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Notes for John Beasley Brickhouse

As a small child moved from NC, Grew up in Talledega County, Alabama
Went to college in Alabama
Independent thinker
Taught school in Alabama.
Baptist Minister

Was president of church college in Oxford, Calhoun Co (formerly Benton) Alabama (Oxford College ?, no longer in existence))

1860 Census Ranges 5, 6, & 7, Calhoun County, Alabama, written page 114, July 13, 1860 listed as teacher

JB joined the Confederate Army in 1861 at Cropwell, Alabama in St. Clair County. He was sent to Virginia but returned home because Little Mary became very ill and died shortly after his return. Frank Brickhouse believes that Mary/Marietta is buried either in Calhoun, Talladega or St. Clair County, also her mother, Sarah Towery Brickhouse.

Source Soldier's Application for Pension
Civil War: 10th Alabama Regiment, Company "D". In the first part of the year 1861, under Col. John H. Forney, Lt. Col. James Martin, and Captain James D. Truso (or Truss).
"Contracted rheumatism from exposure before, during and after the battle of Bullrun. Wading the river Shenandoah and sleeping in the rain. The hands and fingers on both hands are so enlarged and still that it is impossible to earn a living with either hand. I was not fully disabled until I was discharged at Chimborage Hospital. I was discharged because I was not able for military service. I was discharged from army at Chimborage Hospital, Richmond, VA. Went back to Alabama and to night school. Was discharged at this time 1862."

JB's wife Sarah died after giving birth to twins. Earlier they had lost their first twins. He was left to care for three young daughters.

Was widowed with 3 little girls, Moved to Texas 1873-1876, was a county superintendent for schools, cotton buyer in summer, returned to Clarksville, TN about 1877.

A 1875 marriage record from Milam County is signed by JB Brickhouse MG

JH and JB moved with their families to Milam County, TX, where they were teachers in the public schools from 1873-1876.
According to a document entitled "Memorial of Teachers of Public Schools, Milan County, Texas" the State of Texas is indebted to the Public Teachers of Milam County for services rendered in the years 1873-1876. The State goes on to say that the drafts the teachers hold for their wages are worthless because the taxes levied by the Board of the School District were not collected. The memorial is a request that the claims be liquidated, Rockdale, Milam County, June 10, 1876 signed by 14 teachers JH and JB Brickhouse were two of them. On the outside of memorial: Referred to Commission on Education, July 3, 1876.

In 1877 he married Mollie E. Morrison, a widow with two daughters and one son.

After marriage lived in Clarksville, TN
Guide for Libby Prison War Museum in Chicago after marriage to Mollie

1880 Census Erin, Houston County, Tennessee, written page 30, ED 92, June 18, 1880, listed as teaching, Mollie's three children and her brother JG Robbins, 34 or 39 years, lawyer living with them

1881 elected alderman of Erin, the year the city corporation was revised by election of new officers. He continued as a teacher in the public schools.

1900 Census Civil District 5, Montgomery County, Tennessee, written sheet no 9a, ED 28, June 18 & 19, 1900, JB living with daughter Ruth Holt's family listed as picture agent

Dr. Graves, First Baptist Church, Clarksville, Tn conducted his burial services. Being a Knight's Templar, he was buried with full Masonic honors.


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