~ Family Records ~
- Dr. A.W.
- Dr. AGNEW, born 1824 in South Carolina, established a large and
lucrative medical practice at Fayette Court House in 1883. He had
three children by his first wife, Amanda BURDINE.
of Erastus Grief Alexander
- Erastus "Ras"
ALEXANDER married Margaret "Deller"
WEBB in Fayette County in 1890. Allied families include ADCOCK,
BOSTICK, EADS, GURTHIE, HARRIS, LOONEY, and MILLS.
- A native of Laurens Co., SC, Roland ANDREWS (ANDERS) moved to
Alabama in 1825. He and his wife, Matilda MADDOX (MATTOX), lived
near the Tuscaloosa-Fayette county line before moving to Arkansas in
1867. See related article on Roland WATKINS below.
- The Baker Family of Newtonville
- Francis Richard "Frank"
BAKER married Martha Ann JONES in 1831 and had 10 children.
Related surnames include BLAKENEY, BURTON, DAVIS, HASSELL, PALMER,
WHITNEY, and others.
- Holland BELL was elected circuit clerk in 1874, the same year
his father was elected county treasurer. He later served a
distiguished career as Fayette County probate judge. He and
Margarette MILES had seven children.
- Berrys of Berry, Alabama
- Robert BERRY Jr. left North Carolina with his
wife, Mary CAMP, in the 1820s and moved with several of his children to
Fayette County. The neighborhood
in which they settled became known as Berry Station (now Berry),
AL. Associated surnames include GUTMAN, JEFFRIES, and MINNS.
of David Berry
- David BERRY (1805-1880) settled early in Fayette County.
His two marriages, to Dedama BOX and Frances E. (HENDERSON) LONG,
produced at least eight children. The family lived near
present-day Stough, AL. Related surnames include DENNIS and
of William S. Berry
- William BERRY and wife, Sarah NELSON, arrived in Fayette County
in the late 1820s. Their children married into the BRAZIL,
COLLIER, CULPEPPER, DOBBS, FARQUHAR, FULLERTON, HYDER, JOHNSON, MOORE,
and RAINEY families.
- The Patsy Box Johnson Family from Alabama
- "Joseph T. BOX born 1817
married Jane BOX, who is thought to be
a cousin. They had George Washington BOX born 1841 married Polly
Ann TIDWELL. My line runs [through] their son Joseph T. "Joe" BOX
born 1864 in Fayette
County, Alabama, and he married Martha F. WHITEHEAD (daughter of Drury
Cox WHITEHEAD and Mary Jane ANTHONY). They had my grandfather,
Luther Franklin BOX, married Ruth MORRIS (daughter of Nick MORRIS and
Susan WHITEHEAD). They had my dad, Reedie, married my mom Ada
McCOLLUM." You can find additional information on these
– including stories, photos, obituaries, cemetery transcriptions and a
lot more – at Patsy Box Johnson's Homepage.
- Descendants of Aquilla Brasher
- This prolific family settled in Fayette County in the
1850s. Aquilla BRASHER and wife, Frances HENDERSON, had 12
children, born in either South Carolina or Georgia. Related
families include AYERS, DYER, EDMONSON, GARRISON, GURLEY, HENDERSON,
MARTIN, McCOY, SAWYER, SMITH, and many more!
- Descendants of Zachariah Brooks [offsite
- Zachariah BROOKS and Sarah McGill CHEEK were married in 1831,
almost certainly in Fayette County. They moved to Texas with the
CHEEK and McGILL families in 1846.
- Descendants of Stephen & Elizabeth Cash
- About 1847, Stephen CASH left his home on the banks of the
Savannah River in South Carolina with his large family and headed west
bound for Mississippi. His brothers and sisters remained behind
on the Georgia side of the river. From pension application
documents, it is plain the Georgia family members never knew where
Stephen finally settled, or that he lived past 1860. Stephen got
as far as old Fayette County (Millport and Kennedy area now in Lamar
County), where he settled for good. Many of his descendants still
live in the area. Associated surnames include McDANIEL, RUSHING,
SMITH, WALDEN, WEATHERS, and WINTER.
- Descendants of Randolph (Randle) Cheek
- Valentine CHEEK and wife, Elizabeth McGILL, moved to Fayette
County in the early 1820s, settling several miles north of Fayette
Court House. Related surnames include BROOKS, COOPER, DAVIS, and
VAN HOOSE (VANHOOSE).
of Alvis Davis
- Alvis DAVIS and his wife, Elizabeth GREGORY, arrived in Fayette
County in the late 1820s. They appear to have settled a few miles
south of Fayette Court House. Alvis was a brother to Matthew,
and John Hawkins DAVIS (see below). Allied families include
APPLING, GRAY, HENRY,
McCLUNG, MORROW, PALMER, RAY, THOMPSON, WHITLEY, and possibly
of John Hawkins Davis
- Methodist circuit rider John Hawkins DAVIS settled in Fayette
County about 1829. He acquired property about 4½ miles
north of Fayette Court House and, with his wife Nancy Franklin GORE,
reared 10 children there. After her death in 1867, John moved to
Lauderdale Co., MS, remarried and had one more child before his own
death in 1875. Related Fayette County surnames include BROGAN,
DICKINSON, HOLLAND, WIMBERLEY, WOFFORD, and more!
