Charles Richard Menefee, son of Elijah Lewis Menefee and Sarah Moon Farmer.
Born Jul 9, 1842 at Keokuk Co., Iowa ---see notes, died after 1900 at d. Feb 7, at least 58 years
he was living with his parents in 1850 & 1860 census's. He enlisted 20 Feb. 1864 at Fairfield, Jefferson Co., IA for three years as a private in Keokuk Company K, 7th Iowa infantry and mustered out on 12 July 1865, Louisville, KY. He was described as a farmer, age 21, blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, and 5'5" tall. He was in the Atlanta campaign, where he was severely injured by a gunshot wound to the head. He lost the sight of one eye, and spent several months in the hospital. He was found fit for duty in the invalid corps then, but not fit for field duty.
It is interesting that all applications for pension by his widow show his name as Charles K. Menefee. The Adjutant General's office states the pensioner was Charles R. Menefee, underlining for emphasis. Doubtless the confusion arose because all the papers bore his mark, not his signature, as was common in those days.
There is a possibility Charles may have had a first marriage. In the Richland Cemetery, Keokuk, IA., is a tombstone bearing the inscription: Hannah E., wife of C.R. Menefee, died 21 years, 10 Mo. She died 30 January 1867. If this were Charles' wife, the marriage must have been very brief, for he was not married when he enlisted nor mustered out in the summer of 1865, and her death was in the winter of1867. His application for military pension does not show a previous marriage, and in one place Matilda [his widow] shows that neither of them had been previously married. On Charles original pension application he also says no when asked if he had been previously married.
Married Dec 23, 1873 at Ft. Scott, KS (at least 27 years married) to:
Matilda Ann Howell
Born ± 1850, died Oct 17, 1940 at Iola, Kansas, approximately 90 years, buried at Buried La Harpe, KS.
1. Charles [?] Orville Menefee
Born Sep 22, 1875, died between 1875 and 1960, 84 or 85 years
2. Kate Frances Menefee
Born Dec 10, 1877, died between 1877 and 1960, 82 or 83 years
3. William Bertram Menefee
Born Feb 22, 1881, died between 1881 and 1970, 88 or 89 years
4. Jesse Clyde Menefee
Born Nov 12, 1883, died between 1883 and 1970, 86 or 87 years
5. Fred Nesbit Menefee
Born Dec 6, 1885, died between 1885 and 1975, 89 or 90 years
6. Charles Lewis Menefee
Born Aug 20, 1888, died between 1888 and 1975, 86 or 87 years
7. Harry Wesley Menefee
Born Jan 26, 1891, died between 1891 and 1980, 88 or 89 years
8. Maud Dora Menefee
Born Jul 6, 1894, died between 1897 and 1985, 90 or 91 years
9. John Edward Menefee
Born Jul 11, 1897, died between 1897 and 1985, 87 or 88 years
10. John M. Menefee
Born Jan 20, 1898 at 189? birth year not certain----see notes, died Feb 4, 1918, 20 years