Sonntag, 23. Dezember 2007

Martha Morris at Glen Springs, Spartanburg travels to Alabama with Henderson Sellers

In memory of Margaret Eleanor Catherine Sellers 29 May 1929 to 9 April 2006 who was a descendant of 4 Revolutionary soldiers and 4 supporters:

1. John Hardy of Edgefield SC whose sons came to Lowndes and Coosa AL
2. Archibald MaHarg of Raburn´s Creek, Laurens SC who came to St. Clair Co AL-see reference below
3. John MaHarg (and his father who died fighting Tories at his home in Raburn´s Creek SC) immigrated to Alabama
4. John Favor of SC who is buried in Limestone Co AL-see reference below
5. Isham Meadows of Bristol Parish, Prince George Co., Virginia, who supplied the troops and is buried in Harris Co GA
6. Isham Meadows Jr of Warren Co NC who helped his father during the Rev War and came to Lowndes Co AL from GA as an adult and brought his father is ham Sr with him
7. David Peebles (according to Cindy Stamps) helped the War effort immigrated to Montgomery AL

8. John Browning (husband of Susannah Boring) may have also supported the Revolution and died Nov 1803 in Greene Co GA which is not to far from the present Augusta GA area

click here on new tab to listen to music from Last of the Mohicans while reading  - (it was said to me by Roscoe Aldridge Sr that the Jordans girls' mother on the Aldridge side was Creek indian. I have not proven this. Aside from that, in the local culture at the community called Fishpond, the Meadows women wore Creek Indian garb for their daily chores. This may have been because it was readily available or simply comfortable and had become local custom. The life was always hard in Alabama from the time the Hardys and Sims and Moris families came about the year 1818. it was a terrible struggle for them during and after the Civil War. In the Elyton area the locals at the time did not support a break with the Union but were pressured to conform. 

In fact much of hilly northern Alabama was against a war which they saw as benefitting only the rich cotton planters who were in the southern half of the state. When the boys startled tricking home before the end of the Civil War, either because they had been separated from their units or because they saw the hopelessness of it, the Sellers and other families helped hide their local boys in the forests, bringing food to them in secret. It was told to me by Roscoe Aldridge Sr that in fact the Aldridge men had fled into the mountains when they were conscripted, but I am not sure where he meant they fled to. Emanuel Sellers testified he fed the all the local runaways in the Elyton woods. The war caused great poverty to come to the south and stay that way for a century. Boys who lost their fathers didn't get an education and had to work in factories starting at age 12. The poverty took a grip and your great great grandfather Thomas B. or D. Aldridge (formerly Arledge) born 1854 just prior to the outbreak of Civil War and great great grandmother Sarah "Sallie" (Jordan-she may have been half Creek indian thru her mother). Looking for work and giving up farming, they moved across the Chattahoochee River from AL over to a poor part of Columbus GA and where the men worked in the mills set up by northern carpetbaggers. They are buried in paupers graves in Riverdale Cem. Columbus Muscogee Co GA. 
It was only after his parents were buried that Robert Lee Aldridge knew they were dead. Robert Lee Aldridge had worked in Columbus too but went back across the river to AL, never to go back, after his Creek indian wife died- they had 2 children which were left in the care of the maternal grandmother of the children. Muscogee was in the middle of original old Creek Indian territory. In AL he married Cora Newborne, known as Nanny. They lived in a large 2 story log cabin built into the side of a hill.

Robert's father Thomas's father William Nicholas Aldridge/Arledge (married Susan MacDowell whose father was a Scot) had immigrated from Harris GA with his father Samuel Arledge (from Fairfield SC) thru Ga to Coosa Co AL in the first part of the 19th century and was in the 1850 AL census in Coosa Co. AL. They families endured great suffering their whole lives. But they were of great beauty and charm and could all play instruments and sing. It was in the Elyton area near Birmingham that the Roscoe Aldridge ran into the Sellers/Hardy/Morris family.

Martha H. Morris about 1910 in Birmingham, Alabama-Click to enlarge-courtesy Dr. Harry Kinnane of Birmingham AL
The patiarch and matriarch of the Jefferson Co. /Shelby Co. Morris family are James Morris and his wife Jane Saultor who came from Spartanburg about 1857 to Shades Valley with most of their children in a wagon train. Their daughter Martha H. Morris (click for separate site for her donated to rootsweb or paste born August ca 1830 SC, had married Henderson Sellers in SC about 1848 when she was 17 or 18. Henderson was the son of Emanuel Sellers born Nash NC and Fannie Rogers born Franklin NC but who had been living in Spartanburg SC. Left is a photo of Martha Morris when she was about 80 years old living near Homewood, Jefferson Co. AL . Foto was found by Harry Kinnane, whose ancestor was Laura Frances Sellers, Martha’s daughter.

Martha was born at Glendale Springs, Spartanburg. In 1856 the related families left in wagons to come to Alabama. They were to join or settle near Gurley Sellers, either a cousin or a brother to Emanuel Sellers who was living in Shelby Co.. He went northward to meet them, according to an ancestor of Jack Sellers. They came thru Tennessee, staying a year in Guntersville, Marshall Co. in northern AL where Thomas J. Morris and wife Louvina Sellers, d/o Emanuel are living in the 1860 census. Jack Sellers site for Gurley Sellers: Click. or paste:

Census data of a brother still living back in Gunterville where the wagon train stopped for at least a few months on their way to Jefferson Co:
1860: Western Division, Marshall, Alabama PO Guntersville
Thos J Morris 25 SC
Lovina Morris 25 SC this is Luvina Sellers
Edward A Morris 5 SC
Francis E E Morris 1 AL

In 1857 the main body of the group arrived in Shades Valley near Elyton, Jefferson Co. AL, now Birmingham, seven miles from where Emanuel Sellers was to have his farm in Shelby and where 5 years later he would be hiding runaway Confederates who were what was called at that time "laying out " in the woods. He was a staunch Unionist. He and the other families had lived only miles from Cowpens where the Revolution had been won and this tradition of having won a free Union must have influenced them.
Jefferson County is bordered by Blount, Bibb, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties. It encompasses 1,119 square miles. The county seat was at Carrollsville from 1819-21, at Elyton from 1821-73, and since 1873 has been at Birmingham. Elyton was swallowed up by Birmingham.

If anyone has corrections or additions for me I will be delighted to receive them. I did this mostly out of census data, as well as burial information at the Homewood Sellers Cemetery in Jefferson Co, Alabama. Credit to Nellie Mae Sellers Newton of Pinson, Jefferson Co. AL, Jack Sellers of Texas, Harry Kinnane and Michael Farren of Birmingham, Alabama.

Confirmation about Henderson’s father was acquired by Michael Farren from a part of his grandfather Will Franks’s work in the early 1900s part of which is unfortunately in private hands and and some is available at Samford University. Will Franks’s extensive genealogy work about Jefferson county residents was a result of a lifetime devotion. This work was almost thrown in the trash after he died, but in the end, 2 of his descendants took 2 parts of it and the third part of it finally came after persuasion into the genealogy collection at Samford. That means 2 parts of Will Franks’s work are unfortunately in private hands and may meet the same fate which almost met the work now at Samford.

Title: Will Franke's Notes
Author: William F. Franke
Date: 1914

Eight years after the families from Spartanburg arrived in Shades Valley at Elyton, Wilson's Raiders was formed at Elyton Headquarters March 28-31, 1865. by Gen. James H. Wilson, USA, having crossed the Tennessee River with a large force of well equipped cavalry, he grouped them at Elyton, AL. On April 1st they arrived at Emanuel Sellers´farm and asked for bacon for the troups. Emanuel was years later reimbursed. The Morris/Sellers families must have been relieved to know that the end of the Rebellion as they called it was in sight, what with all the boys hiding in the woods. His son Henderson had died as a result of wounds received at Chickamauga and Alison had lost an arm--hospitalized at Jackson, MS. 1862/05/25, both draftees of the Confederates. Wilson´s mission: to destroy Alabama's economic facilities for supporting the War. From these headquarters he sent; (a) cavalry unit to burn the military school, foundries and bridges at Tuscaloosa. (b) soldiers to destroy mines and furnaces in Jefferson, Bibb, and Shelby Counties. (c) cavalry to dash south to destroy railroads and factories at Selma. (Located at Arlington, in Birmingham). Wilson’s presence at Elyton was Godsend for Emanuel´s last son Henry Emanuel Sellers and his compatriots who had been laying out in the wooded hills near there, supported by Unionists of Shelby and Jefferson Counties. It was too dangerous for the Unionist to discuss their views except with their most trusted friends.
Courtesy Michael Farren of AL. Martha Morris received a Pension after Henderson Sellers died at Chickamauga GA in hospital, but it was revoked in 1915 because they could not find a record of him-probably because he was listed as H. Sellers. In 1850 census he also gives only H. Sellers-he must not have liked his name. In the following paper Stephen Horton Watkins gives testimony for Henderson as a confederate soldier. This says Henderson enlisted at Jonesboro? Dalton GA While Dalton was pro-Union prior to the outbreak of The Civil War, after Georgia votes to secede in January 1861 only a few Unionists could be found. One suspected northern sympathizer was Ansley Blunt, postmaster and first mayor of the city whose home, the Blunt House, stands south of the downtown area. Many of the men who would fight at Chickamauga (September 1863) arrived at Dalton by train, passing through the depot. including Henderson Sellers. From 1862 until 1864 Dalton serves as a front-line hospital town.

Confederate Pension File Martha Morris Sellers provided by Nellie Mae Sellers Newton
Martha Morris -wife of Henderson Sellers pension paper, signed by W.A. MeHarg- Notary
Public- related to Martha  by way of Etta Caladonia Hardy (whose mother was a MeHerg)
who married Martha’s grandson James Thomas Jefferson Sellers 1915-1917. Signing also
were James M. Morris her nephew -son of her brother Augustus G. Morris, Dan Acton
Bailey her son in law, Stephen Horton Watkins born 24 Aug 1832 AL -the brother of
the father of her daughter-in-law Passa C. Watkins, and J.T. Walker JP

Please click on the picture for a larger view 
Andrew Jackson had warned the South that to fight the Union would be the most foolish thing they could do
and that they would lose the fight-and he was right. Emanuel agreed with Jackson and he voted
for the Union candidates in Shelby Co. (but I could not read the names very well) and Douglas as
president in the 1860 election . Henderson Sellers’ father was against succession and stated this
in a claim he made for bacon at 20 cents a pound provided to the Union Army under the command
of General Wilson on about 1st April 1863 at 11 in the morning at his farm. Emanuel states he lived
in Shelby County near the county line which is 7 miles south of his PO at Elyton in Jefferson Co. AL.
He lived one and half miles from “the main public road leading to Selma.” He proved his loyalty by
it by feeding runaway soldiers in the woods. He calls the War “the Rebellion.”  
To question 17) Who were the leading Unionists of your vicinity during the War? His answer was:
 John A. McLintock (McClintock, John A., b. 25 Aug 1826, d. 28 May 1906 buried Bluff Park
Cemetery, Oxmoor Heights), 
Robert B. Patton, Pickney L. Brock (b 1822 SC wife is Parvelle Redding, Death: 18 Apr 1894 -
Haleys PO, Marion, AL Marriage: 21 Dec 1848 - Elyton, Jefferson, AL), and 
Joseph Gice of Shelby Co., 
John C. Morris,
Thomas Sanford (birth 1816 Henderson Co TN died 1879 Jefferson Co.
married Margaret B. Burford,  Permelia P. and Jane DeJarnette Jones) , 
Thomas Haughey ( a doctor b 1824 Scotland who had married Elizabeth b. 1829 SC and they had a son John b 1845) 
and Sam Thompson (m. Ann Eliza/Louisa Camp in Jefferson) of Jefferson Co.”
Page found by Michael Farren. There are other pages stored as well.
In an old Bible record from Jack Sellers aunt, there is said to have been 10 brothers total in that generation 

