Alfred Cope Back and Malissa Strong

Alfred Cope Back
and Malissa Strong

Alfred Cope Back b 21 Jul 1845 Breathitt Co KY d 19 Dec 1874 Breathitt Co KY; buried old Stone Burying Ground, Strongville (aka Whick), Breathitt Co KY; s/o John M Back Jr and Elizabeth Jane Cope. Alfred Cope Back m. 1862 Breathitt Co KY to Malissa Strong b 27 Aug 1843 Breathitt Co KY d 29 Dec 1910 Breathitt Co KY; buried Lazarus Back Cemetery, Quicksand, Breathitt Co KY; d/o William Blackburn Strong and Jemima Deaton. Children of Alfred Cope Back and Malissa Strong;

I. Lou Ellen Back b 5 Aug 1868 Breathitt Co KY d 21 Mar 1943 Breathitt Co KY; buried Back Cemetery, no location given; m. after 1886 to Andrew Jackson Hounsehell b 7 Mar 1840 VA d 11 Sept 1899 Breathitt Co KY. Andrew Jackson Hounshell m. 20 Jun 1874 Breathitt Co KY to Elizabeth "Eliza" Back b 24 Apr 1847 Breathitt Co KY d 18 May 1886 Quicksand Mills, Breathitt Co KY; d/o John M Back Jr and Elizabeth Jane Cope. Lou Ellen Back m. 1 Aug 1884 Breathitt Co KY to George Sewell b 1863 Breathitt Co KY; s/o Joseph Sewell. Lou Ellen Back m. about 1899 to James Robinson. Lou Ellen Back m. about 1899 to Daniel Breck Hagins; s/o Daniel Hagins and Elizabeth Stamper. Daniel Breck Hagins m. 30 Jun 1872 Breathitt Co KY to Margaret L J Back b 6 Feb 1853 Breathitt Co KY d 1 Jan 1898; d/o Hiram Back and Nancy Hogg.

II. Sarah Elizabeth "Sadie' Back b 9 Mar 1872 Breathitt Co KY d 12 apr 1964 Laurel Rest Home, Harlan KY; buried Lazarus Back Cemetery, Noctor, Breathitt Co KY; m. 28 Nov 1888 Breathitt Co KY to Eli William Back b 16 Jul 1865 Breathitt Co KY d 18 Aug 1929 Breathitt Co KY; buried Lazarus Back Cemetery, Noctor, Breathitt Co KY; s/o John C Back and Catherine Day. Sarah Elizabeth "Sadie" Back m. 4 Aug 1934 Breathitt Co KY to James Irwin Craft b 5 Jan 1862 d 30 Dec 1942 Breathitt Co KY; buried Lazarus Back Cemetery, Noctor, Breathitt Co KY; s/o Allen Craft and Rachel Oliver. James Irwin Craft m. 10 Dec 1886 Breathitt Co KY to Permelia M "Melia" Back b 11 Feb 1871 Breathitt Co KY d 16 Dec 1932 Breathitt Co KY; buried Lazarus Back Cemetery, Noctor, Breathitt Co KY; d/o John W "Keghead" Back and Sarah J "Sallie" Calhoun.

III. John Floyd Back b 16 Aug 1874 Breathitt Co KY d 26 Apr 1948 Breathitt Co KY; buried Lazarus Back Cemetery, Noctor, Breathitt Co KY; m. 31 May 1895 Breathitt Co KY to Sedalia Hounshell b 1879 Breathitt co KY d 1 Aug 1923 Breathitt Co KY; buried Lazarus Back Cemetery, Noctor, Breathitt Co KY; d/o Thomas Henry Hounshell and Permelia Back.


Malissa had three children who were not fathered by her husband, Alfred. Two children, Jeremiah and Susannah were fathered by Jeremiah South. Chester was father by Miles Back, brother of her husband, Alfred. This information was provided by a gg-granddaugter of Alfred and Malissa. Malissa and her sons, Floyd and Jeremiah, are listed in the 1880 Breathitt Co. KY Census living in the household of her nephew, Thomas Strong. Her two daughters, Lou Ellen and Sarah, are listed in the 1880 Breathitt Co. KY Census living with their grandparents, John and Elizabeth (Cope) Back. Malissa and her son, Charley, are listed on the 1900 Breathitt Co. KY Census living with her married son, Floyd.

Alfred was a veteran of the Civil War. He enlisted 1 Jan 1861 for 12 months. He served in the 5th KY Infantry, CSA, Co. A and B. He was reported as a deserter on 1 May 1862, but he was sick at a private house from Dec. 1862 until April 30, 1863. He was only 16 years old when he enlisted. During the war Alfred was shot in the back by Bob Frazier while he was drinking water from a creek. He was unable to work after this and was a teacher to supplement his income. Bob Frazier, one of Captain Billy Strong's gang of killers, was originally a Confederate soldier and a friend of Alfred, serving with him in the same regiment. He joined the Union army later because they were giving $50.00 bonuses for enlistments. There was a price on his head, so he was out to get his old friends when he shot Alfred. Alfred was found, severely wounded but still alive, and brought home. There was a hole in his head from the bullet. They put a silver dollar in his skull to cover the hole, and sewed his scalp over it. It never really healed and grew worse over the years. His neck and spine were distorted. He was in constant pain, and his wife, Malissa changed the dressing every day for years. When Alfred finally died, Malissa nearly lost her mind and was sick for a long time.

During the war Alfred was shot from behind by Bob Frazier, a Union soldier who had originally served with Alfred, but had switched sides and joined the Union to get a $50.00 bonus. There was supposedly a price on Alfred's head and Frazier shot him while he was kneeling to drink water from a creek. Alfred was found and brought home. There was a hole in his head from the bullet. They put a silver dollar in his skull to cover the hole and sewed his scalp over it. It never really healed and grew worse over the years. His neck and spine were distorted and he was in great pain. Melissa changed the dressing every day for years. When Alfred finally died, Malissa nearly lost her mind and was sick for a long time. Alfred was unable to work at physical labor after this incident, and was a teacher to supplement his income. He and and his family lived at Georges Branch


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