How Related: Brother of my husband's 2nd-great-grandfather
Born: 13 January 1835 in Lincoln (now Moore) Co., Tennessee
Parents: Franklin Preston MIDKIFF (c. 1800 - c. 1839) and Ellender "Nellie" OLIVER (c. 1807 - c. 1849)
Siblings: John was one of seven siblings and one of three brothers that served the Confederacy from Texas: Sarah Ann (1826 - 1912); unknown sister (b. c. 1825 - 1830); Elizabeth Carrie "Betsey" (1830 - 1912); William Franklin (1833 - 1920); unknown brother (b. c. 1836 - 1840); an Charles Anderson MIDKIFF, Sr. (1839 - 1919)
Children: Children of J.R. and Louisa:
- Charles Preston (1857 - 1933)
- Jeffalonia Elizabeth (1861 - 1955)
- John Rufus, Jr. (1863 - 1880)
- Martha Ann "Mattie" (1865 - 1956)
- William Marcus (1868 - 1934)
- Franklin Alexander (1870 - 1902)
- Thomas Oscar "T.O." (1872 - 1940)
Enlisted: with his brother Charles on 5 June 1862 at Whitemound, Grayson Co., Texas in D.W. Baker's Company (Co. A), Hardeman's Cavalry (1st Regiment, Arizona Brigade, 31st Cavalry); private; Transferred 1 December 1863 to Capt. LeKorster's Company (E), 4th Regiment, Arizona Brigade.
Side served: Confederacy
Biography or Information of Interest: Much of the biography of J.R.'s life can be found in the book Midkiff: A Texas Family, Town, and Way of Life by Mary Lou Midkiff, which traces the stories of J.R. and his son Thomas Oscar Midkiff and their successful attempts to provide a new and good life for their families in West Texas through the hard work of cattle ranching. J.R. had a general store for many years on his ranch in Midland County, which had a little post office with the postmark, Midkiff, Texas. Years later, a new post office with the same name was built not far over the county border in Upton County. You can read more in a post I published last November.
Buried: between the graves of his first and second wives in Whitesboro Cemetery, Whitesboro, Grayson Co., Texas