About Levi Daniel Eiland:
1850 Census - Coffee Co, Al
Levi Island, 56, mechanic, Ga
Catherine, 56, NC
Nancy, 22, Al
Isaiah W?m 12, Al
Sarah, 11, Al
1860 United States Federal
Census about Levi D Ealand
Home in 1860: Precinct 2, Coffee, Alabama
John Crews 26, Farmer
Levi D Ealand 67, Farmer, Ga
Catherine Ealand 68, NC
Mary Wilson 17
family settled in Bullock
By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News
There appears to be a
number of Eiland family lines who have resided in Covington County. Research to date has not completely
separated and correctly related these groups, but one line who settled here fairly early will be presented
in this writing.
Some Eiland researchers believe this family line descended from Absalom Eiland,
who was an early settler in North Carolina and Georgia. He or an earlier ancestor immigrated from the
country of Wales.
It is believed that Levi Daniel Eiland, born circa 1785, was a son of Absalom
and his wife, Nancy Ann (Daniel). This family moved to Washington County, Ga., around the time Levi
was born. Their property later fell in Hancock County when it was formed. Other likely children of Absalom
and Nancy include Enoch, James, Asa, Daniel, Steven, Nancy and possibly Elizabeth (Eiland) Thompson.
There were several others most likely.
Levi Daniel Sr. was in Alabama as early as 1830 according
to census reports. It is not known when he lived in Covington County nor how long, but at one time he
owned a small farm at Bell?s Crossing near the eastern border. He apparently lived mostly in the edge
of Coffee County as he served there as a Justice of the Peace from 1819 to 1850. He also served as the
tax collector sometime before the war.
Levi was a very successful individual who contributed
much to his family and community. He became a farmer, stock-raiser, builder, millwright, and school
teacher. When he was in his late 20s and getting his family started, his father gave him several slaves
to help with all the different types of work. He took part in the community life and was an active member
of the Methodist Church. At his death in 1872, he was buried in a family cemetery near Bullock.
was married to Catherine ?Katie? Shaw circa 1811. They reared the following children: Isaiah, b. 1812,
m. Sarah Caffey; Lucinda ?Lucy,? b. 1814, m. 1830 Mathew Wilson; Rebecca, b. 1816, m. Richard C. ?Champ?
Buckalew; Josephus, b. 1817, m. (1) 1842 Drucilla Caffey (2) Nancy Blocker; Levi Daniel Jr., b. 1822,
d. 1912, m. (1) Polly Ann Pippet (2) Lydia Ann Whatley; Stephen, b. 1827-28, m. Elizabeth C.; Nancy
Ann, b. 1828, m. John Daniel McDugald; Alexander J., b. 1832; and Sarah A. ?Sally,? b. 1839, m. James
The first son to be enumerated in a Covington County census was Levi Jr. and his family
in 1850. He was 38 years of age with his wife, Lydia Ann, who was 38 as well. With them were the following
children: James Absalom, 17; Emily, 15; Neri Daniel, 13; Mary E., 8; Joseph, 6; Stephen, 4; Cullen,
2; and Sarah, 1. At least the first four children were born to Levi Jr.?s first wife, Polly Pippet.
After her death he had married Lydia Ann Whatley with whom he had the younger children. Another daughter,
Mary, was born in 1864.
Levi Jr. had acquired land in this county as early as 1850. In that
year he purchased 40 acres in the Brantley area which would fall in Crenshaw County when it was formed
in 1866. He also acquired three additional forty acre tracts in 1856-57 in the nearby Union community.
is unclear who the two Eilands were who served as privates in Co. F, 33rd. Ala. Inf. Reg?t. (Covington
and Coffee Grays). They were listed in this group in 1862?one as E.I. but no initials for the other.
oldest son, Isaiah, eventually lived in Montgomery County. He and his wife, Sarah Caffey, lost four
sons in service to the Confederate Army. They had the following children: Louisa J., b. 1835-36; Thomas
J., b. 1857; Charles C.D., b. 1839, m. Winnie?; Alexander G. or N., b. 1840, d. 1863; Isaiah Napoleon,
b. 1842, d. 1863-4; Andrew Jackson, b. 1844, d. 1862; George Washington, b. 1846, m. Angeline Loard;
Marian, b. 1848; Monroe, b. 1850, d. 1852; Catherine Bell, b. 1852; Sarah N., b. 1854; Marion DeKalb,
b. 1855; Enos H., b. 1857, d. 1868; and John Absole, b.1861, m. Rhoda?.
Levi Sr.s second oldest
son, Josephus, was married in 1842 to Drucilla Caffey, sister to his brother, Isaiah?s, wife. They reared
the following children: John Calhoun, b. 1843; James A., b. 1846; William Enoch, b. 1850, m. 1871 R.A.
Davis; Charles L., b. 1852, m. 1872 (1) Lenorah Driskell 1914 (2) Minnie E. Jordan; Christopher Columbus,
b. 1854, d. 1925, m. (1) Susanna Driskell (2) Doney Williams; David M.Dock, b. 1858, m. 1879 Mary Jane
Layton; Epsy J., b. 1860, m. John L. Barnes; Frances Fannie? Irene, b. 1863; Thomas Cary, b. 1868; and
Ida Iola, b. 1872. This family lost two sons during the War Between the States.
Stephen, and his wife, Elizabeth, had the following children: Angelina, b. 1849-50; William, b. 1853;
Elizabeth, b. 1857; Benny, b. 1860; Louisa, b. 1862; and Frances, b. 1865.
Another son, Alexander
J. and his wife, Rachael, reared the following children: Mary C., b. 1855; Christian E., b. 1858; James
A., b. 1859; and Sarah A., b. 1860.
A daughter, Lucinda, and her husband, Mathew Wilson, were
married in 1830 and had the following children: Isaiah, b. 1830; Sarah, b. 1839; and Malinda, b. 1842.
There were probably other children whose names are not available.
Nancy Ann and her husband,
John Daniel McDugald, had the following children: James Monroe, b. 1853; Marthy C., b. 1855; Sarah A.,
b. 1857; L.D., b. 1860; and Mary M., b. 1867.