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30th Arkansas Infantry (CSA)
Ancestor Info
Name: John CaryRank: Private Company: I

John Cary was born in Tennessee in 1830. He was a farmer and stockman in the Gilkerson Settlement a few miles west of Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was the oldest child of pioneers, Benjamin Cary and Sallie Stotts, and moved with his family from Carroll County, Tennessee to Greenfield Township, near Bolivar in Poinsett County, Arkansas in 1838. They farmed, raised stock and were early hunters of this section. During the Civil War, John and his family were living in the lower settlement, south of Jonesboro. John enlisted in the Confederate army at Jonesboro, Arkansas on July 2, 1862 and served as a private soldier in Company I, McNeill's 30th Arkansas Infantry. McNeill's Regiment engaged in the battles of Jonesboro, Arkansas on August 2, 1862; Prairie Grove, Arkansas on December 7, 1862; and Helena, Arkansas on July 4, 1863. According to a story passed down in the family, 'John came home from the war on leave for a short time. As he was leaving to go back to his company his wife followed him to the gate crying and holding a picture of him to her bossom. She begged him not to go back as she believed he would never return. In response, John took the picture, threw it down and ground it into the ground with the heel of his boot. He then got on his horse and rode away. Just as she had feared, he never returned, dying of measles at Camp Anderson, about 8 miles north of Little Rock on May 10, 1963.' Elizabeth never remarried and after her death all the letters John had written to her during the war were buried with her. John's actual burial site is unknown, but there is a Confederate memorial stone for him next to his wife's gravestone in Pierce Cemetery at Friendly Hope Church on Friendly Hope Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas. Elizabeth drew a Confederate widow's pension from the State of Arkansas until her death in 1916.

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Contact Name: Phillip R. Priest
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