Susannah Jane <I>Culver</I> Isbell

Susannah Jane Culver Isbell

Alabama, USA
Death 11 Feb 1901 (aged 65)
Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Burial Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 111885762 · View Source
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Daughter of Thomas Bailey Culver and Nancy Jane Willis Culver; granddaughter of George Culver and Sarah (Reese) Culver.
Earlier censuses give her birth as circa 1835 in Tennessee, but the 1900 census gives her birth date as October 1823.

From Nina Corbin: "from Martin Van Buren Culver's Indian Application(:) He was the son of Nathaniel Culver (Thomas Bailey's brother) and Sarah Willis. On the application Martin listed grandparents as 'father's side George Culver and Sarah Culver and Mother's side Martin Reese and Betsy Reese maiden name Buttry Indian Buttry & Hale.'"
Arlene Wooten posted: "Martin Reece was born in Virginia in 1802,...married Elizabeth Buttry in Jefferson Co Tn on April 9, 1822. They had 11 children."
(Was Elizabeth/Betsy the stepmother of Sarah Culver?)

Susannah Culver married Zachariah Isbell 20 Dec 1851 at her father's house in Jackson Co., Alabama. Zachariah was the son of James and Elizabeth Birdwell Isbell. His double first cousin Martha C. Isbell (daughter of Levi and Sarah Birdwell Isbell) married Susannah Culver's first cousin, David Culver (son of Andrew Bailey Culver and Martha "Patsy" (McNeely) Culver).

Zachariah Isbell died in the Civil War in 1863. This family lived very near the Tennessee/Alabama state line, sometimes in Jackson County, Alabama and other times in Franklin County, Tennessee. Their relatives and connections spread over both counties.

The children of Zachariah Isbell and Susannah Jane Culver were:
James Monroe Isbell born Jan. 15, 1852/3
Thomas Jefferson Isbell born Oct. 25, 1856/7 d1930
Andrew Jackson Isbell born March 26 (25?), 1858 d.1905
George W. Isbell born Dec. 22, 1861 d.1943

Susannah Jane Isbell married 30 Nov 1866 in Franklin Co., Tennessee, to her first cousin Fleming J. Culver, son of Ichabod T. Culver and first wife Malinda McNeely Culver. His parents lived in Marshall County, Alabama, in the 1830- 1860 censuses and Morgan County in 1880.
Fleming J. Culver was a Confederate soldier with the 50th Alabama Regiment. He had first married 11 Jan 1860 in Marshall Co., Alabama, to Cassa(ndra) V. Loveless.

Fleming J. Culver and Susannah Jane Culver Isbell Culver had a son John W. Culver born 1868, died 1916. (He married Pearl Birdwell, the granddaughter of Zachariah Isbell's second cousin, Thomas Gaines Birdwell.)

Fleming J. Culver sued wife Jane for divorce in Franklin Co., Tennessee, 6 Oct 1868; the sheriff's report dated 11 Nov 1868 states she was not found in the county and failed to appear. Apparently divorce was granted.

These families were back and forth in Franklin County, TN. and Marshall County, AL.
On Oct. 21, 1865 she had applied for a pension for the service of her first husband, Zachariah Isbell. Pension apparently was denied because she had remarried. She reapplied on Nov. 20, 1874, and was required to provide documentation for both marriages to Zachariah Isbell and Fleming Culver and her divorce from Culver.

She was shown as Jane Isbell, widow, in Franklin County, Tennessee, in the 1880 census, and her son John W. Culver listed as John C. Isbell, age 12. Also with her was her son James' wife Mary (Cooley) Isbell and their children. James and Mary were still married, and later resumed living together in Jackson County, AL., but he was absent at the time of the 1880 census, perhaps being the James Isbell listed in White County, Arkansas, who was listed as married but whose wife was not with him.

In 1900, Susannah Jane Culver Isbell Culver was shown as "Jane Culver", widow, living with son Thomas J. Isbell in Fannin County, Texas, and her birthdate given as October 1823.

Bonham News, Feb. 15, 1901, page 2 column 4, "Dodd City News" column: "Mrs. Culver, mother of T.J. Isbell, died at her son's residence east of town Monday night and was buried the following day at the Dodd City cemetery. She had been a sufferer from paralysis for several years, and to which her death was largely due. She has resided here for a number of years and was held in high esteem by all who knew her."

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  • Created by: Ray Isbell
  • Added: 6 Jun 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 111885762
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Susannah Jane Culver Isbell (Oct 1835–11 Feb 1901), Find a Grave Memorial no. 111885762, citing Dodd City Cemetery, Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .