My gr-grandfather was James Morgan, b.22 Nov 1837, Ireland. As youngsters he and a sister ran away from an orphanage in Ireland, stowed aboard a ship and sailed for America. The ship docked in New Orleans c1847. James was 9 yrs old and alone. His sister had died on the voyage. He was found on the dock by Eli White, a farmer and businessman from Blue Creek, Humphreys Co. TN. Mr. White took James home and James lived with the White family until he married c1860 (wife unknown).
They had 3 children, Jefferson Davis Morgan, b. 1861, Christina Elizabeth b. 1863, and Margarite Lavina b. 1865.
James enlisted is the CSA Nov 10, 1862. The following is exerts of a letter that James second wife, Annie Christian Morgan, received from the War Department, dated Aug. 23, 1917. Annie had applied for the Widow's Pension Benefit.
"WAR DEPARTMENT, The Adjutant General's Office, Washington
Aug. 23, 1917
Respectfully returned to the Board of Pension Examiners
State of Tennessee, Nashville
with the information that James Morgan, private, Co C, Napier's Battalion (formerly Capt. W.W. Hobbs' Co A, Napier's) Tenn. CaV, CSA appears on the rolls for "Nov. 10, '62 to ________" dated Nov. 10, '62, as enlisted at Waverly, Tenn for 3 years, presence or absence not stated.
This Battalion was organized in December 1862 and by consoladition about Feb. 25, 1863, formed a part of the 10th (DeMoss)Regt. Tenn. Cav., and Co..C became Co.F.
This regt. was consolidated with the 11thRegt. Tenn. Cav.in Feb. '65, and was finally paroled at Gainsville, ALa. in May '65, as the 10th & 11th Regt Tenn. Cav."
I also have a copy of a letter from Mr. W.B. Rice of Bold Spring, Tenn. dated May 29th, 1917.
"This is to certify that I was in the war between the States with James Morgan, & me & him was in company F. W.W. Hobbs being our Capt. under Forest, & in the 10th Tennessee Regiment comanded by Col. D----(not readable. he made a good soldier while he was there. I left the command in 1864. I don't know when he got out of the army nor how he got out of army. W.B. Rice
James and Annie married in 1869 and had nine children. James Morgan died Jan. 1890 having spent the remainder of his life homesteading on Tumbling Creek, Humphreys Co. Annie remained on the homestead and applied for the Widow's Pension in 1917. In 1918 the pension was denied as there was no paperwork proof to show that James was with his regiment when they were paroled at Gainsville or how James got out of the army.