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Descendants of Alexander Coulter, Sr.

Prepared by Jeff Lewis Bott on September 23, 2016


My name is Jeff Lewis Bott. I have been researching my family lineage as a hobby since about 1985. My mother, Mattie Coulter Bott and my brother Jerry F. Bott, both now deceased, a cousin, Doris Coulter Hetzler, now deceased and many other relatives too numerous to list have inspired me to research and share the information with the thousands of COULTER descendants. The COULTER database contains only a small subset of my total database that contains over 40,000 blood relatives.

Currently I have the following websites operational:

Jeff Lewis Bott Relatives

Descendants of Silas Baker (b. abt. 1804 NC - d. 1861 TX)

Descendants of Gebhard Bott (b. abt. 1620 Worsdorf, Germany - d. Germany)

Descendants of Alexander Coulter, Sr. (b. abt. 1740 - d. TN)

Harwell Descendants in America

Descendants of William P. Johnson (b. 1830 SC - d. 1888 GA)

Descendants of Abner Kirk (b. 1831 SC - d. 1912 TX)

Descendants of Jesse Lane (b. 1733 NC - d. 1806 MO)

Descendants of John McDougal (b. 1785 NC - d. 1822 AL)

Descendants of James McMurry (b. 1774 NC - d. 1858 AL)

Descendants of Joseph McReynolds (b. 1715 County Tyrone, Northern Ireland - d. 1805 Sequatchie Valley, Bledsoe County, Tennessee)

Sand Flat Cemetery Burial Listing

Sand Flat Cemetery, Smith Co., TX - Genealogy Project


I have recently added photocopies of Death Certificates for many people listed on this website. Most of the death dates that I have found range from about 1910 through 1976. This will be an ongoing process and new photocopies will be added as I find them. To view the death certificate, navigate to the person's home card that you have an interest; then, click on the little photo icon.

Some valuable genealogy information is contained on a death certificate such as: full name, age, birth date, place of birth, death date, place of death, father's full name, mother's first name and maiden name, occupation, cause of death, funeral home, cemetery, etc.

Of course, the information is only as complete and accurate as the person knows that makes the statements. I have found both errors and omissions on death certificates. However, this will be true for most genealogy data. You must weigh the accuracy of the death certificate against other data that you have for the deceased person.

Privacy Policy
My objective in genealogy research is to identify all ancestors and descendants in a particular family tree and to collect, organize and computerize the data on them. The basic data includes the individual's name, the date and location of birth, marriage, and death. I try to find and copy the original source records when possible. Other records and documents include such items as obituaries, newspaper articles, photographs and family stories. This data is used to generate an HTML format for website publication. Once a family website is published on the Internet, other genealogist and family members are able to locate the information using web search engines and contribute to the family research.

As a genealogist, therefore, I have collected information and data from many sources over the past 25 years. I understand and respect the privacy issues that people have for this information and have a reasonable and responsible privacy policy in place for this Genealogy website.

In years past, we did not need to worry about our personal data, but that was a simpler and safer society when I was a young boy growing up in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Today, we must be extremely cautious to prevent misuse of our personal information. Identity theft and credit fraud are rampant.

There is concern that information shared with relatives and the general public on genealogy websites makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit criminal theft and fraudulent acts. However, the personal information that the identity thieves and credit fraud perpetrators want are full names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, current occupation, employment data, bank and credit card account numbers along with the PIN numbers.

A few facts, such as your full name and your mother’s maiden name, are not enough information to access bank accounts. Never use maiden names or social security number as answers for security questions, Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) or passwords.


The practice used on this website is: All individuals under the age of 100, with no known death date by me, are treated as confidential persons and therefore, dates and places for these individuals will not intentionally be displayed on my genealogy websites. However, if they are listed in a published United States Federal Census their name may still appear on this website.


Public domain information includes names, dates, and places. Privacy law does not apply to public domain information. Please note that one does not have privacy rights for name, birth, marriage, and death information, contrary to popular thought and reason. If you have a serious problem with your name being on a public forum such as this, please read the OPT OUT PROVISION below.

