Searching your ancestors’ Civil War records? You never know what you might find!

Note from moderator: Some time ago, before my move to Missouri temporarily engulfed my life, I had an interesting set of exchanges with Shelby Harriel, who had posted a comment beneath Ed Payne’s post, “Jasper Collins and the Ellisville Patriot.” After conducting extensive research on her family,  Shelby was astonished to discover that several of her Mississippi ancestors had fought for the Union during the Civil War. “Being a Southerner to my very soul, it’s been difficult to understand and accept,” she wrote. Determined, however, to understand rather than dismiss (or hide) her kinfolk, she quickly realized that the Civil War South was anything but unified over secession from the Union.  In email messages to Ed and me, she further digressed on her fascinating journey into the past. With her permission, I am publishing her letter describing what she learned about the Civil War service of her Smith, Harriel, and Bounds ancestors.

Vikki Bynum

First of all, this all started when my paw paw’s first cousin, Mr. Hollis Smith, began sharing with me the history of our families.  He was born in 1915 and actually remembered talking to his Civil War relatives.  When asked why they fought for the Union, he looked at me as if I were crazy and replied, “They didn’t believe the Union should be dissolved!”  He provided me with a copy of the picture I have attached.  Sadly, Mr. Hollis passed away in September at the age of 95.

From left to right:  Telfair (Mr. Hollis’ grandfather), Thomas R., Nimrod “Peter” (standing), John Lampkin, and Sherrod Smith.

I have the service and pension records for all of these men.  I have service records for a Sherrod Smith of the 17th Battalion Cavalry but am not sure if the soldier was the man in the picture or their first cousin, also named Sherrod.

Thomas rose to the rank of sergeant in Co. G, 1st New Orleans Infantry (Union). He was 5’8″ with light colored hair and green eyes and was 21 when he enlisted.  I have found a T.R. Smith of Co. B, 7th Battalion MS Infantry from Jackson County which is next to Harrison County where the Smiths were from at the time, so I have assumed this is “my” Thomas R. Smith.  His enlistment is given as April, 1862 but his record states “absent without leave having never reported.  Nor correctly reported….should be marked deserted.”

John Lampkin was 22 when he enlisted in the same regiment, Co. H. He was 5’11” with black hair and blue eyes. He died in a hospital in Carrollton  of small pox in January, 1865. There is a rumor that he wasn’t actually the soldier that died of small pox in the hospital but switched identities with another soldier and went on to be a professional gambler in New Orleans when he was shot in the back and killed over a game of cards. For some reason, I don’t feel that is true.   There appears a John L. Smith of Co. B, 7th Battalion MS Infantry with the same information as Thomas’.

Pete is a mystery. When I sent off for his papers, I received records for an “N.J. Smith” of Co. B, 3rd Mississippi Infantry. Those were his initials, and that was a unit raised in this area, but this particular soldier was listed as having been “severely wounded” on July 20, 1864 at Peach Tree Creek and died on July 24, 1864, in a Macon hospital. But Pete survived into his 80’s. Mr. Hollis swore up and down that Pete never served, but yet he applied for a pension in 1924 where he claimed to have enlisted in the 3rd MS Infantry in 1863 (he would have been 16 even though he definitely doesn’t look that young in the picture!). The officers listed on the application are correct, and the pension was granted. Two Confederate headstones were applied for, one for the 4th MS Cavalry. According to the application, he enlisted in 1861 with no discharge date. And then there’s another application for a headstone where the regiment is the 3rd MS. According to this document, he enlisted in October, 1863, and was discharged April 26, 1865. I sent away and received papers for a “Peter Smith” of the 4th MS Cav. But I don’t think this is the same person because this unit was formed in another part of the state. However, it was at Camp Moore, Louisiana, which is about an hour and a half away from here. I suppose he could have served in both. So that leaves the question of the soldier “N.J. Smith” who was killed outside Atlanta. Even though Mr. Hollis said he didn’t fight, he was granted a pension in 1924. At any rate, I’ve concluded that Pete did fight due to the fact that the pension was granted, and his two older brothers fought against him for the Union, one of whom, Thomas of course, signed as a witness on his pension application!

