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Early Settlers

The Romine Family

EARLY SETTLEMENT OF WALKER COUNTY

My Romine family in Walker County...

from James Romine and Nancy Birdwell Romine.

                                            Submitted by Ruth Teaford Baker

The U.S. Census Report gives the first figure of Walker County in 1830 with 2,202 people.
1840 – 4,034
1850 – 4,032
1860 – 5,124
1890-1924 greatest growth due to the opening of the coal mines, with a total in 1924 of 88,827

 

There were three major entry points of the early settler in Walker County:

 1) Down the coast through the Carolinas, across Georgia, into Alabama and into Walker County.

2) Dropping further down to Tuscaloosa and later up the Byler Road.

3) Across the mountains into Tennessee and back into this area.

 

The Romayne family was originally in England and left after the Battle of Roses, fleeing for their lives after the House of York was victorious.  They went to Holland shortly after 1471.  One Claas Kuyper Janse Romeyn (Dutch spelling) was a sea captain in the service of the Dutch government, engaged in trade to Chile and South America.  He resigned his commission and in 1660 came with his family to New Amsterdam.  He had two sons, John and Albert.  John had five sons and this is my lineage .  The family name is spelled Romeyn, Romayne, Romaine, Romine.  All of these are the descendants of Janse Romeyn.  Most of the family remains in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.   

Layton Romines was born April, 1766 in Loudon Co.,Virginia  He and wife Rose Canterberry was a part of the move through the mountains and into Tennessee.

My first ancestor into Walker County was James H. Romine who was born in 1791 in Sevier County, Tenn.  to parents Layton and Rose Cantaberry Romines.   He married Nancy Birdwell, daughter of John and Mary Allen Birdwell, on May 9, 1812, in Sevier County.  The presiding minister was James Cantaberry, relative to Layton’s wife, Rose.   James died March 28, 1873, at Holly Grove, Alabama and is buried in the Boshell Cementery at Townley.

James was in the War of 1812 under Capt. James Reid Co., Steele’s Regiment, Tennessee Militia, discharged at Fort Deposit, Alabama, on April 28, 1814.  He was given a land grant Oct. 13, 1836 of 100 acres at Holly Grove, Alabama, signed by Andrew Jackson, President.

James had eleven children and their marriages connected many of the early families:  McClelan, Boshell, Chaney, Stover, Harville, Guttery, Comer, Myers, King, McClain