1st Lt. David Richard Reynolds Camp #2270, SCV, Mount Pleasant, Texas

 

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Lindsey Marion Tillery
Private
Company L, 3rd Alabama Infantry

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Lindsey Marion Tillery was born May 14, 1844 in Covington County, Alabama. He was one of 11 children born to Milton C. and his first wife Penelope. By 1850, his family had moved to Pike County. It is what is now Bullock County, Alabama. Three of his brothers, Milton Jared, William Joshua and Calvin Erastus migrated to Panola County, Texas in the late 1850’s.

One of his brothers, John Bunyon, served in Company L of the 3rd Alabama Infantry. He died in the service of the Confederate States of America. Lindsey M. also served in this outfit but survived the War and lived to the ripe old age of 91. He married his wife Emaline Arrington December 3, 1873 in Bullock County Alabama. She bore him 11 children before she died in Sinton, TX, October 31, 1912. They lost the last baby in infancy in 1898. This child whose name was Dewey was laid to rest in an Arrington Family cemetery on private property with his grandparents William Robert and his wife, Cenie Dykes Arrington.

Four of their children were born in Alabama before they migrated to Upshur County and Wood County, TX area before 1882. The first three children born in Texas were all girls, two of them twins. One of the twins, Genie Victoria married Will Hallonquist. They had eight children that lived to adulthood. One of their daughters, Lorena Hallonquist Stokes, lived to be in her 90’s. In her last year when shown a picture of Lindsey with his beautiful long white beard she reflected on how he lived with them up until his death, and she was the one who also trimmed his beard.

He was a somewhat successful farmer, purchasing two different tracts of land. It was during an attempt to do farming in a bigger and better way that he moved to where his daughter, Queen Anne Tillery Gillespie, was living in Sinton, TX. It was here that he lost his wife of 39 years. He did not die for another 23 years. He died in Wood County, Texas, March 17, 1935. He was buried in Hopewell Cemetery next to another Veteran, S. R. Reynolds, who served in Company B of the 51st Alabama Calvary. I have often wondered if this is the man in the photo of Lindsey M. Tillery and a friend at a Veterans Reunion.

L. M. Tillery