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Members of Mary Whitney Phelps Tent No. 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, led by president, Fran Black, conducted their second annual Civil War ancestor grave memorial on June 19 to honor the grandfathers of Jane Hartley Napier—Robert Hartley and James Henry Jackson—at Timber Ridge Cemetery in Webster County.
Tent members and guests gathered with several direct descendants of Pvt. Robert Hartley, a native of Carroll County, Tenn., at his grave for a brief ceremony to honor his memory.
He was born Jan. 11, 1842, and his family arrived in Greene County by 1843. They were among the earliest pioneer families in Greene County. Their area later became a part of Webster County.
Hartley served during the Civil War in Co. F of the Enrolled Missouri Militia and was stationed at Fort Sand Springs in Webster County, Mo. He died at the age of 84 on June 8, 1926, in Webster County.
The second ancestor honored, Pvt. James Henry Jackson, was born Nov. 24, 1841, in Rockingham County, N.C. During the Civil War, he also served in Co. F of the 74th Enrolled Missouri Militia at Fort Sand Springs. He died at the age of 57 on April 15, 1899, in Webster County.
Following the ceremony, many of those in attendance gathered at nearby Frontier Theatre where they enjoyed a Civil War program and film presented by Roger Herman.