James M. Colpin, son of John and Mary (Dyer) Colpin, neither of whom are living, was born in Green Co., Kentucky, Feb. 11, 1830. He became a resident of Floyd Co., Indiana in 1865, having married in Harrison county, this state, Mary A James. His wife was a native of Ohio, and was the daughter of James and Susan (Warren) Colpin, both deceased. The record of their children is as follows: John dec., Helen, Amanda dec., Victoria dec., Magenta dec., Coleman dec., Katie dec., and Alonzo deceased, their births occurring in the order named. Comrade Colpin was a boatsman and was 33 years old when he entered the Federal army, in the fall of 1861 at Amsterdam, Ind., for a term of three years. He was enrolled as a private of Co. F, 49th Ind. V.I., Army of the Cumberland. He was never wounded but was held in hospitals, in the winter of 1861-62, at Cumberland Gap, Louisville, New Albany and Indianapolis, Ind., suffering with chronic diarrhea and scurvy. He took active part in the battles of Cumberland Gap and was honorably discharged in the spring of 1862 at Louisville hospital on surgeonís certificate of disability, being unfit for further field service. His brother, Stephen R. served in 23d Ind. V.I. and 4th Ky. Cav., for three years. Comrade Colpin is a pensioner, he is a flagman on P.C.C.R.R. and is a resident of New Albany, Indiana, where he may be addressed.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike