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Maj John Woodward Methvin
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Birth: 1827
Madison County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1864
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

John Woodward Methvin was the son of James Shelton Methvin and "Hannah" Nancy (Woodward) Methvin and the grandson of Levi Methvin and Elizabeth (Gooch) Methvin.

John Woodward Methvin married Corasandra Nowlin on 17 MAR 1847 in Madison County, Alabama. He and his wife moved from Madison County, Alabama, to Carroll County, Arkansas, about 1848-1849 and were living in Carroll County, Arkansas, when the U.S. 1850 Census was taken. Soon they moved to Yellville, Marion County, Arkansas, where he served 10 years as County Clerk of Marion County, Arkansas, beginning in 1852 until 1862, when he enlisted in the Confederate Army.

John Woodward Methvin and Corasandra (Nowlin) Methvin were the parents of 4 children, who were all born in Arkansas, the first in Carroll County, Arkansas, and the others in Marion County, Arkansas:

1) Alonzo Deen Methvin, husband of Elizabeth Ann Wann.

2) Josephine Methvin, wife of John W. Coker.
Note: John W. Coker served as sheriff of Marion County, Arkansas.

3) Hannah Ann Methvin, wife of Nathan Absolom Pyle.

4) James Hansford Methvin, husband of Sarah "Ellen" Anglin and later Tina "Tiney" Bell Maxey.

John Woodward Methvin is listed as a Major in the Confederate States Army [C.S.A.] per the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery records.

On 30 JUN 1862, at the age of 36 years old, and having been born in Alabama, John Woodward Methvin enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant in the Confederate Army at Yellville, Marion County, Arkansas, serving briefly in the 5th Regiment, Arkansas State Troops. From family sources, he was later promoted to Major in the 1st Regiment, McBrides Army in the 27th Arkansas Infantry.

Major Methvin was a kind and considerate man and took up for his men in his regiment putting his life on the line several times. He was a highly respected citizen before the Civil War and the soldiers held him in great esteem. They truly admired and respected him as an officer in the their regiment.

Major Methvin was wounded and captured by the Federal Army, the 14th Missouri Calvary under Major John Wilber on 16 OCT 1862, while on his way back to Yellville, Arkansas, to visit his family. He had been ill and was riding in a hack, which is another term for what we now refer to as a buggy, rather than going on horseback. A few days later, he was sent to Gratiot Street Prison in St. Louis, Missouri, where he died.

Note: Corasandra Nowlin was the daugter of Dr. John Nowlin, a medical doctor, and Nancy (Dixon) Nowlin and granddaughter of Rev. David Nowlin, a Baptist minister, and Lucy (Hensley) Nowlin and Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Dickson or Dixon.

Later Corasandra (Nowlin) Methvin married James "Roe" Madison Keeter about 1880. They moved to what is now Oklahoma, where Corsandra (Nowlin) Methvin Keeter died about 1918 in Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma. It is not known when James "Roe" Madison Keeter died.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery records show his date of death as 19 JUL 1864. The records also note that he was buried on the same day: 19 JUL 1864.

Some other family accounts recognize that Death Records from Missouri Newspapers mention that he died on 10 DEC 1862. Some other family records show his date of death to be 08 DEC 1862 and that the monument was placed in the cemetery for him on 19 JUL 1864. 
 
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 Parents:
  James Shelton Methvin (1795 - 1883)
  Hannah Woodard Methvin (1800 - 1893)
 
 Children:
  Alonzo Deen Methvin (1849 - 1877)*
  James Hansford Methvin (1861 - 1934)*
 
 Sibling:
  Ruth A. Methvin Nowlin (1824 - 1893)*
  John Woodward Methvin (1827 - 1864)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Oakville (St. Louis County)
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: 21 0 4861
 
Created by: Ken Oliver
Record added: Mar 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25131995
Maj John Woodward Methvin
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Maj John Woodward Methvin
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Maj John Woodward Methvin
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