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Arminta Jane Stiltner

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Re: Arminta Jane Stiltner

Posted: 1368159258000
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Are you still looking for information on Arminta Jane Stiltner? Her brother Henry is my Great Grandfather and they are both buried in a little family plot behind his old homeplace on Convict Hollow, in Buchanan County. Martha writes on the Confederate Pension Application that she married Wesley in 1866 and never remarried after he died in 1882. He died of tuberculosis in Buchanan County, but I have yet to find his grave. Now, what is odd is that the Russell County vital records has them being married in 1866 as well and that Rachel, it was oddly noted, was illegitimate and doesn't list her parents. She was 22. Did Martha and Wesley have a relationship where 3 of their children were born during the War (John Wesley, James H., and John H.) Then after the War, Nancy was born in 1867 and then Arminta in 1868. It wasn't until 1870 that Henry was born to Martha. Could Rachel have died in Childbirth with Arminta, and then Wesley took up again with Martha and had the rest of his children? If they were not married legally, did she take the 1866 date as her own wedding to make her claim of his Confederate pension legit? Very complicated stuff to unravel especially when there is scant documentation. Good luck. God Speed!
Forest Stiltner
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