Major James W. Gunn

James W. Gunn

1805 – 1875

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- Descendents -

1. James W. Gunn

2. H.F.

3. Mary Gunn

4. Sarah Gunn Lewis

5. William Daniel Gunn

6. Elisa Hardwick Gunn

7. James M. “Jamie” Gunn

8. Nancy McMullen Gunn Johnson

9. William E. “Midge” Johnson

10. Evander Dorsey Gunn

11. Jefferson C. Gunn

12. Johnson Gunn

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1. Major James W. Gunn

1805 – 1875

One time, long ago, in a new frontier world, in a Southern Colony of the British Empire named Georgia their lived James W. Gunn, my great-great-great grandfather, who had two daughters and five sons. This is their story and a story of my research. Here is the evidence of their lives. 

I found James W. Gunn and his children in dusty court house record rooms, state archives microfilm and beginning in 1987 on the Internet.  No memory of Major Gunn was know in my family until the 1970′s, when I  unearthed his buried paper trail at the Georgia State Archives in Atlanta.  James Gunn first started showing up in land and military records in 1829 in Henry and Monroe counties Georgia. These documents have been a portrait for me.  I do have few faded photographs of these early ancestors, thanks to the Internet and the good people I have met on it.

The purpose of this BLOG is to further the evidence on my Gunn lineage. I am seeking proof of the parents of Major James W. Gunn.

According to the 1850 Pike County Georgia census, James W. Gunn was born in 1805 in South Carolina. 

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1850 Pike County Georgia U.S. Census (1.)

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1850 Pike County Georgia U.S. Census (Part 2)

 On May 15, 1821, the State of Georgia, created Fayette, Henry, Monroe, Houston and DooleyCounties from the Creek Cession by the Act of January 8, 1821.  In order of creation these were the 49th, 50th, 51st, 52nd and 53rd counties as settlers expanded westward into the Creek Nation, as the indegeous people who inhabited these lands for centuries were driven westward by the government.

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Georgia Counties 1777- 1932

The following year of 1822 the county of Pike was created from original Monroe County due to the Act of December 9, 1822. Again on December 24, 1825, the County of Butts was created from parts of original Henry and Monroe counties.

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Captain James W. Gunn

James W. Gunn’s earlest apperance in Georgia is in 1829 when he was made captain of Georgia’s 540th GMD, known as “Gunn’s District” by Governor Johns Forsyth the 33rd. governor of Georgia. (1827 – 1829)

The 1829 Pike County Georgia Tax Digest shows James Gunn paying a poll tax on 4o2 acres of the 3rd. District Land Lot 70 in Pike County Georgia. 

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Pike County Georgia Tax Digest

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1829 Pike County Georgia Tax Digest

He then appears as a 1st Seargent on a roster of the Florida Wars in Wilson’s Company, Ross’s Mounted Battalion, Georgia Militia. This conflict was know as the Indian War & Disturbances.

1st. Sgt. James W. Gunn

1st. Sgt James W. Gunn

Seargent James W. Gunn

Seargent James W. Gunn – The Florida War

On April 4th, 1832 he was commissioned by Governor Wilson Lumpkin to the rank of Captain in the 490th Militia District of Henry County which later became Spalding County in 1851. 

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Captain James W. Gunn 49th District Georgia Militia

Three months later, on July18th, he was again commissioned by Governor Lumpkin from the State Capitol at Milledgeville, to the rank of Major over the 114th. Battalion of Henry County Georgia, that included both the 490th and 540th.GMD’s that he had been captain over.

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Major James Gunn – Georgia Militia

It was in December of this same year that James W. Gunn participated in Georgia’s 1832 Land Lottery.  He drew land lot # 286 in the 3rd. section, 6th district of Original Cherokee Countyat the time of this drawing. 

On July 2, 1838 the State of Georgia issued an official land grant, signed by Governor George R. Gilmer on land lot # 286 in the 6th District of original Cherokee County to James W. Gunn.    James was living in “the 3rd. Section known as Gunn’s District” , the 3rd. District of Henry County Georgia. The reason for the six year delay in issuing Jame’s grant was due to the governments removal of the Indians from these regions for settlement for white settlers.  Today this piece of land he drew in Cherokee County is located in Gordon County, near the Cherokee Capitol of New Echota.   

1830 Land Grant

Cherokee County Land Grant

He drew land lot # 286 in the 3rd. section, 6th district of Original Cherokee County. Today this is Gordan County.

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Cherokee County Georgia

In 1832 James W. Gunn was living in Henry County Georgia in “Gunn’s District” and drew land lot number 401, 3rd. district in the second section of Cherokee County which is present day Gordon County, Georgia. This is the time of the Indian removal genocide of the Georgia colony. He was living off the McIntosh Trail on the border of present day Spalding and Butts County, between Griffin and Indian Springs when he drew this land.

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Cherokee County Georgia 6th District 3rd. Section

That year was also the beginning of the Cherokee’s  tragic “Trail of Tears”.  Commanded by General Winfield Scott and 7000 men, the Cherokee’s were rounded up like cattle, their property stolen, and they were driven on a death march from their beloved land to waste land beyond the Mississippi in Oaklahoma.

Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears

On  September 18, 1833 in Pike County Georgia is the Muster Roster of the Georgia Militia 129th Battalion  Alexander Gunn was elected as Major to fill the vacancy of Hamblin Landers. William H. Gunn and D. Gunn is also listed in this Roster of over one hundred men. These Gunns are no doubt related to James W. Gunn, but so far I have not been able to prove their connection.

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Georgia Militia – 129th Batallion

129th Batallion

Georgia Militia – 129th Battalion

In the followering year of 1833, according to the 1850 Pike county census James married a woman listed only as “H.F”.  Their first child, a daughter, Mary M. Gunn was born shortly afterward.  In the year 1834 another daughter Sarah A. Gunn entered this Georgia frontier. 

Then came first son William Daniel Gunn, who was born in Butt’s CountyGeorgia on May 15th., 1835.  Three years later James M. Gunn, a second son was born in this new county of Butts.

A Roster in the Georgia Archives of February 13, 1836 of Wilson’s District Company of The Butt’s County Calvery list James W. Gunn.

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Butt’s County Georgia Calvery – Wilson’s Company

  James W. Gunn and his children Mary M., Sarah A., William Daniel, James M., Evander Dorsey, J.C., and Doct. J. Gunn appears on “Poor School” records in 1843, 1853, 1854 and 1858 in Pike and Spalding County, Georgia (Document Available) A third son was born to James and H.F. in 1842 in Butt’s County, Georgia.  He was named Evander Dorsey Gunn.

