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1 years. At the breaking out of the war he
o and Jack Hamilton, John J. Haines and
C others, not desiring to participate in open rebuellion
against the flag of the Union, took
a refuge in Mexico and made their way to the
- Union lines at New Orleans. They offered
I their service in defense of the Union, were
accepted, and Mr. Coupland was contnissioned
Major of the First Texas Cavairy.
* Governor E. J. Davis was the connmandiig
General, Colonel Haines being an officer iil
* the same command. Major Coupland was in
active service exclusively in the Western Dei
partment. He marched from New Orleans
to San Antonio, and was there mustered out
in the summer of 1865.
After his discharge from the service Major
Coupland returned to New Orleans, where,
December 21, 1865, he 'was married. He
continued his residence in that city eighteen
years, or until 1883. For a number of years
he was Collector of the port of New Orleans.
He was then appointed Deputy Clerk of the
United States Circuit Court, and served in
that capacity until 1883, when he came to
Texas and took charge of that portion of an
estate bequeathed to him by Morgan C.
Hamilton. He was engaged in farming and
ranching on Brushy creek, and many hundred
cattle bore his familiar brand. Ill health
forced him to dispose of his stock interest,
but he gave his attention to his farm until
the time of his death, which occurred January
3, 1890. Mr. Coupland was a gentleman of
fine character, pleasant address and most congenial
manner. He made friends wherever
he lived. The death of no man in the county
has caused a more general and deep-seated
regret than that of Major Coupland. He
was a Mason and a member of Linwood
Lodge, New Orleans. He took no interest
in politics after coming to Texas, but while
moved to Williamson county, and' his youtl
was passed on the ranch of his father, wh(
was quite extensively engaged in the stocl
business. His early education was secure~
in the old-time subscription schools, and upor
attaining mature years he settled upon a por
tion of the old homestead, and continued in
the farming and stock raising business ir
company with his father. He was a man ol
rare business acumen and financial shrewd.
ness, amassing a large fortune in the stock
business, and that within an almost incredi.
bly brief time.
He was married in 1863, to Miss Elizabeth
N. Moore, a native of Mississippi, and a daughter
of R. W. Moore, who came to Texas about
the year 1858 and settled in Milam county,
where he passed the remainder of his life. Mr.
and Mrs. McFadin became the parents of four
children: David Guy; Dean; Mary Ellen,
who became the wife of 0. M. Breeden; and
Mr. McFadin, like his father, was independent
in his political views. He was a
member of the Christian Church, as is also
Mr. McFadin passed to his reward June
11, 1888, and his devoted wife is still living
at the age of forty-seven years.
mi4 AJOR T. V. COUPLAND, deceased,
was born in Jefferson county, Alabama,
October 16,1836. His father
was Hugh Coupland, a nephew of
Governor A. J. and ex-Senator Morgan C.
Hamilton, both noted Texas characters. Mr.
Coupland came to Texas a few years before
the Civil war and resided in Austin. He was
Deputy Sheriff of Travis county, under
-Sheriff J. W.. Blackburn, for a number of
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/880/?rotate=270: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .