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Lasiter of Brookston has been pro- 96-Year-Old Thomas Rufus McGuyer is Deita County's Only Living Confederate Veteran Delta County's only living Con- ederate veteran, Thomas Rufus McGuyer, was 96 years old, March .4, and has been a resident of Charleston since he was nine. He •epresents the first of five successive successive living generations and he las 117 direct descendants. Though he never served outside lis home county and was discharged discharged when he was barely 17 years old, he was enrolled a year in the lonfederate Home Guard, made up chiefly of youngsters and men ,00 old for field service. He was one of the few veterans rom this section who attended the u'storic meeting of the Confedera : and union veterans held on Gettysburg Gettysburg battlefield in July, 1938. One of his chief recollections of that gathering was how he and other veterans were "pestered" by what seemed a large percentage of the 200,000 visitors, chiefly women, who came to their tents, asking for autographs and inquiring aboul heir personal histories. Born March 14, 1848, in Bedford lounty, Tenn.. son of Mr. and Mrs. :. B. McGuyer, he came by wagon,rain wagon,rain to Texas with the family in .he fall of 1855, settling at Moore's Springs, four or five miles east of THOMAS RUFUS McGUYER er sold the farm he had bought there from James Stell, and moved to Charleston, then consisting of two dwellings. Since then, Delta County has been his home. He Moore's Springs.. He married Miss Hattie Oats daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Oats, at Charleston. June 27, 1872. and their children are Thomas McGuyer, Virginia McGuyer, Bettie Bettie McGuyer, Mrs. OHn Lyles, Lane McGuyer, Alvin McGuyer and Jim McGuyer, and there are 34 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren great-grandchildren and 12 great-great- grandchildren. He engaged in fanning most of his life until his retirement, though he worked at tmies at other other jobs, including helping build three of Delta County's courthouses, courthouses, not to mention time out for fishing, his favorite sport and his .hobby as well. He has been a member of Church Charleston Methodist many years. Mr. McGuyer was follow ing in the j footsteps of his forefathers when he signed up with the Home Guard as a youngster: his grandfather, Thomas McGuyer, was born in ,M^,,ao ,, i ^. tl . „„„ .,„ ...... Quebec, Canada, during the Revo- lution and older uncles served in j the American Revo lu tionary I Army; uncles aided in the Texas Revolution and his father fought in the Mexican War under Zach- Paris. Two years later, his fath- says his only schooling was at ierey. ary Taylor, being wounded se- verely during the battle of Mon- j terey.- |

Clipped from The Paris News19 Sep 1944, TuePage 6

The Paris News (Paris, Texas)19 Sep 1944, TuePage 6
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