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Re: FOUND: pic of Malissa Cordelia Tweed Coates
Posted by: Steven Tweed (ID *****2605) Date: November 24, 2011 at 06:06:20
In Reply to: Re: FOUND: pic of Malissa Cordelia Tweed Coates by Paul D Ward of 2241

Happy Thanksgiving!
There is some intertwinement between the Tweed's, Sams & Coates indeed.
My Gr-Gr Grandfather, Thomas (Tom) Tweed was married to Celia (Seely) Sams, daughter of Gabriel Sams. Unless I am mistaken, Gabriel was married to the niece of Wade Hampton. Yup, that Wade Hampton.
Thomas & Celia Sams Tweed's daughter, Malissa Cordelia Tweed, was a sister to my Great Grandfather, Rufus Lowery Tweed. They lived here in the Laurel community of Madison County.
Malissa wound up marrying Garrett DeLafayette Coates of the Grapevine community.
Although I have no proof, I think that the relationship could have come about from attendance at Big Laurel Church, which is about halfway between here and Grapevine and was attended by my ancestors.
I have read quotes from the gentleman (Joe Coates) who wrote in the Coates lineage that Malissa was, quote, "A hunted woman".
Although I am not sure why, I would assume that it was fallout from the Civil War.
Garrett fought for the Confederacy.
Our family fought for the Union (1st Tennessee Cavalry).
In addition, Malissa's father Thomas, although not enlisted, took up arms against the Confederacy and was captured, put in a prison camp and basically beaten and starved to death over the course of about 1 year. he was released but died within 30 days.
In addition, after Thomas was captured, the family home and outbuildings were burned, livestock killed and Celia and the children were driven across Union lines, near starvation. The children included Malissa and my Gr- Grandfather Rufus.
When I read the "Hunted Woman" quote by Mr. Coates, it made me wonder if Garrett had a hand in what took place, as he fought for the Confederacy.
That is pure speculation.
Garrett & Malissa wound up moving to Oregon where Garrett was a Cobbler and made shoes for the Portland Police Dept. etc.
That information, as well as some pictures were shared with me by Dorothy Pace who visited here a couple of years back.
I gave her and her husband as well as her cousin and her husband (from San Fran) a tour of my family graveyard and the area and helped the get through the back way to Grapevine.
I will be more than happy to share what pictures and information that I have.
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