582. James Alva Dupuy
(654) was born on 18 Aug 1840 in
Hernando, DeSoto County, Mississippi. He enlisted in Company A, 26th Texas
Cavalry, CSA on 13 Jun 1862 in Texas. He appeared on the census on 28 Jul 1870
in P. O. Huntsville, Precinct #3, Walker County, Texas.
(655) He appeared on the census on 9 Jun 1880 in Walker County, Texas.
(656) He appeared on the census on 19 Jun
1900 in Austin County, Texas.(657) He
recieved a Civil War Pension, No. 12882 on 19 Sep 1907 in Houston Heights, Harris
County, Texas.(658) He appeared on the
census on 27 Apr 1910 in Houston Heights, Harris County, Texas.
(659) He died on 16 Jul 1919 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
(660) He was buried in Wallis Cemetery, Austin
Information on the descendants of James Alva Dupuy was contributed by:
"Bill Townsen" <email@example.com>
"Cynthia Owens" <JimCynthiaOwens@aol.com>
Memorial and Genealogical Record of Southwest Texas
Chicago, Goodspeed Brothers, Publishers, 1894
JAMES A. DUPUY.
There is no calling that has been dignified and graced in modern poetry more
than that which in. practical life is most prosaic. Burns, Whittier and others
have thrown a veil of romance about the sturdy form of the farmer as well as
the calling which he follows and have made it honored by all men. James A. Dupuy
has been very successful as a tiller of the soil and has a comfortable home,
which his industry has brought him. He was born in De Soto County, Mississippi,
August 18, 1840, and is the son of J. L. and Tabitha (Evans) Dupuy, natives of
Alabama, who removed to Mississippi after their marriage, where the father became
actively engaged as a practitioner of the healing art. The doctor graduated
from two medical colleges, and during the war with Mexico, was a member of the
Texas army and served as Surgeon in General Houston's command. After the war
was over be located in Walker County, Texas, and was here joined by his wife.
She resided with her father, Jesse Evans, for some time but herself became the
owner of land. She died, having become the mother of two children: Martha Bell,
who first married J. L. Owens and after his death Edward Wilkerson, and is again
a widow, and James A. After the death of the mother of these children, Mr. Dupuy
married a second time and became the father of the following children: D. C.,
Mary C., wife of J. D. Hibbett; Matilda, wife of Joe Hunter; Susan S., and Edward.
Mr. Dupuy died near Waco in McLennan County, Texas in 1884.
James A. Dupuy was educated in Walker County Texas, and in early life became
familiar with the duties and intricacies of farming and stock-raising. When
he first went to Huntsville, there were three stores, hotel, and a livery stable,
but at that time there was no penitentiary. One of his slaves moulded most of
the brick that entered into the construction of the first penitentiary. Mr.
Dupuy was married in 1861, but immediately after joined Company I, Twenty-sixth
Texas Cavalry, served in the trans-Mississsippi Department and was in all the
battles with Gen. Banks including Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and Yellow Bayou.
During this time Mr. Dupuy was under fire for forty-two days, and on one occasion,
had his horse shot from under him. This was the nearest he ever came to being
wounded. At Yellow Bayou he captured several small squads of famished soldiers,
whom he sent to the rear and never saw again. He was appointed body guard for
Gen. Bee, and was with him at the fight at the mouth of Red River, where Lee
bad Banks army at his mercy for a time killing them in platoons as they would
try to cross the river. Mr. Dupuy was sent with Gen. Bee with eight or ten men
up Red River, for the purpose of ascertaining if any Federal troops were crossing
the river. When they returned to Bee's headquarters Bee was not there, but Gen.
Banks was resting on the ground with his entire army. Mr. Dupuy and his men
dismounted and walked from near the Federal lines for two miles, but upon reaching
Alexandria road, were accosted by about eighty United States troopers. The Confederate
boys halted and demanded to know "What in ----- they were doing out at that
time of night," and Uncle Sam's boys answered in kind. The parties then
held a consultation and agreed that they had had enough fighting for that day
and Mr. Dupuy and his companions were allowed to go on their way.
In 1865 he returned to his old home in Texas, and made Walker County his home
until a few years ago, when be came to Austin County and purchased a small farm.
His wife was Miss Cynthia Melard, of Walker County, Texas and a daughter of
J. T. and Mintora (Jones) Melard, of Mississippi. Of eleven children born to
them, the following are living: Laura, wife of J. R. Josey; James E., a merchant;
Robert L., a merchant: Bell, Joe L, Alva C., Holla D., Howard E., Miniretab and
Celia K. Mrs. Dupuy is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and politically
Mr. Dupuy is a Democrat.
From the Houston Post
June 17, 1919. P. 12
J. A. Dupuy, Civil War Veteran, is Dead at 79
J. A. Dupuy, 79 years old, died at his home, 123 Bringhurst Street, at 5:20 a.m.
Monday. Mr. Dupuy served in Hood's brigade in the 26th cavalry during the civil
He-was a native of Alabama and came to Texas with his parents when a small boy.
After the war he settled at Huntsville, and moved to Houston about 20 years
ago and engaged in the contracting business. Mr. Dupuy was widely known all
over this section. He had been in ill health for several years.
Mr. Dupuy is survived by his widow, Mrs. C. M. Dupuy; four sons, J. E. Dupuy
of San Francisco; R. L. Dupuy of New Mexico, H. E. Dupuy of Bay City., and J.
L. Dupuy of Houston, and three daughters, Mrs. L. A. Josey of Wallis; Mrs. Lucille
Holland, and Dorris Warren, both of Houston.
He was a member of Dick Dowling, U. C. V. Funeral services will be held Tuesday
morning at the parlors.of Wall & Stabe. Members of Dick Dowling Camp will
attend in a body. The body will be forwarded to Wallis for burial.
He was married to Cynthia Mellard (daughter of James T.
Mellard and Mintora Sones) on 14 Nov 1861 in Walker County,
Texas. Cynthia Mellard was born on 3 Jul 1847 in
Lawrence County, Mississippi. She received a widows's confederate pension on
4 Aug 1919 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.(661)
She died on 17 Oct 1921 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
(662) She was buried in Wallis Cemetery, Austin County, Texas.
Houston Chronicle, October 18, 1921, Page 19
Mrs. C. M. Dupuy, aged 74 years, was found dead in her room at 123 Bringhurst
Street early Tuesday morning by Mrs. F. L. Tanner, with whom whe was living.
According to reports made to the Justice of the Peace Leon Lusk, she was last
seen at about 7:30 Monday night and made the remark to Mrs. Tanner that she was
going to bed early. When found she was lying on the floor with her head up against
a washstand. She had been dead several hours. Justice of the Peace Leon Lusk
held an inquest and returned a verdict of death from natural causes. The body
is being held by the Houston Undertaking company pending the making of funeral
James Alva Dupuy and Cynthia Mellard had the following children:
Laura Adella Dupuy.
James Ethelbert Dupuy.
Robert Lee Dupuy.
Lorena Belle Dupuy.
Joseph Lawrence Dupuy.
Alva C. Dupuy was born in 1879 in Walker County, Texas. He died before
Hallie Daisy Dupuy was born in 1881. She died on 28 Dec 1898.
Howard Eugene Dupuy.
Minnie Tabatha Lucille Dupuy.
Dorris Katherine Dupuy.