Fayette County, Alabama
~ Barzilla S. Dobbs Grave ~
About "eight miles north of Bankston, Alabama just off Highway 102"
Frances Lowrey Brasher
- 01 Apr
went into the woods this past weekend and cleaned the graves
of Barzilla S. DOBBS and Hugh Lansing BOLTON. The simple stones
[upper right] are BOLTON,
just about 6 feet to the right of DOBBS [foreground]."
Contributed by Robert (Cherokee)
Brasher, 28 Mar 2007 ~
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Barzilla S. Dobbs
Story of His Death in 1864
to tales passed down)
than a hundred years a flat rock has marked the grave of Barzilla S.
DOBBS, who was hanged by a group of men believed to be either Northern
Sympathizers or the ruthless “Home Guard.” The vigilantes
actually were seeking an elderly man named DOBBINS when they
encountered Mr. DOBBS and another soldier named BOLTON. Mr. DOBBS
had recently left the CSA army and returned to Fayette County due to
the illness of his wife and newborn child.
pleas of innocence, Barzilla DOBBS was seized by the mob and carried
into the woods. There, he and the other man — thought to be Hugh
Lansing BOLTON — were hanged from a tree and left there. The
family of DOBBS came and cut down the deteriorated bodies of the two
men. They buried their father and BOLTON near the hanging
tree. They marked the DOBBS
grave with a
large flat rock.
DOBBS died on April 5, 1864, a year before the end of the
War Between the States. He left nine children, one of them only a
few months old.
are located west of James “Ike” FLYNN's place (345 Flynn Road), just
off Highway 102 (about eight miles north of Bankston and west of
Fowlers Crossroads). A marble tombstone has
been placed beside the flat rock to identify the final resting place of
an innocent man killed in the hysteria of war. On this stone his
birth date is shown as June 4, 1814, but census records indicate the
year as 1828.
resided only about three miles east of where he was killed. His
widow and other family members were buried at Dobbs Family Cemetery, probably on
the old homestead.
Little is known about the other individual buried beside Mr.
DOBBS. If he were a Confederate soldier, as tradition says, he
may be the H.L. BOLTON who was medically discharged from the 26th
Alabama Infantry, O'Neal's Regiment, Co.
C, CSA, on 16 Jan 1863. It is interesting to note, however,
that a Hugh L. BOLTON enlisted 25 Sep 1863 in Fayette County in the 1st
Alabama Cavalry, USA.
This man claimed to have been born about 1841 in
neighboring Pickens Co., AL. He almost certainly was the Hugh
L.W. BOLTON (b. 1842, AL) recorded in Pickens County on the
1860 U.S. census. The similarity of names and the timeline
suggest that these two soldiers could have been the same man.
However, the Union BOLTON was promoted to 2nd lieutenant nearly three
months after the tragic
hangings in Fayette County. More research is needed to prove the
identity of the second grave's occupant.
Mr. DOBBS's grave was desecrated by vandals in 1993; the other
grave was desecrated in 2006.
Photographs courtesy of Frances Lowrey Brasher & Robert (Cherokee)
2006 | 07 Apr 2007