Re: Julian Kimberlin
Lauralynn Staton found the correct listing for my great-grandfather, "Ju Kimberlin" (as he was called by friends in later years). He was 14 years old when his father, Richard Samuel Kimberlin, was hanged in his own barn by "Yankee sympathizers" -- ("sympathizers" were often designations for those who didn't see "hot action," but who wanted to claim some part in "heppin" with the war....and there were numerous neighbors in that Blue Springs, Missouri town, who were Yankees). As my maternal grandmother, Daisie Kimberlin Miller, (eldest daughter of Ju & Dora Kimberlin) would relate it, "Papa was with his parents at a Sunday afternoon "dinner" on the front porch of some neighbors "across the creek" from the Kimberlin home, when 3 men rode up & said, "Mr. Kimberlin, we wanta talk to you." He got on his horse & rode across the creek & up the hill to the Kimberlin barn with the men. Four men rode into the barn & 3 men rode out in a little while. Ju Kimberlin & his mother, Eliza Dickerson Kimberlin, ran from the neighbors' porch all the way to the barn, where they found Sam Kimberlin hanging from a rafter. They cut him down, but, of course, he was dead. Julian (Ju) got in touch with his 4 brothers who were "fighting" with Quantrell's "raiders" & soon joined them "on maneuvers." Years later, my mother & I visited the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City & found a newspaper article in an extant Yankee newspaper of the time (the Confederate newspapers had all been destroyed by Yankee troops) from the Friday previous to that Sunday hanging, which had a story about a "raid" on a Yankee wagon train in which many had been killed & guns, cannons, & ammunition had been taken. The blame was laid to Quantrell's "raiders." Ju Kimberlin was always very active throughout his life (1848-19?) in supporting later "memorials" to "Confederate Veterans." His widow would later be photographed with Eleanor Roosevelt on the lawn of the Texas Governor's Mansion during the term of my late father, James V Allred, as Governor of Texas (1935-39).