I had toyed with the idea that he may have served in the Civil War, but had dismissed it according to the births of his children which occurred in 1861, 1862, 1863 and 1866 respectively.I thought that it might not be possible to be at home with his wife and fight the war at the same time, unless of course he served from 1862-63 to 1866, his probate mentions nothing of how he died, war related possibly?. Maybe this is why I can't find his grave anywhere. Do you have any idea where a Civil War soldier might otherwise be buried if he died during duty?
Although I did browse pension records in order to leave no stone unturned, and came up with nothing. Unless of course, I did not look in the right place. Could you recommend a good site or book?
I find it quite interesting that it seems that most of the people he had dealings with originiated from Georgia, which substiantiates the fact that he may have traveled with one or more of these families, but I wonder from where?
I have also toyed with the idea that his widow Susan may have been related to one of these families, as extended family members often traveled together, but have still found no clue as to her parentage or maiden name. I wish I could find out who the RD "Holland?" bn 1867 TX was and also I wish I could discover additional information about the Georgia County he was from, maybe these names will lead me to further clues, I hope!
Another strange thing about his probate was that, when he died it listed that he owned a saddle, but not a horse, and that he had 18 chairs!, but only one table. I wonder, also, if this had anything to do with the town lot he owned in Homer, Texas (which is now a ghost town with nothing left behind but a cemetery).
Thanks SOOO much for the addtional information! As I said, I have been at a standstill for quite some time on my gg-grandfather's origins and every single clue helps!