Sketch of Rev.Joshua W. Kilpatrick
Biographical Sketch of Joshua E. Clardy
In Memorium of Elizabeth A. Jackson Bertrand
Biographical Sketch of Oswald E. Clardy
Biographical Sketch of Dr. Thomas Fleming Clardy
Nashville Christian Advocate, Saturday, April 21, 1877, page 12.
Mrs. Nancy Joanna Clardy was the eldest child of
the Rev. J. W. Kilpatrick, a name now become historic in the
annals of Methodism in Tennessee. She was born, July 2, 1810, and married
to the Rev. B. S. Clardy, of the Tennessee Conference, in 1826.
Her father was an itinerant of the McKendree stamp, and his house
was the resting place of many a weary preacher. Here, in childhood,
she became acquainted with many of the pioneers of Methodism, listened
to their conversation around the fireside, and learned to love the Church
which they labored to establish. It was edifying to hear her youthful
T. G. Wier
History of Methodism in Tennessee, by
John B. McFerrin, D.D., Vol 3, 1818 to 1840.
(Conference @ Huntsville AL, 1823)
Mr. Kilpatrick was born the 7th of April, A.D. 1782, in Iredell (then a part of Rowan) County, North Carolina. He was descended from a Scotch family. The name should be written Kirkpatrick, as old papers and traditions in the archives of the family clearly show that he was lineally descended from that old and well-known family. How the orthography of the name was changed it is no part of the object of this sketch to explain. After the strictest sect, he was brought up a Presbyterian; his father, Andrew Kilpatrick, being one of the ruling Elders of one of the celebrated Dr. James Hall's churches-a divine justly celebrated as an orator and patriot of the American Revolution. When he was quite young, he had the misfortune to lose his mother. This was, indeed, one of the greatest of calmities, as she is represented to have been a woman of no ordinary character. Nature had endowed her with a handsome person, a clear and vigorous intellect, and a most lovely amiable dispostition. Added to this, she was a genuine follower of the meek and lowly Saviour. Her example and her teaching left a lasting impression on the mind and heart of her son. Her death seems to have produced in her husband great desspondency, which, in its turn, reflected many evils upon the large family of children that were left thus bereaved. The father of the subject of this sketch was a man of culture, for the times and part of the country in which he lived. But with the loss of his wife, departed that mainspring of his energies and manliness. To this cause is attributed the poor educational advantages which Joshua, and others of the family obtained.
Although Joshua was trained according to the "old blue-stocking rule," yet he did not readily yield his heart to the influences of divine grace. He was social in his disposition, and was quite fond of the amusements and pastimes of youthful company. As he grew up to manhood, although he did not participate in any outbreaking sins and dissipations, he was a votary of the pleasures of youth. The great revivial of 1800, in its spread, reached the Carolinas and Virginia; in this revivial, after a long and severe struggle, he was most powerfully and happily converted.
He soon felt it impressed upon his heart that it was his duty to preach the gospel; and, with all the energy and zeal of his nature, he set about making preparations to fulfill his great commission. About this time, the Methodist itinerant preachers were beginning to attract great attention in that part of North Carolina, and also to be greatly persecuted on account of the heretical doctrines they were reported set forth. Among the number was the Rev. Mark Whittaker. Young Kilpatrick, in his thirst after truth, went to hear him. The observant eye of Whittaker soon found him out, and sought his companionship. From Whittaker and others Joshua W. Kilpatrick imbibed the doctrines of his beloved Methodism. He became convinced of, and satisfied with, the soundness of those doctrines. He became a convert to them, and to them he yielded the devotion of his heart and mind, and the labors of his after life.
In his preparation for the ministry, his Presbyterian brethen had, up to this time, given him all necessary encouragement, and also considerable assistance. Now, however, when they found he had turned Methodist, they withdrew their countenance, and he became the object of no little persecution from them; and the foremost among them were some members of his own family. All this, however, did not divert his purpose, or work any change in his mind. He cast his lot with this persecuted people. Nor did he ever regret it.
