ROLAND K. TRUITT/Co. B, 24th Texas Cavalry


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Roland K. Truitt was born in Danville, Montgomery County, Texas on August 23, 1841, the son of James Truitt and Polina Hostetter. James is listed in the tax lists of Montgomery County in 1841. Polina was the daughter of John Hostetter.

Much of the following information is from a biographical sketch on Roland, published in the book, History of Sonoma County, California. The article about Roland is found on the Susan Faught's WorldConnect site..

From Texas, Rolandís parents moved to the vicinity of Hannibal, Missouri, and lived there until the spring of 1849, at which time they emigrated to California. They made the five-and-a-half-month journey by ox-teams.

They first settled at Mormon Island, where they stayed until the fall of 1851. At that time, they returned to Texas and farmed. In 1856, they went back to California and settled about seven miles from Petaluma.

Roland left home and went to Sonoma County to take a job. There he remained until March, 1860, when he went back to Texas with his aunt and uncle, Hannah Carolina (Hostetter) and E. R. Moffet.

The Moffets settled in Limestone County and are enumerated there on the census of 1860, with eighteen-year-old Roland Truitt in the household.

In September of that year, Roland accompanied E. R. Moffet to the state of Iowa to purchase horses; they returned to Texas with their horses the same fall.

The Danville Mounted Riflemen was formed in Montgomery County in May of 1861, and Roland joined that militia sometime that year, appearing on the muster roll of September 13. It is interesting to note that his grandfather, John Hostetter, was in the same militia unit. Roland then enlisted in the 12th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Parsons Mounted Volunteers.)

The Sonoma County biographical sketch states that Roland served for two years in the “Mississippi States,” which probably means that he served in the Trans-Mississippi Department.

His Compiled Service Records, filed in the National Archives, show that he joined Company K, 12th Regiment, Texas Dragoons. He was enrolled on January 9, 1862, at Camp Parsons by A. F. Moss.

His muster roll of December 31, 1863, shows that he was last paid to June, 1863, by paymaster R. M. Terrell.

His biography states that he “put in a substitute,” and started on his way to California. This means that he had hired someone to fulfill his term in the Confederate Army, which was allowed by law in the early years of the war.

However, his records have a notation on them that he “deserted September 8, 1862,” and that his name was dropped from the rolls by order of Maj. T. J. Farrar on July 24, 1864. It is very likely that his substitute pocketed the cash and never bothered to report for duty.

According to his biography, he arrived at Matamoros in October, 1863; and after the surrender of Brownsville to the Union army, he went and applied for transportation to New Orleans, but was refused. “Being in destitute circumstances and sick, he was necessarily compelled to join the United States Cavalry, in which he served until October 31, 1865, and was mustered out under General Custer, commanding the army at San Antonio, Texas.”

According to a history of the First Texas Cavalry, USA, landed on the Texas coast on November 2, 1863, and occupied Brownsville, where they recruited Texans for the regiment. Roland was a member of Company E. In July 1864, the regiment left for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The First Texas Volunteers were engaged in patrolling and reconnaissance duties until the end of the Civil War. In May and June 1865 the regiment was at Vidalia, Louisiana. On June 29, 1865, the Volunteers were ordered to Texas and mustered out of service on November 4, 1865.

After being mustered out, according to his biography, Roland returned to Danville. He married Miss Sina Gentry Brooks, a native of Mississippi, on December 26, 1866.

Sina was the daughter of Samuel Clifford Brooks and his second wife, Elizabeth J. Tatum, and was the sister of Andrew J. Brooks. She was the first cousin of Samuel Brooks Mayfield. She was born in De Soto County, Mississippi, on Oct 2, 1847.

Rolandís biography states that, on May 10, 1868, he again started to California, accompanied by his wife and one child. He arrived in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, on June 23. He was still living in Healdsburg at the time the biography was written in 1911. He was engaged in raising sheep on a ranch owned in partnership with John H. Zuver. It was located on Big Pluton Creek near Geyser Springs and comprised about ten thousand acres.

Roland K. Truitt at Healdsburg
Photo courtesy of Jeffery Truitt via Ancestry Trees

Roland K. Truitt and his wife, Sina, were the parents of four children. They lived out their lives in California. Roland died May 18, 1930, and is buried at Oakmound Cemetery, Sonoma County.

Photo courtesy of Susan Faught

Roland's obituary was published in the Healdsburg Tribune. A transcribed copy was found in the DAR application files. You may click on the icon below for a full sized copy.

Thank you to Oscar Redding for providing the document and to Thomas Adkins for preparing it for viewing. You may click on the image to read the letter in full size.

Sina was living at 415 First Street in Healdsburg, California, in 1929, when she provided information to the Brooks family researchers. She died November 13, 1936, and is also buried in Oakmound. Her obituary was also published in the Healdsburg Tribune.

Thank you to Oscar Redding for providing the document and to Thomas Adkins for preparing it for viewing. You may click on the image to read the letter in full size.

Photo courtesy of Susan Faught

Note that Roland and Sina's daughter, Emma Saide, married Edwin Albin Petray whose mother was Nancy Jane Faught. Genealogical information on the Truitts and Faughts may be found on Susan Faught's pages. You will be interested in reading Susan's story of preserving the Faught family cemetery, which is also in Sonoma County, California. At the present time, she is documenting the burials in the Oakmound Cemetery.

The above biography was compiled from records of Suzanne Reese, from census and county records, from the Compiled Service Records, and from the biographical sketch of Roland K. Truitt found on the Faught family website, with research by Susan Faught. Family records of Brooks descendants, sent by Oscar Redding, were also consulted for information on Sina Brooks Truitt. You may access Thomas Adkins' webpage on Samuel Clifford Brooks at Adkins Family Tree, Samuel Clifford Brooks

Updated June 4, 2008

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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