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GRANDISON M. WALL/ CSA SOLDIER, HOMELAND GUARD-ST.JAMES CEMETERY 1821-1901.
Posted by: Mack Rice (ID *****7933) Date: June 05, 2007 at 17:47:14
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GRANDISON MOSES WALL B: 9-18-1921 in Lincoln County, Tenn.
D: 8-1901 in Stone County, Ar.
Burial St. James Cemetery behind
Methodist Church beside his son
Major Townsend Wall (died 1900
from accidental gunshot wound).
Young daughter Mary Caroline Wall
(died as a child) & wife Mary
Adelaide Simpson-Wall daughter of
Henson Simpson & Caroline Bladen-
Died 1906.

All four of this Wall family is buried behind the Methodist Church in St. James, Arkansas.

I have tried in vain to find a CSA organization to mark Grandison's grave as I understand after all these years it is now unmarked.

They are the old above the ground type of tombs and the only one listed by Frieda Massey is Mary Caroline Wall.
But they are all there in a row. I have an old picture.

Grandison Wall came to the Batesville, Ar. area in 1851 after the death of his father Major Wall in Maury Co.,
Tennessee. He started a ferry across the White River in 1851 which became known as Walls Ferry, Ar.
Siblings of Grandison's had preceeded him to Batesville area.
1858 Grandison married Mary Adelaide Simpson,daughter of Henson Simpson B: Mo. and Caroline Bladen-Simpson b: Va.

When the War years started Grandison was appointed to the Homeland Guard of Stone County. In 1862 he enlisted at Hess Ferry in the CSA.
He served under General Sterling Price in the Camden Campaigns and in the Missouri Raids.

Discharged 1865 on his Oath of Allegience at the age of 44 he returned home in Stone County to a completely devasted land. No men had tended the land for 3-4 years.

The wives & children had used up the food supply.

Grandison stated to his family later that it was just like having to start all over again. He said everything was so bleak and bare. No kind of upkeep had been done during the war years. No crops had been planted and harvested.

He went back to the Ferry where he also a large warehouse. He had bought farm supplies from the big boats coming into Batesville for the settlers on up the river that had no access to supplies.
He restocked and started over again.
He had also always operated his own private Post Office.
He took the mail from settlers in the area and carried it to Batesville putting it on the boats going out.
There he picked up anything they had and took it back to the warehouse where people could pick it up. This way Grandison kept this area of people in touch with the outside world.
After his death the U.S. Government opened Walls Ferry Post Office.
Shortly before his death Grandison had prepared legal papers giving the railroads a 100'strip through his lands to further the progress of this part of Arkansas. It had been discussed for years but nothing was ever done. Some of the residents were for it and some against it. Grandison made a decision on his own to just give them the land and let them have the right of way through his land.

His family honored this gift after his death and the railroad went through. This brought into the area a lot of railroad workers and the locks on the White River also went into construction. For awhile Walls Ferry was a booming little town. The U.S. Gov't. put in Walls Ferry Post Office after the death of Grandison.
Grandison had gradually accumulated land, including purchasing the Waugh Place where an important Confederate Battle had been fought. He ended up with approx. 800 acres. His will equally divided the property among his living children.
Grandison M. Wall was an important asset to the Stone County area and I am very disappointed that his grave has not been properly restored and honored as a man who gave and gave to the area.
I live so far away, I am helpless to see that this is done.
I have tried to contact the CSA organizations that say they mark the graves of CSA Soldiers but so far, nothing. I am beginning to wonder if it is political motivated.

Grandison Wall was decended from the Wall family of Preston, Lancashire, England who for a couple of hundred of years was Mayors of the town and were members of the Guild.
Other connections to the Wall family back to the Jamestown settlers. 5/1607. The Stanleys ( Lord STanley) of the "Virginia Company of London" had family who married into the Wall family.
Peter Wordens (Werdens)of Preston were also early settlers who had married into the WAll family. Peter Worden was a member of the Preston town council. In the USA he was the first English settler to die at Yarmouth, Mass.
He and family left Preston for the USA after they survived the Plague of 1630 where 2/3 of the town perished in less than a year. This may have also been the reason the Wall family came to the USA.
The Wall family was of orginally of Moor Hall and in the 1500's moved into Singleton Hall or AKA/ "Chingle Hall" built in 1280 by Sir Adam Singleton and today is the oldest occupied brick building in England and the most haunted. The Singleton's and Walls were related. Anthony Wall finally inherited Singleton/ Chingle Hall.

The hauntings relate to Father John Wall who was arrested for holding secret Mass at Chingle Hall which was forbidden by the King. ( Reformation years England became a Protestant Country).
He was imprisoned for 5 months and when he refused to deny his religion he was hanged, drawn, quartered and beheaded.

One of the ancient ancestors is Father John Wall born in Singleton Hall in 1620. John WAll was made a saint by Pope V1 in 1970.

Thomas Wall came to the USA in the mid 1600's. He and his family was obviously survivors of the Plague.

Thomas died in Dorchester, Md. in 1700-1701. He was the father of three sons, Joshua, Joseph and Alexander.
Alexander married daughter Mary of the William Merchant family in Maryland.
Joshua & Joseph migrated to N.C.. Joshua's Grandson's went to Virginia where they remained for over 100 years before their decendants went to Tennessee then to Arkansas.
Joseph's decendants went to Mississippi.

Many decendants of the Wall family still reside in Arkansas.
If anyone knows how to get the CSA organizations to mark the Grave of Grandison I would appreciate knowing. Any help
appreciated.
E.J. email--B29wendover@wmconnect.com


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