The forerunner of the Public School System in Georgia was known as “Poor Schools.  Children Mary M., Sarah A. and W.D. Gunn attended Poor School in the 1001 GMD of Pike County in 1843 (Document Available)

Jefferson C. Gunn was born in 1846 and one year prior to the 1850 Federal Census baby boy Doct. J. Gunn was born.The census taker of the 1850 Census found the Gunn Family at Home in the 68th district, GriffinCity, of Pike County as follows: Listed was J.W. Gunn age 48 M - White -  Mechanic – 150 property – born in South Carolina. Wife H.F._?_      age 47  F  born in Georgia. Children: Children: Mary M. Gunn     17F, Sarah A. Gunn 16 F, W.D. Gunn 15 M,  J.M. Gunn  11 M, E.D. Gunn  8 M, L.C. Gunn  4 M, Doct. J. Gunn 1 M.

Note: Their is  an enumeration error made when this information was given to the census taker placing the Gunn children on a different  line than their parents. This confuses parentage.  (Document Available)

James W. Gunn’s occupation is shown as a mechanic in this 1850 census. This occupation seemed to be carried on by his son’s William Daniel, James M. and Evander in their employment at the Graves Bucket Shop in Greenfield Georgia in Colquitt County before their induction into the Confederancy.  It’s possible that they were mechanics on steam engines. James W. Gunn is listed in the 1850 Pike County, Ga. census as being born in South Carolina.

James W. Gunn is listed on the 1850 Tax Digest in Griffin City. (Document Available)

The very next year on December 20, 1851 the State of Georgia once again changes county boundaries creating the county of Spalding out of Fayette, Henry and Pike counties.  Griffin City was located in Pike County until the county boundary changed placing it in Spalding.

The year 1853 finds James W. Gunn paying taxes in the 1001 GMD of Spalding county.  He owns $450.00 worth of personal property, no real estate and no slaves. (Document Available) In November 3rd of the year 1853 the Gunn children are in Spalding County Poor School.  (Document Available)

 69   James M. Gunn     Age: 15 years

1853 Spalding County Poor School Transcription

 70  Avandee (Evander) Gunn      Age  9 years

 71  Lewis C.M. (Jefferson C.) Gunn   Age 7 years

These were returns of poor and indigent children between the ages of 8 and  16 years old in the 1001 GMD. On November 5th., the followering year of 1854 a parents return of children in Poor School listed James W. Gunn as a parent with children in School in the 1001 GMD, GriffinGeorgia, the county of Spalding as:

“James W.Gunn  and  3 children in School.”  (Document Available)

The three children in school at this time was probably sons Evander, L.C. (mispelled JeffersonC.) and Doctor J. The years before the Civil War erupted, the Gunn brothers W.D and James M. had migrated southward in Georgia where new counties where being created, they married and began their own families.

Oldest son William Daniel Gunn married Elsa Hardwick from Muscogee County Georgia in 1857.  On September 2, 1857 William Daniel moved to Worth County Georgia according to Elsa’s pension application.

The 1858 Spalding County Poor School record listed:

“Major Gunn and 2 Children In School.” (Document Available)        

This record shows one hundred fifty-two children enrolled in school at this time.  The children who still lived at home and attending “Poor School” was Jefferson C. and Doctor J. Gunn.  (Document Available)

James W. Gunn’s name again appears on the 1858 Tax Digest of Pike County, Georgia. (Document Available)

The 1860 U.S. census is silent on Major James W. Gunn.  Son William Daniel had moved to Worth County in 1857. His younger brother James M. Gunn is listed at age 22 is on line 215 of the Colquitt County Georgia census in the town Greenfield  with wife Nancy (McMullen) age 16, giving his occupation as steam mill hand.  Dwellings 205 thru 214 was left blank by the census taker and notated as being “UNOCCUPIED”.  The owner of this unoccupied dwellings was handled by was an agent for owner Thomas G. Mitchell.  It is possible that James M. Gunn was leasing land from Mitchell.  Joel S. Graves, the properitor of The Barrel Shop is seven lines below on line___. (Reference, The Story of Greenfield) START 5-1-2011

 Fourteen years later James showed up on the Pike County, Georgia Tax Digest.  James W. Gunn migrated southward with these sons around the time the Civil War had began.  (Document Available)

Some of Major Gunn’s family migrated to south Georgia to the Brooks-Colquitt counties area near the town of Greenfield. Greenfield is a ghost town today.  Major Gunn’s sons William Daniel, James M., Jefferson C., Evander Dorsey Gunn enlisted in Co. “C” 61st Georgia at McDonald Georgia. Today McDonald is known as Pavo.

His son James M. Gunn never returned home after being released from the Yankee prison at Ft. McHenry, in Baltimore Maryland in 1865. On January 19, 1861 Georgia succeded from the Union.  On April 12, 1861 the American Civil War began at Fort SumterS.C.

The “Dog Days” of August 1864 finds son William Daniel and Evander back at work in Joel Graves Bucket Shop in Greenfield Georgia. They were working under contract for the Confederate Navy, making barrels to be shipped up to Albany Georgia for meat packing. Son James M. Gunn was in Maryland’s Fort McHenry Yankee prison. Johnson Gunn was on some battlefield.

Major James Gunn is shown living with son Johnson Gunn on the 1870 census. This is four years before the murder of Evander Gunn by his brother Johnson.  Major Gunn was sixty nine years old when his son was killed. I have found no records on him since the 1874 fratacide.

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Major Gunn Living with Son Johnson Gunn 1870 Census

 Nine years later during Reconstruction days on  February 28, 1874 a horrible tragedy struck this family.  The Thomasville Times reported the murder of Evander Gunn by his brother Johnson Gunn.  This killing took place at the home of their father, Major James W. Gunn.  The newspaper listed their residence at the “lower part of Colquitt County on the Brooks County Line”.   Father James W. Gunn  mentioned in this news story would be age 72.

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Brothers Death

Major James W. Gunn’s life as far as records, paper trails and additional evidence as to his where abouts end here.

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2. Mary Gunn

Oldest Daughter of Major James M. Gunn
1831 – Unknown 
Mary

According to the 1850 census, Mary Gunn was born in 1831. No further information has ever been found on Mary.