The Smiths had two first cousins, Reuben and Rufus, who served in the 3rd MS Infantry.   Both appear as AWOL at certain times, but they also show up as having been sick.  So it doesn’t appear that they deserted and joined the 1st NO like their cousins.  It seems that Unionist loyalties are connected through family ties.  However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with this branch of my family.

While doing this research, I took a look at the rosters of the Union unit Thomas and John Lampkin joined out of New Orleans. Lo and behold, there appeared the name of one Reutilus Hariel, Jr. in Co. G (The army misspelled my paw paw’s name by putting an extra “r” in it when he went to fight in WWII. He liked it and kept it.). His name was spelled every way imaginable, but that was him, the man of whom I am directly descended. He went with the Smith brothers to New Orleans and joined with them.  Unlike the Smiths, I could not find him in a Confederate unit prior to his enlistment in the 1st NO.  At any rate, after being told my entire life that we had no direct ancestors who fought, I found out three years ago that wasn’t true. After telling Mr. Hollis of my discovery, he just laughed because I think he knew all along but didn’t want to tell me that my direct ancestor fought for the Union. As for my direct family, I think it was known at some point but was covered up over the years until it became forgotten. Reutilus, after all, died in his 40’s.  His father, Reutilus Sr. is another family mystery.  We don’t know where he came from or what happened to him.  He rode off to work on the telegraph lines one day and never came home.  Neither he nor his horse were ever discovered.  We believe he was robbed and murdered because he is rumored to have always ridden the finest horses and wore the finest clothes.

There was another man named William Bounds whose sister married Reutilus Jr. While looking for his Confederate records, I kept coming up empty. Later, I found his name with those of the Smith brothers and Reutilus. Now it made sense why his headstone wasn’t pointed. He wasn’t a Confederate. He was in Co. I of the 1st NO and was listed as a deserter as of Jan. 13, 1866.  He was cleared of the charge in 1886.

Thomas, Reutilus, and William are all buried together in a cemetery about five miles from where I live. It’s kind of funny because they’re buried in the middle of the little cemetery while everybody else is buried along the fence row and away from them. I wonder if that’s on purpose. At any rate, according to Mr. Hollis, the Smith’s mother made it known she did not want to be buried near her Yankee son, and she’s not. She’s buried in another cemetery a couple of miles away, along with Pete, her Confederate son.  I don’t know where, exactly, in New Orleans John Lampkin is buried.

After doing more research on William Bounds, I have found out that he is the son of John E. Bounds and Nancy Sumrall.  Rumor has it that John was harboring Confederate deserters and run out of the county because of it.

I have discovered that William had two brothers who joined the 1st NO with him:  James and Addison, both of whom were 6’3″! James had red hair and black eyes. I hope I can find a picture of him one day. Addison had light colored hair and blue eyes. William was just under six feet with red hair and green eyes.

Addison made corporal.  As a part of the provost, he was detailed to escort prisoners to Fort Jefferson in the Tortugas, beginning in February, 1866. I read where most prisoners there were Union deserters. Talk about irony…..my Southern-born ancestor fighting with a Union unit based in New Orleans and guarding Yankee deserters.   Addison himself appears to be a Confederate deserter as I found an “A. Bounds” of Co. B, 17th Battalion Cavalry from Harrison County.  He was enrolled in April, 1862 and listed as present.  However, that’s where the records for that particular unit end for him.

In addition to housing Yankee deserters, Fort Jefferson was also the prison where Dr. Samuel Mudd was sent. He was there the same time as Addison.

I could not find a Confederate unit for James unless I overlooked something.

These Bounds had first cousins, Richard and John Clark Bounds of Jasper County, who were in Co. K, 37th MS Infantry.   They were the sons of Addison Bounds, brother of John E.  Richard was wounded in 1862 and sent to a hospital in Holly Springs.  He was paroled after Vicksburg and then was listed as AWOL February 9th, 1864.   I don’t have his 1st NO records yet, but they’re on the way.  John was on detached service and missed out on the whole Vicksburg experience.  His records show he was paroled at Meridian in May, 1865.   So why did he choose to remain loyal to the Confederacy instead of deserting and joining the 1st NO like his brother?  I wonder if he knew that Richard had deserted and joined the Union.

