Posted By:Andrea
Subject:Re: McGarrity or McGarity
Post Date:July 13, 2009 at 12:41:26
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Forum:Brown County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Hi Sally!

Have you seen his death certificate at the Family Search Pilot Project? It's full of some interesting information. Here's the basic information, but you really should look at the original at the link provided.;searchId=82065656002070540000;eventPlace=Brown%2C%20Texas%2C%20United%20States;collectionId=1320964;surname=mcgarrity;p=recordResults;givenName=william;placeId=2794

Name: William Absolum Mcgarrity
Death date: 10 Feb 1926
Death place: Brownwood, Brown, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 86 years
Estimated birth year:
Birthdate: Nov 1840
Birthplace: Atlanta, Ga.
Marital status: Divorced
Spouse's name:
Father's name: Seburn Mcgarrity
Father's birthplace: Scotland
Mother's name: Caroline Biggers
Mother's birthplace:
Occupation: Carpenter
Cemetery name: Greenleaf
Burial place:
Burial date: 11 Feb 1926
Additional relatives:
Film number: 2114061
Digital GS number: 4165571
Image number: 1301
Reference number: cn 4687
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976

The informant was N J (? difficult to read) McGarrity of Brownwood. Length of residence in Brown Co. was given as 43 years, so that would make it about 1883.

Found a son:
Name: William James Mcgarrity
Death date: 06 May 1937
Death place: Brownwood, Brown, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 70 years 11 months 3 days
Estimated birth year:
Birthdate: 03 Jun 1866
Birthplace: Bowden, Georgia
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: Alice Mcgarrity
Father's name: W. A. Mcgarrity
Father's birthplace: Ga
Mother's name: Maggie Morris
Mother's birthplace: Ga
Occupation: Farmer
Residence: Brownwood, Texas
Cemetery name:
Burial place: Brownwood
Burial date: 07 May 1937
Additional relatives: X
Film number: 2117276
Digital GS number: 4176472
Image number: 1257
Reference number: 24797
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976

It may be William James (W J) that was the informant on William A's.

You sound like you are particularly interested in his Civil War service.

Notice that Wm. James was born in Bowden Co. GA right after the Civil War. And William A. was born in Atlanta.

I checked the National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors System, which has a great listing of Civil War soldiers and sailors (ergo, the name). I think this is him, more research would need to be done to verify.

William A. McGarity
Regiment Name 7 Georgia Infantry
Side Confederate
Company C
Soldier's Rank_In Private
Soldier's Rank_Out Private
Film Number M226 roll 40

7th Regiment, Georgia Infantry

7th Infantry Regiment was formed in May, 1861, at Atlanta, Georgia, and in June moved to Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Its members were raised in the counties Coweta, Paulding, De Kalb, Franklin, Fulton, Heard, and Cobb. Assigned to Colonel F.S. Bartow's Brigade, Army of the Shenandoah, it was active in the fight at First Manassas. In April, 1862, the regiment had 611 effectives and served under the command of General G.T. Anderson until the end of the war. It participated in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, except when it was detached with Longstreet at Suffolk, in Georgia, and at Knoxville. The 7th was not involved in the Battle of Chickamauga. It was active in the long Petersburg siege south and north of the James River and later the Appomattox Campaign. It reported 153 casualties at First Manassas, 147 during the Seven Days' Battles, and 120 at Second Manassas. Losses were light at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, but from April 14 to May 6 there were 98 disabled, and from August 1 to December 31, 1864, the unit had 56 killed or wounded. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered with 24 officers and 164 men. The field officers were Colonels George H. Carmical, Lucius J. Gartrell, William W. White, and William T. Wilson; Lieutenant Colonels Moses T. Almon, James F. Cooper, and John Dunwoody; and Majors Lemuel B. Anderson, E.W. Hoyle, John F. Kiser, and Horace H. Witt.

Looks like he was at most the big battles. Also note that that the regiment was formed in Atlanta.

Also in the same regiment was a G.W. McGarity. Might be a brother or cousin.

Checked the Taxas State Archives and William A. filed for a Confederate Pension application (they filed in the state they lived in, not in the stae they fought in). Pensions were not offered until much later in the 19th century.

McGarity, W. A. application #27253 County: Brown

Here's a link to learn more about pension applications and how to get a copy. The pension application may tell you tons about his service. They can be a wealth of knowledge on illnesses, injuries, POW status, battles fought, commanding officers, etc.

Also note that he spelled his name McGarity with one "r" on the pension application. Be sure and look for all variations when you are tracking the censuses or whatever.

Let me know if you need census info.

Good Luck!