My Warner Line

Picture of Thomas Jefferson and William W. Warner

The picture of Thomas Jefferson Warner and his brother, William W. Warner, was taken about 1861.
It is a daguerreotype on glass in a small gold case. In the daguerreotype their eyes are blue and there is some color on the uniforms, the slash is a shade of purple. T.J. was a captain in Shaver's 7th Arkansas infantry and his brother was a private in the drum and fife corp.


WARNER, W.W. Pvt - Enl 26 Jun 1861 at Gainesville, AR. Present 31 Aug 1861.

Company D

The following information was transcribed from the microfilm of the service records of the members of CO D 7TH (SHAVER'S) ARK INFANTRY REGIMENT, CSA This regiment was formed in and around Lawrence County, AR.
WARNER, T.J. CPT - Dropped 8 May 1862
WARNER, W.W. Drummer - Age 36, Born Washington, MO. Enr 22 Sep 1862 at Camp Dean, Disch 25 Jul 1862.


All enlistments in this unit were 26 Jun 1861 at Gainesville, AR unless otherwise indicated.


It was organized with 5 companies (at least). It is not listed in the Official Records at all and may have been a sem-official unit, partisan band. It was surrendered by Jeff Thompson on May 11, 1865. It's only assignments were: Northern Sub-District of Arkansas, District of Arkansas, Trans-Miss (Apr 1865) Northern Sub-District of Arkansas, District of Arkansas and West Louisiana, Trans-Miss (Apr-May 1865) It's commander is unknown, last name Davie or Davies. Thats really all that is known about them.... Mark Gerdes.
WARNER, W.W. Pvt- -Gainesville-48-blue-lt-fair-6'-MO

Thomas Jefferson Warner

Was injured in the war and after he recovered, he went to Little Rock and served in the Confederate Congress there. This information from the Arkansas History Commission.

Thomas Jefferson Warner Land Records
Record 1
Record 2
Record 3

Dr. James W. Coffman Land Record
Record 1

Warner Pictures

Nancy Jane Warner Magness
Daughter of Thomas Jefferson Warner

Everett Allen Tucker
Aunt Octa
Myrtle Marie Warner Tucker

Swinging Bridge across the Black River
Powhatan, Arkansas.
It was torn down many years ago

Mary Frances "Mollie" (Warner) Coffman
Wife of Dr. James W. Coffman
Sister of John S. Warner
Daughter of Thomas Jefferson Warner
Columbia America (Ann) Lively Warner

Dr. James W. Coffman
Prominent doctor in Black Rock, Arkansas

4th of July Play
Early 1900s in Black Rock, Arkansas
Mollie Warner Coffman is the third from the left
Husband Dr. James W. Coffman is next to her

Letter that Eudora, wrote in the 1940's to one of her daughters

My mother's people. Beginning with my Grandpa. Haven't dates, get them from Ida, he was English, all most pure. Thomas Jefferson Warner, William (W.) Warner( his brother). Tall, medium weight, blue eyes. Jolly, full of jokes and fun. I have their picture with uniforms on and guns on shoulder, when they were in war, (He was a Captain in the Civil War) I don't know his mother's name or his first wife's name, but they had two children to my knowledge. My mother, Nancy Jane, medium tall and in weight had gray eyes, brown hair, fair complection, was sweet, very modest, but so pleasant yet seemed sad underneath, if catch my meaning. The only word I ever heard her say was 'ah shucks'. Grandpa's first wife died, he with two children lived with his mother. He married second wife, Columbia Ann (Mrs. Lively, adopted maiden name was Peeples). She was a widow with one girl child, Elizabeth, tall & thin had brown hair and eyes. She grew up, married a Will Perry, had five children, Mollie, married a Mr. Green at West Plains, Ado, married a Ike Fisher, live out in California, a boy, Bob, died young, Clarence, was a doctor is in Oklahoma, unless dead, Annie, married Rupert McLeod and live in Tennessee, think. To Grandpa Warner and last wife, were born, a son, John, married Martha Elliot, both dead, and Mary Frances I'Mollie" married Dr. J. W. Coffman. I don't know where Coffmans came from, ~Iill ask Frank. They settled in and around Portia. Aunt Mollie had blue eyes, light hair, tall and slender, but not thin. Uncle Jim was tall heavy set, brown eyes and hair. They had one child a boy, died at about 6. Uncle Jim owned this whole section of land in and around here, sold it in plots or lots for this town. The first store here, was his drug store, wooden building across the street from Walter Williams store. This whole town was a woods, from his house, where it is now, straight to his store was a path through the woods. On the corner where Albert Williams drug store is was a log cabin where, I suppose, the railroad workers lived. I remember when they built this railroad bridge. I saw them drive down big pilar in river, pump water out, lower big stone down in this to build the piers for bridge, t!ut I went to Ravenden with Aunt & Uncle on train when I was 7 years old. He (Dr. Coffman) named this town Black Rock because so many black rocks along the railroad. They are both buried at Portia. Your great grandfather Warner and line of people are buried out here except for his first wife, don't know about her. I don't know of Coffman's nationality, will try to find out. My mother, Nancy Jane Warner, and her friends when young used to go to clarlces. Country so thinly settled, thought nothing of riding horseback 40 & 50 miles to dance. The girls rode behind the boy on same horse. Everyone stayed all night sometimes 2 & 3 days. Mother was so good natured, she, I guess, let them put it over her. She said, one time the girls all met at her house, when boys came there was one boy they did not like. They all rushed out got up behind their beaus, that left this boy for her. Rather than hurt his feelings, she got up behirld him, but would not hold to him, first thing she knew they were fording a swift stream of water, said believe me, I grabed hold of him, said it was so cold horses tails froze still when got wet. She met Dad through visiting his sister, Frances(Sarah Frances Magness), they got married, lived in Oil Trough bottoms, near Newport, but in Independence County. Six children were born to them there, 3 boys, 3 girls, Walter, Virgil, Eda Ann, Ida. Bell, Dora Etta & Thomas Jefferson. Left there came to Lawrence County & two more girls were born to them, Ora Mae, Stella Rose. The Magnesses were all farmers. Owned big plantations and lots of stores. Lived on White River between Newport and where Batesville is now. There is a Rosie somebody, her mother was a Magness, lives out there in Texas, I airn to get her address, have Ida write to her. I can't read this over, did I say Grandpa was a captain in army, what war, huh(Civil War) must of been 1812- figure it out. His favorite song was "Pass me not oh gentle savior". Anyway owned big farm, owned old Holloway place. When Mother was small road went from Powhattan to Pocahontas. Called old military road. He was gone to war, Mother said could hear soldiers coming for miles, woods so thick couldn't see house. Hear horses feet hiting rocks, sabers clanking, they grabed the horses & cattle that they kept at house, rushed them over the hill till they got by. Kept all silver, meat, lard and salt buried over in woods. Mother said, after Grandpa married again she & Aunt Lizzie were up next to road one day sitting on fence post & the soldiers came by. Aunt Lizzie ran to house, but she just sit there. It was XMAS so she hollored, "Merry Christmas, Christmas Gift", they waved at her. In about a month, she got a new calico dress, about like print, said on there "To the little girl that wasn't afraid of us and wished us a Merry Christmas". Now, wasn't she brave.