I have in my notes a Joseph A. Bounds listed as a brother of Richard and John Clark.  There is a Joseph A. in Co. F, 19th MS who served in Virginia throughout the war, but I don’t think these are the same men.

There were other relatives to the Bounds listed above:

There is a Stephen, Solomon and George Washington Bounds who all served in Co. H, 3rd MS Infantry.  George Washington was discharged due to disability.  Nathaniel Bounds of the 38th MS Cavalry died at a hospital in Okolona in June, 1862.  I could not find any of them in the NO unit.  I have also found a W. S. Bounds whose name is given as Woodward on one of the cards.  He was also in Co. H, 3rd MS and detailed as a teamster in 1863.  His records don’t indicate what happened to him after that year.  There is a D.W. Bounds in the same company.  He is listed as AWOL since November, 1863.   I don’t know who the D.S. is but I have found a Daniel Woodward in my genealogy notes.  There is a D.W. Bounds of the 2nd NO, a unit that failed to organize resulting in soldiers being transferred to the 1st.  And there is a Daniel W. Bound listed in Co. H of the 1st.  Furthermore, there is an Ellis Bounds in Co. G.  I could not find a Confederate unit for him although his father filed for a pension where he listed the 3rd MS as his son’s unit.  In my notes, I have Ellis’ death date as 1864.   There are also John and Henry of Co. G of the 1st NO.  In my notes, I have a John Riley and James Henry listed as brothers of Ellis and that they were twins.  No Confederate unit could be found for them either even though their father, Gillium, (2nd cousin of John E.) was in Co. H, 3rd Battalion MS State Troops.  He is listed as present in August, 1862 but deserted a few months later in January, 1863.  All of these Bounds were from the Coastal area.

I have the Confederate service records for this set of Bounds.  Their Union service records, where applicable, are on the way.

In addition to these Smiths and Bounds, I have a Uriah Lee of Co. G, 1st NO.  I could not find a Confederate unit for him.  His service records are on the way as well.

If it’s one thing you can say it’s that the Bounds family was torn in two.  Speaking of being divided, I have always felt for my great-great-great aunt, Nancy.  She married Elijah Lee whose headstone says he was in the 4th MS Cavalry.  However, I think this was a mistake and that he did not fight at all or maybe in a unit I haven’t discovered yet.  But his brother, Uriah, fought in the 1st NO.  Their first cousin, Eli Lee, however, fought in the 7th Battalion MS Infantry and was paroled after Vicksburg.  So Nancy’s brother and brothers-in-law fought for the Union while her cousin and possibly her husband fought for the Confederacy.  No Confederate unit could be found for Uriah and Eli did not join the 1st NO after paroled.  As a sidenote:  these Lees are third cousins to Robert E. Lee.

This is what I have discovered in my research so far.  I haven’t been able to find much on the 1st NO other than the brief history available on the Internet and have assumed it was more or less a type of home guard unit for the protection of New Orleans from all the guerrilla warfare going on in southwestern Louisiana.

I appreciate you taking the time to read through this.  I’d be interested in learning anything you have to share.  Thank you for your time.

Kindest regards,
Shelby Harriel

33 replies »

  1. Hi Shelby,

    Neat to read your post! Vikki’s blog certainly attracts some great writers. Ed Payne and now you, being two such writers who immediately come to mind.

