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Susannah "Susan" Cagle Standridge Meek

From Nancy Jane:
Susanna "Susan" "Susie" Cagle:
Age 10, in the 1850 Census Franklin County, Tennessee

1860 Census Richland Twp. Newton County, Arkansas
John 18 M. Arkansas Farmer
Susan 19 F. Tennessee ( Susanna Cagle)
Samuel 7/12 M. Arkansas

1870 census Richland Twp. Newton County, Arkansas
# 21,
Richard 29 AR.
Susan 28 TN
Samuel 10 AR (he was a Standridge)
John 8 AR. ( he was a Standridge)
Charles 6 AR. ( he was a Standridge)
Jeremiah 3 AR (went by William Marion Cagle his entire life)
James W. 1 AR (went by James W. Cagle)
(had one more son after 1870 Esquire Meek)

They were all on the wagon train , with other family members.
1880 Census Cassia, Ada County, Idaho
44-45 Meek, Susan 36, H. TN TN TN
Samuel S. 18, S. AR. TN TN
Jeremiah 13, S. AR. TN TN (went by William Marion Cagle
James W. 9 S. AR. TN TN (went by Jim Cagle )
Esquire 6 S. AR. TN TN

Susanna Cagle, daughter of Henry and Martha Cagle of Warren County, Tennessee,. They moved to Newton County, Arkansas in the 1850s .

1900 Galena, Washington Twp. Stone County, Missouri
1910 Galena, Washington Twp. Stone County, Missouri
2309 123 Standridge, Susie Head 69 TN
She was still a Meeks, but went by Standridge and filed for John Standridge's pension again, was given some kind of a cash settlement. She said she and her sons wanted to clear her husband's name in 1920 Galena, Washington Twp. Stone County, Missouri Susannah is buried at the Galena Cemetery, Galena, Stone County, Missouri Susannah married first John Standridge, son of John Standridge. John enlisted in Company C. 1st. Arkansas Infantry, Union on February 12, 1863 and was killed by bushwhackers at his home on Frbruary 19, 1865. His war record states that he was 5' 9" tall, fair complexion, hazel eyes and light hair. The record also states that John was in camp at Fort Smith and received word that his father and two brothers had been killed by bushwhackers and their families had been robbed of their food and clothing .

John was in the Civil War, a private in the Arkansas Infantry February 12,1863. His Captain's name was James R. Vanderpool and the lieut. was Jack Case. He was reported murdered. He was shot several times by Querrill on February 19, 1865 while home without leave. His wife Susanna "Susan" Cagle age 23 years old with three small children sent in an application for pension no. 123,212. Application was rejected June 19, 1866, soldier murdered while absent without leave. Susan had written John a letter while he was at Fort Smith, Arkansas to tell him that his father John, and two of his brothers, Lemuel and Washington, were murdered and robbed of all there food and clothing. Susan and their three small children lived there with the family. John had come home to help them get some food and clothing. John had only been home one day when Querrill and his men came back and shot him several times, killing him.

There is a letter that said John came home on furlough near the close of the war to see his family and was killed the next day by bushwackers. He was reported by enemies to be a deserter but his old widow of this place now 82 years old declares he was not. Susan and her children never believed him guilty of desertion. Captian Vanderpool testified at John's hearing, that he fully believed that John would return to his unit after helping his family and got the charges reduced from desertion to A.W.O.L. Susan did receive a bounty from the government for John's service, but did not get a pension because he was A.W.O.L. at the time of his death. She moved to Stone County , Missouri shortly thereafter. Her tombstone at Galena, Missouri gives dates of 1840 to 1927. I have a copy of the Application of the Pension sent to me by C. L. Boyd.

Story in "Standridge Book", sent in by Evelyn Flood, book by C.L. Boyd book. The Hanging in Limestone Valley , Newton County, Arkansas - May 29, 1863. Sent in By Evelyn Flood as printed in the Newton County Family History. On March 24, 1863, Captain J. R. Vanderpool of Company C, 1st. Arkansas Infantry (under Colonel James M. Johnson) was ordered from Fayetteville, Arkansas, along with Captain Abial Stevens of Company E, 1st. Regular Arkansas Infantry and a group of men to go to Newton County for scouting. They encountered many Confederate forces and retreated to the post at Fayetteville, leaving several union men behind. When these men returned to Fayetteville, they found that the post had been evacuated on April 16, 1863. They were then at high risk of being captured by Confederates and had to hide. those known to be left behind were Gilbert Smith, David Flood, James Smith, (Gilbert's brother and David's brother-in-law), John Standridge, Kelsey Gilmore, O. C. Bright and possibly others. All of these men were taken prisoner, plus David's neighbor, Berry Stone (who may have hidden these men) . Someone had a knife and some of the men cut themselves loose and escaped. David Flood, his brother-in-law James Smith , and Berry Stone were hanged by Confederates on the same tree, supposedly in Linestone Valley. " you could see the rope marks one year later, " according to one source. When David Flood was taken prisoner, his wife Martha followed after the men pleading; but they were hanged anyway. John Standridge and the others returned to their command. John Standridge later heard of his father's & brothers death and returned to Newton County to help find them food, clothing and protect his family. He was also killed by the bushwhackers on February 19, 1865. his widow was unable to draw his pension since he had been absent without leave. (this account has been taken from many depositions and pension records from various men.)

Steel Creek Cemetery This cemetery is located on the Freeman farm in Limestone Vallley . To reach this cemetery, turn left at the second road after passing Odgen Cemetery going south and cross a low water bridge on Steel Creek, continue around a curve to the right. The cemetery is inside a field on the right after turning the curve. Only two graves had data on the stones. (located in section 18, township 12 N , Range 21 W. ) Cooper, Isaac F. 22 Aug 1812 29 Sept. 1872 Cooper, Narcissa J. 24 Mar 1814 24 Mar. 1908 wife of Isaac Flood, David (no marker) no date 29, May 1863 Company F. 1st. Arkansas Infantry USA taken prisoner and hung by confederates during Civil War Smith, James (no marker) no dates 29, May 1863 Company F. 1st. Arkansas Infantry USA taken prisoner and hung by confederates during Civil War Stone, Berry (no marker) no marker 29, May, 1863 taken prisoner and hung by confederates during Civil War Newton County Cemeteries by Herman and Oleta Haddock. (Information is from C.L. Boyd, sent in by Evelyn Flood) More About John Wesley Standridge Jr.: Burial: Sissom Cemetery, Newton County, Arkansas Cause of Death: Shot and Killed by buchwackers, Marriage Notes for Susanna Cagle and John Standridge: Married by Jeremiah Meeks, Information is from Pension Application Richard Meeks was said to have been bushwacked and killed by Coon Ross and his brother Tal. Coon Ross was married to his sister Rhoda Meek, it has been said that Rhoda warned her brothers. (Richard and Lewis Meeks both were shot and killed). Coon Ross was found innocent of this crime. Alexander "Coon" Ross was the son of John Ross and Rhoda Standridge. Susannah Cagle's first husband and Coon were cousins. Coon was running the Meek's grist mill was one story and Richard and Lewis Meek's felt they should have the mill. When the Meek's men came to the Mill --old Coon Ross--killed both of them. He was called Coon because during the Civil War he served in the Union Army and they said he could see at night just like an old coon!
Susannah Cagle was the daughter of Henry and Martha Cagle. She married John Standridge first and Richard Meek, second.
Henry Cagle @ Rootsweb

These pictures were shared by Nancy Jane Balmer, great great granddaughter of Lydia Margaret Standridge Cagle

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