Elisha Knight Gunn

Pvt., Co. A, 27th Texas Cavalry, CSA

25 Dec 1840 - 1 Oct 1923

By Thomas M. Hagood Jr.

556 Fitzhugh Ave.

Paris, TX 75460

Elisha Knight Gunn was born 25 Dec 1840 in Dalby Springs, Bowie Co., TX the son of Francis Bennett Gunn (born 2 Oct 1818) and Martha Christian Dalby (born 16 Sep 1817). On 1 May 1886, Elisha married Martha Bryon Terrell who was born in Kentucky, the daughter of Joel M. Terrell (born 3 Dec 1811) and Mary Nelson Davidson (born 5 Dec 1815).

Children of Elisha and Martha Gunn were:

1. Kate Gunn, born 30 Aug 1876, died 7 Dec 1969, buried Highland Cemetery, Lamar County. She married Will M. Larimore, born 4 Apr 1871, died 9 Mar 1928, buried in Highland Cemetery, Lamar County.

2. Tony Gunn, born 1867 and died 1957, buried Highland Cemetery, Lamar County. She married A. W. Simmons, born 6 Nov 1856, died 3 Apr 1918, buried Old Deport Cemetery, Lamar County.

Elisha K. Gunn enlisted on 4 Jul 1861 in Company A, 27th Texas Cavalry at Daingerfield, Texas and was mustered into service on 13 Aug 1861 at Wilson Creek, Texas.

Martha Bryon Gunn, his wife, received a Texas Confederate Pension #49055 from the State of Texas for his service in the Confederate Army in Co. A, 27th Texas Cavalry.

From the records of Lamar #258 United Daughters of the Confederacy: "He served in Co. A, 1st Field Legion, CSA." His daughter, Kate Gunn, born 30 Aug 1876, in Paris, TX, who married a Larimore, joined the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Paris under his record.

The Paris Morning News

Tuesday, October 2, 1923

"Elisha K. Gunn, an old resident of Deport and one of the most prominent men in the southeast part of Lamar county, died at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon at his home in Deport. He would have been 83 years old next Christmas and was in declining health, but he had not been confined to bed more than a week. Mr. Gunn first lived in the Biardstown community after coming to Texas and was a brother of the late Capt. W. T. Gunn, ex-sheriff, whose home was at Biardstown. He was engaged in farming for several years at Biardstown and continued farming after moving to Deport. He is survived by his wife and two daughters; Mrs. A. W. Simmons and Mrs. Will Larrimore, both of whom reside at Deport. He and his wife were making their home with Mrs. Simmons. He is survived by a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon and burial will be at the Deport cemetery."

Elisha was buried at Old Deport Cemetery in the Row 17 South Section, between W. H. Parchman and Lizzie Turner.

©Ron Brothers and Thomas M. Hagood Jr., All Rights Reserved, 2000.

May 21, 2000

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