Solomon L. Courtney Family
of Navarro County, Texas


Biography Index | Civil War Veterans


Solomon L. Courtney

Solomon L. Courtney (civil war veteran buried in Dawson Cemetery) family.

Emeline d/o Solomon L. Courtney is buried in Dawson Cemetery.

L. E. Burditt, husband of Lenora Courtney Burditt (son-in-law of Solomon L. Courtney) is buried in Dawson Cemetery. (Obituary)  Lenora also buried at the Dawson Cemetery (her Obituary; Cemetery Marker).

Mary Ann Courtney Duncan d/o Solomon L. Courtney & Mary Louise Castelow (Castellaw family) and Samuel L. Duncan s/o Noah Marion Duncan and Malinda Frances Heard (Herd) Duncan. Sam and Mary Ann are buried in the Dawson Cemetery.

Solomon L. Courtney 1st m. Mary Louise Castelow (Castellaw) on 7/31/1867 in Tyler Co., TX (parents of Mary Ann Courtney Duncan, Lenora Courtney Burditt, Emeline Courtney Burditt all buried in Dawson Cemetery as is Solomon L.). 

Civil War Pension Pt. I - .pdf

Civil War Pension Pt. II - .pdf


Mary Louise (Castelow) Courtney



Solomon married 2nd Emely Jane Carr-McClelland on 7/12/1883.

Emely Jane Carr-McClelland

See: Wedding photo of Samuel Lafayette Duncan and Mary Ann Courtney taken 7/31/1904 in Navarro Co., Texas (most likely Dawson, Texas).

My gg grandparents, Noah Marion Duncan and Malinda Frances Heard (Herd) Duncan (parent's of Samuel Lafayette Duncan)

Noah Duncan came to Texas from Rhea co., TN (1st to Delta then to Navarro Co.) He was one of the first people to pay for his home in Dawson, Texas with pure gold. He later owned all the land that Cedar Creek Lake sits on, but gambled it away. Later his grandson, Lester Nabors bought most of the land back then sold it when the lake came in.

Left to Right: Mary Ann Courtney 1882-1979,
Lenora Emeline Courtney 1874-1941
and their sister Sarah Solvira Courtney 1871-1960
Daughters of Solomon L. Courtney and Mary Louise Castellaw.


Family Group Sheet:

Death Date
Place of Death:
Death Memo:
Burial memo
Cause of Death:

Solomon L. Courtney, GGGG Grandson
16 Feb 1838      Mississippi
28 Feb 1928   
At home of his daughter, Lenora Emeline Burditt
Funeral held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Burditt
 28 Feb 1928  Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, TX
90 yrs
Section C--Old Section
Converted and joined the church in 1878
Senility according to his doctor B. D. Hill of Dawson, TX
Samuel Courtney (1814-1879)
Sarah Sessioms/Sessums (~1816-1900)


Spouse 1: 

Mary Louise Castelow
19 Oct 1849    Lawrence Co., MS
6 Oct 1882      Robertson Co., TX Age: 32
Oct 1882     Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Robertson Co., TX
32 yrs
Henry Castelow
Silvisa Tarver
25 Apr 1867      Tyler Co., TX
Children: Lula Bell (1870-1876)
Sarah Solvira (1871-1960)
Lenora Emeline (1874-1941)  (view obituary)
Alice Alisa (1877-1877)
Margaret "Maggie"  Susan (1880-1943)
Henry Thomas (1873-1890)
John William (1878-1879)
Mary Ann (1882-1979)
Spouse 2:  

Emily (Emely) Jane Carr-McClelland
abt 1843
15 Jul 1910 Age: 67
Andrew Alexander Carr (1817-1898)
Eviline Roney (-<1860)
12 Jul 1883

No Children:           

Notes for Solomon L. Courtney

He moved to Texas at the age of 15 with his family from Mississippi.

He also went by the name Sol. 

He applied for his civil war pension while living in Hill County, Texas. Application # 05417. (See copy to Index in file and copy of application in file).    The application was dated August 7th, 1899.  Affidavit of witnesses were: C. Sessums and R. W (Reuben William) Courtney.  An application for Mortuary Warrant was obtained by his daughter, Emeline Courtney Burditte on March 3, 1928. 

1870 Census: Tyler County, Texas, pg. 384-Woodville-ID#TXf001001109463

Household # 210:

Solomon Courtney age: 30, Farmer, Real Estate Value: $450.00, b. MS, Mary A. (should be L.) age: 22, Housekeeper, b. MS, Lula B. age 5 1/2 months, Vincent Courtney, age 25, Farmer, Real Esate Value: $100.00, b. MS, Mary, Age 24, keeping house, b. MS, Sarah E. age 2, b. Texas, James M., age 5 1/2 months, b. Texas


1880 Census: Brazos County, Texas, Precinct 6, pg 223-E.D.15-ID #TX28993750 as follows:

Solomon age: 43, Mary L. age 31, Lula B. age 10, Sarah age 8, Henry T. age 7, Ema age 5, John W. age 1, Margaret age 1 mo.

Copy of Tax receipts in file


Co. D of the 7th Texas Calvary, CSA as a Private, Box #000227, Extraction # 0008, Record # 00001518

He enlisted in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas with his brothers Reuben William, Samuel Jefferson, and Robert J.  They marched to San Antonio, where they joined Co. D, which then marched from San Antonio to El Paso.  From El Paso they traveled to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico to guard the  western frontier from the Union Army.  They fought two battles, one at Apache Canyon and one at Glorietta, New Mexico.  They were defeated and had to retreat across New Mexico with few supplies and horses.  Half of the 3000 men in the unit died during the battles and subsequent withdrawal.

Notes for Emily (Emely) Jane (Spouse 2)

Carr was her family surname.  She raised Mary Ann Courtney and her surviving siblings.

See copies in file of records kept on Carr's.





Death Certificate for Solomon L. Courtney
Death Certificate # 8079



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