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Henry Garner Aldridge

Birthplace: NC; HOH 1850 census as ALLRIDGE, Stanly Co NC; 1860 as ALDRIDGE
Death: November 15, 1862 (43-44)
Virginia (CSA) (Measles; however, for some reason his estate administration papers are from January 1869.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Caleb Aldridge, Jr. and Rebecca Louisa Aldridge
Husband of Priscilla "Prusey" Aldridge
Father of Martha Easley; Josiah Walker Aldridge; Caleb Hampton "Hamp" Aldridge; Emaline Floyd; Lucy Aldridge and 7 others
Brother of Josiah Aldridge and Margaret Jane Ross Aldridge

Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
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About Henry Garner Aldridge

Probate records from January 28, 1869 name his widow as Prissilla and his children as:

  • Martha Easly
  • C H Aldridge
  • Wm H Aldridge minor
  • Mary M. Floyd minor
  • Elizabeth R Aldridge minor
  • Francis J. Aldridge minor
  • John A Aldridge minor
  • Joseph B. Aldridge minor

From Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:

From Don Aldridge:

Henry Garner was the first child of Caleb Jr. He went to war for Ben Murray and died from unknown causes 92 days later somewhere in Virginia.

Stanly County public library, Heritage Room: NC troops 1861-1865 pg 145. "Aldridge, H.G. private. Resided in Stanly County and enlisted at age 45, August 8,1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until he died in Virginia on November 15, 1862. Cause and exact place of death not reported." 5 th regiment company b NC volunteers infantry.

I have found his name as Garner Henry Aldrige or Henry Garner Aldridge?

Sept. 1997. Found the microfilm copies of his CSA records. He is listed as a substitute. His date of death on his records jacket states he died on October 26, 1862. In these same records there is a note that said he died in November. I also found his estate papers in the NC Department of Archives, Raleigh NC. His widows claim for dower rights said he died in Stanly County, NC?????

1850 Stanly Co, NC:

  • 725 730 Allridge Henry 32 M Farmer $65 real estate No Car (can't read or write)
  • 725 730 Allridge Prucey 28 F No Car (can't read or write)

  • 725 730 Allridge Martha 9 F No Car
  • 725 730 Allridge Walker 8 M No Car
  • 725 730 Allridge Hampton 7 M No Car

  • 725 730 Allridge Emaline 5 F No Car
  • 725 730 Allridge Lucy 4 F No Car
  • 725 730 Allridge Henry 2 M No Car

1860 Stanly Co, NC

  • Henry G. Aldridge 42 Farmer 650/150 cannot R&W (birth locations not marked)
  • Prusia 38 cannot R&W
  • Martha 19
  • Hampton 17
  • Emmaline 16
  • Wm H 10
  • Margaret 7
  • Rosetta 5
  • Julia 4
  • Julina 4
  • John 2



1) Henry Garner Aldridge (DOB About 1818 in Montgomery County, NC; DOD 11/15/1862 in Winchester, Frederick County, VA) married Priscilla Murray (aka Prussia Murray, Precia Murray, Prucia Murray) (DOB About 1820 in NC; DOD After 1870 in Tyson, Stanly County, NC) They had 11 children, two 2 girls were twins. The twins were Frances Julina Aldridge (DOB 2/1856 in Stanly County, NC; DOD 1/25/1935 in Stanly County, NC) married Horton Hampton Davis; Julia Aldridge (DOB 2/1856 in Stanly County, NC; DOD Between 1860-1862 in Stanly County, NC).

Henry Garner Aldridge married Prussia Murray, a mulatto, and they had 11 children.

  • *Note: According to one reader, Julina's mother Priscilla was not a mulatto.

"I've done a great deal of research on the Murrays and they originated in Orange County, NC and prior to that Granville, then Brunswick County, Va around the Fort Christanna area. They were of Scottish and Native American (saponi) origins. Priscilla's daughter Matilda Aldridge was the daughter of a Love whose family is listed as mulattos in the 1850 and 1860 censuses, meaning they were not slaves. They were in the Wolf Pit area of Richmond county in the 1850 and there were alot of mulattos in that area. I thought that strange and asked some Richmond county historians what was up with that. They said the 'mulattos' were recorded as 'Croatans' or what we now would call the Lumbee. They were working in the area at the time. The census takers had 3 choices on how to qualify people, as White, Black or Mulatto (mixed)." I appreciate any help and corrections. -SHH**

After Henry Garner Aldridge died in 1862, the older children were adults on their own but her younger children were farmed out to others. Some years after Henry Aldridge died, Prussia Aldridge had Matilda Aldridge (obviously NOT Henry's but called by his name). In the 1870 U.S. Census, Priscilla Aldridge and Matilda Aldridge (3 yrs old) are living together. Frances Julina Aldridge was living with Benjamin Lindsay Whitley and family, son of George Whitley, III and Rebecca.

Matilda "Tildie" Aldridge married Robert Kennedy or Canady, a son of Jordan Kennedy.

Notes from Jack Aldridge: Garner Aldridge was the sire of our family.

Notes from Pam Wilson: Garner died of the measles in Virginia in 1862.

Henry Garner Aldridge enlisted for duty in the Civil War on August 2, 1862. He joined as a substitute. The records of Green Wesley Simpson say he entered as a substitute, or a paid soldier, for his brother-in-law, Benjamin Murray, who would high-tail it to Arkansas with his immediate family that year, and not make it back alive. Others sources have him as a substitute for the son of a wealthy farmer in the area named "Green".

For whomever he entered for, at age 45, which was on the old side for a soldier, he did not make it very long. He fell ill in October of the same year and passed away of measles shortly afterward at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Notes for Henry Garner Aldridge: Henry was paid to take the place of enlisting, in the Confederate army, for Ben Murray. Henry resided in Stanly Co. NC, probably near Cottonville, when he enlisted at the age of 45 on Aug. 8,1862. Company B, 5th regiment NC State Troops. He died a little over two months after he enlisted. Records show that he was on the company muster roll in Sept. This meant he was at the battle of Antietam, Md.(Sept. 3 to Sept. 20,1862) in Jackson's Corp, D.H. Hill's Div., Gen. Garland's Brigade., 5th reg. commanded by Col. D.K. McRay & Cpt. M.T. Garrett. The brigade lost 40 killed, 210 wounded, and 187 missing. The company muster roll list him as "died Oct. 26,1862". He died in Virginia. Cause and exact place of death not reported. It is possible he died as a result of a lingering wound and improper medical attention which he may have received in battle at Antietam, although this can not be confirmed. Many records were incomplete or lost during troop movements and battles during the Civil War. http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/g/u/l/Garey-E-Gulledge-NC/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0327.html

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Henry Garner Aldridge's Timeline

NC; HOH 1850 census as ALLRIDGE, Stanly Co NC; 1860 as ALDRIDGE
Stanly Co, NC
February 18, 1843
Montgomery, NC
Not listed in 1860 census
HOH 1910 & 1920 Stanly Co, NC
February 1856
Stanly, NC, United States