Queries 1998
January - February

PARKER, PEAVY posted by Leigh Compton on Sunday, January 18, 1998

Researching family of John W. PARKER and Sivil PEAVY who moved to Calhoun County, AL c1848. John was born 22 Sep 1797 in VA; Sivil was born 19 Jul 1804 in GA. They married 5 Oct 1820 in Morgan County, GA, and resided in Morgan and Walton counties in GA prior to moving to AL. John died 8 May 1876 in Piedmont, Calhoun County, AL. Family tradition is that he is buried within the Talladega National Forest; location of the grave is unknown. We have no information on when or where Sivil died. Will gladly share what information I have on this family, particularly descendants.

FLOYD, HOLCOMB, LANE posted by Deb Gattis on Sunday, January 18, 1998

Moses and Mary HOLCOMB came to Benton County during 1830's, they were born in SC and may have been in Floyd County, GA for a short time. Children William C. married Sarah (Sallie) LANE, Betsy married James FLOYD, and John married Mary LANE (Sallie's sister) there during 1840's. During the 1850's William HOLCOMB and James FLOYD moved with their families to Dekalb County. Moses and John with their families stayed in Cherokee County. Do you have any info on these families? Could you connect me with any Holcombs living in Cherokee County that might have any info?

MCKINZEY, WARREN posted by Diane Stavenhagen Kadletz on Monday, January 19, 1998

McKINZEY- WARREN: Researching James Sanders MCKINZEY b 11 Nov 1826 Hall County, GA d 13 Jul 1913 Calhoun County, AL. Married Sarah Ann WARREN b 8 Jan 1825, Hall County, GA. d 6 Oct 1910 Calhoun County, GA. They are buried in the DeArmanville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Any info on parents and children appreciated.

GUNN posted by Arcell C. Sawyer on Friday, January 23, 1998

Looking for William P GUNN bought 200 acres in "Benton" County 1830s. All I have for reference is a letter written by him. Looking for a connection.

LOTT posted by Bill Jones on Sunday, January 25, 1998

Looking for marriage of Thomas LOTT to Mary Ann (Polly) ?. Thomas LOTT lived with parents in Benton County and what is now Cleburn County. He was born in 1826, married in 1846. do not find record of marriage in Anniston or Heflin. His wife's maiden name may be Silman or something similar, but not sure. His parents and kinfolks lived near Abernathy Al. and Fruithurst Al. Any information on Thomas LOTT and the Lott family would be appreciated.

BARMORE, BROWNLEE posted by Don Brownlee on Monday, January 26, 1998

Searching for information on the family of George Harvey BROWNLEE (1813-1862). He and his wife, Malinda BARMORE, moved to Calhoun County in the fall of 1851. George may have died in the war. Several of the children later moved to Dallas County, TX in the 1880s.

GIBBS posted by Jeff Dillon on Monday, January 26, 1998

I am attempting to find any living relatives of Ozra Lee GIBBS, born October 27, 1918. He died in July of 1980 in Anniston, AL. This is all the information I have been able to locate on GIBBS. Any help would be appreciated.

BADGET, HIXSON, WRIGHT posted by Linda R Todd on Monday, January 26, 1998

James L WRIGHT b in SC, was on 1850 Benton Co census with wife Nancy, son John, Newton, James, and William, and daughters Nancy and Ellen. James L was a Methodist circuit rider. Need info about the wife Nancy. This family migrates to Logan and Johnson Co, AR by 1860, but have lost track of all but James L and Newton. Another dau, Sarah Ann, was b in Chester Dist, SC and m Pleasant HIXSON in 1848. Newton m Nancy BADGET in 1850 Benton Co.

