Name: Jordan Grover (Gilmore) Risinger
Birth: 12 MAR 1837 in Marion County, AL
Death: 29 NOV 1922 in Shelby Co., Tx 1
Burial: West Hamilton Cemetery, Shelby Co., TX
Confederate Indigent Families Lists (1863-1865). On November 24, 1863, the Texas Legislature passed a Joint Resolution stating that the government pledged "support and maintenance of [the soldiers'] families during their absence from home". In accordance, an "Act to Support the Families and Dependents of Texas Solders" passed on December 15, 1863. The following Risingers were listed from Shelby County: Jordan Risinger, P L Risinger, T L Rysinger, J Rysinger.
Jordan was a Confederate soldier. His death was a result of injuries from a fall.
In "Our Dead, Shelby County, TX, 1836-1964": Jordan married ca. 1875 Sarah
(Mary) Jane Rocann, Ireland, born ca. 1843/1850
In "History of Shelby County, Texas", Article F874, by Kathy Windham Lee:
Jordan came here from Georgia. He fought in the Civil War. He met and
married Mary Morris who was full blood Cherokee Indian. They lived and farmed
in the Patroon Community. To this marriage, nine children were born.
Jordan's middle name was recorded as Gilmore in the Confederate Soldiers of
Shelby county. Jordan served in the Confederate States Army, Pvt. 1st Texas
Lancers, Col. Horance Randall commanding, Co., A, 28th Texas Ca., enlisted at
Shelbyville 2 April 1862 for 3 years or war, age 24.
Reprinted from "The Champion", December 6, 1922 (reprinted by S.M. Monroe)
"Uncle Jordan Risinger dies at Patroon: Uncle Jordan Risinger, confederate
veteran and 86 years of age, died at his home at Patroon November 29. Mr.
Risinger was well known in that section of the county, as well as in Center
and Tenaha section. He having resided in the latter community a number of
years ago. Several weeks ago he fell and sustained injuries that were
responsible for his death. The following article has been furnished: Editor
Champion: Again we come begging space to announce the passing of 'Uncle
Jordan' Risinger. It will be remembered that he has been very low for some
time, and toward the last he knew he must die, so he gave up the struggle to
live and passed quickly into that last long sleep, without a quiver of those
muscles that has battled the world so long. 'Uncle Jordan' passed on ten
minutes before 3 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, age 85 years, 8 months and 17
days. The entire family join in tendering their heartfelt thanks to all who
so ably assisted them during the illness of the old 'vet'. Each realize that
all was done that was any way possible, but that earthly aid did not avail,
and in bidding him adieu there lingers a tender memory of the friends who so
faithfully helped to alleviate the pain that so long tore at the old worn
father's frame. 'Uncle Jordan' was laid to rest at the little cemetery of
West Hamilton church, where he was a consistent member. Funeral rites were
conducted by Bro. Chambers."
"Death of Mrs. Jordan Risinger" - Reprinted from The Champion, March 7, 1923:
"Grady Latham, who returned from East Hamilton yesterday morning, stated that
his father was some better and considered out of danger. He advised us of the
death of Mrs. Jordan Risinger, which occurred at Patroon Sunday. The remains
were buried Monday, at the West Hamilton graveyard, beside her late husband,
who died only a few months ago. Mrs. Risinger is one of the older residents
of this country and is quite well known at Tenaha and community."
Written 6 Oct 1972, by Etta Armstreet, about her grandfather, Jordan Risinger:
"Lovingly known as "Uncle Jordan". Came to Tenaha, from Alabama with his
parents, Amos and Mahalia Risinger, when he was young. Two of Amos' brothers
and their families, came with them. One of the brother's boy died on the way
from Alabama and was buried on the roadside.
"Grandpa had five brothers and two sisters. He married and had one son,
David. Then, he and three brothers went to the civil war. One of the
brothers died, which in service, with typhoid fever. It was fourteen years
before David had a little brother, and glory be, there were two...Jimero
McDuffy and Cicero Lafayette. Grandpa named the twins after two of his
brothers. Born next, was Pauline, then Willie (Willie died young). Bennie
came next, followed by another set of twins...Amos and Mahalia. Grandpa named
them after his father and mother. Amos was 2 1/2 years old when he died.
Later, came Grover and then Lizzy.
"Uncle Bennie remembers when he and his twin brothers, Jimero and Cicero, and
sister, Pauline, attended the Risinger school...sometimes known as the Rough
Edge School. Their first teacher was their brother, David. He also remembers
two other teachers, Mrs. Powers and Mr. Kenchleo. Later, the youngest
children went one term at the Cicero School. Grover remembers their teacher
at the Cicero School, Ella Foresyth. At that time, Cicero and Jimero were
working with Grandpa, near Logansport, La. They were camping and working on
the H.E. & W.T. Railroad, which grandpa had an interest in. He got the logs
and hired men to build the first Rail Road across the Sabine River at
"Grandpa along with his family, moved to Patroon, when Jimero and Cicero were
21. David, the oldest, died the following year. At that time, he was living
in Louisiana. He was brought back to the Patroon Cemetery for burial. He was
about 37 years old. He left a wife and five little boys. Grandpa's children
married and settled around him. Grover married and remained living with his
parents. Grover was just a big brother to his nieces and nephews. We never
could call him Uncle Grover. My father, Cicero, had eight children. Uncle
Jimero had seven children, and Aunt Pauline had six children. Uncle Bennie
had five children; Mahalia had four children; and Aunt Lizzy had four. They
did find names for all of us. I know it was not easy, but it didn't take
long for grandpa to give us all nicknames.
"Grandpa worked hard. He had a big fruit orchard. I remember the grape
arbors, how pretty they were. He always had peanuts and watermelon patches.