On the 1st of March, 1805, he joined the Virginia Conference, held at Granville, North Carolina. That year he was appointed as junior preacher to the Richmond, Hanover, and Williamsburg Circuit, with the Rev. Humphrey Wood as preacher in charge. This was in the Richland District, and Rev. Stith Mead as Presiding Elder. In 1806, with the same Elder and colleague, he was appointed to Cumberland Circuit, in the Richmond District.
On the 3d day of February, 1807, he was ordained a deacon
at Newbern, North Carolina, by Bishop Asbury. That year (1807)
he was appointed as preacher in charge of the Mecklenburg Circuit, with
the Rev. James E. Glenn as a helper. This was in the Norfolk
District, and Rev. Phillip Bruce was the Presiding Elder. In
1808 he was transferred to the Yadkin District, The Rev. Thos. L.
Douglass being the Presiding Elder, and sent to Salisbury Circuit
as preacher in charge, with the Rev. John French as his colleague.
It was during this year, perhaps, he formed that close and lasting
On the 12th day of January, 1809, he was united in marriage with Sally Hobson, of Cumberland county, Virginia, who still survives him, in the eighty-second year of her age*(*Several months ago) This year, he located, and resided in Virginia until December, 1809. He then moved to North Carolina, where he lived in the vicinity of his relations during the years 1810 and 1811. In the winter, of 1811-12 he emigrated to Maury county, Tennessee, where he "settled" himself, with his little family, about five miles from the town of Columbia, near to Duck River.
In the fall of 1823 he was readmitted in Elder's orders, elected a delegate to the General Conference, and appointed to the Nashville Circuit. Up to this time, he was not engaged in the regular work of the ministry all the time, yet he was not idle. He labored zealously and successfully in Maury, Giles, Lincoln, Bedford, Williamson, and Davidson counties---promoting revivals, organizing societies, and doing the work of an evangelist generally. Mr. Kilpatrick was kept out of the Tennessee Conference for several years by the efforts of some of the members, who were deeply imbued by the anti-slavery spirit. Mr. Kilpatrick was among the first preachers in the work of missions among the colored people. In this work he was successful.
One trait in Mr. Kilpatrick was his uniform habit of declining prominent postitions and taking fields of labor among the destitute and the poorer classes of the people. When urged at one time to take a prominent appointment which there was no difficulty in supplying; the membership on that work were able to procure, and generally had, the best preaching ability in the Conference; and, although not rich himself, he could supply a more destitute portion of the work, even if they could not pay him. This was the spirit that animated him.
In December, 1834, he moved from Maury county, Tennessee, and settled with his family in LaGrange, Alabama, 1835; and in 1836 he was on the Franklin Circuit. In 1837 he organized and supplied the Courtland Colored Mission. In the fall of 1837 he located, and removed from the bounds of the Tennessee Conference, and settled with his family in Monroe county, Mississippi, about five miles east of Cotton Gin Port. He was here in the bounds of what was then the Alabama Conference. As soon as he was "fairly righted up" at home, with his accustomed zeal and energy he again began, as a local preacher, to preach to the people. The community in which he lived were generally imbued with the doctrines of Calvinism, as held and practiced by the Primitive Baptists. Without attacking these, or wagin war against them, he preached the truth, "as it is in Jesus," according to the doctrines of his beloved Methodism. He had not a Sabbath unoccupied; and often his labors for the week on his farm gave place to preaching needed that means of grace and a door was opened unto him. Soon, the fruits of his labors were apparent. Gracious revivals broke out at his appointments. At Athens, Cotton Gin Port, at Aberdeen, and other points, the work of God revived, and societies were organized; and, for that country, great numbers were added to the Church. Indeed, he felt that preaching the work of God-Christ and him crucified-was his great work-the work to which God had, by his Holy Spirit, called him. And he had arranged his business, set in order his household, with the view of offering himself to the Alabama Conference, at its approaching session.. But, alas! his race was well-nigh run, his labors were nearly ended.
During the latter part of the month of September, 1839,
in over-exertion to try to save the property of a neighbor from being
He had been selected to preach the sermon on the Centenary of Methodism, at a camp-meeting that was held not far from him, during his last illness. The remarks that he had prepared in manuscript for that occasion were carried off by a friend and never returned.
Mr. Kilpatrick's frame was stout, his carriage firm, his manners gentle, and his conduct grave and ministerial. In the pulpit, he was often a preacher of great power, and was instrumental in many gracious revivals of religion. He left a worthy family, whom he had trained in the fear of God.
Great prosperity attended the ministrations of the preachers this year. There was an increase of 3,862 white members, and 481 colored.
Kansas Agriculturist. Friday, March 17, 1893, pg.5
Death of Judge J. E. Clardy
Judge J. E. Clardy died of dropsy at 318 Harrison Street Topeka, last Saturday. As before stated, the Judge was taken critically ill at Topeka, while on his way from Oklahoma to Washington. The remains were taken to Tecumseh, Ok., the Judge's late home, on Sunday, for burial. the sudden death of Judge Clardy was a shock to his large acquiantanceship in this vicinity, where he resided for many years. He leaves a wife and seven children, and it is understood that Mrs. Clardy and younger children will return to the Wamego homestead and make it their future home. Judge Clardy was a man of remarkable force and courage, well versed in law, a strong speaker and writer, and possessed a rare fund of general information. His business qualifications were of an unusual order. He was well known throughtout the state. Before coming to Wamego he resided at Marysville, where he was engaged in publishing a paper called the Palmetto. In February, 1879, he established this paper, and continued its publication with success until 1883. With the opening up of Oklahoma the Judge became interested in railroads, mining and lands in the territory, where he was gradually concentrating his extensive interests, and at the time of his death he was recognized as a power in the development of the new country. Judge Clardy will be missed by thousands of his friends and acquaintances. The many friends in this city will extend their sympathy to Mrs. Clardy and children in their bereavement. The Judge was 58 years of age, the best of which were spent on Kansas soil.
Shawnee Herald Newspaper clipping January 27, 1934
Benjamin J. Clardy, 74, 312 North Bell Street, pioneer Shawnee citizen died at 6:31 Saturday night. He had lived in Oklahoma since 1893 and in Shawnee since 1898. Active in politics, Clardy had served in the second legislature. He was a realtor.
Clardy was a member of the First Presbyterian church, the Modern Woodmen, a charter member of the historical society, and a past grand master of the Ancient Order of Workman. A son, Gerald Clardy, died five years ago.
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. May C. Clardy; one son, Clifford C. Clardy, Valley Junction, Iowa; One daughter, Mrs. E. G. Roberts, Moline, Ill.; two brothers Albert Clardy, Pampa Tex. and Josh Clardy, Cushing; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Boyer and Mrs. Lucy Deem, both of Purcell, and Mrs. Carrie Colister, Kansas City, Mo. Five grandchildren survive.
Funeral services will be conducted from Gaskill chapel at 2:30 Monday afternoon. Dr. W. S. Harries will be in charge and burial will be in Fairview cemetery.
Bearers will be Henry Moyle, Dr. G. C. Wallace, G. C. Abernathy, S. E. Bruss, W. L. Honeycutt and D. E. Hawes.
In Memory of Ben J. Clardy, by Mrs. A. M. Baldwin [on file at the Pottawatomi Co., OK Historical Society]
Ben J. Clardy was born in Saint Marys, Kansas. When he was two years old his parents moved to Wamego, Kansas, where he lived until he finished high school.
Like most young men of the time he wanted to go West. He went to Arizona and California where he stayed ten years before returning to Wamego. After two years at home he met and married May Cummings of Leavenworth, Kansas, with whom he lived happily for forty-four years.
He and his wife came to Oklahoma as bride and groom in 1890. For seven years they lived on a farm south of Wanette, Pottawatomie County. In pioneer days Ben Clardy was very prominent in the political history of the county. In the first general election held in the county he was elected representative. this was on November 9, 1892, for the second Legislature.