ALVERSON, CONN, JOHNSTON posted by Susan Dorris on Saturday, January 31, 1998

CONN -- Sanders CONN, b. abt 1790 SC, and his wife Sarah was in Franklin Co Ga. on 1818/1819 tax list, named as heir of John JOHNSTON 1825 Franklin Co. Ga., 1834 Benton/Calhoun Co Ala., 1840 Talladega Co. Ala., 1850 Coosa Co. Ala. His dau Elizabeth m. 1834 Talladega Co. Ala. to Archibald ALVERSON of St Clair Co Ala. Need parents of Sanders CONN
CHILDERS, CHILDRESS, CROSS, FAGAN, FAIGEN posted by Maryann Stalpers on Tuesday, February 3, 1998

CHILDERS, CHILDRESS, FAGAN, CROSS: I am looking for information on Henry CHILDRESS and his wife Rebecca who lived in Benton (Calhoun) Co., AL 1850 census. Also, they had a daughter Tinzy (Tennessee) who married Robert FAIGEN July 21, 1850. I believe they had another daughter Elizabeth who married James CROSS in Marshall Co., AL Jan. 8, 1846. All of these families were in Clark Co., AR in 1860 census. Look forward to hearing from anyone researching these lines, and I will be glad to exchange data.

BLACKBURN, BOWMAN, CALDWELL, REID, WARDLAW posted by Betsy Bowman Davis on Sunday, February 8, 1998

John Lewis BOWMAN born August 13, 1813, in South Carolina and his wife Matilda BLACKBURN born March 22, 1813 in South Carolina left Abbeville, SC, between 1837 and 1839 with their two young daughters: Georgia Ann Caroline (born 1835 in SC) and Margaret Jane (born 1837 in SC). They came to Benton (Calhoun) County, AL and are listed on the 1840 Census there. The other seven children of John Lewis and Matilda Blackburn BOWMAN were born in Benton County, AL: William Warren (1839), Sarah Malinda (1842), George Washington (1844), Roseanna Emiline (1847), John Taylor (1850), Mary Isabella (1852) and Lenora Ledora (1854). John Lewis Bowman and his family are listed in the 1850 Census for Benton County, AL, and John Lewis is listed as a farmer who owned no slaves. Between 1854 and 1858 the family moved to Brazos County, Texas, and in 1861 to Falls County, Texas. I would be interested in corresponding with anyone who has an interest in the BOWMAN family and related families of BLACKBURN, WARDLAW, CALDWELL, and REID.


CHANDLER & BONDS: Joel CHANDLER was born in 1800 in South Carolina. His father was named John CHANDLER, and referred to as "Grandsire Chandler" His wife, Ritah BONDS, was born in 1758 in South Carolina.  By 1820, they were married, had their first child, and were living in Georgia. The 1830 Census shows them in Carroll County, Georgia. In 1840, they had moved across the state line to Alabama and were living in Benton County. By 1850, they had moved on to Arkansas and can be located in Mine Creek Township of Hempstead County. The 1860 Census shows them living in Nathan, Pike County, Arkansas. Grace Chandler Hairston writes that her Grandfather "Joel left Piedmont, Calhoun Co., Alabama in 1845, with his wife, 14 children and two slaves" along with a "caravan of 7 covered wagons" which consisted of the WOMACKs, BREWERs, LINGOs, SHARPEs, OWENs, and BROWNs. They crossed the Mississippi River on the morning of January 1st of 1846 and came on to what is now Nathan, Pike County, Arkansas".   Rita (Ritta, Ritty, Ritah) BONDS is the daughter of Richard and Mary BONDS. Richard died in 1834 in Benton County, Alabama and "Ritty" CHANDLER is listed in his will. Richard and Mary BONDs had the following children: Francis, William, Mary, Vardy, Nancy, Ritta, Sally, Rachel and Richard BONDS Jr. Joel and Ritta (BONDS) CHANDLER had the following children:
.....Mary Polly Chandler (b. 1821, GA) m. Dave OWENS
.....Sally Ann Chandler (b. GA) m. Daniel CHANDLER
.....Ritta Chandler (B.1824,GA) m1. ? BROWN, m2. ? BACON
.....Bailey Chandler (b. 1825, GA) m1. Sarah Ann MCVAY
.....Narcissa Chandler (b. 1830, GA) m. Jim FORD
.....Lucy Chandler (b. 1832, GA) m. Jim SHARPE
.....Susan Chandler (b. 1834, GA) m. Allen LOGAN
.....William "Bill" Chandler (b. 1836) m. unknown
.....Temperance "Tempie" Chandler (b. 1837, GA) m. ? WOMACK
.....Jno "John" Chandler (b. 1838, GA) m. Parthena WHITE
.....Joel "Joe" Chandler (b. 1842, GA) m. Mealie J. ???    
.....William "David" Chandler (b. 1843, ALA) m1. Lucinda Catherine WHISENHUNT, m2. M. Augusta "Gus" Stephenson
.....George Washington Chandler (b. 1845, ALA) m. Blithe HUDDLESTON
.....Nancy "Melie" Chandler (b. 1847, ARK) m. unknown        
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ADAMS, SUMMARELL, SUMMERALL, SUMMERELL, SUMMERLIN posted by Glenda B. Sumerel on Monday, February 9, 1998

