Experience's Children

Capps Family Stories

Thanks to Marie Jeffries Capps for the Woody/Capps materials

Robert Capps, (1820-1902)

Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region, Chicago: Goodspeed Brothers, 1894, pg. 194-195.

This gentleman has been a resident of this section since 1837, coming thither from St. Louis County, Mo., where he had settled in 1836. He was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., February 2, 1820, in which State his parents, Richard and Rachel (Barnhill) Capps, were also born and reared. After their marriage they removed to Tennessee and made a good home for themselves in Grainger County, but in 1836 removed to Missouri, and the following year came to this section of Arkansas. The father became a prominent farmer of Newton County, but was called from life in Boone County in 1867, his wife having died in Alabama in 1828, after having borne him two children: William and Robert. Mr.Capps' second wife was Pricie Brady, who resides in Indian Territory. Two children resulted from this union. Mr. Capps was a Democrat in politics. The early life of Robert Capps was spent in his native State, and in the mountains of Newton County, Ark. Following in his father's footsteps he became quite a noted Nimrod in his youth, and, while the State was in a primative condition, he killed many bears and deer and on one occasion in one day killed four panthers. He had many thrilling experiences and many narrow escapes from death but his nerve and calmness carried him through safely on every occasion. He began doing for himself in 1837, and passed a every eventful life in the wilds of Newton County, a life he greatly enjoyed on account of its freedom and independence, notwithstanding the hardships which he was compelled to undergo. He was married in Newton County, in 1839, to Miss Elvira Woody, a daughter of John Woody, a soldier of the War of 1812, her birth having occurred in Tennessee. To them a good old-fashioned family of twelve children were given: William F., who resides in this county; Mary, who died after her marriage with Thomas Taylor; Richard, who is a farmer in this county, and was a soldier in the Civil War; Malinda is a resident of Texas and the wife of John Ingram; John farms in the vicinity of Harrison; Alvira is the wife of James Hankins of Boone County; George resides on a farm in Texas; James is also in Texas; Scott is farming in this county; and Henry resides in Idaho. Two children died in early childhood. William F., Richard and Robert, sons of Robert Capps, Sr., enlisted in Rabb's battery, Second Missouri Light Artillery, in 1862. Robert died in St. Louis in 1862, and the other two were mustered out of service at St. Louis. The mother of these children was called from this life in 1883, and in 1887 the father married Mary, the daughter of Samuel and Isabella (McConnell) Kennedy, the former of whom was a Virginian and removed to Tennessee, where he died. His father came from Ireland. The mother died in Boone County, Ark., in 1883, having emigrated to this section in 1852. Mrs. Capps was born in Polk County, Tenn., in 1837, a sister, Elizabeth, being a twin with her. Mr. Capps has been a resident of the section in which he now lives for nearly sixty years, has always tilled the soil, and besides the farm of fifty acres on which he resides, he is the owner of other valuable lands in Newton and Boone Counties. For the past two years he has resided at Elmwood, but continues to look after his farming and stockraising interests, having always given much attention to this branch of agriculture. He is a substantial and law-abiding citizen, was a strong Union man during the war, and while the great struggle was in progress, was a resident of Missouri. He lost heavily during that time, and his wife, her sister and their widowed mother had a hard struggle to keep the wolf from the door while the great conflict between the North and South was being waged. Mrs. Capps was one of the first teachers of Newton County, is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, while Mr. Capps has long been a Baptist. His a member of Bellefonte Lodge of the A.F.& A.M.

A. J. Sivels

Goodspeed Tipton County Biographies

A. J. Sivels, a farmer of the Twelfth District, is a son of Wallace and Jane (Turner) Sivels, and was born in McMinn County, Tenn., in 1835, being one of nine children-five living. The father was of Irish-Descent born in Virginia in 1800. He was raised and married in that state and settled in McMinn County at an early day. He engaged in farming and died in 1846. Mrs. Sivels was a native of Virginia, and is still living in McMinn County. April, 1861, he entered the Confederate Army in Company G, Third Tennessee Regiment Infantry, and was in the battles of Manassas, Perryville and the seige of Vicksburg, then returned home. May 19, 1874, he married Sarah McMinn and they had one child-Robert Lee. Mrs. Sivels died February 14, 1874. She was born in Bradley County, Tenn., in 1847. July, 1876, he married Sarah S., daughter of P. E. and Sarah A. Larimore. In 1873 Mr. Sivels moved to Haywood County and two years later to Tipton County, and has since resided in the Twelfth District, farming and rafting timber. He owns 340 acres of land in different tracts in this district, and is pleasantly located in a handsome dwellig at Garland. Mr. Sivels has made his money by his own business capacity and energy, and is one of the most enterprising farmers of his district. In politics he was formerly a Whig, but is now a conservative Democrat. Mrs. Sivels was born in the Twelfth District in 1851, and is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Her parents were both natives of Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Sivels are very popular in their neighborhood and are useful citizens.)

