JOHN W. NOBLES, Co. B, 24th Texas Cavalry


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John W. Nobles was born in about 1833 in Alabama. The date at which he arrived in Texas is not known. He was married to Mary Dubard in Walker County in 1857 by license that was issued 2 July 1856. She was the daughter of John Godfrey Dubard and his wife Susanna. She was born about 1842 in Dallas County, Alabama, and may have come to Texas with relatives after her father's death in 1849 in Dallas County.

We note that the spelling of John's surname is found both as Noble and Nobles.

The name of J. W. Noble appears in the 1860 tax rendition for Montgomery County, meaning that he had moved to the county during the 1859 tax year. John and Mary were enumerated on the 1860 census of Montgomery County with two children. They lived next door to the Cudes and the Goldens, families whose sons joined the Second Texas Lancers.

On March 29, 1862, John enlisted in Capt. Wooldridge’s Company, Second Texas Lancers, later to become Company B, 24th Texas Cavalry.

He was enrolled as a private by John E. George at Danville. The value of his horse was $140.00 and his equipment was worth $15.00. He was twenty-eight years old, and was mustered in at Camp Carter, the training camp for cavalry, near Hempstead.

The soldiers rendezvoused at Crockett in Mid-May to begin their march to Arkansas.

They spread out through the countryside, but even so there was a negative effect on local citizens because of the huge number of men, horses, servants, and pack animals who needed food and fodder.

By the time the men reached Smith County, many were ill from measles and camp diseases, and the first men of Captain Wooldridge's company died.

When the regiments reached Shreveport, they stayed in the vicinity for a number of weeks for repairs and supplies.

From there they moved to El Dorado, Arkansas, about the end of July, where the second and third regiments of Lancers became regiments of the Confederate States Army. They were renamed the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Texas Cavalries. Much to the disgust of the soldiers, on the 29th of July, they were ordered to dismount and to send their horses home and subsequently to serve as infantry.

On the company muster rolls for August, 1862, there is a notation that J. W. Nobles was discharged on August 15th. By that date, the men were stationed at Camp Sulphur Springs near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. It is possible that John was too ill to continue to remain in camp.

It is likely he was discharged due to illness. If a soldier made it home from the front for any reason, he was required to join the local militia, the Texas State Troops, as soon as he was capable of serving.

John's name is included in a February 4, 1864 Board of Surgeons Report that was filed for the 17th Brigade, Texas State Troops, and signed by Dr. H. S. Hughes and Dr. John L. Eldridge. J. W. Nobles is Number 42 on the list, and he was discharged for Disease of the Heart. (This document is located in the Texas State Archives.)

According to Dubard researcher Nancy Hargesheimer, John is thought to have died during the war.

There is no evidence that he joined any other unit, and it is not likely that he was in the Battle of Galveston, as some family lore has it. It is very likely he died of heart disease soon after his 1864 discharge from the Texas State Troops in his home county.

After John’s death, Mary Dubard Nobles married Drayton D. Ellisor on July 5, 1866, in Montgomery County. They reared the three Nobles children, Bellmine, William, and Emma.

The photo above was added in 2010 to the Ancestry tree of C. R. Ellisor. Another photo purporting to be Drayton (posed with a gun) and Mary is more likely to be Drayton with his second wife, since Mary died in 1887 and the photo was taken about 1905.

For more information on the Dubard and Ellisor families, see the Family Records of Nancy Hargesheimer.

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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