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3. Sarah A. Gunn

Second Oldest Daughter of Major James W. Gunn

1832 – 1909

Lewis & Sarah

My cousin Wanda Tillman of Lakeland Florida sent me a photo and information on my great-great-grand aunt Sarah A. Gunn:  Sarah was born June 7, 1833 and died September 15, 1909 and is buried at Salem Baptist Church in Pavo Georgia.  ” She was the older sister of James M. Gunn, and the second child of Major  James W. Gunn. She married Lewis W. Humphreys of Pike Co. Ga. and moved to the Pavo area of Thomas Co. Ga. around 1861.  Private Lewis was in the Moultrie, Co. H. 50th Infantry, captured at Gettysburg July 2, 1863, paroled Feb. 1865.  I am attaching a photo of Sarah and Lewis.  He died in 1907, and the photo was about that time. Although the photo was not identified, I knew it had to be Sarah and Lewis, as my eighty two year old aunt Margie, here looks just like Sarah. I was given the photo in 2005, by great Aunt Rosa’s daughter here in Lakeland, Fl. Rosa’s mother Mollie Treadwell Humphreys Walker, was the wife of Sarah Gunn’s son Robert b-1876, my great Grandfather. He was murdered there in Brooks Co. in 1910.  Mollie then married Thomas Walker and moved to Lakeland. I thought I had already sent the photo to you.  If I had not I certainly meant to.  I found a ninety year old second cousin of my Humphreys line in St. Augustine five years ago. She knew little about Sarah and Lewis. I visited her on two occasions, and on the second I took the mystery photo I just mentioned.  Mine had the bottom torn off.  Hers was complete and had Mrs. Humphreys written on the bottom.  I almost fell from my chair when she pulled it out of a huge box. “

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4. William Daniel Gunn 

Oldest Son Of Major James W. Gunn
1836 1903

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William Daniel Gunn, the oldest son of Major James W. Gunn was born in May of 1836 in Butt’s County Georgia.  His date of birth is recorded in the 1900 Colquitt County U. S. census. His place and date of birth is also recorded in his widow Elisa Annie Hardwick Gunn’s pension application  to the state of Georgia Confederate Pension Board that was filed in 1903.

On September 2, 1857 William Daniel Gunn  married Elisa Annie Hardwick in Worth County Georgia. Elisa Hardwick is enumerated on the 1850 Muskogee County Georgia census  as head of household, a widow with three children; Elisabeth M. age seven born in Augusta, Thomas age five born in Augusta, and Georgia age one born in Muskogee County Georgia.  

On September 2, 1857 William Daniel Gunn  married Elisa Annie Hardwick in Worth County Georgia. Elisa Hardwick is enumerated on the 1850 Muskogee County Georgia census  as head of household, a widow with three children; Elisabeth M. age seven born in Augusta, Thomas age five born in Augusta, and Georgia age one born in Muskogee County Georgia.  

William Daniel Gunn  is listed in the Pike County Georgia Poor School records in 1843 along with siblings.  He is also listed in the 1850 Pike County Georgia census in his family. He is listed in the family of James W. Gunn in the 1850 Spalding County Tax Digest living in Griffin City, GMD 1001. The 1001 GMD was previously located in Pike County but due to the creation of Spalding County it was then located in this new county of Spalding.  (Document Available)

On November 3, 1853 W.D. along with siblings appear on Poor School records in the 1001 GMD of Griffin City, Spalding County Georgia. The following November of 1854 they also are recorded as being enrolled in Poor Schools. in this county. (Document Available)

In 1857 the family migrated down to Worth County Georgia as recorded in Elisa Hardwick Gunn’s pension application.  In 1857 W.D. marries Elisa Hardwick as mentioned in Elisa’s pension application.

 According to Elisa’s pension application they were living in Brooks County Georgia in 1861. [CONTENT]

In September of 1900 the Colquitt County Federal census  records their first child William J. Gunn who was born in 1860. Where was W.D. on the 1860 Federal Census?

On September 10, 1861 William Daniel Gunn military service record shows him enlisted in the 61st. Georgia Co. “C’, “Wiregrass Rifles” CSA from Quitman Georgia.  He was on the October 31st. and December 31st. muster. On September 24, 1862 he was given an honorable discharge for medical reasons.  His certified medical disabilities were asthma and near sightedness.

In 1864 W.D. was employed with younger brother Evander at Joel Graves Bucket Shop at Greenfield Georgia in Colquitt county. These brothers were hired under a Confederate naval contract making barrels to be shipped up to Albany Georgia for meat packing purposes.  Note to self: Where was W.D. on the 1870 Federal Census?

The “Dog Days” of August 1864 finds son William Daniel and Evander back at work in Joel Graves Bucket Shop in Greenfield Georgia. They were working under contract by the Confederate Navy, making barrels to be shipped up to Albany Georgia for meat packing.

On February 24th, 1874 W.D.’s brother Johnson Gunn killed brother Evander Dorsey Gunn in lower Colquitt County near Berlin Georgia. This incident was reported in the February 28th edition of the Thomasville Times. Note to Self: Where was W.D. on the 1880 Federal Census?

On October 18, 1876 William Daniel bought land lot # 4 containing 490 acres in the 8th District of Colquitt County Georgia near the town of Doerun from Samuel Madison of Elbert County Georgia.  He paid Mr. Madison $400.00 for the lot parcel.  Deed recorded in Book C page 328 in Colquitt County Superior Court on November 4, 1877.

On February 13, 1890 W.D. Gunn sold the above parcel of land to William A. Price of Colquitt County Georgia for $300.00.  

William D. Gunn is listed on the 1900 US Census in the 432 and 538 GMD of Irwin County Georgia. This was three years prior to his death in 1903. His date of death is listed on his wifes Elisa’s Pension Application.    He also states on this census that his father Major James W. Gunn was born in Scotland, and the birthplace of his mother was in Georgia. Only one child is living with him and Elisa and that is son William J Gunn and his wife Molly. Their six children are William J., John F., Clifford V., Aldjoina M., Charlie A., Walter F. and a housekeeper named Bettis Froupe. This federal census was enumerated on July 20, 1900. Their residence is the 432 and 518 GMD’s of Irwin County Georgia on page 27A, Sheet 27, Supervisors District 41, Enumeration District No. 46.

William Daniel Gunn died October 23, 1903 in Irwin County Georgia according to Widow Elisa Hardwick’s pension application that was filed on July 28, 1904. Brooks County Georgia TAX Digest 1874 -77 660 GMD, Morven Georgia District 12 Land Lots 173, 174, 150, 151, 142,152. Note: In 1878-1882 William Gunn still in the Brooks Tax Digest.

 Brother William Daniel had enlisted in this same county at the little town of Tollokon, Georgia on the seventh of this same month.

On December 26, 1862 son William Daniel Gunn received a medical discharged from the 61st. Georgia at Jekyll Island Georgia due to asthma and nearsightedness.

