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William Pinkney Inman, ca 1838-1865, Haywood Co., NC

William Pinkney Inman, ca 1838-1865, Haywood Co., NC

Posted: 16 Oct 2009 1:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Inman
I am interested in the life of this individual. I'm a huge fan of the novel/film Cold Mountain and thought I'd try to find as much as I can on the main character, W. P. Inman. I've seen info from sources saying he was married to a Margaret Henson, not an Ada Monroe. And that he also had a daughter Willie (who I'm guessing is the girl at the end of the film). Is there any documentation that would support what the novel/film character did (as far as some of the things he went through and traveling so much to get to Ada/Margaret and dying in the same general area that he was from shortly after getting back there)? And is there a website on his Inman family or just on him?

Re: William Pinkney Inman, ca 1838-1865, Haywood Co., NC

Posted: 5 Jan 2010 11:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have information on WP Inman. Email me at mitchellr@valornet.com.
You are correct that he married Margaret Henson and had a daughter, Willie Ida.
Margaret

Re: William Pinkney Inman, ca 1838-1865, Haywood Co., NC

Posted: 27 Jan 2010 7:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Inman
I am not related to this Inman, I am only posting to help others:
William Pinkney INMAN Birth: About 1840 in Haywood Co., NC 1 Death: 06 Feb 1865 in Big Stomp, Haywood, NC Sex: M Father: Joshua INMAN b. 10 Jan 1805 in Newberry Co., SC Mother: Mary Ann SMITH b. About 1804 in SC     Nickname: Pink Inman Census: I550 NC Burial: Bethel Community Cemetery, Bethel, Haywood, NC
Military: the Army of the Confederate States of America (CSA)
Census: I550 D120 NC, SC
Burial: Bethel Presbetyrian Cemetery, Clover, York, SC




Margaret HENSON (Wife) b. Aug 1831 in NC


Children:  
1.Willie Ida INMAN b. 30 Aug 1864 in Haywood Co., NC
Individual:
Pinkney enlisted at age 22 on June 29, 1861. Pink was present or accounted for until he was wounded at Malvern Hill, VA on July 1, 1862. He returned to duty on July 15, 1862. Pinkney was present or accounted for until he was hospitalized at Peters
burg, VA on Aug. 21, 1864 with a gunshot wound of the neck. The place where he was wounded and the date was not recorded. Pinkney again deserted from the hospital at Raleigh, NC on or about Nov. 2, 1864. Pink went over to the enemy on an unspecified date after Nov., 1864. He took the Oath of Allegiance in eastern TN in the month of Dec. 1864. From The Book on NC Troops, p 413.

Pinkney Inman was the second youngest of Joshua's sons. After enlisting in Waynesville on June 29, 1861, at age 22, he served with distinction in Virginia. He was wounded at Malvern Hill, VA, on July 01, 1862. He returned to duty on July 15, 18 62. On August 21, 1864, he was shot in the neck near Petersburg, VA, and was sent to a hospital in Raleigh, NC. On or about November 02, 1864, he deserted from the hospital and evidently returned to Haywood County.

Thomas Erwin, in a paper entitled "The Inman Family in Pigeon Valley", states that Pinkney Inman and his brother-in-law, John Swanger, were killed in a skirmish on the "Big Stomp", a mountain near Bethel, in 1864. Apparently they were kille d by Confederate Army troops who were searching for Pinkney as a deserter. According to Mr. Erwin, Joshua Inman took the bodies of his son and John Swanger to his home on Inman Branch and later buried them at Bethel, although there are not graves in the cemetery at Bethel marked with their names. (from History of the Inman Family, by Charles O. Frazier, page 8)

In his Civil War Records, W. P. Inman is said to be 5 ft. 7 in. tall, with a fair complexion, and dark eyes and hair. Info from the book, "Cold Mountain." See reviews in the Articles Section.
> "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier is an historical novel based on factual situations surrounding the civil war exploits of the main character, a man called Inman. The Inman character was based on William Pinkney Inman of Haywood, NC. He was wou
nded in the war, sent to the hospital where he deserted (?), and took off for the mountains of home. He was killed along with a friend whose last name was Swanger near his family home.

Willie Ida INMAN

Birth:
30 Aug 1864 in Haywood Co., NC 1
Death:
13 Oct 1944 in Ranlo Station, Gastonia, Gaston, NC
Sex:
F
Father:
William Pinkney INMAN b. About 1840 in Haywood Co., NC
Mother:
Margaret HENSON b. Aug 1831 in NC

Bryson Alonzo DAVIS (Husband) b. 15 May 1860 in Cleveland Co., NC


Marriage:
abt 1886 in Haywood Co., NC
Children:
 
1.Victor Monroe DAVIS b. 10 Nov 1887 in Jackson Co., NC Mary Elizabeth King (Wife) b. 9 Oct 1895
2.Daisy Mae DAVIS b. 18 May 1892 in Bryson City, Swain, NC David Ecclesiastes McDonald (Husband)
3.Kemuel Fred DAVIS b. 10 Nov 1895 in Swain Co., NC Annie Grayson (Wife1) Kathleen Burrell (Wife 2
4.Gracie Belle DAVIS b. 10 Jan 1899 in Swain Co., NC Toy Cook (Husband 1) George Patrick Knight (Husband 2
5.Jennie Safrona DAVIS b. 24 Jan 1904 in Swain Co., NC John Berry (Husband

Individual:
1870 CENSUS - Forks of Pigeon Twsp., Haywood, NC p 213

1880 CENSUS - Haywood Co., NC p 149
1900 CENSUS - Scotts Creek Twsp., Jackson, NC p 201A

Traveling through time
Cold Mountain Heritage Tour attracts many to the rich stories woven into Haywood County’s history
By Michael Beadle

On a quiet perch atop Bethel Cemetery, two unmarked graves are all that’s left of a pair of Confederate soldiers who left Haywood County to fight a war far, far away, only to return and be shot down as intruders.
The graves of William Pinkney Inman and Johnny Swanger — it’s hard to say who’s body lies where — are located in front of the headstones of Joshua and Polly Inman, Pinkney’s parents. The real-life Pinkney was the inspiration for Charles Frazier’s best-selling fictional novel, Cold Mountain, about a war-weary, wounded soldier named Inman who journeys home to Haywood County to be with his true love. Bethel Cemetery was one of 10 sites on this year’s annual Cold Mountain Heritage Tour, a weekend trek through Haywood homes, churches, farms, businesses and cemeteries teeming with rich history and local color. Guides at each site discussed the historical significance of these places while visitors were able to ask questions and learn more about the families, traditions and stories embedded in Haywood County’s past.
On Saturday, June 27, tour-goers were given an extra surprise this year at Inman’s Chapel, where author Charles Frazier greeted fans and recounted stories about his Inman ancestry and the book and movie that made this mountain community world famous. The chapel is referenced in Cold Mountain as the place where Inman and his love, Ada, first meet. Built in 1902 by one of Pinkney’s brothers, James Anderson Inman, it had fallen into disrepair after decades of no longer being in use. However, a few years ago, Inman family members and community volunteers helped finish a restoration of the chapel. The massive effort included replacing rotted out chestnut beams and a weakened foundation, installing new wiring and lights, building new pew benches that fit the design of the original church, stripping off interior paneling and ceiling tiles to find the original wood, replacing the roof with metal shingles, and removing a sizable colony of bats.
“To get it saved was really important to a lot of people,” Frazier said. As an Inman descendent, he took pride in doing his part to repair the church, painting under the eaves of the exterior and helping match the funds that paid for the church’s restoration. Frazier had not been to the chapel since the restoration was completed. He’s hoping to return for the Inman Chapel homecoming in mid-August. For now, he’s been working on his third novel (about a year away from sending to his editor). His second novel, Thirteen Moons, was a fictional account based on the life of Haywood County-born entrepreneur, legislator and Confederate colonel William Holland Thomas, who became an Indian agent helping the Cherokee to establish land claims in Western North Carolina that eventually became the Qualla Boundary for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Frazier has strong family roots in Haywood County. He’s the great great grandson of James Anderson Inman. Frazier spent his early summers under the shadow of Cold Mountain.I always just liked the name of that mountain,” he said, inspired by what little he could find about the story of his ancestor, Pinkney Inman, as well as the Chinese poems of Han-shan, whose named means “Cold Mountain.”
Frazier’s father, a longtime educator and principal, was educated at nearby Cecil Elementary School. His grandfather, Andrew MacDonald Frazier, was passing through the area after a logging job, walking to Waynesville, when he spotted a pretty young lady named Jessie, sitting on the front porch of a house. “Watch me,” he said to a friend, “I’m gonna marry that girl.” Frazier tells the story after viewing his grandparents’ gravestones — both stand behind Inman’s Chapel. However, a few years ago, Inman family members and community volunteers helped finish a restoration of the chapel. The massive effort included replacing rotted out chestnut beams and a weakened foundation, installing new wiring and lights, building new pew benches that fit the design of the original church, stripping off interior paneling and ceiling tiles to find the original wood, replacing the roof with metal shingles, and removing a sizable colony of bats.
“To get it saved was really important to a lot of people,” Frazier said. As an Inman descendent, he took pride in doing his part to repair the church, painting under the eaves of the exterior and helping match the funds that paid for the church’s restoration. Frazier had not been to the chapel since the restoration was completed. He’s hoping to return for the Inman Chapel homecoming in mid-August. For now, he’s been working on his third novel (about a year away from sending to his editor). His second novel, Thirteen Moons, was a fictional account based on the life of Haywood County-born entrepreneur, legislator and Confederate colonel William Holland Thomas, who became an Indian agent helping the Cherokee to establish land claims in Western North Carolina that eventually became the Qualla Boundary for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Frazier has strong family roots in Haywood County. He’s the great great grandson of James Anderson Inman. Frazier spent his early summers under the shadow of Cold Mountain.I always just liked the name of that mountain,” he said, inspired by what little he could find about the story of his ancestor, Pinkney Inman, as well as the Chinese poems of Han-shan, whose named means “Cold Mountain.”
Frazier’s father, a longtime educator and principal, was educated at nearby Cecil Elementary School. His grandfather, Andrew MacDonald Frazier, was passing through the area after a logging job, walking to Waynesville, when he spotted a pretty young lady named Jessie, sitting on the front porch of a house. “Watch me,” he said to a friend, “I’m gonna marry that girl.” Frazier tells the story after viewing his grandparents’ gravestones — both stand behind Inman’s Chapel. A few new touches to the chapel include wagon wheel frames for the entrance railing and hanging metal light fixtures that resemble candle holders. The sky-blue hue of the wooden ceiling has been restored, as James Anderson Inman would have included in the original design.
“It made him feel closer to God,” said Cheryl Inman Haney, a descendent of J.A. Inman and one of the Inman Chapel guides during the Cold Mountain Heritage Tour. newly released book by Cheryl’s sister, Phyllis Inman Barnett — At the Foot of Cold Mountain: Sunburst and the Universalists at Inman’s Chapel — features stories and photos of the Sunburst logging community, the Upper Pigeon Valley, and the history and legacy of Inman’s Chapel.
