ALBERT V. WORTHY, Danville Mounted Riflemen and Co. B, 24th Texas Cavalry

ALBERT V. WORTHY/Barrett Family Branches


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Albert V. Worthy was born in Georgia in about 1816 to 1820. Nothing is known about his early life.

The first record we have of him is his marriage to Mary Wicker Gwinn/Guynn, widow of Isom Guynn. They were married on January 23, 1847, in Montgomery County, Alabama. A comment on the marriage record is that a handwritten note was used, possibly a pre-nuptial agreement. By 1850, he is found living in District One, Montgomery County, age 33, with wife Mary (also age 33) and three children ages seven to twelve, John, William, and Nancy. Even though these children were recorded with the surname of Worthy, it is clear that they were actually the children of Mary by her marriage to Guynn/Gwinn.

Albert was a farmer with personal wealth valued at $1600.00. He owned seven slaves at the time of the census, five males and two females.

Montgomery County, Alabama, is a county from which numerous families migrated to Montgomery County, Texas, so it is not surprising that the family migrated there. In fact, Mary's daughter, Nancy Guynn, had married John T. Westmoreland in 1847, and they went to Texas in 1854 to join his brother, Joseph Mark Westmoreland.

Albert is said to have migrated to Texas in 1857. In 1860, he was living in Montgomery County with his wife, M. (Mary). His age was recorded as 39. Mary was born April 20, 1814, in Georgia, according to her grave stone. There were no children in the family in 1860. Mary's son, John A. Guynn, was in the household of Joseph Westmoreland, but the whereabouts of son James William Guynn are unknown.

According to the 1860 Montgomery County Slave Schedules, A. V. Worthy was the owner of nine slaves, ranging in age from one to sixty-five.

In 1861, Albert rendered and paid taxes on one lot (probably containing a house) in Danville with a value of $1000, quite a large sum. He also rendered seven Negroes with a value of $29,216, and ten horses valued at $1500.

A. V. joined the local militia, the Danville Mounted Riflemen, some time after September, 1861. His name appears on the muster roll for February 14, 1862.

On March 29, 1862, A. V. joined the Second Texas Lancers; he was enrolled by John E. George at Danville. He gave his age as forty-one. It was fifty miles from his home to place of rendezvous. A. V.ís horse was worth $140.00 and his equipment was valued at $30.00.

A. V. was mustered in at Camp Carter at Hempstead on April 28th. There he was elected Third Sergeant in his company of the Lancers, which became Company B, 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry.

It is worth noting that Albert was over age and would not have been required to join the Confederate army at this time had he not volunteered; few of the men in his age group went off with the first or second wave of volunteers. It is also worth noting that he was serving in the same company with his son-in-law.

Albert rode his horse to Arkansas with the rest of the men and was dismounted there. He served the remainder of the war as infantry. He went into camp at White Sulphur Springs and then was assigned to Garland's Regiment, which was sent to Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post.

He fought in the Battle of Arkansas Post and was captured by Union troops on January 11, 1863. He is on the Roster of Troops Captured at Arkansas Post and on the list of Prisoners of War. He was imprisoned at Camp Butler, Illinois.

Apparently, A. V. was one of the few men who didnít become ill at Camp Butler, as there are no hospital rolls for him during his imprisonment or after his release and parole at City Point, Virginia. In August of 1863, he was finally paid for the use of his horse and for mileage to place of rendezvous.

He was marked present on the company muster rolls through March and April of 1864, at which time there are no more records in existence for the company until the final parole. At this time, he was 3rd Sergeant of the company. He presumably participated in the Battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and Tunnel Hill. We don't have records to know whether he participated in the Battle of Franklin.

Although Albert's name wasnít on the list of those paroled at the end of the war in North Carolina, we know he somehow made it home to Montgomery County, because his name is on the list of those who signed the Amnesty Oath.

A couple of years after the war, Albert and Mary moved to Tarrant County, Texas. His name is on the Texas Voter Registration List for 1867. He was a resident of Precinct 8. He stated that he had lived in Texas for ten years, in Tarrant County for three months, and in Precinct 8 for three months. He gave his birthplace as Georgia.

The following year, Albert and Mary moved to Colorado County. His name appears on the 1869 Texas Voter Registration for Colorado County. He was living in the Columbus Precinct, had lived in the state for thirteen years, in the county for one year, and in the precinct for one year.

In 1870, the couple was enumerated in Precinct One. Albert was a farmer with a thousand dollars worth of real estate and $150 in personal property. Also living in Precinct One were Mary's son, James William Guynn, with his wife Katie Bridge Guynn, and two young daughters.

In 1872, A. V. Worthy was named in a criminal cause file, accused by the State of Texas of assaulting Charles Stockman with intent to murder. This file is posted on the website of the Nesbitt Memorial Library. There is no report of the outcome of the case.

Ten years later, Albert and Mary were enumerated in Precinct 8, Eagle Lake. Albert gave his age as sixty and Maryís as sixty-two. They had a ten-year-old daughter, Annie, in the household; but it appears unlikely that she was a daughter by birth, because of Mary's advanced age. She may have been a granddaughter.

Mary died 28 May 1889 and is buried at the Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery. There is apparently no marker for Albert if he is buried near Mary; however, he may have died elsewhere.

Updated October 2013

Information was compiled from county and census records, from the compiled service records on file at the National Archives, Washington, D. C., and from the web site of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, Texas.

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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