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William Daniel Gunn MSR

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William Daniel Gunn MSR

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William Daniel Gunn MSR

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William Daniel Gunn MSR

 

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William Daniel Gunn MSR

 

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William Daniel Gunn MSR

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William Daniel Gunn, Colquitt County Georgia Deed

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William Daniel Gunn, Colquitt County Georgia Deed

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4. Elisa Hardwick Gunn

Wife of William Daniel Gunn
1838 – ????

Elisa

Elisa filed for her Confederate widosw pension in 1930, that states says she was a bona fide resident of the state of Georgia except for a period of two years in 188_. This may explain why she and W.D. were not on the 1880 Georgia federal census.

Elisa Annie Hardwick is enumerated on the 1850 Muskogee County Georgia census, as head of household, with three children; Elisabeth M. age 7 born in Augusta, Thomas age 5 born in Augusta, and Georgia age 1 born in Muskogee County Georgia. 

This wife of William Daniel Gunn was born December 18, 1838 in Muscogee County Georgia. She married William Daniel Gunn September 2, 1857 in Worth County Georgia. Their daughter Minnie Haney was born in 1898. Son William J. Gunn was born on September 1, 1860. Daughter Molly E. was born April 1, 1867 in Florida. 

Widow Elisa Hardwick Gunn filed a pension application with the Confederate Pension Board in Atlanta through the Ordinary’s Office of Colquitt County Georgia and she was found disable and qualified for a pension under the Confederate Pension Act of 1900. John Sloan and Henry Alderman, men that served in the Wiregrass Rifles with her husband were witnesses. Physicians J.I. Wilson MD and W.R. Smith MD examined her and found her qualifying for her pension.

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Elisa Hardwick Gunn CSA Pension

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Elisa Hardwick Gunn CSA Pension

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Elisa Hardwick Gunn CSA MSR

 

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William J. Gunn (Seated)

William J. Gunn son of William Daniel Gunn was born September 1, 1860 married Mollie in 1842, she was born April 1, 1867 in Florida.

 William J. Gunn was born September 1, 1860.  He married (1) Minnie Haney, daughter of John Haney and Greenie Wilkes.  She was born 1898.  He married (2) Molly E. Unknown 1842.  She was born April 1, 1867 in Florida.

Descendent Sue Eckmann Gunn of San Francisco says William James Gunn was a carpenter by trade. Children of William Gunn and Minnie Haney are:   Henry Wade Gunn, born March 24, 1932 in Lakeland, Florida; died October 20, 1986 in San Francisco, California, Agnes Marylou Gunn, Effie Gunn, Debra Rose Gunn who married Jed Hill.

Children of William Gunn and Molly Unknown are: William J. Gunn, born 1885.  John F. Gunn, born May 1, 1888. Clifford V. Gunn, born July 1, 1890, Aldjonia H. Gunn, born May 1, 1894. Charlie A. Gunn, born October 1, 1896, Walter F. Gunn, born March 1, 1899,  Otis Gunn, born 1901, Genevea Gunn, born 1903,  Morris Gunn, born 1905, Carl Gunn, born 190

William J. Gunn  Born: September 1, 1860 +1393 Minnie Haney  Born: 1898. Children:  Henry Wade Gunn    Born: March 24, 1932 in Lakeland, Florida  Died: October 20, 1986 in San Francisco, California. Nancy Marie Ternullo   Born: July 27, 1932 in San Francisco, California Died: October 31, 1986 in San Francisco, California. Debra Rose Gunn  Born: October 5, 1955 in San Francisco, California. David Russell Hill   Born: 1956  Married: June 12, 1976 in St. John Ursuline Church, San Francisco California  Daniel David Hill Born: August 18, 1977                           

Rebecca Rose Hill   Born: January 20, 1980 Cynthia Ann Gunn    Born: December 31, 1958 in San Francisco, California. Andrew Hill  Born: 1958 in San Francisco, California.

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7. James M. “Jamie” Gunn 

    Son of Major James W. Gun
1838 – 1866

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James M. Gunn was born 1838 in Butt’s County Georgia. His place of death is unknown. He was released from Fort McHenry Military prison  on May 21, 1865. On his Amnesty Oath he gave his place of residence as Montecello in Jefferson County Florida. His widow married William E. Johnson in 1866 at Hopewell Baptist Church in Colquitt County. He never returned home and his grave has never been found.  I call  him “Jamie” to ease the confusion with the many “James” in this family lineage.

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James M. Gunn 1860

 Greenfield Georgia

The 1860 U.S. Census  finds James M. Gunn and Nancy living at Greenfield, Georgia.  He was employed as a steam mill hand with Joel Graves Bucket Shop.  James is listed as age 22 and Nancy at 16.

On September 10, 1861, Jamie enlisted in the Wiregrass Rifles, Co. “C” 61st. Georgia in Brooks County at Bethel Church.  His Captain was James McDonald.

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James M. Gunn CSA Military Service Record

In the spring of 1862 son Jamie appears on various muster rolls of Co C, 61st. Georgia and was paid by Captain Davenport.

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James M. Gunn CSA MSR

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James M. Gunn CSA MSR

In the fall of 1862s son Jamie  appears on muster rolls with his company listed as extra duty, working as a butcher.

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James M. Gunn CSA MSR

In July 9, 1864 at the Battle of Monocracy in Maryland son Jamie Gunn was taken prisoner and transported to U.S.A. General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he was treated for dysentery.

On May 9, 1865, Jamie was transferred from USA Hospital at Baltimore too Ft. Mc Henry and released.  He was released to return to Montecello Florida in Jefferson County, he  listed as his residence.

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James M. Gunn CSA MSR

On July 9, 1864 Jamie was captured at Monocracy, Maryland.  Under his commander Jubal Early they were attempting to attack Washington, D.C.  Their mission was to capyure President Abraham Lincolm and several key members of his cabinet and hold them as hostages. Union General Lewis Wallace, who later wrote the novel Ben Hur, thwarted Jubal Early’s attack at Monocasy.  Jamie Gunn was transported as a POW to the Federal Hospital in Frederick, Maryland.  On July 25, 1864 he was transferred to Baltimore Maryland to the U.S.A. General Hospital W. Bldg., Baltimore, Maryland.

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James M. Gunn CSA MSR

In September 1864 Jamie Gunn’s wife, Nancy McMullen Gunn received “Salt Rations” for her and child James Wilson Gunn back in Colquitt, County while her husband Jamie MGunn was in Fort McHenry military prison in Baltimore Maryland.

On April 9, 1865 Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. That May 11th Pvt. James M. Gunn of Co. “C”, 61st. Georgia Vols signed the Oath of Allegiance at Fort McHenry Military Prison at Baltimore, Maryland.  He was then mustered out at the prison gates and walked out never to be seen again by his family and friends.  He left behind his wife Nancy and his only son, James Wilson Gunn. His military service record indicates that he intended to go back to Monticello Florida, where he gave his place of residence as being.

