February 15, 1918
News of the death of Mr. R. J. Capps reached here yesterday from his old home of Central Valley, Miss. where for the past eight months he has been living on the old homestead with an only sister. The death followed an illness of many years standing and for the relief of which Mr. Capps went to Mississippi.
Decedent was a member of Forest’s cavalry and did valiant service throughout the Civil War. At one time he was sheriff of Atascosa County, Texas. He was buried in the old family burial grounds at Central Valley. His wife and daughter, Mrs. H. G. Jamieson, of this city survive him.
Mr. Capps moved with his family to Bay City in 1901 and continued in business here until about a year ago when his health failed him completely. He was well known throughout the county. Mr. Capps took a keen delight in politics and kept well posted on all the events of the times until he reached a point when these things were of no more interest to him. He was a man of positive character and opinion, frank in expression, open in character and honest in business dealings.
The writer has known Mr. Capps for twenty-two years. Back in the old days in Lockhart, he would visit our office regularly and discuss public matters of the times. He was of the old school and wavered in his faith or changed from what he conceived to be the right side of any question.
We have lost a dear good friends a friend in whose association we found many a pleasure and hours profitably spent.
his good wife and the daughter we extend our deepest and most
Zachariah T. Gibbs was born c 1832 in Alabama. He was the son of Laban Gibbs (c1792 SC – c1852 Newton Co., MS) and Jemima Sellers (d bet 1843-1850).
Zach was the grandson of Shadrach Gibbs (27 Sep 1760 Halifax, VA – 14 Feb 1837 Franklin Co., AL) who was a Revolutionary War soldier. Shadrach served with the Spartanburg, South Carolina militia and first entered service in 1776 at age 15. He served eight different times until 1782.
Zach married Margaret Caroline Ellis (Jan 1837-5 Dec 1919, Newton County, MS) c 1857. Caroline Margaret Ellis was the daughter of James Ellis and Mary "Polly" Gulledge Ellis of Newton County, MS. Caroline’s sister, Izilla Love Ellis married Zach’s brother, Joseph Gibbs who also saw Confederate service.
Children of Zach and Caroline were:
a. William M., (24 Dec 1858-9 Jun 1924), married Elizabeth Henrietta Ledlow 30 Jun 1881
b. Martha I. "Mattie," (17 Feb 1862-25 Mar 1938) married first William Simmons, Sr., 2 Dec 1880 and second, Samuel Stephen Garvin 6 Feb 1884
c. Mary Gemima (c1866-before 1910 in Jones Co., MS), married Isham Lafayette Ledlow 12 Sep 1883
d. John Labon, (25 Dec 1869-15 Jun 1938) married Mary Jane Hollingsworth 10 Jul 1889
e. Hannah (Jul 1870-1919 in Lamar County, MS), married Isham H. Hollingsworth 17 Dec 1890
f. Samuel Stephen, born c 1874, married Sarah Ada Cooper 22 Dec 1897
g. Joseph Frank (26 Jan 1877-5 Jan 1851 Milam County, TX), married Ida Jones 11 Nov 1902
h. Carroll Thomas (14 Feb 1879-10 Jan 1967), married first Bulah B. Strickland 12 Jan 1903 and second Maxie Lou Underwood 17 Sep 1904
i. Puttman Darden (9 May 1881-15 Dec 1952), married Hattie L. Payne 3 Mar 1903.
Mattie, the second child of Zach and Caroline, was only 2 months old when Zach enlisted for service on April 26, 1862 as a private in Co. D, 39th Mississippi Infantry. He enlisted at Decatur, Mississippi for three years. According to his service record, he was taken prisoner at Port Hudson, La. on July 9, 1863, but paroled just a few days later. He was present with his company until February 18, 1864 when he was reported as a deserter. One wonders if his unit was stationed close enough to Newton County for him to go home. Was someone sick? Did he put in a crop? Why will never be known. He was back with his unit by April 10, 1864.
Zach participated in the Battle of Allatoona Pass near Cartersville, GA on Oct. 5, 1864 and was taken prisoner. He was first held at Nashville, TN and then transferred to the Military Prison at Louisville, KY on Oct. 20th. He left the prison on Oct. 22nd and was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. He arrived there on Oct. 24th. He remained a prisoner at Camp Chase until at least June 11, 1865 when, at the age of 33, he signed an Oath of Allegiance to the United States. He was described as being 5 ft, 8 in, with a dark complexion and hair and blue eyes. He signed the oath with his mark. Was that his last act of defiance?
How Zach made the almost 750 mile trip from Columbus, Ohio back to his home in Newton County is unknown. He would have had to travel one half of that distance before he reached the northern border of Tennessee.
After returning home to rejoin his family, he and Caroline had seven more children. He lived out his days in Newton County, died in 1890 and is buried on Charlie Watkins Hill near Newton, Mississippi. His grave is marked with an upright white marble Confederate marker. Caroline received a pension for his service until her death in 1919.
Abstract of Zach’s Confederate record of service. Note that not all of the entries are in chronological order.
1. Zachariah Gibbs served as a private in Co. D, 39th Mississippi Infantry. He enlisted for three years April 26, 1862 at Decatur, Mississippi by J. C. McElroy.
2. Present on a Company Muster Roll dated June 30 to Aug 31, 1862. Last paid by Capt. Mickle, To what date: June 30, 186_
3. Present March & April, 1863 last paid by Capt. McGhee to what time Dec 31, 1862
4. Present Company Muster Roll for Nov & Dec, 1863; Last paid by Capt. Magee; To what time: Dec 31, 1862
5. Company Muster Roll for Jan & Feb, 1864; Last paid by Maj. H. W. Williams; To what time: Dec 31, 1863; Remarks: Deserted February 18, 1864
6. Present Company Muster Roll for April 30 to Aug 31, 1864; Last paid by Maj. Williams; To what time: Dec 31, 1863; Remarks: Rejoined from Desertion Apr 10, 1864
7. Appears on a List of non-commissioned officers and privates, prisoners of war, who have been this day released upon their paroles. List dated Port Hudson, July __, 1863. Listed as Jack Gibbs
8. Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War at Nashville, Tenn., captured by forces under Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, commanding Military Division of the Mississippi, and forwarded to Capt. S. E. Jones, Add’l A. D. C., Louisville, Ky., October 20, 1864. Roll dated Headquarters Dept. Cumberland, Office Provost Marshal General, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 20, 1864. Where captured: near Allatoona, Ga. On Oct. 5, 1864
9. Appears on a Register of Prisoners of War received at Military Prison, Louisville, Ky. Where captured: Alatoona, Ga. on Oct, 1864; Discharged to: Camp Chase on Oct. 22, 1864
10. Appears on a roll of Prisoners of War at Military Prison, Louisville, Ky.; Date when received: Oct. 21, 1864; Where captured: near Alatoona, Ga.; Date when captured: Oct. 5, 1864; Date when discharged: Oct. 22, 1864; Where sent: Capt. S. E. Jones, Camp Chase; Remarks, charges, &c.: From Nashville Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio.
11. Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War who arrived at Louisville, Ky., Military Prison during five days ending Oct. 25, 1864; Roll dated Louisville, Oct. 26 1864; Where captured: near Allatoona, Ga.; When captured: Oct. 5, 1864; Where from: Nashville, Tenn.
12. Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War forwarded from Military Prison, Louisville, Ky., to Camp Chase, OH., Oct. 22, 1864; Where captured: Alatoona, Ga.; When captured Oct. 5, 1864
13. Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War received at Camp Chase, Ohio, from Louisville, Ky., Oct. 24, 1864; Roll not dated; Remarks: Received from Louisville, Ky, Oct. 24, 1864
14. Name appears as signature to an Oath of Allegiance to the United States, subscribed and sworn to at Camp Chase, Ohio, June 11, 1865; Place of residence: Newton Co., Miss; Complexion: Dk; hair: Dk; Eyes: Blue; height 5 ft. 8 in.; Age 33 years. Where captured: Altoona, Ga.; When captured; Oct. 5, 1864; Signs by mark
15. Appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War paroled at Port Hudson, La., July 12 and 13, 1863; Roll not dated; Where captured: Port Hudson, La.; When captured July 9, 1863
Philip Yeamans, Sr., son of Joseph, Sr., and Margaret, was born on July 21, 1845, in Matagorda. On September 23, 1879, he married Mary Watkins, who was born in 1850. They were the parents of two children, Philip, Jr., and Pearl, who married Jesse Landrum. Philip, Sr., engaged in the cattle drives to Kansas, and one of his duties was to ready the horses for the drive. He served on a gunboat in Matagorda Bay during the War Between the States. Mary died in 1886, and was buried in Matagorda Cemetery. After her death Philip, Sr., married Pauline Bunk on November 23, 1887. Pauline was born in Poland on June 19, 1869. Philip, Sr., and Pauline had nine children: Amanda, who married George Raymond, and in 1984, at the age of 93 resided in Bay City; Annie, who married Edgar Dunbar, and in 1984, at the age of 91 resided in Bay City; Joseph, who was killed in action in World War I; Dewey, who married Christine Bullock; Asa Horace, who married Bernice A. Yeamans; Mollie Belle, who married Ray Miller and resided in Wharton; Tessie, who married first Gil Mangum, and second married Ben Duderstadt, and resided in Bay City; John Robert, who married Hazel Bruce; Margaret, who married U. T. Pickett, and resided in Bay City. Philip, Sr., died on September 25, 1931, and Pauline died on January 3, 1936, and both were buried in the Matagorda Cemetery.
Confederate Service Record of Phillip Yeamans, Sr. - Served on the gunboat John F. Carr in Matagorda Bay.