Mrs. Mary Fairfax Childs writes from New York City:
"As a request is being made for the names of living mothers of Confederate soldiers, I would state that Mrs. Eleanor Elizabeth (Carter) Childs, mother of the late William Ward Childs, of New York City, who served in Guibor's Missouri Battery, is still living in Schell City, Mo.
"Mrs. Childs is probably the nearest living relative of General Washington, as she is the daughter of William Farley Carter, married Betty Lewis, the only niece of General Washington by his sister Betty and the wife of Col. Fielding Lewis, of Virginia.
"Mrs. Childs is in her ninety-first year. Her only two children-sons, now deceased-served in the Confederate army during its four years of conflict."
This was the first response to the request for information of living mothers of Confederate soldiers, but others have come, until there is quite a list of those who gave their sons to fight for the South. Some of these mothers are still active and interested in affairs of the day, though so advanced in age.
Mrs. Sarah C. Ferguson, residing in Crowell, Tex., is the mother of Frank G. Ferguson, who served in Company H, 11th Tennessee Infantry, and is now Commanded of the U. C. V. Camp at Crowell, She was a daughter of George E. Montcastle and was born at Rogersville, Tenn., in January, 1828; was married in 1846 and was the mother of fourteen children, nine of whom are still living. The family went to Texas in 1886 and were among the first settlers of Foard County.
Mrs. Jane Caroline Sanders, of Fizella, Ga., who is now over ninety years of age, had three sons in the Confederate army, and her husband also served a short time.
Mrs. Eliza F. Shields, of Columbia, Tenn., celebrated her ninety-fourth birthday on May 14. She is the mother of John L. Shields, a private on Company H, 1st Tennessee Cavalry, under Col. James Wheeler. Mrs. Shields has never felt the need of glasses and she can still do fine needlework, knit, lace, and read as when younger. Two or three years ago she took premiums on knit lace at the State Fair in Nashville and the Tri-State Fair, Memphis.
Mrs. A. M. Rosser, of Eadonton, Ga., was eighty-nine years old on October 5, 1914. Her son, John Rosser, who also lives at Eatonton, was a private of Company A, 27 Georgia Battalion.
Mrs. Alzara Foster, of Marietta, Pickens County, S. C. now ninety years of age, had three sons in the Confederate army.
Mrs. Amanda Dick, of Kemah, Tex, was the wife of Capt. John Dick and the mother of a Confederate soldier.
SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1915.
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