James Allen Medcalf – Company E, 4th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Union Army, private.

Allen Medcalf was the brother of William Tate Musgrave’s first wife, Nancy, and the father of William Tate’s second wife, Myzella.  In the Mexican War, Allen was mustered in on June 8, 1847 by Captain Gatlin. He served in Company E, 4th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. He was mustered out July 20, 1848 in Madison, Indiana by Major H.A. Goff. It looks like the troops made it into Mexico, since records indicate some soldiers were left sick at the mouth of the Rio Grande. I don’t have any further records on his service in the Civil War.

James Allen Medcalf and Amanda Wood were married by Reverend Thomas Walker on September 14, 1848. Allen Metcalf died on April 8, 1868 in Dale, Spencer County, Indiana. Sometime after his death, Amanda moved to Texas and lived with her son, George Edwin Medcalf. She signed her pension applications with her mark. William Tate Musgrave and Walker Medcalf were witnesses to that pension application and signed with their signatures.


  • Certificate of Marriage issued on September 1, 1848 – Allen Medcalf and Amanda Wood.
  • Roster of the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Regiments, Adjutant General Military U.S. Military Records, 1631-1976. Database on-line Provo, UT, USA. P 430-431.
  • Mexican War pension #4180 for Amanda Wood Metcalf, widow of Allen Medcalf.
  • Land Bounty Warrant No 42077 for 160 acres received by Allen about March 28, 1849, according to Amanda’s Pension Application in Van Alstyne, Grayson County, Texas with George E. Lemon as her attorney.

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Genealogy research on my own ancestors is a new focus. Posts will include information about those ancestors including the social and economic issues, along with techniques for research.
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