Two of Jacob and Piety Lineberry‘s sons served together in the 29th Virginia Regiment during the Civil War, George (my great, great grandfather) and Wesley Bird Lineberry.   Sometime around 1908, Wesley wrote a letter that was published in his local newspaper recounting some of his war memories.1  Then many years later, my great Uncle Leonard, who must have heard handed-down stories, narrated in an audio recording about 1980 the following:

I must tell you about grandfather’s brother, uncle Wesley Lineberry who was a veteran of the Civil War. Before the Civil War, Uncle Wesley was born in 1845 and as a young man of 18 he was in the Civil War. His letter that was evidently written by a daughter in his later days, recounted how his experiences said that he moved after the war, about 2 years after the war, I imagine about 1867.  He and two of his aunts left Carroll County, Virginia in a covered wagon & migrated to Missouri. And before he started Uncle Jacob, that was Uncle Wesley’s brother, as a young man he was born in 1849, had a dime and gave that to Uncle Wesley. Uncle Wesley said that when he got into Missouri he had 15 cents and, of course, why later he owned 200 acres of fine Missouri land, farm land. A fine home land in Marceline, Missouri [Note: St. Catherine, Missouri].  He raised a family of seven children and among his grandchildren was one Wesley McAfee and at one time Wesley McAfee was nominated for president of New York stock exchange. He was president of Union Electric in St. Louis when he lived in St. Louis.2


Wesley Bird Lineberry (1845-1924)

Among my great uncle Leonard’s genealogy records is an undated letter (circa 1960) from Mable Wolfe relating her conversation with Wesley’s daughter, Effie Redding.

Wesley Lineberry born Feb 15, 1845 near Galax, Va.  Son Jacob and Piety Thomas Smith Lineberry married Wahconda Langwell Oct 6, 1873. (Dau John Henry and Anne Lee Gillispie Langwell). G Grandmother Anne was a very beautiful woman).  He died Aug 23, 1924 Buried Rosehill Cemetery, Brookfield, Mo.

He was a member of the Va regulars of the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and was in the Battle of Gettysburg. He went back to Va to attend the 50 year celebration of the battle. After the war he returned home – He was 21 years old. (Jobless or we might say a displaced person).

His uncle Joseph and Polly (Lineberry) Harmon were coming to Mo to live and see his uncle Leander Lineberry who was living in Mo.  They were 3 months making the trip in a covered wagon. The year was 1866.  Made the trip:

  • Joseph and Polly Harmon
  • Wesley Lineberry
  • Patrick Leander Lineberry
  • Wilborn Lineberry (Patrick and Wilborn were sons of Joseph & Elizabeth Harmon Lineberry)

They went to the home of George and Catherine Lineberry Coulson. Uncle Leander meet them. The day they arrived John Anderson, a wealthy Bachelor (who was very dirty), came down the road horseback half naked and drunk making a lot of noise. Squire, or Leander, who was very religious decided they were in a wild and untamed country. Wild grass and timber covered the land. Leander was a Justice of the Peace and married most of the early couples at Wyandotte, Mo.3

[Note:  Corse’s Brigade, of which the 29th Virginia was a part, did not fight at Gettysburg.  The Gettysburg Reunion of 1913 took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in July 1913 with over 50,000 veterans attending.]

Leonard’s father, Jacob Wesley Lineberry, moved from Virginia in the late 1890’s as a young man and visited with his Uncle Wesley in Missouri, which we know because of the letters that Jacob sent to his brother suggesting to encourage their father to come to Missouri to visit his brother.

Earlier this year, I met, through this blog, a descendant of Wesley Lineberry’s and he provided some photos of Wesley Bird Lineberry’s family.  He’s provided some identification but perhaps someone else can help further.

Reference Notes:
  1. Wesley Bird Lineberry, undated transcription, in letter to Leonard Lineberry from Mabel Wolfe, January 1960; privately held by Kay Bauman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2009. The envelope and accompanying letter have the same use of the letter I as a number, leading credence that this was typed by Mabel. [Leonard’s son, Wesley, gave Kay electronic copies of Leonard’s genealogy research.]
  2. Leonard Lineberry, Leonard telling family stories to family, recorded circa 1980 on a visit to Oklahoma City, 26 minute, audio; privately held by Kay Bauman.
  3. Mabel Wolfe, (Marceline, Missouri) to “Dear Leonard [Lineberry],” digital image of letter, [undated ca 1960]; privately held by Kay Bauman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2009. [Leonard’s son Wesley gave Kay electronic copies of Leonard’s genealogical research & notes.]

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