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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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Tombstone Story
Joseph A Chapman
Joseph A Chapman

Age:  36
Rank at enlistment:  Private
Company Assignment:  E

3/1/1863 Enlisted
Glendale, MS
3/1/1863 Mustered In
Corinth, MS
3/1/1864 Mustered Out
Memphis, TN
Was AWOL for two months.

After the war, Joseph bought a 40 acre farm in Centralia, Illinois.

His first wife was Malinda Bennett. They were married in December 1850. They had five children: Frances Elizabeth, born 10 October 1853; Levinia Ann Adaline, born 19 April 1856, died 23 January 1859; Martha, born 8 August 1859, died 12 November 1865; William Allen, born 3 March 1862, died 16 August 1863; and Wanda Ann, born 15 September 1863, died 20 October 1863.

After the death of Malinda on 5 January 1864, Joseph married Celia Ann Gossett on 5 November 1864 in Centralia, Illinois. Celia had been Malinda's nurse during her illness for several years. They had seven children: James Lafayette, born 16 February 1861, died 30 December 1938; John Allen, born 23 September 1865; Henry Franklin, born 9 March 1868, died 5 April 1943; Nancy Ann, born 12 December 1871, died 19 January 1956; Emma L., born 14 April 1876, died 1953; Cora L., born 11 April 1880, died 1948; and Charles W., born 5 August 1885, died 19 April 1950.

Joseph Chapman died 14 July 1887 and is buried in Ebenezer Cemetery, eight miles north of Mt. Vernon, IL.

Celia died in 1911.

Ebeneezer Cemetery, Jefferson County, IL

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 Glenda Todd.

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