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Women are strong…

as evidenced even as far back as 1860.

Documented in the 1860 Lauderdale County, Alabama Slave Schedule for District 2 a 33 year-old female slave had five sets of twins in succession and all but three were alive at the time of the census record. The enumeration took place first day of June, 1860.

There are a lot of unique things about the Shoals area…

and they are all good. The family of Dale Robertson had a most unique gravemarker made custom just for him, a motorcycle enthusiast. Dale is buried at Richardson Chapel Cemetery in Lauderdale County, Alabama. His family members say, he would love it. Here it is:

Dale Robertson gravemaker

Here is an excellent example of why our children need to…

be taught cursive writing in school. Lt Levi Casey issuing orders to troops during the Revolutionary War. This document is the actual handwriting and signature of Lt Levi Casey issuing an order to his soldiers during the Revolutionary War. It is dated 7 Aug 1782. Levi Casey rose in rank from Colonel to Lieutenant to Brigadier General during his tenure in the Revolutionary War. He was one of the reknown OverMountain men as was David Crockett.

Br General Levi Casey served terms as a House of Representative and then had been re-elected Senator but did not get to serve his last elected term because he had a massive heart attack and died Feb 1807. He was first interred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC and in circa 1832 he was re-interred in the Congressional Cemetery.

His widow, along with her Duckett nephew came to Alabama before 1820 and settled in Lauderdale County, Alabama in the community of Rawhide. She, some of her children, and other relatives are buried in the Casey Family Cemetery on what used to be her property.

I desire you will draft or other ways order one third of your company to hold themselves in readiness to march by the fifteenth of this instant to the Cherikees you are to provide flower/flour for sixty days provisions for each man and two good beef cattle and as pack horses a[re] not to be had would recommend that each man take horse and that one half carry forward and the other half act as horsemen and change as they can agree or be ordered and any that have not any horses of their own you are to impress in the bounds of your own company you are to collect all the swords you can and put them into the hands of the men.

August [symbols] 7th 1782                                                                                                                Cap [symbols] Saxon

I am ____and hum [symbols]
(take this to mean your humble servant)
Lt Levi Casey

Official Orders 7 Aug 1782

Official Orders 7 Aug 1782

History gone…

again. The photo below is of the Old Mel White homeplace on Bumpass Creek Road in Lauderdale County, Alabama. The owners are pictured and are identified as Mel and Elizabeth Scott White.

Mel White homeplace on Bumpass Creek Road

The Acqueduct on the Muscle Shoals canal…

is the subject of this 1913 photograph.

acqueduct 1913


Oh, how we long to know our roots…

and where we came from. Marie Purdy Myrick and Tim Purdy  have a nice surprise coming their way. She posted on Facebook that showed up in our newsfeed page with a request for help with her family history. And we can help a little.

We traced back as far as Francis Purdy. Francis Purdy had a son named Ebenezer Purdy whose son was James Purdy. James Purdy  married Phebe Purdy (Peter , Francis 3-2-1) a cousin. James was born 1750 in Westchester County, New York. He first removed to Dutchess and then to Chenango County, New York. The migration of the family followed along these lines: Canada>New York>Michigan>Washington state. James Purdy had a son named Stephen Purdy.

The lineage then follows that Stephen Purdy had a song named Josiah Purdy. Josiah’s parents were Stephen Purdy born 1788 and Sally whose last name remains unknown.

Josiah Purdy was born 1806 and married Rachel Diantha Hartwell who was sister of Colonel Samuel Hartwell who had married Phebe Purdy, an aunt of Josiah’s. They lived at Georgetown, Hamilton Township, Dutchess County, New York.Photo of Sarah Singer Purdy Hath Josiah had a brother named Nelson Purdy who lived at Cleveland Ohio. There was also a sister named Sally born 1813 and there must have been other siblings. Further research will be needed by the family.

If research took us along the right path Josiah had the following children: Horace born 1835, Lavinia born 1839, Egbert Francis born 1841, Lucretia born 1844, Preston born 1846, Loren born 1849 and Arminia Alice born 1851.

Josiah Purdy had a son named Preston Purdy, likely Preston C Purdy. Preston C Purdy married Sarah Elizabeth Singer. The photo is of Sarah Singer Purdy. Sarah Singer’s parents were Job Singer and Huldah Randal

This map shows the incorporated and unincorpor...

This map shows the incorporated and unincorporated areas in King County, Washington, highlighting Seattle in red. It was created with a custom script with US Census Bureau data and modified with Inkscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palmer. Josiah and Sarah Purdy had one child, Orren Jay Purdy. Sarah married second to Jerome Bonaparte Hath and had a number of children, seven if the count is right; six boys and one girl. Preston married a second time to Eurista or Eulista Lapham and had a family of children. 

Orren Jay Purdy married Annie Nettie Scott whose parents were Willard and Jennie Scott. By 1930 Orren was a widower. Orren served honorably in the Spanish American War [one record has him listed as a civil war solder, but that is not possible because he was not born until 16 May 1882 although another birthdate is noted.  He was born in Red Willow County, Nebraska. He served as a Private in Co B, 30th Regiment of US Volunteer Infantry. Orren J Purdy died i18 Nov 1954 and  is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso, Michigan. Orren Purdy may have had more children, but he did have a son named Esley Truman Purdy

Annie Nettie Scott Purdy apparently had three husbands. First was husband  Orren Jay Purdy. They had the one son, Truman Esley Purdy. The second marriage was to Albert Anthony Lepard who was born ca 1868. The children from that marriage were Charles Lepard 1910 and Warren Eugene Lepart 1911-1987. The third marriage was to Edward F Gruebner born ca 1888. Their children were Max F Gruebner born ca 1920, Earl W Gruebner born ca 1922, and Betty Jane Gruebner born ca 1927.

Esley Truman Purdy was born about 1905 in Genesee County, Michigan and died 11 Oct 1956 in Seattle, King County, Washington.

E T Purdy was an employee or a member of the crew on several ship voyages. It appears that the voyages started in 1951 and ended in 1955. There was a number of them. Some are listed below.

Elsey Purdy was on the voyage from Seattle Washington that sailed 18 Oct 1951 and arrived at Yokohoma Japan 25 Nov 1951. On that voyage E T Purdy was employed for seven months as an Evap. Util. He can read, is 5″10″ and weighs 175 pounds. The ship was named the General Mason M Patrick.

He made a voyage from Yokohoma Japan to Seattle arriving in Seattle on 22 May 1952. The ship was named General Simon B Buckner and he was 46 years old.

He was on a voyage that departed from Pusan Korea and arrived in Seattle 5 July 1954. The ship was named Marine Adder; he was 47 years old.

He was on a voyage from Pusan, Lorea that arrived in Seattle 8 Jan 1955. The ship was named the Sergeant Archer T Gammon; he was 47.

Esley’s wife was likely Letha Irene Fort. Esley Trumen Purdy died at age 51 on 11 Oct 1956 in Seattle, King County, Washington; his wife died three years later. Reports are that he was killed, whether by accident during a voyage or what is not known at this time. The only record found to date of a Serah Blood, who the family gives as his wife was for a Sarah May “Sadie” Blood who married a Ridenhour. Further research is recommended.

Their son Truman Esley Purdy is next in the family line, but there may be other children. He was born 20 Apr 1936 or 1933 in Michigan and died  23 Feb 2000 in Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield, Colbert County, Alabama. He married Mary Lena Kimbrough and there are at least two children: Tim Purdy and Marie Purdy Myrick of the Shoals area. The Veteran’s Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006 record  has the following information and birth year of 1933 instead of 1936:

Name: Truman Esley Purdy
Service Info.: PVT US ARMY KOREA
Birth Date: 20 Apr 1933
Death Date: 23 Feb 2000

 On the 1940 census record Esley was listed as four years old and in the household of his father and mother. They lived on Belsay Road in Flint, Genessee County, Michigan.

I found another relative today…

that I never knew I had.  His mother’s name is listed in every document found as Ludie Murray. She was the daughter of Marion McCook Murray who was known as Mack Murray. Mack Murray was a son of John K Murray and Lucinda Isbell Murray. John K Murray died of dysentery


Bartlesville (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

during the War Between the States. John K Murray was one of three brothers (the oldest brother being my ggg-grandfather, William Deaton Jackson Murray who was known as John Murray to family and friends) who served in the 1st Alabama Tennessee Independent Vidette Cavalry; they joined in Jackson County where they lived before removing to what is now Colbert County.

Mack Franklin PottsMack Franklin Potts (1922-2011)

Mack Franklin Potts, 88, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma died August 19, 2011 at his home in Bartlesville. He was born April 9, 1922 in Waterloo, Alabama. He was the son of John Cary Potts and Sarah Lucinda (Murray) Potts. He grew up in the family home in Waterloo.
Mack married Juanita Nell Threet of Waterloo on August 30, 1941, and after serving in the Air Force and completing his education at the University of Tennessee, he had a 40 year career with Phillips Petroleum Company as a Chemical Engineer, in Bartlesville, Kansas City, Puerto Rico, England, and India. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, being with his family, and socializing with many close friends.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the China/Burma/India (CBI) campaign, and was an active member of the Bartlesville chapter of the CBI veterans.
Mack had recently become a great grandfather again, and had a total of 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Bartlesville and the Hillcrest Country Club.
Mack was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Murray Potts of Florence, Alabama, and Joe Potts of Atlanta, Georgia.
He is survived by: his wife, Juanita Nell (Threet) Potts of Bartlesville, his son, Terrell Franklin Potts and his wife Jo, of Missouri, his brother Karl Potts, of Alabama, three grandchildren, Joel Potts and his wife Allyssa of California, Rebecca (Potts) Shank and her husband Merric of Washington, Susan Fanning of Tulsa, and 4 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, September 24, at the Arnold Moore Funeral Home Chapel, 621 S. Johnstone, in Bartlesville. Online condolences may be offered at
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any contributions be made in Mack’s name to the SPCA, 16620 State Highway 123, Bartlesville, OK 74003 or to the American Diabetes Association , Okla. Affiliate, Inc., 1211 N Shartell Ave., #603, Okla. City, OK 73103-2425.

Published in Examiner-Enterprise from September 22 to October 22, 2011

Class photograph of a class at Old Ray School in Florence Alabama circa 1938…

shows just how we lived back in the day with boys in overalls and girls in dresses all ladylike.  No air conditioning. Discipline reigned in the classroom, if not then you got nothing at school compared to what you got at home.

Old Ray School class of circa 1938

  1. Wright, Ray Howard 16. Green, Bobby
  2. Redding, Hubert 17. Jones, Edward 
  3. Peden, Warren 18. Wright, L. C. “Dick” 
  4. Call, Charles 19. Wallace, Unknown
  5. McDougal, William 20. Dhority, Virginia
  6. Fowler, Glen 21. McIntyre, Camillia
  7. Lindsey, Quinon 22. Brewer, Unknown
  8. Terrell, Unknown 23. Thornton, Faye Dean
  9. Redding, Laverne 24. Murphy, Marie Walker
10. Wallace, Unknown 25. Cox, Virginia
11. Roberson, Unknown 26. Green?, Wilma
12. Walker, Mary Belle 27. Roberson, Unknown
13. Kimbrough, Helen 28. Walker, Louise, Teacher
14. number not present 29. White, Virginia 

Any corrections or missing names that can be added would be appreciated. Also, any information or further description of this long gone school and its occupants would be welcome.

Stooksberry has nothing on Wallis…

English: Blue Mountain College in Tippah Count...

English: Blue Mountain College in Tippah County, Mississippi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

as far as being patriotic. The Stooksberry family can trace their heritage back to the Revolutionary War; the maternal side of the family, the Wallace side, has patriots as well.

