I don't know exactly who this George W. Haire was... but I have strong suspicion that he was my great great great grandfather John Haire's brother, or other close relative. I had a great uncle named George Washington Haire, but he wasn't born till 18 September 1893, two years and one day after this George W. Haire died.... making it look particularly possible that my great uncle was named after him. This George W. Haire served in the 5th Florida Cavalry along with a John Haire. Although the name is spelled Haire in the affidavit shown below, it is worth noting that the records of the 5th Florida Cavalry spell the name Hair and Hare... but not Haire. This affidavit is from a 1915 Decatur County, Georgia, Confederate pension application by George W. Haire's widow, Sallie Haire. It shows that George W. and Sallie Haire were married in Gadsden County, Florida, in 1864. The place of residence of the affiant, A. E. Perkins, Concord (commonly referred to as "Coonbottom"), Florida, is approximately 10 miles from where my Haire ancestors are buried at Butler Cemetery, between Whigham and Calvary in Grady (formerly Decatur) County, Georgia.
The pension application is conclusive evidence that this George W. Haire, husband of Sallie Haire, is the same person who served in the 5th Florida Cavalry. I have found no such application from John Haire, and this corresponds to the fact that my great great great grandfather John Haire died in 1896... which was about the time that Georgia Confederate pension applications started to be made... and given his fairly elaborate headstone at Butler Cemetery (between Whigham and Calvary, then in Decatur County... now in Grady County, Georgia) he very likely did not need a pension.
G. W. Hare (aka George W. Hair) was enrolled as a private in the 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion, Company D, at Quincy, FL, on 27 August 1863 - He was shown as absent with leave on the last muster roll on file, and was paroled at Tallahassee on 16 May 1865. The parole states that he was 5 feet 11 inches tall and had light hair, blue eyes, and a light complexion. He signed the parole as "G. W. Hair".
Other men named Hare or Hair, who served in the 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion, include:
John Hare (no other spelling in the record) was enrolled as a private in the 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion, Company B, at Quincy, FL, on 13 Jul 1863 - He was paroled in Tallahassee, FL, on 12 May 1865. The parole states that he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, with dark hair, gray eyes, and a dark complexion. He signed the parole as "John Hare".
Wiley W. Hare (no other spelling in the record) was enrolled as a private in the 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion, Company B, at Quincy, FL on 22 June 1863 - He was shown as absent without leave from 24 December 1864 and was paroled in Tallahassee on 16 May 1865. The parole stated that he was 6 feet tall, with light hair, gray eyes, and a light complexion. Enrolled as W. Hair, he was also referred to as W. W. Hare and was paroled as Wiley Hare. He signed the parole as "Wiley Hare". Wiley Hare and Queen Ann Hare who married Owen S. Glenn are buried in Thomas Cemetery near Rock Bluff in Liberty County, Florida. This cemetery is not known to be accessible currently.
Littlebury B. Hair was enrolled as a private in the 5th Florida Cavalry Battalion, Company A, at Chattahoochee, FL on 5 August 1862 - His record shows that he deserted on 7 January 1865. He was paroled at Tallahassee, FL, on 16 May 1865. The parole stated that he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, and had black hair, gray eyes, and a dark complexion. Enrolled as L. B. Hare, he was also called "Littleberry" and his last name was spelled "Hair". Littleberry Hare married Elizabeth Edwards in Gadsden County, Florida, on 22 August 1850.
It is notable that all of these Hair/Hare/Haires were rather tall, with Wiley' s 6 foot height being remarkable for a Civil War physical description... and that all except George W. (whose eyes were described as blue) had the rather unusual gray eye color.
Created 30 April 2000
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