John Taylor McQueen's whereabouts was unknown from 1839 until 1848 when he enlisted in the 6 November 1847 in the war with Mexico at Mobile, Alabama. He was a private in 1 Battalion commanded John G. Barr of Alabama Volunteers.. He served 5 or 6 months and was honorably discharged 28 June 1848 in Mobile, Alabama. At that time he was 20 years of age;, five feet nine inches high, fair complexion, hazel eyes, light hair and by occupation a farmer. He was a pensioner under Cert. # 5879 and made a claim for bounty land.
Garland and Jane Diggs moved with their children to Houston County, Texas, also where two of their sons served in the Civil War. Garland Diggs was the son of John Wesley Diggs and Agnes Crew Diggs. All residents of Anson County, NC. This Diggs family came to Kemper County, Miss about 1843. Their roots were in Virginia.
John Taylor McQueen was the grandson of Joseph Ellerbe and his wife, Elizabeth Farr Ellerbe of Cheraw District, SC. John McQueen was orphaned by the death of his mother in 1835 in Macon Co., Georgia and of his father in 1839 in Muscogee Co., GA. He may have come to Kemper County, with Ellerbe relatives. An uncle, George Washington Ellerbe was in Kemper County by1842. George's sister Hannah Ellerbee and her husband Cornelius Nicholson came to Kemper County, by 1860, Thomas Farr Ellerbe married 14 August 1858 in Castalian Spring, Holmes, Co., Miss on 14 August 1858 by 1859 was in Kemper County. Joseph Ellerbe was living with his daughter Hanna Nicholson when they were counted in the 1860 Kemper Co., Census.
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