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Henry Bascom Rudisill Sr 


Birth: Sep. 10, 1859  Sandersville  Washington County  Georgia, USA

Death: Jul. 28, 1942  Anniston  Calhoun County  Alabama, USA

He was employed by the Anniston Water Supply Company between 1887 and 1890. He was president of the Anniston Foundry and Machine Company in 1908. Between 1922 and 1929, he was the president of the Rudisill Soil Pipe Company. He married Emory Helen Wilson on 17 October 1899 in Calhoun County, Alabama. He served as Mayor of Anniston, Alabama in 1922 His middle name was also variously spelled Bascom without the “b” on the end.

— His father —

Captain John Weiry Rudisill


Birth: May 1, 1823 Powelton Hancock County Georgia, USA

Death: Apr. 24, 1885 Anniston Calhoun County Alabama, USA

He married Martha Ann Rebecca Pournelle on 14 December 1847 in Washington County, Georgia. He served as a Georgia state legislator. He was also an educator, having established the Mount Zion Academy, which may have also been called the Washington County Male Academy, for which he was the superintendent in December 1853. He was listed as the principal of this school in February 1866 as well. He served as a lieutenant with Company E, 1 (Ramsey’s) Georgia infantry during the Civil War, having joined on 18 March 1861 at Sandersville, Georgia. Ramsey’s infantry was disbanded and most soldiers went over to join the 12th Battalion. He was elected Captain of the 3rd Company of the 12th Battalion of the Georgia Light Artillery. He was also a Captain with the 1st Company D, 12th Battalion of the Georgia Light Artillery. In April 1864, he was on special assignment by order of General Anderson, but became ill. He was admitted to the Jackson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. He later fought and was captured on 22 September 1864 at Fishers Hill, Virginia and was imprisoned first at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, but was later sent to Fort Delaware on Peapatch Island, Delaware. He was released by the Union Army on 10 June 1865 after he gave the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. He had little of his land left after the war, as most of it was confiscated by the government for redistribution.

–John’s wife, Henry’s mother —

Martha Ann Rebecca (Pournelle) Rudisill


Birth: Sep. 30, 1829 SandersvilleWashington County Georgia, USA

Death: Sep. 1, 1911 Forsyth Monroe County Georgia, USA

She was the daughter of William F. Pournelle and Martha Ann Fairchild.

Abstract of her obituary as it appeared in the Monroe [Georgia] Advertiser, issue of September 8, 1911. – Mrs. M. A. Rudisill died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George R. Banks [Sarah] in Forsyth. She was 82 years of age. She died September 1, 1911. She was the mother of 11 children, 10 of which survive her. They are: John W., H. B., E. J. of Birmingham, Mrs. J. D. Rivers of Griffin, Mrs. T. B. Willis of Forte Meade, Florida, Mrs. George R. Banks of Forsyth, George B. of Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. William Roberts of Selma, Alabama, Rev. J. F. of Birmingham, Alabama and Mrs. A. S. Coombs of Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Rudisill was born in Sandersville on September 30, 1829 as Martha Pournelle. She married in 1847 to Col. John W. Rudisill, one of the best known educators in middle Georgia prior to his death. Mrs. Rudisill’s body was shipped to Anniston, Alabama early Friday morning and interment was in that city on Saturday.



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