Re: [jacksongenealogy] Paulina Copeland_Col David Cawlfield_Caulfield
- Thank you Ann for your great kindness in providing me with this information. I am very appreciative.
"Ann B. Chambless" <rabc123@...> wrote:
SOURCE: Eliza Mae Woodall's THE STEVENSON STORY, pages 71 and 72:
In 1851, David Cawlfield applied for Bounty Land for his service in Seminole
Indian War. Cawfield stated he was 48 years old in 1851 and declared:
"He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Service of the United States and
commanded a Battalion of Jackson County Volunteers. He was mustered into
service on Sept 8, 1836, at Claysville, AL, and was mustered for discharge
on Sept 11, 1837, at Bellefonte, AL."
Mrs. Woodall also stated:
"Bounty Land Warrant 14167 for 160 acres was issued to David for his
service. David Cawlfield was first married to Mary Ish who died eight
months later; this was in 1834. After his Florida War service he married
Orlena Copeland. They went to Texas, settled near Ft. Gates, later
Gatesville, in Coryell County. David died there on March 17, 1886. On Aug
16, 1893, Orlena applied for a Widow's Pension under the Act of July 27,
1892. She stated David was born in Bedford County, TN, and was a merchant
before the Seminole campaign. She was approved for a pension of $8 per
month. Orlena died near the close of 1902."
The 1850 Jackson County, AL census shows David Cawlfield, age 45, a farmer
with Paulina Copland, age 35, in his household. Also listed were Laura or
Luisa (census film difficult to read), age 7, and William, age 1. Since
these children are listed under Paulina Copland (Copeland), it appears their
last name was also Copland/Copeland. David's neighbors were all men known
to have purchased land in the Long Island area just east of Bridgeport, AL.
In 1852, David was married by T. Boyd Foster, Justice of the Peace, who
lived a short distance southeast of Stevenson, AL. I have often wondered
if Paulina Copland in the 1850 census was the same as the Orlena Copeland
recorded on David Cawlfield's marriage bond. Census takers were famous for
spelling names as they heard them or interpreted their pronunciation. I
have never seen the name Paulina Copland/Copeland in any Jackson County
record other than the 1850 census. The only other Copeland female recorded
in Jackson County marriages between 1851 and 1871 was the Elizabeth A.
Copeland who married James Edwards on Nov 19, 1852, by Andrew McCoy who also
lived in the Stevenson, AL area.
Ann B. Chambless
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