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Olivers from Macon Co. Al.

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

Covington County Genealogy Forum

Members of the Oliver family who have lived in Covington County descend from James Joseph Oliver, born in 1831 in Georgia as the son of S.H. Oliver, also a native of Georgia. At some point the family moved to Alabama, and James served in an Alabama unit of the Confederate Army. He was a private in Company A, 14th. Alabama infantry Regiment commanded by Capt. Stephen Hodge.

During the early 1860s, James was married to Sarah H. Tucker. Since she was reared by her uncle, Coleman Tucker, she had adopted his last name. Actually, her birth father was a Hartin and probably died when Sarah was young. Her uncle, Coleman, later moved to Covington County as well and is buried in the Antioch Cemetery.

James and Sarah were living in Tallapoosa County when their first child was born in 1864. The y reared the following five children: Joseph Alexander, b. 1864, d. 1935, m. 1896 Theldra Edith Angelean Stacks; James Henry; Emma Othier, b. 1866, m. John Tucker; Simeon Hull, b. 1868, d. 1961, m. 1898 Onie L. Evans; and Sarah J. “Sallie,” b. 1872, d. 1906, m. William Ellieb Stacks.

James and Sarah’s family was living in Opelika of Lee County, in 1880. By 1897, they had moved to Macon County where James died in 1897. Two years later, in 1899, his widow, Sarah Oliver who still lived in Macon County, applied for a pension based on James’ military service. She later made the move to Covington County with some of her children and lived until 1916.

It appears that at least three of these children along with their mother moved to Covington County around the turn of the century. The oldest son, Joseph Alexander, and his wife, Theldra, settled in the Carolina Community at some point. There he farmed and operated a gristmill. He and his wife reared the following children: Royal Berry, b. 1896, d. 1920, m. Maybelle Young; Nona Vister, b. 1898, d. 1976, m. Thomas Jefferson “Jeppie/Jep” Pope; Lula Virginia, b. 1900, m. James Oscar Jake Echols; and James Melton, b. 1903, m. Lecie Gertrude Helms. James M. was born after the family moved to this county.

In the next generation, Royal Berry and Maybelle reared the following children: Royal Murrel, b. 1921, m. ? Kilpatrick; Altha Pearl, b. 1923, m. Sanford Stokes; Reginald; and J.D. The families of Altha and Reginald moved to Texas and that of J.D. to Mobile.

Nona and Jep Pope reared the following children: William Lee, b. 1915, d. 1979, m. Annie Clyde Lassiter; Lillie Mae, b. 1917, m. Jimmy A. Douglas; L.E. “Elly,” b. 1919, m. Lula Virginia Taylor; Mary Ollie, b. 1922, d. 1993, m. Robert E. Williams; Louise, b. 1924, m. Cecil E. Barnes; Annie Edna, b. 1926, m. J.T. Bryars; Frances Lynette, b. 1928, m. Joe Letham Douglas; Ruben, b. 1931, m. Marjorie Ann Heddon; Willia Jean, b. 1934, m. Joseph Henry Werner; and Vesta Maxine, b. 1936, m. Clarence Edison McDaniel.

Lula and Jake Echols reared the following children: Willie Clyde, b. 1921, m. (1) Agnes D. Demontt (2) Virginia Gail Turner (3) Hazel Ruth Toney; Edith Lucille, b. 1923, m. Ted Franklin Ramer; Esther Rae, b. 1925, m. Millard Ramer; Margie Lee, b. 1926, m. Otis Leon Jackson; Fannie Lou, b. 1928, m. Henry Newton Brown; Annie Mae, b. 1931, m. (1) Howard H. Helton (2) James Franklin Davis; James Everette “Bill,” b. 1933, m. Jimmie Lou Youngblood; Ruby Faye, b. 1934, m. (1) Charles Earnest Jeter (2) James L.C. Jeter; Leroy, b. 1937, m. Mary Evelyn Thrasher; Harry Lavon, b. 1940, m. Patricia Verline “Pat” Griggs; and Ronald Dewayne, b. 1943, m. Marilyn Dianne Bailey.

J. Melton and Lecie reared two sons: Ralph Joseph, b. 1933, m. Aileen ?; and Danny, b. 1948, m. (1) ? (2) Betty ?.

Simeon Hull and his wife, Onie, settled in Opp and reared the following children: Arleavie “Sister,” b. 1898, d. 1982, m. Bobbie Lee Guy; Exton Strawbridge Primeloth Derthrae, b. 1900, d. 1993, m. Wyalene Parrish; Dovie Lee, b. 1903, single; Bessie Mae, b. 1905, d. 1980, single; I. Della, b. 1908, m. Flournoy Whitman; James Spencer, b. 1910, d. 1973, m. Myrtle Foley; John Hollie, b. 1912, d. 1979, m. Johnie Lou Taylor; Arizona, b. 1914, m. D.A. Parrish; and Bonnie Lenora, b. 1917, d. 1943, m. Clark Edwards. Simeon and Onie were buried in the Pine Level Cemetery.

Sarah J. “Sally” and William E. Stacks also moved to Covington County and reared the following children: Esse Gremilla, b. & d. 1895; Ruth Evelyn, b. 1896, d. 1973, m. James Stancil Hutto; Wattie Elizabeth, b. 1899, d. 1958, m. James Claude Coursey; Edwin Sefton, b. 1902, d. 1941, Willie Blanch Powell; and Nina Vivian, b. 1904, d. 1985, m. (1) Bury Guard Brown, Sr. (2) Charles Henry Doll.

There were many other Oliver descendants in the next generation; however, the name has almost disappeared from the scene in Covington County. Of course, there are many who wear other names who continue to reside in the area. Appreciation is expressed to one of these, Paul Edwin Stacks, for sharing his Oliver family history records. Paul is a grandson of Edwin Sefton Stacks.

Anyone who might have corrections or additions to the above is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com

QUERY: YON Family: Seeking information on two early settlers in Covington County. Levi and William Ruel Yon, sons of Jess Yon, are reported to have had the first contract for cutting and transporting timber from this area to Pensacola. The Levi “Yan” family was enumerated in the 1840 Census for Covington County. Anyone having information is requested to contact Pat Spears at Pfspears@aol.com

 

Sasser ancestor came from Russell County during the 1880s

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

 

One line of Sassers in Covington County descendbfrom John Mudson Sasser, a native of Georgia. To date, no relationship of him to the other Sasser families of this county has been established. Those families were featured in a column about two years ago.

John Mudson Sasser was born circa 1836 as the eighth child of Richard H. and Jane (Johnson) Sasser, natives of South Carolina. His parents were married in Stewart County, Georgia, and later moved to Lee County, Alabama. The 1860 Census enumerated the family in Macon County, and the 1870 Census listed the family, after Richard’s death, in Russell County. John was born while the family lived in Georgia.

John was married circa 1858 to Elizabeth Jane Burnett, daughter of Joseph and Abseny Johnson, Sr., natives of North Carolina. Jane was born circa 1841.

The 1870 Census enumerated the family as residents of Russell County. John was 34 years of age, and Elizabeth was 29. They had three children at the time: Sarah, Richard, and William. It is believed that he had served in the Confederate Army. He had moved his family to Covington County by the taking of the 1890 Census.

John was listed as a farmer residing in the old Straughn Schoolhouse District in the 1900 Census. Only the two youngest children, Washington and Edna, were still living at home. A single lady, Sarah Burnett, who was apparently Elizabeth’s sister was also residing in the home.

