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Randolph James Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Randolph James Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Randolph James, a well-to-do farmer and stock raiser of Bollinger County, Mo., was born in Tennessee in 1845, and is a son of William and Catherine James [see sketch of Levi B. James].

    On August 15, 1861, Randolph James and his father went to Cape Girardeau County, and both father and son joined the Fremont Rangers.

    At their disbandment three months later, both joined the Twelfth Missouri Cavalry.

    This regiment was, however, afterward consolidated with the Tenth Missouri regiment, forming the Third Missouri Cavalry.

    At this time, William James was placed in the quartermaster's department at Cape Girardeau, where he died from spotted fever in 1862.

    Randolph served with the company in which he enlisted for three years, when the period of his enlistment expired and he returned to his friends at home; but Southeast Missouri was then the theater of bloodshed and strife.

    Soon after his return, his home was attacked by guerrillas.

    A fight ensued in which about fifty shots were fired, and one of the enemy was wounded.

    Mr. James escaped and immediately went to St. Louis and joined the Federal forces again, enlisting in Company I, Fourteenth Missouri Cavalry, with which he remained two years.

    When the Civil War had ended, he went with his regiment under Sheridan to the Southwest to suppress Indian hostilities.

    After traveling over most of the Western States and Territories, he was mustered out of service at Fort Leavenworth on November 17, 1866, when he returned home.

    Mr. James was with Gen. Grant when he was commissioned brigadier-general, and afterward went with him on his first march - to New Madrid.

    Soon after his return from the Indian War he was united in marriage with Nancy A. Gaines, a native of Tennessee, born in 1846. To them have been born seven children: Henry L., William H., Harriet, Mary, Hiram J., Adolph and Martha.

    Mrs. James died on February 25, 1880, after which Mr. James married Martha Slinkard, who was born in Indiana in 1855.

    Mr. James is Master Workman of the A.O.U.W. lodge at Bollinger Mills, and is commanger of the G.A.R. post, with headquarters in Lutesville. [p. 832-833]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 832-833]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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