ARLEDGE, JOHNATHAN JEFFERSON (1847~1926) Johnathan Jefferson Arledge, a private in the Confederate Army, was born in Alabama on February 18, 1847 according to the family bible. His father was Jonathon Arledge, born in 1811 in Edgefield, North Carolina; and his mother was Mary Ann Curry, born in 1821 in Alabama. They married February 8, 1836 in Monroe, Alabama. It appears the Arledge family came to Texas when the younger Johnathan was a newborn, in 1848. Records indicate he went by John.
Arledge joined the Confederate Army September 26, 1861. Records say he was 18, but he if he was born in 1847 then he was only 14 years old. He served in Company C, of the 7th Texas Cavalry. He served as part of Steeles Regiment under Colonel William Steele and General H.H. Sibley. After serving in the Army of New Mexico, the unit was assigned to Greens and Hardemans Brigade in the Trans-Mississippi Department. It then took part in various conflicts in Louisiana including Coxs Plantation and Bayou Bourbeau. Arledge reported that he had been injured during the war in his leg; however, we are not sure of the details of how and where he was injured. We do know he returned home for a brief time while on furlough, but returned to duty about a year before the war was over. The regiment was included in the surrender on June 2, 1865.
John Arledge married Sarah Texana Collier January 17, 1867 in Georgetown, Texas. Family records say they had five children together, though we only have the names of three of them: Emma C., Thomas Worth, and Lottie Pearl. The Arledge family had lived in Burnet County, Cooke County, and Coryell County. John made his living as a stone mason. When John applied for a confederate pension in 1907; he was already a widower, Sarah died April 7, 1898. When he entered the Confederate Mens Home on July 3, 1923 he had been living in Walnut Springs, Texas. His only listed correspondent was Mrs. Emma C. Huckabee, his oldest daughter, also living in Walnut Springs. John Arledge died July 28, 1926 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery the same day.
Information from: Compiled military records, familysearch.org, family records found at www.geocities.com/wilson_pam, Confederate pension application, Confederate Home Roster, his death certificate, and the National Park Service website at itd.nps.org.