Thanks for the information, Sandra. I have seen Mary's name before. I have been to Panther Valley Cemetery three times. Sanders and Rachel are buried next to each other. Did he marry Mary after Rachael. I have photos - Sanders and Rachel - of their headstones I took while there.
I have the document showing Valentine in the Union prison in St. Louis given to me by a Criger relative. We know the Union had him, but I cannot find what they did with him. At first I heard Val had been approached on his land by Union Army and hung or shot. The document raises doubt about that. In other words, did the Union Army at Gratiot hang him or shoot him there? Records? I can't find what they did with him from there. Valentine's son's enlisted into the Union Army. His daughter, my gg-grandmother Elizabeth Criger, married Smith Burks, who also enlisted in the Union Army.
I am coming back into MO this late summer again to go into the Old Dallas Cemetery, but have heard there are no stones. As far as any info I have received, I have only heard the gravesite in the field next to his daughter has long passed into obscurity until someone in the family shows up that knows -- do you know this location?
Valentine "Val" Criger b. ca. 1803, 68th District, Wythe Co., VA d. 1863; Valentine, a southern sympathizer, was arrested as a citizen by Union soldiers in June 1862 and placed in Gratiot Street Prison, St. Louis, MO where Confederate soldiers and southern sympathizers were housed. He gave an oath (to what I do not know – possibly allegiance to the South?) on January 19, 1863. Creger used as spelling of surname. What happened to Valentine after this date is unknown. (The family believes he was either shot or hung by the Union forces) m. May 31, 1837 Wythe Co., VA to Mahala Elizabeth Kinser b. ca. 1814 VA [1860 Webster County Census REEL 660 PAGE 39 – Surname Crieger is used throughout. – RM] d/o Peter Kinser and Elizabeth Walters. [I have seen Valentine is buried somewhere north of Panther Valley in a field with his daughter, Susan Lane, buried next to him. This is possibly incorrect because I have been told in correspondence with a Criger family member Valentine is buried in the Old Dallas Cemetery. Unknown information on daughter, Susan (Criger) Lane. –RM] [Census shows Valentine and Mahala could read and write; all the children could R/W or were in school. –RM]
Sanders Criger b. April 28, 1839 VA (1860 Census - seen as *andens – 21 – M) d. Nov. 22, 1917 Webster Co., MO m. on Feb. 24, 1864 to Rachel Matilda Wester b. Dec. 8, 1837 TN d. Nov. 20, 1903; Sanders was with Co G 46th MO Inf.; both buried in Panther Valley Cemetery. [In the book, PANTHER VALLEY PATHWAYS by Ron Johnson, Sanders is seen in court on March 16, 1868 being fined $26.69 for gambling and $94.38 for adultery. Several neighbors are also fined for gambling. –RM] [Marriage date of Jan. 15, 1864; also seen – married by Benjamin Willis, MG]
Publication Number: T289 Publication Title: Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. Publisher: NARA State: Missouri Arm Of Service: Infantry Regiment: 46 Company: G Name: Criger, Sanders Rank: [BLANK] Date: 13-MAY-1909 State/arm Of Service: Mo. Inf. Company/regiment: G,46 Roll Number: 266 Collection Title: Civil War Pensions
Publication Number: T289 Publication Title: Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. Publisher: NARA State: Missouri Arm Of Service: Militia Regiment: 6 Company: M Name: Criger, Sanders Rank: P. Date: 13-MAY-1909 State/arm Of Service: Prov. En. Mo. Mil. Company/regiment: M,6 Roll Number: 269 Collection Title: Civil War Pensions