I checked the census today and found Marvel and Nancy on the
1900, Titus Co., Tx. census. It shows William and Fannie Edwards, step children, and Joseph E., Thomas P., and John T. Holbert as his children. I don't know if Melissa was
married and out of the home at that time or had died by then, but the following letter was written by Marvel Holbert:
Was born Feb the 7th 1834, Rutherford Co., NC. and moved to Texas in 1851, started Jan 15, got to Giles Co., Tn., on Apr 1st of 1851, and joined the Missionary Baptist Church May of 1853. Joined the Confederate Army Oct 1861. My regiment was the 11th Texas Calvary and was with it's regiment for 9 months and was discharged Jul 1, 1862, on account of my feeble health at Tupelo, Ms. Came home and regained my health and joined the 7th Texas Infantry R Port Hudson, La. Was at that place at the time of the bombardment. Was then ordered to Jackson, Ms. the 3rd of May and remained there one day and night and cooded 3 days rations. The command was then ordered to meet Grant's army from Grand Gulf. On the morning of May 11th we met them at Raymond, Ms. After recointering a few hours we engaged the emeeny in battle and lost 16 men in less than an hour from our Company. I was wounded in the left hip and thought at the time to be a mortal wound. Was confined to my bed till Sep 1, and was not able for duty until just before the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Nov and was in the battle and retreat, was not able for duty again until the next July. The next battle I wasin was at Jonesboro, Ga. and the next battle I was in was at Franklin where I was wounded in the left leg. Was never able for duty again during the War and was discharged at Augusta, Ga. in Apr 1865. Came home and married in Oct and lived in this county every since and have reared 6 children, William Edwards, Fannie Edwards, Melissa A. Holbert, Joseph E. Holbert, Thomas P. Holbert and
John T. Holbert.
signed, Marvel Holbert
The county mentioned was Franklin Co., Tx.
I am certain this is you Marvel. I have in my file that Melissa A. Holbert married a Martin. Will check the census for this Martin in Franklin Co., Tx.
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