Friday, February 15, 2013

The Moreland Muster, Volume III, Issue 4, Fall 1990



Any info:  Peter MORELAND, Loyalist, 1783, Charleston, S.C., New York Reg., Merchant, Charleston til 1820.  Was wife daughter of William BENNETT of Craven Co., SC?  Son William Bennett MORELAND md. 1811 Sarah WITTER.

Mrs. John Rutledge, 6311 E. University, Dallas, TX 75214


Dear Nona,

I am real interested in knowing all I can on the Morelands...  I have pictures and negatives of Charles Orton MORELAND and Sarah.   I have records of some of Charles Orton's children and family also.  I have been to Licking, MO twice in 1987 to the cemetery and made pictures of his stone.

My mother was born near Salem, Dent Co., MO and married in Anderson, McDonald Co.  My mama and papa are buried at Cove, Polk Co., Ark.  She wrote about their traveling in covered wagons from MO to Texline, Texas and homesteading in Sedan, NM.  I have a family picture of them, their wagon and all.

My great-grandma, Sarah, was Charles Orton MORELAND's last wife.  After Sarah died in 1904, Charles stayed with my mama's family awhile (Mahala and James CLARK).  He had a stroke 2 or 3 years before he died.  I've been told that he was a salesman when he married Sarah LAMAR.  Does anyone know what he sold?

Does anyone know where Ola or Olie FUDGE HATFIELD lives?  She is a daughter of Laura Delight MORELAND and James Grant FUDGE. 

I'll be looking for the next newsletter with much interest.

                                      Muriel Manning
                                      Box 310-4 Rt. 3
                                      Broken Bow, OK 74728

Ed. note:  Charles Orton MORELAND was a son of Wright MORELAND and his wife Margaret.  Wright was the son of Charles MORELAND (Revolutionary War soldier) and Susana HANCOCK. 

Charles Orton MORELAND was born 27 Jan 1836, probably in Carter Co., TN.  He died 10 Aug. 1910 in Licking, Texas Co., MO.  It's interesting to note that my ancestor, Nancy MORELAND, moved (with her husband, Thomas SIMPSON) to Oregon Co., MO in 1852 and that Charles O. MORELAND later moved to a nearby county.

The following information comes from charts compiled by Muriel Manning and Eldon Eldgin.  Charles Orton MORELAND married first to Elizabeth MAIN, 4 July 1854, Carter Co., Tenn. and second to Sarah HAVENS.  Sarah HAVENS MORELAND married second to William W. LAMAR, 21 Oct. 1849, Anderson, Tenn.  The children of Charles O. MORELAND were:

Mahala Laticia MORELAND b. 3 Jan. 1868 MO; d. 27 May 1936 Tacoma, WA; md. 1888 to James Madison CLARK.

William L. MORELAND b. 13 May 1872 MO; d. 30 Oct. 1937 Texas Co., MO; md. 1894 to Martha Ellen ESTMONDS.

Flora Cordelia MORELAND b. 15 Feb. 1875 MO; d. 21 Feb. 1956, Phelps Co., MO; md. 1890 to John Baptist CLARK.

Laura Delight MORELAND b. 7 July 1877 Salem, MO; d. 2 Feb. 1947 Scoan, NM; md. first to James Grant FUDGE, second on 26 Aug. 1930 to J.T. MALCOM.

Robert Walter MORELAND b. 1880 MO; d. 13 Dec. 1939 Maples, Texas Co., MO; md. Mary Arnetta MURRAY.

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Dear Nona,

In your letter you wondered if my ancestor John MORELAND could be related to your Moreland family.  I find it very interesting that we both have SIMPSON and MORELAND ancestors.

