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James Abner Eiland
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Birth: Dec. 3, 1843
Crenshaw County
Alabama, USA
Death: May 2, 1920
Pasco County
Florida, USA

CSA, Company F, 33rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry also known as the "Covington and Coffee Grays." James Abner Eiland was born in Crenshaw County, Alabama on December 3, 1843. He was the first child born to Levi Daniel Eiland. Jr. and Polly Pippet. After Polly's death in the late 1840's, Levi Eiland married Lydia Ann Whatley and together they raised at least five children. By 1850, Levi & Lydia had acquired 40 acres of property in the Brantley area of Covington County, Alabama. In addition, by 1856 they had acquired a 40 acre tract of property in the Union Community. These small communities were located near the boarder of Covington and Coffee County, Alabama until 1866 when a portion of Covington County became that of Crenshaw County, Alabama. It was here that Levi Daniel raised his family, one of them being James Abner. (There are many researchers who have confused James Abner with his two cousins whose names were James Aaron and James Absalom as all three were known as James A. and were raised in the same area of Alabama) At the outbreak of the Civil War James Abner did not enlist right away, for reasons unclear at this time, since he was old enough being 18 years of age. It was not until 1864, that James enlisted. Going to the Rose Hill Post Office in Covington County, Alabama, James enlisted for services and was mustered in with Company "F" of the 33rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry. Company "F" being comprised of residents of both Covington and Coffee County, Alabama. They would became known as the "Covington and Coffee Grays." The 33rd Alabama Infantry had actually been organized two years prior, on April 23, 1862, at Pennsecola, Florida. On May 25, 1864 the 33rd Alabama was engaged in the Battle of New Hope Church, near to Atlanta, Georgia. Sometime during this engagement James was struck in the left side of his chest with a minnie ball fired from Union lines. Records indicate that the shot badly tore at his insides and his lungs were badly torn causing extensive bleeding. As a result, James was taken to the Meridian Mississippi Hospital where after three to four weeks he was given a 30-day sick furlough, due to his weak lungs and his likelihood of contracting a cough from others around him. After given his sick furlough, James returned to his home where he was able to recover from his wounds. While recovering at home and likely after given an extension of his furlough, the war ended and James was honorably discharged. After the war and after his recovery James worked around his father's farm helping with the everyday tasks. James met a young neighborhood girl by the name of Susan Taylor. On December 24, 1873 James Abner Eiland and Miss Susan R. Taylor were married in Covington County, Alabama. Known children to this union were: Mary "Molly" A. Eiland b. 27 January 1879 d. 25 July 1885; Levi Washington b. 12 January 1883 d. 23 September 1937; William Henry b. 09 October 1884 d. 10 September 1978; James Aaron b. 25 December 1885 d. 21 August 1924; and Roxy b. April 1890 d. unk. In 1873, James Abner's father, Levi, moved from Alabama to Pasco County, Florida where he settled in the small but growing community of Fort Dade. With him Levi brought the knowledge of building a grist mill and he soon added to the community with the construction of two grist mills. According to County Clerk, J.A. Hendley, "We had two water mills that ground our meal and grits. One of these mills was located a little south of Chipco - now called Blanton. The other was farther south near the J. W. Hudson farm. Levi Eiland built these two mills in 1874 and 1875." While Levi had moved to Florida James Abner had decided to remain in Alabama, with his family, for a few years. However, James eventually decided to relocate his family south moving to Pasco County sometime in 1883. He settled near his father and brothers in the small Fort Dade community. Within a few years of relocating James also acquired property through private acquisition. On his property James would plant and engage citrus farming and in 1886 was listed among the orange growers of the Fort Dade entry in the Florida Gazetteer. In addition to his orange grove and farm, James also owned a simple home where he and his family lived. By 1903, life began to somewhat change for James for reasons unknown at this time. Susan divorced James taking their children back to Alabama. James remained in Florida and in 1907 is recorded to having owned 41 acres of property located near Dade City, where he continued to engage in farming. In addition, James wrote that he owned an old wagon and buggy, which he likely used for the farming of his property and traveling about the county. James owned three head of cattle and 28 hogs. By 1909, James had increased his property holdings in Dade City and is recorded as owning 81 acres of property, still located near Dade City. James still continued to engage and rely on farming his property as a means of support. In addition, James had acquired a horse and still owned his three head of cattle, these likely being milk and meat cattle. James continued to raise hogs on his property, however he had reduced the size of his stock by 1909, only owning 19 head. It is likely that James was selling these hogs to supplement his earnings from his farm crops and orange groves. James had been living as a single divorced man since about 1903, however in 1918 after reconciling their differences, Susan and James remarried on May 25, 1918. It was a small wedding ceremony held in Dade City and performed by A. J. Burnside. After they remarried records show James and Susan lived in Dade City with their son, James. Almost two years to the date of their remarriage, James would succumb to death and passed away on May 02, 1920. James Abner was laid to rest in the small Eiland family plot located in the Mt. Zion Cemetery located in Dade City, Pasco County, Florida where his father, Levi Daniel, Jr. was also interred. Susan and their children raised a headstone in James' memory. Susan's Florida Confederate Pension was approved.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Levi Daniel Eiland (1822 - 1912)
 
 Spouse:
  Susan Rebecca Taylor Eiland (1853 - 1938)*
 
 Children:
  Mary A. Eiland (1879 - 1885)*
  Levi Washington Eiland (1882 - 1937)*
  William Henry Eiland (1884 - 1978)*
  James Aaron Eiland (1885 - 1924)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Abner Eiland (1843 - 1920)
  Neri Daniel Eiland (1847 - 1929)*
  Josephus Eiland (1853 - 1875)*
  Cullen E. Eiland (1857 - 1876)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Zion Cemetery
Dade City
Pasco County
Florida, USA
 
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Record added: May 18, 2000
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