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Sidney GRANT Peebles’ World War II enlistment record…

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about Sidney G Peebles

Name: Sidney G Peebles
Birth Year: 1911
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Alabama
State of Residence: Alabama
County or City: Lawrence
Enlistment Date: 31 Mar 1944
Enlistment State: Georgia
Enlistment City: Fort Mcpherson Atlanta
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 1 year of high school
Civil Occupation: Skilled warehousing, storekeeping, handling, loading, unloading, and related occupations, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Married
Height: 66
Weight: 166
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Luke Willis Peebles World War II enlistment record…

Name: Luke W Peebles
Birth Year: 1922
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Alabama
State of Residence: Alabama
County or City: Lawrence
Enlistment Date: 6 Dec 1945
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private First Class
Grade Code: Private First Class
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for Hawaiian Department
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Enlisted Man, Philippine Scout or recall to AD of an enlisted man who had been transferred to the ERC
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Barn bosses
Marital Status: Married
Height: 07
Weight: 636

Luther Coleman Peebles World War II Enlistment Record…

Name: Luther C Peebles
Birth Year: 1912
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Alabama
State of Residence: Alabama
County or City: Colbert
Enlistment Date: 14 Mar 1942
Enlistment State: Georgia
Enlistment City: Fort Mcpherson Atlanta
Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Farm hands, general farms
Marital Status: Married
Height: 69
Weight: 140

Elmer Louis Peebles World War II Enlistment record…

but I do not think his height was 99″ or his weight was 996 lbs. There is some serious transcription error here.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about Elmer L Peebles

Name: Elmer L Peebles
Birth Year: 1909
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Alabama
State of Residence: Alabama
County or City: Lawrence
Enlistment Date: 10 Jun 1943
Enlistment State: Alabama
Enlistment City: Fort McClellan
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Farm hands, general farms
Marital Status: Married
Height: 99
Weight: 996

World War II enlistment record for James Arlander Murray…

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about James A Murray

Name: James A Murray
Birth Year: 1923 [he was born in 1924]
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Alabama
State of Residence: Alabama
County or City: Colbert
Enlistment Date: 12 Feb 1942
Enlistment State: Georgia
Enlistment City: Fort Oglethorpe
Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Army of the United States – includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of
Source: Civil Life
Education: 1 year of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled welders and flame cutters
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 67
Weight: 140

The obituary for Armour Pritchett Barron’s brother…

James (Jim) Pritchett

Funeral services for Jim Pritchett, 24, who died with pneumonia Saturday, April 4, 1931, at a naval hospital at Hampton Roads, Va., where he was an Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class, U.S. Navy.

The young man was stricken with pneumonia and succumbed before his father, M.E. Pritchett, reached his bedside. Mr. Pritchett accompanied the body to Linden Wednesday, where burial services were conducted at the Old Linden Cemetery by the Rev. J.C. Phares.

The deceased was a member of the Linden Baptist Church. Active pall bearers were three brothers-in-law, Messrs. Eugene Wynne, John Perkins, Thurston Barron and three boyhood friends, Kimbrough Baty, John Love Wade and Jack Barley.

Surviving besides his father, M.E. Pritchett, and a step-mother, Mrs M. E. Pritchett are two brothers, “Toby” Pritchett of Hampton Roads, Va. and Ev Pritchett of Linden; five sisters, Mrs John Perkins of Anniston, Mrs. Eugene Wynne of Theodore, Ala., Mrs. Thurston Barron of Gadsden, Ala. and Misses Toinette and Tolitha Pritchett of Linden; a half sister, Mary Elizabeth Pritchett,and three half brothers, William Clarence, Henry McDaniel, and Wallace Pritchett of Linden; a grandfather, Mr. James Pritchett of Boligee.

Source: Mrs. G.W.Cuninghame’s (Miss Evie’s) old scrapbookfrom the early 1900s.


Hood Cemetery, where are you?