My ancestor, John MORELAND, is buried in Shepherd Cemetery, Jackson Co., Tenn near the Cumberland River and Smith Co.  He was born 1 March 1777 in Virginia and died 10 Aug. 1853 in Jackson Co., Tenn.  I believe he had three children:  William b. 1800-1810; Mary (my ances­tor) born 15 Dec. 1807 in Kentucky.  She was the widow of Dr. Dixon BROWN when she died on 17 Nov. 1894 near Enigma, Jackson Co., Tenn; Samuel born 1809-10.  At the time of his death, John MORELAND was married to Eve.  She was born 7 Sept. 1775 in North Carolina and died four days after he did on 14 Aug. 1853.  She is buried next to him.

Thus far I have only been able to find John MORELAND in the 1840 and 1850 census in Tenn.  I plan to research Kentucky again since the census indicates Mary was born there in 1807.

I would appreciate any additional information you may have.

                                  Pat Hastings
                                  8401 Millwood Dr.
                                  Springfield, VA 22152

Ed. note:  I wonder if this John MORELAND could be the son of John MORELAND and Ann OGILVY of Goochland Co., Virginia?  According to the Douglas Register, John and Ann were married 16 Nov. 1775.  There seems to be a conflict in birth dates, however.  The Douglas Register reports Jesse Ogilvy MORELAND born 18 Jun. 1777 to John and Ann, but John MORELAND of Jackson Co., TN was born 1 Mar. 1777.

The 1820 census for middle Tennessee contains the following MORELAND entries:
John 110101-02020       Jackson Co., TN
     Vinson 000100-10100     Smith Co., TN
     Edward                  Rutherford Co., TN
     John                    Stewart Co., TN
     William  300001-30010   Davidson Co., TN

Edward MORELAND married Priscilla B. WILLIAMS in 1821 in Davidson Co., Tenn.

A Jesse MORELAND was in the Smith Co., TN area.  He was born 1800-10  (a descendant of Jesse Ogilvy MORELAND of Goochland Co., VA?).

William MORELAND of Davidson Co., TN was born ca. 1806-09 md. first to Elizabeth and second to Morticia.  He removed to Hopkins Co., TX.

Vincent MORELAND of Smith Co., TN was born ca. 1795.  He married Nancy.

Samuel MORELAND married Mary.

Any additional information on any of these MORELAND families would be very much appreciated.

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Dear Nona,

MORELAND research for me has been a little slow.  I have been con­centrating on some other lines, primarily on the WILSONs.  Our WILSONs have been traced back to John in York and Henrico Couty, VA as early as 1639.  Our ancestor, George, was the son of John.  George had a brother named Richard.  We have primarily been concentrating on subsequent descendants of George.  Seems George's brother Richard's descendants have been identified by the Wilson Family Association.  I am trying to learn more about this Wilson family for they were in a good location to have been parents of Ann WILSON, wife of Wright MORELAND.

I ran across a reference to a Jon. MORLIN in Marilyn Nugent's Cava­liers and Pioneers, pg. 54.  (Patent Book 1, Part 1).  Richard COCKE obtained 300 acres 6 March 1636 for importing 3 score persons one of which was Jon. MORLIN.  This entry was recorded on page 413.  The name of the county was not mentioned.

Would like to learn about Wm MORELAND's Revolutionary War Patriot status.  Barbara Morgan some months ago was trying to get him recog­nized by the DAR.

                                      Eddie M. Nikazy
                                      139 Glen Hill Dr.
                                      Hendersonville, TN 37075

Ed. note:  I believe that Irene Carl, 2302 Barnett Dr., Roswell, NM 88201 submitted William MORELAND's name to DAR.

