THE QUANTRILL FAMILY OF AMERICA
Genealogy wise, the
Quantrill family has always been a small one, only 2500 people have ever been
called Quantrill, or any of its accepted spellings. 90% of the worlds Quantrills
either came from or are still in Norfolk County, England. All the Quantrills are
The first Quantrill came to America in 1770, the most famous
Quantrill being William Clarke Quantrill ( 1837-1865) of Quantrills Missouri
Company. Much has been written about him and his unit, and questions how well
they served the Confederacy. But, did you know that in Missouri 4000 guerillas
kept 60,000 Federal troops off the battlefield ? Not just criminals in blue
uniforms like Jennison's followers, but crack units of the Federal army like the
In our next newsletter, I shall tell you the story of
William Clarke's full cousin Thomas Clarke Quantrill ( 1847-fl 1940). Thomas, by
chance and accident was involved during, before and after the assassination of
Abe Lincoln in a fascinating part of history that will almost certainly be new
to you .
As for my interest in the Quantrill family, my gg-grandmother,
Rosetta ( 1843-1917)was the last person in my family to die who was born a
Roll of Honour or Hall of Shame ??????????
Since the last
newsletter, we have received contributions from several supporters. Without
their help, we could not have placed ANY CS gravemarkers in the past two Months.
For their support, we thank them, and their names appear on our ROLL OF HONOUR
on our www site. However, if we had received just HALF (h-a-l-f) of all the
contributions we had been FIRMLY PROMISED, we could have repaired every CS
gravesite in Britain that needs attention and placed markers at every single
site in the UK !! Then our project would have been a huge monument in itself to
SOUTHERN HERITAGE, something that we could have shown to the world. Every CS
gravesite investigated, repaired, marked and maintained. A project in many ways
as important as any ongoing today. But……as I said only a fraction of
contributions promised have ever materialised, therefore on our www site you
will see a new page …THE HALL OF SHAME….. This contains the names of every
individual and organisation that has PROMISED help and then done nothing! We are
talking of several individuals and at least three organisations. Please take a
look at our www site ,………….hundreds do.
A SOUTHERN HERO BURIED IN THE UK
newsletter's featured gravesite is WILLIAM McNEILL WHISTLER, a surgeon in the
famed Orr's rifles. His gravesite has only been discovered due to some excellent
field work by the British Commander, this research is, I believe, his
His more famous brother painted the celebrated Whistlers mother, but
what can we tell you about William McNeill Whistler ?…a keen oarsman, a man of
medicine, a surgeon in a crack Confederate unit, a hero of the Bloody
After the war, he became a surgeon in London, a very distinguished
one too. He lies buried in Hastings, England, though because of redevelopement,
his gravestone, one of the best preserved in Britain, has been moved a few feet
from its original position. Surgeon Whistler also looked after the Federal
prisoners at Libby prison.
He was born in Lowell, Mass.in 1836,and died
in London of influenza in 1900. He is buried next to his beloved mother.
SHAME…..HALL OF SHAME……HALL OF SHAME……HALL OF SHAME…
Well….did you look
on our www site for the Hall of Shame?……..If you did, you will not have found it
because it doesn't exist…….but if you thought you'd find it, did you expect your
name to be on it ?
October 15, 2001
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