13 May 2011

Confederate Solider: John Warren Cawthorn

John W. Cawthorn, enhanced version of Tin Plate, by K. Stevens
John Warren CAWTHORN was born 3 Oct 1843 in North Carolina to parents Archibald Lewis CAWTHORN and Elizabeth Ann NIPPER. He lived in Granville County for most of his life.

In 1861, at the age of 17, John took up service in "The Granvile Rangers", Company G, 30th Regiment NC, of the Confederacy.  He was taken as a prisoner of war the 22nd of Sept 1864 and released 24th June 1865 after taking an Oath of Allegiance. Upon his release he was physically described as standing 5 feet 8 inches, with a "florid" complexion, red hair, and hazel eyes.

John was married to Cornelia ALLEN, daughter of David B. ALLEN and Mary "Polly" Ann Allen on 25 Oct 1868 by J.L. Purefoy. John Warren CAWTHORN worked as a farmer and in 1886 owned 147 acres in Granville county. By the 1900 census, John and his family had moved to Nash county, NC where he continued to work as a farmer.

John and Cornelia ALLEN had ten children: Walter L. (b. 1869, d.1916), Charles Brent (b.1871), Pattie Elliot (b. 1875, d. 1937), Lucy B. (b. about 1876, d. before 1937), Lillan V. (b. about 1878, d. 1882), Mary Ellen (b. 1879, d. 1947), Annie C. (b. about 1882, d. 1966). David Allen (b. 1883, d. 1884), Bertha J. (b. 1885, d. 1976), and Allen L. (b. 1888, d. 1933). 

John died 14 March 1901. 

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