SUMMERLIN / SUMMERALL / SUMMARELL / ADAMS -- I am looking for any information on these families or any other variation of the spelling of the name. Asa SUMMERLIN was married to Nancy ADAMS first, and then to her sister Mary ADAMS after Nancy died. their children were Joshua P., Reuben, Margaret M., Francis Marion, John S., Rebecca J., Caroline, Sarah E., James Martin SUMMERLIN / SUMMERELL / SUMMARELL, etc. If you have any information on any of these families or the different variations of the spelling of the name, please e-mail me at Gbsumerel@aol.com. Thanks, Glenda

STOVALL posted by Kim Austin on Friday, February 13, 1998

STOVALL. Seek information on George Washington STOVALL and his wife, Elizabeth and any of their children: Phillip Sydney STOVALL, James Frank STOVALL, Henry STOVALL, Sarah Leanna STOVALL, Ferdinand Alonzo STOVALL, Martha Cornelia STOVALL, Mary Frances STOVALl, Abram "Bud" STOVALL, Elizabeth "Betty" STOVALL,Lucy Ann STOVALL, and John Bacus STOVALL. Please contact Kim@Baylorworx.com.

THOMAS posted by Randall W. Fields on Friday, February 13, 1998

I am searching for information about my grandfather, William Russell THOMAS. He is found in the 1900 census for Alabama City (precinct 29), Etowah County, Alabama. It is in Vol. 22, Enumeration district 165, Sheet 21, Line 16. His birth date is given as Dec., 1864. He is listed as having 4 daughters, Margaret (16), Martha (13), Jennie (11), Lottie (9) and 1 son, Clyde O. (1). All 4 of his daughters have their occupation listed as spinner in Cotton Mill. His first wife was apparently already deceased. He is found in the 1910 census for Calhoun County, Alabama. His wife is listed as Sarah F. (28). His children include daughter Mattie (23), son John L. (9), daughter Abbie E. (7), and Oliver L. (2). The Mattie listed would seem to be the one listed as Martha in the 1900 census. His age is given as 50, but should have been 46. Abbie E. is probably the one called Edna by her younger sisters. A comparison of the two census records indicates: [1] Margaret, age 16 in 1900 would be 26 by 1910 and had apparently moved out, [2] Martha, age 13 in 1900 would be the same as the 23 year old Mattie in 1910, [3] Jennie, 11 years old in 1900 was no longer with the family in 1910, [4] Lottia (Lottie), 9 years old in 1900 was no longer with the family in 1910. [4] Clyde O., 1 year old in 1900 was no longer with the family in 1910. The names on the census records match the names relayed from my aunt.