John and Jane reared at least the following 10 children: Sarah Jane, b. 1861, d. 1925, m. John R. Treadaway; Richard Henderson, b. 1866, d. 1917, m. Lula Viola “Leila” Graham; William Thomas, b. 1868; Eulalia Elizabeth, b. 1871, m. Jim Tom Mayberry; Frances Ann Elender, b. 1873, d. 1958, m. J.H. McFarland; John Streatman, b. 1876, m. (1) Georgia Rebecca Shepperd (2) Una Vae Elmore; Mary Lula, b. 1880, m. Howell Butler; Cynthia Beulah, b. 1883, d. 1913, m. James Franklin Thomasson; Noah Washington, b. 1884, m. Annie Caton; and Edna Earl, b. 1887, m. John Shepperd.

Sarah Jane and her husband, John Treadaway, moved to Covington County circa 1894 and settled in the Damascus community. They had the following children: Joseph Benjamin, b. 1881, d. 1968, m. Palestine Hamilton, Jr.; John Thomas, b. 1883, m. Myrtle Carner; Daniel G., b. circa 1883, d. 1967, m. Leola Mitchell; and Lee, b. ca 1897, m. Annie Hamrick.

 

After losing their land during the depression, the family moved to Opp to work in the new cotton mill. After Sarah Jane’s death John married Frances Pevy who died within the next two years. He then lived with his son, Daniel, at Antioch. John and Sarah Jane were buried in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Opp.

Richard Henderson and his wife remained in Lee County.

Eulalia Elizabeth and her husband, J.T. Mayberry, reared the following children: John Albert, m. (1) ? (2) Rachael ?; Elzie, m. Alonzo Elmore; Wiley, m. Meelie Wells; William Clyde, m. Isabelle Rowell; and. Vida, m. (1) Kendrick Campbell (2) Sam McFarland (3) Man Solomon.

Frances A.E. was married to Jim H. McFarland in 1891 in Lee County. They had at least one daughter, Lorena, who married C.B. Godfrey.

John S. was married first to Georgia Rebecca Shepperd who died at a young age. They had at least one daughter who died in childhood. John was married second to Una Vae Elmore, daughter of Jim Elmore. They had the following children: Eunice, m. (1) Jim Mack Stephens (2) ? Barlow; Myra, m.(1) Joe Hunt (2) William Bedsole; Charles; and Pearlie, b. 1902, m. ? Watson.

Mary Lula was married after the family moved to Covington County to Howell Butler. They reared the following children: Lillie Bertha, m. Turner Owens; Horace, m. Bessie Blocker; Lodis Vascom, b. 1904, d. 1957, m. Lula Beatrice Henderson; John Henry, m. Lottie Meridith; Maybelle, m. Herman Wesley; and Tina Dell “Tiny,” m. J.T. Houston.

Cynthia Beulah was married in 1899 to James Franklin Thomasson, son of Jefferson Sylvanus and Rebekah (Butler) Thomasson of the Burnout community. They had the following children: Ora Louvenda, b. 1903, d. 1979, m. Clement Vester Hare; James Wesley, b. 1905, d. 1971, m. (1) Ruby Evelyn Stokes (2) Minnie Ethel (Barfoot) Folmar; John Chesley, b. 1906, d. 1952, m. (1) Ruby Houston (2) Bessie Lee Kirkland; Reedy Vester, b. 1907, d. 1963, m. Eva Mae Thompson; Charles Esker, b. 1909, m. Runie Hare; Dorothy Merle, b. 1911, d. 1978, m. Willie Henry Lawson; and Norris Lester, b. 1912, d. 1977, m. Johnnie Mae Wilson.

Noah Washington was married to Annie Caton and had at least one daughter, Nancy, who married a Sasser.

Edna Earl was married to John Shepperd and had a daughter, Edna Vae, who married James Rice.

As the years passed the above Sasser descendants began to spread out in South Alabama and Northwest Florida. The parents, John and Elizabeth, lived out their years here and were buried in the Valley Grove Cemetery located adjacent to the Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church on US Highway 331 north of Opp. Their graves are located in the northeast corner of the cemetery, but they are not marked. They are near the grave of their daughter-in-law, Georgia Rebecca Sasser.

The writer has communicated with numerous Sasser descendants and has accumulated considerable genealogical records from which this column was written. Appreciation is expressed to each one who has shared significant information.

Anyone who might have corrections or additions to the above is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson, a great grandson, at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com

Historical Meeting

The Covington Rifles Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual meeting to honor Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the LBW Dixon Conference Center. Anyone interested in Southern heritage is welcome.

Stacks family came to area from Tallapoosa County,
circa 1902

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

 

Members of the Stacks family of Covington County all descend from Berry and Tabitha (Williams) Stacks, natives of South Carolina. Berry was the son of William and Delila Stacks. Berry was born in 1824 in Newberry County, and Tabitha was born in 1825 in South Carolina as well. They were married in 1850 and made their way to Georgia and finally to Tallapoosa County, where they died in the 1890s. They were both buried there in the old Boyd Cemetery on Highway 50.

When the War Between the States commenced, Berry and Tabitha had five young children. It worked out that he was the brother to remain at home and look after the family and the home front. He had several brothers who joined the Confederate Army for military service.

Berry and Tabitha reared the following children: James, b. 1853; Mary Elizabeth Arlevia, b. 1854, m. John M. Morris; Sarah Jemima “Sax,” b. 1856; Susan M. “Jane,” b. 1858, d. 1938, m. 1875 William Dawson “Bill” Phillips; Theldra Edith Anglean “Eda,” b. 1859, d. 1930, m. Joseph Alexander Oliver; Benjamin J. “Ben,” b. 1862, m. (1) Mary Fannie Rodgers (2) Nona J. Hicks; William Ellieb “Will,” b. 1865, d. 1921, m. (1) Sarah J. “Sallie” Oliver (2) Mary Jane Scroggins; and Ellen L, b. ca 1868.

Three of the above children moved to Covington County around the turn of the century, probably in 1902. While it is not known exactly where Jane and Bill Phillips resided, they were buried in the Bethel Cemetery at Babbie. Theldra “Eda” and Joseph A. Oliver settled in the Carolina Community where they were buried. Will and Sallie settled near the town of Andalusia and were buried in the Magnolia Cemetery.

Any descendants of Jane and Bill Phillips are not known at this time. Those researching this family would very much like to communicate with anyone from this branch.

Theldra “Eda” and Joseph A. Oliver, son of James Joseph and Sarah H. (Tucker) Oliver, moved from Tallapoosa County to Macon County for a few years before arriving in Covington County in 1902. Their first three children were born in Macon County. In addition to farming, Joseph A. owned and operated a gristmill in the Carolina Community.

Eda and Joseph reared the following four children: Royal Berry, b. 1896, m. Maybelle Young; Nona Vister, b. 1898, d. 1976, m. Thomas Jefferson “Jeppie/Jep” Pope; Lula Virginia, b. 1900, m. James Oscar Jake Echols; and James Melton, b. 1903, m. Lecie Gertrude Helms.

Royal Berry and his wife, Maybelle, reared the following four children: Royal Murrel, b. 1921, m. ? Kilpatrick; Altha Pearl, b. 1923, m. Sanford Stokes; Reginald; and J.D.

