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 Willis Franklin Cude

Willis Franklin Cude

Montgomery County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Nov 1932 (aged 88)
Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Pearsall, Frio County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 10642779 · View Source
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Willis Franklin Cude;

Willis Franklin Cude was born on April 4, 1844 and died on November 7, 1932.

Willis enlisted on Sept. 23, 1861 in Brownsville, TX. at Ft. Brown. He is listed as 17 years old on his enlistment record. His enlistment officer was Capt. John Donelson. His term of enlistment was for 12 months. The Cavalry valued Willis' horse at worth $50.00 and his equipment at $ 15.00.

On the muster roll of June 1, 1862 Willis is listed as "On detached service with Coast Guard." (Note, I don't think this is the Coast Guard as we know it today. The Coast Guard was a group of men that were assigned to watch the coast for Union vessels that might be approaching.) In June of 1862 he was paid $39.20 for use of his personal horse.

On the muster roll of June 30, 1863 it is reported that Willis was a prisoner of war and that he was captured on June 21, 1863 at LaFourche Crossing. Evidently Willis had reenlisted on June 26, 1862 under Capt. Donelson while at Escondido. His period of enlistment was listed as "War", evidently meaning for the duration of the war.

On the roll of Aug. 1863 he is still listed as a prisoner. On a "Regimental Return" record dated April 1864 Willis is listed as " Detached with Capt. Cloud. "Duty not known".

There is something confusing about these records because other records show that he was paroled as a prisoner on July 25, 1865. Perhaps he was captured a second time.

On May 1864 he is reported as " On furlough for twelve days since May 30, 1864. Record 5 - Not dated, but may be a prisoner of war exchange.

His father was William A. Cude, born 1801 in Tennessee and him mother was Lilly Ellen Winters, born Dec. 19, 1822 in Tennessee.

Willis was married to Mary Elizabeth Harrell.

Source: "The Trail Drivers of Texas"





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