John Jefferson DeMent

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Born:May 13, 1830, Huntsville, AL
Died:August 10, 1892, Lithia Springs, Georgia
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL


•  "Son of John H. and Celia (Lowe) De Ment, the former a native of Sumter County, Tenn., who settled in Madison County, in 1820; grandson of Charles De Ment of North Carolina, and of Jesse and Susannah Lowe. Three DeMent brothers came from France in the Colonial period and were Revolutionary soldiers. One settled in Tennessee, one in Maryland and one went west. The Lowe family came from England and several of them were soldiers and officers of the Revolution. Dr. DeMent was raised on his father's plantation and received a common school education." - Alabama Biography

•  "At twenty he began the study of medicine under Dr. G. A. Wynche of Meridianville. In 1851-52, he attended the Medical college, Louisville, Ky., and in 1853, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He located at Meridianville and practiced his profession at that place until 1862 at which time he entered the Confederate Army. He was commissioned surgeon and assigned to the 27th Alabama infantry regiment and served this command until the surrender of Ft. Donelson, when he was sent as a prisoner to Camp Chase, Ohio, and later to Johnson's Island. He was released, June 1862, and assigned to the 49th Georgia infantry regiment, under Gen. Jackson and remained with this command until it was surrendered at Appomattox. During this time he was Surgeon General for Gen. Ed. L. Thomas' brigade. After the war he located in Huntsville, where he practiced medicine with eminent success until his death. He was a member of the American Medical Association; American Health Association; President, Alabama Medical Association, 1876; State Board of Censors; Madison County Medical Society, since 1853, and several times its president; member of the Board of Trustees, Huntsville Female College; and since its foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of Vanderbilt University; twelve years member Board of Trustees, Alabama insane hospitals; Surgeon General, Alabama Militia for eight years under Governors Houston and Cobb; appointed by Gov. Seay as one of the examiners under the color blind law." - Alabama Biography

•  "He was a Democrat; a Methodist; Mason; Knight of Honor; Knight of Pythias; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Knight Templar" - Alabama Biography

•  "Married: January 27, 1869, at Huntsville, to Cornelia Clopton, daughter of Dr. Henry Arthur and Sarah Elizabeth (Brandon) Binford of Huntsville. She was descended from the Brandon, Binford and Lee families of Virginia. Her grandmother, Miss Grace Lee, was closely related to Gen. Robert E. Lee." - Alabama Biography

•  Father of:
     1. Henry Binford
     2. Mattie Sue
     3. Robert Searcy, Huntsville
     4. Sarah Binford, born ca 1879, married Harry Morrison Sheple, Philadelphia, Pa.
     5. John Jefferson, born 1881, died 1889
     6. William Rison
     7. Susan "Susie" born 1887, married Marion Ridley Moorman, in 1958 resided in Huntsville, AL - Sublett (Soblet) Family

•  He died at Lithia Springs, Georgia, while away from home in a health quest. - Alabama Biography

•  Master for the Mason's Lodge years 1866-1868 - Helion Lodge

•  First County Health Officer for Madison County, AL (1873) - Huntsville Historical Review

•  JJ DeMent was a stockholder in The North Alabama Improvement Company (organized January 17, 1886.) and a month later on February 18, 1886 work began on the Monte Sano Hotel. - Huntsville Historical Review

Related Links:

•  Alabama Biography - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, pp. 478-9.

•  Helion Lodge - Master with photo

•  Huntsville Historical Review - Huntsville Historical Review,"Epidemic Cholera at Huntsville", 1873, by Johnson, L.R., from Volume 2, #1, Jan-72, Dr. DeMent submitted elaborate reports on the Cholera Epidemic. Pages 20-31.

•  Sublett (Soblet) Family - The Sublett (Soblet) Family of Manakintown, King William Parish, Virginia, 45 Anniversary, Complied by Cameron Allen, © 2008, p. 90.

•  USGenWeb Archives - Biography contributed to USGenWeb Archives by Joy Fisher, September 19, 2011 and is copyrighted.

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•  Alabama Biography
•  Huntsville Historical Review