Nona and Jep Pope reared the following children: Wilbur Lee, b. 1915, d. 1979, m. Annie Clyde Lassiter; Lillie Mae, b. 1917, m. Jimmy A. Douglas; L. E. “Elly,” b. 1919, m. Lula Virginia Taylor; Mary Ollie, b. 1923, d. 1993, m. Robert E. Williams; Louise, b. 1924, m. Cecil E. Barnes; Annie Edna, b. 1926, m. J.T. Bryars; Frances Lynette, b. 1928, m. Joe Letham Douglas; Ruben, b. 1931, m. Marjorie Ann Heddon; Willie Jean, b. 1934, m. Joseph Henry Werner; and Vesta Maxine, b. 1936, m. Clarence Edison McDaniel.

Lula Virginia and her husband, Jake Echols, reared the following children: Willie Clyde, b. 1921, m. (1) Agnes D. Demott (2) Virginia Gail Turner (3) Hazel Ruth Toney; Edith Lucille, b. 1923, m. Ted Franklin Ramer; Esther Rae, b. 1925, m. Millard Ramer; Margie Lee, b. 1926, m. Otis Leon Jackson; Fannie Lou, b. 1928, m. Henry Newton Brown; Annie Mae, b. 1931, m. (1) Howard H. Hilton (2) James Franklin Davis; James Everette “Bill,” b. 1933, m. Jimmie Lou Youngblood; Ruby Faye, b. 1934, m. (1) Charles Earnest Jeter (2) James L. C. Jeter; LeRoy, b. 1937, m. Mary Evelyn Thrasher; Harry Lavon, b. 1940, m. Patricia Verline “Pat” Griggs; and Ronald Dewayne, b. 1943, m. Marilyn Dianne Bailey.

James M. and His wife, Lecie, reared the following two sons: Ralph Joseph, b. 1933, m. Aileen ?; and Danny, b. 1948, m. (1) ? (2) Betty ?.

The third Stacks family to move from Tallapoosa County was Will and Sallie. They reared the following children before her death: Esse Gremilla, b.& d. 1895; Ruth Evelyn, b. 1896, d. 1973, m. James Stancil Hutto; Wattie Elizabeth, b. 1899, d. 1958, m. James Claude Coursey; Edwin Sefton, b. 1902, d. 1941, Willie Blanch Powell; and Nina Vivian, b. 1904, d. 1985, m. (1) Bury Guard Brown, Sr. (2) Charles Henry Doll.

After Sallie’s death, Will was married to Mary Jane Scroggins, daughter of Columbus Wright “Brisk” Scroggins. They reared the following children: Infant son, b.&d. 1908; Infant daughter, b.&d. 1909; William Hubert, b. 1911, d. 1991, m. ?; Violet Victoria, b. 1914, d. 1992, m. William Randall “J.P.” Treadaway; Lois Mae, b. 1916, m. (1) Chesley Batson (2) Louis Matthews Kotlic; and Ellie B., b. 1918, m. Grestel Fuller.

Ruth Evelyn and her husband, James Hutto, reared the following children: Bonnie Avis, b. 1916, m. Lewis Bass; Essie Bera, b. 1918, d. 1986, m. Leroy Smith; Richard Colyer, b. 1920, d. 1930; James Foy, b. 1923, d. 1953, m. Elizabeth Deras; and Wayne Bruce, b. 1925, d. 1990, m. Nanny Sullivan.

Wattie and her husband, James Claude Coursey, Sr., reared the following four children: Voncille, b. 1918, m. Benjamin Glen Greathouse; Aubrey, b. 1920, d. ca 1976, m. Nora Lee Black; James Claude, Jr., b. 1924, m. (1) Leola ? (2) Connie Butler; and Edward Elton, b. 1926, single.

Edwin S. and his wife, Winnie, daughter of Clyde Clarence and Mattie Viola (Blackmon) Powell, reared the following two sons: Curtis Howard, b. 1931, d. 1990, m. (1) Dorothy Shirey (2) Doris Elizabeth Johnson; and William Donald, b. 1935, m. Barbara Davis Soles.

Nina and her first husband, Bury Guard Brown, had three children: Mary Evelyn, b. 1923, m. Beryl James Fuqua; Mildred Marie, b. 1925, d. 1977, m. Leonard Wallace Cochran I; and Bury Guard Jr., b. 1927, d. 1972, m. Evelyn Holderfield.

Edwin’s son, William Donald, a current citizen of Andalusia, established his shop, Stacks Refrigeration and Appliance Service, in 1970. He has operated this business, located at 117 Railroad Avenue, since that time.

Appreciation is expressed to Donald’s son, Paul Edwin Stacks, who works with him, for sharing his family history records for this column. He has collected extensive data and is interested in communicating with anyone researching this and related families.

Anyone who might have corrections or additions to the above is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com.

 

Doctor Thomas Quincy Ray came to Andalusia circa 1900

 

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

 

Just as the coming of the railroads to Andalusia brought tremendous growth to the little town, this achievement also attracted many new settlers. One of those was very welcome as he was a reputable medical doctor from the neighboring town of Searight. Dr. Thomas Quincy (T.Q.) Ray moved his family in shortly before the year of 1900.

Dr. Ray was born in 1865, the year the War Between the States ended, in Barbour County. He was the youngest son of Stephen Bird and Miriam “Myra” (Ballard) Ray. Stephen Bird was born in 1835 in Rockford, Coosa County, and died in 1916 while residing in his son’s home. Dr. Rays paternal grandfather was Manning Ray, a son of a Revolutionary War soldier.

The children of Stephen B. and Myra included the following: Robert Manning, who lived in Center, Texas; William, d. 1921, farmer in Pike County; James, farmer in Conecuh County; Martha Frances, m. David R. Hollis, lived in Houston, Texas; and Thomas Quincy, b. 1865, d. 1937, m. Nettie Mahoney, the daughter of Dr. Marion M. and Melissa (Colquett) Mahoney. Dr. T.Q. is the ancestor who moved this family line into Covington County.

Dr. Ray worked on a farm while growing up and during the first years of his marriage. However, it did not take him long to begin pursuing his personal dream of becoming a physician and surgeon. In 1892, he entered Atlanta Medical College, a part of Emory University at that time. He and Nettie already had two children by this date, but they delayed having additional ones for a few years and until he had established a successful medical practice.

In 1895, Dr. Ray completed his studies and was licensed as a physician. He entered practice in the thriving community of Rose Hill and later moved to Dozier. After a few years there, he decided to open an office in Searight. He also owned and operated a drug store at that time.

Once he moved his family to Andalusia around the turn of the century, Dr. Ray became a leading physician in the area. A major achievement for him was the organization and operation of the early Andalusia City Hospital. (This hospital later became the former Covington Memorial Hospital.) He served as chief of staff and operated an office upstairs over the Riley’s Drug Store in the Prestwood Building on the southwest corner of Court Square. Is no surprise that many infants born in Covington County were named Ray in honor of this popular gentleman.

In addition to his medical services, Dr. Ray was an involved citizen of the community. He served eight years on the Andalusia City Council where he was chairman of the street committee. During his tenure, significant improvements were made in the downtown area including new curbing, sidewalks, and gutters. He served as a deacon in the Missionary Baptist Church for more than 40 years, and he was moderator of the old Zion Baptist Association meetings for a number of years. In addition, he further supported his family’s livelihood with a large farm near the Brooklyn community in Conecuh County.

Dr. Ray and his wife, Nettie, were married in 1885 in Brundidge and reared the following children: Evelyn “Evie” Christina, b. 1887, d. 1935, m. Harman Lowman; Dr. Emment Colquett, b. 1892, d. 1972, m. Minnie Jones; Mary C., b. 1901, d. 1964, m. Guy Bentley Wilder, Sr.; Richard Frost, b. 1903, d. 1980, m. (1) Mary Payne (2) Frances (Garrison) Harvey; and Quinnie Elizabeth, b. 1906, d. 1970, m. Marlin Coale.

