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James Ronald Randal

The oldest son of Oney Cypress Randal and Susanna(h) (her full name may be “Susannah W. Wilkins”), James Ronald Randal was born August 12, 1819 in Franklin Co., GA.1)

On May 13, 1848, James Ronald Randal (age 29) married Frances McCall (1827-?) in Franklin, County, GA.2)3) They had two known children:

  1. John F. Randal (b. about 1848/1849 - ) He married P. F. Fanny Pulliam Hardy (1855 - ) during 1874.4)
  2. William O. Randal (b. about 1854 - ) He married Emma S. Hardy (1856 - ) during 1881 in Franklin County, GA. 5)

After Frances died, James Randal (at age 39) then married Mary McFarland on Sept. 23, 1858, in Franklin, County, GA.6)7)

[**Transcript:** \\
Georgia \\ 
Franklin County \\
To any Minister of the Gospel, Judge, Justice of the Inferior Court or Justice of the Peace.\\
You are hereby authorized to join in the State of Holy Matrimony James Randal and Mary McFarland according to the Constitution and Laws of this State, and for so doing this shall be given sufficient license. Given under my hand the 18th day of September 1858.\\
John G. York  Ordinary \\
I certify that the above named parties were duly joined in Matrimony by me this 23 day of September 1858.\\
Elias Sosebee M.G. (Minister of God) \\
Source Citation: "Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FW7V-P8V : accessed 26 May 2015), James Randal and Macy Mcfarland, 02 Sep 1858; citing Franklin, Georgia; FHL microfilm 361,855.]

James Ronald Randal and Mary McFarland-Randall had three known children:

  1. Theodocia A. Randal-Vaughn (Feb. 11, 1861 - Sept. 5, 1940). She married John Franklin Vaughn.
  2. Sarah R. Randall (1863 - )
  3. James J. Randall (1867 - )

[1860 United States Federal Census. James Randall's family begins on line 7.]

1860 United States Federal Census

State: Georgia
County: Franklin

Name Relation Gender Age Birthplace
James Randal Head M 40 Georgia
Mary Randal Wife F 36 Georgia
John F Randal Son M 10 Georgia
Wm O Randal Son M 6 Georgia
Infant Randal Female F 0 Georgia
Wm P Cauthan M 22 Georgia

Source: “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZMY-BBP : accessed 26 May 2015), James Randal, Sub Division, Franklin, Georgia, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population,” database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing p. 653, household ID 811, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803,121.

The “War of Northern Aggression”

The term “War of Northern Aggression” is used here because that is likely what the war was called by our Southern ancestors (or “War for Southern Independence”). While the term “Civil War” was used by Abraham Lincoln during multiple occasions – and the U.S. Supreme Court (The Brig Amy Warwick, et al., 67 U.S. 635, 636, 673 (1862)) during the war, it is entirely incorrect.

A civil war is a war between citizens of the same state contending for control of the same government. The war between the North and South was the war of the North against a separate government, that as long as it lasted was a de facto nation, exercising all the powers of an independent government. The term “civil war” concedes all that the North ever claimed, makes [the South] guilty of treason, and is untrue to the facts in the case. [The] term “civil war,” while incorrect as a simple definition of the struggle, does a gross injustice to the South by degrading her struggle for a national existence into a partisan conflict. I never use it and mark it out of every book where I find it. Let history tell the truth.
Rev. S.A. Steel, Jackson, Tenn.

Source: “The Phrase “Civil War,” Confederate Veteran, July 1912, pg. 347

Officially, the U.S. Congress used the term “The War between the States” in a report to the Senate on joint resolution No. 41, printed in the Congressional Record of March 2, 1928, on page 4061. However, the National Park Service, the government organization entrusted by the United States Congress to preserve the battlefields of the war, uses the term “Civil War”.

During the “War of Northern Aggression”, James (at age 44) served as a Private in Company D, 11th GA Calvary,8) of the 30th Battalion, Georgia Cavalry (some records from that period reflect his name as “James Randle”).9) The GA 30th Cavalry Battalion was organized in May 1864. This battalion, together with four companies raised under authority of the War Department from areas where the conscription act could not be enforced, became the 11th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Cavalry by S.O. #271 A&IGO (14 November 1864). Co. D was dubbed the “Tugalo Rangers” - White County - under command of Capts. John M. Crawford & William H. Griggs10)

[Receipt Roll for Clothing. Dated Sept. 30, 1864.] [Roll of Prisoners of War captured by U.S. Forces under Bvt. Brig. Genl. S.B. Brown, and paroled at Hartwell, Ga., and Anderson and Greenville, SC. James Randal had been captured on May 3, 1865 in Anderson, South Carolina.]

