Rebecca L. Garrison

By Sylvia Kelly Smith

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Rebecca Garrison was the fifth child born to Lot Garrison and Margaret Erwin. Only two of Lot and Margaret's daughters lived long enough to raise a family. (These were Rebecca and Eliza Jane). Rebecca was born in East Baton Rouge Parish, La. on December 21, 1836. The family had only lived in Louisiana for six years at that time, having moved from Adams County in Mississippi. Rebecca's father, Lot, had migrated to this area from Greene County Pennsylvania a short time fore he married Margaret in the 1820's.

When she was still less than ten years, Rebecca was so pleased to find that her mother, Margaret would be having a new baby. At the time, Rebecca had two younger brothers, seven-year-old Reuben Alexander and three-year-old Stephen Augustus. A new baby would be fun, and Rebecca would be the perfect age to really help her mother care for the little one.

Things didn't go as planned though. The new baby, Francis, lived only a couple of days. Rebecca, along with the rest of the family, was horrified. This had never happened to them before-- maybe their neighbors, but not to them. It was so sad for her to watch as that tiny little baby was buried.

As a young girl, Rebecca would have quite a bit of sorrow to face. Less than a year after the death f Baby Francis, her father, Lot, would be gone, too. What made it even worse, her dad took his own life. How can that ever be explained to anyone, especially a young child? How many times must Rebecca, along with her brothers and sisters, have wondered if they were in some way to blame or his untimely death? "....His melancholy end...." was just the way one newspaper article scribed Lot's death in early July of 1847. (For more information, read the story about Lot in this book). Apparently, there was not much discussion of his death. None of this information made its ay to future generations until newspaper articles about his death were located in 1998 by two of his descendants.

Rebecca was no more than eleven years old when her father's life was ended. At the time that Lot died, Rebecca had two older brothers and two older sisters, who, like her, had to help their mother e care of the younger children, take care of things on the farm, and help to earn a living. John, her oldest brother at age 18, probably shouldered much of the burden of making ends meet for the family. No doubt, he was helped considerably by 17-year-old William. Fourteen-year-old Mary Asenath and twelve-year-old Eliza Jane probably had more housework, gardening, animal tending, and childcare responsibilities attached to their chores than would have been necessary if their father had been living. The little brothers had to be taken care of.

A bright spot in the household came about seven months after Lot died. Another little brother was born. This time, Rebecca may have been hesitant in wanting to take care of him. After all, the last baby born in their house did not live very long.

They named their new baby James McGimsey Garrison. Part of his name probably came from the name of their nice doctor neighbor who must have helped with his birth. Thank goodness for Dr. McGimsey with all that the Garrison household had gone through in the past year! Both Dr. McGimsey and his wife, Martha, would play major roles in the Garrison family for the next few years.

Several years pass before we have any more record of happenings in Rebecca's family, but in March of 1852, when Rebecca was just fifteen years of age, another horrible thing happened. Her older brother, William, died. We do not know the cause of his death. He and John had almost become father-figures to their younger siblings. Now, he was gone! Less than a year later, in January of 1853, Rebecca's oldest sister, Mary Asenath, died. There is no documentation that we have found on the cause of her death, but some of Elene Garrison Kelly's notes have indicated that it could have been a lung problem. We have not been able to verify that.

Dr. McGimsey was probably ministering to the family during these times also. What a shock the deaths of these two young people must have been to the Garrison family. Two of the oldest children, who had been called on to shoulder much of the family's load to help their mother were now gone. It was an unusually hard blow for all of them!

Life must go on! The family managed to stay together, all of them working hard with high ideals, and mother Margaret still very much in charge. The three oldest children now were John, Eliza Jane, and Rebecca. We know that courting eventually became one pleasant part of their lives after this because all three of them would be getting married in about four more years.

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Rebecca and John... We don't know how or just when she met him, but Rebecca had met the man of her dreams! Before her twenty-first birthday, Rebecca would be married. She would be the first of the Garrison children to "tie the knot." The entire household was probably busy making preparations for the happy event. Little brothers getting all scrubbed and clean, and dressed in their Sunday best, were probably grinning from ear to ear (or complaining because they had to wear their good clothes and be on their best behavior.)

