Noah Cloud, Jr.

 

NOAH CLOUD, JR.


1842: Born January 28, at Tom Clifton Place, Natchitoches Parish then (now Winn Parish); the third child of Noah Sr. and Delilah Folsom. (Later known as Sam Brewton Place and Cloud's Crossing.) As noted in his army records he had hazel eyes and auburn hair. He grew up to be 6 feet 1 1/2 inches tall.


1862: Joined the Confederate Army on May 8th with his friends, Columbus Hines and Samuel Brewton. The Headquarters of the La. Recruiting Office was where the Old Salt Works as Goldonna are now. (His two friends later married his sisters, Ann and Mary.)


A copy of his enlistment papers (see in file) note that he, "aged nineteen, voluntarily enlisted as a Soldier in the Army of the Confederate States of America, for the period of three years or THE WAR." He signed "I do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Confederate States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever." The Examining Surgeon certifies that "I have minutely inspected the Soldier previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age...The soldier has hazle eyes, aubern hair, fair (or blond?) complexion, is six feet, 1 1/2 inches high." Noah received "FIFTY DOLLARS, being by way of bounty, for Enlisting in the Army of the Confederate States for three years or THE WAR. (SIGNED TRIPLICATES)." He is then listed as "N. Cloud, Pvt. Co A, 30 Regt, La."


1865: Union Army Prisoner of War Records show that he was surrendered at New Orleans, by General E.K. Smith, C.S.A., to Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby, U.S.A., May 26, 1865, and was paroled from the Confederate Army on June 10th at Natchitoches, LA.


RECORDS OF LOUISIANA CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS, & LOUISIANA CONFEDERATE COMMANDS, VOL II, includes: "Cloud, Noah, Jr. Pvt. Co. A, 28th (Gray's) La.; Infty. En. May 8th, 1862, Monroe, LA.' Paroled at Natchitoches La, June 10th, 1865. Res. Nat. Par. La."


1866: He returned home after the war, met and married Mary Izora (Icy) Smith, on May 3. She was 16 years old. She bought some land known as the Hill Place from Mrs. W. Pitts, wife of Dr. Pitts (whose daughter, Emma Della, later became Noah's second wife). The Hill Place was about 1 1/2 miles from the Tom Clifton Place (NE1/4 of NE1/4, Sec. 36, T13N, R6W. Later purchased by S. B. Evans when estate was divided in 1956-59.) Noah's mother, Delilah Cloud, lived with them.


1867: Their first daughter, Mary Lenoria (Mollie), was born Oct.16; she married John T. Elkins who was "supposed to have been with the group that killed Noah Sr. that night" (in the robbery). Molly lived in California and died June 9, 1956; is buried in California.


1869: Delilah was born 11 November (C2).


1870: Census listed him living in Natchitoches Parish (p. 327). A book of Noah Cloud's, THE EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY, is dated January, 30, 1870. In his handwriting in the front: "Noah Cloud at home this day January 30th 1870 Sunday morning." Also in the front is this note: "John N. Smith ??? 29 70...Blacke Lake, La" John Nelson Smith was his father-in-law, father of Mary Izora Smith (mother of Delilah Cloud). In Noah's handwriting on the back cover: "The End, God's moral government, August, 1870 (or 73?) Apparently Noah was quite interested in logical evidences for Christianity. (This leather bound book was acquired by Constance Evans from Delilah Cloud Evans, and given to Bruce Evans in 1989. It is in his possession in 2006.)


1871: Izora was born on January 24. She married Sam Lewis. About this time the family moved, leaving everything, including the slaves, except what they could get in a wagon, to about 4 miles west of Campti on the east bank of Black Lake. This became known as Cloud's Crossing on Black Lake. Noah had a saw mill, grist mill, cotton gin, and store here. He also farmed, raised hogs and cows. Their family of eight children (5 girls, 3 sons) was raised here.


1872: Viola was born on May 6. She never married; died October 18, 1949; buried in Arkansas.


1873: One day after the family had been living at Cloud's Crossing for about 2 years Noah saw a cloud of dust down the road. The slaves of his father, Noah Sr., had finally followed him from the old place. He took them in and built them cabins on the lake. One, who drove the ox team to Campti, was known as Uncle Dink. When he was over 100 years old his picture and an article were in the Natchitoches paper. He was white haired and sitting on the porch of his cabin.