Unlike many Protestant denominations at the time that preached with brickbat fervor, the Universalists did not believe in an eternal hell, Barnett explained. They focused on community service. Thus, the missionaries at Inman’s Chapel kept a well-stocked library at the nearby Friendly House that also included adult education programs, a summer school, a day care clinic and North Carolina’s first free health clinic.Despite such facts, Appalachia is still forced to dispel negative stereotypes of poverty and ignorance portrayed in movies and the media.
Quite to the contrary, Inman relatives would explain, in the early 1900s, the Sunburst logging community near Inman’s Chapel had a population in southern Haywood County rivaling that of nearby towns such as Canton and Waynesville, and trains stopping in the community brought books, culture and refinement that anyone in America might wish to have at that time. art of the Haywood history tour is not only to invite people to discover these sites, but to set some of the records straight, as history can often prove to be the tangled vines of speculation and opinion wrapped around fixed posts of dates and families.
Today, for example, William Pinkney Inman’s unmarked grave at Bethel Cemetery does not include a Confederate flag flapping at its side since he was considered a deserter. Many other unmarked graves just beyond Inman’s are those of slaves. Perhaps it’s fitting that Pinkney’s grave lies on a spot of earth where visitors may find perspective to see the mountains that define a man. To the south, one can catch a glimpse of Cold Mountain, the peak that inspired an award-winning story about Inman. In the opposite direction stands Big Stomp Mountain, where Inman and Swanger drew their last breaths, shot down by the Home Guard. Part of the Haywood history tour is not only to invite people to discover these sites, but to set some of the records straight, as history can often prove to be the tangled vines of speculation and opinion wrapped around fixed posts of dates and families.
Today, for example, William Pinkney Inman’s unmarked grave at Bethel Cemetery does not include a Confederate flag flapping at its side since he was considered a deserter. Many other unmarked graves just beyond Inman’s are those of slaves. Perhaps it’s fitting that Pinkney’s grave lies on a spot of earth where visitors may find perspective to see the mountains that define a man. To the south, one can catch a glimpse of Cold Mountain, the peak that inspired an award-winning story about Inman. In the opposite direction stands Big Stomp Mountain, where Inman and Swanger drew their last breaths, shot down by the Home Guard. art of the Haywood history tour is not only to invite people to discover these sites, but to set some of the records straight, as history can often prove to be the tangled vines of speculation and opinion wrapped around fixed posts of dates and families.
Today, for example, William Pinkney Inman’s unmarked grave at Bethel Cemetery does not include a Confederate flag flapping at its side since he was considered a deserter. Many other unmarked graves just beyond Inman’s are those of slaves. Perhaps it’s fitting that Pinkney’s grave lies on a spot of earth where visitors may find perspective to see the mountains that define a man. To the south, one can catch a glimpse of Cold Mountain, the peak that inspired an award-winning story about Inman. In the opposite direction stands Big Stomp Mountain, where Inman and Swanger drew their last breaths, shot down by the Home Guard. Part of the Haywood history tour is not only to invite people to discover these sites, but to set some of the records straight, as history can often prove to be the tangled vines of speculation and opinion wrapped around fixed posts of dates and families.
Today, for example, William Pinkney Inman’s unmarked grave at Bethel Cemetery does not include a Confederate flag flapping at its side since he was considered a deserter. Many other unmarked graves just beyond Inman’s are those of slaves. Perhaps it’s fitting that Pinkney’s grave lies on a spot of earth where visitors may find perspective to see the mountains that define a man. To the south, one can catch a glimpse of Cold Mountain, the peak that inspired an award-winning story about Inman. In the opposite direction stands Big Stomp Mountain, where Inman and Swanger drew their last breaths, shot down by the Home Guard. art of the Haywood history tour is not only to invite people to discover these sites, but to set some of the records straight, as history can often prove to be the tangled vines of speculation and opinion wrapped around fixed posts of dates and families.
Today, for example, William Pinkney Inman’s unmarked grave at Bethel Cemetery does not include a Confederate flag flapping at its side since he was considered a deserter. Many other unmarked graves just beyond Inman’s are those of slaves. Perhaps it’s fitting that Pinkney’s grave lies on a spot of earth where visitors may find perspective to see the mountains that define a man. To the south, one can catch a glimpse of Cold Mountain, the peak that inspired an award-winning story about Inman. In the opposite direction stands Big Stomp Mountain, where Inman and Swanger drew their last breaths, shot down by the Home Guard. art of the Haywood history tour is not only to invite people to discover these sites, but to set some of the records straight, as history can often prove to be the tangled vines of speculation and opinion wrapped around fixed posts of dates and families.
Today, for example, William Pinkney Inman’s unmarked grave at Bethel Cemetery does not include a Confederate flag flapping at its side since he was considered a deserter. Many other unmarked graves just beyond Inman’s are those of slaves. Perhaps it’s fitting that Pinkney’s grave lies on a spot of earth where visitors may find perspective to see the mountains that define a man. To the south, one can catch a glimpse of Cold Mountain, the peak that inspired an award-winning story about Inman. In the opposite direction stands Big Stomp Mountain, where Inman and Swanger drew their last breaths, shot down by the Home Guard.