Transcription of Mary F. Cox Capps' autograph book

circa 1900

I am the [?????] Miss Bertha When this you see rember me your Niece Bertha Edwards
This you see rember me a friend of yours frome tinsee
When you get old and can not see put on you speckes and think of me
These few lines to you are tendred from afriend sincere and true hopeing but to be rememberd when from you I am fare away May your pleasure be as broad as the ocean. Your trouble as light as the foam. May you ever be read and waiting when god calls you home. Florence Cox
Sweetest thoughts thats thoughts of the : and hearts ease which that thought doth sweetly bring and thow sweet heart art ease of heart to me and sweetest thoughts around thy memory cling. Florence Cox
think of frends a rond yo think of them yo see think of won in zinc and then you will think of me lula cox lula cox is my nam and sangle is my stashon I will mary the man I love in spite of my relashon lula cox
rember me while lief is swet rember me tull next we met and if we never met again les not for get eich other TA Cox

I wish you health I wish you wealth I wish you golden stare I wish you Heaven after death and what can I wish you more Amanda Cox
Remember me forget me not While through the world you trot trot trot Amanda Cox
Miss Mary Cox Harrison, Ark. May 7.
When years and months. have glided by and on this page. you cast your eye Remember. it was a friend cincere that left this kind Remembrance here
Your friend Carrie
Sept. 13, 06
Mrs. Mary Capps
Dear Sis
on this leaf in memory press may my name forever rest.
Clyde Capps
Miss Mary Cox May 8. 1905
Dear Mary
Many happy hours I have spent many sad ones to but the happiest hours I ever spent was the hours I spent with you
as ever Cora Cox
Miss Mary Cox
The ocen is deep and full of sand, and by your side I long to stand
Lillie Cox
Miss Mary Cox
When you get married and live up stairs for my sakes dont put on airs
your friend
Vessie Cox

When you get old and cant see put on your specks and think of me
Ada Cox
Miss Mary Cox
The Ocean is wide and you cant step it I love you and you cant help it J.F.E.
Jan. the. 7. 1906. Miss Mary Capps When you seea posum up a tree pull its tail and think of me Maud. Edwards.
Miss. Mary. Cox.
Happy to meet but sad to part but saddes to say good by sweet hart From a friend
Vern. Logan
Jan The 7 1906
Harrison Boon Co Ark
Mrs Mary Capps
Remember well remember True Remember me and i will you your niece Leta Cox
Written by your niece Gertie When you are married and scrubbing on your knees remmember I am single and doing as I pleas

Jan the 7 1906
Miss Mary Capps When you see a cat up a tree pull its tail and think of me your friend Maud Edwards
Virgile Cox age 14
Miss Mary Cox
The Rose is red and the stem is green. you are the prettiest girl that I ever seen.
your Niece as ever Gertie
October The. 1. 1905
Miss. Mary. Cox.
Long. may you live and. Happy may you be. Respected By all and. Loved By me Your niece. as Every Leta Cox
June the 27 1905
Miss Mary Cox
Rember well and bar in mind that a good looking boy is hard to find but when you find wone good and True Change not the old one bar the new Leta Cox
Your niece Leta Cox
Miss Mary Cox.
When you are married. and Live in your. Ease think of me single. Doing as i please
Leta Cox
Harrison Ark Oct 18 1905
Dear Mary
Last in your Album Last in your thought Last to be remembered and frist to be for got
Your Sister
Nettie Capps

Jan The 7 1906 Harrison
Boon Co Ark Miss Mary Capps The vine grows around The stump you are my Darling sugar Lump Leta Cox
Harrison Oct 19 19005
Dear Mary
When one this page your eyes past - remember you have a friend that will forever last Charity Capps by by
Harrison Oct 19 19005
Mary and Ambrose remember the first visit Nettie and I give you after you was married and stayed all night with you married. Oct the 7 19005 Charity Capps
Harrison. Ark. June 3, 1906
Dear Mary
"Be good at home and better abroad. be good to your old man and serve the Lord."
Your niece Gertie
Sept the 16, 1906
Mrs Mary Capps
Remember well Remember true That a good Friend is hard To find but When you Find one good and true chang not the old one for the new
april the 17 1906
Miss Mary Cox
if you love me as i love you thier be a weden in a weak or to Ada Cox

