Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains

by Patricia Adkins-Rochette

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February 3, 1864 in Indian Territory  

("Capt. Clanton" in  Feb 3, 1864  letter)


Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory

Listings of 31 men who stopped at Fort Bowie on way to California

     September 13, 1865

01. Allen, J.H. Allen
02. Bird, S.B. Bird
03. Clanton, Newman Haynes Clanton
04. Clanton, Joseph Isaac Clanton
05. Clanton, John Wesley (more about  John Wesley Clanton )

            The Clantons' Confederate Service by Tom Goldrup
06. Crumb(y), Wm. Crumby, of Wise Co TX
07. Cold, Isaac M. Cole, Cold
08. Harlow, Stephen Moore Harlow  
Martin's 5th Partisan Cav, Co I
09. Johnson, Robert Johnson
10. Laurence, Asa I. (? Adam) Lawrence
11. Lovelace, John H. Lovelace
12. Martin, Henry W. Martin
13. McKenzie, David McKenzie
14. Sears, Marion Sears
15. Sears, Eli A. Sears of Denton Co TX
in Bourland's Regt
16. Sears, James Sears of Denton Co TX
in Bourland's Regt

September 21, 1865
17. Dye, John Dye
18. Grumbles, Sam H. Grumbles
19. Taylor, Francis M. Taylor, a Captain

 September  23, 1865
20. Boyce, Isaac Ely Boyce, of Burnet Co TX
21. Burchett, J.S. Burchett
22. Cole, Alfred T. Cole
23. Cole, Isaac M. Cole
24. Cole, Andrew J. Cole
25. Cole, Ben F. Cole
26. Kolb, William Kolb
27. Morrow, William H. Morrow
28. Pyeatt, Andrew McClure Pyeatt
29. Washburn, Ethan A. Washburn
30. Wilkins, William G. Wilkins
31. Wilkins, Matthew M. Wilkins

20. ++Boyce, Isaac E....Pvt of TST Major James M. Hunter's Tx Militia***
21. Burchett, J.S............Pvt
of TST Major James M. Hunter's Tx Militia***
22. Cole, Alfred T.........Pvt 
of TST Major James M. Hunter's Tx Militia***
26. Kolb, William.........Pvt 
of TST Major James M. Hunter's Tx Militia***
28. Pyeatt, Andrew M...Pvt
of TST Major James M. Hunter's Tx Militia***


++   Isaac Ely Boyce of 1860 Burnet Co TX cen, then Los Nietos, then Tex

**   Camp Bowie became the legal name in 1866

***  Hunter’s Militia of Texas State Troops.   

According to the Civil War records of Isaac Ely Boyce of Burnet County, Tx his militia unit was organized Jan 27, 1864 by TST Major James M. Hunter and TST Capt. George Crittendon Bittick of TST General John David McAdoo’s 3rd Frontier District in Texas. The mustering and enrollment officer was Elijah Helms.


"Sep 1865 Fort Bowie"


Three Confederate service records

Clanton, Private John W. Clanton, 30th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Gurley's 30th Cav Regiment or 1st Texas Partisans), and that of "a list of persons . . . now at Fort Bowie, Arizonia Territory, enroute to California, who formerly belonged to the Confederate States Army dated September 3, 1865.

per CSR dated Sep 3: John W. Clanton is listed as 24 years old, of CSA General Gano's Brigade, General Parsons’ Division serving in Texas. Under remarks 'Organization broken up, men deserted'."

Name Index entry:    John Wesley Clanton (1841 Callo Co MO-1916 Sonora Co CA, Santa Rosa Cem); 1860 Dallas Co TX cen p353; mvd 1861 to Hamilton TX; Sep1865 at Ft Bowie AZ Terr; 1870 Inyo Co CA cen p330; 1900 Mariposa Co CA, p289; 1910 Mariposa Co CA cen p183; enl 1861 Bonham TX in Parson's 12th Cav, Co B, some of the 12th  evolved into Gurley's 30th TX Cav. CSA (Gen. H.E. McCulloch stated Feb 3, 1863 "Capt. Clanton had led 40 deserters through Indian Territory")

Sears, Private Eli A.  Sears, Company H, Bourland’s Border Cavalry Regiment.  Age 25; height: 5’8", fair complexion, brown eyes, brown hair. October 1864, detached service. October 1864, under arrest. Eli A. Sears on "a list of persons . . . now at Fort Bowie, Arizonia Territory, enroute to California, who formerly belonged to the Confederate States Army dated September 3, 1865. He is listed as 24 years old, of Bourland’s Border Cavalry Regiment, serving in Texas. Under remarks 'Organization broken up, men deserted'."

