The Family of
William Milburn Myrick Coward
& wife
 Mary A. Clark
of Barnwell Co, SC  & Montgomery & Walker Counties, Texas

Page Created by Sadie Greening Sparks
Copyright October 18, 2000



William Milburn Myrick Coward was born June __, 1834 in Barnwell County, South Carolina, and died in Walker Co, Texas between 1900-1910, Walker County, Texas

  This family lived in Montgomery Co., Texas, 1860, 1870 and the Black Jack Community/Pine Valley, Walker Co., Tx 1880 until their deaths,  and are probably buried in the Black Jack Cemetery there, though I have not located markers.

He was the son of James R. Coward & wife Harriett Jackson of Barnwell Co, S. C., and his occupation was farming.

He married Mary A. Clark about 1856, who was born in April, 1834 in Alabama, according to census records.   Her parentage is not yet proven by me. She died in Walker Co, Texas after 1910. Her maiden name came from her daughter, Alice May Coward Polk's Death Certificate-Informant-T. M. Polk, Husband.

William Milburn M. Coward served in the Civil War from Texas, in Company K, 16 Texas Infantry, as a Private, Allegiance: Confederate  (Civil War Service Records- M. M. Coward)

Texas Land Title Abstracts:-District: Goliad; Refugio; San Patricio
County: Bee
Grantee: M. M. Coward
Certificate: 1478
Survey/Blk/Tsp: 1
Acres: 744.50
Class: San Pat Scrip 
File: 3210

Children: COWARD

1. William J. Born November, 1858 in Montgomery Co, Tx. d. after 1920  He was also a schoolteacher
(Ref: The History of the Black Jack Church and Cemetery, compiled and written by Mr. & Mrs. J. J. Head, June 12, 1955
He may be the Mr. Coward who owned a store on the Old Danville Rd. around 1900-single, 1910 Walker Co, Tx; He was the Registrar, Huntsville, Walker Co., Tx Sept 12, 1918 when his brother Walter Lee registered for WW I.; saingle farmer, HH of sis-in-law Lavinia Coward, 1920 Dist 9, Walker Co, Tx

2. Archie Born October 16, 1862 Montgomery Co, Tx  Died Sept, 15, 1892 Buried: Black Jack Cem., Walker Co, Tx-did  not marry (Killed when he was thrown from a horse)

3. Alice May Born March 27, 1869 Montgomery Co, Tex. Died: Feb. 16, 1933 Nacogdoches Co, Tx. Buried: Bethel Cem., Appleby, Nacog. Co, Tx
(M) Timothy Morgan Polk, Dec 2, 1892 Walker Co., Tex.
She was a school teacher in Walker Co, prior to her marriage.

4. Walter Lee Born Jan., 1873 (Dec. 12, 1872*) Montgomery Co., Tx. Died: 1919 Boswell, Walker Co, Tx-Widow & children, 1920 Dist 9, Walker Co, Tx w/bro-in-law William J Coward in HH w/them
(M) Mary Lavinia Pool 1909.  She was b. abt 1885 Texas

WWI Civilian Draft Registration-Walker Co, Texas-Walter Lee Coward, Serial # 1537, Add: Pine Valley, Walker, Texas; age 45 yrs; born Dec. 12, 1872*, white, natural born citizen, Occ: farmer, Nearest Relative: Lavinia Coward, Pine Valley, Walker, Texas; Sig: Walter Lee Coward; Phys. Desc: Medium Ht, Medium Bld, gray eyes, brown hair; Exemp. claimed: Yes, bad health, rheumatism, Sig: W J Coward*, Regis., local board, Huntsville, Walker, Texasd Sept 12, 1918