Letter from Isaac Barnes

Mrs Mary Capps
Crane Mo.
April 5, 1922

Dear Cousin Mary,

I thought I would try and write you a few lines to let you know we are well I drope you a card three or four weeks ago but I haven't heard from you since. I would have wrote sooner but the kids have been sick but they are some better. Things are looking a little bit better now in the way of work I got my old Job back Tuesday night a week ago have you heard about Mr. A.W. Vance of dayton died here about a month ago. I seen all the boys a few days ago. They are all well as far as I know. you aughty see my fliver now. I have painted under neath my finders red and she is looking good. And she sure does ride good. I seen in the paper about where they had a storm out west but I don't know whether It reach you or not but I have been uneassly about youll. If could be with youll I could tell you more than I could write in aweek. Sister have moved pretty close to me she lives 2006-ave D. Ensley Ala. Well I have wrote about all I know this time so write soon and a long letter.

Your cousin
Isaac Barnes
of 1506 - ave E.

Letter from James H. Barnes

Mrs Mary Capps
227 Edmound St
Carthage Mo
Thomas ala
July 8 - 1926

Dear cousin Mary and all just recived your most wellcom Letter and shure was glad to hear from you all once moor i had Lost your address and i hav had so much truble withe my Dear wife so Long that i hav all most Loste my Sences in the Last 6 year i Dont no some aff the time how it past a way now it seemes to me you all have me mix up and hav taken me to Bee Jake Barnes this is Jim the one that you all come to See at afornant ala nex to will and i feel as if i hav nothing Left to Lev for But i am Still having good heth and working evey Day if i only had my home lik it was when you was at it my wife name was Minnie Barnes my Son Charlie is Marrid and i am Staying with him and if i and will Livs and nothing Dont happin to us we ame to tery git off aut thar By the first aff oct my sweet wife Died the 15 day aff Last oct will all the folkes hear as far as i no are well and gitting a Long all right except uncall Jim Cox is familig why man the Doctor Say has the TB and he Shure Das Lok Bad too uncall Jim Just got aff from Job and tucke him aut in the country to some Spring a week a go and i heard from him a feww Dazy a go the chang Like maid him pass aut uncall Said But he seem to Bee a Little Better now well cousin i Shure would Like See you all i could tell you moor then i can Bee gin to rite if we git out thar i want Bee Shur and See you all for i guess it will Bee my Last trip out thar Frank Barnes Livig at Bessemar ala i dont no his address only firnice quartery JC and i rofart Town i Dont no if that would git him ore not Jak Still Livig whear he Did when you all was hear at Shaddy Sid Ensley ala ike is Still one the Same Jobe But has moov out in the country he had Bought him a nice plca out thar and ed Barnes is Still in Dayton Tenn rout 4 and Box 5 well as i hav 3 moor Letter to rite i guess i will close with Best wushes to you and all

from James H Barnes

188-2 St
Thomas ala

PS if we can See aur way clear to Start Soon we will rite you

Letter from Bert O. Cox

Mrs Mary Capps
104 Lincoln St.
Carthage Mo.
Detroit mich 1930
April 20

well sis will anser your letter was glad to hear from you and to no you all was well this Leves us all well well mary it is a little cool hear to Day has Bin Rain a rite smart Last week and cool But i think it will warm up no well mary have you haerd from Johns [brother John W. Cox] They sure havin Hard luck we got a letter from them the other day and Zoniy [Arizona "Zonie" Looper Cox] had lost one of her eys she got one of hir eys hurt some say and Had to have it taken out and she was affel Bad when they wrote she had hir Eye taken out on the 5 of this month we wrote Rat Back to them and told them to write Rat Back and let us no How she was gittin along But hant heard from them yet so i dont no how she is gittin a long sure is to Bad well mary if you and ambros neds that money fore a while keep it fore i dont need it now fore a while the Plant is running good now i make from $34,38 to over $35,00 a week we all are working good time now well mary to day Easter is Joe luther Birth day and i got him a nice sute of clothes fore his Birth day and i got Pauline a nice dress to They sure was Proud mary when you get Redy to send. that money Just git a casher check at the Bank i ant in no Hurry Just when you have it to spair and want to send it well i dont no much to write so write soame

from Your Brother
Bert Cox
9627 frarrer ave
Detroit mich


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