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824 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
in Ne&-Orleans he wvas aunu tacp and ener- conflict; but, being the son of a Revolutiongetic
supporter of the principles of the Re- ary soldier, his heart was full of love for the
publican party, and up to the time of his Union and his sympathies unmistakably with
deathSwas true to his convictions. He mar- the Federal army. After the war he was
ried Fannie, daughter of Captain Wardwell appointed surveyor of the port. Then, for
C. and Ann (Cunningham) Flanders. thirteen years, he was inspector of hulls,
Captain Flanders was an old sea captain, being peculiarly fitted for that position beand
was one of the early settlers of New cause of his familiarity with all classes of
Orleans. He was born in New Hampshire, vessels. Benjamin F. Flanders, brother of
February 16, 1811, just before the opening the Captain, was once Military Governor of
of our second war with England. His father, Louisiana and for many years a chief in the
Joseph Flanders, was a sturdy patriot and United States Treasury Department at New
participated in many battles of the American Orleans. Captain Flanders and his wife had
Revolution. One day while he was absent children as follows: Relief, the wife of F.
from home the Indians raided the country, A. Woolfley; Fannie; Florence A., now Mrs.
devastating homes and murdering women D. J. Goss; Clement C., cashier of the Metroand
children, but his brave wife made her politan Bank of New Orleans; Will W., enescape
with her children and reached Salis- gaged in the lumber business at Lake Charles,
bury a few days later. Captain Flanders' Louisiana; and twelve children, deceased.
ancestry in Americu dates back to 1650. The only child of Major and Mrs. CoupWhen
a lad the Captain, having a desire to land is Frank Hamilton Coupland, now residgo
to sea, was placed under a sea captain for ing with his mother and engaged in farming.
training, and for a number of years was on a He was born in New Orleans, December 27,
whaling vessel. In 1826 he established his 1866, and was married November 8, 1888, to
home in New Orleans, and twelve years later Miss Sophia M. Heilhecker. They have two
lie married. When the Mexican war was in little daughters: Fannie R., born January 10,
progress Captain Flanders commanded a yes- 1890, and Gladys S., July 8, 1892.
sel engaged in transporting troops to the On Mrs. Coupland's farm was fought one
Mexican coast. He was a popular officer. of the most celebrated battles known in Texas
When the California gold fever broke out history,-that of Battle Creek,-in which
his ship was crowded with seekers of the Jake Burleson, a brother of General Edward
precious metal, bound for the new El Dorado. Burleson, was killed.
It would require many volumes to detail the
Captain's adventures at sea, the hardships he
endured and the privations he encountered g H. COFFIELD.-The claim is somewhile
in a convoy of vessels near one of a L times made by the citizens of Rockgroup
of the South Pacific islands. He wit- ; dale, and it seems to be well founded
nessed the stranding of a vessel and the ter- in fact, that theirs is a town of young
rible atrocities perpetrated upon the defense- men. A hasty glance at the personnel of
less men. He spent one winter in Behring the business men of the place certainly resea.
During the Civil war he remained in veals the fact that very few of them are men
New Orleans, taking no active part in the of advanced age, while a large number are
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