The information on this page consists of transcriptions of taped presentations recorded in 1986 on Early Pickens County History, for Randy Hamilton, then a Fourth Grade Student at Pickens Academy, Carrollton, Alabama and 1990 on War Between the States to the Pickens County Historical Society

Transcribed in 2002 by Dr. Scott Owens from copies of the original audio tapes Provided by Mrs. Brenda Bailey, Aliceville, Alabama

Original Tapes remain in possession of Randy Hamilton, Gordo, Alabama and the Pickens County Historical Society. Additional information and corrections concerning this page should be directed to your hosts, Betty Miller and Betty Phillips.

Early History of Pickens County

Mrs. Catherine Spell's discussion for Randy Hamilton, then a 4th grade student at Pickens Academy, Carrollton, recorded in 1986 Transcribed November-December 2002 by Scott W. Owens, DVM, Eight Mile, Alabama, from copies of the original tapes provided by Mrs. Brenda Bailey, Aliceville, Alabama.

Tape 1-2, Early Carrollton, Pickens County Settlements, and Wars.

"All right Randy, let's us talk a little bit about the early history of Pickens County. First we'll talk about Carrollton."


Early Settlers


Wilson's Raid through Alabama

After the War

John L. Hunnicutt and Reconstruction

Sidney Bonner's Recollections of Pickens County

Brigadier General John Herbert Kelley

Willet Wilbourn's Reminisces

Early Schools in Pickens County

Remember the Good Old Days (poem)

Interesting Places in Pickens County

Tape 5-6; River towns and the Elixa Battle Disaster. River towns on the Tombigbee River in Pickens County




Early Life on the Tombigbee (poem)

Old Homes, the Elixa Battle tragedy and the Thompson Murders; Old Homes and Buildings in Pickens County

Early Alabama History

Lesser Villages of Pickens County

River Commerce on the Tombigbee River

The Elixa Battle Disaster, May 1, 1858

The Thompson Mass Murders

Sheriffs of Pickens County

Last Updated on 28 January 2013

Pickens County Website maintained by

Betty Teal Miller Betty Pickens Phillips