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Ray County Soldiers
in the Civil War

Last Name First Name comments
BUSH William Buried Old Cemetery, Richmond, Ray Co. b. 10 Oct., 1831; d. 3 Jan., 1914. Served Co. F, 8th Mo Cav Gayle Slagell
MANSELL Zachariah Zachariah Mansell was born Feb.10,1844 in Tn. and served in Co.A 7 Regt. S M Cav.Mo.died in Ray Co.Mo. May 26,1937 buried in Southpoint Cemetery, Ray Co.Mo.he was Union. Debbie Gwadera
ROBINSON Otis Leslie

OTIS LESLIE was a member of the 161st Regiment, Ohio Vol. Infantry buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ray County Mo. Born 16 June 1847, Tioga County PA, died 1 Dec. 1900 Jonesboro AR. Posted by his grandson, Owen E. Thompson

Owen E. Thompson
TOOMAY David Was born near Middleton, Cork County, Ireland December 25, 1843 and died at his home in northeast Ray County, Missouri, February 21, 1917. If the personal experiences of the life of David Toomay were properly written, they would make a most interesting history of this community and also of the last few years of the Civil War. during the days of the guerilla warfare in this part of the state, he was many times compelled to hide himself away and to dodge the paths of robber bands and assassins, and the fact that he survived the circumstances through which he has passed, seems little less than a miracle. On July 19, 1864 he was making his way on horseback to join the State Militia--that was a day of terror for this community--Quantrell's band of raiders was committing depredations on every side--fear was in the heart of every citizen--death and danger stalked every pathway and lurked in every thicket. He happened to fall into this band at a place not more than six miles northwest of his present home place--he was captured and robbed after which he was fired upon, was wounded by four bullets and left for dead in the roadway--the most serious wound was the one that passed through his neck just far enough back not to prove fatal. After the band had passed out of hearing he regained consciouness and made his way into the shade of a thicket, where a woman of the neighborhodd found him, brought him a cup of cold water and gave other assistance that helped him recover. Later that year, before the wound in his neck healed, he enlisted in the United States army and at St. Joseph, Missouri, he became a member of Company H, 44th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and entered active service for his country. In November, 1864, he was taken prisoner when a part of General Schofield's army was defeated and captured in the battle near Franklin, Tennessee. During the six months following he was in Andersonville prison, and survived the horrors and hardships that volumes of history have not been able to properly describe. During the war and his confinement in prison he received injuries and suffered illness from which he never recovered. The funeral took place at Little Union church. The burial took place in Little Union Cemetery. Doug Batten
VANDIVER Ashberry He is buried in South Point Cemetery, Ray County, Missouri. Born December 25, 1836 in Casey County, Kentucky; Died December 12, 1899 in Ray County Missouri. Served as 1st Lt. Co D, 1st Missouri Cavalry CSA; Later as Capt. Co K, 10th Missouri Cavalry CSA. He was a farmer Remembered by a cousin. Dick Scotti
WILLIAMSON Deck Fortune He is buried in Tinney's Grove Cemetery, Tinney's Grove, MO Born June 28, 1828 in Rutherford Co., NC. Was Capt. of Co. H, 33 Reg. I M.M.; Capt. Co. B, 4th Prov. Reg., E.M.M.; Capt. Co. H, 44th MO Vol. Inf. He was a Ray County Methodist Minister. His wife Mary Bernice Long died in September of 1864 while he was in service. Died March 10, 1908.Copies of W.D.'s Civil War Diary have survived. We are fortunate to have that part of him. His great great grandaughter. Roberta Duvall Hammer
WOODS John JOHN WOODS, I certify, on honor, that John Woods, a Private of Captain Wm Drumhiller's Company B of the 44th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers, of the State of Missouri, born in Ray County, State of Missouri, aged 41 years; 5 feet 7 inches high, dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a Farmer, who joined for service and was enrolled on the 9th day of August, 1864, at Richmond, Mo. by Capt. Ben Sharp, for the period of one year, and mustered into the service of the United States on the 2nd day of September, 1864, at St. Joseph Mo., by Capt. Ben Sharp; and having served HONESTLY and FAITHFULLY with his Company to the present date March 16th 1865, is now entitled to a DISCHARGE by reason of Death. Given in duplicate, at Musheegee Ala, this 14 day of June, 1865. sign by "Wm Drumhiller" Captain Commanding Company CEMETERY: Headstone Inscription; 1823-1865; Odell Cemetery, Ray County, Elkhorn, MO; ; Viewed & photographed in 1992 by Fred Woods There are two tombstones for John here, one Civil War stone and the other a family stone. The family stone has May instead of March.


