Brothers in Arms and for Real



Watterson Knox Polk Ownby was the oldest of 3 son's of Eli Craig Ownby and Nancy Carol Winstead who served in the Confederate Army. 

WKP (Watt) Born Jan 10, 1842 in Marshall Co Tennessee died Feb 10 1930 in Whitewright, Grayson Co., Texas
Enlisted as a Private, Co F, 41 Regt., TN Inf, CSA His unit was surrendered at Ft Donelson and was probably sent to Camp Butler.
Re-enlisted Sept 27, 1862 at Bardstown, KY
Appointed Sgt, Mar 1 1863. 
Captured near Hillsboro, TN Sept 17 1864 sent to Camp Chase
Paroled at Camp Chase, Ohio, Feb 13 1865 being rec'd at Boulwares & Cox Warf, James River, VA, Feb 20 1865. 
Surrendered, May 1, 1865 at Sand Mountain, AL and subscribed to oath of allegiance at Nashville, TN, May 16 1865. signed Robert C Davis, Adjutant General, May 15, 1923" 

Watt married Martha Jane Taylor Oct 16, 1873 in a double wedding between his sister Elizabeth Nancy Ownby and Martha's brother Jefferson Lafayette Taylor. 

He received a Civil War Veterans Pension.  His grandson, Watt and grandaughter, Polly remember that when they were little, he would line all of the grandchildren up and give each of them a quarter every month when he received his pension check.  Watt II, says at one time he had $5 from the money that Granpa Watt gave him.  Considering this was just before the Depression, that was a lot of money.

Edward Dallas Ownby was born May 10, 1844 in Marshall, Co., Tennessee and died April 27, 1907 in Wolfe City, Hunt Co., Texas

Enlisted as Pvt, Co F, 8th TN Cav (Smith's) along side his brother Watt.
He was wounded with a mini ball to the left hip in March of 1865.
Paroled in Charlottesville, S.C. May 5, 1865

Ed married Cynthia Emeline Knox in 1868.

Samuel Mortimer Ownby was born March 27, 1946 in Marshall Co., Tennessee and died Dec 10, 1927 in Woodbury, Cannon Co., TN. 
Enlisted in CSA Nov 1863, in Cannon CO, TN in company of Johnson Scouts and remained with them until Sep 1, 1864. 
Assigned to General Wheeler's command on his raid in TN. 
Captured and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio where conditions were extremely bad.  The local citizens provided much of their food. 
Sent to Richmond, VA Mar 12, 1865 for exchange. 
Then to Mississippi to join Gen Forest's Command, CO I, Nixon's Regt. 
Surrendered at Gainesville, KY and Paroled. 
Walked most of the way home, arriving on May 11, 1865.  Took a boat on TN River to Johnsville then a train to Nashville, and Murfreesboro, then walked 18 miles home.

Sam married Ruthie Jane Springer Wilburn Smith who was twice widowed and the mother of four children.  

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