man 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:

woman Matilda Ann Howell‏‎
Born ‎± 1850, died ‎ Oct 17, 1940 at Iola, Kansas‎, approximately 90 years, buried ‎ at Buried La Harpe, KS.

Children:

1.
man Charles [?] Orville Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Sep 22, 1875, died ‎between 1875 and 1960‎, 84 or 85 years
2.
woman Kate Frances Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Dec 10, 1877, died ‎between 1877 and 1960‎, 82 or 83 years
3.
man William Bertram Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Feb 22, 1881, died ‎between 1881 and 1970‎, 88 or 89 years
4.
man Jesse Clyde Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Nov 12, 1883, died ‎between 1883 and 1970‎, 86 or 87 years
5.
man Fred Nesbit Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Dec 6, 1885, died ‎between 1885 and 1975‎, 89 or 90 years
6.
man Charles Lewis Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Aug 20, 1888, died ‎between 1888 and 1975‎, 86 or 87 years
7.
man Harry Wesley Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Jan 26, 1891, died ‎between 1891 and 1980‎, 88 or 89 years
8.
woman Maud Dora Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Jul 6, 1894, died ‎between 1897 and 1985‎, 90 or 91 years
9.
man John Edward Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Jul 11, 1897, died ‎between 1897 and 1985‎, 87 or 88 years
10.
man John M. Menefee‏‎
Born ‎ Jan 20, 1898 at 189? birth year not certain----see notes, died ‎ Feb 4, 1918‎, 20 years