Genealogists that post data on their websites have various opinions regarding privacy issues. Some common techniques to implement privacy on genealogy websites are as follows:

1. Total restriction of any type of data whatsoever for living individuals.

2. Restriction of data on living individuals except to designate them as Living or Confidential.

3. Restriction of data for living individuals to their names, sex and photographs.

4. Restriction of data for all individuals under the age of 100, with no known death date by me, are treated as confidential persons and therefore, dates and places for these individuals will not intentionally be displayed on my genealogy websites. However, if they are listed in a published United States Federal Census their name may still appear on this website. Note: This is my 100-YEAR RULE.

5. Restriction of any data on living individuals born after the latest United States Census has been made public record.

6. No restrictions of any type on living or deceased individuals.


Data of living individuals gathered by me from all sources, including but not limited to, personal information, email, street addresses, phone numbers, etc. is not provided to others. However, most of this information is public domain and is easily accessible to others using Internet search engines, paid genealogy subscription services and genealogy libraries.

The following statement is a stark reality; if someone wants to gather private information on you badly enough, there are numerous pay sites on the Internet that will disclose all of your personal information for a price! This information could easily have your full name, names of your family members, occupation, employer, social security number, pending and past lawsuits, bankruptcies, marriages, divorces, home address and it’s value, etc. etc. The point made here is that criminals are much more likely to obtain information they need to commit fraud on you from this type of source as opposed to a genealogy website that contains only your full name and relationship in a family tree!

Therefore, if you would like to contribute to this family tree, any family information that you send to me implies permission to use that information online without limitation except that it is for genealogical purposes. All information sent to me will be used on this family website using restrictions from the 100-YEAR RULE.


Please understand that the dates and events concerning individuals that are posted on this site are public information. Information for living individuals under the age of 100, such as birth dates, marriage dates or a divorce date remains private. No social security numbers for any living person are ever included.

Since we live in a free and open society in the United States of America, I have the right of freedom of speech and freedom of the press from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution that allows me to publish public information concerning individuals from my family tree with no obligation to remove anything!

That said, if there are extenuating circumstances why an individual or a group of individuals should be removed, I would be happy to examine the reasons to do so.

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I have used my best effort to minimize factual errors for the information contained herein. However, I have found from experience that in genealogy research, absolute perfection cannot be achieved!

Please use this website as a useful guide and not something that is absolute in fact. Be very aware that even the information chiseled in stone on a cemetery marker may not be correct. For example, did the person tell the stone carver the correct dates? Did the stone carver misread the information given to him?

Also, some of the information on this website was provided by others without documented sources and there is the possibility of errors in their data.

Therefore, please use your own sources to verify and check the data that is of interest to you. If errors of any kind are found, please contact me and I will gladly correct them.

Alexander Coulter, Sr.
Our earliest known Coulter lineage can be traced back to Alexander Coulter whom we estimate was born about 1740. We do not know if he was an immigrant or if perhaps his parents were the first immigrants. Research is ongoing by many genealogists to solve this puzzle. Alexander Coulter first appeared Feb. 13, 1765 in Rowan County, North Carolina as a witness to a deed made from Thos. Cook, tailor, to Wm. McConnell, innholder. He was also a witness on a deed in Mecklenburg County July 1768, when Wm. Byers purchased land on Bullock Creek, later recorded in Tryon County 1769.