In "The Sellers Letters" in June, 1984 by Charles A. Sellers, grandson of Jordan
Sellers, he lists some of the siblings as Mary, Martha, Samuel, Gurley, Bennett
and Jordan.   A copy was sent to me by Jack Sellers in Texas. it is a bit
inaccurate but informative. One source says ARthur and Mary Sellers
were their parents and another says Joseph Sellers of Nsh was.
My list of children  combining 3 sources:
1. William S. Sellers married Mary Sherrod in Nash Co NC
2. Samuel Sellers married Sarah Rogers in Person Co. NC (was formed from Edgecomb Co.  
Granville Co is between it and Franklin Co. -maybe they married at her grandmother’s house.
3. Bennett “Long” Sellers married Winny Rogers 7 March 1821 Franklin Co NC 
4. Manuel  “Short” Sellers (Emanuel) married Fanny Rogers 1 June, 1825 in Franklin NC.
Witness John Rogers and JJ Cothran
5. Gurley Sellers married Delilah Wyatt 31 January 1826 in Nash Co.-witneses Jourdan Sellers
and Larry Brantley 
6. Jourdan Sellars married Elizabeth Mason 5 Nov. 1828 in Nash, NC moved to Wake Co NC then
Guilford NC and finally Greenup,Cumberland Co, Illinois and then Indiana.
11. Lucinda Sellers (Emanuel`s sister) married Fanny’s brother John Rogers. 
12. Tallula Sellers (Emanuel`s sister) married Larry Brantley-son of Sherrod Brantley and
stayed in NC. (Larry Brantley Residence: 1830 - Ferrills, Nash, North Carolina)  
13. Mary Sellers
14. Martha Sellers
15  Druscilla Sellers

By 1840 Bennett and Manuel had moved to Spartanburg SC.  In 1850  they appear under their nicknames Long Sellers b 1787 and Short b 1800 . After 1856 Emanuel and son Henderson Sellers left SC and went thru Tenn. to Guntersville AL by 1857 withthe help of their uncle Gurley Sellers who came up to Tenn to meet them and then to Shades Valley and Elyton in Jefferson County, presumably after they acquired land. They had one of the first 6 houses in the  Shades Valley. Emanuel’s son Henderson appears as H. Sellers with Henry (could be a nickname for Martha
who had a middle initial H.) in 1850 Spartanburg SC  and Margaret age 1 could be his first child by Martha. Henderson’s younger brother Emanuel Henry was drafted with his brothers Henderson and Alison  in the D 28th  Confederate Alabama Infantry, as well as his uncle Thomas Morris. 

Known children of Emanuel “Short” Sellers and Frances “Fannie” Rogers
Henderson about 1825- m. Martha Morris  
1. Lucinda Louvina about 1834 m. Thomas J. Morris
2. Allison about 1835 m. Margaret “Peggy” Rutherford b. abt 1840 SC
3. Emanuel Henry about 1842 m. Mary Elizabeth Hollingsworth, d/o John Wesley Hollingsworth
4.  Mary 1843 had a child McDaniel Sellers 1867
Alison Sellers Jr. and wife Maud Massey-to the left 
Alison Sellers Sr. is the brother of Henderson Sellers, sons of Emanuel

1850 28th August  South Carolina > Spartanburg 
near his brother Long Sellers (Bennett Sellers and Winney Rogers)
Short Sellers 55 (Emanuel)  NC
Fanny Sellers 50 NC
Lucinda Sellers 15 SC - Lucinda Luvina "Lulu"
Allison Sellers 18 SC
E. Henry Sellers 10  SC

1860 Shelby, Alabama
Post Office:       Hillsboro
Emanuel Sellers 55 SC
Fanny Sellers 61 NC
Mary Sellers 17 SC

Next door   
Allison Sellers 35  NC
Peggy Sellers   30 SC (Margaret Rutherfurd)
Jack Sellers     8  AL (John is usually a Jack) Jack moved out by the next census
Jane Sellers     6 AL (James)
Bettie Sellers   1  AL (Elizabeth or Lizza- probably Frances "Fannie")

1870 Jefferson Co Alabama these were all initials but I filled them in for you.
Allison Sellers      abt 1822         North Carolina   White   Male     
Margaret Sellers     abt 1836         South Carolina    White Female   
James H Sellers      abt 1854         South Carolina     White   Male 
Frances L Sellers    abt 1856         Alabama           White   Female 
Sarah L Sellers      abt 1862         Alabama           White   Female             
Alice C P A Sellers  abt 1864         Alabama          White Female
William H Sellers    abt 1866         Alabama           White   Male
George W Sellers     abt 1868         Alabama           White   Male 
Mary J Sellers       abt 1869         Alabama           White   Female             

1880 Household:
Allison SELLERS  Self      M  Male   W         45        SC        Farmer     SC        SC 
Margaret SELLERS Wife     M Female   W         40        SC        Keeping House SC        SC 
James SELLERS    Son      S Male     W         26        SC        Farmer     SC        SC 
Fannie SELLERS   Dau      S Female   W    24        SC        At Home    SC         SC 
Sarah SELLERS    Dau        Female   W         19        AL        At Home    SC         SC 
Alice SELLERS    Dau        Female   W          17        AL        At Home    SC         SC 
William SELLERS  Son        Male     W          16        AL                   SC        SC 
George SELLERS   Son        Male     W           14        AL                   SC        SC 
Mary SELLERS     Dau      S Female   W       12        AL                   SC        SC 
Allin SELLERS twin Son    S Male     W       10        AL                   SC        SC (Alison b. 15 March 1870)
Henry SELLERS twin Son   S  Male    W    10        AL                   SC        SC 
Ellen SELLERS    Dau     S  Female   W          6          AL                  SC        SC 
Emanuel SELLERS  Father Male     W      85        NC       Superanuiated    NC        NC 
Source Information:           Census Place   Jefferson, Alabama            
Martha Morris is the child of James Morris and Jane Saultor / Salter of Spartanburg. The Morrises
may have had many more children than I have been able to verify.   

The Patriarch and Matriarch of the Elyton, Jefferson County, AL  Morris family:
James Morris b. 1796 SC –Patriarch d. after 1860 census
Jane Saultor    b. 1796 SC-Matriarch d. after she was living with Martha in 1870
In 1840 James Morris age 40 and under 50 and Jane the same age group have 9 children in the
house- 5 boys and 4 girls. 
2 boys age 5 and under 10 Augustus G. and Thomas
1 boy age 10 and under 15
1 boy age 15 and under 20 Thomas Morris
1 boy age 20 and under 30 William Simpson Morris
1 girl age 5 and under 10
1 girl age 10 and under 15 Martha Morris
1 girl age 15 and under 20
1850 Not Stated, Spartanburg, SC
House 1640  
James Morris                       abt 1796          South Carolina
Jane Morris                         abt 1801          South Carolina
Augustus Morris      abt 1832      b. Oct. 1833 SC married Harriet J. b. Sept. 1834 SC                
Thomas Morris       abt 1834    married Louvina Lucinda Sellers   
Cornelius Morris      abt 1840  married 1st Sarah  born 1841 SC 2nd Sarah b 1843 AL 3rd Sarah L. b. 1857 SC m
. in 1885
1860 census- Elyton, Jefferson, AL which was 7 miles from Emanuel#s farm in Shelby Co.
James Morris 59 South Carolina
Jane Morris 57  South Carolina
1.         William Simpson MORRIS b. 24 Dec 1817 d. 3 Dec 1903 Glendale. Glenn Springs, Spartanburg,
SC married daughter of Robert Johnson Coggins and Jane White on 28 Oct 1841 Chasey COGGINS b. 1813 SC  
Died: 21 Apr 1868 in Glendale, Spartanburg and 2nd  Malissa KIRBEY Born: 1845 in Glendale.:
            A. Sarah Jane MORRIS 7 Jul 1844 in Glendale SC Died: 28 Oct 1882
Clifton, Spartanburg, SC m. 22 Feb 1869 in Glendale, Spartanburg Robert Coleman Poole 
Known children, courtesy Gordon Atkin
                 i. John Simpson POOLE b: 8 Jun 1870 in Pacolet Township,,SC
      ii. Martha Jane POOLE b: 25 Oct 1871 in Clifton/Pacolet 
    iii.Nancy Madora Poole  22 Feb 1875 in Pacolet, Spartanburg   
    iv. Robert Hampton Poole   25 Mar 1878 in Spartanburg
       v.  Thomas Alexander POOLE b: 13 Apr 1880 in Clifton Spartanburg,Pacolet Twnsp,SC
    vi. George Morgan POOLE b: 8 Oct 1882 in Pacolet Township,Spartanburg Co.,SC
   B. Jesse Robert MORRIS 1846 SC died 1864/65 (Gordon ADKIN)
  C. Eliza Frances “Fannie”  MORRIS 21 Oct 1848 in Glendale SC Died:  29 Nov 1930 Glendale
m. Albert Wylda Crocker Born: 7 Sep 1847 in Clarendon, Spartanburg  SC  Died: 9 Apr 1926
in Spartanburg
    D. Mary Angeline MORRIS 1849 SC Died: 13 Aug 1863 District Spartanburg  
     E. Amanda Tallulah MORRIS b. 10 September 1855 Cedar Springs, SC Died: 13 Dec 1932
Cherokee m. 13 Nov 1879  Alfred Monroe Burdett
    F. William Simpson MORRIS 3 June 1859 SC Died: 31 May 1902
    G. Jackson Beaureguard MORRIS 4 October 1861 Glendale Died: 17 Dec 1928 m. Huldah Rhodes
2.         Thomas W. MORRIS b. 1822 SC m. Sarah b ? This may be a younger brother of
James Morris or a cousin or his son and the other Thomas in the family may be a
nephew. I cannot say why there are 2 Thomas names in the family, but they are
related. Sometimes Southern families has 2 children of the same name, although
it is rare. This Thomas stayed in SC and the younger Thomas went as far as 
Guntersville, AL   fought in the Civil War and then returned to Spartanburg by 1870.
         A.         William 1843 SC
         B.         S.A. Mills 1845 SC
         C.         Susan A. 1847 SC
         D.         Cynthia 1849 SC
         E.         James 1862 SC
         F.         Mary 1865 SC
         G.        Augustus 1866 SC             
3. Martha H. MORRIS  b. August about 1831 SC died after 1910 either 11 June 1911 or 19 April 1916  Jefferson Co., AL ,
married Henderson Sellers, son of Emanuel /Manuel "Short" Sellers.
census Before the War-
1860 Elyton, Jefferson Co., AL                               
Henderson Cellars 35 SC
Martha Cellars        29 SC
Jane Cellars             10 (Elizabeth Jane) SC m. Charles C. Scott
Ann Cellars             6 SC
James Cellars          5 (James Thomas ) SC m. Passa C. Watkins
Laura Cellars          2 (Laura Frances) AL m. Dan Acton Bailey

A. Margaret SELLERS b. about 1849 died before 1860
                       B. Jane Elizabeth SELLERS b. Feb. 1850 SC  married 31 Aug 1873 Jefferson Co. AL Charles C.
Scott CSA–who was with General Lee at Appomattox VA where he surrendered.       
                  i. Florence A. Scott b 1876 
ii. Thomas J. Scott  Sept- 1877 m. Maime Sellers
iii. unknown
iv. Ada L. Scott  b Oct. 1886
v. Oliver S. Scott  Jan. 1889
       C.  Ann b 1854 SC no idea what happened to her

 D.  James Thomas SELLERS b. SC March 1855 d. 1942 married 1876 Passa Parlena Caroline Watkins b. June 1857 AL d 1941 Sellers cemetery. She was the daughter
of Enoch Anderson Watkins. Below is a picture labled as Karl Ross but the baby
is a Sellers and the brother of Agnes Evadna, not the son-so far as I can tell.              
    i.   Henderson Sellers, b Dec 10, 1876 d Jul 19, 1889 named after his
grandfather, died age 12 by drowning             
ii.  Edward Guster SELLERS b. 9 Dec. 1880 Al d Oct 22, 1921 Sellers 
Cemetery in Homewood  - widower age 39 in 1920 living with parents J. T. Sellers
and wife P. C.                  
iii. Emma SELLERS b. Jan. 1883 m. William Bredehoeft b: 3 Dec 1879 Ohio
iv. Joseph W. SELLERS b. 4 Nov. 1885 Al married Ida A. Hogan b 1889 AL,
daughter of Alexander A. Hogan and Mary, d. 1958 Sellers Cemetery -named after
Joseph Sellers? supposed father? of Emanuel Sellers
v.  Enoch died young- probably born about 1878 and died as a baby or about 1
887  named after Passa’s father Enoch Anderson Watkins                   

