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After a little more research and some talking with a relative and fellow researcher, I found the answer to the question of the missing marriage record of my great-great grandfather Ira Stokes West to my great-great grandmother Maggie E.O. Mundy. Their marriage took place in Macon Co. TN at the home of Bailey Mundy, Maggie’s father. This was recorded in the Ira S. West Bible with copies of this information and more on the West family published in Volume XVII, Number 3, p. 134-5 of the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History.
I made a copy of this information and included it in my latest application to the Civil War Families of Tennessee for Private Bailey Peyton Mundy of Smith and Macon Counties.
I was not able to find the marriage of Bailey P. Mundy to Susan M. Morris that my great-great Uncle Hoke recorded in his family history What is in a Name. An initial search of Smith Co. marriages did not show the marriage, but the 1880 census record of B. P. Mundy’s household in Macon Co. TN listed B.P.’s wife Susan M. and his father-in-law James Morris. Both the 1870 Smith Co. TN census and the 1860 Smith Co. TN census records list Bailey P. But, it will take a little more research to learn where Susan Morris and her family were in the 1860 census.
Finally, one of the fun things about genealogy research is that in solving one mystery you always seem to uncover another. I started this project thinking I had two Civil War ancestors, one on my dad’s side of the family and one on my mom’s side. Now, I am finding out that I may have had two more Civil War ancestors on my dad’s side, and both of these men would have been great-great-great-great grandfathers! In addition, one of these southern ancestors may have served in the Union Army.
The hunt for Civil War ancestors continues…