My ancestor was Matthew Redmon Baynes. He can also be found as Matt R Banes, M R Baines, Mathew..., but he is the one recognized as my ancestor. His first wife's name was Jane S. (Syfrett). He married her in Bladon Springs, Choctaw county, AL and she was very young, born in NC, possibly an orphan living with relatives in Alabama. Other than their marriage record, and his 1st AL regiment, we do not know where he came from. I do not know if my Great-Grandmother, their first daughter was born in AL or MS.
In our search we found Mathias Banes who is almost the same age as our Matthew, and he was found in the Sumter County, AL 1850 census. We found no more of Mathias, and this week my questions were answered. I did not know until this week about his military record. I used the Ancestry records, and found Mathias and his kin's military record. I matched the names to the 1850 census, and as a result we (Baynes/Bayne researchers) were able to say without a doubt that Wiley Banes/Baines is not our Matthew Baynes father. (Yes the name is spelled all kinds of way)
Matthew ended up with Co. B, 37th MS regiment from Clarke county, MS. I realized yesterday that Richmond B Baines (Baines through all my searches of him) was also in the same MS regiment. I could not put these two as kin, but from what is said here, they could have been kin since they were in the same unit.
Did Richmond B Baines also fight with an Alabama regiment?
I thank you all for helping to answer my questions as I search out what happened to these men who fought during the civil war.