JOHN L. CONN, Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry


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John L. Conn was born in about 1816 in Kentucky. At some point he immigrated to Fayette County, Tennessee.

He was married to Mrs. Nancy B. Reding Malone in Fayette Co., Tennessee on 25 February 1849, and was the step-father of her three sons by Andrew J. Malone.

Later that year, the family migrated to Montgomery County, Texas. They settled at Danville, where Nancy’s half-brother, Iredell Reding, was already living. Nancy’s half-sister Hulda Reding Conn, widow of Martin Conn, also lived in Montgomery County.

John became a member of San Jacinto Masonic Lodge 106 The couple is enumerated on the 1850 census of Montgomery County, and John’s occupation was farming.

One daughter, Mary Etta, was born to John L. and Nancy Reding Conn in about 1850.

Nancy died on the 9th of October, 1851, and her obituary appeared in the Texas Wesleyan newspaper. She was thirty-three years old.

In March of 1862, John L. Conn joined Co. B 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry, along with his stepsons, Henderson F. Malone and Thomas Monroe Malone.

John Baker Reding, also a member of Company B., was the brother of Nancy Baker Reding.

John gave his age as forty-six when he enlisted; he was thus quite some bit over age. He appears only on the muster rolls of April 28th and August 31st, 1862. On the August muster roll, there is a notation that he was discharged on the 28th of July at El Dorado, Arkansas.

This was the date of the general dismounting of Texas Cavalry ordered by General Thomas C. Hindman. No reason is given for the discharge, but it is possible that he was discharged due to illness and his advanced age, rendering him unable to walk long distances. We should remember that Captain Wooldridge was a physician and would have been qualified to make such a determination. His brother-in-law, John Baker Reding, was discharged on the same date.

At the end of the war, approximately in mid-1865, John signed the Amnesty Oath in Montgomery County, and his name is on a list copied into the records by the county clerk.

At the time of the 1870 census, John was living in the household of William Waters in Walker County, and he was enumerated as a farm hand.

In 1880, we find John L. Conn living with his stepson, William F. Malone, in Montgomery County. His death date and burial place have not been determined at this time.

The above was compiled from census and county records, from the Compiled Service Records, and from my Reding family records.The Surgeon's Report is housed in the Texas State Archives.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at or by contacting Frank at

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