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Precious are the memories…

even if only in the form of a photograph. Lee Murray and Buddy Jackson have shared information and this photo on our shared Murray lines. My third great-grandfather, John M Murray, and his parentage is still a brick wall for all of us researchers. But it seems in the electronic age that more sharing is possible without travel. John M Murray was one of the north Alabamians who joined with Andrew Jackson in the fight with the native Americans in the Creek War (often referred to as the War of 1812). The most famous battle remembered from that conflict is the Battle at Horseshoe Bend.

John M Murray died at Vance’s Station according to his obituary. He was 99 years of age at death. He had survived several wives and had more than one set of children. His last wife was Jane Pierson/Pearson who was much his junior. She drew a widow’s pension from his war experience. One of their sons was named Marshall Winchester Murray. The photo below shows possessions of John M Murray and others that belonged to his son Marshall. The powder gourd, hunting horn, wooden box and shoe repair belonged to John Murray.  The rest belonged to his son Marshall.  The wooden box is cut out of a single piece of wood with leather hinges.  He kept his tax papers in it. This photo of their treasures means as much to me as does the plug of tobacco that was left by my great-grandfather, Levi Murray.

Photo of John M Murray and Marshall W Murray possessions


So there are people other than me working on family history…

and a nice surprise came in my email today. Family researchers on collateral lines to my Murray family are now participating in DNA research as well. One of them sent me this photo of a railway ticket that one of our ancestors bought in 1863. A cousin in Birmingham has the original. It is a ticket that James T Murray purchased in 1863. He died that same year. He died while serving as a  the War Between the States as did his brother-in-law, John Lawrence, He was but 30 years old. He left a wife and five young children, among them a set of twins.

James T Murray was a son of John M Murray who fought with Andrew Jackson in the Creek War aka the War of 1812. John M Murray was my great-great-grandfather on my paternal side. James Thomas Murray served in the same Company during the War Between the States as did the husband of his sister Sarah Ann Rebecca Murray Lawrence (John Lawrence).  John Lawrence died while being held prisoner of war at Rock Island Prison in Illinois. They both died in the year 1863 and both widows applied for and received Confederate Widow’s pensions. Both served as a Private in Co D of the 6th Regiment of Alabama Volunteers, CSA.  James Thomas Murray’s  wife was Jane Wood Dowdle. His children were: Sarah Elizabeth Murray Lawrence 1854 – 1935, John Robert Murray 1856 – 1938, Mary Jane Murray Wood 1860 – 1928  . William Moore Murray 1860-1904, and David Jefferson Murray 1862-1948. Mary Jane and William Moore Murray were the twins.

Photo of an 1863 railway ticket issued to James T Murray

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I never knew there was a Jefferson Hotel in Florence…

but here it is in the photo of Court Street made back in 1913. That was the most beautiful courthouse. They took it down in the 1960s, iirc.

Photo of Court Street in Florence AL showing the old courthouse and the Jefferson Hotel


Strange that…

two  young women from two different lines of a family could be classmates at college in 1913.

Miss Eulalia Kerby and Miss  Sarah LUTIE Murray were both in the Freshman class at State Normal College in Florence in 1913.

Here is part of the list of freshmen for that class:

Photo of freshman class in year 1913

There is a list of students in the Freshman class of 1913 at State Normal School and this photo. There were no names attached to identify what names match which person.

List of some of the freshman class 1913

Small world.


Sometimes you find family history in unexpected places…

and this is one case.  The photograph below represents the third grade class at Brandon School in 1911. Miss Coplan was the teacher. The students in the photograph are named as follows:

First row:Hamer Gamble, Theo Wilks, Oscar Hardiman, Paul Trammel, John Smith,
Clyde Cole, Paul Faulkner

Second row: Daisy Kirby, Teresa Johnson, Ethel Kirby,
Gertrude Trammel, Mae Rickard, Alma Nichols, Gertrude Cole, Audrey McKinnley,
Ethel Ray, Elsie Ray, Colina Bevis

Third row: Alvin Landrum, Charlie Freeman, unknown, Ray Harris, Hoarse Kirby, Ann Laura Hale, Miss Coplan, Maud Tucker, Leslie Patterson, unknown, Susie Adams

Three of the Kerby children are shown in this photo: Daisy Kerby, Ethel Kerby and Horace Kerby, but of course the names were spelled incorrectly.