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201 Davidson Dr., Dalton, GA 30720

Harden MORELAND b. ca. 1813 TN; d. age 82, Whitfield Co., GA; married Nancy (HENDERSON?) b. ca. 1810; d. age 77 Whitfield Co., GA.  They had children:

Thomas b. ca. 1831 TN
Larkin b. ca. 1833 TN
Elizabeth b. ca. 1835 TN
Perlina b. 4 Apr. 1837 TN; d. 15 Apr. 1916 Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA; md. 1st on 16 May 1858 to William H. DOUGLAS, 2nd on 25 Aug. 1861 to James E. ROACH.­
     Nancy b. ca. 1843 GA
Caroline b. ca. 1845 GA
     Jane b. ca. 1847 GA
Leander b. ca. 1849

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                  Walker County, Georgia Marriages

MORELAND, Sue D.  md. FOWLER, Leon M. 16 June 1889
MORELAND, John N. md BOWMAN, Emily M. 21 Aug. 1889

                  Murray County, Georgia Marriages

MORELAND, Ally M.   md HODGE, Leroy        7 Sep. 1847
MORELAND, Hannah E. md CLEVELAND, William  1 Aug. 1850
MORELAND, Amandy    md STOVALL, S.C.W.   25 Apr. 1857
MORELAND, Lucretia  md HOLDER, Sam           15 Oct. 1854
MORELAND, Minerva   md BANKS, John        27 Jun. 1856
MORELAND, John     md MCDONALD, Sarah J. 18 Oct. 1866
MORELAND, Joseph   md DEAN, Susan       19 Apr. 1871
MORELAND, Marion   md CAMPBELL, Susan    9 Nov. 1871
MORELAND, T.N.(Z.N) md POPPAM, Lou            3 Mar. 1873

                Whitfield County, Georgia Marriages

MORELAND, Susan    md SUAHAN, John      22 Oct. 1865
MOORELAND, Nancy   md DUCKETT, Jesse R.  24 Dec. 1854
MORELAND, James M.  md HALL, Araminta E.  15 Feb. 1855
MORELAND, Thomas    md PARKER, Harriet    22 Jul. 1877
MORELAND, Lewis F. md DUCKETT, Carrie    1 Jan. 1892
MORELAND, Margaret md ROUSE, Joseph      9 Feb. 1855

            Friendship Cemetery, Whitfield Co., Georgia

MORELAND, Harden   age 82
MORELAND, Nancy    age 77
MORELAND, Annie    6 Sep. 1843 - 10 Jan. 1921

                1850 Census, Murray County, Georgia

Name               Age  Sex  Born
MORELAND, Harden   37   M    TN
          Nancy     40   F    TN
          Thomas    19   M    TN
          Larkin    17   M    TN
          Elizabeth 15   F    TN
          Perlina   13   F    TN
          Nancy     7   F    GA
          Caroline  5   F    GA
          Jane      3   F    GA
          Leander   1   F    GA

               1860 Census, Whitfield County, Georgia

Name               Age  Sex  Born
MORELAND, Hardin   48   M    TN
          Nancy     50   F    NC
          Sarah     18   F    TN
          Nancy     16   F    TN
          Caroline  14   F    TN
          June      10   F    GA
          Leander   8   M    GA
          Nancy     6   F    GA

                1850 Census, Walker County, Georgia

Name               Age  Sex  Born
MORELAND, Delilah  70   F    TN
    GANN, Cornelius 31  M    TN
          Lydia     34   F    NC
          Elizabeth  9  F    TN
          Martha J. 6   F    TN
          Delilah   4   F    TN
          Francis M. 2  M    TN
          Thomas    2/12 M    GA

MORELAND, Joseph   46   M    NC
          Lavina    42   F    VA
          Nancy     17   F    TN
          John H.   16   M    TN
          Carter M. 14   M    TN
          Matilda   6   F    TN
          Joseph    1   M    GA

                1850 Census, Murray County, Georgia

MORELAND, Nathaniel 27   M    TN
          Sarah     22   F    NC
          William   6   M    TN
          Catharine 3   F    TN
          Robert    1   M    GA

MORELAND, Joseph   46   M    SC
          Synthia   35   F    SC
          Lydia L.  15   F    SC
          Elizabeth 13  F    SC
          Minelva   12   F    SC
          Cordelia  10   F    SC
          Eliza     8   F    SC
          Francis    6   F    SC
          John      4   M    SC
          Vinna     1   F    SC

