Caleb Westberry

CALEB WESTBERRY

(MOSES1) was born Bet. 1805 – 1810 in Georgia, and died Bef. March 1850 ???. He married KEZIAH “KESHIA” CHAPMAN Abt. 1833, daughter of FRANCIS CHAPMAN and MARY LEIGH. She was born Bet. 1805 – 1810.

Notes for CALEB WESTBERRY:
Excerpt from the will of Francis Chapman. Dated March 7, 1850.
Item Fourth: The above named eight hundred and forty nine acres of land, including the plantation I give and bequeath to my youngest son, Sheldon M. Chapman and also my daughter Kiziah Westberry to have a residence and be supported from the said farm so long as she lives or remains a widow.

Notes for KEZIAH “KESHIA” CHAPMAN:
1860 Census, 942 Dist., Brownville, Paulding County, Georgia, July 21.
G. Rentz, 70, Born GA, Farmer; Kissa,52, Born GA; Albert Westberry, 22, Born GA, Farm Manager; Louisa, 18, Born SC; Henry D., 1, Born GA.

Keziah (Chapman) Westberry was the daughter of Francis John Chapman and Mary (Leigh) Chapman. Mary (Leigh) Chapman was dismissed from Beards Creek Baptist Church in Tatnall County, GA, along with a few others, to organize Jones Creek Baptist Church in Liberty (now Long) County.

Excerpt from the will of Francis John Chapman:
“Item Fourth: The above named eight hundred and forty nine acres of land including the plantation, I give and bequeath to my youngest son Sheldon M. Chapman and also my daughter Kiziah Westberry to have a residence and be supported from the said farm as long as she lives or remains a widow.
Item Eighteenth:
I give and bequeath to my grandson Albert Westberry my lot of land in Cherokee and also shall be educated out of my estate, a common education.
Cherokee was Cherokee County, GA in the northern part of the state, probably a Lot of land obtained by Francis John Chapman in a land lottery.

Child of CALEB WESTBERRY and KEZIAH CHAPMAN is:

i. ALBERT WESTBERRY, CSA, b. October 13, 1834, Atlanta, Georgia; d. January 12, 1921, Cooke Co, Texas; m. LOUELLA WILLIAMS; b. 1842, South Carolina; d. Bef. 1920, Texas.

1910 Census, JP 2, Files, Hill County, Texas, April 27.
Westberry, Albert, 73, Born GA (Parents-GA), Married 52 Years, No Occupation; Louisa, Wife, 71, Born SC (Parents-SC), 12 Children Born-7 Living; Brewer/Brown?, Ruby, Dau., 49, Born-GA, Wid. (HH 51)
1920 Census, Gainesville, Prec. 1, Cook County, Texas, January 8.
Campbelle, J. Will, 42, Born MO, Oil Refinery; Lillie, Wife, 39, Born GA (Father-GA, Mother-SC); L?, Dau., 17, Cashier/Dry Goods; ?, Son, 15; Ruby, Dau., 13; Lucy M., Dau., 6; (All Children Born TX); Westberry, Albert, FIL, 84, Wid., Born GA. (Howeth Street)

Served in CSA.
I found Albert Westberry in the Confederate Soldiers Index: “Co. F – 40th Reg. Ga. Volunteer Inf. Army of Tenn., C. S. A. Paulding Co., Ga. – Paulding Washington Guards
Westberry, Albert – Private Mar. 4, 1862.
Appears only on bounty payroll dated March 27, 1862.
Albert is listed as a member in the Alvarado Camp of Ex-Confederate Veterans, December 21, 1889, in Johnson County, Texas.

Alvarado Camp of Ex-Confederate Veterans

Hand Book of Texas

“The Tyler-Palestine Road, which passed through Teaselville, ran from Tyler to the El Camino Real (see OLD SAN ANTONIO ROAD) and was the first public road planned by the County Commissioners Court. The community was, therefore, fairly accessible to early settlers. It was sometimes called Loftin for a prominent local family. With the advent of the Smith County railroad system in the 1870s, the community failed to prosper. The nearest line went through nearby Bullard, so goods and produce were sent there for shipping. The Lee Spring Baptist Church was organized nearby by 1892, and in 1900 the settlement was granted a post office called Loftin, with Albert Westberry as postmaster. The post office closed sometime before 1935.”

Albert is listed in the Texas death index as Albert Westbury, DC # 667

2 thoughts on “Caleb Westberry”

  1. I have been doing research on the family of Francis John and Mary Leigh Chapman for about 50 years and I do not disagree with those who have Caleb Westberry as the first husband of Keziah Chapman, however I have yet to see Caleb’s name on any document. I do not find it on find-a-grave. His name is not listed anywhere that I can find as a child of Rev Moses. No marriage, no death or other records. The only Caleb that I find is the grandson of Rev Moses and son of Noah Sr. It would seem that Albert would named one of his sons “Caleb” if this was his father’s name.
    I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
    Sincerely,
    Lamar Chapman, 2nd great grand son of Francis John and Mary Leigh Chapman

    1. I have the info you are requesting. Caleb’s on Albert died in Texas Jan 12 1921. His death certificate is as follows: Name: Albert Westbury Birth Date: 13 Oct 1834 Birth Place: Georgia Father: Caleb Westbury Mother: Kishia C Tayman Age at Death: 86 Death Date: 12 Jan 1921 Death Place: Gainesville, Cooke, Texas, USA. I have a copy of the d/c along with most of Albert’s children’s birth and death certificates. Probably the only proof (and its not proof) that Caleb was the son of Moses is Keziah and Albert living in Liberty County, Georgia in 1850 and of course her father’s will. Liberty County is probably the only proof.

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