William Henry Means is believed to be the oldest son of John and Nancy McGinty Means of Pike County, Georgia. A Means family descendant, Elaine Turk, wrote: "At Washington Memorial Library I found a set of books with Confederate soldiers' letters in them. In one volume were letters written by William H. Means of Pike County. He referred to his wife as "Lizzie" and "Lizabeth." He also referred to a daughter "Fannie" and mentioned a Mr. Allen. The letters are all dated 1862." Another Means descendant, Barbara Stock, also reported reading these letters and states that William mentioned that he missed "all the folks in Zebulon."
In addition, Elaine Turk states that she found some references to William in a file she copied from Jane Newton several years ago. In this file was a letter from Jean S. Clark (Mrs. William A.) in which she asked for a copy of the marriage certificate of "Wm. Henry Means and Elizabeth Hamilton Scott." Although undated, the letter is thought to have been written in the 1970's or 80's. [A search is on to try to locate Mrs. Clark.] Her address at the time of the request for a marriage certificate was:
Mrs. William A. Clark
9314 Mellenbrook Road
Columbia, Maryland 21045
The numbers 254-60-7925A are scribbled on the side -- perhaps this is the number of the marriage certificate in the [Monroe County, GA ?] courthouse records.
Mrs. Clark's letter states:
I am researching my mother's family and would like a certified copy of the marriage records of my great grandparents if it is available. ELIZABETH HAMILTON SCOTT AND WILLIAM HENRY MEANS Age 22 of Forsyth Age ? of Pike County
Date: December, 1860
Place: Forsyth, Georgia (or nearby in Monroe County)
Enclosed please find a check for $2.00 to cover costs. Thank you for your assistance.
Jean S. Clark
Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865 by Lillian Henderson provides the following information:
Muster Roll of Company G, 27th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Tennessee, C.S.A.; Pike and Spalding Counties, Georgia. County Line Guards."
"Means, W.H. -- Private Sept. 9, 1861. Admitted to Chimborazo Hospital #4, at Richmond, Va. Mar 30, 1862; to Chimborazo Hospital #1, same place, with diarrhoea, Apr. 13, 1862. Returned to duty May 13, 1862. No later record."
A further search needs to be done into the death of William, hopefully information that is available in his CW service file. I can find no reference to William H. Means in either the History of Lamar County or History of Pike County, 1822-1989.
There is a later William H. (Herman) Means, son of James W. and assumed nephew of William Henry.
Is this all we know about William Henry Means? Please let me know if you can add to or correct any part of William's story -- Linda F. Wood
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