Date of death for Isom Leonidas Ferguson?

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My great great grandfather Isom Leonidas Ferguson. ( Born March 28, 1829 or March 29, 1831 Chester, South Carolina, USA to Robert Ira Ferguson (1803-1880) and Rachael Thompson. (1805-1836). Married Jane Elizabeth Lee (1836-1912) also of Chester, SC. Various sources say he was killed at Manassas or another civil war battle. Does not show up in Census with his family from 1870 on. We have some Civil War records and pension records that are unclear. Looks like he might have been disabled? A date of enlistment might really help. He was in TN with his family in 1860 and could have joined military from there rather than SC.  I knew my grandmother well for many years and she was family historian. She never said her grandfather (mother’s father) was killed in the war! And she would have made a big deal about that if it were so. Also her mother Florence Ida Ferguson was born in 1868 after the war and he’s listed as her father on everything. No evidence wife Lizzie ever remarried. Help!!! Thanks in advance. 

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asked in Genealogy Help by Beth Ely G2G Crew (410 points)

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According to his records on Fold3 he was killed at the battle of Manassas on 30 August 1862, his widow Elizabeth applied for benefits the following year. His birth is said to be in York District, South Carolina. If this was the husband of your ancestor Elizabeth Lee Ferguson then he is not the father of her last born child. Any chance you have the wrong Isom?
answered by Jeanie Roberts G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
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Cicil War,Prisoner of War Records 1861-1865, Shows him as Prisoner of

War.

Member of South Carolina,Company D ,6th Regiment.Infantry.

Fold three,cannot access today.
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (800k points)
Thank you. I have seen the POW and the Manasses info but still believe my grandmother would have told me if her grandfather had been killed in “The Recent Unpleasantness.” Old Southern family and all. We did have an ancestor on the other side killed and we were told all about that. Perhaps my great grandmother was “born without benefit of marriage.” That definitely would have been hidden ... but we weren’t old enough to calculate dates to catch that if we’d been told her father died in the war.

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