Re: Coulson Heath-GA 1788
I am not sure just how much help I can be in any Heath family discussion, and I am certainly not sure that my data is indeed facts.The best source of information I had on the Heath family of THOMAS JEFFERSON HEATH (1834-1910), son of COULSON HEATH (1788-1880) where two family bibles.One was, in the hands of my deceased wife’s second cousin who was also a third cousin once removed.The other was in the hand of an ELLA HEATH CRAWFORD (1894-1974), a daughter of THOMAS JEFFERSON HEATH and ELIZA CAROLINE CASTLEBERRY (1849-1926), his second wife and first cousin.Many years ago Mrs. Crawford read to me over the phone some information out of a second family bible of THOMAS JEFFERSON HEATH.Neither bible have I had a chance to study and have only seen the one that belongs to my deceased wife’s second cousin who lives in Dallas.
I do have a handwritten notes of HAZEL NELLIE KIRBY GALLAHER WINN (1899-1995) who was my deceased wife’s mother and who outlived Jeanne by over twelve years and was the granddaughter of THOMAS AND JULIE ANN HEATH and daughter of NELLIE JANE HEATH KIRBY (1867-1962).Hazel wrote of her ancestors that COULSON HEATH was born on 6 AUGUST 1788 in Putnam County, Georgia and that he died 25 June 1880 in Atlanta, Cass County, Texas which is in northeast Texas and not too far from Columbia County, Arkansas. At the bottom of the sheet that Hazel wrote was the notation; “Tom Jefferson Heath Bible – Ella Heath Crawford”.I have assumed she got the information from the second of the Thomas Jefferson Heath Bibles but have no proof.
I worried about that date of birth of 1788 since it put Coulson some twenty years older than JANE CASTLEBERRY (1808-1865) who was born in 1808. I more or less dismissed the problem when I found the following from my notes; “Coulson Heath is found in Baldwin Co., Ga. Tax Digest in 1807. 2nd Dist. He owned no slaves. Also located in Baldwin Co. were a THOMAS HEATH and JOEL HEATH, also in the 2nd. District.” Could the name Coulson be a name used by several branches of the Heath family?That’s something I hadn’t considered. Also it appears, if I am not mistaken that three generations used the Coulson name.Am I right?
Now for the possible brother to THOMAS J. HEATH.Old notes in my files report, “HENRY E. HEATH (1839-bef 1900) and his wife of Columbia County, Arkansas died prior to 1900. It was not known if he was related to Thomas Jefferson Heath.”
On 25 March 1999 I made the following note to the FGS of HENRY E. HEATH and ELIZABETH MARTHA THOMAS.”Lisa Hagen wrote in e-mail dated this day that Henry E. Heath was a son of Coulson Heath and older brother of Thomas J. Heath.She wrote that Henry E (I had Henry T. Heath) married Elizabeth Martha Thomas (I have Elizabeth Jane Thomas or Eliza. Thomas).Lisa has a date of birth of 1839 for Elizabeth.Lisa is a great great granddaughter of Henry E. Heath.She claims that Columbia County, Arkansas land records have his name as Henry C. Heath.Henry purchased land in July 1859.”
Thomas Jefferson Heath married Julie Ann Thomas 4 July 1866 in Columbia County, Arkansas.Julie Ann Thomas was the daughter of HENRY L. THOMAS and SARAH J. STRAHAN. Henry L. Thomas was a Methodist Minister and the son of ARCHIBALD THOMAS (1804-1890) and RHODA ANTHONY (1804-1884) who moved from Georgia in 1857 and settled in and around Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas.MARTHA ELIZABETH THOMAS (I had her name as Elizabeth J. Thomas) was the daughter of Archibald Thomas and an aunt to Julie Ann Thomas.Since Thomas J. and Henry E. Heath both married Thomas women it was suspected that they were brothers.
Archibald and Rhoda Thomas had twelve kids, eleven living to maturity.Six of the sons went to war in the Civil War and three died.Not too many years ago there were still Thomas descendants in Columbia County, Arkansas.
In the late 1860s or early 1870s the Henry L. Thomas family and Thomas Jefferson Heath family moved to Tarrant County, Texas and settled in what was referred to as the Johnson Station area south of what became Arlington, Texas.The Johnson Station Cemetery, located about a mile north of Highway I-20, contains a number of Heath and Thomas individuals (see "Findagrave.com", Tarrent County, Texas, Johnson Station Cemetery, Arlington, Texas. For name of cemetery just use Johnson Station.).
Thomas Jefferson Heath (1834-1910) and Julie Ann Thomas (1850-1877) had five children.Nellie Jane Heath Kirby, my deceased wife’s grandmother, lived to be 96 years old, Rutha Ann Heath (a name used by the Castleberrys) died at 17, Texas Ann Heath died at 21 and Jodie Heath died at age 11.JUNIUS EARL HEATH married CORA ELIZABETH OWENS, his first cousin once removed, in Magnolia Arkansas.It is “Uncle June’s” descendants that owned the first family bible of Thomas Jefferson Heath and Julie Ann Thomas.After Julie died Thomas married Eliza Caroline Castleberry, his first cousin, in 1882 in Weimar, Colorado County, Texas according to the Thomas Jefferson Heath Family Bible.
Some of the Castleberry family, WILLIAM CASTLEBERRY, son of JEREMIAH CASTLEBERRY lived in Coosa County, Alabama.On my Coffman side is part of the Hughes family of Coweta County, Georgia that settled also in Coosa County.I noticed that William Castleberry was buried at the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Coosa County and remarked about it in a letter to a Hughes family researcher that lives in Alabama.She wrote back that her ancestors raised part of the Castleberry children in Coosa County after the death of their father. This is one of those small world type stories that really make genealogy interesting. .
Harold R. Coffman ([email protected] a few more days then [email protected] -- that is if AT & T ever gets its system working right)