Looking down Union Avenue. Memphis, TN

English: Looking down Union Avenue. Memphis, Tennessee. Lange, Dorothea, photographer. CREATED/PUBLISHED 1937 June. NOTES Title and other information from caption card.

This was the question on my mind for a number of decades. I knew some of my Vandiver family had been buried in Hood Cemetery and had spent considerable time researching for it. I had the information that included Hood Cemetery, near Warren. It was quite the goose chase.

I finally found it when I asked Aunt Gene Murray Slaton where her grandparents were buried. She was a little over ninety years of age at the time. She was alert and sassy. She still drove and she liked speed. I admired her. Aunt Gene died in April of 2008 at the age of 98.

Alrighty then, it was Hood Cemetery also known as Feathers Chapel Cemetery, near Warren. But this Warren was in Tennessee.

Tyree Glass and Mary Vandiver Glass moved to Somerville, Tennessee as he was a railroad man and he went there to work at the railway station or on the railroad trains. He had worked at the Tuscumbia railway station and then at the Decatur railway station before moving to Somerville to work on the railway station in Memphis. You just must read the article about Tyree Glass and his first wife; a link to this article is at the end of this writing. It is a fascinating read. Mary Vandiver was his second wife.

They took my great-great-grandparents on my father’s side with them. The family had lived at Stouts and Saints Crossroads in what was Franklin County but is now Colbert County for almost forever. Ryland O’Bannon Vandiver was known as Riley Vandiver and his name is sometimes given as Ryland Bannon Vandiver.  Matilda Clementine Allen Vandiver was called Clemmie. Along with the Glasses came Riley and Clemmie Vandiver’s  youngest daughter Walker Vandiver. They resided in Somerville, Fayette County, Tennessee, not far from Memphis where the railroad was located.

I had always felt a lonley twinge in my heart about Miss Walker Vandiver and Miss Evaline Casey. Walker Vandiver was on my paternal side of the family and Evaline Casey was on my maternal side. Neither ever married, and that would seem to make for a very lonely life. Neither have a marked grave. Neither have much to document that they ever lived and breathed the air God provides to everyone.

There were three daughters born to Riley and Clemmie Vandiver. There was daughter Mary E Vandiver who married Robert TYREE Glass as his second wife. There was daughter Minnie E Vandiver who married Sidney NEWT Hunter.  [Newt Hunter’s father Ambrose D Hunter served in Co K of the 35th Alabama Regiment during the War Between the States] And there was Lou Ella Vandiver, beautiful Lou Ella Vandiver who married Levi Murray. They were my paternal great-grandparents.

There is one photo of Evaline Casey and mother gave me a good description of her before she left us in 2007. But no one ever shared any information about Miss Walker Vandiver. Walker Riley Vandiver, the youngest daughter of Riley and Clemmie Vandiver lived with her parents all her life and removed to Somerville, Tennessee with them and her sister and brother-in-law. There she lived. There she died. It was just this day that I discovered a tidbit of information about her.

That information came in the form of her death certificate. A copy will follow below. It gave her whole name as Walker Riley Vandiver. It could be supposed that they gave her the Riley name after her father and that there were no sons, but there is no way to know where the Walker name originated. There was a mistake on the death certificate as it states that her mother was Matilda Hurst. Well, it is just a little mistaken since that was not her maiden name. Her maiden name was Matilda Clementine Allen. Her first marriage was to a Hurst. It has not been ascertained what his first name may have been as there are several who could fit in that spot as far as the little information goes to date. It is believed that he was killed during the War Between the States or died shortly after. She had two sons by the Hurst husband, John H Hurst and Arthur Hurst. Matilda or Clemmie as family called her, secondly married to Riley Vandiver.

Rest in peace Miss Walker Riley Vandiver. She died in Somerville, Tennessee and lies at rest at the head of the gravemarker for her parents at the Feathers Chapel Cemetery near Warren in Fayette County, Tennessee. The cemetery is just a pleasant drive from the Shoals area. There is not even a bump now where her body was placed. It is like she never existed.  No pictures. No stories. No memories except for those like me who are willing to turn over heaven and earth to know their family. But, wait, the saddest part will come at the end with the photos of Riley and Clemmie Vandiver’s gravemarkers that are the only thing that would indicate where Miss Walker Riley Vandiver is buried.

