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Mahulda “Hulda” Young Fillingham/Cowan

Arkansas, USA
Death 1888 (aged 50–51)
Arkansas, USA
Burial Spadra, Johnson County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 161001722 · View Source
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Hulda Young was born in Arkansas in 1837. Most researchers list her parents as James Young and Kizziah (Unknown). She married David Fillingham, originally from Texas, about 1856 and the couple and their two children are on the U.S. Census of 1860 in Newton County, Arkansas (Van Buren Township).

In his fascinating and well researched book, "Old Folks Talking; Historical sketches of Boxley Valley, on Buffalo River a place of special value in the Ozarks of Arkansas," writer Jim Liles reported that David Fillingim did not serve in the Civil War. However, he was listed on the rolls of the Union's 1ST Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry with the rank of Private. Whether he survived the war is uncertain. One source lists his death date as September 14, 1868 but provides no details.

By 1870 Hulda was living with her teenage son, James E. in the home of her son in law and daugther, Keziah & John Goodnight in Taney County, Missouri (Jasper Township). Her first name was listed as "Mary." She was also counted a second time on the census in Newton County, Arkansas.

It is thought that at some point mid-decade she remarried an unknown man by the last name of "Cowan" because she's listed in 1880 near the community of Spadra, Johnson County, living next door to her son, James E., who operated a nearby sawmill. Her status was "Widow."

She was alive at least until 1888 when she and son James began receiving husband David's Civil War pension.

No additional information regarding her life, including her place of interment, is known as of this writing.

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  • Created by: Brad Melton
  • Added: 13 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161001722
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mahulda “Hulda” Young Fillingham/Cowan (1837–1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161001722, citing Spadra Cemetery, Spadra, Johnson County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Brad Melton (contributor 48152425) .