Col. Bethel Coopwood

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Bethel Coopwood

Birthplace: Lawrence County, AL, USA, Lawrence County, Alabama, United States
Death: December 26, 1907 (80)
Austin, TX, USA, Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Josephine de la Montagne Coopwood
Father of Bethel Coopwood, II; William Coopwood; Mary Elfida Bintliff; Thomas Coopwood; Louisa Della Turner (Coopwood) and 9 others

Occupation: soldier,lawyer,judge,historian
Managed by: Eugene Thomas
Last Updated:

About Col. Bethel Coopwood

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. 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 he spent a year in Coahuila. He contributed articles to and wrote book reviews for early issues of the Texas State Historical Association 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 on December 26, 1907.

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Col. Bethel Coopwood's Timeline

May 1, 1827
Lawrence County, AL, USA, Lawrence County, Alabama, United States
March 28, 1860
December 7, 1861
June 3, 1863
December 15, 1864
San Antonio, TX, USA, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, United States
August 9, 1866
March 6, 1868
December 19, 1869
August 3, 1871
August 13, 1872