Mary Lee ABSHIRE: Birth: 1869.
Alia Ann ABSHIRE: Birth: 28 SEP 1872. Death: 27 JAN 1929
Note: .. from "The Abshire Family of Virginia and West Virginia" by James and Jean Abshire On November 6, 1861, Simeon enlisted in Company B. Eighth Regiment Mounted Infantry of the Union Army. He was wounded at the Salem raid, Dublin Depot and Mingo Flats. He also saw active duty at the batte of Droop Mountain and Cloyd Mountain. On January 26, 1864, the Eighth became the Seventh West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry as West Virginia had become astate in 1863. Simeon was a farrier, who took care of the horses, even performing surgery, buch like a veterinarian.
Simeon was dischardged at Charleston, West Virginia on August 1, 1865. His Civil War Pension papers state that he was 6'2" tall, fair skin, and had blue eyes and dark hair. Nell Martin and Grace Garner both said that Simeon was tall, broad shouldered and handsome.
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