I have a Indian Wars Pension Application filed in Pickens, GA for a William J. Gurganus who was married to Malissa J. Templeton.Malissa also applied for a widows' pension.
This William J. was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, but was living in Georgia when he enlisted 28th of April 1838. He was discharged at McDonough, GA. He died Oct. 24th 1850 and was married to Malissa J. Templeton. In this pension application, his wife Malissa says that he had one brother that also came to Georgia, but the rest of them remained in North Carolina. According to the census, Malissa was from North Carolina as well.
According to the documents, William J. was a Gurganus, but people had begun to drop of the "Gur" and call him simply Ganus.
If anyone knows anything about this Malissa Jane Templeton or her husband William J., I would appreciate hearing from you and I am willing to share any further information from the pension applicatin. Michelle Ganus Taggart