The Wallis family goes back to England and the usual spelling of the name in most records is Wallis. The earliest known to date are Joseph Wallis and his wife Elizabeth Shetford Wallis. They had a son, Joseph Wallis, who was born 27 Sep 1712 and died 4 Apr 1748  in Kegworth, Leicestershire, England. He married a Sarah, likely Mawby but possibly Pool. They had a large family of children. One of their sons, Thomas Wallis was born 1731 also in Kegworth, England. He immigrated to the United States in 1750. Thomas Wallis was in North Carolina likely by the time of his marriage to Jane. He married Jane Christian in 1760 and they had the following children: John Wallis born ca 1772, Josiah Wallis 1775-1850, Thomas Wallis born ca 1776, Isaac Henry Wallis 1777-1862, Mary Wallis born ca 1780, Elizabeth Wallis born ca 1781 and Timothy Wallis born ca 1785. There may have been additional children. Thomas Wallis died  7 Nov 1800 in Hillsborough, Randolph County, North Carolina. 

We follow the line next through son Josiah Wallis who was born  11 May 1775 in North Carolina and died 30 Aug 1850 in Tishomingo, Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  Josiah married Sarah Hobson on 31 December 1795 in Prentiss County, Mississippi. In 1800 they appear to be residing in Hillsborough, Randolph County, North Carolina. In 1820 they had located themselves in Franklin County, Tennessee. In 1830 they lived in Lawrence County, Tennessee. In 1840 they were living in Tishomingo County, Mississippi where according to census records they seem to have remained for the remainder of their lives, although it is possible they lived other places in-between censuses. 

Josiah and Sarah had a very large family of children. The names and birthdates follow as found in records: Malinda Wallis born ca 1797, Bennett Wallis 1799-1869,  Rachel Wallis born ca 1799, Amy Anny Wallis 1802-1880, Joseph Hobson Wallis 1808-1886, Sallie Wallis 1809-1860, Rebecca Wallis 1810-1893,  Letitia Wallis 1812-1900, Tilman Wallis born ca 1814, Isom Lee Wallis 1816-1889, Jane Wallis 1819-1860, Charity Wallis born ca 1820, Virginia Wallis born ca 1820, Rachel Wallis born ca 1822,  Brantley Wallis born ca 1825 and  Easter Wallis born ca 1825. There may have been sets of twins or the dates may have been surmised a little off. Josiah Wallis died 30 August 1850 at about age seventy-five.

Their son Tilman Wallis Wallace continues the line. He was born ca 184 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. It is not known when he died or where he is buried. He married Rebecca whose last name is presumed to be Thomas. She was born ca 1810 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. There were records that indicated she was born in South Carolina, but that is normal for every family. She died  21 Jul 1893 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi according to some researchers.  Tilman and Rebecca Wallace Wallis had children, some are documented but there may be others as well. They are thought to be: James H “Jimmie” Wallis 1832 – 4 April 1910, Sarah J Wallis born ca 1834, Mary Wallis born ca 1836, Sarah P Wallis born ca 1837, Josiah Wallis 1840 – 1863, William H Wallis 1845 – 1905. Some places William H Wallis’ name is given as William Isaac Wallis.

We follow the Wallis’ through Tilman and Rebecca Wallis’ son James H Wallis who was called Jimmie. Jimmie Wallis was born January 1832 in Lawrence County, Tennessee and died 4 April 1910 in Tippah County, Mississippi. Jimmie is buried at City Line Baptist Church Cemetery at Dry Creek as are numerous ancestors and other family. It is noted that the date for his marriage to Jane E Ford was 1847. That marriage date would have her age at seventeen and his age at fifteen. His birth date may have been earlier than found. Jane and Jimmie Wallis  had known children as follows: Tilman R Wallis 1848 – 1929.Elijah Walker Wallis 1850 – 1933, William Turner Wallis 1853 – 1922, Harriet Wallis 1855 – 1870, Mary S Adline Wallis born ca 1856, Rachel C Wallis 1858 – 1941, Sarah Sallie Wallis 1865 – 1900, Tobe Davenport Wallis 1868 – 1950, Amanda Manerva “Nerve” Wallis born ca 1870, and Martha Emma Wallis born ca 1875. James H Wallis married secondly to Susan Anna Coon/Koon Wileman on 23 October 1887 . No documentation of children from that marriage have been found. Susan Anna Coon had first married William R Wileman in 1865. William R Wileman died October 1882 in Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi.

There were four James Wallis’ who served in the Confederate Army, one in the 8th Battalion and one in the 1st Regiment, both seem to be Infantry units. Another served in the Holmes County Independents and the fourth one served in the 22nd Infantry.  If any of them are James H Wallis, it has not been determined, but a little research would reveal the information for family. They may have been the same person as that happened frequently during the War Between the States.

The Wallis line goes next to their son Tilman R Wallis who was born 29 Nov 1848 and died 4 Feb 1929 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi. On 31 December 1868 Tilman R Wallis married Amanda Bartlett in Tippah County, Mississippi. TheirPhoto of gravemarker for Tilman R Wallis and wife Amanda Bartlett Wallis children may have been: Isa Wallis, Lillie Wallis, Columbus Lafayette “Fate” Wallis 1869 – 1951, Jane J Wallis 1871 – 1876, Jesse Daniel Wallis 1874 – 1952, Felix Leon Wallis 1876 – 1956, Lee Walace born ca 1877, Amanda Wallis born ca 1877, and Maude Myrtle Wallis 1888 – 1968. Tilman R Wallis was located in both Prentiss and Tippah Counties on census records. Tilman R Wallis and Amanda Wallis are buried at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery; they share the same headstone. County Line Baptist Church Cemetery is located at County Road 638,  Tippah County, Mississippi.

Next we follow with Tilman R Wallis’ son, Jesse Daniel Wallis. Jesse was born 1874 and died 1952 in Tippah County, Mississippi. The following information is gleaned from his World War I Draft Registration Card: he was 44 years old, engages in farming, is of medium build and height with blue eyes and brown hair; his wife is Viola. On this 1918 draft registration, he gives his residence as Dumas in Tippah County.

Jesse Wallis had two wives, the first was Viola E Green and the second was Vida Clara Cooper. No documentation has been found for the marriage to Vida Clara Cooper as of this date. However it does seem that Vida Clara Cooper had married a Wallis, William David Wallace, whose birth and death dates were similar to that of Jesse Wallis. Viola and Jesse married  6 November 1895 in Tippah County. Jesse Daniel Wallis and Viola Green Wallis had the following children: Ray O Wallis 1897 – 1966, Roy Wallace born ca 1898, Thomas Lee Wallace 1902 – 1980, Lizza Myrtle Wallis Smith born ca 1906, Refford G or Billy Wallace born 11 June 1911 and died 31 July 1983 in Sacramento, California, Faye Gwendola Wallis 1919 – 2000. Jesse Daniel and Viola Green Wallis are buried at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery at Dry Creek, Mississippi.

The line goes next through Thomas Lee Wallace was born 19 Jan 1902 in Mississippi, likely Tippah County and died 11 photo of Sailor Thomas Lee WallaceApr 1980 in Sacramento, California three years before his brother Refford Wallace. Thomas Lee Wallace married Velma C whose last name is unknown at present.  They likely married in 1929 as the 1930 census has Velma C Wallace listed as having married at age 19 and she was then 20. Their firstborn, Lowell, was just one month old at the time of the census. The census was taken 20 April 1930 and it shows them and his father living on Ripley and Baldwyn Road. Thomas Wallace served honorably in the U S Navy during World War II. Thomas Lee and Velma C Wallace had the following children: Lowell H Wallace born 1930, Virginia Wallace born ca 1931, Morris T Wallace born ca 1932, Betty Joy Wallace born ca 1934, Bobbie Sue Wallace born 1936, and Jimmy Wallace born ca 1939.

Thomas and Velma Wallace’s daughter Bobbie Sue Wallace is the connection to the Stooksberry line of the family. She was born 19 March 1936 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She married Robert Earl Grigsby who was born 7 Apr 1932 likely in Lauderdale County, Alabama and died 9 Dec 1992 in Whigham, Grady County, Georgia. The obituary says his place of death was Cairo, Georgia. As of yet no date of marriage has been located, but their divorce was dated June of 1955 and took place in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Robert Earl Grigsby’s parents were Arthur and Pearl Grigsby.They had four children: Jeanne, Lisa, Roger Dale and Donna Jo Grigsby. Bobbie Sue Wallace Grigsby married again to a Woodruff and lives in Florida.

Robert Earl Grigsby and Bobbie Sue Wallace Grigsby’s daughter, Donna Jo marries Richard Lane Stooksberry; he is called Ricky by family and friends. Ricky and Donna Jo Stooksberry had two children: Joseph Lane Stooksberry born 1979 and Amy Stooksberry born 1987. Both were born and raised in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Before Ricky and Donna Jo Stooksberry had their first natural-born child, this couple adopted into their family a relative when he was a small child and raised him as their  own. That child was Anthony Lynn Wallace and he now resides in Illinois.

Donna Jo Stooksberry was a young 44 years of age when she died. Her obituary follows:

She was born 6 April 1958 and died 26 July 2002 Mrs. Donna Jo Stooksberry, 44, of Florence, passed away Friday, July 26, 2002, at ECM Hospital.Donna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Earl Grigsby.Funeral service will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Brother Henry Melton, and burial will be at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, will be assisting the family.She is survived by her husband Ricky Stooksberry of Florence; daughter, Amy Lea Stooksberry of Florence; sons, Anthony Lynn Wallace of Galesburg, Ill., and Joseph Lane Stooksberry of Florence; mother, Bobbie Sue Woodruff of Milton, Fla.; sisters, Jeanne Brewer of Nashville, Tenn., and Lisa Adcock of Texarkana, Ark.; brother, Roger Dale Grigsby of Milton, Fla.; one grandchild, Taylor Sky Wallace; and several nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be Rick Willis, Fred Adams, Ryan Stooksberry, Justin Tatum, Johnny Wallace and Dwight Hubbard. Published in Florence Times Daily on July 28, 2002

She was a beautiful woman and she had a beautiful family. Donna Jo Grigsby Stooksberry may your soul rest in peace.

Family is important…

and sometimes documenting family history is difficult. Joseph Lane Stooksberry formerly of Florence has posted some of his family story and some of the stories are heartwarming. His paternal line goes back further than the American Revolution. This article will concentrate on the Stooksberry line. The Wallis line will be the next article; and it is very interesting as well.

The name Stooksbury, variously spelled Stukesberry, Stukesbury, Stokesberry, Stretchbury, Stuchbury, Stretchbury, appears in the records of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. These records indicate that a Robert Stukesbury was in that county as early as 1695. In 1719 William Penn, divided all the land of Wrightstown, Bucks County, among 15 men, one of whom was Robert Stuckbury. Since that was the last time his name appeared in the Bucks County records, it is assumed that he was Robert Stretchbury, of Bucks County who married Elizabeth Heuitt, widow, of the same county, on October 16,1792, and later appeared in the Fairfax County, Virginia records. Robert died intestate in 1751. William Stokesbury was in Buckingham and Wrightstown Militia, Bucks County, Pennsylvania on August 21, 1775, and Jacob Stooksbury, Solesbury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was in the same militia company. They could have been brothers. It is probable that Sir William and Susannah Thomas Stukesbury are the parents of Robert Stukesbury. Sir William Stooksbury of England Came to America about 1720 and had sons.

On October 28, 1757 Robert Stukesberry, lawful son and heir of Robert Stukesberry, deceased, and Jean, his wife, sell land formerly owned by his father to Thomas Gore of Loudon County, Virginia. The Robert Stukesberry family lived near Waterford, in that part of Fairfax County which in 1757 became Loudon County. In Loudon County Court Order Book A, page 229, there is record of a transaction in 1759 between Robert Stukesberry and his stepmother, Elizabeth Powderell. (She may have remarried after the first Robert’s death.) Robert and Jean Stukesberry had sons David, John, Jacob and William and daughter Rebecca.

His eldest son Jacob was born in New York about 1750 and moved to Virginia. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary Photo of marker for Jacob Stooksbury's burial place in Anderson County, TennesseeWar. His wife was Elizabeth Brixtraw Moorhead and they had sons Jacob, William, Robert, Enoch, and Joseph or Josiah, Franklin S, and twin sons who were born and died in 1807.There were two Rixey boys that were associated with the family in the census records. Elizabeth Morehead had previously been married to Richard Rixey and they had a number of children. Richard Rixey served in the Revolutionary War as well and his descendants are members of the Sons of Revolutionary War and likely the DAR. The Rixey children were: John, Mary, Richard, Presley, Samuel, Charles and William.

