PHILLIP A. FOOTE
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(b. 1793- 1831)
MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA
Phillip A. Foote was born on April 14, 1793. He married December 24, 1816, Matilda Brown. She was the daughter of Henry Brown of Madison County, Alabama.
He was the brother of George Foote. Phillip Foote and Matilda had the following children:
- Matilda Ann Foote (born August 27, 1817) married Lawrence Pole Nov. 8, 1838, and they had two children.
- Mary Elizabeth Foote (born January 9, 1821) married April 19, 1839, Leroy Pope, the son of Leroy Pope, of Alabama. They resided in Memphis, Tennessee. Mary was a remarkable woman, noted for her beauty and her splendid intellect and noble character. She was a fine Latin scholar, spoke French, German fluently, wrote charming poems — one volume published. Two sons were in the Confederate Army. She organized and largely carried on the work of the “Southern Mothers” in Memphis, Tenn., during the War. After the War, she opened and conducted for many years a girls’ school, known as St. Mary ‘s. As a teacher she was far beyond her day, giving her pupils a much broader outlook than was common at that time for women. Her grandchildren still hear from her old pupils what power of good she was in their lives. Her life was saddened by the death in battle of her eldest son, William Sales Pope, her husband and her grandson, William Monroe but she lived it out to the age of eighty-five, never repining. She was a noble Christian and her name was prominently identified with the early history of Calvary Church, Memphis, Tenn., her husband being the vestryman who selected the site upon which the church edifice now stands, and was a devoted member since its foundation in 1839 to her death. She was buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn., and placed by her son, Maj. William Sales Pope, who was killed in battle at Tisomingo Creek, his body being found twenty feet in advance of the lines.
- e-book Foote family, comprising the genealogy and history of Nathaniel Foote, of Wethersfield, Conn., and his descendants; also a partial record of descendants of Pasco Foote of Salem, Mass.