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Family of Daniel J. MEALS (4) & Mary Ann COFFMAN

17. Elder Samuel H. MEALS. Born on 22 Jun 1813 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. At the age of 82, Samuel H. died in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee on 10 Dec 1895. Buried in 1895 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Obituary of Elder Samuel H. Meals (written by son, Daniel James Meals)

It becomes my painful duty to announce to you the death of my father, Elder S.H Meals, which occurred at his old home place in Henderson County, Tennessee, on the 10th of December, 1895, at 8:05 p.m. Samuel H. Meals was born June 22, 1813, in Jefferson County, Tennessee; moved with his father, Elder Daniel Meals to North Alabama in December, 1819; professed a hope in Christ the third morning in October, 1845; joined the Old Baptist Church at Antioch, Limestone County, Alabama, which is a member of Flint River Association. He began to preach in 1847, and was ordained by Elders Wm. Crutcher, David Jacks, R.U. Crutcher and Samuel Edmondson in August, 1849, The deceased leaves two sons and one daughter, sixteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren to mourn his death. He was down about seven weeks, but said he was not suffering very much, but just seemed to be getting weaker in body all the time. The doctor said he could not bear strong medication, but he still loved the strong meat of the gospel. It seemed to be all his study, and the first time I went up to see him during his last sickness, while he could not sit up, he told us to sing some of his old familiar hymns, which we did, while he held his family prayer lying on his bed, and it seemed to me the strongest I ever heard around the old hearthstone. I felt it to be the last; and my mind ran back to the time when were all there at family prayer together with my mother. Yes, Oh Lord, bless the name of mother, who passed away seven years and four days before he did. Oh it made me shudder to think how little interest I had in the family prayer. Sometimes I would hurry off to bed to avoid it, and hear him asking the Lord to watch over his children, his neighbors and their children, together with Zion. He said the doctrine he tried to preach was the doctrine of God and the Bible, and that he was willing to risk his salvation on it, and admonished us all to hold to it and contend earnestly for it. His request was, that in his last moments we should sing his song, which was this: "Sing to me of Heaven." I was sitting at his bed and knew the time had come, and it bore so heavily on my mind I asked my brother's wife if she could help me sing the song. She said she would. If I ever asked the Lord to bear me up, that was one of the times. So we made the attempt and I never sang a song easier after the start, and by the time we were through singing, the neighbors and some of the members of the church were there--brother and sister Massey, and Brother John Waller. We asked him if he wanted the song sung again: he whispered "yes" and we sang it again. He then gave us the parting hand, and told us all to help him praise and bless God that Jesus died for him; and his last words were: "Bless God." He was laid away the next day at the old family grave yard in Henderson County, Tennessee, after an appropriate talk, singing and prayer by my mother's youngest brother, A.Y. Douglas. I do feel to rejoice and praise God that he spared him to live a good old age and be with his children, brethren and sisters. My sincere prayer is, that all his children will try to live as devoted to Christ as he did, and die as happy. Let us weep not, but follow the example of him who has gone before. It will not be long till we, too, must follow.

Daniel J. Meals

Copy provided by courtesy of Beverly Meals Wood (granddaughter) of Daniel J. Meals.

Samuel H. Meals purchased property in Huntsville, Alabama, on May 10, 1848. Aliquot Parts: SWSE; Section Number: 7; TOWNSHIP: 1S; RANGE 5W; BASELINE: Huntsville; Total Acres: 40.14.

On 12 Feb 1835 when Samuel H. was 21, he first married Elizabeth W. HANNA, daughter of James HANNA & MARY. Born on 7 Aug 1819. At the age of 18, Elizabeth W. died on 17 Aug 1837. Buried in 1836 in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Giles County, Tennessee.

On 20 Dec 1840 when Samuel H. was 27, he second married Elizabeth H. DOUGLAS, daughter of James DOUGLAS ( 1780-1821) & Nancy JOHNSON ( 1793-1862). Born on 16 Feb 1823 in North Carolina. At the age of 65, Elizabeth H. died in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee on 6 Dec 1888. Buried in 1888 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Confusion exists over the parents of Elizabeth H. Douglas because she appears to have been born after the death of her father, James Douglas. However, the obituary read prepared by her son, Daniel, at her husband's funeral states that she was the sister to A.Y. Douglas who was a son of James and Nancy Johnson Douglas.

