Renfro's Company, CSA Mrs. A. E. Armstrong, Confederate Widow's Pension Application # 22549, Shelby Co, TX
James Boucher Armstrong married Aletha Elson Soape on December 18, 1845, in Marshall County, Mississippi. Aletha Elson Soape Armstrong was born in Cannon County, Tennessee, and lived to 102. The couple moved to Texas in 1847. They had 12 children, including Viola E., Sarah E., Mary A., William, Lucy, George, James Hamilton, Thomas S., Bascom Y., Joseph E., Carrie L.
James served about 12 months in the Civil War, enlisting in Renfro's Company in the Fall of 1863 and serving until he was discharged in the fall of 1864. He was detailed as wagon master or teamster, and hauled Confederate supplies from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Waco, Texas. He was discharged after being elected to an office in Panola County, TX.
Mrs. Armstrong's application does not identify in which company Mr. Armstrong served. Civil War service records list a James B. Armstrong in Company E, 2 State Troops, Texas, CSA, who was detailed to haul cotton on November 25, 1863; however, this may not be the same person.
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 censuses, Panola County, TX
Mrs. A. E. Armstrong, Widow's Application for a Pension, # 22549, Tenaha, Shelby County, Texas, approved September 1, 1913
"Oldest Texas Woman Passes to Eternal Rest," The Champion, December 5, 1928, reprinted in Mildred Cariker Pinkston, Obituaries of Early Pioneers, Shelby County, Texas, Center: Center Printing Co., 1985, II:151-152
James Boucher is my GG grandfather. In her application for a pension, Aletha Elson Soape, his wife,says," My husband enlisted in Renfro's Co.organized, I think, in Shelby Co, but he, James Boucer Armstrong, was deailed as Wagon Master and hauled governm...(Read more) -
Anonymous Added: Apr. 21, 2011