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Lieut John Alexander Coulson

Lieut John Alexander Coulson

Birth
Hillsville, Carroll County, Virginia, USA
Death 17 Feb 1895 (aged 55)
USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Location of John's burial is unknown. Some of the family believe he is buried in the vicinity of his farm in Daviess or DeKalb county in Missouri. There is some scant evidence that he and his wife may be buried in Oklahoma.
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John Alexander Coulson was born October 29, 1839 as the eldest child of Isaac Coulson and Nancy Newman Coulson. The family believes John and his siblings were all born in the house built by his father on the family farm in Carroll County, Virginia.

After Isaac's death in 1846 the children were raised on the farm operated by their mother, Nancy, who was assisted by her brother, William Newman.

The U. S. census of 1860 lists John's occupation as a copper miner.

John and his brother, Israel, enlisted to fight for the Confederacy on July 25, 1861, in Co. C of the 29th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He initially held the rank of 1st sergeant. He reenlisted in April 1862 and was elected to the rank of 1st Lt on April 13, 1862. He received a head wound, probably during the battle of Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864. For this wound he was treated in the hospitals at Richmond and Danville. He was released from the hospital on July 5, 1864.

In December of 1864 John became the commanding officer of the company. He was in command of the remnant of the regiment on April 9, 1865 when general Robert E Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to union general U S Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. John was released from military duty on that historic day.

Shortly after the war, John moved to Missouri, where he met Harriet Ann Searcy. They were united in marriage on September 19, 1869. Harriet had been married to Braxton Browning, and had a daughter, Laura Bell, by that marriage. The couple lived and farmed in Adams Township of DeKalb County, Missouri.

John and Harriet's family included, in addition to Laura Bell, 8 children: Nancy Emaline (Jan. 15, 1871), Sidney Fredrick Jackson (October 22, 1872), Annie Florence (August 28, 1875), Mary Viola (December 14, 1877), William Floyd (August 5, 1880), Emma Susan (August 10, 1883), Effie Adaline (October 30, 1887), and Harriet Lee (July 22, 1889).

Sidney, their second child died on January 28, 1877, at the age of four and a half . He is buried in the Cope Cemetery near Weatherby, MO.

In 1888, Laura Bell Browning, now age 22, married Samuel Lee Rhudy, and moved to a farm near Moore, Oklahoma.

Most of John and Harriet's family died in the 1890's. Mary Viola died on November 13, 1891, William Floyd on January 17, 1892. and Annie Florence on January 12, 1893. Just ten days later (January 22, 1893), Harriet died at age of 43.

It is known that daughter Nancy Emaline had married by 1890 (To a James Reid). No history of her life after that is known to the family.

By January of 1895, the family had dwindled to John, 56; Emma, 11; Effie, 7; and Harriet Lee, 5. John departed this life on Feb 17, 1895.

Before his death, John made arrangements for Emma to live with Harriett's sister, Mary E (Searcy) Redman, and Mary's husband, Rev. Samuel Redman. Emma lived with them until her death (reportedly of pneumonia) at the age of 16 in 1900.

Of John and Harriett's children, only Effie Adeline and Harriet Lee,(and perhaps Nancy Emaline) lived to adulthood. Both were married, lived, and raised their families in DeKalb county, MO.


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  • Created by: JohnnyD
  • Added: 10 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78093074
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut John Alexander Coulson (29 Oct 1839–17 Feb 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78093074, ; Maintained by JohnnyD (contributor 47370386) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Location of John's burial is unknown. Some of the family believe he is buried in the vicinity of his farm in Daviess or DeKalb county in Missouri. There is some scant evidence that he and his wife may be buried in Oklahoma..