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BIOGRAPHIES

BORLAND, ERASMUS J.
Erasmus Borland, farmer and public official, was born November I5, 1837, In Randolph County, Ga.; son or Quintilian and Rachel (Stephenson) Borland, the former a native of Randolph County, Ga., born In 1814, moved to Alabama In 1856, settling on a plantation near Newton, Dale County, entered the C. S. Army in 1861, fighting until near the end of the war when he was taken sick and died. Ihe latter born In Abbeville district, S. C. 1825, was taken to Georgia by her parents In her early youth, was married in her fourteenth year, and died In 1875, Mr. Borland was reared on the home plantation, and equipped himself to be a farmer. In 1881, he enlisted at the crossroads near his father's homestead. In a company of infantry being raised for the C. S. Army by Asch Griffin. The company was sent to Savannah, and disbanded. Shortly afterward, Mr. Borland enlisted In Co. C, Thirty-first Georgia Infantry, Gordan's brigade, Jackson's corps, Swell's division, under Gen. Lee. He saw service in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and May 12, 1864, was captured at Spottaylvanla, Va. and sent to Fort Delaware, where he was detained until March 1865, when he was discharged on his parole. He returned to his home in Georgia and resumed farming for three years, then moved to Alabama, where for seven years, he taught school In Dale and Geneva Counties. He finally settled In the latter county in 1880. He served for several years as Justice of the peace of Geneva County, and In 1880 was elected probate Judge of that county. He Is a Mason. Married: (1) December 13, 1887, Mary S. Rlgell, born In 1821, in Russell County, died March 13, 1881, daughter of Judge Rigell, who moved from Russell County to Dale County with his family; (2) May 3, 1882, Mrs. Drusllla Renfro, born In Georgia and reared in Florida, widow of Elisah Renfro, who died in 1888, while in the C. S. Army, daughter of J. Wallace, and mother of Robert A. Renfro of Campbellton. Fla., and of Elisha A. Renfro, a farmer of Geneva County. Children by first marriage: 1. James, a resident of Texas; 2. Mary L., m. Thomas Brltt. Eufaula; 8. Georgia L., Geneva County: 4. Columbus Q.; 5. William T.; 6. Cora C. Residence: Geneva. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony

LAIRD, HENRY WESLEY
Henry Wesley Laird, lawyer and merchant, was born in 1819, in South Carolina, and died in 1879, in Geneva. He was orphaned in early boyhood and came from the home of an elder brother in South Carolina to the home of another brother, Louis Laird, who was living in Eufaula; later studied law in a private office in Elba; merchandised in Montgomery between 1840, and 1855, and in Geneva until the War of Secession broke out. He entered the Confederate service as captain of Co. E., Sixth Alabama infantry regiment, commanded by Col. Benjamin B. Baker. The company was raised by him in Geneva and was called the "Gulf Rangers," later, was a member of Co. K, Alabama cavalry, under Col. C. H. Colvin and Gen. James Clanton. When the call to arms came he answered promptly, left his store, telling his clerks to sell what they could and to give what was left to the family of any needy soldiers. Later he was ordered to clear out raiders from the section, which he did successfully, but his store and home were burned. After the close of the war he practiced law in Elba and Geneva. He represented Geneva County in the constitutional convention of 1875. He was a Democrat. Married: July 7, 1867, to Laura Luzene, daughter of Van and Martha Mathis (Jackson) Stoudenmier, who lived at Aberfoil and later at Tuskegee, Auburn, and Pensacola, Fla.; granddaughter of Jeremiah Jackson of Independence, Autauga County, and of Louis Stoudenmier, in the Dutch Bend, near Autaugaville, Autauga County. Children: 1. Henry Stanmore, lawyer, m. Nellie Walker, Pensacola, Fla.; 2. Frank Jackson, m. Kate Cumba, Geneva; 3. Adele; 4. Jessie, m. C. P. Atkinson, Greensboro; 5. Walter Marcellus, dentist, m. Dorothy Mercer, Demopolis. Last residence: Geneva. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer

 


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