They had the following children:
70 i. Daniel James (1841-1931)
71 ii. Nancy Susan (1843-1868)
iii. Asa Harper Gaston. Born on 4 Jul 1845. At the age of 19, Asa Harper Gaston died in Metropolis, Illinois on 6 Apr 1865. Asa Harper Gaston served in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry, US, during the American Civil War.

Asa Harper Gaston Meals, Company A, 7th Cavalry (US), was captured at Trenton, Tennessee by the forces of Nathan Bedford Forrest, then again at Union City, Tennessee, and transferred to Andersonville Prison, Georgia. He was paroled at Northeast Ferry on March 3, 1865; was in the hospital at Annapolis, Maryland; furloughed on March 24, 1865; went to Metropolis, Illinois on furlough. Unfortunately, he caught small pox and died in Metropolis, Illinois on April 5, 1865. His burial site has never been identified.

72 iv. Lewis Harrison (1849-1935)
v. Andrew Lafayette. Born on 26 Nov 1851 in Tennessee. Andrew Lafayette died on 13 Nov 1852.

vi. Mary Elizabeth. Born on 21 Jan 1855 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 85, Mary Elizabeth died in Tennessee in 1941. Buried in 1941 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Mary Elizabeth married James M. SMITH, son of Charlie B. SMITH (1805-) & Sarah A.P. BRIDGES ( 1825-). Born in 1843 in Mississippi. At the age of 81, James M. died in Tennessee in 1924. Buried in 1924 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. James M. served in Company G, 7th Cavalry Regiment, US Army during the American Civil War.

Military: Served as a Corporal in Company G, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, USA, during the American Civil War.

73 vii. William Archy (1857-1880)

18. Rebecca MEALS. Born on 4 Oct 1815 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

On 24 Jul 1836 when Rebecca was 20, she married Asa Harper GASTON, in Limestone County, Alabama. Born about 1820 in South Carolina.

They had the following children:
i. Mary. Born in 1837.

ii. William P.. Born about 1839 in Tennessee.

iii. Nancy C.. Born about 1842 in Limestone County, Alabama.

On 31 Oct 1866 when Nancy C. was 24, she married John H. BULLINGTON, in Madison County, Tennessee.

iv. David Meals. Born about 1844 in Limestone County, Alabama.

On 22 Dec 1866 when David Meals was 22, he married Minerva GRANT, daughter of Stephen GRANT ( 1796- 1860) & SUSAN, in Madison County, Tennessee. Born about 1840 in Madison County, Tennessee.

v. Zachary W.T.S. Born about 1846 in Limestone County, Alabama.

On 29 Oct 1866 when Zachary W.T.S was 20, he married Martha ROGERS, in Madison County, Tennessee.

vi. Sarah Elizabeth. Born on 20 Jun 1849. At the age of 8, Sarah Elizabeth died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 18 Sep 1857. Buried in 1857 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

74 vii. Samuel H. ( 1852-1909)
viii. Texanna E.. Born about 1855 in Henderson County, Tennessee.

ix. Asa T.. Born about 1858 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 16, Asa T. died in Spring Creek, Madison County, Tennessee on 17 Jul 1874.


19. James A. MEALS. Born on 21 Oct 1817. At the age of 76, James A. died in Limestone County, Alabama on 26 Nov 1893. Resided in Limestone County, Alabama.

James A. Meals purchased land in Huntsville, Alabama, on June 1, 1848. LAND OFFICE: Huntsville; DOCUMENT NUMBER: 12991; TITLE AUTHORITY: Cash Sale; SIGNATURE DATE: June 1, 1848; ALIQUOT PARTS; SESW; SECTION NUMBER: 20; TOWNSHIP: 1S; RANGE: 5W; BASELINE: Huntsville; TOTAL ACRES: 39.92; VOLUME IDENTIFICATON: 068.