On January 15, 1857, while the family was still living in the Baton Rouge area, Rebecca married John Henry Impson. According to their license, John Impson was residing in East Baton Rouge Parish at the time of their marriage, too. They were married by Joseph Heard, Justice of the Peace, at the home of Mrs. Garrison (Margaret Erwin Garrison). Witnesses for these rites were R. McCullum, J. S. Hendry, and James Harris. (We think that John Henry's mother was Temperance Harris. Maybe James Harris was a representative from his mother's side of the family. In the 1850 census, James Harris, age 60, a farmer born in NC, with Nancy aged 56 born in NC , and Wm., aged 29, is located at dwelling #974, while Margaret's family was in dwelling #896).

Rebecca's brother, John W. Garrison, signed the marriage bond for $500.00 with John H. Impson the presence of R. A. Haddill (sp.?) on January 13, 1857. Marriage was really serious business the early and mid-1800's. The marriage was recorded in the East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse January 17, 1857. Found in these marriage records is still the following little note, handwritten by Margaret Garrison:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Records show that John Henry was the son of John Impson and (possibly) Temperance Harris. No other documented information has been located about his lineage by this author.

Based on Census and Civil War records, John Henry was probably born around 1834. The 1830 Census of Mississippi shows a John Impson as Head of family with:

Free Whites

Males:      one under 5 years of age

                one over 30 and under 50

Females:  one over 30 and under 50

 

Slaves

Males:      one age 10 to 24

 

Free Colored

Males:      one age 24 to 36

Females:  one age 24 to 36

This could possibly be John Henry's father and mother and an older brother. We are not certain of t though.

Weddings almost got to be a habit in the Garrison household for a while. Just a little more than a year after Rebecca and John Henry's vows, brother John would be married at his mother's home, too. John married Mary Jane Shanks in early March of 1858. (See Margaret Erwin's story, entitled
Grandmother Margaret Takes Over
" in this book).

Not even two and a half weeks later, Eliza Jane married James Monroe Barnett at home. While they were set up for weddings, they meant to get some marrying taken care of! The Garrison household was clearing out fast!

The remaining family must have been making plans for the future in the midst of all this. Margaret had sold her land to Dr. McGimsey's wife, Martha, before the weddings began. Margaret must have been land-hunting in the Livingston Parish area for a while, too, because once these three children were married, she made plans to move herself and her three younger boys to the Watson, LA. area. By 1860, she and the boys were shown to be living in Livingston Parish according to that year's census. Also found in that census, living nearby were Eliza Jane and her husband, as well as John Henry and Rebecca.

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The Civil War... In the 1860's, Rebecca and John were happily starting their family-- until they were rudely interrupted by the Civil War. By the time John joined this War of the Rebellion, he was the father of at least two children- - Joseph Alexander and Mary Jane. In total, he and Rebecca would have three children during their marriage: Joseph Alexander, Mary Jane, and John Henry Impson, Jr. (Some researchers list four children by listing Temperance as one of their children. We can find no proof for a child by that name in the family's records). We have a strong feeling that John Henry, Sr.'s mother was named Temperance. Her death date was September 17, 1866.

John and Rebecca's oldest child, Joseph Alexander, was born November 10, 1858 in Livingston Parish. He is shown with his parents in the 1860 Census of Livingston Parish. At the time, he is two years of age. The three of them are living in dwelling # 312.

In the 1870 Agriculture Census for Ward 2, John Impson is shown to be living on a plot of land with 18 improved acres and 212 unimproved acres. His land had produced 3 bales of cotton and 20 bushels of sweet potatoes.

Daughter Mary Jane, was born January 17, 1861. Her father was not at home during most of her toddler days. He had no choice but to join the ranks of Southerners who were fighting against the Yankees. According to records that have been located, John did wait until little Mary Jane was at least a year old before he left home. Able-bodied men in Livingston Parish who did not join the war effort were sometimes taken forcibly; some were shot and their crops burned.

According to Civil War documents that family members have been able to locate, we know that John Henry Impson entered the war on March 15, 1862 at Amite Springs, Louisiana. He was a corporal with Company G 9t1i Regiment Louisiana Infantry, Confederate States Army. From January 10, 1863 through September 12, 1864, he was given the rank of I St Corporal. At the time he entered the war, he was age 28 and a farmer in Livingston Parish.

Some of the battles that he engaged in included: Front Royal on May 23, 1862; Slaughter Mountain on August 10, 1862; Racoon Ford; Mine Run; Rappahannock on November 7, 1863; and Bristoe Station on February 6, 1865.