James M. Gunn signed the US Oath of Alliegance on February 21, 1865 at Ft. Mc Henry in Baltimore Maryland.  Back home in Greenfirld, Georgia the Graves men also signed thuis same oath.  Two months later on April 9, 1865 at Appromatix Court House Virginia, Robert E. Lee surrendered his tattered army to General Grant.

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James M. Gunn Oath of Allegience

I have no further evidence as to what happened to my Great-great Grandfather Private James M. Gunn after he walked out the gates of Ft. McHenry in Baltimore.

Pvt. Jamie M. Gunn of Co “C” 61st Georgia was released from Ft. McHenry military prison twenty-seven days after President Lincoln was assinated by John Wilkes Booth.  Booth was killed at Garrets Farm in Virginia on April 26, 1865. The other conspiritors were hung  at the old Washington Arsenal Penitenitary on July 7, 1865. The Washington D.C. – Baltimore Maryland area was no place to be for a South Georgia Rebel at this time. Strangely enough Jamie’s only child James Wilson Gunn, my great grandfathers nicknames was – Wilkes.

I  had a friend who is from Baltimore, who was formerly with Army Intelligence,  investigate the disappearence of Jamie Gunn. Here is his report:

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Agent Kuppe’s Report

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Agent Kuppe’s Report

All five of Major Gunn’s son enlisted in Confederate Units in Colquitt-Thomas and Spalding counties Georgia.

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8. Nancy Mc Mullen

Wife of James M. “Jamie” Gunn
Wife of William E. ‘Midge Johnson
Daughter of Wilson McMullen
1846 – 1919

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Nancy McMullen was born April 7, 1844 in Georgia. She married James M. Gunn at Greenfield Georgia. Nancy appears with husband James Gunn on the 1860 U.S. Census living in Greenfield Georgia in Colquitt County. She is sixteen years old. As the Reconstruction era began, Major Gunn’s daughter-in-law Nancy McMullen Gunn wife of his son James M. Gunn was made a widow when her husband Jamie didn’t return from a Yankee prison in Baltimore Maryland.   She remarried in 1866 William E. ” Midge” Johnson. 

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William E. Johnson served in the 11th. Ga., Calvary with Jamie’s brother Evander Gunn.   Nancy and William Johnson was married by Rev Duke Pope at the old Hopewell BaptistChurch on the Quitman Highway in Colquitt, County. 

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Out of Nancy’s marriage to William E. Johnson was born Daniel, Brink, and Luke Johnson.  James Wilson “Wilkes” Gunn was the only Gunn child in his mothers second marriage.  According to my mother Jennie Gunn Richardson, when his stepfather and mother died the land that was originally his fathers went to his Johnson step-brothers and Wilson received nothing.  This injustice left a bitterness in Wilson that followed him to the grave. In 1923 when Wilson Gunns grandchild Jennie Gunn was attending Culbertson School, Howard Johnson was living on the Gunn Place. This property is located in the Autreville 1445 GMD on land lot # 385.

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Nancy Gunn’s Land

Nancy McMullen was a daughter of Wilson Mc Mullen and Martha Gandy. She was born April 7, 1844 in Thomas  county Georgia. Descendent Cecil Gains shares the following McMullen family history.

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James Mc Mullen brother of Wilson McMullen

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James Mc Mullen brother of Wilson McMullen

 

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James Mc Mullen brother of Wilson McMullen

Cecil Gains and I corresponded over this Gunn-McMullin connection seeking answers over the paternity of Major James W. Gunn and the Cherokee intermarriage.

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Ceicil Gaines 2

 In 1861, Nancy’s first husband James M. Gunn was inducted into Co “C” 61st Georgia CSA  at Bethel Church near Pavo Georgia and shipped north. Pavo was known as McDonald Georgia at that time. Nancy appears on a Colquitt County “salt list” in 1866 during the war.  This was a salt allotment for wives whose husbands were serving in the Confederacy. Jamie was captured and held in Ft.McHenry military prison in Baltimore Maryland in 1863.  In 1865 he was released, but never returned home.

Nancy’s father Wilson McMullen was in the same Confederate unit as James and died of pneumonia at a hospital in Manassas Virginia on September 21, 1862.  Her brother Henry P. McMullen also died in that war. Nancy lost a husband, a father and a brother in that bloody strife.

Nancy’s sister Julia Ann married Artaxeses Norman in Colquitt County Georgia one of the Norman Park Norman’s. In 1866, a year after Appomattox, Nancy remarried, William E. Johnson.  William McMullen was in a home guard unit with her husband Jamies brothers Evander and William Daniel Gunn

The 1870 census, shows Nancy living with William Johnson and her son by James M. Gunn, Wilson Gunn,  James and a new child of hers and Williams named – Daniel.  James Wilson was 9 years old and Daniel age 1. Nancy is age 25 and William’s age is 24. William E. Johnson had the nick-name of “Midge”, as shown on one record. This census was recorded with them living in the Rankin District of Brooks County Georgia. It was  a Quitman Georgia Post Office address. They were enumerated on June 24, 1870 on page 17 and the 109 th Dwelling and Family Number.

On June 8, 1880, Nancy appears with family living in Brooks County Georgia on the 1880 Census, in the 656 GMD. 

On October 5, 1888 Nancy purchased a deed to the property of Jane F. Cooper which was 50 acres  of LL#385 in ColquittCounty. Nancy McMullen-Gunn-Johnson has two deeds in her name for when she bought and sold her property on file at the Colquitt County Courthouse in Moultrie Georgia.

Deed
Nancy Johnson Deed – Grantee

In 1903, Confederate Veterans had a reunion in Moultrie, on the Courthouse steps. Possible, Johnson, William Daniel, Jefferson C. and Johnson Gunn along with William E. Johnson may be in this picture. Ony two or three of these gentlemen are identified.

1903

1903 CSA Vet Reunion, Colquitt County Georgia

On September 15, 1906 Nancy sold her property to sons William and Sam Johnson for $100.00. J.J. Wilkes and W.B. Boyd signed as witnesses. Six years later on August 20, 1912, William E.Johnson, her second husband passed. He was age 72.

Deed

The Gandy family history mentions Nancy McMullen – Gunn’s  marriage to James Gunn and William Johnson.

McMullen

McMullen-Gandy History

 

McMullen

McMullen-Gandy History

McMullen

McMullen-Gandy History

Nancy McMullen Gunn Johnson departed this life January 19, 1919. I have not been able to locate her grave as well as husbands Jamie Gunn and Midge Johnson.