On 13 Feb 1841 when James A. was 23, he first married Martha COFFMAN, daughter of Markham Marshall COFFMAN (1798- 1855) & Margaret WALKER (1803-), in Limestone County, Alabama. Born on 2 Dec 1824 in Alabama. At the age of 28, Martha died in Limestone County, Alabama on 8 Jul 1853.

They had the following children:
75 i. Lewis Marshall (1841-1908)
ii. James M.. Born in 1842.

iii. John H.. Born in 1847. At the age of 3, John H. died in Sep 1850.

76 iv. Mary Elizabeth (1848-1914)
v. Margaret Ann. Born on 21 Oct 1850.


On 24 Jul 1855 when James A. was 37, he second married Mary Ellen WOOLLEY, in Limestone County, Alabama. Mary Ellen died in 1858.

They had one child:
i. Martha. Born on 4 Nov 1856. At the age of 100, Martha died in 1957. Alias/AKA: "Mattie".

On 27 Jul 1876 when Martha was 19, she married James A. SMITH.


20. Lewis M. MEALS. Born on 6 Jun 1821 in Alabama. At the age of 71, Lewis M. died in Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee on 13 Sep 1892. Buried in 1892 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 26 Jan 1854 when Lewis M. was 32, he married Martha Ann MURPHY, daughter of Joseph Robertson MURPHY (1804-1857) & Grace LESLIE (1806-1887), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 22 Jul 1834 in Tennessee. At the age of 74, Martha Ann died on 1 Sep 1908. Buried in 1908 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
i. Ellie D.. Born on 3 Dec 1851. At the age of 8, Ellie D. died on 3 Jan 1860. Buried in 1860 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

77 ii. Frances (1856-1944)
78 iii. Mollie Ann (1859-1946)
79 iv. Margaret (1867-1951)
v. Harriet. Born on 23 Aug 1871 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 65, Harriet died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 14 Feb 1937. Buried in 1937 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in Huntingdon, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1908. Alias/AKA: "Hattie".

Harriet married Will S. PRIEST. Born on 19 Oct 1870. At the age of 79, Will S. died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 21 May 1950. Buried in 1950 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

vi. Lenor. Born on 9 Apr 1872. At the age of 4, Lenor died on 29 Mar 1877.


21. Mary Ann MEALS. Born on 4 Oct 1823 in Alabama. At the age of 28, Mary Ann died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1852. Buried in 1852 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Polly".

On 14 Oct 1842 when Mary Ann was 19, she married D. L. COFFMAN (26) , son of Joseph COFFMAN (1790-1845) & Sarah MEALS (5) (1794-1870). Born in 1819 in Alabama.

They had the following children:
i. Sarah Rebecca. Born on 3 Nov 1843. At the age of 12, Sarah Rebecca died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1856. Buried in 1856 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Sarah Rebecca Coffman had no children.

80 ii. Samuel M. (1845-1913)
iii. Nancy Elizabeth. Born on 15 Jul 1848 in Alabama. Alias/AKA: "Nannie".

Nancy Elizabeth married VAUNTER.


22. Sarah A. MEALS. Born on 22 Sep 1826 in Alabama. At the age of 67, Sarah A. died in Tennessee on 2 May 1894. Buried in 1894 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 19 Feb 1849 when Sarah A. was 22, she married Elihu Taylor McGILL, son of Robert McGILL & Elizabeth ? (-1827), in Limestone County, Alabama. Born on 8 Oct 1825 in Tennessee. At the age of 79, Elihu Taylor died in Tennessee on 18 Nov 1904. Buried in Nov 1904 in Blair Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in 11th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1870.

Orphaned in Limestone County, Alabama. He was reared by a prominent Limestone County planter named William and Nancy Coffman Legg who was originally from Virginia. Elihu Taylor McGill was a Unionist during the Civil War. The Confederate Army made an attempt to conscript him in 1863. He fled North, remaining in Metropolis, Illinois, and Louisville, Kentucky, until the War's end
Early in the war, Eli took a load of six bales of cotton to Henderson, Tennessee for market. The town was occupied at the time by Union forces. As he entered town, the Confederate Cavalry attacked. The Union Army conscripted his cotton bales to make barricades and were ruined in the process. After the war, he made a claim for damages under the Southern Claims Commission. There is a complete package of documentation on this incident, approximately 50 pages long. In it, he mentions that one of the bales belonged to elderly aunt who lived near him. Also, the documentation shows that Eli lived until at least 1900, at which time correspondence between him and the commission is still going on. At that late date, he was living in Nashville.

