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I've been trying to find info about Daniel McArthur (McArther) for the past 10 years. I know he served in the 28th Mississippi Rifles during the Civil War and was wounded and captured at the fall of Vicksburg, 3 Jul 1863. He was interred at the POW camp in Chicago until Aug, 1865, where the life expectancy was less than 4 months. He spent time in the Ft Smith, AR, area after the war, where he married a Cherokee woman. He was from west AL, originally. Family legend has it that he was killed in a shootout with outlaws, possibly the Dalton gang. If anyone knows his wife's, or parents', name, I'd be much obliged for the info.

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Comment by Peter Bonkemeyer on June 21, 2011 at 20:45

Thanks, Russell. I had found the same info while searching Google Books. My brother, who is a Mormon, and I checked out Daniel D McArthur and found that he settled and remained with the other Mormon immigrants in Utah. My ancestor was definitely from AL or MS and was only in his early teens or younger in 1856. I've checked the census, church, and courthouse records from west AL and east MS, but came up blank except for a Daniel McArthur involved in some sort of altercation concerning a land deal scam, and the location was wrong for that to be my ancestor. I really appreciate your help, bro! 

I've got great info on every other branch of the family except for the McArthurs. Gen Arthur MacArthur, father of Gen Douglas MacArthur, was in Ft Smith, AR, at the same time as Daniel, but I can't find any connection there. Sooner or later, something will turn up. My mom, 81, is sure she has a cousin in AR somewhere who was a state legislator. If I can find out his name (___Camp?), he may be of assistance. I don't know if Daniel had a middle initial or not. There was not one listed in the regimental history or my grandmother's notes. Again, thanks a million.

 

Pete

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 20, 2011 at 1:05
Daniel D. or Daniel E .  McArther?

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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