MILITARY: In 1847, BETHEL COOPWOOD, age 19, enlisted in Bell's Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers in the war with Mexico. He also commanded a spy company during the Civil War. Bethel was a lawyer and was described as the "Colorful Lawyer".
BIOGRAPHY: COOPWOOD, BETHEL (1827-1907). Bethel Coopwood, soldier, lawyer, judge, and historian, was born on May 1, 1827, in Lawrence County, Alabama. He moved to Texas in 1846 and fought in a cavalry regiment in the Mexican War.qv In 1854 he moved to California, where he was admitted to the bar. He returned to Texas and became recognized as an able lawyer and Spanish scholar in the lower Rio Grande valley. In 1859 he married Josephine Woodward; they eventually had fourteen children. Coopwood entered the Confederate Army as a captain in the cavalry and served until 1863. After the Civil War.qv he spent a year in Coahuila, Mexico. He contributed articles to and wrote book reviews for early issues of the Texas State Historical Associationqv Quarterly, in which he published "Notes on the History of La Bahía del Espíritu Santo" in 1898-99 and "The Route of Cabeza de Vaca" in 1899-1900. Judge Coopwood died in Austin, Texas on December 26, 1907.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Wayne R. Austerman, "
Old Nighthawk' and the Pass of the North," Password, Fall 1982. Austin Statesman, December 29, 1907.
Bethel Coopwood 52, lawyer, born Alabama; Josephine Coopwood 38, wife, born New Jersey; B.Jr. Coopwood 20, son, born California; William Coopwood 18, son, born New Mexico; James D. Coopwood 15, son, born Texas; Mary E. Coopwood 15, daughter, born Texas; L. D. Coopwood 12, daughter, born Mexico; Emma Coopwood 5, daughter, born Texas; Texania Rowe 15, cook, born Tennessee.
Bethel Coopwood 42, lawyer, born Alabama; Josephine Coopwood 29, keeping house, born New Jersey; Bethel Coopwood 10, born California; William Coopwood 8, born New York; James Coopwood 7, born Texas; Mary E Coopwood 5, born Texas; Louisa Coopwood 2, born Mexico; Wm D Wilson 28, student in law, born Alabama.
Bethel Copewood 72, head, born March 1828 in California, married 43 years, lawyer; J Copewood 59, wife, born May 1841 in California, married 43 years, 3 births/2 children living; Victor Copewood 17, son, born Apr 1883 in Californid, in school. [Many inaccuracies in this record. Why?]
Bethel Coopwood 32, lawyer, born Alabama; Josephine Coopwood 19, born New Jersey; Bethel Coopwood 2/12, born California; Almeda Rouse 17, servant, born Canada.
Name: Bethel Coopwood; Side: Confederate; Regiment State/Origin: Texas; Regiment Name: Capt. Coopwood's Spy Company, Texas Cavalry; Rank In: Captain/ database online
Name: Bethel COOPWOOD, Sex: M, Birth: 1 MAY 1827 in Lawrence County, Alabama; Death: 26 DEC 1907 in Austin,Travis County,Texas