Thank you kindly for this information.However, I'm having difficulty finding any confirmation of such documentaions.
Since all other census records that actually connect Seburn Silas McCathern with Rachel Chapman state he was born in Alabama I would need further documentation to show that there might have been an error in the Census taken in Georgia where our Grandfather is said to have been living in the time of 1850.
I would appreciate the following information about the 1850 Georgia Census in which you are referring so I might further investigate this information:
1) The Precinct in which it was recorded,
2) District or Enumeration District number
3) Roll Number
I would also like to know where it is found that such a plantation existed and the family's estate settlement or transfer of deed that actually said the Chapman's were plantation owners and another deed transfer or occupation document that said the plantation was turned over to the Union due to abandonment of owners.Without this proof, I'm afraid all is only an interesting story.
His service in the Civil War was only for one month of which he was said to have gone AWOL.This was also confirmed by my Grandfather and Uncle who would discuss his history.
However, I did find a document from Hamilton County, Texas where he was given indigent pay for serving in the militia in that county.Supposedly, he helped a group of children who were trapped in a school by Indians who had killed the teacher.
I have all further documents that follow the McCatherns of which you speak, except the part where he preached the Gospel.Was he an ordained minister?The only document I know of that says he was of this type of character was his obituary from which Granddad and my Uncle would only chuckle.Perhaps the kind lady, Millie Jones Porter, knew of a "Grandpa McCathern" my grandfather and uncle did not know.It can happen.