In character he was frank, generous, and hospitable, with an unusual capacity for making friends. His father was a lawyer and his mother, Isabelle Clardy, was appointed the first Post Master of County B, now known as Pottawatomie County. This was in 1874 during the administration of U. S. Grant, and at a time when the mail was carried by horseback and delivered sometimes once a month, sometimes once in six months.
Ben Clardy was a member of the Presbyterian church, a Modern Woodman, a Past Grand Master of the Ancient Order of United Workman, and a charter member of the Pottawatomi County Historical Society of which he was a loyal member. He lived in Shawnee after 1898. The first year he was there he published the Shawnee Herald, then he went into the Real Estate business.
He died........(to faint to transcribe last paragraph completely, but it names his children and pall bearers)
Rock Island Magazine for June 1929
Gerald Gould Clardy, local storekeeper at Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away December 20 at Council Bluffs from pneumonia. Interment at Shawnee, Okla, December 23, 1928. He was born March 4, 1898 and was thirty years of age at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, (Margaret) daughter Geraldine, son Walter Gould, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Clardy, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, sister, Mrs. E. G. Roberts, wife of division storekeeper E. G. Roberts, of Valley Junction, and brother Clifford Clardy, postmaster at Valley Junction.
Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand--E.E. Hale.
The United States Biographical Dictionary. Kansas Volume. S. Lewis & Co., Publishers, 1879.
Joshua E. Clardy
Joshua E. Clardy was born July 31, 1835, at LaGrange, Alabama. His parents were Benjamin S. and Nancy J. Clardy, his mother's maiden name being Kilpatrick. They were the parents of six children.
During his infancy his parents moved to Clinton in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, where his father died, leaving him and his sisters, to be provided for by his widow. By the labor and exertion of his mother he was enabled to attend school for a short time, and when he was ten years of age his uncle assisted his mother to move to Mississippi, where she remained until he was fifteen years old working on a farm. There were no free schools in the South, but during his five years of farm labor he succeeded in securing about eight months schooling. A poor boy had few chances for education in those days, and rarely found opportunity for obtaining instruction.
Through the kindness of Rev. John B. McFerrin he was taken into the office of the "Nashville Christian Advocate," as an apprentice and served four years at the printing trade, receiving as payment for services, his board and clothing.
During these four years he employed his spare time in working for the journeyman, and by this means earned enough to pay his tuition in the night school, and during the last two years he commenced reading law, sweeping the office to pay for the use of the books. When the term of his apprenticeship had expired he returned to Mississippi, and worked as a journeyman printer for nearly a year, when he decided a slave State was not the place for him, and so at the age of twenty-one he started for Kansas. He arrived at Leavenworth in the fall of 1856, and going from there to Lawrence he applied for work in the "Herald" office, but could get none and was advised to go to Lecompton, which was then the capital of the Territory. Shouldering his carpet-sack, he started on foot to Lecompton, and having arrived, was promptly interviewed by Colonels McLane, Titus, Jones, and other celebrities of the town. He immediately obtained work in the "Lecompton Union" office, and acted as foreman during the session of the the first Legislature on 1856 and 1857, and was a witness and silent observer of many noted occurrences of those exciting times.
Soon after the adjournment of the Legislature, he took up a claim on the Delaware Trust Lands, but soon after the Osawska sales he was induced by General F. J. Marshall to go to Palmetto (now Marysville), and publish the "Palmetto Kansas." At that time there were only four log huts in the town, and the inhabitants were principally South Carolinians. General Marshall was the most prominent man, and Magill, Alston, Vaughn, West, Prentiss, and others, were just rising into prominence.
Voting was then a science, but could not be mathematically demonstrated except on the theory that the less men you had the more votes you would get-in one instance fifteen men gave about eight hundred votes. Meanwhile, the free state men on the Vermillion were not idle, and voted some men who had been dead for months. Those were peculiar days when one could vote all he wanted to, and the privilege was usually indulged in. Of the prominent leaders of that time some still survive, while others are buried in the South, having sacrificed their life for a principle.
About this time the Lecompton constitution was being extensively discussed, and Mr. Clardy, being in favor of submitting the slavery clause to a vote of the people it naturally created some feeling between himself and his employer, who was very ultra on the question. He therefore withdrew from the paper, and was nominated by the Douglass Democrats for State Senator, under the Lecompton consitutution. He had previously held the office of probate judge of Marshall county. After retiring from the management of the "Kansan" he devoted himself to the practice of law, and being an able advocate and fluent speaker, he soon became very popular.
In 1861, he moved to Pottawatomie County and located on the Vermillion River, and still owns the same tract of land.
During the war he was engaged as goverment scout and detective, and assisted General Lane and Ewing in raising the 11th, 12th and 13th Kansas Regiments, and was tendered a captain's commission by General Lane, which he declined.
At the close of the war when the Kansas Pacific Railway was being pushed west, he purchased land where the town of Wamego now stands, and forming a company consisting of those connected with the railroad, they laid out the town, after having added a large tract of land to the original purchase. He has devoted much time and money to the improvements of the town, and has always been an advocate of public improvements on a large scale.
In politics, Mr. Clardy has ever been a consistent and liberial minded Democrat, of the Douglas school, and by his honorable course has always received and held the respect of the prominent representatives of the Republican party. When the Democratic party nominated Greely, Judge Clardy voted for General Grant, and has since not acted with the Democrats formerly. He is now managing editor of the "Kansas Agriculturist."
He was married in 1859 to Miss Isabella A. Bertrand, of St. Mary's, Kansas. They have seven children-Benjamin, Albert, Annie, Willie, Joshua, Carrie and Lucy Isabella.
Arkansas Gazette Correspondence.
A MODEL LIFE.
JAMES CLARDY PASSES TO HIS REWARD AT THE AGE OF NINETY THREE.
Seventy-eight years a Methodist and Seventy Years a
James Clardy was born in Laurens District, South Carolina, on the twenty-third day of March, 1796, and died at Center Point, Ark. on the twenty-third day of June, 1889, aged 93 years and 3 months. In infancy and youth he was of a delicate constitution and a semi-invalid, but with the years of mature manhood came a strong, healthy and vigorous body of large physique, of powerful muscular form, and full of the industry and energy. His vocation was that of a planter, which he followed through all the active years of his life, with the exception of some six or eight years in which he was engaged in the mercantile business at Center Point. He pushed his business and was a financial success, accumulating considerable property. He was a slave-holder, and owned quite a number before the War. In 1811, when 15 years of age, joined the Methodist Church and remained a member of the same until his death, the period of his membership covering seventy-eight years.
THE OLDEST MASON.
On June 29, 1819, he joined the Order of Freemasons, and at the time of his death was a member in good standing. He was the oldest Mason in this State, If not the oldest in the United States. He enlisted as a volunteer in the War of 1812, but before he reached the rendezvous peace was declared; he was afterwards elected and served as Lieutenant of the State Militia. Of the famous-nullification ordinance passed in convention by his native State in 1832 was an ardent and unthusiastic supporter. Politicially, he was of the Democratic faith, and cast his last ballot for Grover Cleveland.
He was thrice married and died a widower. His first marriage
was with Miss Maria Gaines of Aberville District, South Carolina,
on Feb. 10, 1820. She died in April, 1835. His second marriage was with
Miss Elizabeth Clare (sic)of Leamens (sic) District,
CAME TO ARKANSAS
In 1854 be in company with his family and slaves, emigrated from his native State and associations of his youth and came to Arkansas. He purchased the farm and improvements of Moses Hill and settled at Center Point. By nature he was kind, generous, and charitable; was a liberal contributor to religious enterprises, and especially to those of his own choice, nor was he lacking in public spirit for his heart and purse were open to the development and advancement of public enterprises. To his slaves he was kind and humane, and to the last the loved and respected the "old boss." He served as magistrate several years in his adopted State, and was held in high esteem by the people. None could say aught against Squire Clardy. In all his dealings and business intercourse with others he was honorable and governed by the strictest principles of intergrity. As the shallow of life was fast lengthening, he said to the writer that during all the years of his contact with the world and in the transactions of business, he had not demanded nor received from, man, women, or child one cent which he had not earned and which did not rightfully belong to him, and this was the source of much consolation to him. He was unusually active and well preserved for one of his age, and would no doubt have lived to have celebrated his hundredth anniversary, but some six years since he was thrown from his saddle mule and severely injured; this accident, from which he never fully recovered, together with the confinement incidental thereto, shortened his days. From that time he began gradually to decline. Insensible decay stole upon the once vigorous frame. The train of life slackened speed and ran slower and still slower until it stopped at the station of death the terminus of human travel, and a long life was ended. Another landmark has passed away, and another tie that bound us to the past has been severed. Such is the order and provision on nature, and will continue to be until the end comes.
