JESSE COTHIER McINTYRE-Co. B, 24th Texas Cavalry>


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Jesse Cothier McIntyre was born 3 March 1835 in Anson Co., North Carolina, and came to Texas with his brother, James R. McIntyre, before 1860. His parents were Malachi Stokes McIntyre and Elizabeth Murray.

On 10 September 1857, Jesse married Hannah Carolina Lindley in Montgomery County, Texas. She was born 30 September 1840, in Montgomery County, the daughter of William Lindley and Martha Jane Hostetter. Hannah was a niece of James, John, and Elijah Lindley. She was the granddaughter of John Hostetter. Also, she was the sister of Rachel Lindley who married Erastus Emory Sandel.

Jesse and Carolina are enumerated as J. and C. McTyre in the 1860 census of Montgomery County, ages twenty-five and eighteen, and are living next door to her parents.

Sometime after September, 1861, Jesse joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen and was listed on the muster roll of 14 February 1862. In March, he enlisted in the Second Texas Lancers at Danville, and was mustered in at Camp Carter at Hempstead on 28 April 1862. The unit became Company B 24th Regiment, Texas Cavalry.

The 3,000 soldiers of Carters Brigade began riding to Arkansas in early May with their servants, equipment, and supply wagons. The regiments spread out through the countryside, camping along the way, but heading in the general direction of Nacogdoches. A month after being mustered into service, on May 26, Jesse was discharged from Company B, perhaps due to illness.

No record has been found to indicate that Jesse joined another company or regiment until late in the war. However, it is likely he was pressed into duty when he became well enough to serve. CSA records for the latter part of the war are very sketchy.

The first known record of his later service is a Regimental Return dated January 5, 1865, at which time he was absent without leave from Company I of the 24th Texas Cavalry. Remnants of this company were probably serving west of the Mississippi. It was noted that he was with a detachment of the above which was attached to and on duty with the 25th Regiment in the month of January, 1865, and that he was absent.

Muster rolls in February and March also have notations that Jesse was Absent Without Leave. The March roll has a note: “Detail Expires,” which leads us to believe he had been sent on a detail and had failed to report back to his camp.

The next muster roll, dated April 1865, was taken at Camp Lubbock at Harrisburg, near Houston. This camp had served as headquarters for General Magruder. Under the heading, “Alterations since last return among the enlisted men,” there is this note: “Joined Company F by Transfer from the 24th Texas Cavalry Now permanently Transferred to Company F, 25th Cavalry.” A final note, on April 29, confirms that J. C. McIntyre was now transferred to Company F, 25th Cavalry.

Less than a month later, General Kirby-Smith surrendered all of his Texas troops, and the men were paroled to go home.

After the war, Jesse and Carolina moved to Grimes County and settled near Roans Prairie, where they raised their eight children. There they lived the rest of their lives.

Jesse became a member of the H. H. Boone Camp of the Texas Confederate Veterans, which met at Navasota in Grimes County. In May, 1895, he was chosen as an alternate delegate to the Texas Division of Confederate Veterans meeting to be held at Houston.

The Big Reunion On (News Article) Date: 1895-05-20; Paper: Dallas Morning News Historical Archive (c) Copyright, 2003, The Dallas Morning News. Image available on GenealogyBank

Jesse died on 13 June 1903 and Caroline on 27 October 1906. They are buried at Roans Prairie.

His son said of Jesse, “He was a farmer, cattle raiser, and slave holder.”

Graves of Jesse and Carolina McIntyre

Photo contributed by Researcher Lynna Kay Shuffield, October, 2006

Information was compiled from census and county records and from the Compiled Service Records housed at the National Archives, Washington, D. C. Family information was located in “Saga of Anderson,” by Irene Taylor Allen, pages 243-246. Some family information was found on “My Loose Ends” Family Tree Database by Lynna Kay Shuffield, dated August 29, 2003.

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. Contact Frank at

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