1910: Birmingham Ward 7, Jefferson,
Alabama  354/397
Alexander A Hogan 60 AL TA AL married 35 years
Mary Hogan 56 AL VA AL 6 children 5 still alive
Jennie Hogan 17 dau. all the rest are all AL
James C Lorette 36 son in law
Maggie M Lorette 23 daughter
Joseph R Sellars 25 son in law
Ida A Sellars 22 daughter
Isacc T Honser 26 boarder
Minnie Honser 23 boarder
James A Nails 24 boarder
Alfyo Walts 28 boarder

1900: Birmingham Ward 8, Jefferson, Alabama
A A Hogan 48
Mary A Hogan 46
Robert Hogan 22
Georgia Hogan 17
Maggie Hogan 15
Adelle Hogan 13
Jennie Hogan 9

vi. Murdice Mae SELLERS b. May 1890 m. Thomas Ebenezer Starr b: 27 April 1877 in Jefferson Co., Alabama
vii. Agnes Evadna SELLERS b. 30 Jan. 1894 Al m. Harold Ross b: Abt 1888 in Hungary. He was probably German from the area of Hungary settled by Germans. I believe it was called Siebenburgen- Seven Mountains. Agnes
Erudina and James C went to live with Samuel C. Sellers in 1910. In 1920 she is
living with her parents as a widow McLann 
     viii. James Carl SELLERS b. 8 Oct. 1899 Al

E. Laura Frances SELLERS b. 1858 AL  married  Dan Acton Bailey
itinerant Baptist Preacher, a "Circuit Rider" who started several churches
around Columbiana & Marion AL, in Shelby County & Jefferson Co. -
had preached if not pastored at what is now Shades Mtn. Baptist Church.
Parents:  Father:  Acton W Bailey     
Mother:  Martha Jane Watkins     
                        i.  Richard Luther BAILEY Dec. 1896
ii.  Bennie BAILEY died 1909 died in his teens and twin to William
iii. William Henderson BAILEY-"Red Bailey" or "Pa Pa Will" 4 May
1890 died 11 May 1938 m. Rosa Mae Tyler b: 23 Oct 1892 in Jefferson Co
                                a. Annie Laura BAILEY
                            b. William Arthur BAILEY
                        c. Edith Lyle BAILEY
                d. Jeanette Mae BAILEY               
       F.  Tallula C. Parthena SELLERS b. Feb. 1861  d. Jan 1926 m. 1st  Mr. Sellers
2nd   ?Sims ALLEY,   named after her father Henderson Sellers’ great aunt Tallullah
Sellers who married Larry Brantley in Nash NC about 1820 and did not come on
the trek to Alabama. “Lula” must have married a Sellers who died, then much later
a kin to Jasper Alley who had married Elizabeth Drucilla Watkins. She probably
married   Sims ALLEY b: 1860 -son of Thomas Talliafero K. Alley b: 1821 in ,,NC
and Martha Jane Goode.

1910: 21st April Precinct 8, Jefferson, Alabama
Birmingham and Oxmoor Rds. house 80
Lula Ollie        47 AL widowed 3 children 3 alve
Lelia Hardy       18 AL dau
Regina M Ollie    13 AL dau
Willis Hardy      23 AL son in law
Martha Sellers    80 SC mother
George Hays       76 black servant
House 78
Amanda Sellers    44 head Widowed 5 children 2 still alive (James T. and Lula)
James T Sellers   22 son
Raymond Sellers   12 son
Walter Poe  3 grandson
    i.   Samuel Cross  SELLERS  - (do not know his father) b. 31 Oct 1880 m. Ellen Ada Majors b. Nov. 1893  parent is John B. Majors b. May 1862-64 AL
John Majors is POSSIBLY a jeweler in  1900 Texas ; Mitchell;Justice Precinct 1 District. 
The Sellers family is in  Trumbull   Liberty   District 281 Ohio for working in 1920 and he works as Puddler at a Puddle Mill. These Alabama families often went north to Ohio, Illinois and Detroit
for work-always returning to Jefferson Co and St. Clair. My guess is that Samuel was named after the physician who delivered him. There is a
Samuel Cross living in Oxmoor, the family hometown.
1880       Household:
Samuel M.CROSS  Self  M  Male W  40 AL  Physiciam SC  SC
Mollie CROSS  Wife  M Female W  41 AL  Keeping House GA  GA 
Lewis S.CROSS  Son  S  Male  W  12  AL  AL   AL Census Oxmoor, Jefferson, Alabama
Children of Samuel C. Sellers and Ellen Ada Majors-
1. Mary Blanch Sellers
2. Ruby B. Sellers
3. Myra I.Sellers
4. Nora Eloise Sellers
.  Ada Kathleen Sellers

1910:    Precinct 8, Jefferson, Alabama
Samuel C Sellers 29
Ellen A Sellers 23
Mary B Sellers 7
Ruby B Sellers 5
Myra I Sellers 4
Nora E Sellers 3
Ada K Sellers 1
John B Majars 48 AL GA GA

1920: Liberty, Trumbull, Ohio
Samul Sellers 38
Ada Sellers 34
Blanche Sellers 17
Ruby Sellers 15
Myra Sellers 14

Eloyse Sellers 12
Kathleen Sellers 11
 a.  Mary Blanche SELLERS b. AL 1903 works as sales lady -dry goods store
b.  Ruby B. SELLERS b. AL 1905
c.  Myra I. SELLERS b. AL 1906
                     d.  Nora El--yse SELLERS b.AL 1907 named after her cousin who died in a car accident
                     e.  Ada Kathleen SELLERS b. AL 1909                                

ii.  Lelia Frances ALLEY b. 17 January 1892 m. 1909 William Willis Archibald Hardy b. Feb. 1886-
son of Stephen Ransom Hardy and Ada M. Meherg married 6 MAR 1884 in Coosa County.  Ada M. MEHEARG
b: 6 APR 1867 in Coosa County, and grandson of William Allen Lansing Hardy and Mary Ann Elizabeth
Meadows of Nixburg, Coosa Co and great grandson of Ransom Meadows, one of the largest slave holders
in Tallapoosa, Alabama -Lelia Hardy SSN:  422-12-7245Last Residence: 35206  Birmingham,Jefferson, Alabama
Born: Jan17, 1892 Died: Apr 1986


1920: 2nd January   Oxmoor,Jefferson, Alabama
Image:              467
Family 7
Willis W Hardy        33 rents shipping clerk wholesale grocery
Lelia F Hardy            26
Mildred E Hardy        9
House 8
William A Hodges 52 rents store keeper retails groceries
Emma M Hodges 12 
Jackson Hodges 10
Family 9
Aly B Baker     28 rents steam Railroad
Regina M Baker          22 (sister)
Herbert A Baker        2 6/12
Willie M Baker            31
Tilula C Sellers           58 farmer (mother)
Family 10
Thomas Sellers          32 owns house Tinner in a tin shop (cousin)
Etta Sellers    25 (Etta Caladonia Hardy, sister in law)
Harrel Sellers              3 0/12
Amandy G Sellers     52 Lann----- Steam Lady? (grandmother)
James W Poe                12

1920: 14th  January Precinct 25, Jefferson, Alabama  
Image:              203
Farm 261=
Allen Sellers 29 head owns (cousin)
Mollie Sellers 33 wife
Hazel Sellers 7 daughter
Alma Owens 28 sister in law
Earl Owens 6 nephew in law
J T Sellers 63 head owns
P C Sellers 63 wife
Edward Sellers 39 son
Evadna McLaren 26 daughter
I E Starr 40 head owns
Myrtle Starr 29 wife
D V Acton 59 head owns
Lougina Acton 60 wife
(aunt Lougina Morris)
Buryl Hunter 20 grand daughter

Acton Hunter 17 grandson
Oel Hunter 15 grandson

267 =
Image: 204
R R Morris 47 owns house salesman Wholesale grocery shop

Austell Morris 46
Augustus Morris 17

Jessie Lee Morris 12 f

Laurens Morris 10 m

Laurett Morris 7 f

Margaret Lettson? Morris 5 3/12

House 268

Willis Hardy 35 rents salesman bakery

Lelia Hardy 27 salesman dry goods?

Mildred Hardy
Lila Alley1909 before she married Willis Archibald Hardy, descendant of Robert Hardy and Nancy Peebles Browning and of Ransom Middleton Meadows and Sarah Stephens
  a.   Mildred E. HARDY b. 1911
  b.   Mary Frances HARDY 1923
  c.   James L. HARDY 1928
1920: Oxmoor,Jefferson, Alabama House 7
Willis W Hardy    33
Lelia F Hardy     26
Mildred E Hardy   9
iii. Regina M. Alley (indexed OLLIE) b. July 1896 Al m. Samuel B. "Alley" Baker b. Feb 1899, son of William H. Baker
1920: 2nd January   Oxmoor,Jefferson, Alabama
Image:              467
Family 7
Willis W Hardy        33 rentsshipping clerk wholesale grocery
Lelia F Hardy            26(sister) Mildred E Hardy        9
Family 9
Aly B Baker     28 rents steam Railroad
Regina M Baker          22
Herbert A Baker        2 6/12
Willie M Baker            31
Tilula C Sellers           58 farmer (mother)
1930: 2 April- House 23 Homewood, Jefferson, Alabama
Allie B Baker 37 head married first at age 24

Regina Baker 27 wife married first at age 14
Herbert Baker 11 son
(Herbert A. B. Baker abt. 1918)
Mattie Childs 30 negro servant widowed married first at age 16
             G. William Simpson SELLERS b Jan 7, 1863 during the Civil War d Jun 30, 1890 Sellers Cemetery 
m. Amanda Grace Sims b May 12 1866 d Dec 21, 1947 Sellers Cemetery -dau. of Martha L.G. ALLEN and
William SIMS.                                   
   i.   Maime Belle SELLERS 1884 married Thomas L. Scott-William Simpson Sellers´s nephew.
1920:Oxmoor, Jefferson, Alabama
house 9
Thomas L Scott    44
Mamie B Scott     37
Maybell Scott     18
   ii.  William "Billy"  SELLERS                              
   iii. Nora  SELLERS b. October 1885 married Wylie Thornton Poe Jr. b. Aug 1874.
Nora died in a car accident before 1910 because she is not living with mother Amanda Sellers and her son.
Will Franke said in 1913: 
“Wylie Thornton Poe b 31 December 1841 died 10 February 1882 was a strange and peculiar man. When he would be home, he farmed, but he was not very closely bound by any home ties. Nancy Josephine Watkins married Wylie Thornton Poe Sr. and they had 5 children when he was
murdered and placed near a great bluff on Shades Mountain -W.A. Cemetery, which has since been called by his name. We said peculiar. He went out with the Cahaba Rangers in the CSA. He was both brave and reckless. But had no interest in the Southern cause, and when he was captured by Yankee troups, he joined their ranks and fought in Company C 1st  Alabama Calvary with his brother Jesse and half brother Robert Poe. He was a very powerful man. It is said he could do a fourteen feet standing broad jump.”
                                a. James Walter POE-   b. 1907 brought up by the Sellers since Nora his mother died in a car accident-

