Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc.
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June 17, 2023: Premier Americana – Day Two

Sat, Jun 17, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 2032


Estimate: $300 - $500

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CAPTAIN HENRY PINKNEY TOWNSEND (1817-1884), C.S.A., AND FAMILY ARTICLES, LOT OF NINE, comprising a ninth-plate ambrotype of Henry Pinkney Townsend in civilian clothing; a powder horn owned by Capt. Townsend having wooden cap and a carved tip of a dog's head with collar; a needlework by Ann Eliza Bennett, third wife of Capt. Townsend, metal and glass beads, silk, and wool on perforated paper, featuring a center decorative frame with "A . E . B" initials to center, topped by a crown and flanked by two covered urns, all encompassed by a sawtooth border with "X" corners, housed under glass in a period, possibly original, gilt-molded frame; and a set of six "Threaded Antique" sterling silver place forks by Gorham Mfg. Co. of Providence, RI and retailed by Samuel P. Hamilton of Savannah, GA (active c. 1865-1887), who also worked in Knoxville, TN (1859-1863), each with a threaded fiddle handle having pointed shoulders and a personalized engraving of "HP & AET" for Henry Pinkney and Ann Eliza (Bennett) Townsend. Each fork impressed to back with the three Gorham pseudo hallmarks alongside a retailer's mark, and a "STERLING" mark. Total weight of six forks: 10.745 ozt. Mid/second half 19th century. Needlework 9 3/4" x 6 3/4" sight, 15 1/8" x 12 1/4" OA. 
Catalogue Note: Henry Pinkney (Pinckney/Pickney) Townsend was born on May 28, 1817 in Cabarrus Co., North Carolina to parents Aaron Townsend (1775-1841) and Martha Swann Neely (1773-1841). He married Mary White Ross (1810-1852) on January 10, 1838, and they had one daughter, Mary Townsend. After Mary died, Henry married Mary Brown King (1833-1858), who died within a few years of the marriage. Both Marys are buried at Rocky River Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Rocky River, Cabarrus Co., NC.
Just before the outbreak of the war, Henry married a third and last time to Ann Elizabeth Bennett (1837-1911) on April 22, 1860. On the 1860 U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedule for Cabarrus Co., NC, Henry, or Pinkney (as noted on the document), Townsend owned 18 slaves, consisting of nine females between the ages 15 and 66, and nine males between the ages of 2 and 23. Shortly after the marriage, the family moved further south to Georgia and settled in Mitchell Co., and the couple eventually had ten children together. 
During the war, not much is known about Henry Pinkney's service or activities. As noted on his headstone, he was a captain in the war for either the State militia or the Confederate Army. The 1864 Census for the Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia lists his name under Mitchell County, 8th Senatorial District - 1033rd Militia District. After the war in 1867, Henry signed an oath of allegiance to the United States, and he remained a farmer living in Mitchell Co. until his death on July 2, 1884. He is buried at Sunset Historical Cemetery in Camilla, Mitchell Co., GA. Ann Eliza survived him for another 28 years until her death on September 21 1911 and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Quitman, Brooks Co., GA. 


Forks in very good overall condition with some wear, surface scratches, and nicks, some tines with slight bending; remainder in fair to good overall condition with expected wear and other imperfections; ambrotype with image having moderate losses, case in two piece held by tape; powder horn with two holes to side and a small hole to edge of rim; needlework with overall heavy toning, scattered losses to wool thread and beads, frame with wear, surface scratches, and scattered chips and flakes to molding. Needlework not examined out of frame.

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Directly descended in the family of Capt. Henry Pinkney Townsend.