Christopher Simonton Brice

Male 1828 - 1900  (71 years)


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  • Name Christopher Simonton Brice  [1
    Born 25 Apr 1828  Fairfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Mar 1900  Lancaster Co, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Douglass, Fairfield Co, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Marion Morris Wood's "My Life Story" 1882:

      My mother's father, Christopher Simonton Brice, also fought under Robert E. Lee in Virginia and during those war years my mother (age 4) and her mother, Margaret Gooch, went to live with her maternal grandfather, Henry Gooch, near Chester, SC.

      My mother was eight years told when Sherman arrived and camped on her grandfather's plantation and although she lived to be ninety-three years old, she always remembered the Sherman experiences. She saw her grandfather hanged from his own stairwell because he refused to tell the Yankees where his silver was hidden. He was cut down before he died, blue in the face. She saw every living creature that the soldiers didn't eat shot down in the yard. She saw her grandfather's blue damask curtains snatched from the windows and used as saddlebags by Sherman and his men. She saw the soldiers carry out every china dish in the house, stand them up against the trees and use them for targets. I myself have the only remaining dish, a beautiful platter, rescued I don't know how, and I treasure it immensely.

      Sherman knew the war was already won, the South on her knees, broken and bleeding, before he started his raid. But he was willing to make war on the helpless women and children. He himself said "I've cut a swath through the South 200 miles long and 60 miles wide, and if a crow wants to fly over it, he will have to carry his lunch with him." He excused his savage action by saying "War is Hell." Even Winston Churchill says in his autobiography that the North was more to blame than the South.

      Is it any wonder my mother always called it the Uncivil war, and that my father always told her she would die an unreconstructed rebel?
    Person ID I0065  Hull
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2021 

    Father Robert Brice,   b. 8 Oct 1791, Fairfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1871, Fairfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Margaret Simonton,   b. 20 Jun 1801, Fairfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1843, Little River, Fairfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1817 
    Family ID F025  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Missouri Gooch,   b. 1836,   d. 19 Sep 1893  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 4 Dec 1855  [1
    Children 
     1. Ella Martha Brice,   b. 31 Oct 1856, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1949, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Family ID F023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S03436] chance.FTW.
      Date of Import: Dec 19, 1999


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