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It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Glenda McWhirter Todd. She passed away on September 3, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was a historian, genealogist, and author who prided herself on being a descendant of Andrew Ferrier McWhirter of the 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV. Her work over the past two decades and her dedication to the 1st Alabama Cavalry has created a legacy that will last for years to come.

Her life's work has touched thousands of people through the years, and I am glad that I had the pleasure to work with her as long as I did. My hope is that her work will live on for years to come to educate and inspire a new generation.


Stories about Troopers from the 1st Alabama

Combined Service Record

Franklin R.W. Jones

Franklin R.W. Jones was born March 10, 1812 in Franklin County, Tennessee. He married Mary Hall, February 6, 1833 in Blount County, Alabama. Their children were: Melinda, Mary Ann, Susan, Elizabeth, Louvisa, Nancy, Daniel F., Martha and Rebecca. Franklin and Elizabeth Wileman then had the following children: Leonard, Wiley, Robert, Manervia and Asbury.

Franklin Jones served in the 1st Alabama Cavalry, Company G. He was 49 years old when he joined. He was temporarily attached to the 11th Illinois Cavalry, Company I. He was appointed Sergeant on April 1, 1863. He mustered out May 22, 1865.

After the Civil War, Franklin married Nancy Rackley on November 3, 1869 in Blount County, Alabama. He was married by Benjamin Sheats. Benjamin Sheats was a brother Chris C. Sheats, the chairman and spokesman for the anti-secession movement in Winston County, Alabama.

Franklin lived in Winston County, Alabama from 1840 until the end of his life.


Submitted by Reita Burress, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Tent No. 4
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Database created and maintained by Ryan Dupree.

Service records compiled by Glenda Todd and used with her permission. This and other information about the history of the First and the men who fought with the unit can be found in her book, First Alabama Cavalry, USA: Homage to Patriotism.

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