MORELAND, Jane     6   M    TN
NEAL, William      50   M    NC
      Rebecca      47   F    GA

MORELAND, Henry    7   M    TN
STINSON, William   32   M    OH
         Joanna    22   F    TN

                        1840 Census, Georgia

MORELAND, Alson    Gilm     005
          Bartley   Bake 039
          Cholson   Upso 023
          F.        Craw 387
          G.T.      Jone 125
          John      Gilm 007
          John      Hall 176
          John D.   Gilm 013
          Joseph T.  Trou 349
          Thomas    Jasp 064
          William   Jone 131
          William   Murr 271
          William B. Clar 214
          Wood      Meri 129

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Revolutionary War Soldiers of Western North Carolina
Burke Co., Vol. 1
by Emmett R. White

[Ed. note:  Following is an excerpt for an advertisement for this book.  It is available from Southern Historical Press for $30.00.]

The contributions of the Revolutionary War soldiers of Western North Carolina during the conflict of 1775-1782 were immense.  The rolling hills of the Carolina Piedmont were as much a battleground as those of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Unfortunately, from a historical stand­point, very little written data is available concerning the contribu­tions of the Western North Carolina Militiamen.  Many of the Western counties, though their soldiers contributed greatly to the war effort, are historically "silent."  This work is an effort to unravel and to present in a systematic way something about their lives and exploits.

The initial two volumes will be devoted to Burke County.  Each soldier will be written up to his early life (as much as could be made avail­able), his military experiences, his later life, including marriages, children, occupations, etc.  Also included will be his land transac­tions and census locations.  Where available, burial sites will be given as well as pension awards.

Some of the family names appearing in Volume I, Burke County, include the following:  Benjamin COFFEY, Adam GRINDSTAFF, Jacob GRINDSTAFF, Micheal GRINDSTAFF, William HAMBY, Joseph HANCOCK, Adam RAINBOLT.

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Ed. Note: My MORELAND ancestry begins with Nancy MORELAND who was born 12 Nov. 1794 in Washington District, North Carolina.  In 1796 that area became Carter Co., Tenn.  Nancy's father was William MORELAND who was born by 1757 in Virginia; died by Oct. 1812 in Carter Co., Tenn.  He was married by 1780 to a Sarah, but her surname is unknown.  One family history listed her as Sarah SIMPSON, but it was undocumented and no proof has been found.  Other errors in that work, make this informa­tion highly suspicious.

Nancy MORELAND married Thomas SIMPSON on 4 June 1817 in Warren Co., Tenn.  Thomas and Nancy moved to Oregon Co., MO in ca. 1852/53 where they spent the rest of their days.  Thomas had a number of positions in the legal field and spent a term as a legislator in the Missouri House of Representatives.  The youngest son of Thomas and Nancy (MORELAND) SIMPSON was Wright SIMPSON (1839-1913).  A descendant of his, Lewis A.W. SIMPSON, wrote a history of Oregon Co., Missouri.  Follow­ing are excerpts about Nancy MORELAND's descendants which are found in the book.

Via the Horse and Buggy

by Lewis A.W. Simpson

Page II,  Lewis A.W. SIMPSON; born in Oregon County, September 10, 1902.  Father a pioneer on Little Hurricane Creek Section 13, Township 24, Range 4, (1852).  Mother a daughter of a pioneer on Warm Fork of Spring River at Sloan Ford in 1850's.

A member of Missouri House of Representatives in the 69th and 70th General Assemblies 1957 through 1960, now a member of Oregon County Court Second District [in 1971, Lewis is now deceased].

Page 12.  Slaveholders ... were Thomas SIMPSON 6.  [He was the largest slave holder in the area at that time].

