Samuel A. PROCTOR / Susanna PARKER

Husband: Samuel A. PROCTOR (Ancestor Chart, Descendant Chart)
Born: JUL 1828 in: Married: 27 MAR 1851 in: Cleveland County, NC Died: 25 JAN 1908 in: Cleveland County, NC Buried: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Cleveland County, NC Father: William PROCTOR Mother: Elizabeth MELTON
Wife: Susanna PARKER (Ancestor Chart, Descendant Chart)
Born: NOV 1826 in: Died: 4 APR 1894 in: Cleveland County, NC Buried: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Cleveland County, NC Father: Andrew PARKER Mother: Nancy ?
1 Name: Roxanna Frances PROCTOR F Born: 24 AUG 1851 in: Died: 24 MAY 1932 in: Married: 4 FEB 1875 in: Spouse: William P. WHITE
2 Name: Jane Louisa PROCTOR F Born: 10 JUN 1855 in: Cleveland County, NC Died: 3 JAN 1939 in: Cleveland County, NC Married: 21 NOV 1881 in: Cleveland County, NC Spouse: Andrew Francis LOGAN
3 Name: William Andrew PROCTOR M Born: 19 FEB 1866 in: Died: 19 DEC 1930 in: Married: 16 DEC 1897 in: Spouse: Mary Evelina BUMGARDNER

Samuel Proctor

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Civil War Records

The following is from North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster by Manarin and Jordan:2 

Samuel Proctor: Listed as a Private in Co. I, 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Resided in Cleveland County where he enlisted on August 16, 1862, for the war. Reported present in September-October 1862, and January-June, 1863. Wounded in the cheek at Bristoe Station, Virginia, October 14, 1863. Reported absent on furlough through April, 1864. Returned for duty on an uspecified date. Reported present in September-October 1864. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.2 

The following article about Samuel Proctor was found among some old family papers.5 The source and date of the article are unknown although it likely came from a newspaper or other publication from the vicinity of Cleveland County, N.C. Please contact me if you have any information about when and where this article may have been published.

Cleveland Man Captured Troop of Yankees Alone By Deception
By W. E. White

     In these days when living Confederate veterans are few and far between, it is well enough for us to recall some of the gallant deeds performed by these brave men, especially by those from our own native county.
     Shortly after his defeat at Cold Harbor, General Grant began to besiege Richmond and Petersburg. On the 22nd of June, 1864, two subordinate Union generals, Wilson and Kautz moved southward of the latter place to destroy the Weldon southside, and Danville railroads. To protect this valuable property a Confederate force was dispatched to meet the enemy. This detachment of Southern troops consisted of infantry under General Mahone, Pegram's artillery, and General Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry. In the fight that occurred at Ream's Station the Confederates were completely victorious, capturing 12 cannons, a number of wagons, and a thousand prisoners.
     Perhaps the greatest achievement in this battle was the capturing of nine Federal soldiers by one Southerner from upper Cleveland. Sam Proctor, reared near the South Mountains, was the Confederate who did this famous stunt. Here is how it happened: In the head of the fight Mr. Proctor went to the Federal works where he found nine soldiers together. The situation confronting him was this: Since he was unsupported, he must either surrender to them or boldly attempt to make them all his prisoners. Choosing the latter course, he covered them with his gun demanding that they surrender. Thinking, no doubt, that Mr. Proctor was being supported by his comrades, the Union soldiers put up their hands and obediently surrendered to only one man who was following them with his gun presented.
     J. C. Elliott, aged Confederate veteran of upper Cleveland relates this story. He knew Mr. Proctor personally and is familiar with all of the circumstances in regard to the daring exploit at Ream's Station.
     Mr. Proctor was one of the best soldiers in the 34th North Carolina infantry. It is said when his comrade Pink Lattimore, of Polkville, was killed in a battle, he (Mr. Proctor) saw the Union soldier who did it and "got" him at once.
     Brave men of this type are what caused Southern valor to win the admiration of the world.
     Did you kow that a Cleveland county soldier once captured a Union general? This and other stories will follow in the near future.

Will of Samuel Proctor

The following is a transcription of the original will of Samuel Proctor that is on file in the North Carolina State Archives6:

State of North Carolina, Cleveland County

Knowing the uncertainty of life, I Samuel Proctor being in my right mind do make this my last will and testament and I do appoint W. A. Proctor my Executor to settle up my business.

1st I do bequeath to my own body to be laid away decently, all burial expenses and doctor bills and all other [? just] debts to be paid out of the present growing crop and money on hand.

2nd I do bequeath to my son W. A. Proctor my entire tract of land lying on the waters of Knob Creek in the aforesaid county and state.
All my entire growing crops including all rents.
All living stock, one mule, one cow and calf and one yearling.
All farming implements.
My entire household and kitchen furniture.

3rd I do bequeath to my two girls Francis White and Janie Logan one tract of land lying on Ward's Creek and one tract lying on Nobusiness Creek. These two tracts are to be equally divided between Francis White and Janie Logan.

[? What] old corn and wheat on hand and all debts coming in I do bequeath to W. A. Proctor.

Here unto I set my hand seal this August 4th 1898.

Samuel his + mark Proctor

W. R. Newton
A. S. White

[Recorded 28 Jan 1908]



  1. [Civil War Compiled Service Record of Samuel Proctor]. National Archives, Washington D.C., 12 p. (PDF Copy (2.8 Mbytes)).
  2. Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth T Jordan. North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster. North Carolina State Dept. of Archives and History, Raleigh, 1963, 15 vols. ISBN 0865260052. [ Vol. 11, p. 481: Lists Samuel Proctor, Private, Co. I, 48th North Carolina Regiment. ]
  3. "Notes on a Proctor Family of Northeastern Rutherford Co., N.C", Bulletin of The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, Forest City, NC. August 2010, p.102-110. [ p.105-106: Lists the parents, siblings, wife, and children of Samuel A. Proctor born c.1829. ]
  4. Ramey, S. Arnold. Cleveland County, North Carolina Marriages, 1851-1868. 1971. [ p.41: Samuel Proctor married Susannah Parker on 27 March 1851, married by Joseph G. Diviney, JP. Reg. 24 May 1851, S. Williams, Clk., p.2. ]
  5. White, W. E. Cleveland Man Captured Troop of Yankees Alone by Deception. undated clipping from unidentified newspaper, found among the papers of Adron and Jewell Logan, 1 p. (PDF Copy (211.4 Kbytes)). [ Please contact me if you know the source or date of this article. ]
  6. [Will of Samuel Proctor (1898)]. Cleveland County loose wills, file C.R.086.801.9, North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh. 6 p. (Scanned copy of original will made 8 Aug 2006 (2.1 Mbytes)).

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