The oldest daughter, Evie, and her husband, Harman Abner Lowman, had the following three children: Collier Betha, b. 1906, d. 1909; John Ray, b. 1909, d. 1935; and James Byron, b. 1912, d. 1935. This family lived in Miami and experienced a tragic accident in 1935. While flying to Andalusia to visit relatives, their small plane crashed in route, and Evie and both sons were killed. Harman who had not made the trip lived until 1949.

Emment and his wife, Minnie, reared the following four children: Mary, m. Kermit Gilbert; Ben, m. Martha Hargrove; William “Billy,” m. Nita Jean Austin; and Jean, m. Dr. John T. McCarley. This family lived in Birmingham.

Ped, the second son, died in 1924 during the flu epidemic. His wife’s name is believed to have been Elizabeth.

Mary C. was graduated from Judson College in 1923. She was married to Guy Bentley Wilder, Sr., son of Abijah Chapman Wilder. They reared the following three children: Polly Lou, b. 1925, m. George Sidney Waits, Sr.; Guy Bentley Jr., b. 1927, m. Rebecca Merrill; and Mary Evelyn, b. 1936, m. John Wayne Anderson Sr.

Richard “Dick” Frost and his first wife, Mary Payne, lived in Birmingham. They had one daughter named Madge who was married to Dr. Hill Wombles. Unfortunately, she died at a young age without children.

Quinnie Elizabeth and her husband, Marlin Coale, lived in Brewton and reared the following three children: Betty, b. 1929, m. Herbert Mc ?; Patsy, b. 1931, m. Jimmy Ramano; and a male infant who died soon after birth.

Appreciation is expressed to Sidney and Polly (Wilder) Waits for the use of their genealogical records on the Ray family. Sidney, a noted local historian, has done extensive research on their ancestors as well as the history of the surrounding area. One publication of his containing information on the Ray family is the book titled “From the Halls of Montezuma, Sketches of Early Covington County and Andalusia, Alabama History.”

Anyone who might have corrections to the above or additional information is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or e-mail: chthom@alaweb.com

 

Historical Publication

Although the official deadline has passed, the local committee compiling the Heritage History of Covington County is still able to accept articles for the publication. This will be possible until the middle of January. Stories needed include family histories, memories, church histories, cemeteries, individual’s military service, communities, schools, and unique features or tourist attractions in Covington County. Please send these to the committee at P.O. Box 973, Andalusia, AL 36420 or contact Curtis Thomasson at the above address.

 

The Wilder family came to Andalusia in 1905

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

Covington County Genealogy Forum

Some of the families who moved to Andalusia did so around the turn of the century because of the growing economy. Actually, the coming of the railroads in 1899 resulted in rapid growth of the little town and it becoming an attraction to new settlers.

The A.C. Wilder family was one of those to arrive in 1905. In addition to the prospects of a new life, they came to help Mrs. Wilder’s sister’s family after her death. Anna (Bartlett) Haygood had recently died leaving her husband, J.J. Haygood, pastor of First Baptist Church, with their small children. The Wilders moved into the pastorium with the Haygoods to help with the children.

Abijah Chapman “A.C.” Wilder was born in 1873 as the youngest child of William Carroll and Cassandra (Holcombe) Wilder while the family lived in Shelby County. Other children born to the couple include the following: Berthena Rodcena, b. 1857, d. 1931, m. John Marshall Ray; John Tarlton Judson “Jud,” b. 1858, d. 1931, m. (1) Roberta Dunlap (2) Augusta Gilbert; Wilburn Franklin, b. ca 1860, d. 1946, m. Susan Brashier; James Henry Garrett “Jim,” b. ca 1862, d. 1939, m. (1) Emma Haynes (2) Vesta ?; Daniel Hosea, b. ca 1864, m. Martha Douglas; William Alonzo “Lonny,” b. 1867, d. 1908, m. Mary “Molly” Jackson; Martha Ann, b. ca 1870, d. age 16, single; Susan Elizabeth “Lizzy,” b. 1872, m. Learner Brooks Foust; and Abijah Chapman Wilder, Sr., b. 1873, d. 1956, m. Lula Cora Beatrice Bartlett.

A.C. and Lula were married in 1898 in Clay County. Six years later, in 1905, they moved to Andalusia with their three young children. Here they had three additional children born into the family and made it their final home.

A.C.’s first business was a grocery and dry goods or general store located on the northeast corner of Court Square. The business was later moved to the southwest corner in a section of the Prestwood Building. He also farmed some by growing cotton and tobacco in a field at the site where the Magnolia Cemetery was later located. He then tilled some land in the Red Level area. His latest business was the A.C. Wilder Land Company, a real estate business. A.C. served several years as a Councilman for the City of Andalusia.

In 1906, A.C. constructed the house at 209 Sixth Avenue, which is the current residence of the Roger Powell family. The Wilder family lived there until 1914 when it was sold. At that time the family moved into a small house located on the site of the current office for the Superintendent of Andalusia City Schools and facing College Street. In 1918, the family moved into the Kirkpatrick house, located at the site of Bill’s Dollar Store on Church Street, and lived there until 1944.

Lula died in 1943, and during the next year, A.C. was married to Willie “Camie” Campbell. They moved into the “farm house” on Sanford Road, which is now the home of the Carl Shaws. During the next year, 1946, A.C. build a brick house next door, and the family lived there until A.C.’s death in 1956. Later, this house became the residence of the Thomas Carroll family.

A.C. and his first wife, Lula, reared the following children: William Bartlett, b. 1899, d. 1952, m. Eva Charles Hinson; Guy Bentley Sr., b. 1901, d. 1992, m. (1) Mary C. Ray (2) Mary Wyatt Hollingsworth; Tracey Bangs, b. 1903, d. 1934, m. Inez Moye; Mary Anna, b. 1905, d. 1999, m. Walter Frank Nordan; Cassandra Elizabeth “Cassie,” b. 1907, d. 1987, m. John “Jack” William Adler, Sr.; and Abijah Chapman Jr. “A.C.,” b. 1910, d. 1989, m. Edwina Rita “Helen” Higgins. The first three children and a number of the family are buried in the Magnolia Cemetery.

The first son, Bartlett, and his wife, Charles, reared two children: Charlotte Anna, b. 1925, m. Jesse Taylor, Jr.; and Sara Elizabeth, b. 1927, d. 1984, m. (1) John D. Prestwood, Jr. (2) Hugh Caffey.

The second son, Guy, and his wife, Mary C., reared the following three children: Polly Lou, b. 1925, m. George Sidney Waits, Jr.; Guy Bentley Jr., b. 1927, m. Rebecca Merrill; and Mary Evelyn, b. 1936, m. John Wayne Anderson, Sr.

The third son, Tracey, returned in 1928 to Andalusia after his years at college. He became the owner and operator of a planer mill, which he operated until 1948. At that time he purchased the R.C. Cola Bottling Company, which he operated until his retirement in 1960. In 1948 he was elected to the office of Mayor of Andalusia. He served in that capacity until 1956.

Tracey had married Inez Moye in 1934 and their one daughter, Joyce, was born in 1935. She was married first to John Andrew Hogue and later to William Hubert “Bill” Law. She and Bill reared two daughters, Ellen Drew Law and Allison (Law) Griffin.

