Civil War Veteran
Story furnished by Clarence
In his research, Mr. Crocker has found
information about one of Glendale's Civil War veterans.
Mr. William A. Harper, one of
Glendale’s oldest residents, passed away at his home on Sunday August
5, 1917 following a week of illness. He was seventy two years of age.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to identify his parents. Mr. Harper
had served as a soldier for the four years of the Civil War and was a
faithful member of the Glendale Baptist
Church. He had been a leading
member of the building committee in the construction of the second
church building which was built in 1910.
The 1870 Federal census
showed that William at age 25 had married a lady by the name of Emily,
age 22 and that they had one child, John at age of 2 months.
The 1900 Federal census
showed that William and his wife had been married 30 years and gave the
following family data;
Harper, born January, 1845
wife, born March, 1847
daughter, born May 1872
daughter, born May 1878
son, born January 1887.
Records show that Alice
Harper born in 1880 (whom I personally knew) was also the child of
William and Emily Harper. She and John had apparently married and moved
out from the family when the 1900 census was taken.
Miss Lula Harper died in the
early morning of August 13, 1904 at the home of her parents in Glendale
where she had been living. She was 26 years of age and had been ill for
more than a year. Her obituary stated that she was well known in the
community. “She had suffered for a long time but bore it
uncomplainingly and with remarkable bravery for one so young”.
Her funeral service was held
in the Glendale Baptist Church with
interment following in the Glendale
Community Cemetery. The Rev. T. H. Harrison, Pastor of the Church,
officiated at the services.
A news article published in
the Spartanburg Herald on
Sunday morning August 12, 1917, stated that
William had lived most of his life at Glendale and had endeared himself
to a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held in the
Glendale Baptist Church on Monday
August 6, 1917 with interment
following in the Glendale Community Cemetery.
His survivors were listed as
his wife, Emily; four children, John and Alonzo Harper of Spartanburg,
S. C., Mrs. A. B. (Laura Harper) Phillips of Spartanburg and Mrs.
Alonzo (Alice Harper) Gault of Glendale; one sister, Mrs. Bates
Newspaper articles and
obituaries courtesy of Spartanburg County Library.
Editors Note: According
to the National Park Service Civil War Soldiers Data Base, there was a
South Carolina soldier named William A. Harper in the Confederate army.
While we can't be certain it is the man described above, but it
probably is. He is listed as being a Private in the 1st Regiment, South
Carolina Rifles (Orr's) and the 1st Regiment South Carolina Infantry,
(McCreary's) (1st Provisional Army.) After fighting for four years,
this unit surrendered at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.
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