Posted By:Bill Gillespie
Subject:Re: 14 or more sons in the Civil War? Helton or Hilton
Post Date:December 12, 2013 at 08:51:11
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Ouch, that would be a big task! Almost all the soldier records from the War Between the States do NOT list the parents. Usually, the best way to find them is to search the pension records, if any exist for the particular soldier.

Just to get an idea of the size of the effort, I went to, and searched for the surname "Helton". I found 234 in the US records, 138 in the Confederate. Reducing the number by searching only for those soldiers who served Tennessee, gave 54 US, 27 CS. This doesn't even cover soldiers with the more common spelling of "Hilton".
A possible way of finding some of them would be to follow your suggestion to search for their maternal surname. Can you provide it?