Re: William Pinkney Inman, ca 1838-1865, Haywood Co., NC

Posted: 27 Jan 2010 7:34AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Inman
Continued:
art of the Haywood history tour is not only to invite people to discover these sites, but to set some of the records straight, as history can often prove to be the tangled vines of speculation and opinion wrapped around fixed posts of dates and families.
Today, for example, William Pinkney Inman’s unmarked grave at Bethel Cemetery does not include a Confederate flag flapping at its side since he was considered a deserter. Many other unmarked graves just beyond Inman’s are those of slaves. Perhaps it’s fitting that Pinkney’s grave lies on a spot of earth where visitors may find perspective to see the mountains that define a man. To the south, one can catch a glimpse of Cold Mountain, the peak that inspired an award-winning story about Inman. In the opposite direction stands Big Stomp Mountain, where Inman and Swanger drew their last breaths, shot down by the Home Guard. As local historians explain, Inman had seen plenty of war and was captured by the Union and sent to the Andersonville of the North — a crowded prison known as Camp Douglas in Chicago, Ill., where hundreds of Confederate inmates died of disease and starvation. In order to be set free, prisoners were required to take the Union Oath, swearing off allegiance to the Confederacy. This, apparently, is what Inman did.
As he and Swanger made their way home from Tennessee, supposedly in Yankee uniforms (the only clothes they had, since they had been prisoners), they were shot by the Home Guard, a band of local militiamen (sometimes viewed as vigilantes). The scene is portrayed in the Cold Mountain novel and later in the 2003 Academy Award-winning movie, starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger. When Inman’s father heard the news that his son had been killed just four miles from home, he set out in a horse and cart and carried his son’s body back to receive a proper burial. Joshua Inman would lose four of his six sons in the war.
In an effort to help preserve the history of Bethel Cemetery, Allison Cathey will be cataloguing all the grave stones in the cemetery and creating a grid map to record who is buried and where. Cathey plans to finish the project for her Girl Scout Gold Award by the end of the year. This year’s Cold Mountain Heritage Tour, organized by the Bethel Rural Community Organization, also included stops at the J. Frank Mann Century Farm in North Hominy, the Hoey/Smathers House in Canton, Bethel Cemetery, Bethel Presbyterian Church, the Blanton-Reece Log Cabin, Inman’s Chapel and its cemetery, as well as several sites in Waynesville, including Mast General Store, the Masonic Lodge (currently The Gateway Club), the Way House (currently Persnickety’s and Women in the Moon), and Green Hill Cemetery. Local musicians provided entertainment at Riverhouse Acres Campground. The annual tour has also produced several booklets and a Cold Mountain Heritage DVD. For more information about the tour or to purchase Cold Mountain Heritage DVDs or booklets, go to www.bethelcomm.org/purpose.html

Source: http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/07_09/07_01_09/art_t...
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