and married a daughter of Milton Davis. They moved to Texas many years ago. The doctor died and his wife and son, Edwin L. Antony, now live in Henrietta, Tex. He is a Baptist preacher now, but, years ago, represented his state in congress. He is the only one of Dr. Milton Antony's descendants that bears the Antony name. Could give you a history of some of our ancestors of the Antony family that might interest the writer, but have written more than I intended and will say no more at present.