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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.

1st Alabama Cavalry Searchable Roster
James J Manscil/Mansil/Manscill/Mansell
James J Manscil/Mansil/Manscill/Mansell

Age:  30
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  A

6/12/1863 Enlisted
Glendale, MS
10/24/1863 On Special Duty

On secret service.
12/22/1863 Mustered Out
Memphis, TN
According to different sources, James J. Manscill was born 1833 and died May 10th 1864, at the hands of Confederate Soldiers near East Port, MS. Sources say his body was never found.

His wife, Martha J. Manscill is buried in Old Manscill Cemetery, also once known as Hallmark Cemetery. There are no dates on her tombstone, but the Archive information had the date that her pension was stopped because of her death on October 7, 1908.

James and Martha had 6 children: Pernecia, born 10-25-1850; Gabriel, born 1-20-1854; Green, born 12-6-1856; John, born 2-21-1859; Marion, no dates; James, born abt. 1833; Marion and James had died earlier.

A memorial tombstone was ordered for James by Olva (Nichols) Jones and placed in Palmer Cemetery on County Hwy 158, off Hwy 25 near Hamilton, Marion County, AL. Palmer Cemetery was chosen because Old Manscill Cemetery is in the woods, grown up with trees, bushes and weeds, and there is a fence around it with a locked gate.

Unknown. Memorial stone located at Palmer Cemetery, Marion Co., AL

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.

Picture submitted by Olva (Nichols) Jones.

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