Last October, I received this email from Joe and I am posting this just as it was written. This great information, Joe , I thank you for sharing.
All of these folks were from McDowell County. Attached you will find three pictures and some text for each as was provided to my by Jim Padgett (deceased) of McDowell County. If you have any questions please give me a holler and please feel free to forward this information to anyone and everyone. I hope someone can identify more of the people in these photos. At some point, I will send you my file on my Mode/Dover/Padgett material.
Picture 1: According to Jim Padgett, this picture is of Jacob G. Padgett, who served in Co. B, 22nd Regiment, North Carolina Troops, C.S.A. When Jacob G. Padgett volunteered for the Civil War, a discription of him was written on his enlistment papers. He was 6′ tall, with black hair and dark eyes. This is Margaret Padgett Dover’s brother. His cousin, James Albert Padgett, was listed as being 6′ 1″ tall with black hair and dark eyes. Jacob married Julia Ann Chapman. He died in 1879 in the hospital of valvular heart disease.
Picture 2: Jim Padgett said that, “Nobody can identify these men. This was a tin-type photo. This photo came out of my great aunt’s belongings after she died, so I know they are kin. One of these men is in the big family group picture with Lemuel Padgett and Margaret McFarlan.
Picture 3: According to Jim Padgett of Marion, McDowell County, North Carolina, the only two people that he could identify in this picture are the two sitting down. They are Lemuel Padgett and his second wife, Margaret E. McFarlan. Margaret only had one
Martha. The man with the hat on the left is in another picture that I will post. This was a tintype photo and was made before 1870 as Lemuel died in 1870. Jim said the other people could be Dovers, Modes, or Padgetts. This photo is Margaret Padgett Dover’s father and step-mother.sister,
When Margaret McFarlan Padgett filed for Lemuel’s pension for the War of 1812, she put down that he was 6′ tall with black hair and dark eyes and so it carried down to my grandfather who was 6’2″ tal, dark hair, and to my father who ws 6′ tall with dark hair and dark eyes, to me (Jim Padgett) who was 6’6″ tall.
From Jim Padgett came a letter with this explanation: This was written to my Grandfather (Daniel Padgett) He was Jacob G. Padgett’s son. Jacob Padgett was Margaret Padgett’s brother, their mother and father were Susan Ricketts and Lemuel Padgett. The man who signed this letter was A.G. Higgins. His father was a commander in Co. B, 22nd Regiment of North Carolina, C.S.A. Jim says, “This letter is how I came to find that Margaret had married William Dover.” The line that says “Your mother knew Aunt Margaret” The mother was the mother of Daniel Padgett. She was Jacob’s wife, Julia Ann Chapman Padgett. The John Dover in this letter married Naomi? They had a daughter named Jane Dover who married Robert H. Garden or Gordin.
The letter says:
Mr. Dan Padgett,
R.D. 4 Marion, N.C.
James A. (Albert) Padgett was the son of Margaret Padgett Dover, a half-brother to Guss (Augustus C. Dover) and John Dover. Your aunt knew him before she married Mr. Dover (William Dover) He (James A. Padgett) as a young man, 19, joined my father’s Company B, 22nd Regiment (North Carolina-C.S.A.) as a volunteer. Went to Virginia and was killled by a mortal wound in the thigh at Seven Pines battle in Virginia May 31, 1862. This stone is just to be put up as a memorial stone. He was buried in Virginia on the battle field. Your mother knew Aunt Margaret and Guss and John Dover. Kindest regards to you and your family. A.G. Higgins (On letterhead of A.F. Newton-Register of Deeds of Cleveland County- Shelby, North Carolina)
The Guss Dover (Augustus C. Dover) mentioned in this letter married my great great grandmother, Mary Jane Mode, circa 1870 and they had a number of offspring in McDowell County before removing to Cocke County, Tennessee. Mary Jane Mode Dover had my great grandfather, John Thomas Mode, in 1867 in McDowell County. We believe he was illegitimate and DNA tests have revealed that his father was most likely a Rogers and possibly a Clay.
August was the son of William and Margaret Padgett Dover.