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Jacob Lucas Abshire
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1837
Botetourt County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 1912
Monroe County
Kentucky, USA

Son of Randolph & Sarah Cook Abshire

Moved to Monroe County in 1858 from Smith County Virginia where he had been working as a carpenter.
Married Mary Ann Williams on January 16th, 1860
Their daughter Martha Frances was born October 27th, 1860

October 3rd, 1861 at the age of 24 Jacob Lucas Abshire joined Company K, 5th Regiment Kentucky Cavalry, Union as a Private. He owned his horse and it was valued at $80.00 On June 27th, 1862 he was made 1st Sergeant of Company K, a rank he held throughout the war. On August 21, 1862 in the action in Gallatin, Tennessee against the troops of John Hunt Morgan his horse was captured in action but he was able to "capture one in place". The 5th Kentucky Cavalry participated in many skirmishes and battles from 1862 into 1864. By the time of the fall of Atlanta they had become a seasoned and able Regiment and because of that were selected to be part of Sherman's March to the Sea and from there into the Carolina's.
An indication of his health and durability is demonstrated by his being shown as 'present' on all the Muster Rolls up until the time of his discharge. War Department Records show that he was in command of the company from February 2nd to February 28th, 1865. The 5th Kentucky Cavalry was engaged in the Carolina Campaign at that time. He Mustered-out with the Regiment in Louisville, Ky. May 3rd, 1865.

He returned home to his wife and daughter.
The 1870 Census shows him to be farmer with a growing family. Added to the family were Sarah Jane born 1866, Thomas Madison born 1869.
The 1880 Census shows him to be a carpenter and having added two more children to the family. Nancy Elizabeth born 1873 and Eva Catherine born 1877.

Family records in also tell of him working as a tanner with his brother in law before the war and that beginning in 1884 ran a sawmill in Tompkinsville. He was well respected in town and was a member of the Christian Church, a Republican but not a Prohibitionist.

He did apply for a veteran's Invalid Pension on October 23, 1879 by Application 317,500 and it was granted by Certificate 294,871.
After he died Mary applied for a Widow's Pension on August 26, 1912 by Application 992,357 and it was granted by Certificate 749,876. Copies of the applications can be obtained from the National Archives. 
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  Mary Ann Williams Abshire (1833 - 1913)
Old Soldiers Cemetery
Monroe County
Kentucky, USA
Maintained by: Randy Jobe
Originally Created by: Turner (inactive)
Record added: Apr 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18800551
Jacob Lucas Abshire
Added by: Turner (inactive)
Jacob Lucas Abshire
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Civil War Veteran: Sgt Jacob L Abshire Co K 5 Ky Cav USA 1837-1917
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 Added: May. 17, 2010

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