PANNELL, JOHN SIMEON (1843 ~ 1931). John Simeon Pannell, Confederate veteran, was born in Noxubee County, Mississippi on May 20, 1843. In 1853 his family moved to Newton County, Mississippi, where he enlisted in the Confederate Army in Garlandsville on June 15, 1861. He was mustered into Company I of the 20th Mississippi Regiment as a private on July 6, 1861.
The 20th Mississippi moved to Tennessee, where it was captured on February 16, 1862 at Fort Donelson. On the morning of the 16 John Pannell had been wounded on his left side, but stayed with his unit until its surrender later that day. He was held at Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois, until his unit was exchanged at Vicksburg, Mississippi on September 8, 1862. While in Vicksburg, John Pannell was promoted to sergeant on October 14, 1863.
Now under the command of General Joseph E. Johnson the 20th Mississippi moved through Alabama and Georgia and fought outside Atlanta. Command was transferred to Gen. John B. Hood as the unit moved to Franklin, Tennessee, where John Pannell was wounded in battle. The 20th Mississippi moved to Greenbriar, North Carolina under Gen. Lowry, where it surrendered on April 26, 1865. The unit returned home on June 17, 1865.
On November 7, 1866, John Pannell married Margaret "Carrie" Carolina McIntosh in Meridian, Mississippi. They had two children, Fuller McIntosh Pannell in 1868 and William Jehu Pannell in 1870, before moving to Bastrop County, Texas in the fall of 1870. The family then moved to Travis County in 1872 and lived on a farm east of Austin. The Pannells had four more children in Texas including Ada and Ida Pannell, twins born in 1875, Almarine Pannell, born in 1879, and John Dudley Pannell, born in 1881.
John Pannell opened the Glenwood Dairy in 1879 and worked there with his sons until he sold the business in 1913. In 1916 John and Margaret Pannell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, which was attended by Rev. Shelby King, who had married the couple, as well as Mrs. S.C. Lattimore, Margaret's school teacher, Tom Peebles, John Pannell's friend who had gone with him to get the marriage license, and Mayor A.P. Woolridge.
John Pannell was cared for by his wife at home until her death on April 10, 1931 and soon after, on April 29, 1931, John S. Pannell died at home. Both were buried in the Texas State Cemetery, John S. Pannell on April 30, 1931 and Margaret C. Pannell on April 11, 1931.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Records, Family History, Confederate Pension Application # 41097, Civil War Soldier and Sailor System Website at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss, and Death Certificate # 20877.