Bio of Peter Lee Huddleston (1837-1923, Bedford Co., VA)

A biography of Peter Lee Huddleston, who married Susan Hardy Thaxton (daughter of William Henry Thaxton and Sophia Rucker, granddaughter of William Thaxton and Catherine Tate, great-granddaughter of David Thaxton and Sarah Shepherd, great-great-granddaughter of James Thaxton and Elizabeth Clark). From the Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, ed. Lyon G. Tyler (Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1915), Vol. IV, pp. 483-484:

Peter Lee Huddleston. For nearly a quarter of a century Peter Lee Huddleston has been the honored sheriff of Bedford county, Virginia, his re-elections every four years being a matter of course, no opposition being offered to the retention in office of an old tried and true veteran of the Confederate army and veteran of the public service.  His years, seventy-seven, set lightly upon his shoulders and, while they have cooled the blood of the man who half a century ago dragged himself from beneath his wounded horse on the bloody field of Gettysburg, they have also ripened his judgment and clarified his vision, so that the veteran of 1915 stands on a higher plane and as civil officer of the government renders service to his fellow-men valuable and well appreciated.

Peter Lee Huddleston was born in Bedford county, Virginia, August 5, 1837.  His early life was spent in farming, a vocation he followed until the outbreak of the war between the states’ in 1861, when he enlisted in the Confederate army and for four years followed the varying fortunes of the Confederacy, as private and officer, infantryman and cavalryman. For the first twelve months he was a first lieutenant of the Twentieth-eighth Regiment Virginia Infantry, and subsequently transferred to Company A, Second Regiment Virginia Cavalry, as a private. He was engaged at first Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Brandy Station and many other battles of the war, serving without serious injury to himself, although hurt at Gettysburg by a soldier’s horse falling upon him.  His military career was marked by the display of the soldierly qualities all admire, courage, obedience and devotion, while those years of peril and sacrifice but added strength to his character, paving the way for the years of usefulness to follow. Mr. Huddleston’s brother, William Camden Huddleston, born in Bedford county, June 14, 1835, was a fellow soldier in the Second Virginia Cavalry, Hampton’s division, serving as a private until the war ended. He married Elizabeth Gibbs. His sister, Sarah Huddleston, born in Bedford county, Virginia, in 1833, married William P. Thomas. Peter Lee Huddleston, after the war ended, returned to Bedford county where he engaged in farming, taught school, became civil engineer and surveyor, continuing as such until 1891. In that year he was elected sheriff of Bedford county and as each quadrennial term ended, he has been returned to succeed himself without opposition. This is no less a tribute to his honest, upright and efficient administration of the sheriff’s office than a testimonial to his high character as a man, neighbor and citizen. Mr. Huddleston was made a Mason many years ago in Chambersburg Lodge, No. 179, but is now a member of Liberty Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Bedford City, his home. He has been secretary and junior warden of the latter body and is also a companion of Bedford City Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. In politics he is a Democrat, and in religious belief broad-minded and independent, attached to no church or creed, but a believer and supporter of all good causes.

Mr. Huddleston married, March 17, 1875, Susan Hardy Thaxton, born in Bedford county, Virginia, in 1857, daughter of William H. and Sophia (Rucker) Thaxton. Children, all born in Bedford county: 1. Harry Lee, born in December, 1876; a farmer and now deputy sheriff of Bedford ; married Edie Stiff and has children : Sherwood, John Peter and Woodrow. 2. Dr. John W., born in February, 1878, deceased; he was a graduate of the medical department of the University of Virginia, practicing his profession in the southwestern part of the state until his death. 3. Lally Loraine, born in 1880; married Thomas O. Magann; children : Jean and Mary P. 4. Zuliema, born in 1882; married Thomas W. Zink, and resides at Blue Fields, West Virginia; children: William and Mary. 5. Carlotta I., born in 1884; married Dr. G. W. Parker. 6. Mary Winifred, born in 1886; married M. C. Johnson.

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