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 Proctor Mandeville Burns

Proctor Mandeville Burns

Dallas County, Missouri, USA
Death 16 Apr 1918 (aged 77)
Dickens, Taney County, Missouri, USA
Burial Taneyville, Taney County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 38375486 · View Source
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MM- 2nd. Lieut. Co.F. 8 Mo. Vols.

Married Tabitha Agnes McKinney on Oct. 26, 1862. Certificate of Marriage is recorded on 28 October 1862 in Polk County, Missouri. They had 9 children.

Proctor was my gg grandfather. Proctor served in the Civil War on the Union side. He ranked in as a private and ranked out as a Second Lieutenant. His military unit was the Missouri Cavalry, 8th regiment, Company F and Company M. On June 25th, 1863 he was appointed ordinance officer of the 1st brigade cavalry division dept.

His mother Lavina passed away sometime in October of 1863. She was a widow when she passed away. Proctor, who was serving in the Civil War at the time, requested and was granted a 30 day leave so he could go home and take care of his siblings who were still young at the time of their mother's death. Proctors' father had already passed away in 1858 so there was no one left to take care of the younger children and that is why Proctor had to go home. Proctor requested and was granted an early release from service in order to go home and take care of his younger siblings. He was officially honorably discharged on 28 March of 1864 as a 2nd Lieutenant.

In the top photograph to the right are Tabitha and Proctor. Proctor at the time was 29 years old and was a deputy circuit court clerk. At another time Proctor was a surveyor in Bolivar, Polk County, Missouri.

Proctor was "married" three different times but only one of his marriages was legal and that was his marriage to my gg grandmother, Tabitha, his first and only legal wife. Proctor and Tabitha were never divorced. Around the turn of the 20th century, Tabitha moved from Missouri to California with their minor children. Some of their adult children already lived in California. Proctor was supposed to follow her to California but never did.

Proctor stayed in Missouri and "married" two other women. I do not believe that either woman realized that he was already married to someone else. Proctors' two other "wives" were named Martha J Elam and Rena (Arena/Arlena) Martin Gideon. He had married one of his "wives" but she had "run off". Proctor "married" Martha J. Elam on October 5th, 1906. They are listed in the 1910 U.S. Census as living in North Marion, Christian, MO. He was 69 years old and Martha was 28 years old at the time of the census. That would have made Martha almost 40 years younger than Proctor. Apparently, Martha was the one the that "ran off". Proctor then "married" Rena Gideon on August 13, 191?. Rena's first husband Thomas died in 1913 so Rena had to have married Proctor somewhere between 1913 and 1919. Rena remained with Proctor until the time of his death. Rena was 20 years younger than Proctor.

There is record of Proctor obtaining a divorce from Martha Elam in Forsythe, Mo. but there is no record of him ever obtaining a divorce from Tabitha.

At the time of his death it came time to collect his military pension. As Tabitha was still legally married to Proctor, Tabitha was the recipient of his military pension.

Proctor was part Cherokee Indian. Proctors' grandmother was full blooded Cherokee Indian and her name is believed to have been Jellica Jane (or Anjelica Jane) Burns.

Proctor died of 'Apoplexy".

Proctor's certificate of death is recorded in Swan Township, Taney County, Missouri No. 15888 dated 20 April 1918.


on back= Husband of Tabitha Agnes McKinney





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