To the Memory of Elizabeth A. Jackson Bertrand
Blessed are they who die in the Lord may well be written
at the Commencement of an article written announcing the death and burial
of and allussion to the life of Elizabeth A. Jackson-Bertrand,
for her life was a life of rare Christian virtue, and constant and earnest
devotion to all duties that fall to the lot of a devoted wife and mother.
She was born of Episcopal parents at Anapolis, Maryland, December 29,
1810. Her parents dieing, she was left in the care of an Aunt, who was
so strict in her faith and religious bigotry that she could not endure
any other religious creed or faith, so it was, that in 1828, when Miss
Jackson the subject of this notice joined the Catholic church, her
Aunt, as trustee of her parents estate, cut her off from inheritance
and refused to recongnize her neice for ever more. This did not deter
the brave soul of the late Mrs. Bertrand. She felt tht the Lord
would provide. In her long life receiving sufficient food and clothing
for her earthly tabernacle was proof to her that her faith was well
founded and that she need fear no danger. Miss E. A. Jackson
and Miss Clara Whitaker were very intimate friends and after
Miss Whitaker married Mr. B. H. Bertrand she went
with them to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and there she became aquainted with
Mr. Joseph Betrand Jr. which acquaintance soon ripened into love
and they were on May 26, 1836, married. No two people were ever better
suited to live together than they were. Both earnest and conscientious
Christians-charitable to a fault.
Wamego, Kansas, Sept. 21, 1888
Early Anderson Co., SC Newspapers, Marriages and Obituaries 1841-1882
Mrs. E. P. (Elizabeth Polly) Clardy
Died April 13, 1875, Mrs. E. P. Clardy, wife of N.S. Clardy, in the 66th year of her age. She was an affectionate wife and mother. She was born May 28, 1809, in the State of North Carolina and moved to South Carolina, Anderson County, at an early age and was married to N.S. Clardy January 11, 1831. She united with the Baptist church at Big Creek at an early age and adorned the profession of her faith through life. She leaves a disconsolate and blind husband, eight children and twenty seven grandchildren to mourn her departure. But their loss is her gain.
