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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Captain William Marcus Courtenay (brother of Henry Courtenay, of Harrymount, County Down, Esq.) - The Naval Chronicle for 1812

Captain William Marcus Courtenay (brother of Henry Courtenay, of Harrymount, County Down, Esq. and nephew to the gallant officer of that name,
who was killed in the year 1798, while commanding the Boston frigate).

From "The Naval Chronicle for 1812." It displays at once great coolness in battle, uncommon presence of mind, and real nautical wit : "In the action of the 1st of June, 1794, Captain Courtenay was serving as master's mate on board the Thunderer, then commanded by the present Admiral Albemarle Bertie, one of the
ill-fated Captains, excluded from the honourary reward of a medal, because, forsooth, no men were killed or wounded on board his ship, although the Thunderer was in the heart of the action, and nobly did her duty. In the midst of the battle, while the Thunderer was warmly engaged, a spent-shot, 24-pounder, lodged in the fore-yard. A sailor, finding the shot loose, slipped off his neck-handkerchief, placed the shot in it, and brought it to Mr. Courtenay, who was then quite busy lighting some of the main-deck guns, The shot was surveyed for a moment by the surrounding tars, and the question of "Who has any chalk?" was answered by one of the carpenter's crew presenting a piece to the master's mate. The words Post Paid were then made legible on the shot ; and it was placed in a gun, and immediately returned to the enemy. It is impossible to describe the enthusiasm, the joy, and the momentary exultation (to the total
exclusion of every other sentiment), that pervaded the whole ship's crew, at this simple but sudden and singular act, the knowledge of which was conveyed
from gun to gun with talismanic powers; those only who have witnessed the heart-thrilling effects of three cheers in battle, as conveyed from ship to ship
in testimony of each other's prowess or good fortune, can appreciate the value of this kind of stimulus."

Julia Courtenay Campbell Obituary 1924-2008

Julia Courtenay Campbell Obituary

Julia Courtenay Campbell

Julia Anna Francis Courtenay Campbell, 84, of [Lewis Mountain] Charlottesville, [Virginia] died Friday, October 17, 2008.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, on January 30, 1924, she was the daughter of the late St. John and Margaret Beattie Courtenay.  Her husband, Thomas Campbell, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons, Everett Lee Campbell and his wife, Christina, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Courtenay Madison Campbell and his wife, Pamela Joy, of Columbia, South Carolina; two grand-daughters, Christina Leonard and her husband, Scott, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Francis Duncan and her husband, Levi, of Herndon [Virginia]; three great-grandchildren, Scott, John and Courtenay Leonard; two sisters, Margaret [Courtenay] Jenkins of Sarasota, Florida, and Elizabeth [Courtenay] Hamilton of Anchorage, Alaska; and a brother, St. John Courtenay [Jr.] of Huntsville, Alabama.

A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard in Ivy with the Reverend Miller Hunter officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth "Libby" Courtenay Hamilton

Obituary for Mrs. Elizabeth "Libby" Courtenay Hamilton

Elizabeth ‘Libby” Courtenay Hamilton, 88, of Gulfport died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Oxford. She was born in Richland County, SC and was a long time resident of Gulfport. She was active for over 50 years at St. Peters by the Sea Episcopal Church, the Garden Club and Medical Wives Auxiliary.

Mrs. Hamilton was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Edward C. Hamilton; a daughter, Jane Craig Hamilton; son, Edward Courtenay Hamilton; her parents, St. John Courtenay and Margaret Hayne Beattie Courtenay; her husband’s parents, Morris and Jennie Lee Hamilton; a sister, Julia Francis Courtenay Campbell.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Hayne Hamilton and her husband, Danny R. Story; a son, Morris Robeson Hamilton, MD and his wife, Margie Crowder Hamilton;

A sister, Margaret Courtenay Jenkins;

a brother, St. John Courtenay;

six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, Edward Mesick and his wife, Alissa Varrati and their daughter, Estelle Carter Mesarrati, Jennifer C. Dixon and her son, Jonas Author Dixon, Hattie E. Schmidlkofer, her husband, Jeremy and their daughters, JJ Marilee Hayne and Karma Martina Hattie, Francis Connor and her husband Major Liam Connor and their son, Gavin McGregor Connor, Morris R. Hamilton, his wife, Kim and their son, Theodore Robeson , Fredrick Hamilton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service is Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peters by the Sea Episcopal Church, Gulfport where friends may visit beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi.

The family prefers memorials to Fountain Anglican Church, 1740 Jefferson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655 or Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 773223, Eagle River, Alaska, 99577-3223.

Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street, Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.  View and sign register book at