1910: 21st April Precinct 8, Jefferson, Alabama
Birmingham and Oxmoor Rds.
House 78
Amanda Sellers    44 head Widowed 5 children 2 still alive (James T. and Lula)
James T Sellers   22 son
Raymond Sellers   12 son
Walter Poe  3 grandson
1920: Oxmoor, Jefferson, Alabama house 8 
Thomas Sellers 32 (James T. Jefferson Sellers)
Etta Sellers 25     (Etta Hardy)
Harrel Sellers 3 0/1
Amandy G Sellers 52
James W Poe 12
                                   iv. James Thomas Jefferson SELLERS -b. June 1888 married Etta Caladonia “Callie” Hardy b  27 February 1894,
died 7 July 1992, daughter of Stephen Ransom Hardy born October 30, 2865 died September 28, 1931 Jefferson Co(son of William Allen Lansing Hardy and Mary Ann Elizabeth Meadows of Nixburg, Coosa Co)  
and Etta Caladonia MeHarg (d/o Willis William Archibald MeHarg and Sarah Elizabeth Perkins). Etta was known as “Nannie” pronounced
Ninnie by her grandchildren.
a. Harold Thomas SELLERS 15 Dec 1916 died July 1992 married Evelyn Hamilton Children:
                      1. Harold Douglas Sellers
                      2. Ronald Wayne Sellers
                    b. Nellie Mae SELLERS 28 Jan 1920 died December 13, 1932 buried next to Margaret Eleanor Catherine Sellers Aldridge
at Elmwood Cemetery   
                    c. Robert Lionel SELLERS 2 May 1926 died 4 August 1973 in Birmingham. AL
married Florence Irene Byerly child Nellie Mae b about 1946   
                    d. Margaret Eleanor Catherine SELLERS b. 29 May 1929 died 10 April 2006 Birmingham, AL married Roscoe Claude Aldridge b. 2 December 1926 in Illinois while his father worked at a rubber factory or steel. 
Thomas Eugene Aldridge b. 29 APR 1950 in Fairfield, AL died November 8, 1989 Charleston SC attended College of Charleston and Citadel, married 1st Barbara Ann Gilchrist of Troy, AL, d/o Joseph Wilson Gilchrist and Ann Knight, 2 children -Benjamin Bradford Aldridge (now Greer) b. AL and Misha Michelle Aldridge (now Greer) b. 1970 Charleston SC; married 2nd Susan Millicent Taylor Slider b. Philadephia PA, widow, 3 children -Thomas Taylor Aldridge b. Charleston SC worked at Max-Planck-Institut für Ökonomik in Jena Germany PhD Univ. of Augburg, Blaire Elizabeth Aldridge b. Charleston SC PhD Purdue Univ., Charles Brookes Aldridge b. Charleston SC. Thomas's 1st child Benjamin Bradford and 2nd child Misha Michelle were adopted by Tommy Greer, s/o Henry Lee Greer of Troy, AL, after he married Barbara Gilchrist Aldridge on Oct 9 1982 in First Baptist Church, Troy, AL. Her children carry the Greer name now.
Larry Wayne Aldridge AL b. 1948 Masters degree History, married Joan children- 2 girls Alexis and Courtney
3. Patricia Anne Aldridge
b. 1946 Bachelors Degree in Music married Phillip Brantley children-twin sons Daniel and Patrick Brantley, married Alan JAckson, architect Charleston SC
Roscoe Claude Aldridge Jr. b. 1954 bachelors degree in Criminology -1 child -Chase Aldridge lives in Troy, Pike, AL
                                         v. Raymond (not a Sellers, probably a Segar/Ssygar from a short marriage)-
b Dec 20, 1897 d Mar 27, 1932   Sellers Cemetary- in 1900 Amanda Sellers appears as
Amanda Saygar.  Could be the name Segar. It appears Raymond is a Saygar/Segar.             

4. Augustus G. MORRIS b. 17 Oct. 1834 SC Died: 28 August 1905 Homewood, 
Jefferson buried At Morris Cem.-Shades Valley Cemetery married Harriet J. Susy?  
b. Sept. 1831 SC died 4 Jan 1910 buried At Morris Cem.or Acton,  Shades Valley by
Brown Service. She had 9 children and 7 were still alive in 1900.
                  A.  Lougenia  G. MORRIS  b. 25 Nov. 1857 SC Death: 26 Apr 1936 m. Stephen
Vincent ACTON b: 16 OCT 1858, AL m. 9 OCT 1879 in Jefferson Co., Al died 2 Aug 1934 -
AL, Parents:  Zephaniah William Acton, Passey Drucilla Watkins
i. Ida Belle ACTON b: 27 AUG 1880 in Jefferson Co, Al m. A. F. Hunter b. June 1876. 4 children: Maurine 26 Aug 1898, Ona Beryl Belle 31 Jul 1899, Stephen Acton 20 Aug 1902, Carl L. 30 Sep 1905
ii. Harriet “Hattie” Elizabeth ACTON b: 16 OCT 1883 in Jefferson Co, Al married 16 Oct 1901 Richard Henderson Herring Born: 20 Feb 1880 Died: 16 Mar 1948 child: Harry Whiteside Herring 21 Jul 1902
       B.  Malinda MORRIS  b. 1857 SC
                  C.  James M. MORRIS b. Jan. 1860 SC died March 1939 Homewood –never
married- buried Morris cemetery most likely
                  D.  Sarah J. MORRIS   b. 1862 AL      
                  E.  Elizabeth MORRIS b. 1864 AL       
                  F.  Augustus Arther MORRIS b. 21 February 1867 AL  died 15 June 1889
buried at Morris Cem. Shades Valley  
                  G.  Florence MORRIS  b. 1868 AL            
                  H.  Richard R. MORRIS  lived on Columbiana Road b. May 1872 AL died
August 1930 married 1894 1st Margaret Estelle/Austelle born Nov. 1874 married
2nd Pearl b. 1876
  i.   Edwin J. MORRIS b Dec 1894
  ii.  Margaret Austelle MORRIS b 23 April 1906 died 28 April
1906 buried At Morris Cem.-Shades Valley
  iii.  Augustus G. 1904
  iv.  Jessie Lee female 1908 married Brock?- did she report her Aunt
Josephine’s death?
  v.    Lawrence W. b. Jan. 1910
  vi.    Laurette 1913
  vii.   Margaret Lillien? 1917
      I. Thomas Jefferson MORRIS  b. May 1874 AL married about 1896 Hattie Pauline b.
June 1873 d. 23 July 1911 buried At Morris Cem.-Shades Valley
                          i.  Leon G. MORRIS b Sept 1896
                          ii. Thelma I. MORRIS b Sept 1898
                          iii. Thomas J. Jr. b. 1925
5.    Thomas J. MORRIS b. about 1835 SC married about 1854 Louvena/Levina
Sellers born Spartanburg SC abt 1835, daughter of Emanuel Sellers b. 1795 Nash
Co. NC and Frances “Fannie” Rogers b. Nash/Franklin Co NC. She was Henderson
Sellers sister. This Thomas may be nephew or son of James Morris or a cousin and
the other Thomas in the family may be a brother to James. Or they could be 2 boys
in the family of the same name. I cannot say why there are 2 Thomas names in the
family, but they are related.  Thomas  J. went as far as Guntersville, fought in the
Civil War and then returned to Spartanburg by 1870. There he and his boys worked
in a cotton mill.
            A.         Edward A. MORRIS b. about 1855 Spartanburg, SC married Mary E.
            B.         Frances E. E. MORRIS  b. about 1859 Guntersville, AL
            C.         John MORRIS b  about 1864 Spartanburg, SC 
6.         Cornelius MORRIS b. Sept. 1839  SC married 
1st  Sarah born 1841 SC Josephine is her daughter.
2nd Sarah born 1843 AL all children thru Adia-here she is in 1860
1860 Jefferson AL
Cornelius Morris 39 Sc SC Sc
Sarah Morris 37 AL AL AL
Josephine Morris 19 AL SC SC
Laffayette Morris 17 AL Sc Al
Sarah F. Morris 14
Maryetta Morris 12
John Morris 10
William Morris 8
Robert Morris 6
Ellen Morris 4
Henry Morris 1
3rd Sarah L. b. Sept 1858 SC m. in 1885.
She had 7 children total, including last 5 on list below known children-
            A.  Josephine MORRIS b.31 JAN. 1860 AL d.  23 April 1949,  Lipscomb,
Jefferson, AL buried at Union Cem. By Brown Service of Bessemer, AL  reported by “Mrs. Jesse Brock”
married Jesse Buchannan Bailey on 8/21/1878   She is from his first marriage to a Sarah. The rest
of the children thru Adia are from a Sarah born AL
            B.  Lafayette “Fayette” MORRIS 1862 AL m. F. Callie Jones who is buried
where her infant babies are buried at Samuel Acton Cemetery
                        i.  Nettie M. MORRIS b. Dec. 9, 1883 died 27 Oct. 1913 and is buried in
Union Hill Cemetery lot 14, plot 29 married Joel Byars Bearden
a. Joel Elwyn BEARDEN b: 4 Oct 1909 in , Jefferson, Alabama
                                       b.   BEARDEN b: in Alabama
                                       c. Merrill BEARDEN b: 22 Oct 1911 in , Jefferson, Al
                                       d.   BEARDEN
                                       e.   BEARDEN b: in Alabama
                                       f. BEARDEN b: 27 Oct 1913
                               ii.  infant Morris buried Samuel Acton Cemetery
                               iii. infant Morris buried Samuel Acton Cemetery
            C.    Sarah F. MORRIS b. AL 25 November 1865  5 d. 26 March 1939 Croff-
Acton Cem.Cem., Jefferson married Perry Lee JONES c 1883
i. Lela Leone JONES b: 22 Oct 1884 in Jefferson Co., Alabama
ii. Hester JONES b: Feb 1886
iii. Maude Josephine JONES b: 12 Mar 1889
iv. Ada Frances JONES b: 8 Mar 1892 in , , Alabama
v. Samuel Oscar JONES b: 24 Apr 1894
vi. JONES b: Abt 1898 in Alabama
viii. Amos P. JONES b: Abt 1899 in Alabama
ix. Gracie Effie JONES b: Abt 1901
       D.         Maryetta MORRIS 1867
              E.         John H. MORRIS 1869
              F.         William MORRIS 1871
              G.         Robert MORRIS 1873
              H.         Ellen MORRIS 1875
              I.          Henry MORRIS 1878 named after Henry Emanuel Sellers his uncle
              J.         Adia MORRIS b March 1881
              K.         Arthur  MORRIS b Aug. 1886-still alive in 1910 (perhaps his full name
is Augustus Arthur after his cousin)  
             L.         Annie MORRIS  b. AL Sept. 1888
              M         Lula MORRIS  b. AL March 1893 named after Talullah Sellers her aunt
              N.         Nora MORRIS -  b. Al January 1896
               O.         Ethel  MORRIS   b. AL July 1899  

Letter 1-Dr. Harry Kinane says: 
Rosa Mae Tyler was the daughter of William Andrew Jackson Tyler and Susan Lee Ann Kimbrel. They lived in a dog trot cabin at Genery Gap on the north side of Bluff Ridge in Jefferson Co. near the Bibb Co. line. Rosa Mae Tyler, a grandmother of mine was one of 21 children of this Tyler family, 18 of whom lived to adulthood. For reasons unknown to me, "Mama Rosa" as a young teenager went to live in the home of Rev. Dan Acton Bailey and his wife Laura Frances Sellers in their house right beside the Sellers/Bailey cemetery in present day Homewood, near Oxmoor Rd./ Green Springs Hwy. She later married William Henderson Bailey, son of Rev. Dan Acton Bailey and Laura Frances Sellers. Benny Bailey & William Henderson Bailey were twins. Benny had a seizure disorder, i.e. had Epilepsy and died at an early age. (My mother thinks he was about 13 at death). Dan Acton Bailey & Laura Frances Sellers Bailey are buried side by side in two graves, covered in semi-cylindrical shaped concrete-over-brick tombs. They are not marked otherwise. A smaller in length similar grave I suspect is that of Benny Bailey their son. The cemetery is greatly deteriorated (what a shame for some of the pioneer families of Homewood). A fence around it is deteriorating and on one boundary, Paw Paw's restaurant has put their smelly garbage dump, and the fence by it is broken down, just as one enters to walk on Rev. Dan Acton Bailey and his wife's grave. A wooden fence has been erected, by the Howard Johnsons Motel on the adjacent boundary, to protect Motel occupants from realizing they are sleeping by a cemetery. In olden times their parking lot driveway was a road into the community and an access to the cemetery, which now really has no access. the next adjoining boundary has the fence eroding off a small embankment, which at one time was dug out for a shopping center which burned down years ago and was not rebuilt. There is an open field on the fourth cemetery boundary, beyond which is another restaurant, this one facing the Green Springs Hwy.
Letter 2-“19 April 2007 Susan, I thought you might like to know that the Sellers Cemetery at Oxmoor and Green Springs Rd.has been greatly cleaned up. I am not sure who did it, but I am told that a tree fell on Paw Paw's Restaurant next to it. I was also told that a Sellers descendant had done it, someone from Evedna Sellers line. (I am told she died but she had the deed to the Cemetery last I heard).
I was in Birmingham and went by and took fresh photos of the Tombstones in the Sellers Cemetery near the intersection of Oxmoor Rd. and the Greensprings HWY.
I noticed in one of the message boards that you had commented on the Durham names. That would be Edith Lyle Bailey Durham, daughter of William Hennderson (Red) Bailey and Rosa Mae Tyler Bailey. Edith's Husband, Burney F. Durham is buried there as well as their young son, Freddie Durham who had died in early childhood of a Wilms tumor, a form of Cancer of the kidney that is peculiar to young children. They have a daughter, Diane Rose Durham Falk who is still living.
The first tombstone you encounter on coming into the Cemetery through the gate is unmarked but is almost certainly that of Rev. Daniel Acton Bailey. It is concrete over brick and an oval shape. Next to it is a shorter version of the same. I suspect that is Bennie Bailey, son of Dan Acton Bailey and Laura Frances Sellers Bailey, his wife. Bennie was a twin son to William Henderson Bailey. He was small in size, had seizures and died on the brink of adolescence. The grave that is just like these two, but just below them is likely the grave of Laura Frances Sellers Bailey. None of these three tombs have markers. William Henderson Bailey, my grandfather, has a marker on his tomb.
I have two sisters buried there in unmarked graves. One was born between me and my older brother. The other was born when I was in the second or third grade of school. Both were "blue babies" i.e. had heart defects and died about 24 hours after birth. The last was born in Jan. I vaguely recall the men in the extended family digging the grave in the frozen ground. No one is sure where the graves are now. My mother is 89 now. She always wanted to put markers on their graves there but no one knows where to put the markers. After my dads death and burial in Forrest Hill Cemetery in 1993, memorial stones for the two girls were placed there, but the girls are not buried there.
I will make copies of the tombstone photos and send them to you e-mail soon when I have time to prepare them.
I do hope all is well with you and yours. Harry"

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetary.  Also called the Bailey or Sellers
Cemetary.  Located on the south side of Oxmoor Road in Edgewood (Homewood)
between I65 and Green Springs Hwy, adjacent to the motel parking lot.

