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Re: Githens Family in America
Posted by: Renee (ID *****4867) Date: July 13, 2008 at 18:47:11
In Reply to: Re: Githens Family in America by Pat Ralston of 109


Juliana married John Arthur Devers, the oldest son of Alexander and Penelope Devers of Gentry County, MO (near Pattonsburg).

From what I can ascertain, the Githens and the Devers were neighbors in Gentry Co., Mo. Juliana married John Arthur and her brother, Jackson, married John Arthur's brother, Alva Merit Devers' daughter, Sarah Martha Devers.

I've searched for years to try to determine what happened to Juliana. She and John Arthur had two small children on the 1860 Gentry Co. Mo census. John Arthur, called Art, joined the Missouri State Guard at the start of the Civil War and was in the Battles of Wilson Creek, Pea Ridge and was in the Corinth Campaign when he transferred to the First Missouri Confederate Brigade. He was captured at the Battle of Big Black (seige of Vicksburg) and was imprisoned at POW Camp Morton in Indiana.

Art escaped from the POW camp after a few weeks of imprisonment, returned to Missouri and fought as an Confederate irregular at the close of the war. He rode down to Texas with Jesse James (and another brother, James Devers) in the fall of 1864 to camp with the regular Confederacy.

On March 30, 1865, Arthur and another brother, Alexander Devers, Jr. were killed by Union militia in northern Clay Co., MO. They were buried in a common grave by their mother, Penelope Devers and a younger brother, William.

Therefore, Juliana was widowed at the end of the war, and I cannot find her or the two children in subsequent census records and can only surmise she must have remarried.

I hope this is of some help.

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