Carolyn Ericson

1614 Redbud Street

Nacogdoches, Texas


           Kissin Kuzzins is an East Texas query column entering its 43th year. It appears weekly in two East Texas newspapers: The Lufkin Daily News and The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. Queries are free, but they must pertain to a Texas ancestor. They may be submitted by e-mail, snail mail or by FAX to 936-552-8999. Please remember to include your snail mailing address

August 17, 2014

         The following sketch was taken from REMINISCENCES OF THE BOYS IN GRAY, 1861 - 1865, p. 403

         F.D.L. KIMMEY, Lufkin, Texas — Born March 31, 1840 at Daleville, Ala. Entered the Confederate Army Nov. 21, 1861, at Sabine Pass, Tex. As private in Company C. In a battalion. My first Captain was J. S. Irvine, and my first Major was J. B. Likens. Speight’s and Griffin’s Battalion were consolidated at the reorganizing station and made a regiment. A. W. Speight was made Colonel, and my first company was made E, with W. C. Gibbs as Captain. I was elected First Lieutenant, which position I held till the close of the war.

         Was in the battles o Fordoche and Calcasieu Pass.

         My company was at Bolivar Point, near Galveston, in charge of that post, and I was Post Adjutant, and was Post Commissary at the “breakup.” We were disbanded at Beaumont, Texas on May 1, 1865. I was in the army from Nov. 21, 1861 to May 1, 1865.

P. 219

JOHN C. FALL, Nacogdoches, Texas – born near Chireno, Nacogdoches County, Tex., July 22, 1841. Enlisted in the Confederate Army July 1861, at San Augustine, Tex., as Third Sergeant in Company K, First Texas Infantry, Hood’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, B. F. Benton, first Captain and L. T. Wigfall, first Colonel.

         I was discharged in December, 1861 and sent home to die with consumption, but regained my health and joined the army again in Colonel O. M. Robert’s Regiment, Eleventh Texas Infantry, Captain M. Mast’s Company a. Was elected First Lieutenant and served until the close of the war in May, 1865. Was in the battle of Burbo Bayou, La., also at the battle of Fort DeRussy on Red River.

         Was captured at Fort DeRussy, March 14, 1864, and was sent to New Orleans and remained in prison until July 22, when I was exchanged at the mouth of Red River.

         My Regiment was a part of Randall’s Brigade, Walker’s Division, (known as the ‘gray hounds’) for he marched all over Louisiana, Arkansas and part of Texas.

         My ancestor, Ephraim COON was apparently listed in NACOGDOCHES COUNTY FAMILIES as having no feet. He was my third great-grandfather and I had never heard this story. Does anyone have proof of this fact?

         My great-great grandfather, Christopher F. Winder, was briefly mentioned in a Timpson Masonic Lodge biography that said he had a “splendid Civil War record.” I can find no record of his service at Fold 3, Ancestry, or anywhere on the internet. Even a Google search avails nothing. Have you ever seen anything about his service?

         My third great grandfather, Peter “Mc” Winder, father if C. F., above, was listed by many with his middle name as “McFadden Christopher” making his whole name a mouthful – Peter McFadden Christopher Winder. The only legal documents I can find – death certificate of son Peter Jr. And re-issued birth certificate of daughter Nannie Mae plainly state the middle name as “McCartney” and that name has also been used by later descendants s well. Does anyone have proof of what Peter’s M initial stands for? Once again, I have searched everywhere (1826-1906 Nacogdoches, Pleasant Hill Cemetery) Would appreciate any help.

         K. Shelby Boyett <>

Another early obituary:

         Alto, Texas June 10, 1900 – William L. LATHAM, age 76 left Alto yesterday morning about 8 o’clock to visit his sons at Forest, ten miles south of this place. He was met four miles from town by Mr. Starling walking and leading his horse. He complained of a hurt in his back. Mr. Starling helped him on his horse. About 5 o’clock in the evening the horse came back. Mr. Emery Walters and Mr. George Crouch went in search. They found him five miles from town lying in the road dead. From all appearances he must have died shortly after Mr. Starling met him. Is remains were interred in the Harrison cemetery from this place this evening. [William Jeff Latham, Sr., born 1828, died 9 June 1900, buried Armstrong-Harrison Cemetery, Cherokee County, Texas]