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From the desk of Alison Gibson, Director
We want to explore more of the Atwood men that spent time in Ripley. As with last week’s John S. Atwood , these men were born as slaves in Alabama and were part of the family that came to Ripley in 1853. We’re just giving you tidbits—we believe there would be more than enough history for a book!
William Quincy Atwood 1839-1910 (of all the Atwoods, our readers can find lots of information if they Google him)
Went to Michigan after going to California with brother John S., found timber lands for investors
Raised a volunteer troop in 1861-62, but was rejected—too early for colored troops
Attributed to have helped on the Underground Railroad
At the height of is sawmill business, his company cut over 5 million feet of lumber
Was a shrewd real estate broker
Served as delegate to the National Republican Convention multiple times
Louis Kossuth Atwood 1850-1929
Went to Lincoln University (PA), received Bachelor or Arts as well as ordained as Presbyterian minister
Moved south to Mississippi, taught school as well as studied law, admitted to the bar
Was elected to the State Legislature twice
Organized and presided over Southern Bank of Mississippi
In 1912, his estimated monetary worth in property was $65,000.00, today, this would be over $2,000,000.00
Daniel Webster Atwood 1843-1888
Graduated from Iberia College
Taught school
Joined the Union Army—served as Sergeant-Major of his unit
Moved to Washington, D.C. and worked in the pension office, attaining the highest position ever obtained by a colored government clerk—ultimately earning $2,000.00 per year in 1886
Oliver Madison Atwood 1848-1916
Graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1873
Principal of Lincoln School in Adams Co, Illinois
Practiced medicine in Washington, D.C.
Went to Howard University, earned pharmaceutical degree in 1885
Member of the Board of Education in Washington, D.C.
Alexander Atwood 1828-1865
Married Pricilla Hartsell in Ripley, 1854
Moved to Chatham, Canada
Left a family and prosperous grocery store to come back to the US to join the 14th Rhode Island Colored Heavy Artillery, moved to 11th US Colored Heavy Artillery) died in a battalion hospital in Louisiana. “Sergeant Atwood was greatly respected by both officers and men.”
Julius M. Atwood 1838-1926
Quartermaster Sergeant 100th Reg. U.S.C. Infantry
Moved to Kansas, became a farmer
On last week’s John S. Atwood, we forgot to mention he married Catherine (Kitty) McCaskell, who had lived with the Rankins. She was born in Alabama. The list of the Alabama Atwoods is not complete, but these are the names we currently have the most information.
FYI, we will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observation of President’s Day.