    Now this has nothing to do with MS Civil War soldiers, but did want to share a bit of my own civil war oral history. My great grandfather, Nelson Fitzpatrick Wilbourn, b 1847 in Carter Co KY, along with his older brother, John Harvey Wilburn b 1844, also in Carter Co KY, both enlisted on the Union side from Indianapolis IN in Feb 1865. (144th Division, Company D). Civil War records show both men were sent to Harpers Ferry VA where the fighting was horrendous! But wait! I’m certain that can be said about all sites of on-going hostilities. No matter that both brothers only served less than four months, the intensity of the fighting greatly impacted both men. And in fact, Nelson Wilburn never regained his health after the war ended. He died in 1884, leaving behind a widow and three small children. One of them being my grandfather, John Thomas Wilburn (1875-1947)

    Many years ago, my Uncle, Charles Jacob Wilburn (1905-1998), enlightened me accordingly. You see, his great Uncle Harv “finally succumbed to his Civil war injuries. ” And Uncle Charlie along with other family members arrived in Louisville, KY, to collectively pay their respects. Now I found this a bit puzzling, since I had in my possession a copy of Harvey’s death certificate. You see, John Harvey Wilburn died in 1932. Some 67 years after the Civil War ended. Didn’t matter. You see, had it not been for Uncle Harv’s fighting in the Civil War, “That ole boy woulda lived to have been a hundred years old.” Who knew? I suppose this is just one of many reasons why I love oral history.

    About John Lampkin. I know nothing about him. But I do know that some Lampkin families lived in Goochland, Co VA c 1750. And that there was at least one, if not more, Wilburn and Lampkin marriages. However, this is not the same Welborn line as those who settled into Jones Co MS. (My first teen-age love was a Lampkin, so this surname stuck in my brain when I uncovered some court documents from Goochland, Co VA many years back.

    Again, Shelby, thanks for writing such an interesting piece of information.

    Such a pleasure to read other people’s family history. All the more so when the writer is so talented. And that you are. Loved the old picture also.

    Vikky Wilburn Anders in San Diego


    • Thanks, Vikky, for sharing your family’s Civil War history. The story about “Uncle Harv’s” untimely death in 1932 from Civil War wounds is hilarious!



  2. Thank you for your kind words, Ms. Anders! But I definitely don’t deserve to be placed in the same context as Vikki and Ed regarding writing ability!

    I’m extremely grateful to Vikki for allowing me the privilege of sharing my family history with folks and am glad you enjoyed reading it. I also appreciate you sharing with me some of your history. It is fascinating, isn’t it, to learn about the common people you don’t read about in history books?

    The men in that picture are all Smith brothers. So Lampkin is John’s middle name. Mr. Hollis always called him by his first and middle names so I have been doing the same. I guess you have to use another name to distinguish all the Johns! I’m not sure where Lampkin came from. However, if you look at other branches of my family tree, you’ll find where relatives named a few children Lampkin, after him, I’m assuming.

    I do have some updates, additions, and corrections to make to all of this information, which I hope to do soon once things settle down a bit at work.

    Again, thank you for reading!

    Kindest regards,


  3. Don’t sell yourself short as a writer, Shelby! I look forward to your updates of family history when your teaching workload winds down.



  4. Greetings, fellow historians. I am writing to add my first batch of corrections and additions to my original email to Vikki posted above.

    About a week or so ago, I finally received the service records of my relatives who served in the 1st New Orleans Infantry (Union). Using these documents, I have been able to add more details to this story and correct some mistakes.

    First, I’ll discuss Ellis Bounds a bit more. He was the son of Gillam, a name I’ve seen spelled every way imaginable. Gillam of Perry County served in the 3rd Battalion MS State Troops until he deserted in January, 1863. His son, Ellis, was mustered in Co. G, 1st NO Infantry, May 28, 1864, at the age of 20. A mere six months later, on November 20, 1864, he was admitted to the regimental hospital in New Orleans and died seven days later on November 27 of a “congestive chill” resulting from typhoid seven days. On September 21, 1906, Gillam filed for a pension on behalf of his son. However, the unit he gave was Co. H, 3rd Mississippi Infantry, a Confederate unit his cousins fought in. Gillam was approximately 84 when he filed the pension and, evidently, forgot which side his son actually fought on. I have not found that Gilliam filed a pension for himself. Perhaps because he was a deserter.

