On Saturday, June 12, at 11 am, at Asbury United Methodist Church, the Yadkin County Historic Society, Asbury United Methodist Church, and descendants and mates of Lewis L. Chamberlain (1833-1865) will dedicate a brand new house for his misplaced gravestone on the cemetery. The general public is invited to attend. Donations can be requested to assist the brand new placement of this gravestone and the maintenance of the cemetery. Subsequent Might, a second ceremony will bear in mind the Civil Warfare service of Chamberlain and different Civil Warfare veterans, each Union and Accomplice, who’re buried within the cemetery.
On September 27, 1862, Lewis L. Chamberlain, of Hamptonville, was 27 when Yadkin authorities compelled him to enlist within the thirteenth North Carolina Infantry Regiment in Raleigh, NC. Quickly after, his spouse, Elizabeth Nichols Chamberlain, wrote a letter to NC Governor Zebulon B. Vance, asking him to dismiss her husband from the Military. Mrs. Chamberlain describes herself as a “poor lady with one little one” and no household to assist her at house. She stated that her husband was compelled to enlist, despite the fact that his physique was diseased. After authorities arrested him, she stated that her husband was not given a bodily examination. Vance ordered his secretary to answer that he didn’t have the authority to launch her husband, so Lewis remained a soldier combating for the Confederacy till 1864, when he went house and died on April 23, 1865, aged 32 years.
Chamberlain’s household buried him in a small household graveyard beside their house overlooking Petty Highway, which was the principle street between Yadkinville and Statesville. The household engraved a fieldstone for Lewis and positioned it on his grave. About 2010, after the previous Chamberlain household farm was offered, Danny Shore of Hamptonville discovered the misplaced gravestone for Chamberlain leaning in opposition to a pine tree on Wright Highway, which is close to the previous Chamberlain farm. He eliminated the engraved rock to his farm and leaned it in opposition to a hickory tree till the appropriate time got here alongside.
About 2015, the appropriate time got here alongside, when Shore and Andrew Mackie, native cemetery hunter, of Yadkinville, have been consuming lunch at Williams & Gentry Retailer in Yadkinville. As they talked about deserted cemeteries, Shore invited Mackie to his farm to indicate him the misplaced gravestone. When Mackie noticed the demise date on the stone, he realized that Chamberlain may need served within the Confederacy throughout the Civil Warfare and died at house, about two weeks after the Warfare ended at Appomattox Court docket Home in Virginia. After extra analysis, Mackie and others confirmed his assumptions. In consequence, one other misplaced piece of Yadkin County navy historical past was discovered, which led to the invention of extra details about a reluctant Accomplice soldier, and a brand new house for his gravestone.
Within the e-book by Frances Harding Casstevens, The Civil Warfare and Yadkin County, North Carolina, Lewis L. Chamberlain is listed as certainly one of Yadkin County’s 1,200 Accomplice veterans. At his enlistment, his 12 months of delivery was listed as 1825 and his unit as Firm G, thirteenth North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Regimental muster information indicated that Pvt. Chamberlain was current till March 20, 1864, when he was reported Absent With out Go away (AWOL) till August 1864. From September – October 1864, Lewis was reported “in arrest”. No purpose was given for his arrest. Neither his Yadkin County residence nor the names of his dad and mom and spouse have been listed.
In one other a part of the e-book, L. L. Chamberlain is listed as certainly one of about 50 prisoners who have been arrested on the Tennessee state line, whereas making an attempt to flee from Camp Vance close to Morganton, NC. In response to CSA Maj. J. R. McLean, the officer in cost, these males have been often known as a “band of deserters and recusant conscripts”. He believed they left initially from Yadkin County to hitch the Federal Military.
Lewis L. Chamberlain was born about 1833 in Surry County, now Yadkin County, on the William T. Chamberlain farm close to Hamptonville. He was the son of William T. Chamberlain, a blacksmith, and Sarah Gentry Chamberlain, a homemaker, of Yadkin County. The siblings of Lewis have been Eliza J. People, Nancy Catherine Shermer, and William Henry Harrison. In 1856, Lewis married Elizabeth Nichols of Yadkin County. Lewis and Elizabeth lived in Yadkin County and had just one little one, Sarah Jane Chamberlain (1860-1901), who married William Asbury Burton (1860-1931).
Following the demise of her husband, the widow Chamberlain grew to become head of family. She lived on the homeplace with Sara Jane, her daughter, and Eliza, her sister-in-law. Then she moved to the adjoining farm of William Asbury Burton with Sara Jane, her daughter, Eliza, her sister-in-law, and William Burton’s household.
In 2019, Chris Motley, a descendant of William Asbury and Sarah Jane Chamberlain Burton, requested Andrew Mackie to assist him discover the situation of the William Asbury Burton homeplace, which was not standing. Their search led to the positioning on Petty Highway and its intersection with Wright Highway. All that remained was a coated effectively and two fishponds constructed by William Burton alongside Petty Highway. Each the Burtons and Chamberlains have been buried at Asbury United Methodist Church.