Biographical Sketch of Oswald E. Clardy
History of Clay County, Missouri; by W. H. Woodson. c1920
Oswald E. Clardy, a well know farmer and stockman
of Gallatin township, is a native of Missouri and a decendant of a pioneer
family. He was born in Platte Co., August 7, 1864, a son of Garland
C. and Margaret V. (Waller) Clardy.
Walter "Joe" Clardy died after a yearlong battle with Lung Cancer. He was born in Council Bluffs, IA and came to CA in 1929 after the death of his father Gerald. He was a resident of the Los Angeles area for 69 years moving to La Mesa, in San Diego Co., CA over 3 years ago. Joe was a graduate of Huntington Park High School. He was a sergeant in the Army Air Corp. during WWII. He was a member of the U.S.Tennis Assoc., Lake Murray Tennis Club, and Sycuan Casino Poker Club. Joe also played professional baseball in the Southwest International League in the 1950's, leaving the league due to an injury (with a .346 average). Joe will be included in the Minor League Hall of Fame, a brand new facility in Memphis TN, scheduled to open in 2003. Joe was a member of the Citizen Pottawatomi Nation of OK. Joe's grandfather, Benjamin Joseph Clardy lived in Shawnee for many years and was the first Pottawatomi Indian to be elected to the House of Representatives in the 2nd legislature of the Oklahoma Territory in 1892. Benjamin was also a charter member and 1st President of the Pottawatomi Historical Society in Shawnee. Joe's great grandfather was Joshua E. Clardy who married Isabelle Bertrand a daughter of Joseph Bertrand Jr. and Elizabeth Ann Jackson. Joshua and Isabelle were among the first forty Pottawatomi families to travel to the Indian Territory in wagons to their new Pottawatomi allotments in 1871. Joe's hobbies included Tennis tournaments, playing poker, reading, and critiquing political talk shows on television. He was a Democrat all his voting years. Joe is survived by his three daughters, Gail Pi-Gonzalez of Fremont, CA; Judy Fernandez of El Cajon, CA.; Nita Freer of Santee, CA. Seven grandchildren: Jenelle, Rachel and Holly Fernandez, Jonathan & Geoffrey Pi-Gonzalez, Garrett and Stephanie Freer and great grandson, Norman A. Jauregui.
Dr. Thomas Fleming Clardy Brigade Surgeon on staff of General Buford, of Forest's Cavalry. The noble son of worthy parents, J. C. Clardy of North Carolina and Elizabeth Cayce of Virginia. The Confederate Military History says Thomas Fleming Clardy, M.D. was educated at Georgetown Kentucky, after which he read medicine with his brother, J. D. Clardy, and was graduated in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1860. He abandoned his civil career to enter the Confederate service in 1861, enlisting in Ballard County, in the Seventh Kentucky Infantry, Col. Charles Wickleffe, commanding. He was named Surgeon on the regiment staff of General Buford's command. This Brigade was composed of the 3rd, 7th and 8th Kentucky, the 9th Arkansas, 35th Alabama and 12th Louisiana regiments. In 1864 the Brigade joined General Forest and fought with him until they surrendered at the close of the war at Gainesville, Alabama, in May 1865. A "Comrade in Arms" says Dr. Fleming Clardy served with distinction during the entire war. Before the close of the war, he served as Division Surgeon under General Forest on General Buford's staff. The Seventh Kentucky and his Brigade were in some twenty battles commencing with the Battle of Shiloh. Dr. Clardy was always in the front and at the point of danger. His reputation as a skilled surgeon was known throughout the Army of Tennessee. His moral and Christian character was an example and comfort to all his comrades. He was a conscientious and strict disciplinarian. His hospital Corps subalterns and assistants were required to be always well up and attentive. I knew him intimately, being on same staff with him for three years. I loved him as a comrade and so did all who knew him. He was a man of nerve and knew his profession. We all felt safe in his hands. In the storm of battle and rain of shot, all wanted to know about Clardy. We knew where to look for him. He was always at his post of duty, not leaving it to assistants, and regardless of danger to himself. I never knew a more conscientious Christian character. Amid the demoralization of camp life, he never failed in his Christian duties and was a shining light and example in times that were terrible and that tried men's souls. The Confederate Military History says, his first battle was Shiloh, and he continued in the fearless performance of duty, manifesting high professional skill, as well as soldierly gallantry, until the close of the war. Then returning to his home in Christian County, KY, he resumed the practice and became eminent in his loved profession in Western Kentucky, being regarded as one of the most skillful surgeons of his time. He carried to the grave the effects of a wound, which deterred him not in the performance of his duty to suffering humanity, to relieve others from suffering he heroically endured himself. In 1885 he passed from earth at the call of the great Physician "come ye blessed of my Father", to receive his reward, honored and loved by all who knew him, leaving to his loved ones the legacy of a pure and blameless life, a soldier of the Southern Confederacy and a faithful soldier of the Cross of Christ.
Read by the Historian of the Albert Sidney Johnson Chapter U.D.C. [United Daughters of the Confederacy] at its May meeting.
Francis D. Broaddus
(There is no family record of the year in which this paper was presented)
Transcribers note: I neglected to copy the title page of the book/periodical that this sketch was printed in- Sorry.
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