Miss Walker Riley Vandiver's death record.

Miss Walker Riley Vandiver’s death record.

Walker Vandiver was born in Franklin, now Colbert County, Alabama in the Saints Crossroads community in January of 1880. She moved with her parents and sister’s family to Somerville, Fayette County, Tennessee after 1910. She never married. She died 9 April 1946 in the community of Warren in Fayette County, Tennessee. She is buried on the ‘Vandiver” side of her parents’ gravemarker in Hood Cemetery in the Feathers Chapel community of Fayette County, Tennessee. She lies in an unmarked grave.The following photos are of the gravemarkers for Riley and Clemmie Vandiver at Feathers Chapel aka Hood Cemetery near Warren, Tennessee. The first time I visited there was with my aunt Alice Murray Thompson and Sue Murray Burden. The markers were in very bad shape at that time. The material they were made from was  not granite as it may have been sold as, and was crumbling from the bottom in the elements. The second time I visited there and took these photos, the deterioration was even more concerning. Chunks of the gravemarkers were gone. And all those who would have cared and taken care of repair or replacement are gone now. Sad. Sigh.

Photo of gravemarker for Riley and Clemmie Vandiver 76799175_131649593514

Miss Walker Riley Vandiver who died 9 April 1946 is buried on this side of her parents’ gravemarker in an unmarked grave.

Related articles: A tragedy, a tragedy… https://rememberingtheshoals.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/a-tragedy-a-tragedy/


This pdf file of Samuel Pleasant Box’s Revolutionary War…

documents goes with the previous writing about the two Samuel Pleasant Boxes entitled “It is a small world…”.

Petition file of Samuel Box


It is a small world after all…

and who in the world would have thought that the Peebles and Box connected families would both have had at least one relative to venture to Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas?

Below is a Family Group Chart for the family of Samuel Pleasant Box, Jr. He was the son of Samuel Pleasant Box, Sr (and Mary “Polly” Pannell) who was a son of John Hatters M Box.


Husband: Samuel Pleasant BOX

   Born: 18 AUG 1789      at: ,Anson Co.,NC  
Married:  9 JUN 1814      at: ,Grainger Co.,TN  
   Died: 19 FEB 1873      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
 Father:
 Mother:
        Other Spouses:

   Wife: Jemima MURPHY

   Born: ABT    1797      at: TN,or,NC  
   Died: 12 JUL 1869      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
 Father:William MURPHY
 Mother:Nancy HORNBECK
        Other Spouses:

CHILDREN

   Name: Pleasant Miles BOX
   Born: ABT    1818      at: ,Grainger Co.,TN  
Married:                  at:   
   Died: 30 JUN 1896      at: ,Christian Co.,MO  
Spouses: Rebecca NORTHERN

   Name: Elizabeth Ann BOX
   Born: 16 APR 1820      at: ,,TN  
Married: 28 MAR 1841      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
   Died:  2 AUG 1888      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
Spouses: David BROCKUS

   Name: Daniel Renfro BOX
   Born:  9 OCT 1821      at: ,Jefferson Co.,TN  
Married: 11 SEP 1838      at:   
   Died: 14 JAN 1909      at: Eudora,Polk Co.,MO  
Spouses: Parthena MCGEE

   Name: William Pinckney BOX
   Born:  1 AUG 1825      at: ,,TN  
Married: 24 MAR 1844      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
   Died:  2 JAN 1905      at: Siloam Springs,Benton Co.,AR  
Spouses: Hannah CANTWELL

   Name: Nancy BOX
   Born: ABT    1831      at: ,,IN  
Married:  2 JUN 1850      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
   Died:                  at:   
Spouses: Caswell BOX

   Name: Jane BOX
   Born: 19 JUN 1833      at: ,,TN  
Married: BEF    1860      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
   Died:  5 DEC 1915      at: ,Polk Co.,MO  
Spouses: James Van WAGNOR

