My g granfather, T.J. (Thomas James) Royall is shown as a member of the
12th. He enlisted at Bastrop. Co. D, they were also called the
"Rawhiders." Thet were engauged mostly in the Red River Campain in AR. &
LA. They also were involved in the defeance of Vicksburg. If you wany
more info on the 12th., I have it. A good article appeared on them in
last months Confederate Magazine for the "Sons of Confederate Veterans"
of which I am a member. I have T.J.'s complete service record.
The 12th Texas Calvary was also called "Parsons Rangers." They used to
have a web page but it has been down now for 4 years.
T.J.'s son, Thomas M. Royall married Dora E. Cadenhead, my grandfather
*Note: "T.J." Royall enlisted in Co. D, (Rawhiders) 12th Texas Cavalry
at Bastrop, Texas 1862. At the time of his enlistment he was a resident
of Bell Co. TX
Thomas James Royall applied for his Confederate Pension Application
#8789 and was approved 20 February 1902. Place of application was
Albany, Shackelford County, Texas. Age at the time of application was
"62 Past" born in 1839. County of residence, Shackelford. How long
have you resided in said county and what is your Post Office address?
"12 years last Nov. P.O. Albany, TX." Have you applied for a pension
and been rejected? If so state when and where. " No." What is your
occupation if able to engage in one? " Blacksmith." What is your
physical condition? "Quite feeble." If your physical condition is such
that you are unable by your own labor to earn a support, state what
caused such disability. " Chronic diarrhea and old age." State in what
company and regiment you enlisted in the Confederate Army. " Company D,
12th Texas Cavalry, Parsons Reg. I enlisted in the Confederate Army
Spring of 1862 and stayed in until the close of the war." What real and
personal property do you now own and what is its present value? " Have
small tract of land, not paid for yet, worth $200-$300 dollars. it is 6
acres. Have 4 old horses worth about $25.00, milk cow and calf." What
property, and what was the value thereof have you sold or conveyed
within two years prior to the date of this application? "None." What
income if any do you receive? "None." Are you in indigent
circumstances, that is are you in actual want, and destitute of property
and means of substance? "I am." Did you ever desert the Confederacy?
"No." Have you been continuously since the first day of January, 1880,
a bona fide resident citizen of this State? I have been ever since
"1838." Signed Thomas J. Royall 24th day of 1902. Signed J.M. McChisim
County Judge The State of Texas paid for his burial under the
Confederate Pension #8789. Casket, $135.00. Hearse $5.00. Grave
digging $15.00. Grave Linning $7.40. Total $162.40. December 1, 1919.
A letter from The First National Bank of Albany Jan. 3, 1920 to L.W.
Little, Comptroller, State of Texas. "Replying to your letter of Dec.
16th beg to advise that there was a little mistake made in the letter of
the 11th. relative to the death of Mr. Thos. J. Royall as it has since
developed that he died on the night of Nov. 30, 1919 instead of Dec.
"I am enclosing herewith the Application for mortuary warrant, and at
the request of Mr. L. H. Royall we are holding the quarterly warrant No.
12344 for $23.00. (THE Confederate Pension was $23.00 every 90 days.) If
Mr. L.H. Royall is entitled to cash this warrant he wishes to know if he
is to endorse his fathers name on the back of it. If he is not entitled
to both warrants kindly advise us." Yours Truly A. Reynolds, Vice
President. In a reply to this letter the Comptroller stated that since
the death occurred before Dec.1, they were not entitled to the quarterly
payment and requested it be returned before the Mortuary Warrant would
be issued. The last page is the application for Mortuary Warrant
stating that T.J. Royall died at his home. The attending Physician,
Z.M. Casey stated that the cause of death was "Rheumatism of the Heart."