Name Index entry:  Sears, Eli A. b-1840, in 1862 Denton Co TST (Co H, Bourland's Regt, CSA)

Sears, Private James Sears, Company H, Bourland’s Border Cavalry Regiment. Age 24;  height: 6’1", fair complex, blue eyes, light hair.   October 1864, detached service.  October 1864, under arrest.  James Sears on "a list of persons . . . now at Fort Bowie, Arizonia Territory, enroute to California, who formerly belonged to the Confederate States Army dated September 3, 1865. He is listed as 24 years old, of Bourland’s Border Cavalry Regiment, serving in Texas. Under remarks 'Organization broken up, men deserted'."

Name Index entry:    Sears, James, b-1839 Ohio; 1860 Denton census, p425; one James Seer in George Wythe Baylor's TX 2d Battn, Arizona Brig Cav, Co A commanded by Capt George A King, disbanded Feb 3, 1863 (Co H, Bourland's Regt, CSA)


Studying the Arizona Brigade is important in compiling the history of the North and West Frontier (Texas).


Is this "Captain Clanton" in the first paragraph?

John Wesley Clanton of Gurley's 30th Cavalry, probably Co C

John Wesley Clanton was the eldest son of

Old Man Clanton, Newman Haynes Clanton (1816-1881) of Tombstone, Arizona Territory fame

1864 Fannin Co TX, Bonham, Feb 3....COLONEL [James Bourland, Commanding. on Frontier]:

I have just learned that a Company of 40 men under Capt. [John W.] Clanton [Gurley's  30th Cavalry, Co C] is coming down by Washita [Fort, Indian Territory] claiming the cavalry of [CSA Gen. J.S.] Marmaduke.  I suspect them and if they get into Texas and have not the proper papers, arrest them and send them to me at once. This can be done under Genl. [E.K.] Smith’s order No. 58 without creating much ado.

It was reported to me to day that a company of 100 traitors would cross Red River to night at mouth of Bois d’arc [Creek, Fannin Co TX] going to the Texas. They catch me without any cavalry force, all gone off with prisoners, or after deserters.  I have written to [CSA Gen. S.B.] Maxey and [CSA Gen. D.H.] Cooper, but fear they will cross through between our fences and get safe and to Fort Smith.

It is a blessing to get rid of them, but it would be a much greater one if we can intercept and kill the last one of them or as soon as they got fairly under way. This country is full of treason and traitors, & what we are to do with them is a serious question. And one that requires great care and foresight to determine for the best for our present and future good.

If New Orleans men are to suffer hangings, would be the true policy in all clearly defined cases, but helpless women and innocent children pleads for milder terms if the country can be served as well.

May God help us to do our duty without prejudice, or partiality and save our country.

Most Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant,

Henry. E. McCulloch, Brig-Gen. Comdg. Northern Sub-District, Head Qrs.

P.S. — I shall order one or two new mule teams sent to your inn. McC. per BP-DM4406-3O-146.   (from The Bourland Papers)


John W. Clanton.  Only one card is present in the Confederate Service Records for Pvt. John W. Clanton, 30th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Gurley's Regiment 1st Texas Partisans), and that of a list of persons ". . . now at Fort Bowie, Arizonia Territory, enroute to California, who formerly belonged to the Confederate States Army dated September 3, 1865.  He is listed as 24 years old, of General Ganos' Brigade, General Parsons' Division serving in Texas. Under remarks "Organization broken up, men deserted."     Sent by George Martin.



From Charles Christian; Saturday Feb 21, 2009; Texas message board

John Wesley Clanton has just received a Vet. Adm. CSA grave marker showing him as a Pvt, 30th TX Cav. If he was really a Capt , then we have a problem here and will probably just stick a stainless steel strip on his marker noting the Capt. being established for him.