Mary Izora's father, Captain John Nelson Smith, never liked Noah and strongly disapproved of the marriage. He was living in New Iberia where he had become very wealthy, reportedly "owning a large portion of the town." After his daughter and Noah had been married about 7 years, he decided to come visit them. He came with two servants in a surrey and brought two satchels of gold. Somewhere around Cloud's Crossing, perhaps fearing Noah Jr., he stopped and had the servants wait while he went out and buried the gold. He became ill while visiting them, and as the story goes, when it seemed he would die, he was asked where the gold was

buried. He was angered, spit at them, turned over and died. He is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with no dates on his grave. (See E11 for rest of story.)


1874: Son born dead on September 3.


1875: Noah Nelson born on August 6; married Bertie Williams; died November 2, 1922, in Alexandria, La.


1877: Otis was born on July 19; died 30 Sept. 1888. Natchitoches Parish Conveyances lists: "Cloud, Noah, from Alex Thomas: Cash Sale, Land and Imp."


1880: La. Census of Natchitoches Parish lists: "Cloud, Noah, age 37, Dry Goods Merchant, born in La., Father born in Ky.; Mary Cloud, age 31, House Keeper, born in Alabama, both parents also born in Alabama; Leonora, age 13; Delila, age 11; Izora, age 9; Viola, age 8; Nelson, age 5; Otis, age 3; Delilah Cloud, age 73, born La., Father born Va., Mother born in Arkansas."


U.S. Census 1880 Soundex - Ward 2, Natchitoches Parish, LA, Vol. 7, ED32 page 8, line 7:

Cloud, NoahWMHead 37LAFarmer

MaryWFWife31Ala

Lenora WFDau13LA

DelilaWFDau11LA

IzoraWFDau9LA

ViolaWFDau8LA

Nelson WMSon5LA

OtisWMSon3LA


Census from Family Search:


Census Place:2nd Ward, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Source:FHL Film 1254457  National Archives Film T9-0457     Page 599B    


RelationSexMarrRaceAgeBirthplace

Noah CLOUDSelfMMW37LA

Occ:Dry Goods MerchantFa: KYMo: LA

Mary CLOUDWifeFMW31AL

Occ:Keeping HouseFa: ALMo: AL

Leanora CLOUDDauFSW13LA

Occ:At SchoolFa: LAMo: LA

Delila CLOUDDauFSW11LA

Occ:At SchoolFa: LAMo: AL

Izora CLOUDDauFSW9LA

Occ:At SchoolFa: LAMo: AL

Viola CLOUDDauFSW8LA

Occ:At SchoolFa: LAMo: AL

Nelson CLOUDSonMSW5LA

Fa: LAMo: AL

Otis CLOUD


1883: Mary Izora (Manie) was born on October 21; married Alex Stothart; died Feb. 27, 1958.

Mary Izora, her mother, died the next day. Dr. Pitts, their family doctor, had moved about a mile from their place. Dr. Pitts and his wife Ursula reared Manie. She never lived with the Clouds. Later, Mollie, her oldest sister, who was then married, sent her to Shreveport to Draughn's Business College and she boarded with the Buckelews. When Delilah Cloud Evans' son, Sidney was born, she talked Mrs. Evans into adding Buckelew to his name, for this family.

Mary Izora Smith Cloud was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.


1884: Noah, then aged 42, married Emma Della Pitts, aged 20, nine months later on July 3. She was the daughter of Dr. W.W. Pitts and Ursula Holman, and was born on December 4, 1863, in Orangeburg, S.C.. They lived in Noah's house, and their first 5 children were born while they lived there, although she went to her father's place in Campti to have the children. (Copy of marriage license in file.)


1885: Elvenia (Mae) was born on May 18 at Cloud's Crossing; married Jim Harper; died May 28, 1946.


1886: Ola O'Neal was born Sept. 22, 1886; married A.D. Williams; died April 13, 1950.


1887: In June Noah Cloud was tried and convicted of arson for the burning of L.G. Barron’s gin. He was sentenced to seven years hard labor in the penitentiary. However, a number of people who were with Noah when the gin burned, the night before they went to Texas, came back and petitioned the governor for his release: “To His excellency Gov. L.D. McEvery and the Hon. Board of Pardon” notes: Owing to the kindly feeling we entertain for his large and helpless family and said Cloud his previous good character and conduce in our midst as a citizen and his physical inability and capacity to withstand and endure hard labor, We earnestly request, urge and pray for your kind consideration in his behalf and appeal to your feelings of humanity to grant said Cloud a pardon and his freedom...”