Photo of burial marker for Jacob Stooksbury in Anderson County, TennesseeHis second son William Stooksbury moved to Pennsylvania or Ohio and had sons named Jacob, William, David, and John.  

This Jacob Stooksbury is the lineage for the Stooksberry’s from Lauderdale County, Alabama. Jacob Stooksbury served in the American Revolutionary War. He was born 10 May 1753 in Loudoun County, Virginia (one source stated he was born in Pennsylvania). He died in the year 1839 in York Springs, Anderson County, Tennessee.

These notes on Jacob Stooksbury tell us about his life:

Jacob Stooksbury was the first of the name in Anderson County, Tennessee. The exact date of his arrival in the county is not known, but the following record was found in the Anderson County Court Minutes 1810-1814, April 1814, p. 206: Ordered by the court that Jacob Stukesbury be allowed $30.00 annually, payable quarter annually, for the support and maintenance of Elizabeth Hutchings instead of Phillip Albright, who has refused to keep said woman.Jacob may have been part of the Henderson and Company Survey or another Land company that held title to the land of the Big Valley area off of the Clinch River.

Jacob was not pensioned for his service in the revolution. The application he made and the application for survivor benefits stated that proof of his service was insufficient. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Sons of the Revolution (SOR) accept Jacob’s declaration and allow his descendents into their organizations. ( page 9 To Loy’s Cross Roads, by William G. Tharpe )

Jacob applied for a Revolutionary War pension 8 September 1818. He served on the Virginia Line. His pension application number was  S39094. He lived in Frederick County, Virginia at the time of his enlistment. He  moved to Montgomery County for several years and then to Anderson County, Tennessee. Jacob,enlisted in Frederick County, Virginia in the spring of 1776, and served under Capt. William Frost and Col. Dan Milligan of the Virgina Line and was discharged below Richmond from the Melinburg Brigade. He was hurt by a wagon running over his hip. His job was wagoneer. He also served under Lt. Abraham Anderson until 1781, After the battle of Eaton Springs. He was discharged near Williamsburg. (Bessys Ferry on the Shenadough) His petition was witnessed by Jacob Strader. Benjamine Wheeler, Edward Ervin, and William King.

Jacob Stooksbury sold 100 and 640 acre tracts in Loudoun County, Virginia to a Joseph and William Parks for 5 Shillings. A Jacob Stooksbury is shown in the Soldiers of the American Revolution for Bucks County, Pennsylvania as:

  • Pvt. , Solbury Co., 2d Batt…(s2, v14, 159)
  • Pvt., Solbury Co., 1st Batt…(s5, v5, 330)
  • Muster Rolls and Papers Relating to the Associators and Militia of the County of Bucks.
  • Roll of the Associated Company for the Township of Solesbury, Bucks County, August 21, 1775 lists a Jacob Stooksbury on its rolls as a private.

Jacob filed for a pension for his Revolutionary War service on 8 September 1818 Campbell County, 9 April 1821 in Anderson County and in Knox County on 28 December 1821. He was never awarded a pension. Alternate spelling of last name Stukesbury. Alternate birth date of 1750 in New York. Jacob Strechberry was listed in Virginia, Fredrick’s County in 1782 as the head of the household with two in the household.

Jacob and Eliazabeth Moorehead Stooksbury’s eldest son, Robert Robin ‘Squire’ was born circa 1780 in Loudoun County, Virigina and dies 15 October 1850, some say he died in 1855, in Mount Pleasant, Union County, Tennessee.

He lived in Loyston for a time; that area has historic significance. In the 1870s a frontier fort known as “Sharp’s Station”1870s was built by a German immigrant named Henry Sharp. It was situated on the slopes of Big Ridge overlooking the Clinch River east of Loyston; the area that had been identified by long hunters travelling down the Clinch Valley during the 1860s. Another notable early settlers, Robert Stooksbury, moved to the Loyston area around 1800. Several dozen Stooksbury descendants were still living in the Loyston area; some operated one of the community’s general in the early 1930s. The valley in which Loyston was once located is now submerged under the widest part of Norris Lake, the mile-wide “Loyston Sea.” 

Robert Stooksbury married Hannah Parley Horton. They had children named Isaac, Elizabeth, Jacob, Robert, Rebecca JAne, Mary Nancy, Anna, Alfred, and William Josiah Stooksbury. Robert Stooksbury died in Mount Pleasant in Union County, Tennessee. The Lauderdale County Stooksbury line continues through their son Robert.

Robert Stooksbury was born circa 1815 in Anderson County, Tennessee and died 10 May 1879 in Wayne County, Tennessee. One source gives the death date as September 1880. On 5 August 1846 he married Jane Jennie Sharp. They have children named: Francis Franklin “Frank” who married Nancy Dee Hensley; Ellen Nellie who died at age 34 and never married; Hannah who married Abraham Mart Sims; Isaac who married Sarah M Woody; Samuel G who died at age 22; and William Sherman Stooksbury who died at the age of 32.Robert Stooksbury served in Company F of the 6th Tennessee Infantry; he and his wife Jane received pensions.

Francis Franklin Stooksbury and Nancy Dee Hensley married 27 February 1872 in Wayne County, Tennessee. They had sons Lemuel W, James Robert, and William C; and daughters Eliza E, Mary L, Francis E, and Parley J Stooksbury. Frank was born in August of 1846 in Anderson County, Tennessee and died in 1905 in Wayne County, Tennessee.

James Robert Stooksberry was born in March 1876 and died 1913 in Wayne County, Tennessee. A 1901 marriage record shows him married to Lillie Bell Brewer and they had a son Willie Herman Stooksberry.  James Robert Stooksberry married again in 1908 to Mattie Moore (Mary Molly Martin is also given as a wife)  and they had a son Matthew Floyd.

Willie Herman Stooksberry was born 23 Oct 1902 in Wayne County, Tennessee and died  27 May 1986 in Iron City, Wayne County, Tennessee. He married Bessie E Olive and they had Iva Dean, James Ellis, and J Marie Stooksberry. Herman Stooksberry married Mattie Levellyn Moore in 1920 and they had J W Stooksberry.

James Ellis Stooksberry was born 24 February 1927 in Wayne County, Tennessee. He died 21 September 2007 in Lauderdale CountyAlabama. His obituary reads:

Mr.James Ellis Stooksberry, 80, of Florence, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at his residence following an extended illness.He was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., and a member of Oakdale Baptist Church.Visitation was last evening at Greenview Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 23, 2007, in Greenview Memorial Chapel, with burial in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. Officiating will be the Rev. Tim Hanback. Mr. Stooksberry was preceded in death by his father and mother, Hermon and Mattie Moore Stooksberry; stepmother, Bessie Stooksberry; brother, J.W. Stooksberry; and daughter-in-law, Donna Stooksberry.He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Hunt Stooksberry; three sons, Terry Stooksberry and wife, Teresa, Richard Stooksberry and Ronald Stooksberry and wife; Donna; two daughters, Carolyn Sue Edwards and husband, John, and Maureen Napps and husband, Rick; two brothers, Junior Stooksberry and wife, Kaye, and Keith Stooksberry and wife, Lisa; four sisters, Ivadeen Jackson, Lillie Day and husband, Herman, Marie Weavers and husband, James, Shirley Robertson and husband, Royce, and Cathy Cook and husband, Bill; sister-in-law, Crystal Stooksberry; 12 grandchildren plus a special grandson, Ryan Stooksberry and wife, Lori, four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Special thanks to Dr. Irons, Mid South Home Health and to Hospice of the Shoals.Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home. Published in Florence Times Daily on September 23, 2007. Burial: Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Son Richard Lane Stooksberry’s mother was Tommie Venus Jones Stooksberry Rich. The other siblings are Sue, Ronnie, Ricky, Maureen and Terry Stooksberry. Many Shoals area residents will recall Terry and Maureen due to their great athleticism. All of them were Bradshaw High School graduates except the two oldest; this probably means that Bradshaw was not built at that date.

Richard Lane “Ricky” Stooksberry was born 10 August 1953 in Lauderdale County. Ricky married Donna Jo Grigsby who was born 6 Apr 1958  and died 26 July 2002 in Lauderdale County. It is interesting to note that Ricky already has a memorial in Find-A-Grave, even though he is not deceased. This is a volunteer site where citizens, and I am a contributor, document the burials of others and recently we have started putting a little history of the person online in the memorials. Ricky has a memorial because Donna’s headmarker is a double marker and Ricky’s side of the marker has Photo of Donna Jo Grigsby and  Richard Lane "Ricky" Stooksberrybeen completed except for the expiration date. This is the first time I have run across a memorial for a living person in my years and extensive research on the site.

Donna passed away at the age of forty-four and was a beautiful lady. Joseph, a son, states that, “Actually, all the men and women were really good looking people in my family and were very well-known for that.” Ricky and Donna had two biological children: Joseph L Stooksberry and Amy Stooksberry; and an adopted son who is five years older than Joseph. The adopted son is Anthony Wallace and Donna and Ricky took him in at birth. Anthony Wallace and Joseph and Amy share Tom Wallace; who was Anthony’s grandfather and Joseph and Amy’s great-grandfather. Donna Stooksberry and Anthony Wallace were first cousins. Confusing, I know, but that is how genealogy unfolds.

Joseph Stooksberry was born 4 June 1979. He is married to Angela Weems and they now live in Huntsville, Alabama. Amy Wallace is younger than Joseph, but it is not polite to tell a girl’s age. Amy works at Shoals Hospital while Joseph works at Athens-Limestone Hospital. They were both born in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Posted here is the obituary for Donna Jo Grigsby Stooksberry:

Birth: Apr. 6, 1958
Death: Jul. 26, 2002

Mrs. Donna Jo Stooksberry, 44, of Florence, passed away Friday, July 26, 2002, at ECM Hospital.Donna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Earl Grigsby.Funeral service will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Brother Henry Melton, and burial will be at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, will be assisting the family.She is survived by her husband Ricky Stooksberry of Florence; daughter, Amy Lea Stooksberry of Florence; sons, Anthony Lynn Wallace of Galesburg, Ill., and Joseph Lane Stooksberry of Florence; mother, Bobbie Sue Woodruff of Milton, Fla.; sisters, Jeanne Brewer of Nashville, Tenn., and Lisa Adcock of Texarkana, Ark.; brother, Roger Dale Grigsby of Milton, Fla.; one grandchild, Taylor Sky Wallace; and several nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be Rick Willis, Fred Adams, Ryan Stooksberry, Justin Tatum, Johnny Wallace and Dwight Hubbard. Published in Florence Times Daily on July 28, 2002

The Wallace side of the Stooksberry family will be written about in a future article. For the most part, though, the ancestors who born in Tennessee, Wayne County is one area, then moved to Tippah County, Mississippi and somehow ventured in to Lauderdale County, Alabama at some point.

Who are these handsome men?

The school at Greenhill has had a basketball team since its junior high days and won the county championship in 1938.

Can you identify any of them? Please post their names and location in the photo.Photo of the Greenhill Alabama Basketball Team in 1938

Here is a little history on the community named Greenhill that is located in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Green Berry Hill, was born in Greenville County, South Carolina  25 November 1803 and died 8 October 1852 at Green HillAlabama. He and other family members are buried at Tabernacle Cemetery in the Greenhill community.

His parents were Henry T Hill (1776-1850) and Judith Nabours Hill (1777-1852).   the first ministers was the Rev. Henry Hill , whose ordination certification was recorded in the Lauderdale County Court House in 1829. He was the first minister of the new church when the first church burned down and a new was rebuilt. He and Judith are buried at Tabernacle Cemetery in the Greenhill community.

The text from an article from Florence Times follows:

July 4, 1976 – Our Country’s 200 year Centennial

July 4, 1976 Times Daily News Paper
By Mary Jane McDaniel

Photo of Tabernacle Church Building

Photo Credit: Jennifer A. {Lamar} Zahnd

Tabernacle Methodist church and Cemetery, Greenhill, is located on a beautiful tree-shaded knoll.
According to one local tradition the site was used first as an early camp ground for religious meetings.
Another view is that it may have first been the Hill family cemetery, and the church developed around that.
The first simple log church on the site was built perhaps between 1830 and 1840. Among the first ministers was the Rev. Henry Hill (1776-1850), whose ordination certification was recorded in the Lauderdale County Court House in 1829.
When this first building burned, another log one replaced it. The second one burned about 1869.
Local folk say that an unattended fireplace may have caused the destruction.
The present Tabernacle Methodist Church was constructed in 1869. At this time George Kennedy gave the Church legal title to the land. Henry A. Killen and others in the community furnished the materials. The Rev. Henry R. Hill did a large part of the actual work and was also the first minister of the new church.
Today the simple white frame church is used only for funerals and memorial services. Loyal supporters are slowly restoring the building, and they have completed most of the outside restoration. The church still contains some of the simple, hand-made, unfinished pews. It also contains some furnishings from Ebenezer Methodist Church, near Centerhill, which no longer in existence.
The adjoining cemetery is of special interest historically. The oldest marked grave is that of Catherine Hill who died in 1825 when she was 24. Her husband, Green Berry, who served in the Mexican War, was buried next to her in 1852. An interesting local tradition is that the Greenhill community was named for him.
An interesting stone slab in the ground marks the burial place of Captain John Chisholm (1779-1861) who served in the Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812 and the Mexican war.
LeMasters, a blacksmith, may have conducted the first post office in the area in his home.
There are also numerous graves marked only by pieces of rough stone. Whatever may have been written on them has long since faded away.
Despite the age of Tabernacle cemetery, it is in remarkably good condition and shows regular careful attention.

Henry and Judith were in the Territory of what would become the state of Alabama as early as 1798 as their marriage is documented as having taken place there. That hardly seems possibly given the birthplaces of their children as most of them appear to have been born in South Carolina. Of their large family of children the last two likely were born in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1816 and 1817.

His first wife was Mary Catherine Hall; and the marriage ceremony was performed  10 February 1825 in Madison County, Alabama. She died 8 June 1825 and is buried at Tabernacle Cemetery. On that marriage record the groom’s name was given as William Green Hill.  It was Green Berry Hill after whom the community was named. Green Berry Hill fought for Texas Independence in 1836. There has been discussion over the years as to how the name of the community is spelled. Some consider Green Hill the proper spelling. Others consider the correct spelling to be Greenhill. The post office seems to think the correct spelling is Killen as there appears to be no zip code specifically for the community of Greenhill.

UPDATE: Margene Casteel Pettus was kind enough to post the answer to the question of just who are these handsome men, here is her response: The 1938 Junior High School basketball champions of Lauderdale county, hailing from Rogers Junior High School, Greenhill, the team having won the title in the annual tournament at Rogerville Saturday night.
From L to R back row: J.C. Davis,(Capt.), Reba Wright, Coleman Thigpen, Eugene Pettus, Coach Jimmie Westmoreland.
Front row: R.L. McInnish, Lonis Wright, Howard Truitt and Bruce Freeze.
The team won 21 out of 23 games this year, losing to two teams which later in the season they defeated handily.

The Lucas Memorial window…

is one of three very handsome memorial windows that are behind the altar in the center of the sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood, Mississippi. The center window, depicting the Crucifixion, was presented by the Sunday School. To the right is the Lucas memorial window, portraying the Ascension. The scene depicted in the window to the left is disputed. Some say it is the Transfiguration, while others contend it is the Return of Christ.A photo of the three memorial windows behind the altar at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood, Mississippi

The memorial is in honor of the Lucas family of the Walnut Mound Plantation in LeFlore County, Mississippi. The patriarch of the family was Dr. John Hodges Lucas, son of Dr. Willis Lucas formerly of Lauderdale County, Alabama. Dr. Willis Lucas and Sarah Sallie Linam Lucas resided in Lauderdale County around the middle of the eighteen hundreds. John Hodges Lucas was born in Lawrence County, Tennessee and removed to Mississippi around the 1850s.  Dr. Willis Lucas and wife Sallie had three known children: Mary Elizabeth Lucas 1816 – 1901 who married Robert McWhirter, Sarah Frances Lucas 1818 – 1853 who married Jacob Duckett Casey in the Rawhide Community of Lauderdale County, Alabama,  and  Dr John Hodges Lucas 1826 – 1918 who is buried at Walnut Mound Cemetery near Shellmound, Mississippi. Dr. John Hodges Lucas was a highly esteemed man and physician who served as an Assistant Surgeon in the War Between the States in Company C/D of the 5th Mississippi Cavalry. 

The stories abound…

about the Peebles ancestor, George Henry Peebles.

So, this will be an attempt to provide accurate data. Here is what is known, some of it is family legend; some of it has been documented. George Henry Peebles, for the large group of first cousins that I belong to, was our great-great-grandfather. And let it be known now, that I consider family just that, family, no matter their reputation, demeanor, or history.

The first point of interest is his name. The Peebleses were notorious for naming a child one thing and calling him/her another name. So, it is documented that  ‘Grandpa Dick”  was named at birth by his mother George Henry Peebles. His name likely came from his ancestors with those names.  The family knew him as  ‘Grandpa Dick.”  Mother, Slena Mae Peebles Murray, when asked what was his name she said,  ‘Grandpa Dick.”  She further surmised then that his name must have been Richard. And it is true that he sometimes listed his name as Richard after he married his second wife Eliza Holland. He was listed as Richard on some census records like the 1900 Federal Census record where they all lived  in the Center Star area of Lauderdale County, Alabama. That seemed logical since ‘Dick’ is considered a nickname for the formal name of Richard. The name issue posed a very difficult obstacle and interfered with any serious research on his life. It was two aunts that first discovered what his given name really was, Betty Lou and Charlotte Peebles. If I recall correctly, the homemade tombstone that Gran, Robert Peebles, made for him listed his name as Richard Peebles.

Since there are no photographs that have been located, one must glean his physical appearance from how  previous generations have described him. Evidently, he was a man small in stature compared to other males in the Peebles clan who were over six feet in height. He must have been agile. He was known to demonstrate his temperament with physical actions. From what I have learned about him, he was fearless. The most reliable human source of accurate information, as far as I have found, was my grandmother, Drue Peebles. While sitting around her kitchen table one day, I asked her what Grandpa Dick looked like and she responded that Luther [Peebles] had a good resemblance to Grandpa Dick. Luther was likely a good resemblance to Grandpa Dick in personality as well, but Luther was funny and I suspect so was Grandpa Dick. Mama, Drue Peebles, said that Grandpa Dick would come to their house in Lawrence County many mornings. He would travel there by mule, this must have been a funny sight in and of itself. He would kid her by saying, “Now Drue, I didn’t come to see you. I came to see the baby.” Drue and Robert whose first child died, likely stillborn and the baby was their first living child, their daughter Preston.  The first infant was buried at a church cemetery around Leighton, according to what Preston had told me. This information puzzled me, as they were in Lawrence County; but the county boundaries for Colbert and Lawrence Counties changed and Leighton that had previously been part of Lawrence County was now part of Colbert County. Preston Peebles was born in 1920 in Lawrence County, so Grandpa Dick was about seventy-eight years old at the time he rode a mule to their home.

George Henry Peebles’  birthdate and place has several documents that verify the data. He was born below Elkton in Giles County, Tennessee on 9 March 1842. His parents were John M Peebles and Elizabeth Octavia Laughlin Peebles. His siblings that are known were: Emaline H Peebles 1836 –  ?  , Ann Menefee Peebles 1838 – 1900, Priscilla Laughlin Peebles 1840 – 1913, William M Peebles 1842 – 1891, Mary Peebles 1846 – ? , Sarah Reesanna Peebles 1849 – ? ,  Wynona Satoka “Toke” Peebles 1859 – 1916 and Margaret “Maggie” Peebles 1870 – ?. I have the Mclaughlin family documented back for generations, but I have been at a brick wall on the Peebles’ line for decades. It is my belief that the Laughlin name was originally McLaughlin and there is some documentation to that fact; further I believe that this family line included “Ole Red” McLaughlin who lived nearby the Casey’s in the Rawhide community in Lauderdale County. “Ole Red” claimed his home was at Cowpen Creek in Lauderdale County on his regular television show in the 1950s. Again, if I recall correctly, “Ole Red” was a musician as well.

Amanda Peebles Grider located the photo you see below that includes a son of Wynona “Toke” Peebles Woodard. Wynona Peebles Woodard was also called “Nona.” The photo caption should be corrected to read: Tully Woodard is the third person from left on first row:

George Henry Peebles lived a colorful life, according to the legends attributed to him; many of which  he attributed to himself apparently. He was undoubtedly a spinner of tall tales and his grandson look alike, Luther, was known to tell some tall tales as well. One of the legends that was told by him was that he was the one that gave Teddy Roosevelt the stuffed bear that was thereafter named the Teddy Bear. The factual history of that event does not include a George Henry Peebles. And then, there are stories associated with him that were actual events but that he never credited to himself or at least were not remembered by those who could have passed them down through the family. Some of these tales will follow in our next article.

Mama [Drue Tolbert Peebles] would tell of his exploits in the military service during the War Between the States to us. Myself, my twin brothers Lowell and Joel Murray, would ask her to tell us stories and we would sit in the floor at her feet while she sat in her rocker at their house on West 8th Street in Sheffield. She told stories from long ago of ghosts and red eyes, and chains rattling. One story she told was that Grandpa Dick was frying his ration of meat, likely bacon, on an open fire. Along came Joe Wheeler and took his meat from the fire after which George Henry Peebles promptly kissed the side of his head with the frying pan. Some versions of the story say that Joe Wheeler’s ear was cut off; but later pictures of Joe Wheeler show both ears still in tact.

Mama said that George Henry Peebles’ punishment was to remove a tree stump without breaking any tendrils of the  roots using only his fork. She said the stump was displayed at Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. We were told these stories  back in the 1950s. Attempts to locate the tree stump have not yet been successful, but that may not mean that the story was not true. What is true, however, is that George Henry Peebles served as a confederate in the War Between the States. He received a Confederate Pension for a while; it was cut off and he tried to reinstate the pension. Records show that he was  receiving a pension; that the government sent a letter to him which was never picked up from the post office. Therefore the inquiry was not answered by him and the government cut off his pension by reason of his failure  to respond to that inquiry.

His stories must have been quite amusing. And likely there was some thread of truth to them. As with legends and lore in general, the stories may have evolved over time. He was quite a colorful character as the stories associated with his life attest to, especially the ones that is that have documentation associated with them.  George Henry Peebles’ military record and his family will be the subject of the next  article.

Bailey Springs…

was a resort for the well-to-do in the early days of the state. Our hometown area in the beautiful Tennessee Valley has a history rich in culture where our forefathers made the most of the natural resources that abound. Jonathan Bailey founded a natural springs and health resort in Lauderdale County in the 1820s. The location of what was known as Bailey Springs was five miles northeast of the city of Florence. Today the town of St. Florian is located nearby and a Bailey Springs Road still exists. Bailey Springs was in Section 10, Township 2, Range 10 west. By 1858 it was owned by A. G. Ellis & Co. The resort property had been acquired by several owners since Ellis held ownership. There was a women’s university at Bailey Springs  in the 1890s. It was named Bailey Springs University. As attested to  by the photo below that appeared in The Florence Times Sunday Morning edition of the newspaper on 24 August 1976 (page 41) the area promoted visitors to the ‘taking of the waters’ and recorded their visit by photos, many published in the local newspaper.

Bailey Springs Resort
The Shoals area abounds in natural resources, fertile land, and strong people

One other documentation for the hotel and springs are the “Arrival Notices” that were published in the paper. This was excellent public relations for the area; they did an admirable job promoting the springs which promoted the area simultaneously. The Florence Gazette made a feature article out of the guests lists for Bailey Springs Resort. The Gazette published the arrival guests lists for two decades, the 1850s and the 1860s. The Arrivals at Bailey Springs for most of the month of May 1859 are listed below as they were published in the Florence Gazette in their Wednesday, June 1 1859 edition of the paper; they appeared on page 3. The names are given here just as they appeared in the Gazette. Local names that visited the resort include: Dr J T Hargraves, LM or TM Lewis, John R Price, Mrs Malony, John C Bliss, Miss A Howell, James Boddie, W H Key, S G Barr, Ed Brown, L Lorance, Mrs Coffee and daugher Kate, Dr J W Stewart, Dr. D S Beloate, W A Pettus, B F Foster Jr, H O Pettus, R D and James Martin, A Alexander, W A Key, James Boddie, B Nelson, J W Chisholm, R T Boroughs, Miss Mollie Karsner,  Tip Davis, and The. Allen Jones. South Florence was the name for what would become known as Sheffield. Some well-known and prosperous planters from Courtland, Lawrence County were also among the guests at the resort.

F Shoemake Memphis
Mrs Shoemake do
Mrs W B Donaho do 4 children & 4 ser’vts
Col Sam’l W Evans & serv’t Oxford Miss.
Mrs. Mary K Evans & serv’ts Oxford Miss
Master Rob’t Evans do
Dr M K [H]arrison Aberdeen Miss.
O F Hames Carroll Ten.
Wm B Wiggs Memphis
Jno H Brinkley do
James S Woodell do
M P Asher do
The. Allen Jones Florence Ala.
J Coffee Simpson do
Patrick McDonald Memphis Tenn.
Jas Harrington do
Jas F Hall St Louis
Jas Brady & Wife Memphis
Z J Carthel Trenton Ten.
Rob’t Manning Missouri
Geo TG White NY
Mrs Paul Chandion? and servant Mobile
E R Shapard __ Tenn
T P Davidson Memphis
Miss Davidson do
James O Kerr Miss
Miss LA Kerr do
Tip Davis Florence
Miss Mollie Karsner do
Miss Fannie Fible Louisville
Miss Mollie Dies do
B F Karsner Jr do
R T Boroughs Florence
F S Furgeson Tuskeegee Ala
Wm L Thompson La
Geo R Anderson & servant Athens Ala.
W C Prewitt Madison Arkansas
Miss L Prewitt do
Mrs W H Hunt Memphis
J W Chisholm County
B Nelson do
L H Cole Waterford Mis
W J Anderson Helena ark
A C Horton and family Memphis
J S McGehee Como Mis
M F Gilchrist do do
P P Gilchrist Courtland Ala
W A Key County
Jas S Boddie do
D P Ludlow New York
S T Kirby Georgia
Mrs Kirby & serv’t Ga.
James Buford Miss
William Painter Memphis
Miss Maggie Silver do
J D Barnard Huntsville
Mrs Barnard & serv’t do
A McAlexander Florence
MJ Gilchrist do
Mrs E H Bourdmon NY
Miss C F Bourdmon do
M L Webb Mississippi
C W Martin [Pon]totoc do
Mrs Martin do
Miss Doke & se’vt do
Sam’l Adams Memphis
Jas Martin cypress fac’y
R D Martin do do
H O Pettus Florence
R C McCarly do
S F Tate do
D H Campbell Courtland [A]la.
Col John L Moore Memphis
B F Foster jr Florence
Wm Morris Memphis
Rob’t Dyas N. Orleans
Miss M Dyas do
Wm V Chardavoyne Courtland Alabama
Mrs Chardavoyne Courtland Alabama
B S Gibson Madison ark
Thos Bufort and servant Giles Tenn.
Giles H Reynolds and ser’vt do
Master Reynolds do do
George W Carroll Tehula Mississippi.
R H Oglivie Tenn.
Mrs. Ogilvie do
W B Donaho Memphis
Col J Branch’s two servants Tenn
Thos M Jone’s 1 ser’vt  
E B Hornbeak Mem.
Mrs. Jas Fletcher ser’vt & 2 children do
Mrs K Henderson do
Thos Williams ark
W A Pettus waterloo ala
Dr. D S Beloate county
Dr J W Stewart do
Mrs Coffee do
Miss Kate Coffee do
W Wainright miss
John Bell Tenn
Miss S Bell & ser’vt do
R N McVeigh Phila’d
L Lorance Florence
Ed Brown do
S G Barr do
Wood Yeatman & Co’s servant
W H Key County
James Boddie do
Miss A Howell do
John C Bliss  Florence
Mrs Malony do
Thomas Taylor do
Jno R Price So Florence
L?M Lewis Florence
Miss Shappard Memphis
Dr H F Harris McLemoresville Tenn
Jas Ackinson do
John Burns Memphis
Dr J T Hargraves and serv’t Florence Ala
Geo Shall Memphis
John B Fassitt Phil’ado = abbreviation for ditto

Shoals Creek or Shoal Creek has always been picturesque and a favorite site for local residents for family gatherings and fun by the young citizens. The photo below shows a group enjoying recreation at Shoals Creek in Bailey Springs. The photo is vintage 1880-1889 and was photographed by Turner & Son, Florence and Gadsden, Alabama. It would be so nice to know the names of the people in the group; they likely have descendants who are still in the area. The photograph is housed in the digital archives of the State of Alabama at ADAH. The photo is entitled: Group at Shoal Creek in Bailey Springs, Alabama. 

Photgraph on Shoals Creek at Bailey Springs in Lauderdale County AL 1880s

A gathering of people relaxing on the banks of Shoals Creek in Bailey Springs, Lauderdale County, Alabama is photographed between 1880 and 1889

The particulars for the photo are outlined below:

Collection or Series Title Alabama Dept. of Archives and History photographs collection – places vertical file
Box Number Box 9
Folder Title Lauderdale County, Bailey Springs, Shoal Creek

Bailey Springs is a very picturesque place, situated on the banks of Shoals Creek in Lauderdale County, Alabama. A demonstration of that sereness shows through in the photo from NARA below:

Serene living on Shoals Creek at Bailey Springs in Lauderdale County Alabama

She did too die…

in Lawrence County, Alabama even if the state has no record of her death. Conversely that means that she lived. Yes, she lived and died in Lawrence County, Alabama. She was born in 1884 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Her family originally resided at a community named Rawhide, but she was born in the area known now as Center Star near Gabriel Butler’s Bluewater Creek cemetery and on Chief Doublehead‘s former Reserve property. She lived there until

Willie Viola Casey Peebles' obituary

Obituary was published Monday, 4 December 1939 in the Decatur Daily

shortly after the 1900 Federal Census was enumerated. Then  she moved with her husband to his stamping ground in Lawrence County, Alabama. It was there she died in 1939.  But, The state has no death certificate on file for Willie Viola Casey Peebles. Numerous attempts to obtain an official death certificate has resulted in a response of are you sure she did not die in another state. I would stomp my little feet and say, I am SURE she died in Lawrence County, Alabama. I can take you to her grave and show you her marker. I can show you her obituary from the Decatur Daily Newspaper dated 4 December 1939. OH, yes, she lived.

In 1888 records of Goodsprings Church in Center Star, she is listed as a member of the church. That is the same church that Gabriel Butler helped establish. It was a lovely little white wooden church and should have been of great historical value but since then it had been added on to and now is bricked, so how much of its historical value is left is not for me to say. I just know that every time I have driven or gone by that little church, I always think of her.

Her maiden name was Willie Viola Casey. She was undoubtedly named after her father Willis Robert Lucas Casey. A measure of how much she was loved by family might be indicated by the fact that at least two descendants were named in her honor. My mother and other grandchildren lovingly called her ‘Willmaw.” She married George Washington Peebles (Maj) and became the mother of  eleven known children.

One of her grandsons recalled her fondly. He stated that she was a very religious woman. His favorite memory of her was her singing. He stated that she could sing every bit as well as Loretta Lynn. He recalled that on bringing the family cow up for milking that she would be singing the song “Amazing Grace.” He cherished that memory.

My mother’s memory of her always seemed wistful if her body language was any indication. Mother talked of her having breast cancer. As she recalled the next part, her face would show the pain she felt at the recall of those memories. She stated that her grandpa  told Willmaw that if she had her breasts cut off she could no longer live in his house. Mother said that Willmaw did not have her breasts cut off; and that her grandpa got his way of her not living, at least living very long, in his house. She said Willmaw didn’t live long after that in his house, and I shuddered at the thought. Perhaps this is the reason that in my grown up years I am so adamant that only a woman can govern her own body as it has never been Government Issue.

Mother would go on to talk about going to Willmaw’s funeral. If I recall correctly, it was Luke who drove an old school bus and took all those who cared to ride to Willmaw’s funeral at Cottingham Cemetery. The cemetery is located just off the highway. Back in the 1960s when I would take Mother and others around to the cemeteries Cottingham Cemetery would pretty much tear your car up if you drove back to it. There was a little loop around the cemetery that circles the cemetery. After a business located and built their shop near it, they improved the road and a car could easily maneuver back there and all around the little cemetery. 

Getting there was likely an adventure for the kids like my mother, but nothing would compare with the return trip. She stated that Luke drove the bus and that Luther would lean out the door of the old decrepid school bus and  hold a coal oil lamp to try to illuminate the way to drive back home. It must have been a long, long trip back home under those circumstances. It left a little tear in her heart for the rest of her life.

Old settlers…

on Doublehead Reserve in what is now Lauderdale County included Thomas G Butler, Richard Butler, John Butler and Gabriel Butler.

Gabriel Butler Timeline (1779 – 1856)

Source: Byron Butler, a descendant of Gabriel Butler’s through his son Chisholm Butler

1779 Gabriel Butler born in South Carolina. (This is from information Gabriel Butler provided in the 1850 census.)

1800 – 1803 Gabriel Butler is living in Logan County, Kentucky which is just north of the Tennessee state line. Other Butler’s living in Logan County include John Butler, John (Jr) Butler (who appears to be living alongside Gabriel) andGabriel Butler Cemetery Thomas Butler.

December 26, 1803 Gabriel Butler marries Sarah Whiteside in Warren County, Kentucky (Gabriel Butler’s 1st Marriage).

Mar 19, 1804 In the Warren County, Kentucky marriage of Henry Butler to Polly Russel, Gabriel Butler acts as security (i.e. it was he who presented that both of those parties were over 21)

January 14, 1806 John W. Butler is born in either Tennessee or Kentucky (1st child of Gabriel & Sarah)

1806 The Cherokee Chief Doublehead and John D. Chisolm establish a land company and begin granting leases to settlers to lands in what is now Lauderdale County, Alabama.

1806 In testimony stemming from an 1816 court case in Logan County, Kentucky, Leonard West stated that THOMAS BUTLER left (Logan County, Kentucky) in the spring of 1806 in search of new country and when he returned he said had found one and made some sort of agreement with DOUBLEHEAD and CHISM. He moved in the fall of 1806. (This is apparently the same Thomas G. Butler that subsequently is listed as an “old settler” on the listing of Doublehead tenants.) Apparently at or about this same time, Gabriel Butler relocated to Doublehead’s Reserve (present Lauderdale County, Alabama) along with Thomas G. Butler as he is subsequently found on lists of settlers on Doublehead’s Reserve.

August 9, 1807 Chief Doublehead is murdered by Cherokees at Hiwassee.

April – June 1809 Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs leads troops from Hiwassee Garrison in Tennessee into Northwest Alabama to evict intruders following complaints from Chickasaw Chief Colbert.

March 1809 Outgoing President Thomas Jefferson writes a letter to the incoming President James Madison concerning Intruders on Indian Lands: “…all should be removed except those settled on Doublehead’s reserve under titles from him; & they should be notified that those lands having been claimed by the Chickasaws as well as the Cherokees, purchased the Cherokee right with the exception of Doublehead’s reserve, which we did not guarantee to him, but left it as it stood under the claims of both nations; that consequently they are not under our protection that whenever we purchase the Chickasaw right, all their titles under Doublehead will become void; as our laws do not permit individuals to purchase lands from the Indians: that they should therefore look out for themselves in time.”

May 25, 1809 Return J. Meigs inventory of Intruders on Indian lands shows Gabriel Butler as an “Old Settler” and having a legitimate lease. Also shown as “Old Settler’s” in this listing are Thomas G. Butler and John Butler.

