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  • Tom Gilbert
    Mar 10, 2013
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      I found that to be very frustrating during my family research (which I was doing for an undergraduate course in ethnology and immigation at U of Pittsburgh in 1980) .. I still had several elders around especially on my father's side that knew a lot of family history, but they were unwilling to share it with me or anyone else .. one elderly aunt said "you might not like what you find out", which of course intrigued me all the more .. my mother was a little more open, and at least gave me a few clues .. most of my information eventually came from "outsiders", helpful genealogists, historians, and some very distant cousins .. but I'm sure a lot of very neat stuff died with the older generation (which is gone now) and they didn't leave a paper trail that I have been able to find .. I was at one time thinking about learning more about genealogy to supplement my life-long interest in the Civil War era.  I did find that just about all the branches of my family tree were here then (one branch, the American Gano family which I mentioned earlier, traced back to 1653 when the patriarch came over from France).    
      .. tom g ..


      From: scopx.rm <scopx@...>
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2013 7:50 PM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Civil War Ancestors

       
      Dick: My situation is a little different than some here. My family was very closed mouthed about those in civil war with only few remarks, with few specifics. One story I recall where relative was hung (surmise a civilian) for not providing opposing desired information. As he was dangling, friendlies came up and chased off the hanging party. He survived, but was required to wear leather collar rest of life.
      2nd story. I did not know (see above) my GGF was involved in civil war until found his grave marker which showed his rank of LT. I know(family told me) he had died in NM while homesteading with my GF. Backtracking, did find his group, Mich. 4th (Minty's)Cavalry involved in more than 80 skirmishes.
      Another involves fellow that smoked lots of cigars, and supposedly drank a lot of whiskey. And the maiden name of my GM the same. However, as family quiet on issue, and unable to trace this line, surmise it to be rumor. To the ancestors, it was too bloody, and did not want to talk about it.
      Tom

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      > I have a long list of Civil Ancestors. The story I posted a few days ago
      > is the only story I know story wise , but have Names, Regiments, company
      > info on Confederate & Federal alike in all about 70 most are distant relatives
      > but do have 3rd great grandfather, Uncle and other cousins as well let
      > me know what your looking for, regards, Steven Cone
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      > I had a relative in the 28th Alabama & the 41st Ohio Infantry. I had
      > other relatives face each other in battle through out the war but these two
      > units are different. At the Battle of Orchard knob Nov. 23 1863 the 41st
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      > 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.
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      > 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_ (http://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.
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      > 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."
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      > I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant
      > Dick (a.k.a. Shotgun)
      > http://www.civilwarhome.com
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