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52 Ancestors #8: Clymer brothers and the Civil War

I’ve written previously about my Clymer ancestors and their move from Tennessee to southeast Missouri prior to the start of the Civil War. I hinted then that I’d be writing more about this family — several of Hixey’s sons were soldiers in the war (or at least that’s what I remember my Grandpa Harold telling me). This is the week to learn a little bit more about them.

My research about this family line takes on a greater importance now because I want to get these ancestors included on the list of Missouri’s First Families, maintained by the Missouri State Genealogical Society, of which I am a member. Ideally, I could complete that work by summer, but we’ll have to see.

Trouble is that I need to provide documentation, and until now I’ve relied on online records primarily to do my genealogy research. So, I’ll need to get some documents and citations ready to show what I already know from family lore and online documents.

Here’s a bit more about these brothers and where they served, or at least what details I can find:

Charles Renfrow Clymer (1835-1926) 

There is some documentation to show that he served in the 49th regiment of the Tennessee Infantry as a Confederate soldier.

John D. Clymer (1842-1915)

It appears that John D. Clymer moved from Missouri back to Tennesse around age 17 so that he could join the Tennessee Calvary. He served  as a private with the U.S. Army, Company C, 12th Regiment of the Tennessee Calvary. Documentation is a database of U.S. Civil War Soldiers from 1861-65 on Ancestry.com.

He married Eveline Hawkins in 1866 at age 23. His second wife is Nancy Jane Finley Reynolds Lackey. They married in 1874 when John D. was 31 years old. He died in 1915 in Scott County, Mo.

A family listing in “History and Families of Scott County, Missouri” published in 2003 by Turner Publishing Co. has this information:

John D. Clymer returned to Hickman County, Tenn., in 1859. When the Civil War began, Clymer was forced into the Confederate Army. At his first opportunity, he left the Confederate Army and joined the U.S. Army, Company C 12th Regiment, Tennessee Calvary. After the Civil War, he settled in Scott County.

Another reference, “The History of Scott County” by Edison Shrum, lists John D. as a private in the 12th Tennessee Calvary from Aug. 9, 1861-July 26,1865.

UPDATE: I requested John D. Clymer’s military records from the National Archives and received photocopies in the mail on March 8, 2014. The records indicate that he did, in fact, serve with the 12th Tennessee Calvary, Company 6. He volunteered on 15 February 1864 for a period of three years. H was 22 years old at the time.

He had a charge of desertion penned by 1st Lt. Charles. E Boyers because he did “absent himself” from his company and regiment at Nashville on 22 March 1864 and remained absent until he was “arrested by guard on 22nd day of April 1864” and returned to his company.

He mustered out Oct. 7, 1865.  His note indicated that he confessed to the desertion charge and was sentenced to hard labor for two months with the loss of his pay. He was promoted to 1st Sgt. in May of 1865.

Now that I have these documents, I just need to prove his line to me and I’ll be able to apply for the Missouri First Families status.

Samuel Clymer (1844-1918)

I can find little information about him and whether he served. He would have been about 17 when the war started in 1861. There is a document on a Samuel Clymer who served as 1st Lt. in the 48th regiment of the Tennessee Infantry (Voorhies’), Company H. Not sure if this is my relative, so I’ll have some work to do here.

The Shrum book also lists Samuel H. Clymer as a private, D, 50th Mo. Inf, Sept. 2, 1864-July 1, 1865.

James C “Jonah” Clymer (1846-1936)

My notes on James C. “Jonah” Clymer include this: Union soldier in Civil War: enlisted on 2 September 1864 at Commerce and was mustered into services as a private in Company D of the 50th Regiment Infantry, Missouri volunteers. He mustered out July 3, 1865.
I’ve got this 1890s Veterans schedule document from Ancestry.com that shows he was a veteran but nothing else is listed for me to verify. Again, I’ll need to get the documents to prove this connection.

The Shrum book lists him as a private in the 50th Mo. Infantry from Sept. 2, 1864-July 1, 1865.

Louis (or Lewis) P. Clymer (1848-1903)

I can find absolutely nothing in my searches for Louis P. Clymer having served, but that might just be because he was young. Granted, that didn’t mean that boys fought at a young age; I just can’t determine it about this ancestor.

I want to find out more about where and when these ancestors served so I can tell more of their stories.

UPDATE: After last week’s post, I set up a visit in March so I can get my dad, his sister and some other relatives together to collect stories of their childhood and memories of their parents. I haven’t exactly figured out my questions but there’s still some time for that. What should I be asking? I’m open to suggestions.

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2 thoughts on “52 Ancestors #8: Clymer brothers and the Civil War

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