    In my original post, I said that I believed Ellis had twin brothers, John Riley and James Henry, who may have served with him because I found a John and Henry in the same unit. Due to census records, I now feel that they were not twins and did not serve with Ellis. The Henry in the unit was Henry Bond whose name was misspelled. The John was the brother of William, Addison, and James Bounds, my great-great-great grandmother’s brothers. John enlisted April 21, 1864, in Co. G, 1st NO. He was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Eve, 1864, and died of small pox at the age of 18 on January 4, 1865, the same month John Lampkin Smith died of the deadly disease. Like his brothers, James and Addison, John was unusually tall for the time period. His enlistment papers indicate that he was 6’2″. John’s mother, Nancy Sumrall, filed for a pension on May 20, 1873.

    Their cousin, Daniel, enlisted in Co. H, 1st NO, on June24, 1864 and promoted to corporal April 1, 1865. He was listed as having deserted the regiment on April 8, 1866, but voluntarily returned on May 14, 1866. In trouble, he wrote the following letter to his Captain Thomas Kanady, “Sir, I respectfully state the cause of my leaving my company as I did(.) (I)t was that I heard that my family in Mississippi was in a suffering condition. I had applied for a furlough and could not get it at the time I went away. I did not intend to stay away but a few days, whising to go to my family and do what I could to relive thier nececities and return immediately. I found my wife sick, was taken sick my self and continued so untill a short time since, as soon as I was able to travel I started to New Orleans. Hoping that I may dealt with leanitly.” Captain Kanady noted that “Private Bounds…always conducted himself satisfactorily. The statement made by him relative to the condition of his family I believe to be (illegible) true while not justifying his ach, I think the cause alledged should in a measure be taken into consideration.” Daniel was returned to duty without a trial. While I have not as of yet positively confirmed his identity, I believe at this time that this is the same Daniel who enlisted in Co. H, 3rd MS infantry and deserted in November, 1863.

    Richard Bounds of Jasper County enlisted in Co. F, 37th MS Infantry on April 7, 1862, at the age of 19. He spent the first of multiple stays in military hospitals during his career from October 7, 1862 to April, 1863, when he was sent to a hospital at Holly Springs, Mississippi. He was captured after the fall of Vicksburg and, once paroled, enlisted in Co. D, 1st NO, on March 25, 1864. Once a soldier in the Union army, he would spend more time in hospitals and was at home sick September 1-6, 1865.

    The last update I have deals with Uriah Lee whose papers I received with the others. He enlisted May 3, 1864 at the age of 20 and evidently suffered from a hernia during his service. He was mustered out with the regiment on June 1, 1866.

    That is what I have as of now. Currently, I am working on summarizing this information in a Word document, making it easier to access and follow.

    Again, thank you for reading.



  5. Shelby,

    Thanks for the update. What I like about detailed research into records, such as you have conducted and reported on here, is how much more we begin to understand about individuals’ lives. For example, individual Civil War records underscore the frequency of serious health problems and untenable family situations faced by soldiers. Then there are the conflicting opinions that Southerners held in regard to secession and the Confederacy. As in the case of slaves, the story of ordinary Civil War soldiers is at once a part of the larger history of the Civil War, yet also a story in its own right, one that defies easy generalizations.



  6. Thanks for reading, Richard, and for your interest.

    One thing I accidentally left out was the fact that Uriah Lee’s mother, Arsenith Seal, owned two slaves, one of whom was given to her as a gift by her father. But yet, Uriah served the Union. Such is an aspect that has appeared in others’ research as well.

    And I think this illustrates your point quite well, Vikki, when you stated, “As in the case of slaves, the story of ordinary Civil War soldiers is at once a part of the larger history of the Civil War, yet also a story in its own right, one that defies easy generalizations.”

    And that is the danger in history. People form generalizations that affect their perceptions and, therefore, behavior and actions toward other people. And those generalizations are first formed in school. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult for educators to present the whole picture due to time constraints, resulting in children becoming deprived due to the effects of half truths as they progress through life.