Daughter Mary and her husband, Walter Frank Nordan, reared two children: Frank M., b. 1930, d. 1963; and Betty Ann, b. 1934, m. William Milton Teem III

Daughter Cassie and her husband, Jack Adler, Sr., reared the following children: John William Jr., b. 1936, m. Jo Ann Smith; James Chapman, b. 1940, m. Patricia Sthrel; Cassie Elizabeth, b. 1943, m. Wayne Ator; and Patricia Wilder, b. 1949, m. Joseph Antesberger.

A.C. Jr. and his wife, Helen, reared the following four children: Margaret Bartlett, b. 1935, m. Adrian Straley; Robert Joseph, b. 1937, m. Mary Ann ?; James Chapman, b.. 1940, m. (1) Ruth ? (2) Suzanne ?; and John Flynn, 1943, m. Rosalie ?.

A.C. Sr.’s sister, Berthena Rodcena, and her husband, John M. Ray, reared the following children: Robert Franklin; Martha Anna “Annie,” d. age 21, m. Robert Walton; Ethel Lavada, d. in youth; Elvis Curry, m. Mamie Elliott; William Rufus “Will,” m. Ethel Wharton; Edward Marshall “Ed,” m. Gertrude ?; Vernon Lamar, d. in infancy; and Elgin Amos, m. Mary Alice Parker.

The oldest son, Robert Franklin, came and worked for a time in his grandfather A.C.’s store, and many will recognize Elgin Amos as Andalusia’s Dr. E.A. Ray. He is not to be confused with the older Dr. T.Q. Ray who came to Andalusia from Searight circa 1905. No specific relationship between the two Dr. Rays is known at this time. Although, Guy Bentley Wilder married Mary C. Ray, daughter of Dr. T.Q. Ray, to create another Wilder-Ray marriage.

Appreciation is expressed to Joyce (Wilder) Law for sharing her family’s genealogy. She has written and submitted an informative article on her family for the Heritage History of Covington County, which is being compiled currently.

Anyone who has corrections or additions to the above or who might have questions regarding the heritage book is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com

Stacks family came to area from Tallapoosa County, circa 1902

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

 
Members of the Stacks family of Covington County all descend from Berry and Tabitha (Williams) Stacks, natives of South Carolina. Berry was the son of William and Delila Stacks. Berry was born in 1824 in Newberry County, and Tabitha was born in 1825 in South Carolina as well. They were married in 1850 and made their way to Georgia and finally to Tallapoosa County, where they died in the 1890s. They were both buried there in the old Boyd Cemetery on Highway 50.

When the War Between the States commenced, Berry and Tabitha had five young children. It worked out that he was the brother to remain at home and look after the family and the home front. He had several brothers who joined the Confederate Army for military service.

Berry and Tabitha reared the following children: James, b. 1853; Mary Elizabeth Arlevia, b. 1854, m. John M. Morris; Sarah Jemima “Sax,” b. 1856; Susan M. “Jane,” b. 1858, d. 1938, m. 1875 William Dawson “Bill” Phillips; Theldra Edith Anglean “Eda,” b. 1859, d. 1930, m. Joseph Alexander Oliver; Benjamin J. “Ben,” b. 1862, m. (1) Mary Fannie Rodgers (2) Nona J. Hicks; William Ellieb “Will,” b. 1865, d. 1921, m. (1) Sarah J. “Sallie” Oliver (2) Mary Jane Scroggins; and Ellen L, b. ca 1868.

Three of the above children moved to Covington County around the turn of the century, probably in 1902. While it is not known exactly where Jane and Bill Phillips resided, they were buried in the Bethel Cemetery at Babbie. Theldra “Eda” and Joseph A. Oliver settled in the Carolina Community where they were buried. Will and Sallie settled near the town of Andalusia and were buried in the Magnolia Cemetery.

Any descendants of Jane and Bill Phillips are not known at this time. Those researching this family would very much like to communicate with anyone from this branch.

Theldra “Eda” and Joseph A. Oliver, son of James Joseph and Sarah H. (Tucker) Oliver, moved from Tallapoosa County to Macon County for a few years before arriving in Covington County in 1902. Their first three children were born in Macon County. In addition to farming, Joseph A. owned and operated a gristmill in the Carolina Community.

Eda and Joseph reared the following four children: Royal Berry, b. 1896, m. Maybelle Young; Nona Vister, b. 1898, d. 1976, m. Thomas Jefferson “Jeppie/Jep” Pope; Lula Virginia, b. 1900, m. James Oscar Jake Echols; and James Melton, b. 1903, m. Lecie Gertrude Helms.

Royal Berry and his wife, Maybelle, reared the following four children: Royal Murrel, b. 1921, m. ? Kilpatrick; Altha Pearl, b. 1923, m. Sanford Stokes; Reginald; and J.D.

Nona and Jep Pope reared the following children: Wilbur Lee, b. 1915, d. 1979, m. Annie Clyde Lassiter; Lillie Mae, b. 1917, m. Jimmy A. Douglas; L. E. “Elly,” b. 1919, m. Lula Virginia Taylor; Mary Ollie, b. 1923, d. 1993, m. Robert E. Williams; Louise, b. 1924, m. Cecil E. Barnes; Annie Edna, b. 1926, m. J.T. Bryars; Frances Lynette, b. 1928, m. Joe Letham Douglas; Ruben, b. 1931, m. Marjorie Ann Heddon; Willie Jean, b. 1934, m. Joseph Henry Werner; and Vesta Maxine, b. 1936, m. Clarence Edison McDaniel.

Lula Virginia and her husband, Jake Echols, reared the following children: Willie Clyde, b. 1921, m. (1) Agnes D. Demott (2) Virginia Gail Turner (3) Hazel Ruth Toney; Edith Lucille, b. 1923, m. Ted Franklin Ramer; Esther Rae, b. 1925, m. Millard Ramer; Margie Lee, b. 1926, m. Otis Leon Jackson; Fannie Lou, b. 1928, m. Henry Newton Brown; Annie Mae, b. 1931, m. (1) Howard H. Hilton (2) James Franklin Davis; James Everette “Bill,” b. 1933, m. Jimmie Lou Youngblood; Ruby Faye, b. 1934, m. (1) Charles Earnest Jeter (2) James L. C. Jeter; LeRoy, b. 1937, m. Mary Evelyn Thrasher; Harry Lavon, b. 1940, m. Patricia Verline “Pat” Griggs; and Ronald Dewayne, b. 1943, m. Marilyn Dianne Bailey.

James M. and His wife, Lecie, reared the following two sons: Ralph Joseph, b. 1933, m. Aileen ?; and Danny, b. 1948, m. (1) ? (2) Betty ?.

The third Stacks family to move from Tallapoosa County was Will and Sallie. They reared the following children before her death: Esse Gremilla, b.& d. 1895; Ruth Evelyn, b. 1896, d. 1973, m. James Stancil Hutto; Wattie Elizabeth, b. 1899, d. 1958, m. James Claude Coursey; Edwin Sefton, b. 1902, d. 1941, Willie Blanch Powell; and Nina Vivian, b. 1904, d. 1985, m. (1) Bury Guard Brown, Sr. (2) Charles Henry Doll.

After Sallie’s death, Will was married to Mary Jane Scroggins, daughter of Columbus Wright “Brisk” Scroggins. They reared the following children: Infant son, b.&d. 1908; Infant daughter, b.&d. 1909; William Hubert, b. 1911, d. 1991, m. ?; Violet Victoria, b. 1914, d. 1992, m. William Randall “J.P.” Treadaway; Lois Mae, b. 1916, m. (1) Chesley Batson (2) Louis Matthews Kotlic; and Ellie B., b. 1918, m. Grestel Fuller.

