Alexander Wilson Upshaw (1825 - 1883)

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Birthplace: Walton, GA, USA
Death: Died in Spearsville, Union Parish, Louisiana
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About Alexander Wilson Upshaw

Alexander Wilson Upshaw was born about 1826 in Walton Co GA, the son of Richard Upshaw and Rebecca Elder. Little is known about his early life as his father left very few records. It appears they lived in Walton County until about 1840, and sometime between 1840 and 1850 Richard Upshaw died. By 1850 Rebecca Elder Upshaw and her younger children were living in Butler Co AL near Leroy Upshaw, Jr., who was either her brother-in-law or her husband's uncle. Alexander Wilson Upshaw married Zilleann Frances Barron in 1847, in either Macon or Tallapoosa Co AL. She was born in Jones Co GA in 1824, the daughter of Henry Barron and Sarah Callaway. Her family had lived in Jones, Monroe, and Upson Cos. GA until 1833, when they moved to Alabama. In 1848 Henry Barron moved his family to Tallapoosa Co AL and Alexander and Zilleann lived with them. In early 1852, Henry and Sarah Barron sold their farm in Tallapoosa County and moved to Union Par LA. Alexander Wilson bought a portion of Henry's farm in 1853, located in the Camp Creek community, on Cornie Bayou a few miles south of Spearsville. Alexander Wilson Upshaw joined the Confederate Army in the spring of 1863 and his unit participated in the Battles of Grand Gulf and Port Gibson, Mississippi in May, 1863. He was present during the siege of Vicksburg and surrendered with Confederate forces on 4 July 1863. His brothers William Elisha and Jonathan W. Upshaw both joined the same company and were sent east in 1861. Elisha survived the war, but Jonathan was impaled with a sword by a Yankee cavalryman in a South Carolina battle in July 1862. He lived for several weeks afterwards, cared for by a local family until he died. A. W. Upshaw was a Primitive Baptist, and a deacon of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Spearsville, Louisiana. He is the earliest recorded member of that church; he was a member of it as early as 1856, although almost certainly his father-in-law Henry Barron was one of the founding members. The surviving minutes show that Upshaw served the church as moderator during the 1870s on occasions in which there was no minister present. Ironically, both A. W. Upshaw and Z. F. Barron Upshaw used both of their given names interchangeably throughout their lives, known at various times as "Alexander W. Upshaw", "Wilson A. Upshaw", "Zilleann F. Upshaw", and "Frances Z. Upshaw". Alexander Wilson Upshaw died 11 Feb 1883. Zilleann Frances Barron Upshaw continued to live on their farm and she maintained a household until the mid-1890s. No record of her date of death has been located. She was alive in 1895, but was dead by 1899.

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Alexander Upshaw's Timeline

Walton, GA, USA
June 10, 1847
Age 22
Georgia or Alabama
April 7, 1851
Age 26
Tallapoosa, AL
Age 33
- 1865
Age 36

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The American Civil War (1861–1865), also known as the War Between the States as well as several other names, was a civil war in the United States of America. Eleven Southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America or CSA (the Confederacy). Led by Jefferson Davis, they fought against the United States (the Union), which was supported by all the free states and the five border slave states.

February 11, 1883
Age 58
Spearsville, Union Parish, Louisiana