Thomas George Percy - Biography


Son of Charles "Don Carlos" Percy, (1704-1794), an adventurer from Ireland with pretensions to blood lines of the Dukes of Northumberland, Thomas George Percy was born in Alabama in the late 1780s and graduated from Princeton in 1806.

He married Maria Pope in 1814 or 1815. His fellow Princetonian and friend, John Walker, one of the first two senators from Alabama, married Maria's sister Matilda. The two men built houses on abutting estates in Huntsville and named their sons for each other. Through their wealthy planter father, LeRoy Pope, the sisters were related to the English poet Alexander Pope.

Thomas George Percy managed the affairs for his friend John Walker while he was away in Washington, D.C.. Percy stayed in Huntsville, enjoying his large library and extended family.

He and Maria named their eldest son John Walker, after his boon companion. Their second son, Charles Brown, was named after a third friend in Huntsville, Samual Brown, a distinguished physician who had studied medicine at Edinburgh. (Brown married Catherine Percy; their two children died in infancy.) Percy and Maria named their third son, LeRoy Pope, after her father. The youngest was named William Alexander. John William Walker reciprocated by naming one of his sons Percy.

The Percys' youngest son William Alexander married Nana Armstrong, a daughter of William Armstrong, a wealthy US Indian agent. Nana was the first cousin of George Armstrong Custer; both cousins were grandchildren of General James “Trooper” Armstrong, a hero of the War of 1812.

William Alexander Percy became a colonel in the Confederate Army. After the war, colonel Percy, a successful railroad developer, was elected to the state legislature. He headed the committee of the Mississippi House of Representatives that impeached Adelbert Ames, considered the last carpetbag governor of Mississippi .

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