Ruth Evelyn and her husband, James Hutto, reared the following children: Bonnie Avis, b. 1916, m. Lewis Bass; Essie Bera, b. 1918, d. 1986, m. Leroy Smith; Richard Colyer, b. 1920, d. 1930; James Foy, b. 1923, d. 1953, m. Elizabeth Deras; and Wayne Bruce, b. 1925, d. 1990, m. Nanny Sullivan.

Wattie and her husband, James Claude Coursey, Sr., reared the following four children: Voncille, b. 1918, m. Benjamin Glen Greathouse; Aubrey, b. 1920, d. ca 1976, m. Nora Lee Black; James Claude, Jr., b. 1924, m. (1) Leola ? (2) Connie Butler; and Edward Elton, b. 1926, single.

Edwin S. and his wife, Winnie, daughter of Clyde Clarence and Mattie Viola (Blackmon) Powell, reared the following two sons: Curtis Howard, b. 1931, d. 1990, m. (1) Dorothy Shirey (2) Doris Elizabeth Johnson; and William Donald, b. 1935, m. Barbara Davis Soles.

Nina and her first husband, Bury Guard Brown, had three children: Mary Evelyn, b. 1923, m. Beryl James Fuqua; Mildred Marie, b. 1925, d. 1977, m. Leonard Wallace Cochran I; and Bury Guard Jr., b. 1927, d. 1972, m. Evelyn Holderfield.

Edwin’s son, William Donald, a current citizen of Andalusia, established his shop, Stacks Refrigeration and Appliance Service, in 1970. He has operated this business, located at 117 Railroad Avenue, since that time.

Appreciation is expressed to Donald’s son, Paul Edwin Stacks, who works with him, for sharing his family history records for this column. He has collected extensive data and is interested in communicating with anyone researching this and related families.

Anyone who might have corrections or additions to the above is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com.

Brooks ancestors arrived in 1860-1861

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

 
Author Wyley D. Ward’s book, “The Folks from Pea Ridge,” includes an informative section on the Brooks family of Conecuh and Covington counties. His book titled “Covington County Alabama History” also has significant references to this family. Today’s column will present the main family genealogy with additional descendants through some of the earlier generations. (Ward’s books are available for purchase at his office in Andalusia.)

Ward reports that John S. Brooks and four of his sons moved from Chattahoochee County, Ga., to Covington and Conecuh counties sometime between 1858 and 1861. John and his wife, Elizabeth, appear to have begun their family in Houston County, Ga.

The couple had the following known children: James M., b. 1822, m. (1) Eliza Gray (2) Louisa ?; Benjamin C. F., b. 1827, d. 1889, m. Eliza Bagley; William D., b. 1828, d. 1908, m. (1) Sarah J. Scott (2) Arnassie Dupree; Henry A., b. 1833, m. Virginia ?; Nancy A.E., b. 1835, m. Bryant Howell, Jr.; and Mary A.J., b. 1841.

The families of William D. and Henry A. were enumerated in the 1860 Covington County Census. Later that year there was a record of Benjamin C. having witnessed a marriage license. James M., the oldest son, arrived in 1861 and settled near Brooklyn in Conecuh County.

James M. and William served as Captains for Co. Beat Number 6 Company, 60th. Reg’t (Covington County) 8th Brigade, 11th. Div., Ala. Militia. In 1868, James was elected to serve as Commissioner of Revenue and Roads. He and his first wife, Eliza, reared the following children: Elizabeth, b. 1843; William A., b. 1846, m. Eliza Beck; Frances, b. 1850; James W., b. 1853; Mary P., b. 1854; Sarah G., b. 1856; Benjamin, b. 1859; Louisa J., b. 1862; and Calidonia, b. 1865. The last two children were born after the move to Alabama.

Unfortunately, Eliza died during the early 1870s; and next James was married to Louisa, a native of Alabama. They reared the following known children: Terrill S., b. 1877; Ida E., b. 1878; and Marion, b. 1880.

Benjamin C. and his wife, Eliza, daughter of Dread and Elizabeth (Jones) Bagley, reared the following children: Sarah E., b. 1862, m. Ephraim; Mary E., b. 1864; Nancy Elizabeth, b. 1866, d. 1918, m. William A. Hassell; and Toab, b. 1867. The family lived in the Fairfield community, and Benjamin practiced medicine in the surrounding area.

William D. was married first to Sarah J. Scott, and they reared the following children: John S., b. 1855; Benjamin Perry, b. 1856, d. 1913, m. Rebecca Wishum; Nancy J.E., b. 1859, d. 1945, m. Richard Knowles; Sarah Emily, b. 1860, d. 1921, m. James Smith; Eveline Loudeskie, b. 1862, m. Henry King; and Willie, b. 1864, d. young. Sadly, Sarah died in 1868 and left William with six young children.

William D. next married Arnassie Dupree, daughter of Jacob and Amanda Dupree. They had the following children: Mary Alfus, b. 1869, d. 1941, m. Willie Diamond; James Madison, b. 1870, d. 1938, m. Mary Ellie Wishum; Martha Surilla, b. 1874, d. 1957, m. John Henry Williams; Eliza, b. 1877, m. Sam Kirkland; Jacob Zedock, b. 1879, d. 1946, m. Mollie Lunsford; Amanda V. “Mandie,” m. William Garrett; Augusta “Gustie,” m. Henry B. Little; Missouri, b. 1887, d. 1916, m. J. Dudley Barron; and Lena Nora, b. 1892, m. Alcus Compton.

The youngest son, Henry A., was 43 years of age in 1864 when he enlisted as a private in the Company of Cov. Co. Militia (Second Class). He and his wife Virginia, a native of Alabama, lived in the Fairfield community and had the following children: Jane E., b. 1859; Charles, b. 1861; George S., b. 1863; Levi, b. 1867; Caroline, b. 1868; and Vallery, b. 1869.

Eveline Loudeskie, daughter of William D., and her husband, Henry L. King, reared the following children: Sarah E., b. 1879, m. Tommy Cassady; John D., b. 1881, m. Carrie Lee Chambless; Benjamin T. “Tommy,” b. 1883; Froney Beatrice, b. 1885, d. 1973, m. Thomas Preston Wishum; Herbert H. “Hub,” b. 1887, m. Bessie ?; Henry Foster, b. 1889, m. Ethel Miller; Lillie D., b. 1891, m. ? Sanders; Frank A., b. 1894, m. Minnie ?; Jessie Mack, b. 1896, ? Barron; Lena Mae, b. 1898, m. Ben Locklier; Fannie Lue, b. 1900, d. young; Vellia Arzo, b. 1902, m. ? Phillips; and Rosey Manetti, b. 1905, m. Roy Lunsford.

James Madison, son of William D., and his wife, Mary Ellie, daughter of James M. and Mary Elizabeth (Potts) Wishum, reared the following children: Ada Almeda, b. 1895, d. 1963, m. Lonnie Williams; Car Stella, b. 1897, d. 1902; Dovie Elizabeth, b. 1899, d. 1957, m. Eddie Mullen; Vangie Lou, b. 1902, d. 1978, m. William “Dick” Vivan Garrett; Harvey Tress, b. 1904, d. 1904; Jewell August, b. 1905, m. William Frank King; Queenie Mae, b. 1909, m. Ezra Zimmeriah Davis; William Arthur, b. 1911, d. 1974; m. Esther B. Faye Kirkland; Bonnie Ruth, b. 1913, m. Clyde Harrison; and Jessie Carl “Billie,” b. 1916, m. Mittie Edna Huggins.

