I think I found an ancestor telling a lie!

+13 votes

Hoo boy! I think I caught an ancestor telling a whopper. This is a question on the 1910 census for Jackson County, North Carolina

Survivor of Union or Confederate Army or Navy: CA (ie. Confederate Army)

So, in Hewett's Name Roster, no Clifford Galloway. In Jordan's North Carolina Troops, no Clifford in Co. K, 62nd where many of his relatives served. Nothing  on Family Search or Ancestry. Oral history? Not a hint of service. 

This fella is has an aura of mystery about him, and there's another story, but I'll save that one for later.

[Funny that when I typed "lie" in the question above, one of WikiTree's suggestions for a surname/project tag was "problems_with_members"! Hahahahahaha! Fooled them!!!! (Bet I get some down votes for this!)]

WikiTree profile: Clifford Galloway
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

3 Answers

+7 votes
Maybe it was more of a fib!
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (919k points)
Maybe that’s why he moved to the next county over. He did, however, get buried in the family cemetery where several Confederate veterans who were relatives were also interred. So, maybe it wasn’t such a big deal after all. In any case, there were a few back in these hills who took a long walk to Tennessee to join a Union regiment. Things weren’t very nice in Transylvania County back then.
+4 votes
Maybe he was an undercover agent ... no records ... lol
by Bob Jewett G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Haha! Maybe that! Had another ancestor, Moses Butler, who was punished for deserting. He eventually deserted for good and hid out in the NC mountains here, protected by his immediate family.
+4 votes


Apparently the enumerator of the 1890 US Census Schedule of CW Soldiers and Widows had an opinion about one or two men in Canada, Jackson, North Carolina who said they were soldiers but couldn’t name their company or regiment. Maybe Clifford had been telling his tall tale even then? Too bad the enumerator didn’t name them. laugh

See the note at the bottom of the page...


by Erin Klein G2G6 Mach 2 (23.6k points)
What a cool find!! Thanks for this, Erin. I wished he’d have named them, too.
You’re welcome!

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