ADAMS, DUNLOP, TAYLOR, WOODS posted by Harry Nelms on Saturday, February 14, 1998

ADAMS, DUNLOP, WOODS -- Andrew ADAMS, born 1812 Scotland, married 1836 Lincoln Co., N.C. to Nancy Ann TAYLOR, settled in Benton Co., AL 1837; Children of Andrew & Nancy were William, Clarissa, James J., George, John F., and Robert, all born in Benton Co. except William who was born in N.C. Clarissa marreid DUNLOP, James J., and Robert moved to Texas. William and George remained in Benton/Calhoun Co. John F. md Sarah WOODS and moved to Etowah Co., AL. Interested in communicating with any descendants of these ADAMS.

ADAMS, BRUNNIT, CLEVELAND, CROUSE, HILLIAR, MCGINNAS, REYNOLDS, TAYLOR, WYNNE posted by Harry Nelms on Saturday, February 14, 1998

Absalom TAYLOR, born ca 1786 NC;, married 1810 in Lincoln Co., NC to Catherina CROUSE, settled Benton Co., AL 1837; Children of Absalom & Catherina, all born Lincoln Co., NC. were: John F., md Elyra in NC, died in Benton Co.; Eliza md Jacob REYNOLDS; Sarah md Lawson MCGINNAS; Mary md Thomas B. HILLIAR; Nancy Ann md Andrew ADAMS; Elizabeth md Samuel J. BRUNNIT; Charolette md Robert H. WYNNE; Adeline md James G. CLEVELAND. Interested in communicating with any descendants of these families.

DICKSON, PEARSALL, PINSON, ROBINSON, WOODS posted by Harry Nelms on Saturday, February 14, 1998

James ROBINSON, bn 1788, md 1822 Duplin Co., NC to Ann DICKSON dau of James DICKSON & Dorothy PEARSALL, settled in Benton Co. 1836. James died 1840. Children of James & Ann, all born in SC, were: Thomas Dickson; James Henry; Dorothy Jean md George W. PINSON; Naomi Ann md Alexander WOODS. Interested in communicating with any descendants of these individuals.

CLARK, DICKSON, ROBINSON, WOODS posted by Harry Nelms on Saturday, February 14, 1998

Alexander WOODS, born 1816 TN, first Probate Judge of Benton Co., settled in Benton ca 1840, md 1) 1848 Benton Co. to Naomi Ann ROBINSON, dau of James ROBINSON & Ann DICKSON; md 2) 1858 to Jennette W. CLARK, dau of Alexander R. CLARK & Elizabeth; Children, all bn in Benton/Calhoun Co., were: by 1st md, Sarah Amelia, Laura Janie, Nancy Ann, Florence N.A., and Alexander. By 2nd md, Isaac Alexander, William E., Jessie C., Helen Winters, Charles B.M., and Mary Frances. Interested in communicating with any descendants of these individuals.

OLIVER, REID posted by Lalah Tims Tillinghast on Saturday, February 14, 1998

Seeking any information on Rhessa REID born about 1796 in Georgia. He was married to Mary (last name unknown) who was also born in Georgia. They had four girls that I know of, but I only know the names of two: Nancy born about 1836 and Georgianne born about 1840. The family lived in Benton county in 1850 and were still there (actually in Calhoun County) in 1860. From there I have lost all but Nancy who married William OLIVER and moved to Mississippi.

COLE, GARRISON, GAY, HAMRICK, MATTHEWS, PRAYTER, RITCHIE, WRIGHT posted by David Leon Phillips on Monday, February 16, 1998

Looking for the burial place of Obadiah WRIGHT b: abt 1801 GA...married May 05, 1822 Jasper Co, GA to Martha Elizabeth "Patsy" GAY b: 1797 Hancock Co, GA. They resided 1860 Calhoun County, Alabama Census. 1860 Census had several of their children living next to them.==8 known Children.... (1) Pryor G WRIGHT b: 1823 M; Catsey Louisa GARRISON..... (2) (my line) Sidney D. Jackson WRIGHT b: 1824 m: Brisnell E. COLE..... (3) John A. WRIGHT b: 1827 m: Nancy W. MATTHEWS..... (4) Elias Dial WRIGHT b: 1828 m: Louisiana A. RITCHIE resided Ohatchee, (Calhoun Co), AL (formely know as Peaks Hill..... (5) Serena WRIGHT b: 1830 m: Samuel T. Osborn....(6) Hannah WRIGHT b: 1832 m: William B. PRAYTER....(7) Mary Catherine Margaret WRIGHT b: 1833 m: Warren Dekalb HAMRICK ....(8) Henry C. WRIGHT b: 1835 resided Lamar Co, TX....any help appreciated.

