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So many of these names…

sound so familiar. Are any of these soldiers of the 27th Alabama Infantry in your family tree?

The 27th ALabama Infantry - Rosters Companies C and E

The 27th ALabama Infantry
Company C, The 27th Alabama Infantry 

WHEELER, A.S.                   Captain
THOMPSON, Empson B.             Captain
GENTRY, John W                  Lieutenant
DENNIS, W.A.                    Lieutenant
CHANDLER, James H.              1st Lieutenant
ALEXANDER, E.M.                 1st Lieutenant
BECKWITH, A.W.                  2nd Lieutenant
OLIVE, James J.                 2nd Lieutenant
WINBOURNE, Henry G.             Sergeant [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
SIMMONS, James M.               1st Sergeant[Died during the war]
THOMPSON, William A.            1st Sergeant
RANDLE, Wiley W.                Sergeant
CANNON, J.P.                    Sergeant
BRADFORD, J.D.                  Sergeant
LEDBETTER, M.T.                 Sergeant
SPENCE, W.M.                    Sergeant
POOL, Nathaniel A.              Sergeant
FLETCHER, J.W.                  1st Sergeant
FLYNT, John                     2nd Sergeant
BRADFORD, Jesse D.              5th Sergeant[Filed for pension in Madison County]
CANADA, W.A.                    Corporal
CLARK, Samuel                   Corporal
COOK, Samuel V.                 Corporal
GRAMMER, J.R.                   Corporal
SUMMERHILL, William R.          Corporal 

Privates:

ADAMS, Henry J
ANDERSON, J.R.
ARMSTRONG, J.F.
BALCOMBE, Allen[Died during the war]
BARBER, J.M.
BAYLES, John H.
BEVIS, A.J. [Died during the war]
BEVIS, Jesse W
BEVIS, Thomas F. [Filed for pension in Colbert County]
BLALOCK, A.C
BRYANT, Edward
BURGE, William
BURR, James
CANADA, Starling
CANNON, E.N.
CARR, John J [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
CARR, Milton
CASEY, Samuel G.[Died during the war]
CLANTON, James
CLANTON, Jesse C [Died in Limestone County]
CLANTON, Joseph
CLINTON, Isaac
CLARK, Dennis
CLARK, Robert
CLEMON, J.W
COTHRON, W. Monroe
CURTIS, Hillary
DALRYMPLE, T.W.
DENSON, J.W
DEMPSEY, John Y.
DEWBERRY, Jabez
[Died during the war]
DOCKINS, Reuben
DOWDY, W.C
DUNCAN, Reuben
ELLIS, Zack
EZELL, D.C.
FLINT, GEORGE
[Died during the war]
FLYNT, Henry A. [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
GARRETT, W.G.
GARVIN, William M.
GILBERT, Richard
GRIMES, George B
HACKETT, Thomas
HEATHCOAT, M
HENDRIX, A.J [Died 1909 Winston County]
HIGGINS, Zack [Died during the war]
HIPP, A.H
HOOKS, Curtis D[Died in Lauderdale County]
HUGHES, Nathan
HURLEY, George W
JOHNSON, E.H
JONES, John W.
JONES, Nathan A.
LANDERS, Isaac C.
LANDERS, James H [Filed for pension in Lawrence County]
LANGFORD, Joseph E. [Died during the war]
LANGFORD, W.D.
LEDBETTER, F.M
LINDSAY, Adron L [Filed for pension in 1921 in Lauderdale County]
LINDSAY, Andrew J.[Died during the war]
LINSEY, Monroe
LONG, John [Died 1901, widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
LOVE, Thomas J.
LOVELACE, Asa
LOVELACE, Hazel L.
MARTIN, Asbury
McCAMPBELL, James A.
McINTYRE, A.J.
MOLT, William
MOODY, James W.
NIXON, William H.
NORMAN, William C
ODOM, Watson W
PALMER, James W. [Died during the war]
PALMER, Samuel
PALMER, William C.
PARIS, Elias C.
PARKER, George W
PHILLIPS, Charles W
PHILLIPS, John w
POOL, G.C
POOL, James M
PRICE, Caswell
PRUITT, John C.
RHODES, Noah S.
RICHARDSON, Bryant W.
RICHARDSON, James W
RICHARDSON, Jefferson L
SEGO, G.W [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
SHARP, Ira
SMITH, John R [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
STEVENS, T.C
TERRILL, Richard
THOMAS, N.A.
TIDWELL, Samuel
WAITS, Shelton A.
WALLACE, John W [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
Wallace, J [Died during the war]
WALLACE, W.A.
WESSON, Randolph
WESSON, William [Died during the war]
WILKINSON, O.T.
WILLIAMS, Allen C.
YOUNG, William W. 

Company E, The 27th Alabama Infantry 

JONES, T.A.                     Captain
BELSON, W.B.                    Captain
ANDREWS, Robert                 Captain [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
PETTUS, William W               1st Lieutenant[Died 1882 Lauderdale County]
KILLEN, Henry A                 1st Lieutenant [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
CUNNINGHAM, G.W.                2nd Lieutenant
McMAHEN, James A                2nd Lieutenant
RICHARDSON, James               2nd Lieutenant
McCRACKEN, J.E.                 Sergeant
McMAHEN, R.A.                   Sergeant
MURDOCK, J.A.D.                 Sergeant
ALLEN, Henry D                  Sergeant [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
ENGLE, E.H.                     Sergeant
HOOD, W.C.                      1st Sergeant
CONNER, A.J                     1st Sergeant
BYNUM, S.E.                     Corporal
COTTRELL, Geo. W.               Corporal
COX, Hiram                      Corporal [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
CRUMP, W.G.H.                   Corporal
KEENER, J.S.                    Corporal
KILLEN, Daniel D.               Corporal [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
THRASHER, J.H.                  Corporal 

Privates: 

ABERNATHY, John
ALEXANDER, Thomas
ALLINGTON, Sidney P [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
ANDREWS, T.M.
BARNETT, James W. [Died during the war]
BARNETT, Zechariah [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
BOWEN, E.B.
BROWN, James
BROWN, Jancel [Died during the war]
BURK, B.Y.
BURROUGHS, James H.
CAGLE, J.
CREEL, Josiah C [Filed for pension in Marshall County]
CROSS, J.A.
DOUGLAS, N.H.
EDWARDS, B.
ELLIS, Edward T.
ENGLISH, James P.
FORESYTH, G.W.
FOSTER, A.C.
FRENCH, Garrett
FRENCH, James [Filed for pension in Lawrence County]
FULKS, John [Died during the war]
FULKS, M
GARRARD, William G [Died during the war]
GREEN, Leonard [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
HARRISON, James Marion [Widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
HILL, William H. [Widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
HOLDEN, C.C
HOLT, J.T
HOUSE, James
JAMES, Charles
JOHNSON, Edwin
JOINER, T.L. [Died during the war]
JONES, Charles [Died during the war
KILLEN, Daniel M [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
LANDROP, John
LAUDERDALE, D.L.
LILES, James [Widow filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
LILES, Stephen
MASSEY, Richard, H.
MAXWELL, J.W.
McCALL, J.
MORTON, E.
NIXON, J.B.
ODEN, Britton B. [Died during the war]
QUILLEN, William M
RACHELS, John J.
RICHARDSON, Isham M [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
RITTER, L.T. [Died during the war]
RITTER, John [Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
ROBBERSON, J.B.
ROE, William P. [Died during the war]
RORAX, J.W.
ROSS, B.F. [Died in OK]
SHELTON, Thomas B[Died during the war]
SIMS, W.H.
SIMMONS, G.W.
SPRUELL, G.T.
STEWART, C.D.
TAYLOR, W.H.
THIGPEN, Amos M. [Died in 1925 Tennessee]
THIGPEN, Riley F.M [Died 1912 Lauderdale County]
THOMPSON, James [Died during the war]
THRASHER, M.J.
WALDROP, Jasper
WALKER, T.C.[Filed for pension in Lauderdale County]
WALTON, T.H.
WATKINS, J.W. [Died during the war]
WILLIAMS, D.P
WILLIAMS, J.J.
WILLIAMS, J.L.
YARBOROUGH, J.W.

Source: Archives Alabama

Look at that fox!

When a photographer came around in the early 1900s, people gathered themselves together and got their picture made quickly while the opportunity presented itself. My grandmother told me about the day a photographer made this photo of her parents, Minnie Viola Russell and Andrew Ethelbert Kerby. They saw the photographer coming up the road while out in their yard on Trade Street in Florence, Alabama around 1923. Not dressed up for pictures they hurriedly put on a jacket and a fox stole. My grandmother, Marie, was particularly fond of this picture. She would laugh every time she looked at it.It was a little perplexing to me to see that around my great-grandmother‘s neck. I wasn’t used to seeing animals fur with the head still on it.

I remember seeing the fox stole, I think my Aunt Irene had it. I thought it was pretty morbid — head and all! I wonder if anyone else has a picture of their ancestors with a fox stole? Well, needless to say the picture  is a keepsake to me!

Minnie Viola Russell Kerby and Andrew Ethelbert Kerby 1923

Minnie Viola Russell Kerby and Andrew Ethelbert Kerby 1923

Hey Kerby cousins out there… do you have any more info on the fox stole?


Winston Cemetery in Sheffield, Alabama

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Miss Maud Lindsay

Maud Lindsay Free-Kindergarten 1915

One of my heroes from the Shoals Area would be Miss Maud Lindsay. She was known internationally as a philanthropist, author, teacher and story-teller. Miss Lindsay was a  devoted daughter of Robert Burns and Sarah Miller Winston Lindsay, and most importantly “Miss Maud” was a selfless educator that established the first Free-Kindergarten in Florence, Alabama. Maud was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1874. Her father served the Confederacy and became the first non-Reconstruction Governor of Alabama. She and her family are buried in the Winston Cemetery in southwest Sheffield, not far from my great-grandfather’s (Robert Duncan Peebles) old house.

Much can be written of Miss Lindsay, my focus is on the Free-Kindergarten named in her honor. This little school stands on the hill near the former Brandon School. (I believe my aunt told me that it had been moved from its original position.) My great-aunts (Pauline Kerby and Irene Kerby) attended the kindergarten around 1915. Both are now deceased, but they passed fond memories of “Miss Maud” and her storytelling abilities to younger generations. Aunt Irene  said the children would be mesmerized when Miss Maud told stories. Many of her stories were published in school readers during the early 1900s. Aunt Irene told about Miss Maud getting off of the train every morning at the Florence Depot in East Florence, meeting children in that area, then walking up the hill to the Kindergarten with “her” children. The things I most admire about Miss Maud were her willingness to make sacrifices and the way she influenced “her children”; she was a humble servant of her community. She passed up many lucrative offers to speak and teach around the world in order to stay in Alabama helping the little children of factory and mill workers in Sweetwater.

My family has a long line of teachers, including me!         written by Kim Ricketts