Others who signed affidavits included: Miles O. Geneter, W. E. Walker, Robert R. Rushing, Mrs. Martha H. Ingram, G.M. Walker, W.J. Rushing, Anthony D. Livingston (who was in jail and heard from another man, H. Hill, tell that Barron had contracted with him to burn the gin, and that “Noah Cloud was not guilty...and that Noah Cloud knew nothing about the burning until it was over.” He also testified that “L.G. Barron’s wife and a Negro woman on Barron’s place was the parties that did the burning.”


These affidavits on record in Natchitoches from September through December, 1887, were apparently successful and Noah was pardoned after spending a year in prison for something he didn’t do.  (Interestingly, this conviction was not told about by Noah’s family or descendants. I only found out about it from James Brewton, a descendant of Noah’s younger sister, Ann, in 1999)


1889: On June 17 Noah Cloud signed a mortgage in Natchitoches Parish acknowledging a debt of $1,600 to Suinion Bloch, resident of New Orleans. As security he gave a mortgage on the SE1/4 of NE1/4of SE1/4 of Section 33, T12N, R7W, appx. 6 acres. (See copy in file)


Walter Lee was born September 25 (This was Uncle Lee who lived in Alexandria); married Bernice Caldwell; died June, 1960.


1890: DeBroah (Debbie) was born Dec. 24; married J.E. Henry. About this time the family moved to the Melissie Cloud Rushing Place near Ashland, again leaving the slaves at Cloud's Crossing on Black Lake. Meilissie Rushing was a widow then. (It was here at the Rushing Place that Delilah Cloud and Martin Bunyan Evans were married in 1895.)


1893: Alvin Pitts was born Feb. 10, at the Rushing Place; married Eva Davis; died October 21, 1968.


1895: Jessie Millage was born February 12; married Larrea Anita Virvilis (nee Carter); died June, 1977.


1897: The family moved to Bienville Parish four miles east of Castor. Ursula was born (again, in Campti, where Emma Della's father lived) while they lived here. Viola Cloud (fourth daughter from Noah's first family) lived with them all this time when she was not teaching school. While they lived here, Mollie Cloud Elkins taught a school about three months called Ridge School, which was the first school that Lee Cloud attended.


1898: In the Fall, they moved to what is now known as Cloud's Crossing on Saline Creek (named after Noah Jr.) Lee Cloud, then 8 years old, later recalled: "My father Noah Cloud owned some land one half miles west of the Cloud crossing on the Saline. In the fall of 1898 he moved his family from Bienville Parish to this land. We camped out in the woods until the house was built. This was wild country in them days. A little dirt road, that people used to go to the creek to fish, not any bridge across the Saline at that time, but there was a large cypress log across the creek at

the same location where the present bridge is located. We used that log to cross this creek for a year or two, then a bridge was built it was of wood construction. In a few years high water washed it away, then a second bridge was constructed in about the same location. As the Cloud's was the only people living near this location, it was given the Cloud name, by whom I do not know."


1899: James Huey was born here on October 20; died June 31, 1900.


1900: Emma Bessie was also born here on December 21; she died April 5, 1906.


U.S. Census, 1900, Natchitoches Parish, LA, ED 71, Sheet 3, Family 145:

Cloud, NoahHeadWMJan 184258LaKyKy

EmmaWifeWFDec 186336SCSCSC

ViolaDauWFMay 1872LaSCKy

Elvina DauWFMay 1885LaSCKy

Ollie O DauWFSep 1886LaSCKy

Walter L. SonWMSep 1889LaSCKy

Deborah DauWFDec 1890LaSCKy

Alvin P SonWMFeb 1893LaSCKy

Jessie M SonWMFeb 1895LaSCKy

Ursula DauWFJun 1897LaSCKy


1901: Emma Della Pitts Cloud died January 6, at age 37, about two weeks after her ninth child, Emma Bessie, was born. She is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. At this time Delilah Cloud (C3) (second child from Noah's first family) was married to M.B. Evans and was nursing their third child, Hansford. She went and got the baby and nursed her also until other arrangements could be made.