On June 30 1862 while husband James M. Gunn was in Virginia with the 61st. Georgia Co. “C”,  brother-in-law Evander was discharged from the 5th. Georgia at Saltillo, Mississippi for being under age.  He was seventeen years old.

On December 26, 1862,  brother-in-law W.D. Gunn was discharged from Co. “C”, 61st. Ga. at Brunswick, Georgia due to asthma and vision problems.  He served thirteen months with the Wiregrass Rifles.

In 1863, husband James M. Gunn’s former employer Joel Graves at the Graves Bucket Shop, in the current day ghost town of Greenfield, business was confiscated and placed under the Confederate Navy for the production of buckets to be made and shipped to an Albany, Georgia meat packing house supplying the Confederate Army.

Nancy’s brother-in-law William D. Gunn was with Co. “C”, 11th, Ga. State Guards of the Thomas County Calvery when her sons signed the  Shipping Articles of the Confederate Navy and was exempted from duty in the Army.  His brother Evander also signed these articles, which allowed them both to work in Joel Graves Bucket Shop.

On July 9, 1864  husband  James M. Gunn was captured at Monocasy, Maryland.  With commander Jubal Early  his unit were attempting to attack Washington, D.C. and kidnap Abe Lincoln and his Cabinet.  Union General Lewis Wallace, who later wrote the novel Ben Hur, thwarted Jubal Early’s attack at Monocasy.  Jamie Gunn was transported as a POW to the Federal Hospital in Frederick, Maryland.  On July 25, 1864 he was transferred to Baltimore Maryland to the U.S.A. General Hospital W. Bldg., Baltimore, Maryland.

Husband James M. Gunn signed the US Oath of Alliegance on February 21, 1865 at Ft. Mc Henry in Baltimore Maryland.  Back home in Greenfirld, Georgia the Joel Graves men also signed this same oath.  Two months later on April 9, 1865 at Appromatix Court House Virginia, Robert E. Lee surrendered his tattered army to General Grant.

On May 9, 1865, Jamie  Gunn was transferred from USA Hospital at Baltimore too Ft. Mc Henry and released.  He was released to return to Montecello Florida in Jefferson County, listed as his residence.

James M. Gunn never returned home and in 1866 his wife Nancy Gunn married William E. Johnson at Hopewell Baptist Church.  This “Bill” Johnson served along side Evander and William Daniel Gunn in the 11th. GA Calvery.

In 1869 Daniel Johnson was the first born of Nancy and Bill Johnson.  Wilson was nine years old when his half-brother Daniel Johnson was born.  Wilson’s nickname was Wilkes.  This nickname may be because Wilkes County Georgia is the first county the Gunn’s settled in when coming to into this state from the Carolina’s. Or remotely possible, after John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abe Lincoln,  due to his fathers involvement with the war in Baltimore Maryland. To many Southeners Booth was a hero. On June 30 1862 while James M. Gunn was in Virginia with the 61st. Georgia,  Evander was discharged from the 5th. Georgia at Saltillo, Mississippi for being under age.  he was seventeen years old.

On December 26, 1862, older brother W.D. Gunn was discharged from Co. “C”, 61st. Ga. at Brunswick, Georgia due to asthma and vision problems.  He served thirteen months with the Wiregrass Rifles.

In 1863, Jamie Gunn’s former employer the Graves Bucket Shop was confiscated and placed under the Confederate Navy for the production of buckets to be made and shipped to an Albany, Georgia meat packing house supplying the Confederate Army.

Her uncle William D. Gunn with Co. “C”, 11th, Ga. State Guards of the Thomas County Calvery when they signed the  Shipping Articles of the Confederate Navy and was exempted from duty in the Army.  His brother Evander also signed these articles, which allowed them both to work in Joel Graves Bucket Shop.

Nancy McMullen Gunn Johnson died in April 1919 and her place of burial remains a mystery.

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9. William E. “Midge” Johnson

Second Husband of Nancy McMullen
18?? – 19??

Farmer

James M. Gunn never returned home and in 1866 his widow Nancy McMullen Gunn married William E. Johnson at Hopewell Baptist Church.  William Johnson served along side Evander and William Daniel Gunn in the 11th. GA Calvery, a home guard unit.

In 1869 son Daniel Johnson was the first cild born to Nancy and Bill Johnson.  On the 1870 Brooks county Georgia U.S. census they were living in the Rankin District of Brooks County Georgia which is a community below Quitman. Wilson was nine years old when his half-brother Daniel Johnson was born. 

The 1880 census finds this family living in the 656 GMD of Brooks County Georgia.

The next census they show up on is the 1900 census. they are living MoultrieGeorgia.

By the time of the 1910 census they have moved to Autreyville in south Colquitt County Georgia. 

On August 20, 1912, William E.Johnson died.  He was age 72.

On the January 19, 1920 census taken after William E. Johnson’s death Nancy is living with her two sons in the 1445 GMD of Autreyville. (Document Available)

A descendent furnished these Bible records.

Bible

William E. Johnson

Bible

William E. Johnson

Bible

William E. Johnson

Bible

William E. Johnson,

Bible

William E. Johnson

 

Bible

William E. Johnson

Bible

William Johnson

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10. Evander Dorsey Gunn

Son of Major James W. Gunn
1842- 1871 
Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

Evander Dorsey Gunn was born 1842 in Butt’s County Georgia. He died february 21, 1874 in Quitman, Brooks County Georgia. He married Laura Meadows in 1869. Laura was born August 13, 1851 and died September 11, 1936 in Sylvestor Georgia. The headstone above at Wrights Chapel in Sylvestor Georgia, was put down by a descendent in a collateral Gunn line a few years ago as a tribute to his life. I am told by descendent Lucinda Hudson, Evanders descendent that Evander is not buried in this cemetery. 

Their children were James Washington Gunn who married Carrie Hufstetler. Walter Charles Gunn born March 11, 1872 marrying Sally Elisabeth Gillis and his death was in 1936. Sally was born July 6, 1867 and died June 27, 1950. Unknown Gunn born April 13, 1874 in Worth County, Georgia and died May 22, 1944 in Worth County Georgia. He married Anzor Scott born July 21, 1867 and died at home in Ty Ty Georgia on July 4, 1950. S.G. Gunn

Evander D. Gunn enlisted in Co. “B” 5th Georgia unit known as the “Griffin Light Guards” in Pensacola, Fla.  In the Brooks County Tax Digest he is living in 30 Morven, 660 GMD. Vance  Gunn and Johnc Gunn is also listed.

Younger brother Evander D. Gunn enlisted in Co. “B” 5th Georgia unit known as the  “Griffin Light Guards” in Pensecola, Fla.

In Spalding County, Georgia Evander D. Gunn, one of three of Major Gunn’s boys enlisted in Co. “B” 5th. Ga. Infantry, known as the ” Griffin Light Guards” in Pensecola, Florida.  He enlisted underage, at 16 years old.

Later that Fall in September 7, 1861, son Evander’s enlisted in the Confederacy in Brooks County Georgia, in the little town of To­llokon.  He enlisted in Co. “C” 61st. Georgia Regiment.  Three days later on September 10th., son James M. Gunn enlisted in the nearby town of Bethel Church, also in Company C of the 61st Georgia.  He was probably conscripted from a group of men from Joel Graves Barrel manufacturing business in Greenfield Georgia which is outside of Moultrie, in Colquitt County.  

 The 61st. Infantry Regiment which was also called the 26th. Regiment that Major Gunn’s sons William Daniel and James M. joined up with, after receiving basic training at Fort Bethesda, outside of Savannah Georgia was assembled at Char­leston, South Carolina, in May of 1862. It was formed by using the 7th. Georgia Battalion as it’s nucleus.  The men were from the counties of Irwin, Tattnall, Brooks, Bulloch, Montgomery, Bibb, Quitman and Wilkes.

This regiment was ordered north in June of 1862. They arrived at Petersburg, Virginia with 1,000 officers and men.  During the war it was brigaded under Generals Lawton, John B. Gordon, and C.A. Evans, Army of Northern Virginia.  It participated in many conflicts from the Seven Days Battles to Cold Harbor, then went with Early to the Shenandoah Valley and fought in numerous engagements around Appomattox.  This regiment sustained 36 causalities at Gaines Mill, 63 at Second Manassas, 114 at Sharpsburg, and 100 at Fredericksburg.  It lost thirty-seven percent of the 288 at Gettysburg and sixty-five percent of 150 at Monocracy.  The 61st. surrendered with no officers and 81 men of which only 49 were armed.  It’s commanders were Colonel John H. Lamar; Lieutenant Colonels Charles W. McArthur and James Y. McDuffie; and Maj­ors Peter Brenan, Archibald P. MacRae, Henry Tillman, and James Van Valkenburg.

The 5th. Georgia Infantry, Company “B”, that Evander Gunn enlisted in was called the Griffin Light Guard that was in the Army of the Tennessee and was organized in Spalding County Georgia in May of 1861.  It was attached to the War Department of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.  It served in the Pensacola Florida Campaigns, the defense of Savannah and from Murfreesboro to Atlanta. Major James W. Gunn and family may have been still living in Spalding County at the time of Evander’s enlistment in Company “B” of the 5th. Georgia.

n July 30, 1862 son Evander Gunn is giving a discharge from Co. B, 5th. Georgia Infantry at Sailitto Mississippi which is outside of Tupelo.  He is listed as a Private in Captain W.J. Duffy’s Company.  His discharge shows that he was born in Butt’s County in 1842.  He was discharged for being underage.  His age at the time of this discharge was seventeen years old.  The physical descrip­tion showed Evander to be 5′ 6″ high, fair complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair,and his occupation was listed as a mechanic

The following summer of August 4, 1863 Evander Gunn who one year previously had been discharged from Co B of the 5th Georgia shows up in Moultrie, on a muster roll in the 11th. Georgia Calvary, Co. C of the State Guards, a home guard unit.

Evander

Evander Gunn MSR

 

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

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Evander Dorsey Gunn

  

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

 

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

 

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

Evander

Evander Dorsey Gunn

On the 1870 U.S. Census Evander is listed as living in the 14th District of Worth County Georgia at Isabella Georgia. He was living with his wife Laura. This was four years before his death.

1870 Census

1870 Evander Gunn census

 

Murder

Evander Dorsey Gunn Murder

 

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 11. Jefferson C. Gunn 

Son of Major James W. Gunn
1847 – 1930

Jefferson C. Gunn

On Fourth oldest brother Jefferson C. Gunn I have the smallest amount of information . The 1850 Pike County U.S. Census has him listed as “L.C” Gunn which is an error. He was enlisted in the same CSA unit, Co. C., 61st Georgia as the other four Gunn brothers. Evander and Johnson Gunn was in other company units as well as Co. “C” 61st Georgia.

Pension

Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

 

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Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

 

 

Pension

Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

 

Pension

Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

 

Pension

Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

 

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Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

 

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Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

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Pension

Jefferson C. Gunn CSA Pension Application

  

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12. Johnson Gunn

Son of Major James W. Gunn

1847 – 1930
Drummer

A CSA Drummer Boy
(Not Johnson Gunn)

Johnson Gunn was born in 1846 in Georgia and married Martha Ann Selph in Brooks County Georgia in 1870. He may have died as late as 1955. His second wife was Palestine Bush who was born in Dodge County Georgia on July 3, 1888. She married Johnson in 1913 and died December 4, 1956 in Crosland Georgia. Their children were James Gunn born April 13, 1874 in Worth County, Georgia, died December 4, 1956 in Crosland Georgia. James Gunn born 1870, John D. Gunn born 1875, Rachel Burke born February 1876, married April 5, 1896 in Telfair County Georgia. Sarah Gunn born 1878, W. Kinchen born 1872 married in 1891 Dodge County Georgia. Francis Frank Gunn born January 23, 1879 died January 2, 1935. Flora  Jacquelin McLeod born July 30, 1883, married May 14, 1899 in Telfair County Georgia. Robert Lee Gunn born April 6, 1891 died April 4, 1961, Lizzie Gunn born 1888, Missie Gunn born 1880,  Dick Gunn, Norman D. Gunn born 1910, Otis J. Gunn born 1912, Elsie M. Gunn born 1914, Sallie Mae Gunn born 1916, Charles B. Gunn, Lena Maude Gunn born October 7, 1917 in Telfair County Georgia, June 1983. Wilbur Lamar Castleberry born November 24, 1909, died September 24, 1909, died September 24, 2001, Dorsey David Gunn, Maggie befelia Hustettler born 1911 in Worth County Georgia. 

Johnson Gunn is listed on the 1850 Pike county Georgia census as Doc. Johnson.  He was three years old. This record is corrupted, but all the children in this family are intact as a group. Johnson was the last child born. I have been unable to locate him on the 1860 census.  He would have been fourteen years old. His older brother James M. Gunn is listed as living in the Greenfield community of Colquitt County, working for Joel Graves Bucket Shop. Graves was a wealthy Northerner and a Minister of the Gospel.

