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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


J T Flagg Knitting Mill…

was a place where lots of Shoals area people were employed at one time. The following photograph shows the workers. The date of the photograph is not known, or the name of the workers. Any help in making identification would be appreciated.

photo of workers at J T Flagg Knitting Mill in Florence Alabama in an undated photo


Weeden Heights School…

in an old photo.

old photo of Weeden Heights School in Florence AL


A 1937 photo of a beautiful Shoals lady…

can you be the first one to identify her?

This is a 1937 photo from the Junior Class at Florence State Teacher’s College annual. It was the first annual for Florence State.

Linnie Beckman 1937


Precious are the memories…

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

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

Photo of John M Murray and Marshall W Murray possessions


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

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

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

Photo of an 1863 railway ticket issued to James T Murray

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https://rememberingtheshoals.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/bang-bang-bang-again/


I never knew there was a Jefferson Hotel in Florence…

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

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


Strange that…

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

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

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

Photo of freshman class in year 1913

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

List of some of the freshman class 1913

Small world.


Sometimes you find family history in unexpected places…

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of 1911 third grade Brandon School students

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

Photo of 1911 5th grade class at Brandon School

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

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

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


The Acqueduct on the Muscle Shoals canal…

is the subject of this 1913 photograph.

acqueduct 1913

 


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