COHEA FAMILY REUNION - In the fall of 2002 seven descendants of Archibald Thomas and Nancy Caraway Cohea gathered at the grave of Nancy in Gonzales County TX (Union Hill Cemetery).These “cousins” who in most cases had never before met represented two of the seven children of Archibald and Nancy.Earlier in the year descendants of two more children also visited the gravesite.All mentioned the fact that there was no marker to commemorate the life of Archibald since, according to family lore and civil war documents; he is buried in a mass grave near the site of the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia where he was wounded and died two days later.Archibald was a private in C0. F., 4th Texas Regiment, Infantry, of Hood's Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, CSA.It was suggested that we purchase a marker, place it next to Nancy’s grave and have a Cohea gathering to dedicate it.
That idea has come to fruition.There will be a gathering in Gonzales at the Randle-Rather Building, 427 St. George, on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2003 with the actual dedication ceremony at the cemetery at 2:30 PM on Saturday, October 25th.Members of The Sons of the Confederacy will have a part in the dedication.Two catered meals will be provided at cost on Saturday and reservations are required.A professional photographer will take a group picture at 10:30 AM on Saturday. This is the opportunity for all of us who “know” one another via the websites and/or e-mail to finally meet in addition to getting to see the area where our family lived.Now we are searching for additional family members who have not made connection through any other means of communication.
Archibald and Nancy Caraway Cohea moved to Texas between 1854 -1857.They purchased land in both Gonzales and Lavaca Counties.Their seven children were Mary Elizabeth, George Washington, Louisa Drusilla, William Henry, Anna Eliza, Archibald Thomas, Jr., and James Callaway "Cal" Cohea.Nancy's parents were Henry and Mary Ann Skaggs Caraway who came to Gonzales County early in the 1850s.Family members moved across Texas and in some instances to other states.Current registrations for the gathering come from NY, VA, FL, TN, MO, AZ, ID, OR, WA, CA as well as various cities in TX.Early connected family names are Adams, Beard, Beaty, Beasley, Berry, Burton, Chandler, Coker, Cook, Cotter, Crawford, Crider, Ellis, Evans, Freasier, Gates, Gilbert, Harbour, Havens/Williams, Hawkins, Hay, Hilburn, Holmes, Holstein, Howerton,Johnson, Lamberth, Mangum, McMahan, Miller, Morse/Moss, Norman, Pullin, Showmaker, Smith, Trafton, Vinyard, West and Whitey.
Descendants of Archibald & Nancy's siblings are also invited to this gathering.If you think you are descended from this family and would like more details about the reunion/dedication, contact Beth Parsley through this message board or at the e-mail address listed.Reservations must be made NLT October 15, 2003.