1809 The Cherokees Chief Tahlonteskee, a kinsman of Doublehead’s, leads about 300 Cherokee (including those that that lived at Bluewater Creek) in emigrating to Arkansas. They are “accompanied by John D. Chisholm, a white man who had been adopted into the tribe.”

1809 Mary “Polly” Butler born in either Kentucky or Alabama (2nd child of Gabriel & Sarah)

December 1809 A petition signed by Gabriel Butler and others (including John Butler, Thomas G. Butler and Richard Butler) then living on Doublehead’s Reserve is received in Washington. (James Madison was then President.) The petition ask that these settlers not to be evicted from the land they had leased from Chief Doublehead.

1810 Fort Hampton, in present Limestone County, Alabama, is constructed to keep intruders off of Indian lands Fall

1811 Eviction of Doublehead Tenants by Fort Hampton soldiers

November 1812 Gabriel Butler is found on Maury County, Tennessee tax list for 1812. In that year Gabriel, along with Thomas G. Butler, Henry Butler and John Butler were all charged in Maury County, Tennessee with negro stealing.

October 1813 State Docket listing of October Term 1813 of Maury County, Tennessee, batch 5 – 8, show cases on the docket including State vs. Thomas G. Butler, State vs. Henry Butler, State vs. Gabriel Butler, and State vs. John Butler. All were continued due to sheriff’s notes not being found.

1814 Henry W. Butler born in Kentucky (3rd child of Gabriel & Sarah)

1816 Treaties with Cherokee and Chickasaw signed allowing settlers into Northwest Alabama and then able to “file” for the land

1816 Elizabeth “Betsy” Butler born in Alabama (4th child of Gabriel & Sarah)

Circa 1816-1817 Sarah Whiteside Butler dies 1818 Gabriel Butler sold back to Samuel Whiteside (for $50) the land he received from Samuel when he married his daughter Sarah who was then deceased

Circa 1818 Gabriel Butler marries Sophia (?) Littrell (2nd Marriage)

November 14, 1818 Gabriel Butler traveled to the Huntsville, Alabama land sales office where he filed for land (purchased from the Government) along Bluewater Creek in what is now Lauderdale County. This property was in the same Section where Doublehead’s chief village, home and store had been in 1807.

February 20, 1822 Chisolm Butler born in Alabama (1st child of Gabriel & the Littrell wife)

February 7, 1824 Susan Butler born in Alabama (2nd child of Gabriel & the Littrell wife)

1827 Some settlers were still trying to recover the lands (or compensation for the land) they had leased from Doublehead

January 22, 1829 John W. Butler, son of Gabriel. marries Margaret “Peggy” Herston

February 4, 1830 Mary “Polly” Butler, daughter of Gabriel, marries Samuel H. Richardson

Circa 1830 Gabriel Butler, Jr. born in Alabama (3rd child of Gabriel & the Littrell wife)

1831 Construction begins on the original Mussel Shoals Canal Project

September 3, 1831 Henry R. Butler, son of Gabriel. marries Nancy Phillips

November 30, 1834 Elizabeth “Betsy” Butler, daughter of Gabriel, marries Robert Phillips

Circa 1834-1835 Sophia Littrell Butler (2nd wife of Gabriel Butler) dies

August 8, 1935 Gabriel Butler marries Frances Winstead Paine (3rd Marriage)

Circa 1837 Francis Butler born in Alabama (1st child of Gabriel & Francis)

Circa 1839 Henry R. Butler and his family move to Texas

August 18, 1839 Chisolm Butler marries Mary Ann Paine (one of the twin daughters of Francis Winstead Paine)

Circa 1840 Sarah P. Butler born in Alabama (2nd child of Gabriel & Francis)

Circa 1840 John W. Butler, son of Gabriel, and his family move to Mississippi

May 16 1840 Gabriel Butler executes deed giving 2 acres of land for the Baptist Meeting House at Bluewater

January 25, 1842 Susan Butler, daughter of Gabriel, marries Abner Barnett

January 24, 1849 Gabriel Butler, Jr., son of Gabriel, marries Sarah Ann Bevers

September 1849 Sarah Ann Bevers Butler (wife of Gabriel Butler, Jr.) dies

November 1, 1853 Gabriel Butler, Jr. marries Charlotte Best

April 13, 1856 Gabriel Butler files his last will and testament

November 1856 Gabriel Butler dies and is buried within rock enclosure at Butler Cemetery, Bluewater (Lauderdale County, Alabama)

Some War of 1812 Military Land Grants

from Lauderdale County Alabama. Help fill in the missing information for these soldiers.

Actual flag that inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner

Actual flag that inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Flag on display at the Smithsonian Institute


Last Name: First Name: Regiment Birth: Death: Spouse:
Adkisson, David Tennessee Militia      
Barnett, James Thomas’ Mississippi Volunteers      
Beard, Jabez 2nd Regiment Virginia Militia      
Beshirs, Henry Griffin’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Bevis,  Thomas L South Carolina Militia      
Boyd,  Joseph Ellis’ Company Tennessee Militia      
Bradley,  James A Williamson’s Company Tennessee Militia      
Brown,  Daniel Tennessee Militia      
Brown,  William Butler’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Bumpass,  Robert South Carolina Militia    bef 1852 Martha
Butler,  Darius H 1st Regiment North Carolina Militia      
Clark, CharlesH Fawcett’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Clark, James 1st Regiment Tennessee Volunteers      
Cole, Abraham Tennessee Militia      
Darby, Phillip 1st Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Dickey, Robert Hill’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Dowdy, Thomas 39th Regiment Alabama Militia     Margaret
Edwards, John Hodges’ Company Alabama Volunteers      
Estes, Josiah 9th Regiment Virginia Militia      
Farmer, Thomas Tennessee Militia      
Frosbaugh, John Allen’s Company Tennessee Militia      
Gordon, JamesF 3rdRegimentUnitedStatesInfantry      
Grissoud, Eaton United States Mounted Rangers      
Haddock, James White’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Hail, JohnA Edward’s Company Tennessee Militia      
Hammons, William Watkins’s Company North Carolina Militia      
Harrel, Asa Tennessee Militia      
Harvey, Ira J Boston’s Company Alabama Volunteers      
Hazelwood,  Mitchell 4th Regiment Virginia Militia      
Hendrix,  Abner Tennessee Militia      
Herstone,  Samuel 1st Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Hogan,  Anderson 4th Regiment Tennessee Volunteers      
Holt,  James Milligan’s Company Tennessee Militia   bef 1852 Elizabeth
Hough,  Joseph Welch’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Hugh,  David Tennessee Militia      
Hutton,  James Nance’s Company Tennessee Volunteers      
Iron,  Phillip 2nd Regiment North Carolina Militia      
Johnson,  John Brandon’s Tennessee Volunteers   bef 1852 Melinda
Lancaster,  David Williamson’s Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Lane,  Drewry H Bullington’s Company Virginia Militia      
Lee,  Henry Tennessee Militia      
Lemaster,  John W 2nd Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Lucy,  Jesse Raney’s Company Virginia Militia      
Martin,  Andrew 2nd Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Mason,  Thomas A 2nd Regiment United States Riflemen      
McAsel,  Allen North Carolina Volunteers      
McBride,  Thomas Allen’s Company Tennessee Militia      
McCartney,  Robert Hamilton’s Company Alabama Militia      
McConnell, James 2nd Regiment Tennessee Militia      
McDougal,  James 4th Regiment Tennessee Militia      
McGlamery,  John Keith’s Company Georgia Militia      
McGwier,  David Barrett’s Tennessee Militia     Margaret
McKelvy,  John Woods’ Company South Carolina Militia      
McKnight,  Thomas P Tennessee Volunteers      
McMillan,  Jesse 5th Regiment Virginia Militia      
Meals,  Daniel Copeland’s Company Tennessee Militia      
Miller,  John 8th Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Mitchell,  John S Gray’s Company Mississippi Militia      
Moses,  Peter Tennessee Militia      
Myrick,  James C 4th North Carolina Militia      
Nolen,  Thomas 2nd Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Partin,  Leonard Allen’s Company Alabama Volunteers      
Pike,  George 16th Regiment Virginia Militia      
Pinkston,  Mathew Williamson’s Regiment Tennessee Volunteers      
Poteet,  William 1st Regiment Tennessee Militia      
Pratt,  Jesse Steel’s Company Tennessee Militia      
Richards, William Griffin’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Romine,  Peter Raines’ Company Tennessee Militia      
Shelby,  Evans McNeil’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Siles,  John Martin’s Company South Carolina Militia      
Simmons,  William Collin’s Company Tennessee Militia      
Stewart,  Duncan 4th Regiment North Carolina Militia   bef 1854 Catherine
Tate,  Jesse O 39th Regiment United States Infantry      
Terrill,  Joseph South Carolina Militia   bef 1851 Tabitha
Thomas,  Andrew Tennessee Militia      
Walker,  Stephen Woodson’s Company Virginia Militia   bef 1853 Mahala
Washburn,  John 2nd Regiment Tennessee Militia      
White,  Abraham Shiver’s Company Georgia Militia      
Williams,  Benjamin Gregg’s Company Virginia Volunteers      
Williams,  Henry Taylor’s Company Virginia Militia      
Wood,  Alexander H 2nd Regiment Virginia Militia      

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Ned Hays and his family…

vintage 1901. Ned is pictured with his new wife and his five sons.  They lived at Chickasaw in Colbert County, Alabama. Chickasaw was renamed Riverton and many Hays descendants live there today. Still others live in Cherokee and on the other side of  US Highway 72 in the county. The spelling of the name varies in documents over the span of years; sometimes it is spelled Hays and other times it is spelled Hayes. Historically, the name was Hayes and then some of the surname started going by Hays here in America.

Charles Nathaniel Ned Hays Family 1901 in Chickasaw Alabama 

Information  from the book “Hays-Hayes Kinfolk and Allied Families”  authored by Cora Isbell and published in 1976 states:

Our  family line Hays/Hayes decends from Jesse Hays a resident of Lauderdale County, Alabama (approx. 1830-1845?) later he moved to Franklin (now Colbert) County, Alabama (1845) where he died around 1859. his father was Kinchen Hays of Northampton County, North Carolina for which our information is very sketchy.

Jesse Hays worked as a tutor to the Wilcox (Wilcoxson) family and married one of the daughters. He was married to Sarah Ann Wilcoxson, and known children are:

  • Eliza Ann (born about 1836) Lauderdale County, Alabama
  • Sylvia Bell born April 7, 1837  Lauderdale County, Alabama                                                                                   
  • Mary S. born July 9, 1839 Lauderdale County, Alabama
  • Henry D. (Richard) abt. 1842
  • John Jesse born Aug 3, 1844 Lauderdale or Franklin
  • Isaac D. abt. 1847 (Died as Child?)
  • Edward Tustin April 15, 1856 in Franklin County, Alabama USA

Before Cora Isbell died she found proof that Jesse Hays born ca 1803 was the son of Kinchen Hays and Sylva Bell Hays, daughter of Samuel Bell of Northampton County, North Carolina. A deed in Lauderdale County, Alabama from Mary Parker to “my grandson Jesse Hays” identifies her as widow of Samuel Parker of Northampton County, North Carolina.  Mary was a Kinchen before she married  to Samuel. When Kinchen died in 1805 Jesse and brother Cornelious were wards of Darius Parker. When he died they were made wards of Josiah Parker. Sylva remarried Henry Sauls. Some of these families moved to Alabama.

Mary Dawson Kinchen was married twice. Her husbands were Arthur Hays and Samuel Parker. Arthur Hayes was Kinchen Hays’ father. Kinchen Hays was Jesse H. Hays’ father. Mary Dawson Kinchen’s mother was a Dawson.

Arthur Hays was born 1750 in Pennsylvania and died in North Carolina in 1833.  Quite a number of Hays children were born around 1750 in Pennsylvania, according to the American Biographical and Genealogical Index. A partial list of those listed as born were: Asa, Ada, Andrew, Archibald, Charles, David, Enoch, Elizabeth, George, Henry, Hugh, Jacob, James, John, Jonathan, Joseph, Koper, Magdalen, Margaret, Nathan, Nathaniel, Mordecai, Samuel, Solomon and the list goes on.

