m. 21 June 1838
Facts and Events
Henry Mortimer McGrew was very young when his father and grandfather died. Henry and his brother lived with their mother and stepfather, and some said that Henry had Indian blood. There was the story that he ran away from home because his stepfather worked him too hard.
While not all of the following is verifiable, it is the working hypothesis of many McGrew researchers: Henry's father was Alexander McGrew, who was born sometime after 1790, and married Elizabeth Thomas, at the home of John McGrew, Jr. on July 8, 1816, in Clarke Co., AL. Alexander and Elizabeth had two sons before he died before 1823 -- Henry Mortimer McGrew, b. 1818; and William T. McGrew, b. 1820. Alexander's widow married Alexander DeCastro on May 6, 1824, in Marengo, Co., AL, and Henry & William were listed with them for the 1830 census. It is believed that this is the mother and step-father that Henry ran away from when he was young.
Henry married Susan Ann Kemp on June 21, 1838, in Alabama. During the Civil War they lived about 12 miles from Mobile. They had a farm, raised tobacco and other farm crops.
Henry enlisted in Capt. Daniel R. McIntosh's Company of the Ms Volunteers for the Civil War and mustered into the service of the State of MS on April 27, 1861, in Quitman, MS, as a private. He mustered in the service of the Conf. State on May 12, 1861 in Corinth, MS as part of the 13th Regiment and was discharged in Union City, TN on June 12, 1861, because of disabilities.