    • Shelby,

      I’m researching the lineage of Lavon Harriel from Poplarville, MS and got to Reutilus Hariel, Sr and couldn’t find anything further. That is an awesome find and I will have to share it with the rest of the family. You said Mr. Hollis told you those stories when you were growing up, and I’ve noticed while doing this research and asking questions over the years, that everyone in Poplarville is kin somehow and everyone knows each other families, but nothing is written anywhere. It’s like a tribal society where culture and stories are passed down to generations and that is how people form their identity. It’s really cool, but I would like to have something for the family and for my children to show them where we come from.

      Thanks for the research


      • Heath, it’s great to hear from you! Is your daddy Keith by any chance??? My paw paw was Lonis “Connie”. One of his brothers is Lavon.

        A vast majority of people in the area were illiterate or very close to it, which is why we have little to nothing in paper form, and that’s unfortunate.

        Yes, Mr. Hollis told me a lot of stories, and I was fortunate enough to tape one of the sessions for a history assignment in college. Unfortunately, the tape isn’t in good shape. Everybody told him he needed to write a book about his life, but he refused. He only wanted to share his experiences with the family. In the latter years of his life, his niece moved in with him to help care for him, and she said that she would sit at the computer and act as if she were working on other things while secretly documenting his stories. I’m going to have to see if I can get a copy of her transcriptions.

        I’m glad you enjoyed the research. I just wish it were more. Maybe somebody will find something one day and help us solve the mystery of Reutilus Hariel, Sr. and Nancy Lee.

        I’ve condensed and updated our Civil War history into a Word document. If you’d like a copy, drop me a line.



    • Hey there Shelby. You may have meet me before. Grandpa Hollis raised my Mom Lana Kay which was actually his sister Georgia’s child. We grew up knowing him as Grampa Hollis. We spent most sunday’s at their house after church at Steep Hollow. Grandma Allie would take me to the chicken coop with her to get chickens for Sunday dinner and then she would let us color with crayons and pictures she used in her sunday school class. Grandpa didn’t go to church much back then. I remember him as being quite the silent man. Can you imagine my surprise when I went to visit him for their 50th wedding aniversary and he talked up a storm? Anyway, I got to visit with him several more times before his death and even spoke with him on the phone two days before he died. What a wonderful man to be related to. If you get Jimmy Sue’s transcripts, I would LOVE to have a copy. She said she was going to send me some things of Grandpa’s but never did. I just wanted a pair of his overalls. LOL Also, even if the tape is not very good, I would love to hear his voice again.



      • Hi Debi. I’m not sure if I’ve met you before or not. Please forgive me. I know one thing…..distant cousins have been coming out of the woodwork since Vikki has posted my research on my relatives. It’s been awesome!

        What wonderful memories of Mr. Hollis and Ms. Allie! Brought a few tears to my eyes. I really miss both of them. I can’t imagine him being quiet. He was certainly soft spoken, but when you got him going about history, he’d talk your ears off! I specifically remember chatting with him for over five hours once. When I left, my head hurt from all the thinking I had done during. LOL

        I need to go visit Jimmie Sue soon. She was supposed to be working on transcribing his stories and so forth. He was definitely a treasure, and his wisdom needs to be preserved and passed down. As for my tape, I’m going to have to find a tape player that works and try to make a copy. I’ll let you know if I’m successful. LOL

        Mr. Hollis’ overalls were definitely a part of him. I don’t think I would like to own a pair though because it’d be too sad.



  7. Thanks

    Just my small attempt to understand these guys. My goal is to follow the lives of 39 of these men from Onslow County. The men from Eastern NC who joined the Union Army came from counties where large slave populations existed. This makes their decision to join the Union Army even more interesting.


  8. Richard,

    Yes, very interesting. There were a number of important slaveholding regions that had large numbers of Unionists. Secession was viewed as economic and political suicide by many of them.

    By the way, have you read historian Barton A. Myers’s book, Executing Daniel Bright? Given your interest in eastern NC Unionists, it should be of great interest to you.



