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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.

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Marion Jasper Isbell
Marion Jasper Isbell

Marion Jasper Isbell was born about 1843 in Winston Co., AL. He was living in Middleton, Hardeman Co., TN when he filed for pension stating he enlisted in Co. E, 1st AL Cav. US in July 1862 and again in the fall of 1863, as Private and then as a Lieutenant. He stated he was captured and taken prisoner of war and was still being held POW when his company was discharged from service and therefore he failed to get his discharge. He stated he was wounded on two occasions to the foot, breast and shoulder. On 14 Feb 1917 he was living at Route 1, Brigg's Store in Corinth, MS and wrote the Pension Dept. again asking them to instate his pension that he had found someone to identify him. He was 74 years old at the time. In another letter he stated he was wounded in the right foot 18 Oct 1863, wounded again in left shoulder in the early part of 1864, crippling his left arm and hand. On 2 May 1917, he wrote the Pension Dept. again stating he had moved and his new address was Bay, Arkansas.

Marion Jasper Isbell was the son of William and Martha Stanfield Isbell. Known children of William Isbell and his wife Martha Stanfield were all born in north Alabama, in or near Winston Co:
George Washington Isbell b 28 Apr 1840 d 03 June 1907 md 4 Mar 1868 in Blount Co, AL to Lucy Ann Barker
Marion Jasper Isbell b Feb 1843 md 11 Mar 1862 in Lawrence Co, AL to Martha Stanfield Holt
Margaret Emaline b 20 Apr 1845 md Marshall Moten Jones
Permelia Ann "Amelia/Milly" b c1847 md 5 Mar 1868 in Blount Co, AL to John Wesley Gaylor
William Bailey b c1850, served Civil War, no more known
Louis Bailey b c1852, no more known
John Thomas Isbell b c1855, no more known
Martha Jane Isbell b c1857, no more known
James Thomas Isbell b c1860, no more known

It is said the youngest children were victims of a cholera outbreak while living near Bangor, AL in what is now the Blount/Cullman Co. Line.

(Researched and written by Glenda McWhirter Todd, who ordered Jasper Isbell's pension records in order to determine if he did indeed serve in the 1st AL Cav. but nothing was in the records to indicate he served other than in his request for a pension.) Please advise if you have any additions or corrections.

The US Pension Department was unable to locate any records showing Marion Jasper Isbell served in the 1st AL Cav. US and apparently didn't allow him to draw a pension as there was nothing in his pension records to indicate he drew one.

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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