Current research gives Jesse H Hays’ family of children as follows: Henry D Hayes 1835 – 1868, Elizabeth Ann Hayes 1836 –  , Mary S Hayes 1837 –  , Sylvia Bell Hays 1838 – 1912, Charles Richard Hayes 1841 –   , John Jesse Hays 1844 – 1924, Isaac D Hayes 1847 –   , Edward Tustin Hayes 1856 – 1933.

Edward Tustin Hays was born 1856 in Riverton, Colbert County, Alabama. He married Mary Isabelle Strong in Nov of 1882.  Mary Isabelle Strong was born 1866. Ed died in 1933 and Mary died in 1956. Together they had the following children:  William Jesse Hays 1885 –  , Callie Laurine Hays 1887 –  ,Wiley Lester Hays 1887 –   , Mertie Bell Hays 1888 –  , Thadius Hays 1891 –   , Amos Franklin Hayes 1894 –  , Elmer Hays 1896 –  , Dossie B Hays 1900 – 1962, Dorey Hays 1900 –  , Maud Maudie Hays 1900 –  , and Richard I L Hays 1906 –   .

Dossie Bell Hays married Caledonia Donia Bell Hall. Known children are: May Bell Hays 1925-1981 and Annie Olean 1927-1966.

Hays or Hayes descendants are numerous throughout the Shoals area.

Henry C Jones…

was a native to Franklin County, Alabama. He served his country with honor in the judiciary. His brother-in-law Wade Keys followed a similar path.

Author: Vol. II. Brant & Fuller. Madison, Wis., 1893. pp. 358-359



HENRY C. JONES, a prominent citizen of Florence, and solicitor for the eighth judicial district of Alabama, was born in Franklin county, January 23, 1821. HeLaGrange College Site is a son of William S. and Ann (Cox) Jones, both natives of Virginia, and of English descent. Thomas Jones, grandfather of Henry C., was a colonel in the Revolutionary war, and William Jones, father of Henry C., came to Alabama in 1813, locating in Madison county, and removing thence to Franklin county, in 1819, where he died in 1874, at the age of seventy-six.

Henry C. Jones was educated primarily at the county schools, and then attended LaGrange college, graduating in 1840. He next read law under Prof. Tutwiler of La Grange college, and with Hon. Daniel Coleman of Athens, was admitted to the Franklin county bar in 1841. During the same year he was elected probate judge of Franklin county, and held the office for eighteen months. Being then elected to the legislature,
he resigned his judgeship and served in the legislature with distinction, both in the lower house and in the senate.

His work in both branches of the legislature gained him prominence all over the state. In 1856, Judge Jones settled in Florence, and continued the practice of his profession In 1860 he was a Douglas elector, and was a member of the state convention called up on
the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency. In that convention he vigorously opposed secession, yet when the state had seceded, notwithstanding his vigorous opposition, to a secessional policy, he was elected to the Confederate provisional congress, in which body he served one year. During  which he was engaged in the manufacture of cottons and woolens in Mississippi, under a contract for the Confederate government.

After the war he returned to Florence, and resumed the practice of law, taking rank with the leading members of the bar. Judge Jones has always taken an active part in politics, and has given his services freely to the party in time of need. During the period of reconstruction he was for five years chairman of the democratic central committee. In 1876, he was the Tilden elector for his district, and made speeches throughout northern Alabama.

In 1874, Judge Jones was elected, by the legislature, solicitor for the eighth district, and he has been re-elected to that position at each election since. He is now serving his third term, which expires in 1892, and intends to retire with its expiration. Judge Jones was married in Athens to Martha L. Keyes, who died in Florence, May 6, 1887.

[Memorial Record of Alabama. Vol. II. Brant & Fuller. Madison, Wis., 1893. pp.

Judge Jones married Martha Louisa Keyes, daughter of General Keyes and sister to Wade Keyes on 13 Oct 1844 in Limestone County, Alabama.

Wade Keyes also resides in this county, but is a native of Limestone. His father, Gen. Keyes, was a planter, and merchant at Mooresville, where the son was born in 1821. His mother was a Miss Rutledge of Tennessee. Educated at Lagrange College and the University of Virginia, he read law under the eye of Judge Coleman in Athens, and in Lexington, Kentucky,

After a tour in Europe, he located in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1844. While there he wrote a volume on contingent remainders, and another on the practice hi chancery.

In 1851 he removed to Montgomery, this State. At the session of the general assembly in 1853 he was elected chancellor of the southern division, over Messrs Bugbee of Montgomery, and Sterling G. Cato of Barbour. He filled this station with marked ability for six years. In 1861 he was appointed assistant attorney general of the Confederate States, and held the position during the existence of that government He resumed the duties of his profession at the close of the war in Montgomery, but came to reside in this county in 1867, and an office in Florence.

Chancellor Keyes is justly admired for a profound knowledge of law, and for the dignity and impartiality with which he presided as a judicial officer. His attainments as a scholar are shown in the ease and clearness of his writings, which are restricted to professional subjects, and are valued by the members of the bar. He married a daughter of Gen. George Whitfield of Florida.

History is all around us…

but sometimes we just don’t write it down before it is gone. Poof!

Bluewater Freewill Baptist Men's Group

This is the Men’s Group from Bluewater Freewill Baptist Church in Lauderdale County, near Elgin Crossroads. There are three of the men whose names are known:

Chisholm Butler – 1st on left in front of seated row
Steven Emory McDonald – 5th from left, second row
Taylor Leman – kneeling, far right, with hat in hand

The date of the photo is not known at this time, but Chisholm Butler is known to have lived from, but wait there were several Chisholm Butler’s in Lauderdale County at  Blue Water Creek. All of them are buried at Gabriel Butler’s cemetery at Blue Water Creek.

They were:

Chisholm Butler who lived 1866-1951

Chisholm Butler who lived 20 Feb 1825  –  15 Sep 1895

Chisholm C Butler who lived  15 Sep 1879  – 16 Sep 1939

Chisholm D Butler who lived 14 Feb 1894 – 4 Jan 1900

These are all ancestors of people from the Shoals. Any help in dating the photo or adding names to those in the photo would be very helpful.

Holland Court Records, part 1871, 1873, 1878…

Florence, Alabama

O'Neal Bridge

reveal some genealogical information that may be of interest to descendants.

Lauderdale County Alabama Archives: Court records for Holland, James L. “et al” May 4, 1871 Source: Lauderdale County, Alabama Probate Office Records Written: May 4, 1871

PETITIONS IN PROBATE COURT AFTER THE DEATH OF JAMES L. HOLLAND,1871: To the Hon. T.T. Allington, Probate Judge of Lauderdale Co. Alabama Your petitioners, JOHN WILLIAMS AND WILLIAM HOLLAND, citizen of said county show unto your Honor that JAMES HOLLAND, late of said county, died at his residence in said county on the 24th day of April, 1870 intestate. That he left surviving him BERSHEBA HOLLAND, his widow, WILLIAM HOLLAND, JANE HOLLAND, JOHN HOLLAND and PHEBEY SUE GEORGE, wife of HENRY GEORGE, his children all of whom are of age or married except JOHN HOLLAND who is 19 years of age. And all of whom reside in this county except PHEBEY SUE GEORGE and her husband HENRY GEORGE who reside in Bedford County, Tennessee. Your petitioner further states that said intestate died seized and possessed of real and personal estate estimated to be of the value of fifty thousand dollars. Petitioner JOHN WILLIAMS is the brother of said widow, and WILLIAM HOLLAND is the eldest son of said intestate, and the said widow is incapacitated from administering on said estate by reason of blindness, and it is the desire of all said heirs at law that petitioner take out letters of administration on said estate. They therefore ask your Honor that notice be given as required by law to said widow and heirs at law, and that your petitioner be appointed administrator of said estate and they will give bond and be qualified or such according to the law. JOHN WILLIAMS  WILLIAM HOLLAND Sworn to & subscribed before me this 4 May, 1871 T.T. Allington Probate Judge Book E page 172 Additional Comments: Names in Probate record for James L. Holland estate: John Williams, William Holland, Bersheba Holland, Jane Holland, John Holland, Phebey Sue George, Henry George


Lauderdale County Al Archives Court…..Holland, James L. “et Al” June 23, 1873 Probate Record for Estate of James Holland: 1873 To the Hon. T.T. Allington Judge of Probate Court of Lauderdale Co. Alabama The undersigned, the widow and heirs of JAMES HOLLAND decd. desire and intend to reside together and cultivate the land we have inherited from our deceased husband and father, as tenants in common in propestion to our respective rights, and we desire to keep all the stock, farming implements, household and kitchen furniture without a sale or division thereof, at this time therefore in the final settlement of the estate of said intestate we agree that you render a decree ascertaining the value or each distributes share, but that it remain undivided until we or any one of us, desire to withdraw our portion from the common stock. and as the notes and judgments to be distributed cannot be equally divided we agree that our respective interest may be ascertained in them and we will receive them jointly to be held, collected, and divided equally amongst us. And we agree that the decree of the Court may be rendered in accordance with this agreement. Witness June 23, 1872. Witnesses: BASHEBA HOLLAND, PHEBE S. GEORGE, JANIE HOLLAND, JOHN HOLLAND ANDREW J. GRESHAM 1873 Received of JOHN WILLIAM AND WILLIAM HOLLAND adm’s of the estate of JAMES HOLLAND decd. viz, seventeen hundred and twenty seven dollars & fifty cents in money and seventeen hundred & thirty eight dollars & fifty cents of the notes & judgments due said estate, each, and we also acknowledge the receipt of all the personal property of said estate, and this is a full acquittance and release of said administrators from all further liability to us, as administrators of said estate, June 23, 1873. Witnesses: ANDREW J.GRESHAM BESHEBE HOLLAND PHEBE S. GEORGE JANIE HOLLAND JOHN HOLLAND Recorded: Minute Book E page 573 1873 Probate Court June 23, 1873  JOHN WILLIAMS & WILLIAM HOLLAND (adm. of JAMES HOLLAND decd.) vs. JANE HOLLAND & others-Heirs at law of said intestate. Summary of legal document: Notice of settlement of estate published in Times Journal, a newspaper in Florence, AL for three successive weeks and no exceptions were made. Order & decree by the court that said account be approved, confirmed and recorded as the final settlement of the administrators. Said administrators have received in assets of estate $13, 762.17 and the expenses of administration plus commissions of administrators amount to $1211.00 and for advertising and other expenses, $34.65, leaving in the hands of the administrators to be divided among the widow and heirs the sum of $8, 637.65 in money. Further the administrators have in hand, as shown by account notes and judgments, the amount of $8,692.49 and that there is personal property estimated at the value of $9,010.00 The following are entitled to distribution: BESHEBA HOLLAND, the widow of intestate, WILLIAM HOLLAND, one of the administrators, JANE HOLLAND, JOHN HOLLAND, AND PHEBE SUE GEORGE(widow) children of said intestate. The said distributes have filed in this court their agreement and desire that the personal property, stock farming implements, household and kitchen furniture shall not be divided but remain the property of all as tenants in common so that they can live together and cultivate the land inherited by them until they or some one of them desire to withdraws their postive from the common stock. It is decreed that that PHEBE HOLLAND, WILLIAM HOLLAND, JANE HOLLAND, JOHN HOLLAND, & PHEBE SUE GEORGE recover their portions of said estate the sum of $1727. 53 and $1738.50 (notes & judgments). Additional Comments: Other names in documents: Besheba Holland, Phebe S. [Holland] George, Janie Holland, Andrew J. Gresham, John Holland, John Williams, William Holland


Lauderdale County Al Court…..Wilson, Annie E. “et Al” November 1878 Source: Lauderdale County, Alabama Chancery Court Records Written: November 1878 1878 CHANCERY COURT OF LAUDERDALE CO. ALABAMA Date; November 17, 1878 Recorded: Final Record, L, pages 528 & 538-58 ANNIE E. WILSON vs. WILLIAM HOLLAND, JANE HOLLAND, PHEBE SUE GEORGE, JOHN HOLLAND & BASHEBA HOLLAND ANNIE E. WILSON has a claim against the estate of JAMES L. HOLLAND for $7686.30 with interest. Complainant had a decree rendered against JOHN W. MC ALISTER, administrator of estate of JOHN WILSON, deceased for said amount rendered by this court. Conveys the following lands in summary: In Section 18, Township 2, Range 11 West: 120 acres; In Section 20, Township 2, Range 11 West, 176 acres; In sections 20,18, 19, & 17 & 30 Range 11 West, Township 2, 290 acres; In section 17 & 30, Range 11 West, Township 2, 190 acres; and in Section 30, Township 2, Range 11 West, 40 acres part os Section 18, Township 2, Range 11 West. That said McALISTER is insolvent and that said JAMES L. HOLLAND WAS surity on the bond of McALISTER as such administrator. Bill prays that said lands which belong to the estate of JAMES L. HOLLAND, deceased, be sold to satisfy said claim. This bill was amended to include W. T. WHITE, administrator of the estate of JAMES L.HOLLAND, deceased. CHANCERY COURT OF LAUDERDALE COUNTY ALABAMA November 7, 1878 Recorded: Final Record, L., pages 538-558. Annie Wilson vs. the defendants, WILLIAM HOLLAND, JOHN HOLLAND, JAMES HOLLAND, PHEBE SUE GEORGE, & BASHEBA HOLLAND pay complainant the sum of $6500 for her claim and that a decree which shall be a lien on said lands shall be rendered for that amount. On Dec. 20, 1878 another claim is made by Annie E. Wilson saying that she has a lien on the lands for the amount of $6500 and lands will be sold unless defendancts pay sum on or before February 7, 1879, and if sale takes place to execute to purchaser a deed to same and report at first term of court thereafter. Recorded, Book of Final Record L. p. 560. Receipts for whole amount of $6500, dated December 24, 1878 for $6000 and January 3, 1879 for $500. Recorded: Final Record Book L, page 563. Additional Comments: William Holland, Jane Holland, Phebe Sue George, John Holland, Basheba Holland. John Wilson, John W. McAlister are other names in this document.

Note: Barsheba Williams and James L Holland were married 15 Feb 1844 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. He was born in Georgia; she was born in Tennessee.

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Doublehead Reserve 1810 Document

Historical Marker for Doublehead Reserve

Historical Marker for Doublehead Reserve

Lessees and squatters on the lands of the native americans were numerous. Among them were several lines of our families. The petition against the removal from lands of Double Head Reserve follows. Even though no date is known of when the petition was drawn up, it would seem that the year would have been 1810. It was received in Washington DC in December 1810.The locale of these petitioners seems to have been in the northwest section of what would become the

 state of Alabama in 1818. They lived inpresent day Lauderdale, Franklin and Colbert County. All spelling of names are original.

DoubleHead Squatters
Petitioners Names
Benjamin BirkJames Cummins

David Hudspeth


C.L. Burney

John Beard

John Butler

Gabriel Butler

J.G. Hemphill

Jos Lemaster

Green Hudspeth

R. H. Alpes

Kames Hannegan

Julius Alford

Isreal Harman

Henry Tucker

Hutson Alford

Andrew I. Kavanaugh

Justin Readford

Adam Lacky

James Hooper

James M. Petigrew

James Petigrew

Thomas Caplin

D.B. Potter

Matthew Jones

Hampton Strowell

William Strowell

Samuel Burney Sr.

Samuel Burney Jr.

Charles Burney

_____ Hayes

Carlis Hays

Elisha Wilborn

Elisha Wilson

David Bains

Willis Stevens

Jessee Stevens

James Brion

Alexander Cambrel

William Wilborn

Jos C. Wilborn

Mosser Moss

Benjamin Oberly

James Ellis

M. Armstrong

Thomas Grisham

John Kilough

David Kilough

Amus Wilks

Philop Mebery

Frederick Peeler

Benjamin Yardley

Allen Kilough

Hennery Morehead

Richard Haley

William Welch Jr.

Rebekeah Hays

Charles Moorhead

Jeremiah ____

Moses Norman

William Welch

Benjamin Moore

Thomas Yardley

Jonathan Little

James Young

Jno Crowly

Thomas Bowman

Mathew English

Thos G. Butler

James Brown

Jos Brown

Thos Redish

Richard Butler

Edmund Hatch

James Welch

Joshua Golner

J. N. Coe

Thomas Casey

Nathaniel Casey

John Manley

Archibald Sanders

Joseph Edwards

Hennery Tucker

Hennery Tucker

John I. Moss

John Cavenner

Marlin Towns

Tyre G. Dabney

Joel Wilbourn

James Wilbourn

William Wilbourn

Carlton Wilbourn

H. A. Hays

William Carwood

John Young

John Cole

Abraham Cole Sr.

Abraham Cole Jr.

Mason Moss

Alexander Carrel

Charles Hulsy

James Ellis

Eli Nathaniel Hartsfield Bible Records…

that spans from Lawrence County, Tennessee to Greenhill, Lauderdale County, Alabama.
Eli Nathaniel Hartsfield and Family
Bible Records courtesy of Eric Hartsfield
 LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN - BIBLES - Bible of Eli Nathaniel Hartsfield

                Family Record                       Family Record    
       Name             Place of Birth      Birth         Marriage       Death
E. N. Hartsfield     Lawrence Co., TN     25 Dec 1855  31 Aug 1876    7/6/1930
N. M. Hartsfield     Lawrence Co., TN     15 May 1851   31 Aug 1876   15 Mar 1896
S. E. Hartsfield     Lawrence Co., TN     17 May 1877                   Jan 1958
M. A. Hartsfield     Lauderdale Co., AL   16 Oct 1879    
Jas. A. Hartsfield   Lauderdale Co., AL    2 Aug 1882    
W. E. Hartsfield     Lauderdale Co., AL   22 Nov 1884    
John O. Hartsfield   Lauderdale Co., AL    2 Oct 1887    
Mary L. Hartsfield   Lauderdale Co., AL   23 Sep 1889                 8 Oct 1889
A. Js. Hartsfield    Lauderdale Co., AL   18 Apr 1893    
N. L. Hartsfield     Lauderdale Co., AL   26 Oct 1895    
H. N. Hartsfield     Lauderdale Co., AL    2/8/1900    
Elizabeth Hartsfield                                   3 Nov 1896     16 Nov 1896
Mary J. Hartsfield   Giles County, TN     16 Mar 1857   10 Mar 1898   6/18/1926
Ella May             Lauderdale Co., AL    4 Nov 1884    
[notes, Eric Hartsfield, 1 January 2003]      
All of the above was in identical ink and handwriting except the three death  
dates after 1900.  The title page from this Bible is missing.  There is an  
1891 copyright on a biographical dictionary between the contents page and  
It is believed that the abbreviations should read as follow:    
    E. N. = Eli Nathaniel      
    N. M. = Nancy Margaret      
    S. E. = Sarah Elizabeth      
    M. A. = Margaret Annie      
    Jas. A. = James Asa      
    W. E. = William Eli      
    John O. = John Oliver      
    Mary L. = Mary Lee      
    A. Js. = Jesse Andrew (? Andrew Jesse ?)    
    N. L. = Nettie Lula      
    H. N. = Henry Nathaniel      
    Mary J. = Mary Jane      
Eli Nathaniel Hartsfield married, 31 August 1876, Nancy Margaret Littrell.  
This marriage produced eight children:      
Lizzie, Annie, Jim, Will, John, Mary Lee, Jesse, & Lula    
Eli Nathaniel Hartsfield married secondly, 3 November 1896, Mary C. Gibbens.  
This marriage produced no children.      
Eli Nathaniel Hartsfield married thirdly, 10 March 1898, Mary Jane May.  
Ella May was her natural daughter.  This marriage produced one child:  Henry.   

Indenture between Maryetta Short and William Lyle 1834

in Lauderdale County shows the extent of a mother’s love. Or does it? Was the mother trading up for a better future for her two children, nine and eleven years of age respectively, or was she just unable to take care of them herself –  or both? How would an eleven-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl of today react to being bartered away for a little schooling, horse with a bridle and saddle, and I am not sure who got the cow and calf. Of course they were to be fed and clothes, but likely worked like mules until each came of legal age. That would be ten years for the boy and nine years for the girl.

Marietta Curtis Short had married John Butler in Lauderdale County, Alabama on 8 March 1832. She had lost her husband, and the Short children’s father, about 1828; his name was William Short. So, she was remarried at the point of the Indenture of her two young children.

Lucinda went on to marry and have a large family of children. She and her husband, Hugh Nelson, lived most of their adult live in Parker County, Texas. She named one daughter Marietta and another daughter Emaline as part of their names; in honor of her mother. There was an older brother  named Robert Thompson Short. He was born in 1821 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. By the mid 1800s he and most of his siblings had all moved to Texas. All of them lived in Parker County, Texas for a while.

Hugh Nelson and wife Nancy Lucinda Short Nelson are buried at the cemetery that they donated land for that purpose in Parker County, Texas. Appropriately it is named the Nelson Cemetery. Nancy Lucinda Short Nelson died 9 Oct 1877. It would appear that most, if not all, her children are also buried there. Information on the cemetery follows:

Nelson Cemetery,

Nelson Road, of FM 370 via Peden Rd., Azle, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 32° 56′ 55.70860999992″, -97° 33′ 24.45707999988″

Hugh Nelson (1821-1884), a native of Tennessee, donated the original two acres of this burial ground. The earliest dated stone marks the grave of his infant son Hugh, who died in 1864. Earlier burials were marked only with field-stones. A number of children’s graves date from a dysentery epidemic in 1884. Known at one time as Walnut Creek Cemetery, this is the burial place of many area pioneers, including members of the Cruse, Helm, Nix, Osburn, Parker, and Peden families. Nelson Cemetery contains over 700 known graves.

Are there any descendants of these Short children that can tell us the rest of the story? The text of this deed for Indenture follows:

Lauderdale County Alabama Deed Book 6 page 247-8

Short to Lyle

The State of Alabama Lauderdale County

This Indenture made and entered into this 4th day of June 1834 by and between
Marietta L Short of the first part and William Lyle of the Second part.  Witnesseth
that the said Marietta of the first part hath and does hereby bind unto the said
William Lyle her two natural children as apprentices. (viz.) James Madison Short
who will be eleven years old on the 17th day of July and also her daughter Nancy
Lucinda Short who will be 9 years old 19th of September and the said James Madison
Short to live with said Lyle as an apprentice until he arrives at the age of twenty
one years of age & the Nancy Lucinda until she arrives at the age of eighteen years
and to live with ____ said Lyle until they arrive at their respective ages.  The
said Lyle to treat them in a humane manner & to furnish sufficient food & clothing
during the whole of said term & during said term give said boy a common English
Education as far as the ____ of three and at the end of the term give him a horse
saddle & Bridle worth Sixty dollars and said Nancy Lucinda to finish out the term
of 6 months for which she is now entered to School afterwards in said term one
other six months & one for ___ sixteen one cow & calf for the faithful promise
of this agreement we the said Marietta L Short & William Lyle have hereunto set
our hands & seals the day and date above written.
                           Marietta (her X mark) L Short (seal)
                           William Lyle             (seal)

I am to furnish at the end of the term of said James Madison Short I am also to furnish
one good new suit of homespun & the said Nancy with one fine suit suitable for her
condition & the Country.

Attest W W Garrard         William Lyle

State of Alabama    } Personally appeared before me this day William W Garrafd Clk
Lauderdale County   } the County Court of said County the parties whose name are attached

to the foregoing indenture and acknowledged the signing sealing and delivery of the same
for the purposes therein mentioned this 4th day of June 1834
                           Wm W Garrard clk

Recorded 21st June 1834

[superscribed over the first part of the indenture recorded on page 247]
We the undersigned acknowledged satisfaction of the within Deed or Bond this 28th day of Decr
                           William Lyle
                           Maryetta (her X mark) Short
Attest W E Hardesty


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