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John F. McElhenny

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John F. McElhenny, Captain, Company C 37th Virginia Infantry

Captain McElhenny was from Russell County, apparently from Lebanon Virginia. Records at the Library of Virginia list him as the original owner of the Lucy Fickle house located on Main Street Lebanon Virginia. According to the 1937 survey the frame house built in 1850 passed from Captain McElhenny to Alice Thurman then to Elizabeth Shoemaker and finally to Lucy Fickle. The house was a millinery store during the ownership of Thurman and Shoemaker. This survey, dated November 11, 1937 states that a “local veterans group” was named after Captain McElhenny. John F. McElhenny is listed on the muster roll of Company C of the 37th Virginia Infantry with an enlistment date of May 10, 1861. I could not find any pension information on Captain McElhenny. The only other piece of information I have been able to find is dated 31 August 1896. On this date McElhenny, J. F. was admitted to the Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers Home. His age at admission was 80 years and his residence at time of admission was Russell County Virginia. The record also shows that he was discharged on September 3, 1896. Order of admission was revoked by a “ Capt. M.” for being of “unsound mind” At this point Captain McElhenny seem to disappear from official records and I have been unable to find any further information.
Captain McElhenny being 80 years old in 1896 puts the year of his birth at 1816 and his age at time of enlistment at approximately 45 years.


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