Page 18.  In 1852 Thomas and Nancy MORELAND SIMPSON immigrated to Oregon County from Smithville, DeKalb Co., Tennessee, settling on section 13, township 24, range 4, on Little Hurricane Creek.  The married sons and daughters settling on nearby tracts of land.

Thomas SIMPSON entered the Greer Spring Branch tract of land from the United States of America.  Here he and his sons built a small water wheel at the mouth of Greer Spring cave to furnish power for a small stone burr grist mill, with a capacity of about 100 pounds of meal per day.  December 22, 1856, he sold to his son T.C. SIMPSON the northeast quarter of section 36, township 24, range 5, the southwest quarter (through which flows Greer Spring branch) for twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.  Recorded in book 2, page 250, Oregon County record of deeds.  He then arranged with Samuel W. GREER a mill wright to come from Tennessee and build a mill on this tract near the spring.  Here the mill was operated by Mr. GREER and T.C. SIMPSON until after the Civil War when Mr. GREER bought all interest and later built the mill building that now stands at the top of the hill.

Page 19.  P.R. SIMPSON [son of Thomas and Nancy] operated a grist and saw mill on Eleven Point River in Section 4, Township 24, Range 3, a few hundred feet below the mouth of Little Hurricane Creek.  It was also used as a recruiting station for the Confederate Army in 1860's.

Page 21.  [Marriage]  4/18/1860 Thomas C. SIMPSON and Mary Ann WHIT­TEN, by Hiram MANNING, Justice of Peace.

Page 22.  ... early burial grounds may be found on various places over the county and some are large cemeteries now.  Myrtle Cemetery, Garfield, and Bailey Cemetery are among those started as family burial grounds prior to the Civil War.  The first burial in Bailey was a Negro Slave of Thomas SIMPSON in the 1850's.
Page 23. Prior to 1860 among the pioneer religious leaders who were ordained and licensed ministers of the Gospel were:

     P.R. SIMPSON Methodist

Page 28.  In 1857 Thomas SIMPSON was chosen to represent Oregon County a the 19th General Assembly in Jefferson City, Missouri.  He intro­duced a bill to divide the county and form a new county from the west part of Oregon.  This bill was approved March 2, 1857, and the new county was named Howell in honor of Thomas J. HOWELL, the first representative of Oregon County in 1845.

Howell County was attached to Oregon County for representation in the Legislature until 1864.  In the 20th General Assembly Thomas SIMPSON again represented both Oregon and Howell Counties, introducing a bill to relocate the county seat of Oregon County.  This bill was approved March 14, 1859 and approved by a vote of the people of Oregon County at an election held in said county the first Monday in August 1859.

The new county seat was named "Alton" so it would be easy for William C. BOYD, the county clerk, to spell and the first time he wrote the name he spelled it "Owlton."

Mr. BOYD was again appointed as Clerk of Circuit Court by Judge Allen VAN WARMUR of the 18th Judicial Circuit July 18, 1865, and in record­ing the marriage of Wright SIMPSON and Samantha CATES, Mr. BOYD recorded the names and spelled Miss Cates' name as Cammatha KATES. 

Page 31.  Grandfather GUM was on his way to homestead land in western Missouri near Golden City and stopped for camp near the present town of Alton, and decided to homestead a tract of land there, the nor­theast 1/4 of Section 10, Township 24, Range 4.  When the time drew near to prove upon his claim he was short of the required cash.  Knowing Thomas SIMPSON was due to be coming home from the Legislative Session in Jefferson City, grandfather GUM took his lunch and took vigil on the road Thomas SIMPSON would travel.  On the second day Thomas SIMPSON rode in sight on horseback, holding a water pitcher on the saddle horn in front.  The contents of the pitcher was Corn Whiskey from a still in operation on Jacks Fork River where Represen­tative SIMPSON had stopped and the only container available for the product was the Representative's water pitcher he used in the State Capitol.  Grandfather GUM stated his business (to borrow money to prove upon his claim).  The Representative asked grandfather to take the pitcher, dismounted, took a twenty ($20.00) dollar gold coin from his pocket, handed same to grandfather GUM and offered him refresh­ments from the pitcher, which was passed back and forth a number of times and then Thomas SIMPSON mounted his horse, took the pitcher and remaining contents, and proceeded on his journey home after a most enjoyable visit and business transaction.  The only security on the loan was Grandfather GUM's word of honor.