There are many other descendants of these families who have lived and reared their families in Covington County. It is hoped that someone researching this family will record all the generations for future reference.

Appreciation is expressed to two descendants in this family, Helen (King) Weant and the late Rosie (Mullen) Bundrick, for contributing their family’s history and to Wyley Ward for his valuable historical publications.

Anyone who might have corrections to the above or additional information on this family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com.

Hicks family settled in the Antioch community

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

 
There were Hicks descendants in Covington County as early as 1856 when Amos Hicks purchased two tracts of land, one of 40 acres and one of 80 acres, in the Conecuh River community.

In the 1860 Census of Covington County, Amos was listed as a farmer at 33 years of age with his wife, Martha Ann, also at 33 years of age. With them were the following children: Jackson, 11; Jasper L., 7; Sarah Jane, 4; and George E., 2. All of the family were born in Georgia except the youngest who was born after they arrived in Alabama.

Also in the 1860 census residing near Amos was a household for Nancy Hicks who was listed as a farmer at 53 years of age. She was also born in Georgia and had the following children in her home: Thomas, 18; Darrinda P., 14; and Martha J. Sessions, 5. A Hamilton Hicks, a farm laborer at 21 years of age, was living nearby with the family of John P. Lunsford.

At least four Hicks men enlisted in the Confederate Army during 1962. J.E. Hicks was a 5th Sgt. in Co. A, 25th. Ala. Inf. Reg’t, known as the Andalusia Beauregards. W.H. Hicks was a private in Co. I, 29th. Ala. Inf. Reg’t, which was Capt. Sowell’s Co., 4th. Batt. Ala. Vol. Amos and Martin Hicks were both privates in Co. I, 40th. Ala. Inf. Reg’t.

By the taking of the 1870 census, Amos was no longer living, but his widow, Martha Ann, was listed as head of a household. With her were the following children: Jasper L., 16; Sarah Jane, 15; George E., 13; and B.C. (Benjamin C.?), 10 who would have been born after the 1860 census was recorded.

Living near Martha was a young couple who was probably her son, Jackson, and his wife. The record lists Jesse Hicks at 22 years of age with his wife, Nancy, at 26 years. They had a two year old daughter, Nancy J., with them.

Land purchase records show that several of Amos’s sons later acquired land in Conecuh River and the following communities: Damascus, Carolina, Red Oak, and Leon. The sons included Jackson, Jesse T., and Benjamin C. It is likely that William A. (H.?) and James A. were also sons of Amos.

No additional genealogy is available at this time on this family line. It is hoped that someone who has researched these people will contact the writer and allow additional coverage of them in a future column.

History is available on another Hicks family line who moved to Covington County from Barbour County in 1922. These descendants claim their ancestors immigrated from Scotland to America and settled in Virginia. They eventually made their way to Alabama where they settled in Barbour County in the Baker Hill community near Clayton. When they arrived in Covington County, the family settled in the Antioch community.

William Curtis Hicks, son of William Thomas Hicks, was born in Zion Hill. He had brothers named Walter T., Randall, and Emmas. He was married in 1915 to Darrie Irene Creel, daughter of James Daniel Creel, Jr.

William and Darrie had the following 15 children: Emma Irene, b. 1917, d. as infant; Kelsie Curtis, b. 1918, m. Ruby Crosby, six children; Cleveland, b. 1920, m. Virginia Garrett, one daughter; William “Bill” Robert, b. 1922, m. Doris Longmire, three children; Mary Gladys, b. 1923, m. (1) Cleve Green (2) Edward Blocker, five children by Green; Grady Thomas, b. 1925, d. during WWII in Germany; Roy Cecil, b. 1926, d. 1998, m. Jeanette Sasser, two daughters; Henry, b. ca 1930, d. as infant; Sarah Maude, b. 1932, m. Robert Daugherty; Margaret Louise, b. 1934, m. (1) Jimmy Walker (2) Jack Morris, three children by Walker; John Wesley, b. 1935, m. Virginia Sheppard, four children; Cecil Ray, b. 1937, m. (1) Dorothy Hobbs (2) Faye ?, three sons by Hobbs; Annie Merle, b. 1940, m. Norman Estes, three children; Wilma Ellen “Polly,” b. 1942, m. Jimmy Smith, three children; and John Hugh, b. 1944, m. Vickie O’Grady, three children.

The first three children were born in Barbour County, and the next 12 were born in Covington County. Many of the descendants currently reside in this county, but some have moved to Montgomery and several to Dade City, Fla.

Appreciation is expressed to Cleveland Hicks of Montgomery for sharing his family’s genealogy. He and others in his family are interested in learning more about the Hicks heritage. Anyone interested may contact him at 343 Benbow Court, Montgomery, AL 36117.

Anyone who might have corrections or additions to the above information is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or e-mail: chthom@alaweb.com.

Lowman family spread widely

By Curtis Thomasson
The Andalusia Star-News

 
The content of today's column is a continuation of the Malachias Lowman family, which was presented last week. The genealogy today will be an outline of the fourth generation or the great grandchildren of Malachias. The children of each grandchild will be listed in birth order.

The oldest grandchild, Mary Ann Elizabeth (Wells) and her husband, James Daniel Bozeman, son of James and Adeline (Cauley) Bozeman, reared the following children: Wesley Orester, b. 1879, d. 1969, m. Arrie Rebekah Clark; Frederick Alphonso, b. 1880, d. 1952, m. Lizzie Aplin; Una Vay, b. 1885, m. Benjamin H. Weant; Annie Clyde, b. 1888, m. William N. Rushton; Jessie Irene, b. 1891, m. Morrell S. Dozier; Robert Gaston, b. 1896, d. 1974, m. Susan Horn Dickey; and Willma M., b. 1901, m. Julian Cross.

The next grandchild, Malachi Dozier Wells, and his wife, Emma Delilah Jones, had one child: Darris, b. ca 1903, d. 2000, m. R.L. Bailey. This couple also had one son.

Ada Henrieta Wells and her husband, William Green Chandler, son of Julius and Margaret (Colvin) Chandler, reared one son, E.L. Caney, b. 1888, d. 1975, m. Annie Iola ?.

Robert E. Wells and his wife, Fannie L. (Benson), reared two children: Louie E., b. 1895; and Era V., b. 1896.

Michael Emanuel Wells and his wife, Pearl Bethea (Moore), daughter of Joseph Jones Moore, reared the following children: Rodney Barnard, b. 1899; Marie, b. 1900, d. 1980, m. William Aubrey Mallette; Robert Darrell, b. 1902, d. 1910; Grover Ashton, b. 1905, d. 1976, m. Orene Connell; and Joseph Michael, b. 1909, d. 1964, m. Victoria ?.

The next families will be the grandchildren of John Frederick Lowman. The oldest daughter, Martha Rebecca Lowman, and her husband Henry Jackson Merrill, son of William and Sarah (Handley) Merrill, reared the following children: Calvin Eugene, b. 1891, d. 1957, m. Adeline Narcissa Moore; Jessie Fred, b. 1893, d. 1958, m. Lillie Holland; and Henry Neil, b. 1899, d. 1946, m. Florrie Tisdale.

alter Wesley Lowman and his wife, Clara Ridell (Rainer), daughter of James and Clara (Ingram) Rainer, reared the following children: Walter Arlee, b. 1902, d. 1997, m. (1) Martha Windham (2) Jean Corbitt; Alice Matilda, b. 1904, d. 1985, m. Fennie Haisten; Albert Parnell, b. 1906, d. 1989, m. (1) Evelyn Morgan (2) Elinor Stull; John Rainer, b. 1908, d. 1910; and James Candler, b. 1915, d. 2000, m. (1) Ella Frances Killough (2) Aldene Cagle Wright.

