LTC William Logan Rynerson

LTC William Logan Rynerson

Birth
Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Death 26 Sep 1893 (aged 65)
Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID 91922393 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Civil War veteran, rancher, lawyer, Lincoln County District attorney. He shot Chief Justice John P. Slough (Find A Grave Memorial 5079) on Dec. 17, 1867, mortaly wounding him, and was acquitted on grounds of self defense.

Civil War: Co. C, B, Field & Staff, 1st CA Infantry and Quartermaster's Corps U.S. Volunteers

He enlisted as a 1st sergeant in Amador County, CA, Aug. 1, 1861 and was mustered into Co. C, 1st CA Infantry, Aug. 26. 1st Sergeant Rynerson was discharged Feb. 8, 1862 to accept a commission as a 2nd Lieut. and transferred from Co. C to Co. B. He was appointed regimental adjutant May 9, 1862 and transferred from Co. B to Field and Staff. He was promoted to 1st Lieut. Aug. 6, 1862. Lt. Rynerson accompanied the CA Column on its' long march across the Mohave and Sonoran Deserts in the Spring of 1862 and was posted in NM Territory. Lt. Rynerson was discharged from the CA Volunteers June 30, 1864 to accept a commission as a captain in the US Volunteers where he was appointed an assistant quartermaster. Capt. Rynerson was brevetted a major March 13, 1865 and later that same day he was then brevetted a Lt. Col. He mustered out of the Quartermaster's Dept. US Volunteers Nov. 3, 1866. After the war he remained in NM.

The following suggested by:senior_v (#48472674).
"Originally from Kentucky, Rynerson moved west to California and tried his hand at mining before studying law. When the Civil War started, he enlisted and wound up in Mesilla. He permanently moved to Las Cruces where he was appointed district attorney in Doña Ana and Lincoln by his law-school friend (and territorial Governor) Samuel Axtell. He sided with the Murphy/Dolan faction in the Lincoln County War and was a chief opponent of Billy the Kid, moving his trial from Lincoln County to the unfriendly county of Doña Ana."
-bio courtesy of Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang http://www.billythekidoutlawgang.com

William Logan Rynerson first married Pilar Cerea about 1863. They had a daughter, Cosette Rynerson born Jul 1865. Pilar died shortly after her birth and Cosette was sent to Indiana to live with family. He married second, Luciana Pope, the widow of the Honorable John Lemon who was killed in a riot at La Mesilla, NM. They had two sons, William Logan Rynerson Jr, and Henry L Rynerson.



Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Maintained by: SLJ
  • Originally Created by: In the Dust of Stars
  • Added: 14 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91922393
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC William Logan Rynerson (22 Feb 1828–26 Sep 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91922393, citing Masonic Cemetery, Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by SLJ (contributor 46607581) .