Page 32.  Court records in book 6, page 58, show that T.M. SIMPSON, Road Commissioner, established a county road in the northeast 1/4 section 6, township 24, range 2, and referred to that community as upper Irish Wilderness.  This section and adjoining sections were settled by Peter Rine SIMPSON in the present community of Wilderness.  T.M. SIMPSON was a Government Surveyor and known to everyone as "P. Tom," as that was the way he identified from three other Simpsons named Thomas.  T.M. SIMPSON was the eldest son of Peter Rine SIMPSON, and a grandson of Thomas SIMPSON, who immigrated to Oregon County in 1852 from DeKalb County, Tennessee.

Page 38.  June 11, 1861, Governor JACKSON issued a proclamation calling Missouri to arms.  State Representative John R. WOODSIDE hurried back to Oregon and Howell Counties and started recruiting men. 
The recruits for the State Militia enlisted for a period of six months responding to the call of the Governor of Missouri to repel invasion and protect State Government and property.

After the battle of Wilson's Creek and the six months enlistment expired, many enlistees from Oregon County returned home.  Soon they found they were being hunted by Union Soldiers and when captured they were treated as rebels, not loyal Missourians responding to the call of the officially elected Officials of Missouri.  These enlistees in the Missouri State Militia and neutral citizens, alike, soon realized the only place they could possibly be safe was in the Confederate Army, and proceeded to enlist in the service of the C.S.A.

After the battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861, where many recruits from Oregon County took part, including Captain P.R. SIMP­SON's Co., Captain J. Posey WOODSIDE and others defending the rights of the State of Missouri against invasion by the United States Troops.  The clouds of war began to cast their shadows over Oregon County with scouting parties of the Union Army making numerous raids and adminis- t­ering the loyalty oath to civilians and taking severe reprisals against those who indicated loyalty to State Government.

Page 42.  One incident as told by Mary Jane (WARREN) BAILEY, known by her many friends as "Aunt Polly."  She was a girl 17 years of age, living with her parents on the SIMPSON farm, four miles northeast of Alton, Missouri, the year the courthouse was burned.  It was the fall of the year and they had not gathered the corn from the field.  A large number of Union Troops moved into the area and proceeded to make camp near the cornfield.  The soldiers went to the corn field and started gathering the corn.  All the women folks took baskets and other containers and started husking corn too.  The faster the sol­diers snapped the corn, the harder we worked and heaped what we gathered near the house and guarded it.  That was all we had for our daily bread until harvest time the following year.

As an incident told by Sarah CROW BARTON, a young girl six years of age when the incident took place.  She lived with the Simpsons at the time.  Her father was a casualty of the war some months prior to this time.  According to Mrs. BARTON the Union Soldiers stopped at the SIMPSON farm, went to the barn lot and killed a steer and proceeded to cook the beef a short distance from the barn while she and others watched.  She told of one soldier coming into the house, sitting down before the fire removing his shoes and wet socks and took a pair of new knit wool ones from the mantle that had been dyed with walnut hulls and were drying, and was preparing to exchange his wet ones for a nice new pair.  At this point Grandmother SIMPSON entered the house, observed the procedure, grabbed the new pair from his hands, threw his wet socks in his face and ordered him from the house.   He and a group of his men returned to the house, took the feather and straw beds from the house, slit the container and searched the contents for anything that may have been concealed therein, leaving the feathers and straw scattered over the hillside west of the house.

