Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Rufus B. and Henrietta W. Merchant

 
 In loving remembrance of
our devoted
FATHER and MOTHER
RUFUS B. MERCHANT
Born April 2, 1838
Died Oct. 6, 1905
A brave confederate soldier

HENRIETTA W. MERCHANT
Born Nov. 27, 1848
Died Nov. 27, 1914

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Oct. 7, 1905 Alexandria Gazette


Rufus Bainbridge Merchant was born in Prince William County, VA.  A printer by trade, he apprenticed in Philadelphia and New York.  He was living in Georgia at the time of the Civil War and served in Cobbs Legion and as a scout under Hampton.   He married Henrietta Mills of Fredericksburg, VA.

"He leaves besides his wife the following children: Mrs. Edgar W. Stearns, Mrs. Henry Garrett, Mrs. Brawner Cates, Misses Bertha and Maggie Merchant and Messrs. W. H. and Rufus Merchant." --The Free Lance, October 10, 1905

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