The Front Royal Battle took place in Warren County, VA on May 23, 1862. The Confederate forces were under the leadership of Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. This was a definite Confederate victory with only 56 Confederates losing their lives in comparison to 904 for the Union forces. This battle was spearheaded by the Louisiana "Tigers" and the 1St Maryland. This was part of Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. John Impson took part in this battle just two months after joining the Confederate Forces.

Slaughter Mountain took place on August 9-10, 1862. It was also known as Cedar Mountain or Cedar Run. It took place in Culpepper County, VA as part of the Northern Virginia Campaign (June­September, 1862). The principal commanders were Major General Nathaniel Banks for the US Troops and Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson for the Confederates. It was considered a southern victory although both sides lost 1300-1400 men each. Confederate General William Winder was killed in this battle.

The Battle at Rappahannock Station took place in Fauquier County and Culpepper County, VA on November 7, 1863. It was part of the Bristoe Campaign of October-November 1863 with the principle commanders being Major George G. Meade for the Union Forces and General Robert E. Lee for the Confederate Forces. The southern corps was trying to block passage of the Rappahannock River, but were defeated, allowing the Union forces to cross the river in force. This was a definite Union victory witnessed by John Impson and his fellow countrymen.

From November 27 through December 2,1863, John was involved in the Battle of Mine Run which took place in Orange County Virginia. This inconclusive battle was under the direction of Major General Jubal A. Early and General Robert E. Lee for the southern armies and under Major General George G. Meade for the northern ranks. This ended the winter campaign. (Details of his other battles have yet to be located).

On a register of the Sick and Wounded at Division No. 3, CSA General Hospital, Farmville, Virginia, John was listed as being admitted on July 15, 1863, complaining of lumbago. He returned duty on August 17, 1863. Two forms from the Register of C. S. A. General Hospital of Farmville, Virginia, lists him as being admitted for lumbago on July 15, 1863, and returned to duty n August 17, 1863. One form is signed by C. Kline (found on p. 81 of Conf. Arch. Chap. 6, File o. 41), and the other signed by W. Johnson (found on page 24 of File 39 of the same record).

John Henry missed a few battles during bouts of sickness, one of which was the famous battle at Gettysburg. At one point during his duties with the Civil War, he was thought to be absent without eave. In reality, he had joined with another company because his company was no longer in the area (This was verified through some of his pension records after his death).

Poor Rebecca was left at home with a toddler and a baby. War times down South were not easy for the folks left at home. Raids by Union soldiers, and sometimes the taking of food and animals by their own southern troops, left many southern women and children destitute. Rebecca was helped the fact that her mother and brother, as well as her sister, Eliza Jane, with the Barnett relatives, were living nearby. Two of her younger brothers had signed up to fight in July of 1861. These were Reuben Alexander and Stephen Augustus. Finally, Eliza Jane's husband realized that he had no choice but to join the Confederate forces in May of 1862, just a couple of months after John Henry had left.

The women and their babies had one another to count on, plus Rebecca's youngest brother, James McGimsey. It is possible' (but not known) that they may have altered their living arrangements so that they had more protection and help from one another. In other words, some of them may have moved in together during the war years.

James McGimsey was barely a young teenager during the Civil War. He probably had to do a lot of the heavier work for his mother, his sisters, and all those little nieces and nephews. Another of his duties was to see that the horses were not stolen by the Union Army. It is said that at times, he had to hide them in the woods. Without their horses, the family would have no means of transportation, and no easy way to plow the crops.

There was a lot of hard work for the women to do also, but having James helped tremendously. Somehow, they managed to make it through the war without losing a single one of their men, or without being burned out by the Union. Nobody starved and nobody was killed. John Henry, unfortunately, was plagued with lumbago and poor health during his time in the war. Even though he fought in several major battles, he was hospitalized at least twice. Poor health in the next few years after the war were attributed to his years in the army.

 

After the war... We don't know exactly when John Henry made it home after serving with the Southern forces, but he and Rebecca wasted no time in adding to their family. Records show that one of his last battles was Bristoe Station on February 6, 1865. He must have made it home fairly soon after that because their son, John Henry Impson, Jr., was born December 20, 1865. Now their family was complete.