Had 2 other children who died young


Children of Walter & Lavinia Pool Coward
Lived in Boswell area, Walker Co., Tx
Ref: Oliver Coward, a descendant

a. Archie Rudolph  Born May 13, 1910 Died Aug 9, 2000 New Waverly, Walker Co, Tx-Genl. farmer, 1930 Pct 4, New Waverly, Walker Co., Tx
    (M) Sarah  Frances Pursley She was b. Dec. 27, 1911 d. Oct. 21, 2000 New Waverly, Walker Co., Tx

b. Edna Lee Born Ca 1912 Walker, Tx
   (M) Clyde Lathaniel Calhoun

c. Mamie Marie Born Ca 1914 Walker, Tx
   (M) Alvia Holiday

d. George Walter Born Sept 23, 1915 Walker, Tx Died May 13, 1993 Huntsville, Walker, Tx
    (M) Charleen Anita Barton (She died April 20, 1967 Harris Co, Tx)

e. Fannie Cornelia Born Ca 1919 Walker, Tx d. Jan. 31, 1995 Walker Co., Tx
    (M) Albert F. Colburn


1850 Barnwell Co, SC P HH 1188-1188 by C F Tobin, Asst. Marshall Sept 13th

Harriett Coward 45 F SC Planter $200. RE
Easterling, Cely 23 F SC
Columbus " 4 M SC
Emma " 3 F SC
Eliza Coward 20 F SC
Thomas " 17 M SCi
Milburn " 16 M SC

1860 Montgomery Co, Tx OP 102 HH 285-285
M M Coard (Coward) 25 M SC Farming
M A " 26 F Ala (Mary A. Clark)
William " 02 M Tx

1870 Montgomery Co, Tx P 350 Danville PO
M M Coward 35 WM SC Farming $100/150
Mary " 35 WF Fla. (Clark)
Willie " 12 WM Tx
Arch " 10 WM Tx
Alice 01 WF Tx

1880 Walker Co, Tx ED 152, Sh 41 HH 375-375, Pct #1
Milburn Coward 46 WM SC SC SC farmer
Mary A. " 46 WF Ala Ga Ga wife (Clark)
William J. " 22 WM Tex
Archie " 17 WM Tx SC Ala Son
Alice " 11 WF Tx SC Ala Dtr
Walter " 07 WM Tx SC Ala Son

1900 Walker Co, Tx HH 435-437 ED 43, Pct 6
William Coward 59 WM June, 1840 Tx Tx Tx farmer Marr 30 yrs
Mary " 58 WF  April 1842  Tx Tx Tx wife had 6 ch-4 living
Walter" 25 WM  Jan, 1875 Tx Tx Tx  son single
William* 24 WM Nov, 1876 Tx Tx Tx son single (My note- many errors on this census-*William Coward was b. abt 1868-see prev. census records

1910 Walker Co, Tx Pct 6, P 7A, HH 83-84
William J. Coward 52 WM Tx SC Ala Single farmer Owns home
Mary " 76 WF Ala Ga Ga  Widow, Rel: Mother
George R. Polk 16 WM Tx SC Tx Single Rel: Nephew*
This is son of T. M. Polk & Alice May Coward

HH 82-83
Walter Coward 38 WM Tx SC Ga Marr 1 yr
Lavinia " 25 WF Tx NC Del (Pool)

1910 Henderson Co, Texas ED11, Pt of Pct 1, Sh 10-A April 30, 1910 by Stephen B. Tarper Farm # 198 HH 1-1
Timothy Poke (Polk) 42 WM SC SC SC  Farmer (Rents) Marr 18 yrs
Alice " 41 WF Tx SC Ga Wife (Coward-Had 8 children-6 living
Herbert " 15 WM Tx SC Tx Son
Erma " 11 WM Tx SC Tx Dtr
Ralph " 08 WM Tx SC Tx Son
Nettie " 05 WF Tx SC Tx Dtr
Bertie  " 01 WF Tx SC Tx Dtr

1920 Walker Co, Tx ED163, SD7, HH 1-1 W. J. Coward, Enumerator Jan 5, 6, 1920
Lavinia M. Coward 34 WF Tx SC Ill Farming (Widow of Walter Coward)
Archie R. " 9 WM Tx Tx Tx son
Edna " 8 WF Tx Tx Tx Dtr
Mamie " 6 WF Tx Tx Tx Dtr
George W. " 4 WM Tx Tx Tx Son
Fanny " 1 WF Tx Tx Tx Dtr
William J. Coward 61 WM Tx SC Ala Bro-In-Law farming
George R. Pool 21 WM Tx SC Ill Brother farming