Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rowan aka Ryan Tidwell 1819-1873 #52Ancestors #31

Rowan Tidwell, also known as Ryan Tidwell, was the son of Josiah and Louvenia "Louvice" Roden Tidwell. He was born about 1818 in Allgood, Blount County, Alabama.

Rowan married Cynthia Ann Cornelius October 16, 1842 in Blount County.

Rowan Tidwell married Caney Anny Cornelius, Oct 16, 1842, Rowan and Centerson (probably his brother Kesterson) Tidwell, bondsmen, p. 944, Book C, 1838-1844, Blount Co., Ala.
Married by John H Box, JP

Rowan and Cynthia had seven known children:
Louisiana "Sis" born 1844, married Benjamin Jerome Munkus
Phelan born 1847, married Sarah Elizabeth McCullough
Harriett born 1851, married E Holdridge Moncus (brother of the above Benjamin Munkus)
Beverly Cornelius born 1853, married Eva Sarah Locke
Hampton Clinton born 1855, married Palestine Gibson
Rowan B "Ryan" born 1859, married Zimmie Tubb
Brecusie born about 1861, died young

I thought I had found Rowan in the 1850 census. This Rowan is found in the household of Nelson Word, a farmer in Blount County. IHe was listed as a student instead of a farm laborer.


If this is my Rowan, where were Cynthia and the children they had by 1850?

They show up in the state census in 1855 in Blount County:
Rowan Tidwell     Head of Family:
Males < 21= 2;
Males > 21 = 1;
Females < 21 = 2;
Females > 21 = 1

The family is found living in Village Springs in Blount County in 1860:
Rowan Tidwell 40 M W Farmer Value of personal estate 50 AL
Cinciana 41 F AL
Louisia 14 F AL
Fielding 12 M AL
Harriet 10 F AL
Beverly 8 M AL
Hampton 5 M AL
Rowan 7/12 M AL

The Civil War was soon upon them, and Rowan enlisted in Company I, 49th Alabama Infantry.
The 1862 Confederate Census of Blount County says it all:

"Tidwell, Rowan; has a wife and six children; Lousanna, 16 years old; Filding, 14 years old; Hariett, 12 years old; Beverly, 9 years old; Houston, 6 years old; Rowan, 2 years old; has 150 pounds; no corn nor anything else; in Captain Crump's Company; January 17, 1862; Beat No. 14; $75.00"

The documents I have found for Rowan's service:
Paid January 9 1863 for service from July 1 to December 31 1862

Paid November 16 1863 for service from January 1 to August 31 1863
Captured July 9 1863 at Port Hudson, Louisiana (exchanged after three months)
Payment for Clothing...with a signature!!!!

Here's a bit about the 49th Alabama from the Alabama Archives:
This regiment was orgnized at Nashville, in January 1862, and attached to the Kentucky brigade of Gen. Breckinridge. It took part in the battle of Shiloh, where it lost 113 killed and wounded. A few weeks later, the Forty-ninth was sent to Vicksburg, with Breckinridge's brigade, and was engaged in the defense of the place when bombarded in 1862. Aug. 6, the regiment fought at Baton Rouge with a loss of 45 killed and wounded. Joining the army of Gen. Van Dorn, the Forty-ninth was engaged in the assault on Corinth, and suffered very severely there. Ordered to Port Hudson, the regiment passed the winter in that quarter, and was brigaded with the Twenty-seventh and Thirty-fifth Alabama, and two Mississippi regiments under Gen. Buford, who was soon succeeded by Gen. Beall. The Forty-ninth shared the dangers and hardships of the 42 days siege of Port Hudson, losing 55 men killed and wounded, and the reminder captured. Exchanged three months later, the Forty-ninth re-organized at Cahaba, and was attached to the brigade of Gen. Scott of Louisiana, with the Twelth Louisiana, and Twenty-seventh, Thirty-fifth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-seventh Alabama regiments. Joining the main army at Dalton, the brigade was assigned to Loring's division, Stewart's corps. Having wintered at Dalton, the Forty-ninth participated in the Dalton-Atlanta campaign, doing much arduous service, but losing inconsiderably. Around Atlanta it was again fully engaged, and suffered severely. It moved with Gen. Hood into Tennessee, and came out of the battles of Franklin, and Nashville with a long list of casualties, and captured men. Transferred to the Carolinas, the Forty-ninth took part in the operations there. Reduced to a skeleton, it was surrendered at Greensboro, N. C.

Rowan survived the Civil War and in 1870 was found in Marion, Perry County, Alabama:

Tidwell Rion 50 M W AL Farm Laborer can't read & write
Sincina F can't make out age Keeping house AL can't read & write
Fielding 22 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Beverly 17 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Hampton 14 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Rowin 10 M AL Attended school within the year can't write
Brecusie 8 M AL Attended school within the year

Rowan was mentioned in the estate file of his father in 1870


Rowan sold property in January 1873:
Perry Co., AL Deed Book "Y", pages 136, 137, 141, & 142:
Tidwell, Rowan & C. - Grantor
Dunkin, Elias - Grantee
Jan., 1873; T20 R8

Unfortunately, Rowan died later that year. In Cynthia's Confederate Widows
Pension Application she states Ryan Tidwell died Nov. 11, 1873 near Jericho, Perry County.

The Southern Argus (Selma, AL)
November 28, 1873
"Died in Perry Co., recently, Mr. Tidwell"

No grave site has been found.