Tradition says he was Scotch-Irish, and at that time, a young man ready to try his fortune on the western frontier of N. C. About his fortune, we know not, but he did buy and sell several tracts of land in Tryon and Rutherford Counties. Alexander Coulter did participate in the Revolutionary War in some form or fashion. Several of his female descendants have qualified for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 1771, Alexander Coulter married Mrs. Mary Moore born about 1740 and the widow of William Moore. Alexander and Mary's marriage is evident in the court minutes of Old Tryon County, N. C. as given in the biography of Wm. Moore in this book. Mary had three small children when they married. Mary and Alexander Coulter had three sons and one daughter born in Rutherford County (now Polk County) on Green River near or in the direction of White Oak Fort. He sold his last tract of land in Rutherford County in 1794 and appeared in Knox County, Tennessee buying land soon after. His deed in Knox County is witnessed by Alexander Coulter (Jr.), who would have just turned twenty-one years of age. The last reference we have to Alexander Coulter (Sr.) is in Roane County, Tennessee 1807, when he sold "land I now liveth on." He probably moved down to Bledsoe County, Tennessee with his sons.

The children of Mary and Alexander Coulter (Sr.) are as follows:

James Coulter, b 4-1-1772, d 1849 Arkansas, m Catherine Tunnell 7-6-1792;

Alexander Coulter (Jr.), b. 8-16-1775, d 3-28-1853 Walker County Georgia, m Margaret McReynolds Jan. 1804 Roane County Tennessee

Thomas Coulter, b 10-20-1777, d 1826 Bledsoe County Tennessee, m Louisa (Lucy) Johnston 1-27-1800 Knox County Tennessee

Elizabeth Coulter, b 1781 listed in the Bible of Alexander Coulter (Jr.), but nothing known about her

Delilah Coulter, b 5-1-1786, d 3-19-1860 Bledsoe County Tennessee, m Jonathan Pope about 1808, not listed in Bible but said to be a daughter.

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In January of 1902 Richard Alexander Coulter and his Wife, Dicie Elisabeth, moved from Georgia to Smith County, Texas with their 7 children, leaving behind all of their relatives. Richard had just turned 54 and Dicie was not quite 45. The oldest son, William Jefferson, was born on October 1, 1880 and was already 21, but the youngest son, Mitchel Johnson, was not yet 8 years old. A daughter, Mattie Zanovia Ward, had died in 1900 only a week after giving birth to a son, Richard Zanovia Ward.

The reason for the move is open to conjecture at this point. Perhaps, Georgia was becoming too crowded for a man with 5 young sons coming along. The census records of East Texas show a steady stream of immigrants from Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama towards the end of the 19th century so it wasn't that uncommon an undertaking. However, the Coulter families had lived for 70 years in Tennessee and in Northwest Georgia near Chattanooga. The first Coulters had arrived in Northwest Georgia in the 1830's. Richard's grandfather, Alexander Coulter (born in the mid 1700's and lived in North Carolina), had moved there from Tennessee. The attraction of that part of Georgia at that time was the cheap land previously occupied by the unfortunate Cherokee nation that was being moved to Oklahoma.

Richard, the eldest of 6 sons was born on December 20, 1848 in Walker County and received his middle name, Alexander, from his grandfather and great-grandfather. He was the son of James Jefferson Coulter and Mary Sandal Harwell Coulter who lived in an area called McLemore's Cove near Cedar Grove a short distance south of Chattanooga. He must have been a joy to his family for he was strong and large and eventually grew to a height of 6 feet and 11 inches, easily towering over most men. That area of Georgia is famous for the tall pines and the tall Coulters. The calm of his childhood was abruptly interrupted though by events sweeping over the South after 1860 and the start of the War Between the States. They lived about 10 miles south of the Battle of Chickamauga where 35,000 men lost their lives on September 19-20 of 1863. The union general, Sherman, started his infamous drive toward Atlanta shortly afterwards. The Coulter families survived the battle and the rest of the war during which time wandering deserters from both armies made travel very dangerous. Richard was detained by Sherman's soldiers when they did not find as much supplies and food on the farm as they had expected. A letter from Richard's mother in 1864 to his Grandmother Harwell some 30 miles away describes the difficult times and lost friends but also the joy of another large baby boy born into the Coulter household.

Richard joined the Presbyterian Church when he was 22 years old, and 2 years later on April 3, 1873, he married the 16-year-old Dicie Elisabeth Johnson. For the next 29 years they lived and farmed in the northwest corner of Georgia and in Alabama. It appears that they moved around since they were living in Catoosa County at the time of the 1880 census, but later, a newspaper article (The Messenger) said that he lived in Etawah County, Alabama near Gadsden. Before leaving Georgia, Richard and his brothers had a photograph made of the six of them standing in a row. It was an impressive picture since even the shortest of the six was 6 feet 4 inches.

They took a train from Chattanooga to East Texas getting off at Tyler where they bought a wagon and a team of horses. They rented a farm near Winona and planted their first crop that spring. Farms in East Texas at that time were practically self-sufficient, at least in food. Vegetables and potatoes were grown for the table and cotton was grown for the cash crop. Richard's two brothers, Oscar and Woods, moved to Tyler also, but we don't know when. Oscar and his wife, Cora, are listed in the 1910 Tyler City Directory as living at 424 E. Mulberry St; he was working at the East Side Market. According to the 1913 City Directory Oscar lived at 970 N. Bois d Arc, and Woods lived at 977 N. Bois d Arc. Oscar was listed as a grocer and Woods as a butcher, both doing business at 414 N. Spring St. They did not stay in Texas but eventually returned to the Georgia Tennessee area.

Richard only lived in Texas three and 1/2 years. On September 4 of 1905, malaria struck down Richard Alexander at the age of 56. This was the same disease that had killed his father, James Jefferson Coulter, in 1885. A lengthy obituary appeared in the Lindale Messenger. His wife, Dicie Elizabeth, died only three years later on November 18, 1908 at the young age of 51. Both are buried in the Sand Flat Cemetery in Smith County.

Although none of his children or grandchildren grew tall enough to match Richard's height, some of them were large people by ordinary standards. One grandson, Dewitt Coulter, was an All-American Football player at West Point in 1945 and played professional football later. Several great great grandsons have played for Baylor and Rice Universities. About 150 persons attended a family reunion for his descendants in 1981 at the Antioch Church in Sand Flat, Texas near Tyler. "Jerry F. Bott"

Richard Alexander Coulter was born December 20, 1848 in McLemore's Cove in Walter County, Georgia. His parents were James Jefferson Coulter and Mary Sandal Harwell. He married Dicie Elizabeth Johnson on April 3, 1873 in Walker County. She was born in Walker County in 1857, and her parents were W. P. Johnson and Sophia L. Kelley. They moved to Smith County, Texas before March 20, 1902. He died September 4, 1905, and she died November 18, 1908; both are buried in the Sand Flat Cemetery of Smith County. They were cited in the Catoosa County census of 1880, the Chattanooga County census of 1900, and several times in the "Walker County (Georgia.) Messenger" on microfilm in Walker County Library.

Mission Statment
In order to remember and honor our COULTER ancestry, this website is designed to identify both the deceased and living descendants of Alexander Coulter, Sr. and his wife, Mary, widow of William Moore.

Articles, stories and obituaries of each individual shall be provided along with photographs whenever possible.

I am using a comprehensive computerized genealogical program that can output in HTML language for an Internet website. The program can display a wealth of information such as:

1. Every person's full name, maiden name for females, date of birth, date of marriage, date of death and date of burial
2. Name and location of the cemetery where person is buried
3. Photograph of the individual
4. Photograph of the grave marker
5. Public records that contain federal census records, birth, death, marriage and other dates
6. Obituaries for the individual
7. Stories, articles and biographical information for the individual
8. A list of each person's parents, siblings and descendants

The best way today to communicate with large numbers of people and to share information is through an Internet website. With a website, the COULTER descendants and all who have an interest, will have access to more accurate records information can be shared more easily.

Helpful Hint: Be sure to click on the actual photo or the photo icons.


I hope that you find this website useful and informative! However, it is still under construction and I am open to any and all suggestions for improvements.

The contents herein are for an individuals' personal use and MAY NOT be used for commercial gain in any form or fashion. If you have any questions, comments, additions, corrections or constructive criticism, please email me at


Jeff L. Bott