3 SUV and one SCV installed the marker last year. Previously he only had a temporary tin marker that held the death-burial permit copy from 1916 which I found the remains of when I was sure he was buried in the empty grave next to his cousin. I also found a wooden foot marker and then i learned how to grave dowse and confirmed a male adult in the grave.
JWC died poor and no money from anyone to get him a marker. Had a donated grave to his widow from his cousin's first wife who did not want it as the 2nd wife was in the other grave in the 3 person plot.

We had reports he and his father deserted another TX Cav unit for bounty money and then he alone later came back and was in the 30th. That is probably all wrong too. But all we have on hand here. No record of him ever going bad like his brothers and father ever.

I am the Civil War specialist at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery past ten years and also PCC local SUV camp. Have UDC Jeff Davis Hist. Gold Medal for my work over the years researching, marking graves, and relating stories about CSA soldiers locally and in other areas nearby by my writings and giving talks to interested groups. Hanging it all up soon due to extreme age and infirmities.


from   ORsIv53[S#111]p378.    (McCulloch to Turner, Nov 1, 1863)

1863 Fannin Co TX, Bonham, N.S.D. Hdqrs., Nov 1........McCulloch to CAPTAIN [E.P. Turner, A. Adjt-Gen., Houston, Texas]:

Since receiving orders to send the troops to Houston, I have given the subject much thought, and though I have ordered the troops to move as early as possible -- which will be to leave here on Thursday morning, and the quartermaster to strain every nerve in getting up the necessary transportation -- I am not willing to see them go without informing the major-general of the effect that their withdrawal may have upon the country, and indicate to him that, as a military movement, nothing can justify it, in my judgment, under the circumstances, but the clearly defined fact that he is certainly and utterly unable to hold the enemy in check without them, and that one section of the country must be sacrificed to save the other, or any of it.

.In order to give the general any reason for this opinion, it is necessary to refer to the true condition of Gen. [W.] Steele's command, which is simply an outpost. His Indian force is a thing to be counted when rations are issued and pay-day comes; but all, General [D.H.] Cooper included, agree that it is totally unreliable, except when strongly sustained by white troops, and only partially reliable when that is done. ..Then we must look to the white troops as the only force to keep the enemy from moving on us.

This force, as I understand it, with [Acting General James] Bourland, now on the frontier, upon which the Indians have been killing and stealing in his absence, consists of [E.J.] Gurley's regiment, part deserted; [P.C.] Hardeman's regiment [Arizona Brigade], short one or two companies, part deserted; [D.] Showalter's battalion, [S.M.] Baird's battalion, both of which would not make a full battalion; [C.L.] DeMorse's regiment, large part deserted, and [T.C.] Bass' regiment (nine companies), part deserted, making in all, effective men, not exceeding 1,500 cavalry and infantry. ..Add to this, three, I believe, very poor four-gun batteries, and you have the entire effective force.

I will have [L.M.] Martin's regiment, some 500 effective men, two companies State [troops] cavalry certain, and probably three, making 120 or 180; one company of Showalter's, 50 men, and Lt-Col. [M.G.] Settle's battalion of infantry, say 300 at the outside, but better recorded at 200 to 250, and not a cannon; with from 400 to 800 deserters to control; these have agreed to come out, but may not even yet do so, and if they should not, it will take every man I have to do anything at all with them, and if the troops ordered off go, I could do nothing in the world with them, and this country would, in some places, be at their mercy.

The general says that there is no danger of the Federals advancing upon us from the north. ..That may be true, but, if true, may it not be from the fact that I have an apparently strong force to sustain Steele with, in case they press him back through a desert country upon me. ..My force has been greatly and intentionally overrated by Steele and Cooper heretofore, and as soon as messengers can go with the news, the Yankees will know that that force is gone, and then what will there be to hold them in check and keep them out of this country?

It may be said that Quantrill will help you. ..That may be true in part, but I have but little confidence in men who fight for booty, and whose mode of warfare is but little, if any, above the uncivilized Indian, and who say now that they are afraid to enter our army regularly for fear of being captured.

After looking at the bad effects it will have upon us here, and north of us, in a military point of view, let us look at the moral effect it may have here.

