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Dear Sue: I would also like to trade information with you about our Linam ancestors. I am looking for information about my gg-grandfather Israel McKendree Linam, the youngest son of John Hodges Linam. Israel, called "Mac" by his siblings, was born in 1834 in Lawrence Co. and died of typhoid fever in 1899 in Paris, Texas. He is buried in Paris. He enlisted in the 54th Tenn. Voluntary Infantry Regt., where he was elected Sgt. of Co. E in 1862, and is listed as awol and then a deserter in the National Archives records. Do you have any letters, documents, etc. that were exchanged between family members about "Mac", especially concerning his leaving the army. He reportedly moved to Cairo, Illinois where the first of his seven children were born. I have a photo of Mac in his army uniform which he proudly displayed for many years after the Civil War. Family lore says that he enlisted or was drafted into the Union Army and fought and was possibly wounded; however, I have not been able to find any documentation to substantiate this. I find it very curious that he would "proudly" display a picture of himself in Confederate service after deserting, so perhaps the family lore has some truth to it.
I am very interested to contact you. You can also email me at my home at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best regards. Lane Douglas Brooks