Two dog trot houses-two story (left) John Looney’s cabin in St. Claire Co. circa 1820 and some are one and a half story (right) Patterson Log Cabin in Tallassee c. 1845.

DOG-RUN HOUSES. The dog-run, dog-trot, or double log cabin was a common type of house in the middle of the nineteenth century. The building consisted of two cabins separated by a ten or fifteen foot passageway, with a continuous gabled roof covering both cabins and the passageway between them, or dog-run. Often a porch was built to extend across the entire front of the house, and lean-to shed rooms were constructed at the rear of each cabin for additional space. The walls were made of horizontally laid hand-hewn logs, with the openings between the logs chinked with sticks and clay. Later examples were often frame rather than logs. The floors were of either dirt, sawed boards, or split logs with the flat side up. There few windows in frontier cabins, and glass windows were rarely seen in pioneer times. Each cabin had a door opening onto the dog-run. Doors and shutters were hung on rawhide or wooden hinges. The roofs were made of overlapping oak clapboards held in place by weight poles. The chimney was constructed of sticks and a clay mixture, and the hearth was made of smooth rocks. Later dog-run houses often had fine brick chimneys and shingled roofs. The purpose of the dog-run was to cool the house by providing shade and catching the breeze. The space served as a catch-all for farm and household articles and was the favorite sleeping place of the dogs. The structure was used on the frontier from Alabama to Ontario.

Henderson Sellers died near Chickamauga GA in the Civil War- D 28 Alabama Infantry. Private to Sargent Confederate

Flag: 28th Alabama Infantry
Catalogue No. 86.3945.1
Information supplied by E. D. Wilson, Houston, TX -The flag was captured at Orchard Knob on November 23, 1863. This was the opening engagement of the Battle of Chattanooga, November 23-25, 1863. The flag was captured by Corporal G. H. Kramer, Co. I, 41st Ohio Infantry. Corporal Kramer "ordered and received the surrender of 20 men with the colors." Instead of forwarding the flag to the U.S. War Department in Washington, Brigadier General William B. Hazen, commanding the Second Brigade, Third Division, 4th Army Corps, apparently retained it as his personal property.
Following the war, the flag remained in General Hazen's possession. In 1903, his son John McClean Hazen placed the flag on loan to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Learning of its existence, Dr. Thomas Owen, Director, Alabama Department of Archives and History requested the return of the flag on August 20, 1905.
The 28th Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized March 29, 1862 at Shelby Springs (located about half way between Calera and Columbiana) to serve for three years or the duration of the war. The recruits were to report to Shelby Springs, the site of a large Confederate military training camp known as Camp Winn, on 13 March; they remained there until 18 April 1862. The Regiment consisted of companies from Blount, Dallas, Jefferson, Marshall, Perry, and Walker counties.
After marching, taking trains and fighting all over the South the 28th was notified they were needed in GA. Union Gen'l William S. Rosecrans, commanding the Army of the Cumberland, began a series of rapid flanking movements which dislodged Bragg's Confederates. The 28th left Shelbyville on the 27th of June 1863 and reached Tullahoma on the 28th where they stayed until 1 July. Then they moved on to Chattanooga, a vital rail and river port city, arriving the 7th and camping a mile below town until 20 August.
Rosecrans' movements forced the evacuation of Chattanooga. Bragg moved his forces south to Lafayette, Georgia, and began calculating a counter move against Rosecrans. The 28th Alabama moved across Lookout Mountain (31 August) to the Lower Chickamauga Creek, about 19 miles distant. Then on 1 September, they moved to Mc Fairlands' Springs, about 10 miles. On the 8th, they marched to Chickamauga Creek, 19 miles, and on the 10th, marched 9 miles to McLemore's Cove. Bragg saw his opportunity open at Crawfish Springs, GA, along the banks of Chickamauga Creek. He realized that Rosecrans had split his Union forces into three groups. Bragg attacked, hoping he could pick these groups off piecemeal, but Rosecrans recognized the threat and was able to reunite his Army before the full effect of the attack could be made.
Bragg wasted no time in beginning the fight and the two armies battered each other to no avail on September 19, 1863. The Union and Confederate soldiers had fought to a standstill, but on the morning of the 20th, a gap was found in the Union line near the Brotherton house, and thousands of Confederates, including the 28th Alabama, poured through. Rosecran's Army of the Cumberland was put in rout. A solid counterattack by Gen'l John Thomas Wilder's "Lightning Brigade," armed with Spencer repeating rifles, slammed into the flank of Manigault's Brigade and the 28th Alabama. The Confederates were stunned from the awesome firepower of Wilder's Brigade and were forced to retreat almost a mile.
After the Confederate victory at Chickamauga, Rosecrans retreated to Chattanooga. The Army of Tennessee followed, and Bragg ordered the city to be placed under siege. He positioned his Confederates around the city, effectively boxing in the Union forces.
Henderson s 2 brothers survived the Battles near Chickamauga Creek. Alison Sellers and
Emanuel Henry Sellers- Company D was with William H. Nabors as well. However I do not think Henry Emanuel ever got there. he deserted relatively soon.
Witness account of one of the battles: (Confederate account; the following article is taken from the Confederate Veteran, vol. XXVII (1919), p.311:) Partial account extracted-
The following account of the return of the flag of the 28th Alabama Regiment comes from John T. Edmond, of Campbell, Tex., who served with Company D, of that regiment, as taken from the newspaper report from Montgomery September 9, 1905:
"The flag of the 28th Regiment, C.S.A., has come back from the National Museum by grace of Mrs. George Dewey, wife of Admiral Dewey, and the widow of the late Gen. W. B. Hazen, U.S.A. It was captured November 23, 1863, at Bald Knob, near Chattanooga, after a fight that depleted the command and give it the same glory that fell to the famous Light Brigade. Union and Confederate alike tell of the glorious fight it made when under the impression that it had been ordered to hold the position taken at all hazards. Some of the best men of Alabama were on its rolls, and many of them never came back to tell of its glories.
"The regiment was organized at Shelby Springs March 29, 1862, 'for three years, or the war.' It went out under Col. J. W. Frazer, who soon resigned the command to Col. John C. Reid, who led it in all its death-dealing and death-receiving raids upon the enemy
“….Col. John C. Reid, commanding the 28th Alabama Regiment, always said that he had received orders to hold his position 'at all hazards,' as the brigade would move out and the girth be made on that line. This was a misunderstanding, most unfortunately. How it came about I have never been able to ascertain. But Colonel Reid certainly believed that the 28th Alabama Regiment was ordered 'to hold the position at all hazards,' and it did so with the most distinguished gallantry. The position was attacked by overpowering numbers, but our men firmly held the position. There happened what rarely came under my knowledge: the Confederates and Yankees actually fought at the bayonet point across the breastworks. The regiment held its position until the troops on either flank had been driven off and until it was almost completely surrounded. It was then withdrawn, very properly, only after a most heroic resistance and it became evident to Colonel Reid that the brigade was not coming up to make the fight on that line.
"I have never know men to act with more distinguished bravery. I have not the figures before me, but my recollection is that they did not withdraw until over half of their number had been killed, wounded, or captured.
"The attack on Orchard Knob, it will be remembered, was the opening of the battles around Chattanooga.
"It gives me great pleasure to bear witness to the gallantry of my comrades of the 28th Alabama Regiment. I trust that you will place this testimony with the returned battle flag, so that all succeeding generations may know of the grand heroism displayed by the regiment whose ensign it was, not only on that occasion, but on every battle field from Murfreesboro, 1862, until Nashville, 1864."
It is poss. James H. Morris fought in B 28 Alabama Infantry. Private Private Confederate out of Jefferson Co

Alice Sellers Bearden

ALLEY family INFO_
Interesting tidbit...Taliaferro became Toliver in future generations”.-from Jenny Alley
Thomas Taliaferro K. ALLEY married “Nancy” Jane Goode 03 FEB 1845 in
Jefferson, AL Father: Edward D. GOODE b: ABT 1781 in Mecklenburg, VA
Mother: Agnes Goode HAWKINS b: ABT 1786 in Rutherford, NC 1810 KY -
Hopkinsville, Christian, p. 87 1830 U.S. Census - Jefferson, AL, p. 155 1840
U.S. Census - Jefferson, AL, p. 160 Jane´s brother Robert Goode married
Nancy Drucilla Watkins 5 Jun 1838 in Jefferson, AL. Brother William M.
married Nancy Ann McClintock dau of John McClintock, a Union man who hid
runaway Confederate soldiers in the woods along with Emanuel Sellers, father
of Henderson Sellers who died at Chickamauga. Children of Thomas T.K.Alley b
ca 1826
1860 Jefferson, AL  a few house away from Henderson Sellers and Martha Moriis
Thomas Alley         38        abt 1822          
(Martha)Jane Alley   33        abt 1827          
William Alley        15        abt 1845          
James Alley          13        abt 1847 (        
Wiley Jasper Alley   11        abt 1849          
Mary A Alley         9          abt 1851          
Sarah Alley          7          abt 1853          
Nancy Jane Alley     5          abt 1855 
Joseph E.Alley       3          abt 1857  married Mary Harrison 25 APR 1881 Jefferson
Sims 1860
Alex H. 1863
Robert Thomas 1867 Elyton, Jefferson,  SC
Nunnalley, Mary G.          Sammons, T. W.              08/08/1866      360
1870 residents of Jefferson Co AL I could only get a list, not family groups
Jane Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1832 Alabama she took a few years of her age.
Thomas must be dead.
W M Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1845 Al male Jasper Alley
Jefferson, AL abt 1849 Al male
E Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1849 Alabama female
wife of William M. ?
M(ary) Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1851 Alabama female
S(arah) Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1852 Alabama female
N(ancy) Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1854 Alabama female
Jo(seph) Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1857 Alabama male
Sims Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1858 Alabama male Tallula C. Parthena SELLERS
b. Feb. 1861 She d. Jan 1926 m. 1st Mr. Sellers 2nd ?Sims? ALLEY, Lula was named
after her father Henderson Sellers’ great aunt Tallullah Sellers who married
Larry Brantley in Nash NC about 1820 and did not come on the trek to
Alabama. “Lula” must have married a Sellers who died, then much later a kin
to Jasper Alley who had married Elizabeth Drucilla Watkins. She probably
married Sims ALLEY b: 1860 -son of Thomas Talliafero K. Alley b: 1821 in
,,NC and Martha Jane Goode
L(izzie) Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1860 Alabama female
Aly(Alexander) Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1861 Alabama male
T(homas) R Alley Jefferson, AL abt 1869 Alabama male Robert Thomas Alley
died 29 JAN 1914 in Cardiff AL married 29 APR 1889 in Tuscaloosa Co AL Mary
Dulcena Teer b: 2 MAY 1873 in Pickens Co AL
1880 Household:
Marital Status
Day Laborer

Source Information:

Census Place
Jefferson, Alabama

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1880 Household: William Francis Alley, son of Thomas Tallifero K. Alley and Martha “Nancy” Jane Goode

Marital Status
Father's Birthplace
Mother's Birthplace
Laborer At Furnace
Keeping House





Had Joesph D. 1885

19 JAN 1867
Jefferson, , Jefferson, Alabama

Source Information:

Census Place
Oxmoor, Jefferson, Alabama

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Household: this is Wiley Jasper Alley and Elizabeth Drucilla Watkins. She is indexed as A.D. Alley- he is son of Thomas Tallifero K. Alley and Martha “Nancy” Jane Goode

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Mary Jane ALLEY m. Joe Calley

Jasper ALLEY –this is either middle name of Jenkins or Enoch

Nov 15, 1881 they had Beatrice m. Rev James Sinard Brock b: 23 APR 1874 in Hill, Etowah Co., Al, then Nora m. Wiley Henson, then Flora who died, and last Marvin who was the only child still alive in 1914 when Will Franke made his notes.

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Oxmoor, Jefferson, Alabama

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1880 Household: the T. could be an F. I think. son of Thomas Tallifero K. Alley and Martha “Nancy” Jane Goode

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Retail Grocer

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Elyton And Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama

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I. Thomas Taliaferro K. Alley (born 1822 in NC) Married: 3 FEB 1845 Jane house 245 in Elyton PO
1. James Thomas Alley (born 1847 in MS or AL)
A.Thomas Toliver Alley (born 1871 in AL)
a. Earle (born in 1896 in AL) (he had two daughters)James Toliver Alley (born 1900 in AL)
b. James Toliver (born December 10, 1900 in AL, died May 17, 1977 in AL) married Eva Mae Watson on April 2, 1924 in Birmingham. They had one son, James Thomas Alley, who was born September 25, 1926 in Birmingham married Norma Dean Crumley on June 17, 1955 in Birmingham. He is still living and his child is Jennifer dean Alley born October 6, 1956 in AL
c. Ina Louise (born between 1904 and 1906 - I would need to look up) no children
2. Has ChildrenWilliam M. ALLEY b: 1873 in ,Jefferson Co.,AL
Milley Jane ALLEY b: 1874 in ,Jefferson Co.,AL
Charles J. ALLEY b: 1876 in ,,AL
Sarah L. ALLEY b: 1878 in ,,AL
George E. ALLEY b: 1880 in ,,AL
B. William Francis 1845 m Amanda Eliza Goode 19 Jan 1867 in Jefferson, AL
1. Thomas R. ALLEY b: 1868 in ,,AL
Sally a. ALLEY b: 1871 in ,,AL
3. Nancy ALLEY
b: 1873 in ,,AL
Has No ChildrenElizabeth ALLEY b: 1875 in ,,AL
William E. ALLEY b: 1879 in ,,AL
C. Wiley Jasper 1849 married 28 Sep 1871 in Jefferson Co., Al Elizabeth Drucilla Watkins, dau of Enoch from Shelby-county next door to town of Elyton in Jefferson Co-down the road about 7 miles.
1. William Oscar ALLEY b: 1873 in ,,AL
2. Mary Jane ALLEY b: 1877 in ,,AL
3. Jasper Jenkins ALLEY b: 1880 in ,,AL
5. Beatrice ALLEY b: 15 NOV 1881 m. James Sinard Brock about 1897 in jefferson Co AL
8. Marvin ALLEY b: 14 FEB 1888
D. Mary A. 1851 married William Morris 28 JUL 1872
E. Sarah Elizabeth b: 29 MAR 1853 AL died 13 MAY 1926 married Charles Shoemaker 12 Jan 1871 in Jefferson, AL
F. Nancy J or Z.. b: 8 Feb 1855 Alabama died 15 Apr 1904 married 27 Oct 1872 James Alexander Smith buried at Bryan Cem. near Quinton, son of William Smith 1821 of York SC and wife Eliza Brown of SC descendants of William Smith b.1821 in York Co., SC, married Eliza Brown in SC. They moved to the Shannon area of Jefferson Co., early 1850s. They had the following children: (1)Mary C. 1848,(2) William 1849, married Samantha Kilgore abt.1870. William is buried at Bluff Park Baptist Church Cem., (3)Violet 1851, (4)James Alexander 1853, married Nancy Jane Alley. He is buried at Bryan Cem. near Quinton (5)Jane 1854(6)Andrew Jackson 1857 married Nancy ? buried Bluff Park (7)Sarah E. 1859 (8)Jefferson Davis 1861 buried at Bluff Park. Hope someone connects and can help. Be glad to share what I have. Thanks, Mark
G. Joseph 1857 married Mary Harrison 25 APR 1881 Jefferson possible children
1. William T. ALLEY Allay b: 1884 in ,,AL
2. James A. ALLEY Allay b: 1886 in ,,AL
3. Margie E. ALLEY Allay b: 1888 in ,,AL
4. Maggie J. ALLEY Allay b: 1891 in ,,AL
5. Ben F. ALLEY Allay b: 1897 in ,,AL
H. Sims 1858 probably married Tallula Parthena C. Sellers b 1860 AL
1. Regina 1893
2. Lila 1895 married W.Willis Archibald Hardy
I. Elizabeth “Lizzie” 1860
J. Alexander H. April 1863 Death Date: Dec 1930 married 12 OCT 1884 , Jefferson, Al to Sarah Crooks b: 10 May 1863 in , Jefferson, Al
1. Mamie ALLEY b: Jul 1885 in , Jefferson, Alabama
2. Mattie Lee ALLEY b: 4 Feb 1888 in , Jefferson, Alabama
3.Minnie ALLEY b: Feb 1891 in , Jefferson, Alabama
4. William ALLEY b: 12 Feb 1899 in , Jefferson, Alabama
K. Thomas Robert Alley Death: 29 JAN 1914 in Cardiff AL Married: mary Dulcena Teer born 2 May 1873 on 29th APR 1889 in Tuscaloosa Co AL
1. Nellie Victoria Alley b: 24 AUG 1892
2. Mildred Dulcena Alley b: 23 DEC 1898 in Jefferson Co A
Sims family
Amanda Grace Sims
Birth: 1866-05-12 (12 May 1866)
Death: 1947-12-21 (21 Dec 1947) - Jefferson, AL (Alabama)
ts: William Sims, Martha L G Allen
Spouse: William Simpson Sellers

William's father was Elijah Sims
Born: Mar 1794
Abbeville, South Carolina, near Edgefield
Died: 29 Jul 1873
Jefferson, Alabama

Burial: 31 JUL 1873 Bass Cemetery, Irondale, Jefferson, Al
married Mary Ann Perry
Born: 25 Jan 1798 in Fairfield, [county], South Carolina, USA
Died: 25 Feb 1874 in [city], Jefferson, Alabama, USA
Marriage: 1822
Thomas Sims M 6 Jan 1822 in South Carolina
William M Sims M 1826 in Shades Valley (Elyton), Birmingham, Alabama
Rebecca Perry Sims M 1844

1850 Independence, Autauga, Alabama
This is part of Autauga that was Morrowsville, Jefferson later I think
Elizabeth Goodwin 53
Theophalus Goodwin 53
Amanda Sims 15
Henry Sims 11
John Sims 20
Mary Sims 10
William Sims 22 - i dont know who this is-maybe he is just working there- my William married 1846

1850 Shelby, Alabama Married: 1 JUN 1843 in St CLAIR COUNTY, AL
Jonathan S Williams(on) 30 farmer AL
Cynthia (Allen) Williams 22
b. 28 FEB 1828 in AL Death: 28 APR 1900 in Hopkins Co, TX

Allen Williams 5
James Williams 3
Mary Williams 1
Rebecca Allen 44 SC Martha' s mother, widow of Royal Allen?

Home in 1860: Forks Road, Jefferson, Alabama
Post Office: Elyton
Rebecca Allen 59 SC
Amanda Allen 20 AL

1860: Truss, Jefferson, Alabama
Post Office: Elyton
William Sims 33
Martha Sims 30
William T Sims 13
Francis Sims 9
Manerva Sims 7
Elizabeth Sims 4
Elijah Perry 14

1870: Township 17 Range 2, Jefferson, Alabama
Post Office: Elyton
Wm Sims 40
M Sims 39
W T Sims 22
M F Sims 19 -Frances
M J Sims 16 - Minerva
M E Sims 13 -Elizabeth
J M Sims 9 -Margaret
M D Sims 4 -Manda
R Allen 65 -Rebecca Allen

1870: Township 16 Range 1, Jefferson, Alabama
Post Office: Morrowsville
Elijah Sims 76
M A Sims 72

1880: Jefferson, Alabama
William Sims 53 blacksmith AL SC SC
Martha Sims 48 AL SC SC
Lizzie Sims 22 AL
Maggie Sims 17 AL
Manda Sims 14 AL
Belle Sims 6 AL

1900: Precinct 20, Jefferson, Alabama
William T Sims 52 b March 1848 blacksmith AL AL AL
Sarah E Sims 45 b Jan 1853 AL AL AL
Charlie S Sims 18 blacksmith 8
Edwin C Watkins 25 carpenter
Alice B Watkins 20
Nellie Watkins 3
James H Watkins 1

1910: Precinct 20, Jefferson, Alabama
William T Sims 62
Sarah Sims 55
Howard Sims 15 son

Martha Allen Sims may have been related to John Allen Jr who lived in Bibb Co AL before moving to MS

Contact: Debbie McInroe
Census: 21 SEP 1850 Shelby County, Alabama- I cant find it

1850 Southern District, Lauderdale, Mississippi
Jno Allen 49 GA
Kizziah Allen 37 unknown
Wm Allen 24 AL
Martha Allen 18 AL
Isaac Allen 16 AL
James Allen 14 MS
Jno Allen 12 MS

b 24 APR 1801 in Alabama
Death: 24 AUG 1876 in Mississippi
He came to Alabama with his parents and lived Bibb Co. before he removed to Mississippi where he is listed on the 1850 census in Lauderdale Co. MS. John died 24 August, 1876 in MS. John married 22 January, 1824 in Bibb Co. to Charity Suttle, daughter of Isaac Suttle. Charity died in MS., after 1837/38 as the youngest child John was born in 1838 in MS. After the death of Charity, John married to Kisirah Wells born about 1812. From th e 1850 census it appears James was the first child born in Mississipi which gives an app. date of 1835 when they moved to that state.

John Allen Sr came to Bibb Co. Alabama from Elbert Co. Georgia.He was in Bibb befo re the 1820 census was taken. He is listed on the 1820 and 1830 Bibb Co., census. He was born, according to the census, 1760-1770. His wife born about1770-1780. I do not find John Sr. listed after 1830 and perhapshe died between 1830 and 1840. The wife of John Allenwas said to be a Ms. Hogg. No other information. It is believed thatthe families of John Allen and Isaac Su ttletraveled from ElbertCo. Georgia to Alabama together. Two Allen siblings married two Suttle siblings.
Reference to Faver and MaHarg names in Rev War:
MAHARG, ARCHIBALD, aged 71, and a resident of St. Clair County; private, S. C. Militia; enrolled on July 24, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $35; sums received to date of publication of list $105. —Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.
His grandson Archibald lived at Horse Stomp Community and Archibald ´s wife Sarah Elizabeth Perkins was also a descendant of a Rev. soldier. Her grandfather is:
FAVER, JOHN (1758-1846) served as a private 1779 at the battle of Kettle Creek and his name is on the roster of soldiers who participated in that battle. He is buried on his farm Limestone County, Alabama. Daughter: Mary Melissa Fever Christopher, born 1842, in Limestone County, Ala. She was the daughter by his third wife, Mahala Lee, born 1808.—D.A.R. Lineage Book, Vol. 45, p. 60, vol. 47, p. 450-51.
"Faver & Kindred, 1748~1990." Alma Yarbrough Carroll, WH Wolfe Associates, 1990. History of the descendants of John Faver (early spelling: LeFevre), Revolutionary War patriot. From Virginia to Georgia. Allied names include Adams, Bankston, Chappell, Davis, Faver, Irvin(e), Jackson, Lanier, Merrill, Nutt, Reed, Sessions, Yarbrough, and many others. LH3

Books available here about the GA area (Wilkes Co) where Faver lived, as well as the Brownings:
Comment on the large Confederate desertions early on in the war.
The Sellers boys were drafted and sent to Shelby Springs and were in the 28th D, but I happened to be looking into the 31st Regiment of Chilton movements, organized at Talladega, 16 March 1862, with companies from Calhoun, Cherokee, Montgomery, Randolph, Shelby, and Talladega counties. and the time line. What is very surprising is that of all 10 Captains elected in the different companies of the 31st Alabama, only one remained as a Captain and did not resign (with the exception of one captain who was put to the surgery unit, but his replacement also resigned) and most all of these resignations were also in the year 1862. It appears that 90% of the Captains of the 31st took advantage of their positions to resign early on. This must be a reflection of the surprise that the War had not already ended and impatience that it had not, as well as hunger.

The Rebellion had begun April 12, 1861 and actually was rather slow to get going, in my opinion. Perhaps because the Confederacy had an early victory at Bull Run (the first battle) 21 July 1861, people were thinking they could sit back and wait. It may have been when President Lincoln issued January 31, 1862 a General War Order No. 1 calling for all United States naval and land forces to begin a general advance by Feb 22, 1862 George Washington's birthday, there may have been renewed concern. It was after that when the 31st Regiment was formed on 16 March 1862 thru April at Talladega Co., almost a year after the war began.

From reading autumn 1862 letters home from one of the 31st members, it appears that early on in the war there were few rations and the soldiers were losing weight. It must have been pretty clear that fighting will and zeal will not win a war in the long run-- if there is no food to back the army up. They were resorting to using their pay to buy food in the towns they passed thru, so as not to starve (and there were still 2 and a half years to go). This must have affected all Captains as well. Although the men resented Cobb in his Mims Crossing G unit, there were many other Captains resigning and doing exactly what their men were WANTING to do, but could not--however some went AWOL to get back home and do the planting by night and would turn back up at their company days later, having gotten "lost." james Cobb could not have been the only one resented.

How did it all get started? I mean the AWOls and the desertions and the resentment of being drafted to fight a rich man´s war. I think that the Rebellion leaders,particularly in SC where the richest planters with the most slaves lived and who had never thought about planting anything other than cotton, for which they needed slaves, thought the war would be quick and easy and would be won easily with the Southern ease with firearms. James Cobb was probably telling his men what all Captains were thinking at that time. Those who were not thinking it would be easy were the Unionists, as well as Southerners loyal to Andrew Jackson who had warned Southerners never to fight the Union for they would be foolish and surely lose. Ironically Companies were named after him even though he was against the Rebellion.

Many educated people who read newspapers were more realistic, most likely, understanding the production power of the north to make arms and money and the Southern Planter´s being dependent on slaves and backward of the times in terms of manufacturing goods. How many Yankee business men profited secretly from Southern gold paid for manufactured goods?

Another reason for the urgency of the formation of the 31st Regiment a year after the War began is that General Grant of the Union forces in Tennessee captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson on February 6, 1862. This must have been alarming to the lowlander plantation families of Alabama, and there was a call to arms to protect their capital, the slaves and the way of life. Looks like it took a few weeks to get a Regiment and companies together by the middle of March to April and up to Talladega. Also in March the Peninsular campaign had begun from Washington arriving south of the Confederate Capitol of Richmond.

But exactly 2 months after the capzure of the 2 forts in Tennessee by the Union on April 6, 1862 there was mixed news with battle of Shiloh on the Tennessee River in which 10,000 Confederates died but the Confederates "won" the battle. This news must have been frightening to the men of the 31st Alabama. that in order to win one battle 10,000 must die. At the time the 31st received this news, they were already mustered and up in Talladega and were "caught" so to speak in war they had no counted on being so deadly.

At this time Unionists were operating out of Winston County- I suspect it would have been dangerous for the despised Robert Blackwell Gang of robbers operating in Shelby Co. to have operated further north than northern Shelby the future Chilton Co. in October 1864 because the more north one went, the more pro-Union the counties were and the more likely he could be arrested for murdering 8 Yankee prisoners and murdering two Confederate officers who tried to draft him and his gang in Tennessee. He fled south to Shelby Co. AL just ahead of the Yankees. General Wilson of the Union formed Wilson's Raiders at Elyton Headquarters March 28-31, 1865 near the Shelby Co. border. That was only 5 months after Blackwell started his killing spree under the guise of seeking draft evaders and desserters, one of which he himself was, in the Shelby woods.
I do think that ALL soldiers of both USA and CSA can be proud for what they had to endure, whether they were drafted against their wills (like the Sellers boys-one lost his life, one lost his arm and the youngest ran away and had to "lay out") and also whether or not they joined freely, as in the case of Cobb´s unit. The problem with Cobb´s unit and 90% of ALL units was that the Captains who had the initial enthusiasm for war quit and went home after awhile, "abandoning" their neighbors they had encouraged to join. There must have been resentment all over Alabama about this, for I cannot imagine that this 31st Shelby unit was any different than any other unit/regiment with the hig percentage of Captains using their rank to resign. Cobb however had the unique problem of associating (reportedly) with Robert Blackwell and his gang. At first he was probably not aware that Blackwell was a criminal, disguised as a Southern patriot. Would you as a business man and father of young girls gladly associate with a criminal? Cobb was probably working with him before he found out the true character of the man. . After all, we have the problem of Cobbs´ brother being killed by the Blackwell Gang. James Cobb and his brother were neighbors. Now would you help a man who murdered your brother? If Cobb were such an evil man, why was he voted Captain? They had known him all their lives. We actually need a forsenics expert about this interesting case, for Cobb was one of two choices, either purely evil or innocent of the charges.
Alabama had a force of 2000 men who fought for the Union, called the Alabama 1st Calvalry
"At a time when the country was about to go war, many Alabama unionists spoke about how President Jackson would have dealt with secession by hanging the ringleaders and crushing the rebellion before it got started.
Indeed, Jackson warned South Carolina on Dec. 10, 1832 that he was prepared to do just that.
“Are you really ready to incur its guilt? If you are, on the heads of the instigators of the act be the dreadful consequences; on their heads be the dishonor, but on yours may fall the punishment. On your unhappy State will inevitably fall the evils of the conflict you force upon the Government of your country. It can not accede to the mad project of disunion, of which you would be the first victims.”
"And many Alabama unionists would remember the parting words of their fathers and grandfathers who served with Jackson, and who sensed years before that a war over secession could erupt. The old veterans would warn on their deathbeds to be loyal to the “Old Flag.” And their words were remembered and taken to heart."

If you think the Old South was united, you are mistaken.
Here is a poster from the times-

Yeomanry. Loyal Southerners. Come to Your Country's Call!

To put down TREASON and REBELLION and hand down to our Children, unimpaired, the Rich Legacy of the Glorious Union achieved and sealed with the blood of our forefathers.



The secessionists, the flatlanders, the planters, the so-called gentlemen whose fine daughters do not acknowledge your existence would have you fight their RICH MAN'S WAR. If you join their rebel army it will be a POOR MAN'S FIGHT.

Loyal Union men of good moral habits - farmers and farmer's sons - are now joining THE FIRST ALABAMA UNION CAVALRY, UNITED STATES VOLUNTEERS. Our flag is THE OLD FLAG. Our country is in peril and needs men of valour to fight for Freedom and Uncle Abe.
Muster rolls are open at secret sites in Winston, Franklin, Marion, Blount, Morgan, Randolph, Walker, Jefferson, St. Clair, Lawrence, Fayette, DeKalb and Jackson countie

The 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized at Talladega, 16 March 1862, with companies from Calhoun, Cherokee, Montgomery, Randolph, Shelby, and Talladega counties. (Both Randolph and Shelby had many Union sympathizers.) It reported to Gen'l Danville Leadbetter at Chattanooga shortly after. It then moved up to Knoxville, where it was brigaded under Gen'l Seth Barton, in Carter Stevenson's Division. The regiment was at the investment of Cumberland Gap, TN and it took part in the fight at Tazewell, Claiborne Co., TN. With Gen'l E. K. Smith's column,the 31st was in the Kentucky Campaign, without coming up with the enemy..

Quoting O. G. Swingburg, 125th Ohio U. S. on September 9, 1863 at Cumberland Gap,
"The trees, which had formerly covered the mountains, were all cut down. Their trunks lie tangled and scattered in all directions to prevent rapid charges of infantry. Surely, a valley of death could not have been more skillfully constructed. All who walked that road today would agree that had the charge been made, it would have been the last road walked in eternity. It would have been murder to have ordered that assault."
In December 1862, the Thirty-first accompanied Stevenson's division to Vicksburg. In May 1863 it was initiated into the hardest part of the war at Port Gibson, where the regiment suffered severely. It fought at Baker's Creek, and the loss was very heavy. As part of the garrison of Vicksburg, it was surrendered with the fortress. Placed in parole camp at Demopolis, the Thirty-first was soon exchanged. With Gen. Pettus in command of the brigade, the regiment joined the army of Tennessee, and was engaged with slight loss at Mission Ridge.
The 31st wintered at Dalton, and in the memorable campaign from Dalton to Atlanta it bore a full share in the dangers and hardships which have made it a bloody page in Southern annals. Dalton at Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863) is the site of the bloodiest two-day battle of the Civil War. The battle was won but at a great cost of life. This battle was why my ancestor Henderson Sellers lost his life. His brother Alison lost his arm and was allowed to come home and the third brother Emanuel Henry Sellers ran home soon after being conscripted in January of 1863 where he was hidden in the woods by his Unionist father Emanuel Sellers, along with other runaways. Henderson age 38 his 2 younger brothers were all conscripted into the 28th Alabama Company D in January 1863 which originally formed 28 March, 1862 from Jefferson Co but at Shelby Springs in Shelby Co.. Was there too much resistance in Jefferson?
During the winter January 1863, at Dalton, the Twenty-eighth Alabama had to re-enlist "for the war." It participated in the severe campaign from Dalton to Atlanta, taking part in all the fighting, and losing largely in proportion to the men it had present for duty. Later, the regiment followed Gen. Hood into Tennessee after Atlanta was taken, and took part in the desperate and fruitless struggles at Franklin and Nashville, with severe loss.
Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Rebel army in October and November of 1863. With General Sherman sitting a scant 10 miles away General Joseph Johnston, the newly assigned commander of the Army of Tennessee CSA, began to reinforce the town of Dalton, Georgia and the adjoining mountains. He didn't have long to wait. On February 22, 1864, General George Thomas born at Southhampton County, Virginia of the Union forces began a "demonstration" on the mountains west of Dalton. Although Thomas nearly turned the Confederate line, he withdrew on February 27, following the completion of a federal attack on Meridian, Mississippi.

In May at Tunnel Hill
General Thomas ordered a division to attack a line of skirmishers securing the Rebel position. The Confederates withdrew, unable to complete their orders - destroy the tunnel through Chetoogetta Mountain. The Army of the Cumberland then began a slow march to Rocky Face Ridge and Dug Gap, to give James McPherson's Army of the Tennessee a chance to move south to Resaca along Taylor Ridge and to let John Scofield's Army of the Ohio move south from Chickamauga Station, Tennessee. Fighting began on the west side of Rocky Face Ridge on May 8, 1864. This is generally considered the first engagement of the Atlanta Campaign. Sherman possessed Atlanta September 2, 1864. In October, 1864 (the month Robert B. Blackwell arrived from Tennessee, having murdered a Confederate officer who tried in conscript his gang), General John Bell Hood of GA returned briefly to the Dalton area with about 35,000 men. He attacked at Tilton, Georgia, a few miles south of Dalton on October 13, 1864. Hood continued north to the Battle of Nashville which he lost while Sherman headed west to Savannah on the March to the Sea with 62,000 men.

This is where lots of Alabama boys were cut off from their regiments by the Yankees march to Atlanta and to the sea. They must have seen it was a hopeless cause. Most had all been conscripted against their wishes, as Shelby Co which was not fully enough Unionist to resist the planters as did Winston County.