Name: Margaret Adeline BOX Born: ABT 1838 at: ,,TN Married: at: Died: 1 JUL 1862 at: Polk Co.,MO Spouses: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Samuel Pleasant Box, Sr served in some of the most important battles, and it would seem served under the “Swamp Fox”: Gen. Francis Marion, during the Revolutionary War. His service was noted in the South Carolina roster on page 89. The entry documenting his service reads as follows:

Box, Samuel          S3015
B. 1745, Orange District, S. C. While residing in Orange District, he was drafted during 1776 under Capt. Sanders and Col. Moultrie and was in the battle at Fort Moultrie. In 1779, he was drafted under Col. Moultrie and Gen. Lincoln. He was taken prisoner in the fall of Charleston and held twenty-two days. Afterwards, he was drafted under Col. Maitland and was in the battle at Stono. Thereafter, he was under Capt. Elliott and Gen. Marion and was in several skirmishes. (Moved to N. C. and Tenn.)

Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie in South Carolina, the sight of the Battle of Fort Moultrie that Samuel P Box, Sr. fought in during the Revolutionary War.

Battle of Fort Moultrie

Depiction of the Battle of Fort Moultrie that Samuel Pleasant Box, Sr fought in during the Revolutionary War.

Samuel Pleaseant Box, Jr’s father-in-law has a storied past in service to his country as well. William Murphy (DANIEL RICHARD2, WILLIAM1) was born March 31, 1760 in Warsborough, North Carolina, and died August 15, 1850 in Polk County, Missouri.   He married Nancy Ann Hornbeak, daughter of John and Jane Hornbeak. She was born February 28, 1765 in Anson County, North Carolina, and died March 10, 1833 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.William Murphy has a Commemorative Plaque placed by the DAR at his grave in the Enon Cemetery southwest of Bolivar, Missouri. He was the son of Daniel Murphy and nephew of the famous “Murphy Boys of Virginia.” The famed Murphy Boys were  Joseph and William Murphy who were jailed in Virginia for preaching the Gospel without the sanction of the Church of England. William Murphy served in the Revolutionary War, He resided in East Tennessee in 1782 with wife’s parents and in 1841 In lived in Missouri with Samuel Box (Jr). William received a Pension for his service in the Revolutionary War. He can be found on the TN Pension Roll of 1835. His pension was transferred from Tennessee and he can be found on the Missouri Agency Rolls 27 October 1841.

Samuel Pleasant, Jr’s father served with with great valor during the Revolutionary War. Samuel Pleasant Box, Sr  was like most plantation owners in South Carolina. They fought in the Revolutionary War when needed and went back home to work their farms, until needed again.

Samuel Box was first drafted in June 28, 1776 to serve under Captain Sanders and Colonel William Moultrie. Colonel Moultrie had built a fort on Sullivan Island in front on the harbor at Charleston, South Carolina. British Commodore Sir Peter Parker’s flagship led the attack with nine other warships. Under heavy attack from the South Carolina troops the British finally gave up and left the action. General William Moultrie later became a governor of the state of South Carolina.

Samuel Pleasant Box, Sr’s next enlistment was in early 1779, again under Colonel Moultrie and General Lincoln. This battle was a raid by the British troops to test the defenses for the City of Charleston. The British troops retreated but Samuel Box was captured and held as a prisoner of war for 22 days.

Samuel’s next battle took place during a British retreat from an abortive raid on Charleston. Samuel was under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Maitland and their orders were to cover the rear guard at Stono Ferry. General Benjamin Lincoln lead the main attack and Colonel Moultrie led a smaller secondary attack to stop British troops coming in from Johns Island.

The British troops also included Scottish Highlanders and German Hessian troops, but the battle began well for the Americans. The Scottish Highlander’s two companies resisted until only 11 men were left standing. A German Hessian battalion finally broke and fled. Maitland shifted his forces in an attempt to counter a larger British threat, when the Hessians rallied and returned to the fight. The British then sent up more reserves and General Lincoln chose at this time to withdraw. The American loss was 146 men killed and wounded with 150 men captured. Among the dead was Hugh Jackson, brother of Andrew Jackson.