Photo of 1911 third grade Brandon School students

Life becomes a little confusing, however, because the first photo is named the 3rd Grade Class, but the second photo, below, is named the 5th Grade Class. Horace Kerby is pictured in both. He looks to be an age more closely aligned with 5th than 3rd grade. As with his ancestors, he became a painter by trade.

Photo of 1911 5th grade class at Brandon School

The names stated for the students in Miss Mary Milner’s fifth grade class were:

First row: Kilburn Faulkner, Edward N James, Audrey McKinney, Clayton White, May Anderton,  Annie Phillips, Katie Hewitt

Second row: Salone White, Louie Cole, Odie Ramsey, Theo Wilkes, Jesse F  Eastep,
Pink Gamble, Albert Douglass and Horace Kirby. Miss Mary Milner, teacher, is
not pictured.


The Acqueduct on the Muscle Shoals canal…

is the subject of this 1913 photograph.

acqueduct 1913

 


Are there any photos of the old Hotel…

near Margerum? At one time Riverton was a thriving little community and there was more to the neighboring communities like Margerum than exists today. This is a photo of what used to be the old Post Office but at the time of this photo it was used as an asphalt and limestone company.
Old Margerum Post Office Building


An old photograph…

do you recognize anyone in this photo from 1976?

UNA 1976

A 1976 photo of the Sociology Club at UNA in the Diorama. Pictured:

Row 1 or two at bottom of photo are:  Joe Priester, Mark Sherer

Row 2:  Keith Bramlett, Anita Creekmore, Ann Matthews

Row 3: Dr Hassan Abul-Hadi, Debbie Brust, Dr Jerry Miley, Pat Moore, Billy T Lindsey, Gregg Sutherland, Denise Watts, and ME.

I am sure that Hadi had his doctorate because we always referred to him as Dr Hadi. Dr Hadi’s wife was my daughter’s fifth grade teacher; she was a lovely lady and an excellent teacher.  Dr Hadi stated to the class that he had to go back to Palestine to arrange his sister’s wedding (I presume his Dad was deceased). I asked him did his sister get to arrange his wedding. He evaded the question.

Dr. Miley was a soft-spoken guy and my thoughts of him was that he was a very nice man. Billy T Lindsey’s wife taught at Colbert Heights Elementary. He earned a doctorate after this class. I was shocked to see him as part of gospel quartet when I attended a 4th of July or Labor Day event at Spring Park. He was the lead singer and his voice rivaled Pavarotti, in my humble opinion. His group reminded me of the gospel groups that my grandmother loved so much when I was a child. Could someone post the name of his gospel group?

Dr Lindsey was a really nice man and good Professor. There were a small group of prima donnas in one class that chose to come in late and sit in the far corner away from the rest of the class. Dr Lindsey asked them to move into the class group, but they just sat there and looked stupid. He suggested it several times and one of the girls asked WHY? And Dr Lindsey said because I am the teacher and I am telling you to, that is why. That was the first time I had ever seen students rude to someone who was the keeper of their grades.  Smart girls.


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1976 University of North Alabama Social Work Club

Social Work Club 1976 UNA


Elmo Tolbert World War II enlistment record…

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about Elmo Tolbert

Name: Elmo Tolbert
Birth Year: 1924
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Alabama
State of Residence: Alabama
County or City: Lawrence
Enlistment Date: 21 Feb 1945
Enlistment State: Alabama
Enlistment City: Fort McClellan
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: General farmers
Marital Status: Married [to Georgie Marie Peebles]
Height: 00
Weight: 100

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