Civil War & Stephens County, OK (31)


John Pauldin Wharton (1833-1910)

John Pauldin Wharton was the eighth of thirteen children born to Thomas Jefferson & Sarah Sally (Duncan) Wharton. He was born on Dec. 4, 1833 in Atlanta (Cobb County), Georgia. Older and taller than most men who served in the Civil War (he was over 6 feet tall and weighed about 180 lbs.), he was also a married man during his service, having married Sarah Emiline Cothren (Cochran?; Cockran?), a cousin of his (b. July 28, 1833; d. July 22, 1906) on Aug. 7, 1856 in St. Clair, Alabama.

Just prior to the start of the Civil War, John & Sarah were living (according to the 1860 census) St. Clair County, Alabama. Following the war, he and Sarah are known to have lived in Mississippi, Pope County, Arkansas (about 1880), and ultimately, in the Chickasaw Nation in Indian Territory, moving there in the 1880’s or in 1890 and living the rest of John’s days.

During the Civil War, John served in Co. G of the CSA, 12th Alabama Cavalry Regiment. A brief history of the CSA, 12th Alabama Cavalry Regiment reads:

“The nucleus of the Twelfth was a battalion recruited by Lieut. Col. Wm. H. Hundley of Madison, and Major Bennett of St. Clair. This (the Twelfth) battalion operated in east Tennessee for some months, and was consolidated with the First Alabama while the army lay at Murfreesboro. It fought thus at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, and through Longstreet’s east Tennessee campaign. Soon after the latter operations, four companies were added, and the regiment thus formed took the name of the Twelfth Alabama. Attached to Hagan’s brigade, the regiment took part in the retrograde movement from Dalton, and was engaged in numerous encounters. One of its companies lost 20 killed and wounded while defending a bridge near Rome. At Atlanta, July 22, Gen. Wheeler complimented the regiment on the field, and it lost 25 or 30 men in a hilt to hilt melee with Stoneman’s raiders. At Campbellsville, the Twelfth repulsed Brownlow’s brigade, losing 45 men. At Averysboro and the attack on Kilpatrick, and other places, the regiment fought till the end. It disbanded the night before the surrender—about 125 present.”

At least one other veteran buried in Stephens County, Oklahoma also served in the CSA, 12th Alabama Cavalry Regiment, although having served in a different company. John D. Grooms (buried in the Duncan City Cemetery) served in Company I.

Originally a whiskey distiller, John went on to take up farming and other business during the course of his life.

Through the years of their marriage, four children were born to John and Sarah; two boys (William Bartley & Robert Lee) and two girls (Laura & Mariah Isabelle; Laura dying as an infant).

Since his wife, Sarah, died in the summer of 1906, John, at the age of 74, remarried on Sept. 13, 1908, exchanging vows at that time with M.E. Buchanan.

John died on January 29, 1910 of pneumonia (or some lung disorder). His body is buried in the Hope Cemetery in Stephens County, Oklahoma. The tall white marker for his grave is located near the southeast corner of that cemetery. A Masonic symbol adorns his gravestone.

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