  9. I have been doing reasaerch on the knight family in Jones county. I am descended from John Jackie Kights youngest son Daniel Champion Knight who appears to have died early on in that war. I am now going beyond that after having learned that his father served in the war of 1812 as evidenced by the inscription on his headstone, but am having a hard time finding any documentation to prove his service in that war. Did you find anything to that effect during your research for the book?


    • Hello Larry,

      Yes, there is documentary evidence of John “Jackie” Knight’s service in the War of 1812. In 1850, Jackie swore in an affidavit before J. L. Hargroves, j.p. at Collins in Covington County, that he had been a “private in the company commanded by Capt. William Huckaby in the Regiment of Infantry commanded by Genl. David Blackbur [or Blackburn].” He further stated that he volunteered for service on Oct. 1, 1814 at Camp Hope, and that he was discharged at Clinton, Georgia.

      This document is reprinted on page 332 of the Knight family history entitled THE FAMILY OF JOHN “JACKIE” KNIGHT AND KEZIAH DAVIS KNIGHT, jointly authored by Winnie Thomas Knight, Earle W. Knight, Lavada Knight Dykes, and Martha Kaye Dykes Lowery. That book was published in 1985 and is now out of print. The Laurel Public Library has a copy.



  10. Hi Vikki,
    I just now got back to this. My apologies, I appreciate your help.

    I was just on the USGenweb page for the war of 1812 and can’t find any mention of either Capt. William Huckaby or Genl. David Blackburn.

    Do you know where the affidavit is located so that I might get a copy of it?

    Thanks again,
    Larry Heckethorne


    • Larry,
      That information, reprinted in the Knight history written by Earle Knight et al, is from an affidavit filed by John “Jackie” Knight in the courthouse located in Collins, in Covington County, MS. It was sworn before justice of the peace J. L. Hargroves. John Knight made the declaration regarding his service in the War of 1812 “for the purpose of obtaining bounty land for which he may be entitled under the act granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in military service of the United States passed September 28, 1850.”

      Hope this helps you locate the original!



  11. I am the G G grandaughter of Reutilius Hariel and Martha Bounds. This was a fascinating read. I’m just getting back into genealogy since 2004. I spent the entire day researching the Bounds and Hariel (Harrell) line. There is quite a bit more available information on the web than in 2004. I hit a dead-end at Reutlius, Sr., just as everyone else seems to have. In fact, the only info I came across isn’t even documented-just an anecdote about disappearing on horseback.


  12. Nice to meet you, Cindy! Perhaps we can finally learn the origins of our family some day. There certainly seem to be quite a few folks working on it! Together, maybe we can find something. And yes, his disappearance seems to be a common story shared by relatives.


  13. Shelby,

    My name is Carol Smith, and Nimrod “Pete” Smith is my 4th great grand father. Do you happen to know any information about his parents, i’m at a complete dead end. The information I have is that Nimrod was born in Rutherford North Carolina, in 1768.


    • Hi Carol. “Pete’s” parents were John and Hannah Smith. John was born in Greene County, MS in 1818. He had a brother named Sherrod. Their father was Nimrod who shows up in Rutherford County, NC in 1800, Chatham County, NC in 1810, and Greene County, MS in 1820.


  14. Thank you Shelby for the information. I have the same picture of the Smith Brothers, but I thought it might be the Nimrod born in NC in 1768. You helped me clear that up, thank you. Do you happen to know anything about the Nimrod from North Carolina? I’ve been trying for awhile now to find out who his parents were, and where the Smith’s originated from.


    • You’re quite welcome. The Nimrod from North Carolina was Pete’s grandfather. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything more about him other than what I posted previously showing up in a couple different counties in North Carolina and Greene County, Mississippi.


  15. Hi..I am related to Bounds,Dearman,Fillingame,Scarborough, Anderson,Landrum,Saucier,Ladner on and on from perry,Lumberton,Marion,Forrest counties Orvisburg


  16. Lots of good information in there. My wife’s 2x great grandfather was the Addison Bounds talked about in this post. I just discovered him this week though as I started my journey in more depth on my wife’s side of the family tree.

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    • Unfortunately not. Nobody I know who researches our family has been able to find relatives beyond Reutilus, Sr.


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