The balance of the war Samuel served mostly under Captain Elliott who was under General Francis Marion ” The Swamp Fox “. General Marion’s lighting fast raids drove the British Army crazy. Marion’s men were the most feared and the most hunted by the British in South Carolina.

1814 marriage bond for Samuel Pleasant Box, Jr and Jemima Murphy

1814 Marriage Bond

Samuel Pleasant Box, Jr. was born 18 August 1789 in Orange County, North Carolina. In 1814 he married Jemima Murphy as the first marriage bond in the photo above indicates. The 1818 marriage bond is to Catherine   , but Jemima Box did not die until 1869, so it is uncertain who the Samuel Box may have been on that bond. He died 19 February 1873 in Polk County, Missouri. Samuel Pleasant Box, Jr. is buried at Mount Gilead Cemetery, Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri. His wife, Jemima Murphy Box and a number of his close relatives are also laid to rest there.


Chepultepec was where there were Boxes…

but they do not seem to be but few of them there now.

Chepultepec, located less than forty-five miles northeast of Birmingham, was in Blount, County, Alabama. The name has long since been changed to Allgood and is less than five miles from Oneonta, Alabama.

This story article will give a little information on one of the sons of John Hatter M Box. This son, Milton Asbury Box, was born on 9 Mar 1841 and died 11 Feb 1918 in Chepultepec, Blount, Alabama.  His obituary reads:

Photo of Milton Asbury Box's grave marker

Co I 49 AL Inf, CSA Milton Asbury Box first entered the service as a private 22 Aug 1862 at Chepultepec, Alabama. Continued until 15 May 1865. Milton Box, one of Blount’s oldest citizens, died at his home near Allgood, Monday. Mr. Box was 76 years of age and was a member of the Methodist Church. He spent nearly all his life in the community where he died. The deceased is survived by one son L. W. Box. The funeral was held Monday and was conducted by Rev. W. L. Hendrix. [Southern Democrat, Thursday, February 14, 1918]   Burial: Shiloh Cemetery Chepultepec, Blount County, Alabama, USA

Milton did not marry until age 44. He married a Mary Margaret whose maiden name is not yet known. He was a widower at the time of his death.  He was a farmer by trade. His father, John Hatters Box was born in South Carolina and his mother Jennie Stovall Box was born in Virginia. The son mentioned in his obituary was Luther Worth Box.

Luther Worth Box

Luther Worth Box lived to be 89 years old. He was born 18 Sep 1886 and died  30 July 1976 in Oneonta, Blount County, Alabama. Luther W Box married Nancy C Vaughan 1886 – 1976, and they had the following children: Leonard Leroy Box 1915 – 1952, Clarence Milton Box 1919-1981 , Clyde E Box 1920 – 1997 and Gordon Luther Box 1922

Luther and Nancy Box’s youngest son, Gordon Luther Box, entered service in the Army during World War II at age 20 on 3 October 1942 at Fort McClellan, Alabama. By age twenty-two he was killed in action. His death occurred 18 Nov 1944. He had only completed grammar school at the time of enlistment. He was single without dependents. He was 5’6″ tall and weighed 115 pounds. He served in the European Effort and was ranked as Private First Class at the time of his death. His gravemarker at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Oneonta has an inscription: “Killed in Service”.

Luther and Nancy Box’s son Clyde Earcy Box, Sr. served as a S2 in the U S Navy during World War II.  He is also buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Son Clarence Milton Box died 17 December 1981 in Maylene, Jefferson County, Alabama. He, too, served in the Army during World War II having enlisted 12 Feb 1942. His release date was 20 September 1945.

Their son Leonard Leroy Box’s obituary was in the Birmingham News 29. 1952 on page 35.  He had lived in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Alabama. When he died he was but 38 years old.