WILLINGHAM, JOE J. (1848~1927) Joe J. Willingham, Confederate Veteran, was born in Alabama on May 21, 1848. During the Civil War, Willingham served in Company K of Captain Foard's 15th Mississippi Cavalry in the Trans Mississippi Army.
In 1867, Willingham moved to Texas and settled in Henderson County, where some of his children were born. According to the birth certificate of his son, Lon C., Willingham, in 1889, was living in Athens with his wife, Mary Ashmore. Also, according to the birth certificate, Willingham and his wife had ten children before Lon's birth, but only 4 were still living. On December 8, 1914, Willingham, age 66 and living in Tarrant County, applied for a Confederate Pension. Two of his sons, J. W. and A. P., gave sworn depositions that their father was a citizen of Texas and needed the pension as he was old and unable to work. At age 73, Willingham moved into the Confederate Men's Home on July 28, 1921. He lived in the Home for six years before he passed away on August 22, 1927. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Information taken from Birth Certificate for Lon C. Willingham, Application for Confederate Pension, Confederate Home Roster, and Death Certificate.