- In 1850 he is living alone in Madison Parish, a lawyer.
According to a family descendant, "His family is confusing because he was married to another woman (Alice Danforth) for the Civil War. Her family was from New York, and Cyrus was originally from Kentucky and living in Louisiana. Legend has it that after the Civil War the Danforth family were so upset with Cyrus for serving in the Confederacy that they would not let him back into the family. Cyrus later "married" Lambella Downing (originally from Maryland) around 1868, but the marriage was not made official until 1878, soon before Cyrus' death. The general consensus is that there was some problem with getting the marriage annulled or finalized."
The entry appears in the 1866 Directory for the City of New Orleans:
Bemiss, Cyrus T., attorney . . . Carondelet c. Gravier
His wife also applied for a pension as a Confederate veteran. He is included on the Civil War page. A “W. Bemiss” served in the Watson Battery, but I don’t see a relation between him and Cyrus. His own civil war records show that he was a Captain.
According to a letter included in the pension application,
"The records show that Cyrus T. Bemiss was appointed Captain and Paymaster, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Louisiana Militia, August 25, 1861, and accepted August 30, 1861. On August 17, 1863, he is shown to have been serving as Acting Quartermaster at Camp Pratt, Louisiana, and was recommended for a commission as Quartermaster in the Conscript Department, State of Louisiana, Confederate States Army. . . . By Special Orders dated April 11, 1864, having failed to execute the bond provided by law, his name was ordered dropped from the rolls. No later record of him has been found."
An Alice Bemiss died in New Orleans on 15 Nov. 1869 (vol. 46, page 317), aged 14. She may be his daughter by his first marriage.