1902: On July 7, the succession of Emma D. Cloud was filed in Natchitoches Parish. In this succession “Noah Cloud qualified as Tutor for the minors, Elvenia, Olla O’Neal, Walter Lee, Deborah, Alvin Pitts, Jesse Millage, Ursula, and Emma Bessie Cloud issue of the marriage of Noah Cloud and Emma Pitts, shows the following real estate: three hundred and twenty dollars; movables, one hundred and five dollars; Cash, three hundred and eighty dollars, all being community property and Mrs. Emma Cloud, deceased, interest being one half.” (Copy in file)

After Emma Delia died, Mae Cloud Harper, their first daughter, and her husband Jim lived with Noah. Later, O'Neal Cloud Williams, their second daughter, and her husband, A.D., lived with him.


1912: On October 21 Brewton Mercantile Co. filed a judgment against Noah Cloud on an open account “for mds. and supplies for $93.” Trial was set if he did not pay.


1916: Apparently Noah Jr. applied for Civil War pension this year. Reply from War Department, 12/4/1916 notes: "Noah Cloud Jr not found as Noah Cloud...Union Prisoner of War Record shows that he was surrendered at New Orleans, by Gen E.K. Smith, May 26, 1965 and paroled June 1865. Roll dated Natchitoches, La., June 10, 1865."


1917: He applied again for a pension as a Confederate soldier at age 73. His application lists him as in "Company A, 28th La. Reg., discharged at Pineville in June, 1965; born 28 Jan 1843 in Nat. Parish (now Winn); enlisted in Monroe May 1862, Private." He writes: "I am nearly blind and unable to do anything towards making myself a support." Property is listed as "1/2 interest in 120 A; Value 'Say $300.'" (This information from Micro Film Board of Pension Commissions Confederate Pensions, CP1 28, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge.)


1920: Census, Goldonna, Natchitoches Parish, 3 March 1920, 8/40, Family 76/76:

Cloud, NoahHeadWM77 WidowLaLaLa


1923: See 4 checks, May-July, with Noah Clouds signature.


1926: See letter to Office of the Board of Pension Comm., Baton Rouge, dated Feby 24: "In reply to your letter of Feby. 15, 1926 with regards to a certificate from the Assessor of the valuation of the property of Noah Cloud, would like to say that Mr. Could is my father and is almost totally blind. He is living in the country and it would be very inconvenient for him to sign these papers before a notary public therefore we are inclosing his tax receipt for the past year. Mr. Cloud has no income whatever, only has to pay taxes on an old place that is laying out....Mrs. M.B. Evans."


1930: Noah Jr. died on December 4 at the age of 88 at the home ofhis daughter Debbie Henry in Shreveport. He was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery next to his two wives and his father-in-law, John N. Smith. Noah Cloud, Jr. had 15 children, 7 by his first wife, and 8 by his second wife.

In 1956, at the settlement of Noah's estate,his property was listed as: E2 NE4 Sec 30, T13N, R5W--80 acres; NE4 SE4 Sec 19, T13N, R5W--40 acres; Ward 2 Natchitoches Parish.

Sidney Evans, his grandson, bought all of the Cloud property, the 120 acres owned by Noah Jr. heirs, and the 40 acres known as the Hill Place, owned by the heirs of Mary Izora Smith Cloud. The state of Louisiana later established the Cloud Crossing Recreation Area here.

Family tradition says that Noah Cloud Jr. was in the mercantile business along with farming. He raised hogs and cattle, and is said to have raised the first watermelons in that part of the country. He sold them in Minden. It is said that his children were always well dressed and that he ordered clothing and supplies from New Orleans for the family and their slaves.

John Owen Evans, his grandson, remembered going to visit Noah Jr. at his place on Cloud's Crossing. He had a phonograph and a record about the preacher and the bear ("Oh, Lord, if you can't help me, for goodness sake don't help that bear"). J.O. said this was why he liked to visit him. They had a two-seated surrey pulled by two horses in which they would ride through the old reservation to visit Noah. J.O. remembered how they would sit in the back of the surrey and count the tall pines which lightening had struck. This was virgin timer then with almost no undergrowth. He said it was like going through a deep forest. Trees then were of no value and when lightening struck one they would think, "That's one less to bother with."

Delilah said that when he left the old place he left a trunk full of papers, but they never did go get them. After leaving he moved around with his other children. He spent most of his time with Delilah Cloud Evans. John Owen, her son, later recalled that he was almost blind and walked with a cane. "He was hard to get along with and would always say, 'It's bad to be blind; it's bad to be blind.'"


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PICTURES OF NOAH CLOUD JR. AND FAMILY