Public sentiment had changed greatly, and our cause was being strengthened according to the security felt by the masses, and the people and the troops begin to feel that they had some hope of protection in this army, and all had determined to make the fight outside of Texas. ..Now the people will lapse back into their former apathy; our friends feel weakened; our "opposers" strengthened, and our cause morally, deeply injured.

.As there is no immediate prospect of the advance of the enemy, the troops in a body may not, and I think will not, refuse to go, but many of them will dodge off and not go, and, when pressed, if I have the force to press them, will take to the brush, and I do not believe that Col. N.W. Townes will get to the coast with 700 effective men. ..Col. [N.C.] Gould was here when the order reached me; talked rather despondently about his men going, and I don't think there will be 200 out of the 400 or 500 he claims will ever start, much less go. Now, sir, I have given you facts and my views. Please lay them before the major-general at once, and let him judge and act for the best.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Henry McCulloch, Brig-Gen., Northern Sub-District Texas Hdqts.    per ORsIv53[S#111]p378.



re:  Gurley and Bankhead dispute

from  ORsSIv22/2[S#33]p1026.      from Smith Pyne Bankhead to his uncle Maj-Gen. John Bankhead Magruder.

                           On Overland Road, September 24, 1863.

 Major-General MAGRUDER:

GENERAL: I send you a copy of an official communication received from General Price's headquarters. I suppose that I am transferred now to his command. On my arrival in the Territory, I was ordered up to support General Cabell, who was falling back before a superior force of the enemy, in the direction of Red River. I interposed my troops about 30 miles north of Waldron, in Scott County, Arkansas, but found the enemy going back to Fort Smith, and Cabell going southward. I remained at Waldron until I heard from General Cabell, informing me that he was ordered to Little Rock. Returning to this point, I received the inclosed from General Price, and am waiting General Steele's instructions before taking up the line of march. I regret exceedingly to leave your district, and hope yet to serve under you in the field. I received your letter inclosing the order announcing the action of General Smith appointing me brigadier, but [E. J.] Gurley is not going to respect that. He protested to General Steele against my "assumption" of the command, and is here now, but not on duty. General Steele forwarded his protest to General Smith. His course has had a bad effect on the regiment, and I am in hopes General Smith will act promptly and settle the question definitely. Gurley's course is insubordinate, and in keeping with the general conduct of Texas officers and men. I think, however, from all indications, that my command, with General Price's, will very probably be forced back to Red River. If Price could not hold Little Rock, he will probably be forced farther back.

I am, general, your friend and relatives.


SMITH P. BANKHEAD, Brigadier-General


HARLOW, Stephen Moore Harlow, (1844 MO-aft 1900 San Bern Co CA cen) 1860 Collin Co TX cen p51 (Martin’s 5th Partisan Cavalry, Co I, TX CSA)

Vern Paul of Kilmainham, Dublin, 8 Ireland <> 31 Confederates at Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory Date : Fri, Jan 13, 2012 05:01 PM

No. 8, Stephen M. Harlow, is my 2nd great grand uncle, Stephen Moore Harlow. He was born in Saline or Pettis County, Missouri in October 1844, son of Rice G. Harlow and Evelina J. Ewers. Stephen was orphaned before 1850 at which time he was with his foster parents James and Stata Wear in Saline Co., Missouri. By 1860 they had moved to Collin Co., Texas.

As far as I have been able to tell, Stephen was never married. He appears in multiple years of the Great Register – Voter Registrations – of San Bernardino Co., California, and in the 1880 and 1900 Census in the same location. I have lost track of him after 1900 but suspect he died not long after in San Bernardino. If he died after 1905, he should be in the California Death Index to which I do not have access – not online as far as I know.

Kind regards, Vern Paul


>><< Mon, Nov 05, 2012 09:46 PM    ....    Thank you so much for all the great Civil War info you post…I’ve used your stuff for years! You questioned the “Hunter’s Regiment” that were listed by five of the CSA soldiers who took the oath of allegiance in 1865 at Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory.  

My Jacob and Olivia Pyeatt were on the wagon train along with one of their sons, Andrew McClure Pyeatt, who appears on your list.

