A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Charles Anderson MIDKIFF (1839 – 1919)

Source: Midkiff, Charles Anderson Sr. Photograph. C. 1918. Reprint in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, Spokane, Washington. 2008.

How Related: My husband’s 2nd-great-grandfather

Born: 25 May 1839 in Lincoln (now Moore) Co., Tennessee

Parents: Franklin Preston MIDKIFF (c. 1800 – c. 1839) and Ellender “Nellie” OLIVER (c. 1807 – c. 1849)

Siblings: Sarah Ann (1826 – 1912); unknown sister (b. c. 1825 – 1830); Elizabeth Carrie “Betsey” (1830 – 1912); William Franklin (1833 – 1920); John Rufus “J.R.” (1835 – 1909); and unknown brother MIDKIFF (b. c. 1836 – 1840)

Married: 24 July 1859 to Mary Emeline WILBOURN (1839 – 1923) in Grayson Co., Texas

Children: William Preston (1862 – 1936), Charles Anderson, Jr. (1865 – 1948), Louanna Ellen “Annie” (1868 – 1940), John Franklin (1870 – 1926) – my husband’s ancestor, Ethel Susan (b. 1874), Thomas Jefferson “Tex” (1879 – 1941), and Mae MIDKIFF (b. aft. 1879 – d. young)

Source: Compiled Service Record Jacket of Charles Midkiff. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication M323. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 15 June 1862 at Whitemound, Grayson Co., Texas in D.W. Baker’s Company (Co. A), Hardeman’s Cavalry (1st Regiment, Arizona Brigade, 31st Cavalry); private

Side served: Confederacy

Discharged: unknown

Biography or Information of Interest: Orphaned at a young age, Charles was apprenticed as a boy several times, including to John HAMILTON, his sister Ann’s husband. As a young man, he followed his brothers and sister Betsey to East Texas, where he met and married his wife Mary.

“William Polk Hardeman, a former Texas Ranger, organized the unit [Hardeman’s Bridgade] early in the war with the purpose of serving with General Henry Hopkins Sibley in Sibley’s proposed Confederate invasion of New Mexico and Arizona. After engagements at Val Verde in February 1862 and Glorietta in March, the First Texas Cavalry returned to their home state. The honorific, “Arizona Brigade,” was added to the unit’s official designation, even though later enlistees served only within the boundaries of Texas.” –from Midkiff: A Texas Family, Town and Way of Life by Mary Lou Midkiff. Midland, Texas: Oleo Publishing. 2005.

After the war, they moved to Oklahoma Territory, where several of their children were married and began their families. In the early 1900s, Charles, Mary, and some of their grown children removed to West Colorado, where Charles tried his hand in farming. He was badly injured when a pair of mules ran away with him and he was caught under the wagon, breaking his leg. With the deep winter snow and his crippled leg, he decided to sell the farm around 1913 and removed again with the extended family to Northern California.

Died: 14 September 1919 in Chico, Butte Co., California

Source: Unmarked grave location of Charles Anderson Midkiff, Sr., Chico Cemetery, Chico, Butte Co., California. Digital photograph taken at the request of Miriam Robbins Midkiff by Find A Grave photo volunteer “Laural N. D.” Digital copy in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, Spokane, Washington. 2006.

Buried: 16 September 1919 in Chico Cemetery, Butte Co., California in Wilbourn Family Plot (Garden 12, Section B, Lot 32, Space 10). Grave unmarked.

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