The Army of Tennessee Surrenders

Following the strategic defeat the Army of Tennessee had suffered at Bentonville, North Carolina, 21 March, 1865 the army retired before Major General William T. Sherman's forces, about twice their numbers. At Goldsborough on 24 March 1865 the Federal army swelled to 80,000 men when Major General John M. Schofield's force joined with that of Sherman. When Sherman resumed his march northwards on 10 April 1865 Johnston followed him having no illusions about being able to stop him on his march through North Carolina. While en route Johnston learned of the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, and of the Army of Northern Virginia's surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. This brought to an end the hope of joining the two Confederate armies together to defeat first one then the other of their opponents.

Upon arriving near Raleigh, North Carolina, Johnston first attempted to have North Carolina Governor Zebulon Baird Vance broach surrender terms to Sherman. A task that he refused. On 12 April, 1865 he went to Greensborough to meet with Confederate States President Jefferson Finis Davis from whom he obtained permission to open a peace initiative. Sherman was immediately receptive to peace negotiations and so on 17 April 1865 he met with Johnston near Durham Station, North Carolina. During the two day conference, at the home of James Bennett, terms were agreed that were acceptable to both Generals. But after submitting them to Washington for approval they were quickly rejected.

Johnston was informed that unless more widely acceptable terms were reached a four day Armistice would end on 26 April 1865. So once again the two army Commanders met at the James Bennett home and thrashed out an agreement that gave the same terms that the Army of Northern Virginia had accepted. This was acceptable to the Washington government and on 3 May, 1865 the Army of Tennessee, with 29,924 troops, laid down its arms.

This included the 11th GA Calvary, of which James Ronald Randal was attached, AND the GA 34th Infantry Regiment, Co. G. to which his brother Anderson S. Randal was attached. Both of whom were in Anderson, S.C. when the Army of Tennessee surrendered.

After the War

[1870 United States Federal Census. James Randall's family begins on line 1.]

1870 United States Federal Census

State: Georgia
County: Franklin
Post Office: Carnesville
Date: June 23, 1870

Name Age Gender Occupation Birthplace
James Randall 51 M Miller South Carolina
Mary Randall 45 F Keeping House Georgia
John Randall 20 M Farm Laborer Georgia
William Randall 17 M Attend School Georgia
Theodocia Randall 9 F Attend School Georgia
Sarah R. Randall 7 F Attend School Georgia
James J. Randall 3 M Georgia
Peter McFarland 24 M Farm Laborer Georgia

Note: The U.S. Census indicates that Peter McFarland was Black and could not read or write. He may have been a former slave of the McFarland family.

Source: “United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC3S-DZG : 17 October 2014), James Randall, Georgia, United States; citing p. 61, family 442, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,649.

James Ronald Randall died on May 27, 1887 (at age 67) in Franklin County, Georgia.11)

After James died, his wife, Mary Randall, filed for pension in Jackson County, Georgia.12)

She may be buried in Jackson County, Georgia.

[James Randall, CO. D 11, GA CAV, CSA, August 12, 1819, May 27, 1887]


Name Line Manager Job Title Photo
James Ronald Randall
Oney Cypress Randal James Ronald Randall Father
Susannah W. Wilkins James Ronald Randall Mother
John Bull Oney Cypress Randal Grandfather
Hanna Harvey Oney Cypress Randal Grandmother
Thomas Bull Jr. John Bull Great Grandfather
Sarah Randal John Bull Great Grandmother
Col. Thomas Peyton Harvey, Sr. Hanna Harvey Great Grandfather
Sarahann Williams Hanna Harvey Great Grandmother
Thomas Bull, Sr. Thomas Bull Jr. Great, Great Grandfather
Susanna Harwell Thomas Bull Jr. Great, Great Grandmother
Ambrose Harwell Susanna Harwell Great, Great, Great Grandfather
Elizabeth Browne Susanna Harwell Great, Great, Great Grandmother


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Priscilla Ann Randall
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Richard Roan Randall, Jr.
Roland Pickney Randall
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Sallie D. Randall
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Sina Bethel Randal
Sophia Mitchell
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Susanna Jane Randall
Theodocia A. Randal
Thomas Bull, Jr.
Thomas Bull, Sr.
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Thomas Edwin Randall
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