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Francis M. Massie
Feb. 6, 1830
Jan. 20, 1894
Co. I. 32 Tex Cav.
||Francis M. Massey
||Section:Confederate Field, Section 2 (D)
|Reason for Eligibility:
||February 6, 1830
||January 20, 1894
||January 21, 1894
|Confederate Home Roster Information:
|Came To Texas:
||Yell, Hays Co., Texas
|Admitted To Home:
||November 16, 1893
||32nd Texas Cav. |
|MASSEY, FRANCIS M. (1830~1894) Francis M. Massey, Confederate veteran, was born in Georgia in 1830, but moved to Texas in 1849, where he appears to have settled in or around Blanco County. Working as a farmer, Massey, on May 15, 1862, following the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in Captain E. A. Wood's Regiment, which eventually became Company I, of the 36th Texas Cavalry. The 36th Cavalry was also known as the 32nd Cavalry.
After being mustered into Confederate Service in San Antonio, the men of Company I were trained at Camp Clark, near San Marcos, and were later divided and sent throughout South Texas to help maintain order. However, in June 1863, the men were sent to the Texas coast in fear of an invasion by Union General Nathaniel P. Banks in his Red River Campaign. After traveling to Louisiana in February 1864, they joined General Richard Taylor's Army and fought almost continuously until May of that year. During this time they took part in numerous skirmishes and engagements, including the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill.
After stopping the Campaign at the Battle of Yellow Bayou, on May 18, 1864, the 36th Cavalry returned to home and was assigned to Provost Duty in Galveston. Following General E. Kirby Smith's surrender in June 1865, the men were taken prisoner and were ultimately paroled in San Antonio on August 10, 1865.
Shortly after his release, Massey returned home and married a woman named Elizabeth on November 7, 1865. While much of Elizabeth's personal history is unknown, she, according to the 1880 Census, was born in 1843, in Alabama, and had given birth to six children, four daughters and two sons, all of whom were born in Texas. Their names were Bersheba, Alice, Eugenia, Margaret, Wane, and Mordica. The Masseys were also listed as living in Hays County, Texas.
Suffering from paralysis on his left side, Massey left Elizabeth in Hays County and moved to Austin to live in the Texas Confederate Home. He entered the Home on November 16, 1893, and remained there until his death on January 20, 1894. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Elizabeth continued to live in Hays County until 1903, when she also moved to Austin. Two years later, she successfully applied to receive Francis' Confederate Pension. It appears that she continued living in Austin until her death, as a Elizabeth Massie [Massey] is listed as being buried in Austin's Oakwood Cemetery on June 28, 1917.
Information taken from: F. M. Massey, Compiled Military Service Records; National Park Service website, www.itd.nps.gov/cwss; 36th Texas Cavalry webpage; www.anglefire.com/tx3/RandysTexas/36thcav.html; ; "WOODS, PETER CAVANAUGH." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Mon May 24 10:13:31 US/Central 2004].; 1880 United States Census Household Record, www.familysearch.org; Confederate Home Roster; and Confederate Pension Application #10766; and Travis County, Texas - Oakwood Cemetery in Austin part M web page,http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/travis/cemeteries/oakwood6.txt.