Not even ten years after John Henry returned home from the Civil War, poor Rebecca was burying her young husband. He was no more than 40 years of age. He died of pneumonia on December 23, 1874 in Concordia Parish, LA.  Family members still speculate that harsh conditions during the war attributed to his early death. We have not found out when or why the family was living in Concordia Parish at that time, but we do know that they were found in the Livingston Parish census in 1870. In this 1870 census, their name is misspelled as "Simpson" by the census taker. They are listed as family #30 with the following family members:

John       age 37

farmer

Rebecca

 age 32

keeping house

Joseph

 age 11

son

Mary

 age 8

daughter

John

 age 4

son

They were listed as being seven dwellings from the Garrison family.

At this point, no other records of their life in Concordia Parish have been discovered. We have no clue as to where John's grave may be. We only know that Rebecca gave Concordia Parish as his place of death when she applied for her Civil War Widow's pension.

 

After John Henry's death... At the time of John Henry's death in 1874 , Rebecca was left with her three children: sixteen-year­old Joseph Alexander, nearly fourteen-year-old Mary Jane, and nine-year-old John Henry, Jr. It is not known how long Rebecca remained gone from Livingston Parish, but she and her children have been located in the 1880 Livingston Parish Census. They are listed as Family #8. They are listed:

Impson, Jos      age 22  son

Rebecca           age 43  mother/widow

John                age 14  brother

(Mary Jane has already married, so she would not be shown in this census with them).

Two of Rebecca's children married Livingston Parish natives. To be more exact, they were natives Watson, La. In 1879, five years after her father's death, Mary Jane would marry John Sidney Powers. In 1888, John Henry, Jr. would marry Dialthia Cannon Dunn, also a native of the area.

According to Rebecca's Widow's Application for Pension, John Henry died of pneumonia on September 23, 1874. Rebecca applied for his military pension on September 12, 1902, giving his date of death, his cause of death, and his place of death. According to this document, her monthly pension of $4.50 was granted on September 24, 1902. Can you imagine living on that amount today?

Wording for the remaining part of the document declared that she was definitely a widow of the John Impson who entered the civil war in Baton Rouge, that he had served honorably

"until Furlough from last leave and was cut off from same by Federal Troops;.... discharged at Gain[e]sville, Ala.; and that he remained true to the Confederate States until the surrender, at which time he was in Co. E 18`'' Bat La... as private; that she was married to the said soldier under the name of Rebecca Garrison on the 15th day of January 1857 by esqr Hurd at East Baton Rouge; that she has not married again, and that she is now in indigent circumstances and unable to earn a livelihood by her own labor or skill, that she is not married or otherwise provided for by the State of Louisiana or by any other State or Government; ...."

Other information learned from this document was that she had no other means of support; she had neither bought nor sold any property in the past few years; her post office address was Magnolia, East Baton Rouge Parish, La. Her witnesses were J E (or JF) Hill, Magnolia, East Baton Rouge Parish La. and J (Z?) Underwood, Watson, La. Her witnesses signed that they had known her for 40 years each, and that "she is who she represents herself to be..."

(For Civil War records which list John as having been "absent without leave" for a period of time, Rebecca explains in her Widow's application, that he had to join another unit, this time in Company E of the 18t' Battalion of Louisiana, as a private. When he tried to return to his original unit, they were no longer in the area, so he joined with a new one).

On September 19, 1908, Rebecca was living in Morganza, Louisiana. During this time, she was living with her daughter, Mary Jane and husband, John Sidney Powers. Rebecca made a second application concerning her pension allowance. In her handwritten letter, the following can be read:

"State of Louisiana Parish of Pointe Coupee"

"Before me, JA Oubre, Notary Public duly commissioned and qualified in and for the Parish of Pointe Coupe, State of Louisiana, personally saw and appeared Mrs. Rebecca Impson, 72 years of age, wife of John H. Impson, Co. G...Vol Confederate Army whose Post Office Address is Morganza, Louisiana, deposes and says that I am Pensioned at the rate of Seventeen Dollars payable every quarter, and that by reason of my extreme old age and being feeble and helpless, I hereby make this application for an increase of my pension under the laws of this State of Louisiana, as provided for widows of Confederate soldiers in the war of the rebellion.

Signed: Rebecca Impson."

We do know that during the 1900 census, Rebecca is found living in the household with her daughter, Mary Jane, and son-in-law, John Sidney Powers, along with their children. According to family members, Rebecca made her home with Mary Jane and her family for the last sixteen years of her life.

In fact, after Mary Jane and John Sidney's wedding, they lived in the same home with her mother, Rebecca, and his father, Caleb Powers. They spent their early marriage with parents in the house. Neither Mary Jane nor John Sidney seemed to mind having someone else in the house with them.(Caleb's wife, Rebecca, died 31 Oct. 1883.)

