The past is the present for future generations who do not know their history

Oh how I am loving all this…

family and history of the Shoals! A cousin in Campobello, South Carolina shared this photo with me. His name is Greg Vandiver. He descends from John Henry Vandiver, who is his grandfather. His great-grandfather’s name is Thomas Jasper Vandiver. John Henry Vandiver lived in the LaGrange community in Colbert County, Alabama. Greg’s father is Edward Keith (Punk) Vandiver and Punk was one of 12 children by John Henry Vandiver and Virginia Sue McCluskey.

It is through Greg’s father that we are able to enjoy this absolutely stunning historical photo.

John Henry Vandiver Family

John Henry Vandiver Family at the Houston Plantation on Wilson Dam Road in 1911

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    Major General James Harrison Wilson, U S Army, assembled the largest cavalry force ever amassed in the Western Hemisphere at this site from mid-January to March 22, 1865.
    Wilson’s headquarters was at the Houston Plantation about 200 yards south of here. Five divisions totaling 22,000 men were camped from Gravely Springs to Waterloo.

    After intensive training Wilson’s Cavalry crossed the river on March 22, 1865, to invade South Alabama and Georgia. This operation included the burning of the University of Alabama and the capture of President Jefferson Davis at Irwinville, Georgia on May 10, 1865.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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  3. Edward Keith Vandiver

    I knew some Murry’s, my Brother Buford Vandiver Married Mavis Murry. her Family was

    Moman Murry and Wife Vina

    Children: Methyl

    Moman also had a Brother named Roscoe, they lived about 10 miles East of Russellville Al. in Franklin County. all are Dead now

    January 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    • Thanks Edward Keith, I met Harley and he took me to visit some of his relatives many years ago.

      February 3, 2011 at 3:19 am

  4. Edward Vandiver

    A small mistake, the picture is of the John H Mc Cluskey Family the Man with the Pipe, my father was John H Vandiver, the man in the black Hat. Edward Vandiver

    August 3, 2013 at 2:39 am

  5. Alison

    What a wonderful picture! Annie “Boots” McCluskey was my grandmother (DOD 1986). I have never seen this picture nor do I have any idea why she was called Boots, but would love to find out … I know next to nothing about this part of my family so seeing this – my great grandparents and great-great grandmother! – is exciting. Thank you, Mr. Vandiver (we’re cousins!) and thanks also to the ladies who put this blog together.

    January 24, 2015 at 1:42 am

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