William F. Malone was the son of Nancy Baker Reding Malone (sister of early settler Iredell Reding) and Andrew J. Malone. William was born in 1835 in Fayette County, Tennessee. He moved with his mother and step-father, John L. Conn, to Montgomery County, Texas, prior to 1850.
William was a member of the Danville Mounted Riflemen, a unit of Texas State Troops which formed under Capt. S. D. Wooldridge at Danville in Montgomery County on May 4, 1861. His name was on the roll of September 14th.
His brothers, Thomas Monroe Malone, and Henderson F. Malone, also served under Capt. Wooldridge.
On October 10th of that year at the age of twenty-six, he enrolled at Montgomery in Co. I, Ninth Regiment, (Nichols') Texas Infantry, CSA. He was elected Second Sergeant of company I under Captain R. F. Oliver. The Ninth (Nichols') was a six-month regiment formed for the purpose of building fortifications at Galveston. William was mustered in at Galveston and was on the rolls of November, 1861, and February, 1862. He was also on the muster-out roll of April 24, 1862.
The record above is from William's Compiled Service Records.
In addition to the above records, a pay voucher is included in William's file. It states that he was born in Fayette County, Tennessee, and was aged twenty-six, five feet nine inches high with a fair complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair. By occupation, he was a farmer. He signed the receipt showing that he had received a travel allowance of $6.00 from Galveston, the place of discharge, to Montgomery, the place of enrollment, transportation being furnished in kind from Cypress to Galveston and back.
He again enlisted, as a private this time, in Captain Jesse Dickie's Co. H, Twentieth Regiment (Elmores), Texas Infantry, CSA on May 3, 1862, at Huntsville, Walker County.
The Twentieth was organized at Galveston with a high percentage of middle-aged men. It was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department and served only in Texas. It performed guard duty along the coast from Galveston to the Sabine River. It was included in the surrender in June, 1865
William was mustered in at Camp Travis at Hempstead on May 10, 1862, and was in Capt. Jesse Dickey’s Company.
He was present at the musters of August and December of 1862, and of February 1863. The muster roll of April 1863 has a notation that he was absent in Montgomery County; had left on the 25th of April for six days and was on the leave (probably a detail) by special order of Regimental Headquarters.
There is no roll in the files between April 1863 and January, 1864, at which time William had been absent on a furlough since December 10th.
On the Regimental Return of January, 1865, William is shown to be absent without leave as of January 6, 1865. No surrender parole is included in his file.
He was said to have walked home from Richmond, Virginia, at the close of the war. This has to refer to Richmond, Texas, since the units he is known to have served in never left Texas.
On December 17, 1868, William married Willie Caperton in Walker County, Texas. She was the daughter of James B. Caperton and Nancy C. Brooks of Walker County. Willie was born on 1 April 1850 in Mississippi.
One of their sons, Robert, was later to marry a daughter of Samuel Turner Hayden.
William was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from District 54 and served in 1891-1892. (See page 28 of the Montgomery County History, 1981.)
William F. and Willie Malone lived most of their lives at Danville, in Montgomery County. He died at Danville 8 October 1907.
He is said to have been buried in a cemetery that is now covered by the lake of a power plant.
Willis was Willies place of residence when she applied for a widows pension in 1931, although parts of her application were completed in Travis County.
The pension application is in the Confederate Pension files at the Texas State Archives.
Willie died 24 April 1933 and is buried in the Willis Cemetery.
The above information was compiled from my famiily files, from county records, and from the Compiled Service Records, which are housed in the National Archives, and which were read on microfilm at Hillsboro Confederate Research Center. Thanks to Lynna Kay Shuffield for the burial information of W. F. and Willie Malone and also for the photo of W. F. Malone, scanned from his biography as published by the Texas Legislature.
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 frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at email@example.com.
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