The year 1864 ended with Sherman's grand army in possession of Savannah, Georgia The fall of Atlanta had assured the re-election of Abraham Lincoln that November, and the tide of war shifted in favor of the Union. The 31st Alabama (what was left of it and had not got lost in battle or run away in fright or died) followed Gen. Hood into Tennessee, and after sustaining severe losses at Columbia and Nashville, was the rear-guard of the retreating army. Transferred to North Carolina, the regiment was hotly engaged at Bentonville, NC March 19-21, 1865 and a few men who were left of the 1100 with which ithe 31st Alabama entered the service stacked arms at Greensboro, as part of Pettus' brigade. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to fight the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the North and South Carolina spring 1865.
Captains, and counties from which the companies came. As an officer, one could resign, a comfortable position to have if you wanted to go home:
  • Co. "A" (Cherokee County; some of company paroled as of Co. "K", 23rd AL Infantry, Consolidated): Isaac P. Moragne (resigned, 13 Aug 62); Henry W. Pickens (resigned, 30 March 63); W. L. Hughes (wounded, Jonesboro)
  • Co. "B" (Talladega County; also called Co. "A"; company paroled as part of Co. "K", 23rd AL Infantry, Consolidated): William S. Chapman (resigned, 26 Sept 62); Robert A. Hardie (resigned, 12 Dec 63); William H. Hancock (transferred); William J. Rhodes (wounded, Kinston, Bentonville)
  • Co. "C" (Cherokee County; also called Co. "B"): Marshal J. Alexander (resigned, 28 Aug 62); Joseph J. Nix (wounded, Champion's Hill, Jonesboro; captured, Champion's Hill; resigned, 26 April 63 and March 65)
  • Co. "D" (Calhoun County; evidently became Co. "G", 23rd AL Infantry): E. T. Thompson; (dropped from rolls, 2 June 64); John Rose (paroled as Capt., Co. "G", 23rd AL Infantry)
  • Co. "E" (Talladega County; also called Co. "D"): Archibald Carter (resigned, 27 Aug 62); G. W. Watts (resigned, 19 Nov 63); Frank M. Shouse
  • Co. "F" (Talladega County; also called Co. "E"): Robert M. McKibbin only original Captain to stay with his his men and not resign or get paroled.
  • Co. "G" (Shelby County; also called Co. "K"; mustered 22 March 62 as Cobb's Co., Frazer's 23rd AL Infantry, and on 4 May 62 as Cobb's Co., Hundley's 31st AL Infantry): James Cobb (resigned, 2 Sept 62); William H. Shelby (resigned, 21 Nov 63); Robert B. Pruitt. James Cobb formed or mustered the Co. G on 22 March 1862 at Mimms
    Crossroads. He was paid as Capt by the Confederacy beginning 24 March
    1862. A later register reflects that he was not commissioned until 5 May 1862.He tendered his resignation on 15 Aug 1862 citing his health. The resignation was accepted on 2 September 1862 when he was discharged.(Malissa Hogan)
  • Co. "H" (Randolph County): Augustus A. West (resigned, 27 Aug 62); Andrew J. Reeves (resigned); James L. Williams (captured, Missionary Ridge)
  • Co. "I" (Montgomery County): John M. Shields (resigned, 10 Sept 62); Thomas M. Arrington (promoted); L. W. Vick
  • Co. "K" (Shelby County; some of the company finally paroled as Co. "H", 23rd AL Infantry, Consolidated): Norman P. Reeves (appointed, surgeon); John W. Pitts (resigned, 10 Nov 62); Samuel W. Morgan (dropped from rolls, 17 June 64); J. T. McClanahan
Co. "G" (Shelby County): James Cobb (resigned, 2 Sept 62)

I read quite a few letters written from Milton Avery Hardin of Co, B. 31st Alabama Infantry. He had enlisted 10th day of May, 1862 at Talledega, Alabama in Company B of the 31st Alabama. He was from Cherokee Co.. He speaks already in November 1862 in letters home of a great discontent among the men, of 8-10 desertions a day, and he himself thinks about it and talks about so many being fed up and going home without permission. They definitely did not have enough food by 1862, three years before the end of the war. His brother in law was Robert Sloan who also lived to come home in May 1865 and who went AWOL on numerous occasions in order to come home and do the plowing (at night and his wife would walk and hold a torch for him to see the furrows). So going AWOL and returning may have been common. How could a man leave wife and children for 5 years? Impossible. If he had not "desserted" on occasion to do the plowing the family would have starved. I am sure toward the end, the men could not take the lost cause anymore and stayed home instead of going back. Or some came home only the one time and never went back. Robert Sloan must have been pretty good in the woods and with traveling to go home for every crop planting and plowing. maybe some were not so good as he and were afraid to leave, except that one time. if 8 to 10 deserters a day or AWOLs were occuring in the 31st, how many is that in the year 1862? Although Marvin lived to be parolled May 1865 in GA, he van be found in no census in 1870 or thereafter. He may have died on the way home or of sickness after reaching home and before 1870.
At any rate, I doubt that capt. James Cobb knew he was dealing with a common criminal when or if he helped Blackwell. But being only one of maybe two people in his Yellow Leaf District to have been pro cessession, James Cobb should have known better than to isolate himself even more by encouraging the run aways to return to fighting. It made him appear to be a Blackwell supporter, whether he was or not.

Susan Aldridge
Meherg / Maharg Notes:
From William darrell Hosey
I will help out as best I can. Archibald McHarg is the ancestor that fought in the revolutionary war. Unfortunately, the only evidence that I have concerning his service was in the newspaper account.
Taken from the St. Clair Observer (Pell City, St. Clair Co., AL), Thursday, July 3, 1975, "Ring for Liberty! Archibald Meharg (should be McHarg) of Ashville was among freedom fighters."
On the seventeenth day of January, 1833, there appeared before Judge John H. Garrett, Judge of the County Court of St. Clair County, Archibald McHarg (later spelled Meharg) who applied for a pension. McHarg (Meharg) stated that he was a resident of Ashville, age seventy-odd. He did not remember the exact date of his birth. He declared that he had entered the military service of the United States as a volunteer in the month of May, 1781, in Lawrence County, South Carolina.
He gave names of his officers adn said that part of his service was directly under General Greene. However, most of the time his company was a company of rangers and horsemen. Their duties were guarding the frontiers, dispersing bands of outlaw Tories, and keeping close watch on the marauding Cherokee Indians. They were constantly on the move and were on tours which lasted from six to eight weeks.
Archibald Meharg had no discharge or other paper to verify his service. He told the court that part of his service was done in the company of his father, whom the Tories killed during thier last tour. James L. Lewis, a Baptist preacher, vouched for Mr. Meharg's honesty, saying that he had known the old man for many years. Doctor Charles C. P. Farrar, an Ashville physician, stated under oath that he remembered his father and Archibald Meharg having long conversations relative to their experiences while fighting in the Revolutionary War. They had been neighbors back in South Carolina.
Others signing affidavits as to Archibald Meharg's honesty and integrity were John Massey, Archibald Sloan, Peyton Rowan, and Joshua W. Hooper. These sworn statements were accepted as proof of his military service and he was granted an annual pension of $35.00.
Archibald Meharg was married to Temperence Coker at Ashville on August 23, 1823. It is not known if he had previously been married. Temperence was granted his pension allowance at his death in 1840. Ashville Cemetery and those in surrounding communities have been searched for the grave of this old soldier and no marker has as yet been found. Court house records show that property belonging to his family was sold to Bennett Oldham. This property is located near Greensport in Township 14. At the time of sale, the descenants of Archibald Meharg were living in Calhoun County.

I should add that Archibald McHarg fought alongside his father, John. John was killed during the battle of Hanging Creek in SC. There is an account to that battle in the book, but no direct evidence that shows that John fought in it.
All we have essentially is the word of his son Archibald in the newspaper account. Of course there were no direct witnesses to vouch for the fact of Archibald's service. He did receive a pension, but only because their were individuals in community of Ashville, Alabama that took his word as a trustworthy one.

This is what I have on John Favor or Faver.
John Favor, a Virginian from France, migrated to South Carolina, then to Wilkes County, Georgia by 1773 (land warrant dated November 16, 1773 for 200 acres of land on Rocky Creek). His wife was Mary Bolton and he had one son, William, at this time. John was a Revolutionary soldier who was wounded at the battle of Kettle Creek 1779. The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution has placed a marker at his grave in Newnan, Georgia.
According to a book entitled "Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in America" by Howard H. McCall, [p. 193, 1942], "John Faver of Virginia served at the Battle of Kettle Creek and was granted land for his service in 1784. He married in Virginia, Mary Bolton."
"After the Revolutionary War, the State granted head rights and bounty lands to Revolutionary War soldiers. This offer of free land attracted large numbers of prospective citizens into the area from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina." [Faver & Kindred]
"On Sep 29 1784, John Favours was given and granted 400 acres of land by the Honorable John Houstoun, Captain General, Governor, and Commander-in-Chief, in and over said State. John Houstoun (1778-1779; 1784-1785), was the son of a British Nobleman. According to the Constitution, he could not remain in office; therefore, for a while Georgia had no governor. In 1784 to 1785, he was elected to the office making him the first governor to serve two terms." [Faver & Kindred]

From heather kramer:
Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution. John Hardy is in there and it gives the source for the information as Lists of North Carolina and South Carolina Troops and of Officers and Men of Continental Organization Raised from more than one state, 1775-1783. This film is at the National Archives in DC, microfilm M853, Roll 16. Do you want me to get a copy to add to his service record at DAR? A Thomas Hardy is also on the same roll.

Also, in the book were Archibald McHarg, John McHerg, John Maherg, and John Meharg. Although, the three John's could be the same one. Archibald's source for service is his pension file no. S33066. Here are the other services:

McHerd, John (m. Suzanna), he served two hundred nine days on horseback in the militia during 1781 and 1782 and was killed while under Gen. Pickens. From Audited Accounts in the South Carolina State Archives, Book X, no. 824. (I know the surname is spelled with a 'd', but I thought it might be a transcription error).

McHerg, John (m. Samantha), he lost his life in defense of the state. From Annuitants Claims.

Maherg, John, he served in the militia. From Audited Accounts.

Meharg, John, he enlisted in the First REgiment on May 7, 1776.

Bob Sellers email 23 April 2010 (a guess at who Emanuel Henry Sellers' father was)
Hi: I'm new here:
I can add some to this. Henry E Sellers was my G Grand father. He died c 1906 and is buried in first Methodist church cemetery in Clay, AL. The E. stood for Emanuel, who was his dad.

His dad was actually Emanuel Henry Sellers, my gg grandfather.
born in NC, c 1795, came to AL in c 1844. (apparently no marked grave, cause I have searched diligently)

Henry had brothers Henderson (killed in CW) and Allison (lost his right arm.) Henry had 3 fingers shot off his left hand in the war. (I have family pix taken c 1906) and shows missing fingers.

Henry had sons John Henry (my Grandpa), George, Wesley, Robert, daughters Fannie, lula and Mattie, and son Sylvester (vester)

John Henry had sons Robert (first marriage) and then sons Henry Edward, Jesse, Charles and Claude, who was my dad.

I have been searching for NC relatives, and just got back from Raleigh (NC state archives) where I did a will search.

In this search I found that one John Sellers of Lincoln County NC (apparently this was John Jr) who died in 1816 without any family and left all to "his brother George's sons namely John and Henry Sellers.)

After searching for YEARS, this will seemed to open a key for me, as the names George, John and Henry are quite prevalent in my family history, even to my living cousins. Lincoln county is much further west in NC than the area I had been searching in Nash, Edgecombe and Franklin counties.

At this point I am virtually certain that the Henry mentioned in the will is the Father of my gg Pa Emmanuel who came to AL. The reason I say father instead of Emanuel Henry himself, is that Emanuel did not have a brother named John

If so, then Emanuel's dad was Henry, His dad was George, and George's dad was John...

My best guess so far:

John? (pre rev war)
George (both brother and son named John, so why not father also?
Henry (brother named John)
Emanuel Henry d c1885
Henry Emanuel d 1908
John Henry d 1934


7. Thomas MORRIS b. June 1835 SC married 1st AL in 1860 Sarah C. b. 1841 2nd m. 1866 Sarah E. born Feb. 1851 (1870 Louisville PO, Winston Co, Miss, 1880 Fayette, Alabama)
A. Jane B. 1867 TN
B. Manerva L. February 1870 AL
C. James Hugh b Dec. 1872 AL
D. Sina L. 1874 AL
E. William L. b 1876 AL
Zachariah “Zack” C. b. April 1880 AL
Robert L. b. June 1883 AL
Della b September 1885 Louisville Miss
Riley T. b June 1888 Louisville, Miss
Samuel C. b Sept 1892 Louisville, Miss
Marital Status
Keeping House
Keeping House






Source Information:

Census Place
Township 15, Fayette, Alabama

Family History Library Film

Page Number
8. Permelia Morris age 34 is with Thomas Morris in Miss. in 1870-she may be a cousin or sister in law

NC counties map
Formation of Counties NC

AL counties map
Formation of Counties AL

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