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  • Tom Gilbert
    Mar 10, 2013
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      Charles, you probably have the same regimental history as I do (The Gallant Seventy-Eighth by Ron Gancas), but just in case I looked at the roster withion .. lots of guys with the "Mc" suffix, but no McComas .. I imagine their were lots of men that for whatever reason were not included on the roster (I also looked for possible misspellings, but no luck).. record keeping was likely less accurate then too .. you have some good sources there .. best wishes with your continued research . tom g

      From: Charles R. <na_jeb@...>
      To: "civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com" <civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2013 1:48 AM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Civil War Ancestors

      My great-grandfather, Martin L. McComas was also in the 78th PA. Infantry- Co. "D" as a private & a corporal,
      but doesn't show up in the regimental history & rosters therein!
      He later joined a 100 days regiment- the 194th PA. Infantry, Co. "E."
      Most of these facts came from great-grandma's pension applications, & Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Database.
      If anyone could point me in a better direction, I'd be most appreciative!
      From: Tom Gilbert <tomgilbert47@...>
      To: "civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com" <civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:13 PM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Civil War Ancestors
      Hello Dick and all:
      Dick, first I would like to thank you once again for publishing two of my articles online a few years ago .. I still refer to them often.  

      I always hoped that I had relatives on both sides, and over the years I found to my great satisfaction that I did.   On my mother's side, I had several relatives in the 78th Pennsylvania,  probably all cousins .. the surname was "Jack" .. one of the Jack boys was listed as a "musician", which further delighted me as I play a little music, too.  The 78th was in the Western Theater, most notably serving at Stones River.   My maternal grandmother was a Jack, married a Gano. They moved west, and my mother came along in Deming, New Mexico in 1913

      My branch of Gano's had a distant cousin in another branch, Richard Montgomery Gano, a Kentucky-born Confederate cavalry officer who served as a captain, then a colonel under John Hunt Morgan during the invasion of Kentucky in 1862, under Nathan Bedford Forrest at Chickamauga, and later as a brigadier general in command of Texas cavalry.  His grandfather was also a general in the War of 1812, and his great-grandfather, Rev. John Gano, was known as the "fighting chaplain" in the Revolutionary War, and was said to have baptized George Washington in the Potomac.  The Confederate general also had a rather famous great-great grandson, Howard Robard Hughes.

      On my father's side was my great-great-great (I think I have the number of "greats" right) grandfather Mills who was, as an Arkansas private, seriously wounded at Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge). The story goes that my g-g-g-grandmother drove the family buckboard up from southwestern Arkansas and took him home where he recovered, and his g-g-grandson, my dad, was born there in 1908.  During the Depression, he headed west and met my mom in El Paso, where I was eventually born in 1947.

      Since both sides of my family were here during the Civil War, there are no doubt more that I don't know of.   Interesting stuff!!

      Thanks for the opportunity to share this.

      Tom Gilbert
      From: Dick Weeks <shotgun@...>
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:28 PM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Civil War Ancestors
      First, I would like to introduce myself.  Some of you may recognize me while others may not, so I think an introduction is appropriate.  My name is Dick Weeks, folks on the Internet call me Shotgun.  I started this group some years ago in hope of learning more about the Western Theater, and learn I have. 
      I thought that since things are quite in the group right now I would try to start a thread.  The reason I am doing this is self serving.  I want to put a new section on my website and call it "Our Civil War Ancestors, Stories from the Descendants (or something like that) and you folks can help me with that.  Fully realizing that many of you may not have traced your family back as far as I have.  I am a member of the Sons of the American Revolution which means that I can trace my heritage back in a direct linage to the American Revolution.  However I am sure there are many of you that have stories about your ancestors that served on both sides in the Civil War.  I would like to share those stories with visitors to my website (civilwarhome.com).  Since I made it, I know the rule is this group is restricted to discussing only the Western Theater but in this case I will lift the rule when it comes to discussing your ancestors.  You may have a story about your ancestor which does not even involve a battle they were engaged in but was passed on to your family.  It doesn't have to battle related as long as it is Civil War related.  I have ancestors that served at Vicksburg, Atlanta, Gettysburg, and 2nd Manassas and their stories were not always talking about a battle.  If this thread works I will share their stories with the group.
      The first story that I have is not about a battle but something that I found amusing in my family's history.  My great great grandmother was Mary Mathews Byers.  She was expecting when a kinsman, Charles Wright, visited her home in full Confederate uniform.  He said when leaving, "If it is a boy, name him for me."  She answered she would do so even it were a girl.  And she did.  My great grandmother's name is Charlie Wright Byers Weeks.  The family always called her "Charlie."
      I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant
      Dick (a.k.a. Shotgun)

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