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John W. Wilburn
Posted by: David (ID *****2134) Date: April 29, 2004 at 18:16:20
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Need some ideas on how to determine which unit John W. Wilburn of Lamar County, Texas was in or someone knowledgable in Texas Confederate Units. He was in the 9th Texas State Militia with his nephew at first and then joined a regular Confederate Unit and was killed in battle. The problem is no one in the family remembers what unit or what battle. He was killed in about 1864, I know that does not help much. His nephew was Aaron Nettles Wilburn.

John W. Wilburn case study:

First, lets look at Aaron Wilburn below:

Wilburn, Aaron Nettles: age 21, b. abt. 1840, Pvt., in Co. E, 9th Texas Infantry.

Aaron N. Wilburn: 1st Regiment, Missouri Cavalry, Company "K".

Wilburn, Aaron Nettles: age 21, b. abt. 1840, Pvt., in Lamar Co. Beat No. 4, 9th Brigade, Texas Militia. (This was the Home Guard and not a regular Confederate Unit, engaged in no battles)

Wilburn, John: age 31, b. abt. 1830, Pvt., in Lamar Co. Beat No. 4, 9th Brigade, Texas Militia.
(This was the Home Guard and not a regular Confederate Unit, engaged in no battles)

From the Lamar Website:
Wilburn Family Home - On land deeded Dec. 9, 1856, to John Wilburn (d. about 1864), who with help of slaves built this house by an ever-flowing spring while his family lived nearby in a cabin. Hand-dressed lumber in structure came by wagon from Jefferson. During Civil War, Wilburn died in Confederate service. A cousin, Aaron Nettles Wilburn (1839-1919) of Missouri, married the widow Sarah Jane Wilburn (1830-1917), Dec. 20, 1865.
Aaron Nettles Wilburn wrote "My first Captain was named Hill, and first Colonel was Sam Bell Maxey. Was changed to Missouri Cavalry because I was a stranger in the Ninth Texas and was raised with Company K of the Missouri Troops."
In this letter, Aaron does not mention his Uncle, John W. Wilburn. If he did, it was not posted on the Lamar website with the rest of the letter. If John W. Wilburn died in battle, that indicates he left the 9th Home Guards and joined up with a regular Confederate Unit.

Possibilities:

J. W. Wilburn: 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry above.

John Wilburn: 17th (Consolidated) Regiment, Texas Dismounted Cavalry

John Wilburn: 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment)

John Wilburn: 24th/25th Consolidated Regiment, Texas Cavalry

John Wilburn: 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's)consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry above.

John W. Wilburn: 2nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (2nd Mounted Rifles) The men were recruited in San Antonio, Houston, Marshall, and Beeville, and the counties of Anderson, Houston, Nacogdoches, and Cherokee.

J. Wilborn: 2nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry State Troops (6 months, 1863-64)

John Wilborn: 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment)

John W. Wilborn: 2nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (2nd Mounted Rifles) The men were recruited in San Antonio, Houston, Marshall, and Beeville, and the counties of Anderson, Houston, Nacogdoches, and Cherokee.

J. Wilborne: 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

J. Wilborne: 22nd Regiment, Texas Infantry (Hubbard's)

J.J. Wilburn: age Unk, b. abt. Unk, Pvt., in Co. K, 29th Texas Cavalry. (This unit mustered men from Paris, Texas. Was J.J. Wilburn our John W. Wilburn? I kind of doubt it.)

I believe I have narrowed the field down to 2 units he could have been in:

1860 Lamar County, TX Beat 4:

Neighbors to our John W. Wilburn, these names below match the names of the neighbors of our John W. Wilburn. The name and age is from the 1860 Lamar census Beat 4, the units and names are from the Confederate records.

Robert Slaughter age 22 in 1860, next door to John W. Wilburn. He served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

George Thomas age 27 in 1860, next door to John W. Wilburn. he served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

George Thomas age 27 in 1860, next door to John W. Wilburn. he served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Infantry (Hubbard's) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

John Ballinger age 18 in 1860, next door to John W. Wilburn. he served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

Joseph Ballinger age 16 in 1860, next door to John W. Wilburn. he served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

Lexington Childs age 17 in 1860, next door to John W. Wilburn. he served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

J. Baily age 39 in 1860, near John W. Wilburn. he served in 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

James Hawkins age 20 in 1860, near John W. Wilburn. he served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

James Childs age 27 in 1860, near John W. Wilburn. he served in 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment) Many of its members were from Palestine, Quitman, Livingston, Mason, and Tyler

James Childs age 27 in 1860, near John W. Wilburn. he served in 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

John Derick age 24 in 1860, near John W. Wilburn. he served in 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry above.

James Jackson age 24 in 1860, near John W. Wilburn. he served in 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

John Callaway age 22 in 1860, near John W. Wilburn. he served in 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

Now, here are the close matches:

J. W. Wilburn: 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

John Wilburn: 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's)consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

J. Wilborne: 25th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (3rd Texas Lancers) (Gillespie's) consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Texas Cavalry

John Wilborn: 22nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry (1st Indian-Texas Regiment)


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