Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Robert Lyman Helms: 3rd Great Uncle Of

My X-Husband Brian Robert Rowley's 3rd Great Uncle

Robert Lyman Helms born to  Robert Helms & jane Benson on 4 Sep 1837 in East Randolph Cattaraugus, New York being the 6th and last child born.

He married Alida Anna Dockstader and they had 6 children:

Theron Helms 1863-1874
Eva Adele Helms 1865-1892
Anna Jane Helms 1868-1881
George Helms 1869-1869
Bert Veeder Helms 1871-1944
Clarence George Helms 1873-1961

He enlisted in the First State Militia  Cavalry, Har-Joh in 1864 in Missouri.Union Volunteer. 

During the Civil War the State of Missouri, fielded the Missouri State Militia (MSM). The MSM was made up mainly of Cavalry Regiments and their main duty was to combat Confederate Partisans and Recruiting Parties in the State. Like all formations in Missouri some units were very good some very bad.

The First Missouri State Militia Cavalry principle actions involved the pursuit of guerrillas, but they did play a role in turning back Major General Sterling Price's army in September 1864 at the battles of Westport and Marmiton River. 
The First Missouri State Militia Cavalry principle actions involved the pursuit of guerrillas, but they did play a role in turning back Major General Sterling Price's army in September 1864 at the battles of Westport and Marmiton River.

I could not even imagine what any war would be like let alone this very bloody War where brothers were killing brothers.




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