Charles Henry Toot1,2,3

ID# 16003, (1835 - 1901)
FatherMelcajah Rhum Toot4,5,6 (23 Jun 1802 - 26 Nov 1862)
MotherMariah Louis Smith4,5,6 (22 Jul 1811 - 11 Feb 1871)

Key Events:

Birth: 17 Jun 1835, Halifax Co., Virginia7,8,9
Marriage: 12 Dec 1865, Halifax Co., Virginia, Frances T. Britton (28 Jan 1847 - 28 Feb 1925)10,11,12
Death: 28 Nov 1901, Fair Oaks Station, Henrico Co., Virginia13,7,14
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia15
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot (#1)
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot (#2)
AncestryThe Dutt/Toot Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Charles Henry Toot was born on 17 Jun 1835 in Halifax Co., Virginia.7,8,9
     He was probably one of the two males age 5 to10 listed in the household of his father, Melcajah Rhum Toot, in the 1840 Federal Census of Halifax Co., Virginia.16 He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Halifax Co., Virginia, in the household of his parents, Melcajah Rhum Toot and Mariah Louis Smith.17,18
     Charles moved to Mississippi before 1860. He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Yazoo Co., Mississippi, enumerated 18 Aug 1860, living with I. H. and Ann R. Simms and their family.19 He was an overseer in Mississippi.20
     Charles enlisted as a private in Capt. Gale's Company, Mississippi Volunteers, known as the Satartia Rifles, on 11 May 1861 at Satastia, Mississippi.21 He mustered in the next day, in Corinth, Mississippi. The company soon after became part of the 12th Regiment Mississippi Infantry, as Company I. About Apr 1862 the regiment was reorganized and the company became Company B.22
     The 12th Mississippi Infantry was mustered into Confederate service with 1,013 men. It was ordered to Virginia soon after its organization and participated in the various campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Williamsburg to Cold Harbor. It took 305 effectives to Gettysburg but was held in reserve there and took only minor casuaties.23
     Charles was promoted to first sergeant by Feb 1862. He was admitted to the C. S. A. General Hospital at Charlottesville, Virginia, on 5 Apr 1862 with typhoid fever, and released 23 Apr.24
     In an effort to address the pending loss of troops when their initial one-year commitment expired, the Confederate Congress passed the Furlough and Bounty Act 11 Dec 1861. It granted men who reenlisted a $50 bounty and a 60-day furlough. Charles received that bounty and started his furlough in 20 Nov 1862. He apparently extended his furlough, being reported absent sick in Jan 1863, and absent without leave in Feb. He did return to service, but for reasons now not known, his rank was returned to private before he received his bounty, where it remained the rest of the war.25
     He was reported wounded in the left hand by gunshot 10 Mar 1863.26 He returned to service, and was captured 3 May 1863 at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and exchanged May 10. He returned to his company and remained there for the rest of the war.27 He was part of the Army of Northern Virginia that Gen. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and was paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on 9 Apr 1865.28
     Charles married his first cousin, Frances T. Britton, daughter of Isham H. Britton and Mary W. Toot, on 12 Dec 1865 in Halifax Co., Virginia, with A. B. Carrington officiating.10,11,12
     Charles and Frances settled in Virginia after their marriage. They appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Halifax Courthouse, Halifax Co., Virginia, enumerated 13 Sep 1870, reporting personal estate of $500. Their son Frederick was listed as living with them.29
     Charles has not been found in the 1880 census, when his wife and two sons were recorded as living with her mother, Mary W. Toot, in Roanoke District, Halifax Co., Virginia. His whereabouts at that time are unknown.30
     He was a farmer in Henrico Co.31,32
     Charles and Frances moved to Richmond after 1880.33 They appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Richmond, Virginia, at 1415 Marshall St., enumerated 12 Jun 1900. Their son Frederick was listed as living with them.34
     In Richmond Charles worked for the city, becoming manager of the city stables and superintendent of hands and carts.35,36
     Charles died on 28 Nov 1901 near Fair Oaks Station, Henrico Co., Virginia, at age 66, while on his way home from a hunting trip.13,7,14 He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.15
     His estate was probated in Dec 1901 and his widow qualified as executrix. The estate was valued at $1,700.37

Children:
     Children with Frances T. Britton:

Citations

  1. [S1038] Owen Family Bible, shows name as Charles Henry Toot.
  2. [S1635] Melcajah R. Toot household, 1850 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows name as Charles H. Toot.
  3. [S9520] Fannie T. Toot, Pension Application for a Widow of a Confederate Soldier, 15 Apr 1921, Library of Virginia, application, pg 1, shows name as Chas Henry Toot.
  4. [S1006] Halifax Co. Marriage Register, vol 3, pg 35, 12 Dec 1865, Charles H. Toot and Frances T. Britten.
  5. [S1038] Owen Family Bible, lists him among the other grandchildren of Adam and Sarah Toot.
  6. [S1635] Melcajah R. Toot household, 1850 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  7. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 146972949, Charles Henry Toot, shows date and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  8. [S1038] Owen Family Bible, shows date, as 7th.
  9. [S996] Charles Toot household, 1900 U.S. Census, Richmond City, Virginia, shows month, year, age 64, and state.
  10. [S1006] Halifax Co. Marriage Register, 3:35, Charles H. Toot and Frances T. Britten, 12 Dec 1865, shows date, and officiant.
  11. [S996] Charles Toot household, 1900 U.S. Census, Richmond City, Virginia, shows married, for 3 years, which seems wrong.
  12. [S9520] Fannie T. Toot, Pension Application for a Widow of a Confederate Soldier, 15 Apr 1921, Library of Virginia, application, pg 1, shows date, county, and officiant, as ___ Sandy Carrington.
  13. [S9530] Charles H. Toot obituary, Richmond Dispatch, shows died "yesterday," near Fair Oaks Station, and returning from hunting.
  14. [S9520] Fannie T. Toot, Pension Application for a Widow of a Confederate Soldier, 15 Apr 1921, Library of Virginia, application, pg 1, shows date as Thanksgiving day 1903, and address of attending physician as Richmond.
  15. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 146972949, Charles Henry Toot, includes tombstone photo.
  16. [S983] Micajah R. Toot household, 1840 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  17. [S1635] Melcajah R. Toot household, 1850 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  18. [S1630] Melcajah R. Toot, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, slave schedule.
  19. [S995] I. H. Simms household, 1860 U.S. Census, Yazoo Co., Mississippi.
  20. [S995] I. H. Simms household, 1860 U.S. Census, Yazoo Co., Mississippi, shows occupation as overseer.
  21. [S9519] Charles H. Toot, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Mississippi, muster roll card 13 May 1861, shows rank; and muster roll card Jan & Feb 1862, shows date and town.
  22. [S9519] Charles H. Toot, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Mississippi, muster roll card 23 May 1861, shows date. city, and changes to unit.
  23. [S3019] "Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System," National Park Service, "Confederate Mississippi Troops: 12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry," viewed Aug 2020.
  24. [S9519] Charles H. Toot, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Mississippi, muster roll card Jan & Feb 1862, shows rank as 1 sgt; and hospital register card, shows illness dates.
  25. [S9519] Charles H. Toot, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Mississippi, roll of men paid card 16 Oct 1862, show pay and rank as pvt; regimental return card Jan 1863, shows absent sick; muster roll card Jan & Feb 1863, shows him absent without leave since Nov 20 1862.
  26. [S9519] Charles H. Toot, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Mississippi, register of medical director's office, 10 Mar 1863.
  27. [S9519] Charles H. Toot, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Mississippi, roll of prisoners of war card, not dated, shows capture and exchange; muster roll card Jul & Aug 1863, shows present.
  28. [S9519] Charles H. Toot, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Mississippi, lst of prisoners of war, 10 Apr 1865.
  29. [S1616] Charles H. Toot household, 1870 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  30. [S1602] Mary W. Briton household, 1880 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia.
  31. [S1006] Halifax Co. Marriage Register, vol 3, pg 35, 12 Dec 1865, Charles H. Toot and Frances T. Britten, shows occupation as farmer.
  32. [S1616] Charles H. Toot household, 1870 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows occupation as farmer.
  33. [S9530] Charles H. Toot obituary, Richmond Dispatch, shows he had worked for the city 18 or 20 years.
  34. [S996] Charles Toot household, 1900 U.S. Census, Richmond City, Virginia.
  35. [S996] Charles Toot household, 1900 U.S. Census, Richmond City, Virginia, shows occupation as "Supt. Hands + Carts."
  36. [S9530] Charles H. Toot obituary, Richmond Dispatch.
  37. [S9531] "Social Club Chartered," The Times, 4 Dec 1901.
  38. [S1616] Charles H. Toot household, 1870 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  39. [S9524] Frederick Alexander Toot, Certificate of Death.
  40. [S1602] Mary W. Briton household, 1880 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, seem to show Willie as the son of Charles' wife - Willie is listed as the grandson of Frances' mother.
  41. [S3519] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," FamilySearch.org, record for Willie A. Toot and Maggie Florence Mitchell.
  42. [S9532] William Andrew Toots, Certificate of Death.