Sarah Jane Bryan Arthur
Jan. 13, 1839
Sept. 29, 1918
Arthur Hubby Arthur Robbie Arthur Sam
Arthur Willie Thomas Arthur
Lee Arthur was born in Campbell County,
Virginia, on January 13, 1839, the son of John B. and Lucinda Arthur.
Lee Arthur had at least one brother John W. Arthur. Both were enlisted in the
Confederate Army during the Civil War. Lee Arthur enlisted in Campbell
County, Virginia on April 4, 1862. Enlistment records
describe him as having a fair complexion, light hair, gray eyes, and being five
feet and eight inches tall. He enlisted at the rank of Private in Captain
Patterson’s Co. Virginia Heavy Artillery, Campbell Battery. This unit disbanded
in 1862 and Lee Arthur was assigned to the 18th Battery,
Virginia Heavy Artillery. Lee Arthur participated in the Confederate retreat
from Petersburg to Appomattox
in April of 1865. As a member of Robert E. Lee’s rear guard he fought on April 6, 1865 in the Battle of
Saylor’s Creek, Amelia County,
the last major battle of the War. Most of the
Confederate rear guard was killed or captured that day. Lee Arthur was among
the captured, surrendering at Burke’s Farm. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox
on April 9, 1865. Lee Arthur
was released from being a prisoner of war after signing an oath of allegiance
to the United States Government on July
1, 1865 at Newport News, Virginia.
On December the 12, 1866 as a resident of Halifax
County, Virginia, Lee Arthur
obtained a License in
to marry Sarah Jane Bryan a resident of Campbell County,
Virginia. On December 13, 1866 they were married at the home of
Andrew Bryan, father of the bride, with the ceremony performed by William Craft. Sarah Jane Bryan was born in 1843 the
daughter of Andrew Bryan and Mary J. Coffee. Andrew Bryan and Mary J. Coffee
were married in Bedford County, Virginia on June 8, 1842. Mary J. Coffee was the daughter of Joshua A.
Coffee. Sarah Jane Bryan had at least four siblings: William T. Bryan, Ann F.
Bryan, Mary E. Bryan, and James D. Bryan.
Lee and Sarah J. Bryan Arthur had at least five children:
Annie, Hubby, Robbie, Sam, and Willie. Annie Arthur was Born
in September of 1867: Willie Thomas Arthur was born on February 27, 1869.
According to a recorded deed in Halifax
County on March 1, 1884, Lee Arthur purchased 80 acres of
land from Davis and Malvina Pigg
for the sum of $600. This property is on the North side of the Banister
River. This property is accessed
from VA State Route 774 aka Peaks Trail.
In March of 1949, the Arthur Estate sold this property to
Burruss Timber Products, reserving The Arthur Family Cemetery on this property
with the following text recorded in the deed of sale: However, there is hereby,
expressly excepted and reserved from this conveyance the Arthur family
cemetery, approximately one half (1/2) acre, along with the right of ingress
and egress thereto and therefrom.
Lee Arthur lived the rest of his life on this property. His
wife Sarah Jane Bryan Arthur, lived the rest of her
life on this property. The property remained in the family estate until the
death of Hubby Arthur who also lived all of his adult life on this property.
These three are buried at the Cemetery on the property along with Robert
Arthur, Annie Arthur Mullins and her husband W.T. Mullins, and unknown others.
Willie Thomas Arthur married Anselona
(pron. An’ – se – lon’ – a)
Deborah (pron. De’ – bor-
ah) Wade on December the 15, 1896. The marriage was performed in Halifax
County by J.H. Bass. Marriage
records show that Anselona D. Wade was the daughter
of William Wade and Ziporah A. Hunt Wade.
Willie Thomas Arthur and Anselona
(Annie) D. Wade Arthur lived in Halifax
County on the Guthrie Farm for some
years before buying a farm in Lunenburg
County in late 1914 or early 1915.
They had nine children: John Flourny Arthur, Ruben
Henry Arthur, Elsie Lorrene Arthur Tomlinson, Edgar
Wilson Arthur, Durell Arthur, Stephen Lee Arthur,
Ethel Mae Arthur Williams, Irene Della Arthur Moore Byrd, and Annie Maude
Recorded from conversations with Durell Arthur 1983: The only time I remember seeing my grandpa Arthur,
he came walking to our house at Victoria. Me and Edgar and Stephen
were getting up leaves to put in the stable when he came walking down the road
to the house. We didn’t know who he was and he told us he was our grandpa. He
had been to the reunion of Confederate War Veterans in Richmond and on his way
home had gotten off the train in Victoria and stopped by to see Pa .
(Durell was only 6 years old when Lee Arthur died)
I knew my grandma Arthur well. After I could drive we had
a T Model and went to see her. They’s
all buried at the home place on the Banister
River. That picture taken of her
with the dog in her lap, I was there when it was taken by one of the Mullins.
The first telephone I ever saw was at her house. Before they
even had electricity. That was just a small place. Hubby stayed there
until he won’t able to stay by hisself and they put
him in a home in South Boston. Them
folks said they couldn’t handle him and he was sent to Williamsburg
and in less than three months he was dead. They had to get a bulldozer to fix
the road so as they could get his body to the graveyard.
was pallbearer at my Grandma Arthur’s funeral. We had two sets of bearers then
and took turns toting the casket from the house to the cemetery. We didn’t have
no hearse. Pa after he was married lived on the
Guthrie place until we moved to Lunenburg.
remember my other Grandma Zip too. She used to come and stay with us for weeks
at a time.
borrowed money from the Federal Land Bank during that Hoover Depression and would have
lost his farm if it hadn’t been for his Mama giving him money to pay on it. She
had a pension for widows of confederate veterans. It was just a little, less
than twenty-five dollars a year.
Arthur had a son he named Lee. Annie married a Mullins and had a daughter named
Recorded from conversations with Elsie
Arthur Tomlinson 1983: When we moved to Lunenburg I
was 12 years old. (1914-1915) The first house we lived in was
on this side of the creek. (South side of Hounds Creek) I own that land now. It was
just a square house and another kitchen off from it with a flat rock for a
step. That kitchen had a big old fireplace in it and that’s where I used to do
the washing after Pa built a shed kitchen on the other house. After we moved
across the creek Pa tore that shedroom down and used
the lumber to build a strip room. (a place for preparing tobacco for sale) There was a ford across that creek and cars
used to go through there. One day while I was milking, Dr. Kindig
came right through the field on his car, not even in any road,
I reckon he was taking a shortcut to that ford. After me and Haney was married,
we still got our mail over there on the Poorhouse Road. That first house we lived
in had Walnut Trees around it and a cemetery where Hardys
was buried. I remember them burying one there after Pa bought that place.
Anselona Deborah Wade Arthur born August 4, 1878, died January 2, 1935, buried Clover
Bottom Baptist Church
on VA Route 40 Halifax County.
Willie Thomas Arthur born February 27, 1869, died October 26, 1966, buried Clover
Bottom Baptist Church
on VA Route 40 Halifax County.