I have heard the veterans tell about John SIMPSON, a young Confederate Soldier, with a small scouting party near Eleven Point, running into a large group of Union Soldiers who fired on them killing John's horse, and John doubled on the back of the horse of a buddy and escaped.  They followed the Union Troops to Alton where John sneaked into their horse corral, picked out a good horse, eased out without being ob­served until he mounted and at that point he was observed, but he gave the rebel yell and galloped safely away.  In later years he became a licensed preacher and a circuit rider of the Methodist Church.

When reminded of taking the horse from the Yankees, he would say,  "I did not steal that horse, I merely appropriated it to take the place of the one they shot from under me."

(The three foregoing stories are compatible with the report of Captain MCELROY which follows...).

Page 42A.
October 29-November 5, 1863.--Scout from Pilot Knob to Alton and Doniphan, Mo.

Report of Capt. Robert MCELROY, Third Missouri State Militia Cavalry.

     Camp of the Third Regt. Mo. State Militia,
                        Pilot Knob, Mo., November 9, 1863.

     Dear Sir:  According to order, I left this post with the command assigned me on the 29th day of October, at 9 a.m., and camped that night on Little Black River, on BURFORD's farm.
     On the morning of the 30th, we moved at daylight, although the day was very disagreeable, the command having to face the snow and rain.  We camped that night on Henpeck Creek; from thence we moved on to Eleven Point River, and camped near the farm of the notorious Lieutenant HUTTLESON; thence to SIMPSON's, 4 miles from the town of Alton, in Oregon County; and on the morning of the 3d we moved into town, and remained until the election was over.  The election passed off quietly, although Lieutenant BRICKER was much mortified at the result thereof; but the thing was done and could not be helped.  In the evening we moved in a southeast direction, and camped on the farm of Mr. SAUNDERS.
     November 4, we moved at daybreak through the hills toward Doni­phan, in Ripley County, and camped on the farm of OLIVER (one of REVE's men).  On the 5th, we came through Doniphan, and camped on the Little Black River; thence to Otter Creek; thence to Bailey Station; thence to Pilot Knob.
     During our trip we killed 8 and captured 5 of the most notorious guerillas and jayhawkers that have infested that part of the State...
We also captured 10 horses and 1 mule, a number of which were branded C.S.  There are no regularly organized bands in that part of the country; but any man that can creep on his belly into a camp of Federals and steal a horse is entitled to the name and rank of cap­tain.
     That portion of the State once cleaned of these marauders, jayhawkers, and thieves, and we will have peach throughout South Missouri. 
     I am of the opinion that the women in that region are even more daring and treacherous, and, in fact, worse than the men, as we found in their possession a number of newly made rebel uniforms, &c.
     I have the honor, sir, to subscribe myself, your obedient ser­vant,
                                           Robert MCELROY
                                      Captain, Commanding Expedition

Maj. James WILSON
     Commanding Third Missouri State Militia Cavalry

Page 43A  Caption under a photograph of a flint lock gun:  William MORELAND, a soldier of the Continental Army at Saratoga when BURGOYNE surrendered, brought to Oregon County in 1852 by William MORELAND's daughter, Nancy (MORELAND) SIMPSON.  The reader will note the broken stock mid-way between lock and muzzle.  When Capt. MCELROY of the Union Army found the gun in the home of Thomas SIMPSON, November 1863, Capt. MCELROY's soldiers placed the barrel between the logs of the house, bending barrel and breaking stock in two pieces.  The gun was retrieved after the soldiers left and straightened and repaired for future service.

Page 44.  The Drake Constitution of 1865 disqualified all ex-con­federate soldiers from voting or holding public office.  Thomas E. OLD, Thomas SIMPSON and Josiah PAYNE being over military age and not serving in the Confederate Army were eligible to serve on the County Court, also William BOYD was eligible to serve as county clerk.  All pro Confederates.

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