BORN Sept. 23, 1823 BORN SEPT. 23 1823

DIED Mar. 16, 1865 DIED MAY 16, 1865


SARAH J. Wife of JNO WOODS BORN MAR. 8, 1825

Fred Woods MoGenWeb-Livingston County, MO

JACOB WOODS, Civil War Record Papers; 1862; National Archives, Washington, DC; ;Photocopy in poss of Fred Woods, 1995. On 12 January 1862, Jacob joined the 3rd S.M. Cav., Company B, Col. King's Reg't Missouri State Vols. He served as a Wagoner. He was 29 years old, and he joined at Richmond, Ray county, Missouri for the period during the war in Missouri. In March and April of 1862 it has him mounted up to the 4th of March, then he made Wagoner for the Company. In May and June under Remarks it has him as a discharged soldier, and that he mounted from enlistment up to 4th of March 1862. Discharged June 6, 1862 in consequence of disability. He is entitled to 10 days extra pay. And he was cook at Hospital from Jan 10th to Jan. 23rd A.D. 1862. Also in his military record was a Certificate of Disability for Discharge. It has Jacob Woods of Captain Abraham Allen's Company B of the 3rd Cavalry, Regiment of M.S.M. That Jacob was enlisted by Abraham Allen at Richmond, Ray county, Missouri on the Twelfth day of January 1862 to serve during the war in Missouri. He was born in Ray county in the State of Missouri is Twenty nine years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Farmer. The cause of disability: A snake bite when a child which terminated in the loss of his left foot at the ankle joint which causes the Soldier to be very slow in ???????. Camp Schofield in Pettis county, Missouri June 5, 1862 The Surgeon, A W. Bartlett, stated that Jacob was incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of the loss of the left foot which occurred previous to the date of his muster. CEMETERY: Headstone Inscription; 1830-1898; Odell Cemetery, Ray County, Elkhorn, MO; ; Viewed 1992 by Fred Woods; NOTE: Have photo Jacob Woods died July 21, 1898 aged 67 yrs 9 mo 17 da (space for his wife, but not carved) (According to his Civil War Pension File he died on 21July 1899 not 1898) Fred Woods MoGenWeb-Livingston County, MO

Fred Woods MoGenWeb-Livingston County, MO

WOODS Joseph

JOSEPH WOODS, MILITARY-BIRTH: Civil War Record Papers; 1862; National Archives, Washington, DC; Photocopy in poss. of Fred Woods, 1995. Joseph Woods was a private in the S.M. Cavalry of Missouri, Company B, Col. King's Reg't, Missouri State Vols.. He was 24 years old when he mustered in at Chillicothe, Missouri on January 13, 1862. He joined for duty and enrolled on January 11, 1862 at Richmond, Missouri for the period during the war in Missouri. Company Muster rolls has him present and mounted from enlistment from March to December 1862. September thru December it states that he used his own horse and equipment. CEMETERY: Headstone Inscription; 1836-1910; Odell Cemetery, Ray County, Elkhorn, MO; ; Viewed 1992 by Fred Woods; NOTE: Have photo Joseph Woods 1836 -1910 Martha His Wife 1845 -1928

Fred Woods MoGenWeb-Livingston County, MO

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