Picture of Mildred Hammock Adkins taken July 6, 2013.

In Loving Memory of

Mildred Hammock Adkins

†††††††††††† The Real Daughters of the Confederacy

As strange and unusual as it may seem in this day and time, there were two sisters in our area that were real daughters of a Civil War Soldier.† Mildred Adkins lived in Danville and Isabelle Hodges lived in Rocky Mount.† There is one not related that lived in Richmond, Virginia for a total of 3 known in Virginia.

Civil war soldier Nathaniel Hammock was born December 16, 1841.† He was the son of Toliver Hammock and Mary Ann Hedrick.

According to records the family has kept, the 57th Virginia Infantry Regiment was the principal unit from the Franklin County area in Confederate service.† The records show that Nathaniel Hammock enlisted in Company E (Pig River Grays) on August 20, 1863.† He received a $50 bounty for enlisting.† It is stated that he was a blacksmith for General Lee. He was on duty until October, 1864, when he received a furlough.† On November 5, 1864, he was admitted to the C.S.A. General Hospital at Danville.† His ailment was diagnosed as Diarrhea Chronic, due to unsanitary conditions and food. He was returned to duty on November 25.† On March 12, 1865, suffering from the same ailment, he was admitted to the C.S.A. General Hospital in Farmville.† On April 6, 1865 he was transferred to one of the hospitals in Lynchburg.† There Pvt. Hammockís war record ends and the war ended.

Nathaniel Hammock was first married to Mary Elizabeth Smith and had six children, Susan Ann, Lou Ann, William F, Benjamin D., Ida, and Martha.† Elizabeth died in 1907 and in 1908 he married Lessie Gray Myers.† Lessie was born April 29, 1892 and died in 1928. It was 51 years difference in Lessie and Nathanielís age.† Nathaniel was 67 and Lessie was 16 when they married and had ten children. Nathaniel died April 8, 1925 and Lessie died August 1, 1928.† A son from Nathanielís first marriage, Benjamin Dickerson Hammock and his wife Mary Susan Hodges raised six of Lessieís children.† Mildred said they were told to call them Brother Ben and Sister Mary, but Mildred and Isabelle did not know he was their half-brother. Lessie and Nathanielís ten children were Mary Catherine, Rosevelle, Sally, Sarah, Tolliver, Jack, Lewis, Spencer, Mildred and Isabelle.† They lived in Franklin County and went to a school called Borders when they could, because they had to help with farm chores like many children back in those days.† Mildred laughs when she recalls an older sister, Mary Catherine, telling her that on Saturday night they filled the wash tub with water and started washing the youngest child first on up to the oldest getting ready for church on Sunday, using their home made soap.† When their brother Spencer died, Isabelle raised three of his children, and Lewis raised one.† Years ago a lot of families looked after the children that were orphaned.† This family certainly did their part.

Mildred was two when her father died and does not remember him. Her mother remarried William Paul Matherly, a widower with a young daughter.† He and Lessie had a son named Bill. Lessie died 7 days after Bill was born.† Mildred was five when her mother died and does not remember her either.

Mildred Hammock married Addison Adkins on December 31, 1942 in Chatham, VA.† Addison passed away in 1986.† Addison and Mildred had two girls, Marie Dishman and another daughter, Josephine Adkins Reynolds who died in 2010, and a son, Walter Irvin Adkins.† They are a close family and see each other almost every day.† Times were hard due to WW2 and it was very difficult to get anything you needed just as it was for her father during the Civil War.† Mildred and Addison lived in Callands until the early 1980ís when they moved to Danville.† Addison passed away in 1986.† Their daughter Josephine was born in 1944 and they would receive stamps to be able to buy shoes.† Since she was a baby and didnít need the shoes that bad, Mildred would give the stamps to other children in the neighborhood.† They had to get a certificate from Chatham to get a wood cook stove.† And you couldnít get a metal water bucket, they were made of wood.† Sugar, coffee and lots of other items were rationed.† They did not have electricity and got water from a spring. They raised their own food and canned vegetables, fruits and meat.† They took wheat to Stony Mill to grind their flour and the corn for corn meal.† While they were there, they fished.† People knew how to survive back in those days.

Vernell Gwynn (president at the time) and Judy Strauser (treasurer at the time) of the Anne Eliza Johns Chapter visited Mildred and her daughter Marie Dishman. We did not learn about Mildred and Isabelle until recently.† Mildred joined the Anne Eliza Johns Chapter and Isabelle joined the Jubal Early Chapter in Rocky Mount, Virginia.† About 1988, the Sons of Confederate Veterans presented Mildred with a Real Daughter pin but we did not learn about that until we visited.† We are extremely proud and excited to have had her as a member of our organization.

All rights reserved to the Anne Eliza Johns Chapter of the Virginia Division

Chapter Name: Anne Eliza Johns† Virginia Division

Nathaniel Hammock Mildredís father

Nat & Lessie Hammock Mildredís parents

Real Daughter pin presented to Mildred about 1988 by the SCV.

From left: Christina Wyatt, Jean Weddle, Vernell Gwynn, and Naomi Glanzman at Mildredís funeral.

Mildred Hammock Adkins

September 1, 1923 - December 19, 2013