Lizzie Arrie Mittie Lowman and her husband, James Thomas Clark, son of William and Josephine (Frost) Clark, reared two children: Estie Gertrude, b. 1896, d. 1918, m. ? Smith; and Leslie Oliver, b. 1899, d. 1918.

James Malichi Lowman and his wife, Annie Izora (Taylor), daughter of Furney Griffin and Margaret (Brunson) Taylor, reared the following children: Thelma Lenora, b. 1898, d. 1991, m. (1) Joe Moxley Hollis (2) Morris Middlebrooks; Audrey Lou, b. 1900, d. 1993, m. John Henry Hollis; Addie Rebecca, b. 1902, d. 1934, m. Herbert Eugene

Andrews; Mittie Irene, b. 1902, d. 1980, m. Benjamin Melvin Franklin; Fred Griffin, b. 1903, d. 1994, m. (1) Carlee Morgan (2) Helen Lowman Jacobs; Benjamin Albert, b. 1905, d. 1972, m. Sara Julia Segrest; Ethel Elizabeth, b. 1908, d. 1997, m. George Wilson Parker; and Malley Oleta, b. 1915, d. 1995, m. Herbert Clarence Register.

Harmon Abner Lowman and his wife, Evelyn Christine (Ray), daughter of Thomas and Nettie (Malone) Ray, reared the following children: Collier Betha, b. 1906, d. 1909; John, b. 1909, d. 1935; and James Byron, b. 1912, d. 1935.

Benjamin Edmond Lowman and his wife, Agnes Mae (Sturgis), daughter of Robert and Georgia (Thompson) Sturgis, reared the following children: Annie Merle, b. 1911, m. Eugene Clement Shreve; Georgia Ruth, b. 1914, m. Byron Burnett Mathews; and Charles Rowell, b. 1923, m. Effie Mae Adams.

John Quincy and his wife, Anna Belle (Kirkland), daughter of William and Mary (Cannon) Kirkland, had the following children: Gertrude Helen, b. 1910, m. Clifton Pough; Angus Kirkland, b. 1914, d. 1976; and Ronald Robert, b. 1919, d. 1984, m. Lucile Ables.

Hardy Lee Lowman and his wife, Gracie Capitola (Sturgis), daughter of Robert and Georgia (Thompson) Sturgis, had the following children: Evelyn, b. 1910, d. 1987, m. James Clifford Elder, Jr.; Harold L. Sr., b. 1916, d. 1980, m. (1) Sallie M. ? (2) Grace ?; and Sturgis Lee, b. 1921, d. 1995, m. (1) Monteen Butler (2) Jean Thomas.

The next families are descended from Benjamin Lloyd Lowman. The oldest daughter, Daisy Bell, and her husband, George Jefferson Parker, reared the following children: George Wilson, b. 1913, d. 1982, m. Ethel Elizabeth Lowman; Isabelle, b. 1914, d. 1916; and Nina, b. 1917, m. Donald C. Youngblood.

Hellena Mae Lowman and her husband, George Etheridge, had one daughter, Catherine, who married Wyatt Harris.

Etta Safonie Lowman and her husband, William Howell Robbins, had two daughters: Ida Pauline, b. 1907, m. John Dewey Teel; and Addie, b. 1912, m. ? Spier.

Bessie Alice Lowman and her husband, James Stowers, reared the following children: Henry Benjamin, b. 1911, d. 1988, m. (1) Iris Fepine Lynch (1) Versie Shefield Bessinger; Rufus Arnold, b. 1913, m. Marilyn Jones; James, b. 1916, d. 1970, m. 91) Marie Bergaron (2) Ruby Jeanette Lowman; Bessie Elanor, b. 1918, d. 1921; Joe Legon Sr., b. 1920, m. Inez Elizabeth Anderson; Dorothy Elizabeth, b. 1923, m. Benjamin Lowman Franklin, Sr.; Sally Frances, b. 1926, m. Virgil William Waddell; and Alice Avinell, b. 1928, d. 1939.

Roston Pollard Lowman and his wife, Ruby Estelle (Bozeman), daughter of William and Jessie (Benson) Bozeman, reared the following children: Jessie Helen, b. 1914, m. (1) Carson Alex Jacobs (2) Fred Griffin Lowman; Jennie Carol, b. 1916, d. 1996, m. Otis Ray Summerlin; Ruby Jeanette, b. 1919, d. 1989, m. (1) William Nesbitt Tollison (2) James Lowman Stowers (3) Leland Lamar Hughes; Mary Ellen, b. 1921, d. 2001, m. Byron Eugene Merrill; Bennie June, b. 1925, m. Willie Merrill Sasser; Roston Kenneth, b. 1931, m. Eunice Langford Stewart; and Franklin Thad, b.& d. 1933.

The next families are descended from Rosie Julie Lowman.

The oldest daughter, Ethel Lenora Cooper, and her husband, Tillman Carter, had one son, Cuyler, b. 1908, d. 1987, m. (1) Jessie Strong (2) Evelyn Stewart (3) Agnes Blackman Gammage. Ethel and her second husband, Robert Shehane, had a daughter, Bernice Eloise, b. 1920, m. Allen Busefink.

Fodie Cooper and his wife, Della Robbins, had two children: Lelie Idell, b. 1905, d. 1942, m. James Buron Parker; and Joseph Willard, b. 1911, d. 1994, m. Flossie Jo Bryan.

Mattie Mae Cooper and her husband, James Oliver Bozeman, had one daughter, Annie Laura, b. 1920, m. Robert Washington Hughes.

Eula Merle Cooper and her husband, Willie C. Gammage, son of Bury and Elizabeth (Bozeman) Gammage, reared the following children: Herman Dwight, b. 1914, m. Zonie Duke; Judson W., m. Christine Whiteman; Charles W., b. 1920, m. Jeannie ?; Stanley Hinton, b. 1924, d. 1983, m. Doreen Thrift; and Harry F., m. Virginia ?.

The next families are descended from Sarah Lowman. The oldest son, James Samford White, and his wife Daisy Dean Linam, had the following children: James Marvin, b. 1906, d. 1988; Paul; and Esther Pearl.

John Beauregard White and his wife, Amanitus Sims, reared the following children: Luther Wise, b. 1902, d. 1986; Lois Pauline, b. 1903, m. Henry Claude Ward; Hulbert Burie, b. 1907, d. 1995; Gladys Elaine; Eunice; and Sarah Beatrice.

Justus Arthur White and his wife, Tessie Mae Perkins, reared the following children: Justus Perkins Sr., b. 1909, d. 1976, m. Evelyn Ester Aikin; Nina Pauline, b. 1913, d. 1989; Authur Pershing, b. 1915, d. 1996, m. Sarah Carter; and William Roy, b. 1921, d. 1993, m. Marie Hereford Peterson.

Lena Mae White and her husband, John Ranson Caton, reared the following children: James Ransom, b. 1913, d. 1992, m. Lois Everrett Barrow; Louise, m Nathaniel Waller; and Bethea C., m. Carolyn Brunson.

Many of these descendants resided in Covington and Crenshaw counties, but many of the next generation moved to new areas.

Appreciation is expressed to Charles Howell Lowman, a member of the generation outlined above, for sharing his family's genealogy. Anyone who might have corrections or additions to this writing is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com

 

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