The grandkids thought he had all this just for us. Our father told us that
Grandpa told him that he was going to measure the next tracks in his melon
patch and go every house and measure feet. It gave us all a scare for awhile,
at least until the melons were ripe. I know now that Grandpa never told our
dad that. Grandpa lived in a huge house, with the biggest yard I ever saw.
The back yard was filled with Bee gums. I guess they belonged to Grandma
(Known as Aunt Ginnie). All the Grandchildren were always present when
grandma robbed the bees of their honey. She would get a big rag and roll it
and make a big smoke. Then she would get a huge dishpan and a long knife to
get the honey to come out. Those bees would sting us but would not sting
grandma. Grandpa always grew tobacco. I have gone with him to worm his
tobacco. I would catch the worm. They were real big and had big horns, but I
would show them to grandpa. I have not seen a tobacco patch since grandpa
died. A tobacco patch is about as pretty as anything that grows. I remember
grandpa's syrup mill. It was in their field, near a good spring of water. He
and his boys always made lots of sugar cane syrup every fall. They put their
syrup in barrels and large stone jugs, and later in syrup cans. Most always
it would be 12 o'clock at night before they got the last run of syrup cooked.
I always remember the black walnut trees at the mill. Later, the syrup mill
was moved near grandpa's house and everybody still enjoyed going to the syrup
"Grandpa was about sick about a year before he died. He fell and broke his
hip. He lived about six weeks afterwards. He was aged 86. Born 12 Mar 1837.
Died 29 Nov 1922. Grandma kept busy all the time. She helped cook and helped
with the grandchildren until grandpa died. She was never well again. She was
pale and just sat in her chair all the time. She had lost her will to live.
She died one year later, 4 Mar 1923. It must have been very lonesome for
Grover, for he had been living in that big house.
Aunt Pauline died at age 78, leaving her husband and 3 children. My father,
Cicero, died at age 84. He had buried two wives, and 4 children, leaving 4
children living. Uncle Jimero died at age 85, leaving his wife and all their
At the time of the note:
Uncle Bennie lived at Patroon with his daughter, Gladys, and son-in-law (Mr.
and Mrs. Jimmy Goodwyn). He was 91 years old at the time of this note. Aunt
Mahalia Brittain, lived with her daughter, Mable, and her husband (Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Fulsom) in Jasper, Texas. She was 89. Grover lived with his
daughter, Evi Lou, and her husband (Mr. and Mrs. Belton Miller) at East
Hamilton. He was 87. Aunt Lizzy Monroe lived in Orange, Texas in a nursing
home. She was 85.
From the Soldier's Application for Pension, filed 6 Aug, 1909 and approved 31
Aug 1909: He stated that he remained in the confederate army until the
disbandment of the army in the Trans-Mississippi Department after the
surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Age: 72 years, born in Marion County, Alabama. He had resided in Texas since
1849, 60 years. He had resided in Shelby county 56 years, since March 1853.
He had not previously applied for a pension. He was a farmer. He served 3
years, 2 months (from 2 March 1862 to 2 May 1865). He served in Company a,
28th Regiment, Texas dismounted Cavalry - Randall's brigade. Walkers Division
He was never commissioned. He was a private. His witness was James W.
Truitt, he wrote that he served with J. G. Risinger for three years during the
war of succession. He stated that J. G. Risinger was a brave and faithful
confederate soldier. The Adjutant General's Office, Washington, wrote a
letter, dated Sept. 3, 1909: "Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of
Pensions, State of Texas, Austin. The records show that J. G. Risinger,
private, Company A, 28th Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army, enlisted
April 15, 1862. On the roll dated February 29, 1864, last on file, he is
reported present. No later record of him has been found."
Affadavit of Physician, dated 2nd September, 1914 (Dr. J. H. Ellington):
I find that the said J. G. Risinger is suffering from chronic diarrhea caused
from dyspepsia. He is also about 77 years of age and is in such physical
condition that he is totally incapacitated for any work or business, either
physical or mental.
His wife, Sarah Jane Risinger also filed a Widow's Application for Pension. It
was filed Jan. 25, 1923 and approved Jan. 25, 1923. She stated that she
married J. G. Risinger on the 11 day of Feb., 1879 in Shelby County, Texas.
Her age was 75 years. She was born in Shelby County, Texas. She had resided
in Texas and Shelby County all of her life. Her husband was Jordan
Gilmore Risinger, date of death, 29th Nov. 1922. He served in the CSA 4
years, in Co. A, Walker's Division. Her witnesses were J. M. Risinger and B.
M. Alford. The Application for Mortuary Warrant stated that Jordan died on 29
November, 1922 in the town of Patroon Texas. He died in the home of his son,
Jim Risinger. Jim Gann, the undertaker also certified that he, the undertaker
in the town of Patroon, Shelby County, Texas had charge of the body of J. G.
Risinger, who died in the town of Patroon.
Father: Amos Gilmore Risinger b: 1 AUG 1806
Mother: Mahalia Stone b: 4 DEC 1807
Mary Rosanne Morris b: CA 1842 in TN
Sarah Mary Jane Rocann b: CA 1843/1850 in Ireland
- David Risinger b: 6 NOV 1861
- Jimero McDuffy Risinger b: 11 FEB 1875
- Cicero Lafayette Risinger b: 11 FEB 1875 in TX
- Mary Pauline Risinger b: CA 1876 in TX
- Willie Risinger
- Benjamin Allen "Benny" Risinger b: 28 AUG 1881
- Mahalia Risinger b: 24 JAN 1883
- Amos Risinger b: 24 JAN 1883
- Grover C. Risinger b: 24 FEB 1885
- Lizzy Risinger b: SEPT 1887
- Abbrev: Census: 1860 Shelby County, Texas.
Census: 1860 Shelby County, Texas.