Military: Fought in the Mexican War.

Letter from E.T. McGill to brother in law, Samuel H. Meals, dated December 22, 1875. E.T. McGill and family were living in Edgefield, Tennessee, vicinity of Nashville.

Mr. S.H. Meals

Dear Brother
It is with great pleasant that I attempt to address you to let you know how we are getting along. We are all tolerably well at present but Sallie, and she keeps up most of the time. We have had with us for the last week Bro. Wood from Fayetteville who preached for us both night and day, and I think he is an able defender of the truths he promulgates. He says: That he believes it is his duty to preach the Gospel and fail not to declare the whole "Truth" and when he has done this he had done nothing but his duty. Bro. Sam I would like very much for you to visit us this winter and preach for us, as we like to hear the different witnesses from all parts of the earth, telling the same glorious truths. It does confirm me in the belief that they are all taught of the Lord. Our Business is very dull, as cotton is very low. Homer has done tolerably well. He has shipped 172 bales since the middle of November. I don't know whether he will stay with the house, as he has been, or stay for wages. I want you to let me know whether there is an opening for a school in your neighborhood or not as Porter is desirous of taking a school next year. I would much prefer his taking a school in your neighborhood. He says "that he is able to each any branches that you would wish to be taught" and if you think he can get a school that would justify him, I will come up there the first of January. Please let me hear from you soon.

I remain,
Yours as ever.

E.T. McGill

They had the following children:
i. William Adroniram.

Died at age two

ii. Mary Elizabeth. Born on 25 Nov 1854. Resided in Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1941.

81 iii. Daniel B. Homer (1857-1941)
82 iv. William Porter (1859-)
v. Robert Eli. Born on 18 Feb 1862.

Letter from Robert Eli McGill to his Uncle Samuel H. Meals, dated December 22, 1875. Robert Eli is living with his father, E.T. McGill, in Edgefield, Tennessee

Dear Uncle Sam,
Christmas is coming! I expect to see a great deal of FUN during the holidays. I am still going to school and I am studying Greek, Advanced Algebra, Advanced Arithmetic, Bookkeeping, and 3 Latin Books, who titles are viz:

Bingham' s Caesar
Bingham's Prose Composition
Bingham's Latin Grammar

I think I will be a bookkeeper. I will soon be ready to teach school too, and also have a sheepskin to sit on. Prof Mims says: "that we must not open a school book during holidays". I would like very much to spend the Christmas with my relatives in West Tenn, but circumstances will not permit.

Then believe me Dear Uncle, I remain as ever;

Your Nephew,
Robt E. McGill

83 vi. Joseph Lewis (1865-1946)
vii. Alvin Stephen. Born on 10 Feb 1871. Resided in Camden, Benton County, Tennessee in 1941.


23. Elizabeth L. MEALS. Born on 26 May 1829 in Tennessee. Resided in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870.

Elizabeth L. first married Unknown BUTLER.

They had the following children:
i. M. T.. Born in 1848.

ii. William. Born in 1854 in Alabama.

iii. Sarah E.. Born in 1857 in Alabama.


On 24 Jul 1851 when Elizabeth L. was 22, she second married William MEBANE.

Elizabeth L. third married McKinley PEARCE. Born in 1803 in Tennessee. Resided in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870.

24. William M. MEALS. Born on 16 Jun 1832 in Alabama. At the age of 62, William M. died on 4 Dec 1894. Resided in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870.

On 25 Jul 1866 when William M. was 34, he married Julia PEARCY, daughter of Reuben PEARCY ( 1790-) & Martha ? (1805-), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born about 1836 in Tennessee. Resided in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870.

They had the following children:
i. Louis. Born about 1871. Living in home of his uncle in 8th District, Henderson County, Tennessee, George C. Pearcy. in 1880.

84 ii. Sarah Elizabeth (1872-1939)

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