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Their family grows up... According to records, grown-up little Mary Jane was married on December 18, 1879 to John Sidney Powers. John Sidney was Uncle Reuben Alexander Garrison's brother-in-law. John Sidney was a younger brother (by about 13 years), of Elizabeth Asenath "Lizzie" Powers. Lizzie and John were children of Caleb Powers and Rebecca Ann Barnett. John Sidney was born July 10, 1853 in Livingston Parish, La.

Rebecca's grandson, Clarence Gordon Powers, adored Rebecca. He knew her when he was a young boy. One thing that he told his children was how much she impressed him. Every Saturday, Rebecca busied herself making sure the buggy was ready for the trip to church on Sunday. She also saw to it that she got everyone's clothes ready to go to church. Mary Jane had a lot of children for Rebecca to attend to. She was not an idle lady.

Rebecca died in Iberville Parish La. while living at the home of her daughter, Mary Jane. Her date of death was May 16, 1909. According to one document, the last sixteen years of her life were spent with the family of Mary Jane. That indicates that Rebecca lived with her from 1883 through her death in 1909, meaning that she was probably present for the births of all but Mary Jane's first two children.

 

Joseph Alexander Impson... Rebecca and John Henry's oldest child, Joseph Alexander, never married. Not much is known about his adult life. A news article from two (unknown) Texas newspapers was saved by a family member. One article is entitled, "Patient Drops Dead in Office of Physician." The other one is headed, "Night Watchman Drops Dead as He Departs From Doctor's Office." Both articles stated that Mr. Impson was "about 60 years old." (In reality, he was two months past age 65.) At the time of his death, he was a night watchman for Westlake Construction Company which was building the new U.S. National Bank. Formerly, he had been watchman for the Houston Packing Company for a number of years. It seems that he visited a Dr. Aves to tell of his illness. The doctor sent him at once to go to the John Sealy Hospital for treatment. Upon exiting the doctor's office, Joseph Alexander fell dead in the doctor's outer office. The date on the newspaper was January 16, but family group sheets give January 18, 1924, as his date of death. Joseph Alexander died in Galveston, TX, according to his niece, Sally Powell. Sally remembers him as a very heavy man who died with a heart attack while he was standing at the top of some stairs.

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References...

1.Family Bible Record of Lot Garrison and Margaret Erwin of East Baton Rouge Parish, LA and of RA Garrison and Elizabeth Powers of Livingston Parish LA. Location of original Bible remains somewhat of a mystery after inquiry. The Bible's last known ownership was John Sidney Garrison, son of Reuben A. Garrison. Photocopies of all but the title page are in possession of the writer. Hereinafter cited as Family Bible of Lot Garrison.

2.Ibid.

3.The Democratic Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) 7 July 1847, Vol. 5, No. VI, p. 2. Located by Sylvia Smith in Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, LA. Copy in possession of author.

4.Family Bible of Lot Garrison.

5.John H. Impson-Rebecca L. Garrison Marriage Papers, 13-17 January 1857, East Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana, Marriage Book 5-A: 74. Clerk of Court Office, Baton Rouge, LA. Located by Mary Broussard of Denham Springs, LA and Sylvia Smith of Franklinton, LA. Photocopies in possession. Hereinafter cited as Impson-Garrison Marriage Papers.

6.1850 East Baton Rouge Census, State of Louisiana, source located by Boyd Ott of Denham Springs, LA on the internet at http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/LA.html.

7.Impson-Garrison Marriage Papers.

8.Ibid.

9."Ancestor Chart of Sarah lone Powers," provided by Mrs. Sarah lone "Sally" Powers Powell to Sylvia Smith on 22 August 2000, in Warren, Ohio. Mrs. Powell has researched the Impson, Powers, and Garrison lines for over 40 years. She strongly believes in documentation to back up any information she has.

10.1830 State of Mississippi Census, Warren County. Information provided by Rev. Miles Douglas Harper of Houston, TX in letter dated 07 July 2000. Rev. Harper has been researching the family for over 40 years and has documentation to back up his statements.

11.1860 Livingston Parish Population Census, State of Louisiana. Located on the internet by Boyd Ott of Denham Springs, LA at ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/livinpst/census.

