Monroe County & the Civil War

Pindall Family History

Lebbeus Aaron Pindall was born on January 14, 1834 in Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia, bordering SW Pennsylvania). He was the oldest child of Evan "Shelby" Pindall and Drucilla Morgan Barker. His siblings were Xenophon Jacob (X.J.), Addeliza Rachel, Sarah Rebecca, Shelby Ethelbert (who died from scarlet fever in 1844, at the age of 2), and Hannah Emily.  

Lebbeus' father, Shelby, owned a plantation in what was then Virginia. He had not only inherited the land, but also a black man named Charles, from his father, Jacob Pindall. Shelby served in the Virginia Militia achieving the rank of Brigadier General and was second in command in seniority after General Winfield Scott at the time of the Mexican War. 

Lebbeus was educated in the local schools in Monongalia County, but it's unclear whether this included Laurel Point School on his father's plantation where his brother, Xenophon Jacob, (a year and a half younger) attended. In 1850, Lebbeus' mother died. His paternal grandmother, who then came to live with the family and care for the childen, died of typhoid fever the following year. In 1851, Lebbeus entered Washington University in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The remainder of his family moved near Santa Fe, Monroe County, Missouri in 1852.  

Lebbeus graduated from law school in Lexington, Virginia in 1854, and entered law practice in Paris, the county seat of Monroe County. His brother, Xenophen Jacob Pindall, was admitted to the bar in Mexico, Mo in 1858 and also practiced in Monroe County until 1859. Lebbeus practiced law in Paris until early in 1861 when he enlisted in the Missouri State Guard. 

Lebbeus initially served as Provost Marshal in the Second Division of the MSG. During the Battle of the Hemp Bales in Lexington, Missouri, (September 18-20, 1861), a stray Confederate cannonball knocked Lebbeus from his horse, but he managed to return to duty. At the time of the Battle of Pea Ridge, (Elkhorn Tavern, March 6-8, 1862), Lebbeus was with the Third Division of the MSG. He successfully recruited in Missouri during the summer of 1862 and was rewarded by being appointed to command the 9th

Missouri Battalion of Sharpshooters, C.S.A. on December 2, 1862, at the age of 28.  

Major L.A. Pindall and Companies A-C of the sharpshooters fought at Reed's Mountain (December 6, 1862) and Prairie Grove (December 7, 1862). They were joined by Company D on June 7, 1863, before the Battle of Helena (July 4, 1863). It's not known when Company E was added, but this company was with Pindall at Pleasant Hill on April 9, 1864 and Jenkins' Ferry on April 30, 1864. Company F was formed shortly after November 30, 1864. At that time, the battalion was put in charge of Shreveport. They built railroads and made breastworks until the time of their surrender in that city in 1865. 

X.J entered the Confederate Army as a private in May 1861 by joining the Missouri Militia in Poindexter’s Company of Clark’s Division under General Sterling Price. He was later elected lieutenant of that company and served in the Battle of Oak Hills and to the time that Gen. Price invaded Lexington. He was then elected Lt. Col. in Bevier’s Regiment of Gen John B Clark’s Div. of Missouri Troops and served until the regiment was mustered out in 1862. He then went into the Confederate Service and was appointed Major and quartermaster of Marmaduke’s Brigade and served in that and Parson’s Brigade until the surrender in 1865.  

After the war, the Drake Constitution prevented Lebbeus from practicing law in Missouri, so he went to Arkansas with his brother, X.J., and established a practice in Napoleon, Arkansas in 1865. He became both a prominent lawyer and politician in the state, serving as a member of the Arkansas Legislatures of 1879 and 1881.  

Lebbeus married Elenorah Jane ("Nora") Snell on September 15, 1868. An article from the Paris Mercury in 1897 recites their love story:  

“Col. Pindall came to Monroe county from Virginia, and was a typical Southerner in every respect; frank, openhearted, gallant and hospitable, and a natural born soldier. He too, left a sweet heart behind and tradition still tells of the sweet young lady, Nora, they call her yet – for old people are ever young in a memory – Nora Snell, who kept her long troth until the young Virginian again rode up to the gate of her father’s home and dismounted, war-worn and weary, to claim his promise. She was the daughter of Ashby Snell, of Middle Grove, one of the most extensive slave owners in Monroe county at that time, and loved the Virginian from the time she met him as a guest under her father’s roof until he came again when the negro cabins had been emptied and the tide of war, sweeping over the land, had changed the old order to the new.” 

Lebbeus and Nora had four children, Evan Shelby (born January 1870 - lived less than a month), Lebbeus Ashby (born August 11, 1871 - died at the age of 16), Xenophon Overton (born August 21, 1873 – died January 2, 1935), and Gustavus Cresap (born July 1876 - died when 5 months old). 

Lebbeus died on July 10, 1885 at the home of his sister, Sarah, in Audrain County while visiting relatives in Missouri, including his father. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Mexico, Missouri with Masonic honors. The Pindall brothers are buried side by side. 

Lebbeus' son, X.O., carried on the family tradition of leadership. He was a practicing attorney in Arkansas City with his cousin, Lebbeus Aaron, son of X.J. Pindall. His law office is now on the National Register of Historic Places, although as of the summer of 2000, it was still being renovated and not open to the public. X.O. was a member of both the Arkansas House of Representatives and the State Senate where he was elected president of that body. X.O. Pindall served as Arkansas Governor from May 1907 to January 1909, after Gov. John S. Little became too ill to serve. The town of Pindall, Arkansas was named for X.O. Apparently, when the train conductor called out the town name of "Kilburn" people often mistook it for "Gilbert," so the name was changed to Pindall, who was acting governor at the time. 

Although X.O. married Mae Ruth Quilling on September 15, 1902, it's not known whether he had any children. Lebbeus did have collateral descendants bearing his name, including a niece born in 1863, (while Lebbeus was in Helena, Arkansas), named Lebbia

Helena ("Dixie") Ball. 

Sources: Frank Wilfley (fwilfley@mexicomo.net), author of “Wilfley-Pindall and Related Families”; Ingrid Jones; Kathy Frazier; and a newspaper article titled “Some Unwritten History” from the Paris Mercury, Vol. 60, No. 41, on October 8, 1897 (from the files of Neil Block, Commander, William T. Anderson Camp #1743 SCV, Huntsville, Mo).