Hunter’s Militia. According to the Civil War records of Isaac Ely Boyce (Burnet Co, TX) his unit was organized Jan 27, 1864, by TST Major James M. Hunter, E. Helms was muster and enrollment officer; 3rd Military District;  Capt. George Crittendon Bittick; Frontier Regiment; 3rd Frontier District in Burnet County; TST General John David McAdoo. Isaac Ely Boyce mustered in 2 days later as a sergeant and served 15 days (and was apparently ill most of that time.)

>><< Tue, Nov 06, 2012 08:53 PM .... Jacob Pyeatt age 74 born MO or PA (#117 San Saba, San Saba County, TX);  .. Jacob Pyatt in 1840 Merrimack, St. Louis, MO cen p260b-line 8 of 30 ... Olive Inks Pyeatt (wife) age 67 born KY   ... Olivia Inks/McClure Pyeatt  ....  Jacob died near Fort Cummings, New Mexico just a few days after signing his oath at El Paso (he was already ill). In Willis Newton's manuscript he refers to Jacob as "old Mr. Pyatt" and "grandfather Pyatt". He does not reference Olivia. Olive appeared with her son, Andrew McClure Pyeatt, and family on the 1870 census in Los Nietos, Los Angeles, Calif.

Editor's note:  Web pages by the owner of the above e-mail address that addresses the Pyeatt and Inks families as well as their Wagon Train - Texas to California 1865 trek are:



James E. Williams' entries for Gurley's 30th TX Cav. recruited from

Company B, 30th Texas Cavalry....... Coryell County .........Patti added

Company C, 30th Texas Cavalry .... McLennan County

Company D, 30th Texas Cavalry..... Williamson County

Company F, 30th Texas Cavalry.....  Coryell County

Company G, 30th Texas Cavalry .... Comanche County

Company H, 30th Texas Cavalry...... Hill County

Company I, 30th Texas Cavalry ..... Dallas County

Company K, 30th Texas Cavalry ...... Ellis County


Gurley's 30th Cavalry Regimental Assignments     939 men

Aug '62
Aug '62
Eastern District
Trans-Mississippi Department
Aug '62
Dec '62
District of TX
Trans-Mississippi Department
Dec '62
Jan '63
District of TX, NM, AZ
Trans-Mississippi Department
Jan '63
Jun '63
Eastern Sub-district
District of TX, NM, AZ
Trans-Mississippi Department
Jun '63
Aug '63
Northern Sub-district
District of TX, NM, AZ
Trans-Mississippi Department
Nov '63
Nov '63
Dept of the Indian Territory
Feb '64
Jul '64
Maxey's Cavalry
District of AR
Trans-Mississippi Department
Jul '64
Jul '64
District of Indian Territory
Trans-Mississippi Department
Sep '64
Feb '65
5th TX Cavalry
2nd TX Cavalry
Trans-Mississippi Department
Feb '65
May '65
Wharton's Cav
Trans-Mississippi Department


Key in Tom Goldrup's article from:

John Wesley Clanton served until Mar 2, 1863  ...  In the latter part of August 1865 John Wesley Clanton was with some refugees at Franklin, Texas.     Franklin TX? or Franklin Co TX?   [Clanton without "proper papers"]

Date: October 18, 2009 at 02:43:50; Tom Goldrup  of Santa Rosa CA, cemetery

John Wesley Clanton, MO, TX, AZ, CA; Gurley's 30th TX Cavalry

In all of our records neither Newman Haynes or any of his sons (John Wesley, Phinias Fay or Joseph Isaac) held the rank of Captain in the CSA.....Joseph Isaac did not serve as far as I know (he would be too young. This is the info that we have concerning their Civil War activities:

In 1861 Newman Haynes Clanton moved his family to the sparsely populated county of Hamilton, Texas. The Civil War had broken out and both Newman and his son John Wesley Clanton served in the State Militia, which was a company of Home Guards under the command of Captain W. H. Cotton. Newman served as private while his son was appointed first corporal. For one reason or another, John left after serving a little over a month and re-enlisted in Ellis County in the Twelfth Regiment of the Texas Cavalry. After serving four months in this regiment, known as Parson's Regiment, John left once again, this time going home to Hamilton County.
A letter written by a Confederate soldier in January or February of 1862 sheds a little light on this incident. The letter written near Houston, states:

Sergt. Hodges and company returned day before yesterday with Clanton who deserted from Capt. Maddox's Company some six weeks ago. They caught him in Hamilton county. He is a very trifling fellow, and having stolen some things his messmates kicked him out and none others would take him in. So the Captain took him in his mess awhile and then told him to seek other quarters, so he "sloped." He is about twenty years old, stout, healthy, though of low countenance; he is in the guardhouse and will be turned over to the General Marshal and perhaps have to wear a ball and chain during the war. Alas! for him."