GRIFFIN, WESSON posted by Margie Pearce on Saturday, February 21, 1998

GRIFFIN, WESSON: Logan GRIFFIN (1820, Benton Co, AL-1898, Union Co, AR) m. Mary WESSON (b. Benton Co.). The couple had at least one daughter, Margaret E. GRIFFIN (1846-1913). Were there other siblings? Who are Logan and Mary's parents? Have lots to share on descendants.

SMITH, WRIGHT posted by Linda Atkins on Tuesday, February 24, 1998

I'm searching for information about N.F.WRIGHT born 1837 in SC married to Sara Jane SMITH.They lived in Jacksonville around 1865.Their children were: Carrie,Elizabeth Francis (my ancestor), Willie, Charlie, Georgia, John, and Henry. The first 5 children were born in AL. They were in the 1880 Floyd County GA census.We have lots of info on their decendents but nothing on their ancestors. Any help would be appreciated.

POSEY posted by Marva Caughey on Tuesday, February 24, 1998

POSEY, Albert - Searching for siblings and parents of Albert POSEY. Appears in the 1850 Benton county, AL. census. He was 28 years old. He was borned in 1822 in S.C. He identified his wife Claisy and four children: James 6, Martha 4, William 2, and John Wesley 1.. I have traced John W. POSEY. He is my husband great grandfather. I will share the information I have on all of Albert POSEY and John Wesley POSEY. EMail me at caugh1@airmail.net Marva Caughey


I'm seeking any relavant information about the family of Henry Allen COLEMAN, b. 1814 in Putnam co.GA. m. to Sarah Ann BARNES, b. 1807, who were possible residents of Benton Co., AL. They had several children which included 3 sons: James P. COLEMAN,b. abt 1836; William Allen COLEMAN, b. 1838, and John Henry COLEMAN, b. abt 1840. W.A. COLEMAN m. Cynthia RIGGS,who had kin in Alabama also. They had two sons: John W. COLEMAN, b. 1859 in Alabama, and William Forrest COLEMAN, b. 1864 in Carrollton, GA. I am also seeking contact and information with descendants of ex-Confederates who went to Honduras, Central America, following the War Between The States for the purpose of escaping persecution and the Reconstruction era. Most of these families returned to the states by the year 1869. There were approximately 30 families which included the surnames of: ALLEN, ANDERSON, BAILEY, BARNES, COLEMAN, CUNNINGHAM, MITCHELL, MURPHY, NORRIS, NORREN, and WALLER. Many, if not all of these families were probably Free Masons. I believe some of these families may have been from Benton county and possibly had family connections.

ABBOTT, BROWN, HONEA, THOMPSON posted by Michael Holland on Saturday, February 28, 1998

BROWN, HONEA, THOMPSON. Seeking any information on James BROWN, b 1770/1780 who was supposedly the first sheriff of (Benton) Calhoun County. His son Alexander BROWN married Lydia HONEA (whose father was Tobias HONEA, Revolutionary War veteran) 8-20-1826. Their son was James W. BROWN b c 1828 who married Almarinda THOMPSON in Calhoun County 4-6-1848. James' brother John L. BROWN also served a sheriff of the county and married Mary ABBOTT 5-23- 1854. Any details or links appreciated.

LEGGETT posted by Pat McCart on Saturday, February 28, 1998

LEGGETT Looking for any leggetts from this county after 1874.

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