Johnson Gunn enlisted in local Confederate companies. Johnson Gunn enlisted back in Griffin Georgia as a Drummer Boy  with the Spalding 2nd Independent Infantry Battalion D, Spalding Greys.(Document Available)

The Thomasville Times reported that on March 30, 1874, the Colquitt County Grand Jury found a true bill against Johnson Gunn for the murder of his brother Evander Gunn.

Bush

Palestine Bush Gunn
2nd Wife of Johnson Gunn

Johnce

Johnson Gunn 1930 US Census

 

Patsy
Patsy Bush – Johnson Gunn’s Wife

 I found a story about a domestic matter on Johnson Gunn on August 30, 2012 from 1978 in the Augusta Evening News that was also published in the Columbus Enquirer.

 
Newspaper

Columbus Enquirer 1878

An expanded version of this story shows up in the Macon Telegraph newspaper.

Johnson Gunn

Johnson Gunn – Macon Telegraph

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GUNN DNA

Cousin Charles Gunn supplied a DNA sample for Y-Chromosome testing. This test according to Gunn DNA Administrator Cheryl Maxwell links us to Thomas Gunn and Sarah Boatwright Gunn of Amelia County Virginia. The test still has not helped me to find Major James W. Gunn’s father.  Finding Major Gunn’s father is the is the purpose of this BLOG.

DNA

Charles Gunn DNA Sample

  

DNA

Gunn DNA Test

 

DNA

Gunn DNA Test

 

Haplogroups

Haplogroups

 

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Title: James W. Gunn – Pike County Georgia
Post by: GunnSon on June 25, 2008, 10:03:36 PM


James W. Gunn, Pike County Georgia, b. 1805, married Elisabeth Crawford
James M. Gunn, Butts County Georgia b. 1838, MIA POW CSA, May 11, 1865, married Nancy McMullin, b. April 7, 1844, d. January 19, 1919, Georgia.
James W. “Wilkes’ Gunn, b. August 25, 1860, d. May 10, 1922, Berlin Georgia, married Dicie Anna Lucinda Norman, married Laura Parks.
Henry Moses Gunn, b. July 1, 1881 in Madison County Fla., d. March 15, 1976 in Polk County Florida. married Jencie Isabella Hunt, b. January 16, 1885, d. August 8, 1863.
Jennie Gunn, b. February 29, 1912 in Colquitt County Georgia, d. August 3, 1995 in Union City Georgia, married James Prophet “Jake Richardson b. February 28, 1908 in Alexander City Alabama, d. May 24, 1994.
Ronald Everett Richardson, b. July 26, 1944 in Moultrie Georgia.


Title: Re: James W. Gunn – Pike County Georgia
Post by: Carrie on June 26, 2008, 11:25:25 AM


Hi, GunnSon.  Your pedigree has been added to the Gunn Patriarchs Page:  http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/g/gunn/pats.html

Carrie


Title: Re: James W. Gunn – Pike County Georgia
Post by: GunnSon on January 07, 2009, 12:05:49 PM


Does anyone know if a genetic signature has been established on the James W. Gunn that is recorded on the 1850 Pike County Georgia US Census?

Thanks,

Ron Richardson

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9 responses to “Major James W. Gunn

  1. This work encompasses almost four decades. Their will always be more of this story to discover. I hope this BLOG inspires some future generation to continue what has been a labor of love for me.

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  3. Correction: Way back in about 1987 when the Internet first kicked off I posted this erroneous fact: I posted that our Major James W. Gunn was the child of Daniel Franklin Gunn and Susan Street Gunn of Jones County Georgia. Later research proved this to be false. It is false because that James W. Gunn was killed by a Mr. Palmer circa 1838. Their may be a connection between Major Gunn and these Jones County Georgia Gunn’s but Daniel is not the correct Father. The Jones County Georgia Gunns descend from John & Mary Gunn of Caswell County North Carolina. Their is a family of these Gunn’s in Butt’s County Georgia where our brothers William Daniel, James M., and Evander Gunn were born.

    • I have found Johnson Gunn mentioned in the 1878 Columbus Georgia Enquirer newspaper as being in Augusta Georgia involved in some kind of domestic relations dispute.

  4. Hello Folks. I show up on the Comments Reply section of this BLOG I created occasionally just to make sure it is still working. Somewhere within a 20 mile radius of Griffin Georgia are clues to our Gunn ancestors yet to be unearthed. They were living in the Griffin area prior to migrating to Worth-Thomas-Brooks-Colquitt Counties. It is possible these Gunn brothers worked with the railroad. I have two records listing them as “mechanics”, plus the fact William Daniel, Evander and my James M. worked for Joel Graves Bucket Shop at Greenfield Georgia that had a steam engine for making buckets. Today, Greenfield is a Colquitt County Ghost Town.

  5. Derek

    Hi, my family says my great-grandmother, Catherine Columbia Gunn, who married John Jackson Selph, was the daughter of Johnson Gunn and a woman named Quinnie Spires (later Turner). We have a few records that name him as her father, but no records that Johnson was ever married to Quinnie. Quinnie was definitely Native American. I have living relatives who remember her, and our pictures of Catherine confirm she was very dark. Is there any mention anywhere of Johnson having another family or maybe an illegitimate child?

    • Hi Derek: Think you and I have communicated years back. I spoke with a lady whose name I forget about the very same questions your asking. After many years of going at this Gunn genealogy I am firmly convinced that the Gunn’s interbred with Native Americans, probably Cherokee, but this is a hard thing to prove. I believe the H.F. listed on the 1850 Pike County Georgia U.S. Census is the squaw Johnson’s father Major James W. Gunn was married to. Of course Quinnie could be another Native American link. I have had DNA Y-chromosome testing done on our Gunn’s, but their is a DNA test that proves NA heritage I have not had done. Many Native Americans had several different wives and no formal marriages recorded. I would like to see any images you may have of our people if you do not mind sharing. I would like to know more of their story.

      • Derek

        Can do. I have 2 photos of Catherine and a death certificate listing Quinnie Turner (she married Hiram Turner later) as mother and Johnson Gunn as father. Catherine was definitely part NA, and my grandfather, Thomas Jackson Selph, was pretty dark too. Rarely shaved, either :)
        Catherine Married John Jackson Selph, son of Freeman Selph, and my granddad was one of their many children.
        My email is morgan.derekt at gmail dot com. send me an email and I will reply with the photos and docs that I have.
        The story in the family is that Quinnie came to GA from NC or VA, and that she was Cherokee. That would make sense. Someone told me long ago, it may have been you, that Johnson fought the Seminoles (who came from Creeks and other groups) after the Civil War.

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