12.Writings from Family Bible of John Henry Impson, Jr. and Dialthia Dunn. This Bible was handed down to Audry Impson, then to Celia Burton Impson Thames, and is now in the hands of Eouise Thames Williamson in Watson, LA. Deaths of Temperance Impson, John H. Impson,Sr., Margaret Garrison, and Rebecca L. Garrison Impson are listed together. Photocopy made available to author by Elouise Williamson on 12 December 2000. Hereinafter cited as John Henry Impson, Jr.-Dialthia Dunn Family Bible.

13.Interview unknown Impson family member with Elene Garrison Kelly in Denham Springs, LA, during the early 1980's. This information agrees with family trees submitted by other Impson family members. Transcript in possession of author.

14. John Henry Impson-Dialthia Dunn Family Bible.

15. 1860 U.S. Census of Livingston Parish LA.

16. 1870 Schedule 3 Productions of Agriculture Census, Ward 2, Livingston Parish, State of Louisiana, Post Office Springfield, LA, p. 3.

17. Cecile Malek to Sylvia Smith, Letter dated 26 June 1999 at 12 Live Oak Trail, Cypress, TX 77429-3202. In possession of author. Cecile is a great-grand-daughter of Mary Jane. Cecile has provided much Impson-Powers information to the author.

18. Booth, Andrew, Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Commands (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company Pub., 1984) p. 406. Hereinafter cited as Booth, Records....

19. S02126: John H. Impson File; Corporal, Co. G 9th Regmt., La. Infantry; Record #46833052: Stamped 25 October 1905:S). Copy made available to author by Cecile Malek of Cypress, TX.

20. Located on the internet at www.civilwar.com/va45.htm by the author.

21. Located on the internet at www.civilwar.com/va18.htm by the author.

22. Located on the internet at www.civilwar.com/va88.htm by the author.

23. Located on the internet at www.civilwar.com/va70.htm by the author.

24. Ibid.

25. Booth, Records Vol. I & II, p. 979.

26. Ibid., Vol.1. p. 125.

27. Covington, Sarah Garrison, "Garrison Family," History of Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Compiled and edited by History Book Committee of Edward O. Livingston Historical Association (P.O. Box 478, Livingston, LA 70754).

28. John H. Impson File # not legible; Widow's Application for Pension, Filed 12 September 1902 in East Baton Rouge Parish LA. Copy made available by Cecile Malek of Cypress, TX Hereinafter cited as John H. Impson File, Widow's App....

29. 1870 Livingston Parish Louisiana Census, Ward 2, p. 39. Located by Mary Broussard of Denham Springs, LA. Copy in possession of author.

30. 1880 Livingston Parish Louisiana Census, Ward 1, p. 2. Located by Mary Broussard of Denham Springs, LA. Copy in possession of author.

31. John H. Impson File, Widow's App....

32. SO 2094: Rebecca Impson Application for Increase in Pension, filed 18 September 1908 at Morganza, LA in Pointe Coupee Parish. Copy made available to author by Cecile Malek of Cypress, TX.

33. Interview Elsie Powers Shaffer with Sylvia Smith by telephone at 297 Kenny Drive, Zwolle, LA. Elsie is a granddaughter of Mary Jane and John Sidney Powers. Transcript in possession of author.

34. Caleb Powers-Rebecca A. Barnett family group sheet, made available by Pat Murray McCoy of Baton Rouge, LA. Copy in possession of author.

35. Ibid.

36. "Patient Drops Dead in Office of Physician," (from unknown south Texas newspaper: is listed as "Special to The Dispatch," and Galveston, TX. Article supplied to author by Elouise Thames Williamson of Watson, LA on 12 Dec. 2000. Article located by Elouise in Bible that once belonged to her grandmother, Dower Dunn Impson.

37. "Night Watchman Drops Dead As He Departs From Doctor's Office," (from unknown south Texas newspaper). Article supplied to author by Elouise Thames Williamson of Watson, LA, on 12 Dec. 2000. Article located by Elouise in grandmother Dower Dunn Impson's Bible.

38. Interview Sally Powell with Sylvia Smith on 21 August 2000, at Sally's home in Warren, Ohio. Transcript in possession of author.

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The above is excerpted from Sylvia Kelly Smith’s book, A Gathering of Garrisons (pages 125-136), and is presented here with permission. Much documentation was used by Sylvia in compiling this story, and it is referenced in the above listed footnotes.  Anyone researching the Garrison family and their "connections"  will find a wealth of data and trivia in her book.  Sylvia reports that a few copies are still available. She can be reached by e-mail at saks@huntcom.net .

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