Sergeant J. H. Hodges and two men were sent to arrest him and bring him back. Concerning this affair, Sgt. Hodges wrote:

That night about three miles from where I arrested him, I met his father, and his father did not wish him to come back, he told him to break custody. The prisoner then refused to come, he afterwards agreed to come after my telling him he was obliged to. His father told him he was afraid his destiny was death, which I suppose was the cause of his refusing to come.

A court martial was held for John Clanton in February, 1862 and he offered no defense. He was found guilty of desertion, but due to his youth and the fact that he had not read the Articles of War and so not aware of the seriousness of his crime, his sentence was a stoppage of pay from the time of his desertion to the expiration of his term of enlistment and then to be dishonor-ably discharged.
John re-enlisted in March 1862 in Waco, Texas, along with his father Newman. On July 6, 1862, Newman was discharged on account of being over age, and John served until March 2, 1863. Newman enlisted again at Fort Herbert, but had gone AWOL on June 1, 1863. Again Newman enlisted, this time in the Company for Second Frontier District at Hamilton, serving twenty-three days. For this he was to be paid two dollars per day and he claimed he had never received the money. Newman's son Phineas (known as Phin) also served in the Confederate Army as a private in the Texas State Militia.
Newman's youngest son, William Harrison Clanton, was born in 1862 in Hamilton County, Texas. Three years later the Civil War ended, and on April 10, 1865 Newman and Mariah sold their land on Pecan Creek in Hamilton County, Texas, to Henry Burts. This may be about the time the family started heading west. In the latter part of August 1865 John Wesley Clanton was with some refugees at Franklin, Texas. On September 3, 1865 Newman, with his two sons John and Phin, appear with a group of ex-Confederates at Fort Bowie, Arizona, enroute to California. A description is given of them there that states Newman was six feet one inch, fair complexion, light hair and blue eyes; John was five feet eleven inches, fair complexion, light hair and brown eyes; Phin Clanton was five feet eight inches, fair complexion, brown hair and blue eyes. Leaving Ft. Bowie sometime in 1866 bound for California, Newman's wife Mariah died on the Arizona plains.

Sorry that I can't name who the Captain Clanton was, unless Newman took on that rank himself when passing through Fort Bowie.
If you find any more about their civil War activities I will be very interested. Newman was first cousin to my great great great grandfather, Newman's dad being Henry Clanton & my 4th great grandfather Henry's brother Drury Clanton, both of whom were natives of Sussex County, VA., who moved west to Davidson & Williamson Cos, TN, and thence on to Montgomery & Callaway Counties, Missouri.
Tom Goldrup


McCulloch's Feb 3, 1864 letter to Bourland

Capt. J.W. Clanton

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Listing of 31 CSA vets from three Sep 1865 letters compiled by Major James Gorman, Provost Marshal of Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory.



Gurley's 30th Cav.

Regimental Assignments

(Next 5 pages of Regiment history from CSA Library in Hillsboro TX)

Gurley's 30th TX Cav, p1 of 5

Gurley's 30th TX Cav, p2 or 5

Gurley's30th TX Cav, p3 of 5

Gurley's30th TX Cav, p4 of 5

Gurley's30th TX Cav, p5 of 5



See info from James E. Williams' web page re: Gurley's 30th TX Cavalry








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Is this Captain Claton, i.e., the C.L. Claton in Gurley's 30th Cavalry, Co K?

one C.T. Claton, b-1831 MO,  wife Tabitha, on Denton Co TX cen p400,  looks more like C.L. Claton

Could not find this C.L. or Tabitha Claton in another census.