10. Noah , Jr. (Bud) Cloud
(1) was born on 28 Jan 1842 in Natchitoches
Parish, LA. He died on 4 Jan 1930 in Shreveport, LA. He was buried in Pleasant
Hill Cemetery, Natchitoches Parish, La. He has reference number D003.
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,
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" 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
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
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, Noah W M Head 37 LA Farmer
Mary W F Wife 31 Ala
Lenora W F Dau 13 LA
Delila W F Dau 11 LA
Izora W F Dau 9 LA
Viola W F Dau 8 LA
Nelson W M Son 5 LA
Otis W M Son 3 LA
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
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,
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 partitioned 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 E1/4 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 creed 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, Noah Head W M Jan 1842 58 La Ky Ky
Emma Wife W F Dec 1863 36 SC SC SC
Viola Dau W F May 1872 La SC Ky
Elvina Dau W F May 1885 La SC Ky
Ollie O Dau W F Sep 1886 La SC Ky
Walter L. Son W M Sep 1889 La SC Ky
Deborah Dau W F Dec 1890 La SC Ky
Alvin P Son W M Feb 1893 La SC Ky
Jessie M Son W M Feb 1895 La SC Ky
Ursula Dau W F Jun 1897 La SC Ky
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
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,
1920: Census, Goldonna, Natchitoches Parish, 3 March 1920, 8/40, Family 76/76:
Cloud, Noah Head W M 77 Widow La La La
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 of his 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
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.'" He was married to Mary Izora Smith on 3 May 1866 in
Natchitoches Parish, LA.
Mary Izora Smith(1) was born on
28 Apr 1849 in Lions County, AL. She died on 22 Oct 1883 in Natchitoches Parish,
LA. She was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Natchitoches Parish, La. She
has reference number D004.
1849: Born 28 April in Lions County, near Mobile, Alabama. Went to school in
Huntsville, Alabama. After her mother's death, her brother Morgan wanted to
keep his sister but their father, Captain John Nelson Smith, took her and a
trunk of gold to a farm. Morgan had his father arrested but John Nelson was
clever. He put his daughter on a boat to evade his son. Then he slipped her
out to Louisiana and kept her in a convent school. Both of her parents were born
in Alabama. Mary Izora continued her education at Alexandria and Natchitoches,
Louisiana, where she met Noah Cloud Jr.
1866: When she was 16, Mary Izora married Noah Cloud Jr.(For further information
on their marriage, see D003)
1883: Died at age 34, on October 22 one day after the death of her eighth child.
Buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Mary Lenora (Mollie) Cloud(1) was born
on 16 Oct 1867 in Winn Parish, LA. She died on 9 Jun 1956 in Sacramento, CA.
She was buried on 11 Jun 1956 in Oddfellows Lawn, Sacramento Co., CA. She has
reference number C005.
Delitia Delilah Cloud.
Izora Cloud(1) was born on 24 Jan 1871
in Natchitoches Parish, LA. She died on 3 Apr 1961 in San Gabriel, CA. She
was buried on 6 Apr 1961 in Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, CA. She has reference
number C006. Izora Cloud Lewis left Louisiana around 1903. "She and Aunt
Mollie and their families lived in Ardmore, OK for awhile. Then it was on to
California. My grandmother (Izora) stayed in Los Angeles County and Aunt Mollie
eventually moved to Sacramento. I remember my grandmother (we called her Gran)
talking about her sisters. I always liked the name Delilah; I thought it was
a beautiful name. We lived with my grandmother or she lived with us until her
death in 1961. the things I remember her telling me about her youth were not
many. She told me tha day her mother (Mary Izora Smith) died she was playing
in the yard. Someone (an adult) came out and told the children their mother had
died. Gran was around 12 years old. I could hear the sadness in her voice--even
then. She said they walked many miles to school. As children they would ride
the branches of the pine trees, going up and down like riding a horse. My sister
remembers Gran saying one of her brothers died after a snake bite...." (See
letter from Sandra Lewis Raminez; 576 E. Cienega St., Covina, CA 91722; 1/5/99;
Viola Cloud(1) was born on 6 May 1872
in Natchitoches Parish, LA. She died on 18 Oct 1949 in Fayetteville, Washington
Co. AR. She was buried on 20 Oct 1949 in Fayetteville Cemetery, Washington Co.,
AR. She has reference number C007. Never married.
Son Cloud(1) was buried in 1874 in
Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Natchitoches Parish, La. He was born on 3 Sep 1874.
He died on 3 Sep 1874.
Noah Nelson Cloud(1) was born on 6
Aug 1875 in Natchitoches Parish, LA. He was buried in 1922 in Methodist Cemetery,
Pineville, LA. He died on 2 Nov 1922 in Alexandria, LA. He has reference number
C008. Nelson Cloud came to Alexandria from DeSota Parish about 1914 and
operated a saloon until prohibition. He died by suicide in the
Alexandria parish jail after killing Sheppard Anderson, a Negro, while
under charge of murder. He cut his own throat after incarceration. In
addition he had a stab womb just above the heart. The newspaper
article was headed: CLOUD DIED OF WOUND: Cut His Throat With Pocket
Knife After Shooting and Killing Negro.
Otis N. Cloud(1) was born on 19 Jul
1877 in Natchitoches Parish, LA. He died on 30 Sep 1888. He was buried on 1
Oct 1888 in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Natchitoches Parish, La. He has reference
Mary Izora (Manie) Cloud(1) was
born on 21 Oct 1883 in Natchitoches Parish, LA. She died on 27 Feb 1958 in Houston,
TX. She has reference number C010.