- Matthew Davis – Jane Lindsey Family
- Married in Jefferson Co., AL, in 1822, this couple moved to
Mississippi then to Fayette County before 1850. Matthew was a
brother to Alvis and John Hawkins DAVIS (see above). Associated
include BERRY, HOLIMON, MOORE, RAY, and WHITLEY.
of Thomas Davis
- Thomas DAVIS (1811-1857) and wife Irene settled in or near
Fayette Court House at least by 1838. Some of their children
later lived in Sanford (now Lamar) Co., AL, and Lee and Holmes cos.,
MS. Related Fayette County surnames include ANGLE and GIBSON
- Descendants of William Davis
- A brother to Matthew, Alvis, and John Hawkins DAVIS (see
above), William DAVIS lived in Fayette County for two decades before
moving to Texas in 1846. Allied Fayette County families include
CHEEK, HENRY, NORMAN, NORTHAM, PEDEN, WHITE, and others.
- William DODSON, son of Enoch DODSON and Elizabeth LEGGETT,
moved to present Tuscaloosa and Fayette counties about 1817. He
married Sarah PYLES (PILES). Their children united with the
ANDERS, BROCK, COLLINS, DARDEN, JONES, LANGSTON, LOYD, McKAY, POUNDS,
REED, SOUTH, STEWART, WHITE, and YERBY families.
A. Edmonds Family
- William A. EDMONDS married Mary Frances APPLING in Oglethorpe
Co., GA, in 1840. The couple settled in Fayette County in the
fall of 1848. Some of their children remained in Fayette County
while others removed to Texas. Related Alabama surnames include
BAGWELL, DAVIS, MATHEWS, McDUFF, RICHARDS, STANLEY, STUDDARD, WHITE,
- The History of the Edwards Family
- Formerly of Union Co., SC, George EDWARDS and wife Charlotte
Temple BOBO moved to Fayette County in 1844. They settled in the
Wesley Chapel community and eventually reared 14 children.
Associated families include BUNN, CALDWELL, COOK, DILWORTH, DUCKWORTH,
FOSTER, NEWTON, OAKES, SCOTT, SMITH, TAYLOR, UNDERWOOD, WHITE, and
- William Sanford Enis Family
- William S. ENIS was born and reared in Fayette County. He
married Mary F. LAWRENCE in 1884 and had 11 children. Related
surnames include BOWEN, GLOVER, MOORE, RUTLEDGE, TIDWELL, and WHITLEY.
- Elizabeth F. Farquhar
- Elizabeth FARQUHAR, a Fayette County native, married Henry T.
BERRY in 1866. The couple moved the following year to Burnet Co.,
TX, where Elizabeth died in 1900. Associated surnames include
TOMPKINS and TRAWEEK.
Ford of Fayette County
- Daniel FORD arrived in Fayette County about 1824. He
settled with his wife Elizabeth SMITH and children in the shadow of the
landmark that today bears his name: Ford's Mountain. Connecting
families include FOWLER, HALLMARK, HARRIS, HOLLINGSWORTH, SMITH,
SPARKS, WEST, and WHITE.
of Archilles K. Foster
- Archilles FOSTER married Jane BLACKSTOCK about 1811 in South
Carolina. The couple lived in Hall Co., GA, before settling in
Fayette County, probably in the early 1840s. Associated surnames
include BUCKNER, KING, MILES, THOMPSON, and WALDEN.
- Descendants of William Michael Freeman
& Delilah Walters [offsite link]
- Township 16 South, Range 13 West, of Fayette County was first
settled by many families that eventually united in marriage through
their children. The earliest settlers being brothers Levi,
William L. and Jacob LINDSEY, who came from Tennessee. The custom
of those days to name children after close members of the family has
complicated our genealogical searching today. Brothers married
sisters, and these families tended to live next door to each
other. By 1900, Charles M. FREEMAN and wife Lona LINDSEY had
settled on a farm just east of Belk. That old farm home was a
favorite gathering place for their descendants into the early
1970s. Long after the passing of Pa FREEMAN, his hand-made tile
covering fireplaces and kitchen counter tops remained. Related
families include CROW, HAWKINS, HIGH, TAYLOR, WALKER, and WRIGHT.
- James W. GRAY married Matilda J. DAVIS in Fayette County in the
1840s. James' suspected parents, Joseph and Mary GRAY of South
Carolina, arrived before 1860. Allied families include GLADDEN,
HOLLAND, HOWELL, KIZIAH, MONTGOMERY, and SOUTH.
- Walter Harkins Family
- With his wife, Joanna STEWART, Walter HARKINS lived in South
Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee before settling about 5 miles north of
present-day Fayette, AL, in the early 1800s. Connected families
include DAVIS, MOORE, and SMITH.
- William Stewart Harkins Family
- William Stewart HARKINS was married about 1828 in Fayette
County to Catherine Lemons "Katy"
MOORE. The couple lived with their children about 6 miles west of
Fayette Court House. Some of the family later moved to
Texas. Related surnames include BOBO, BURRIS, JONES, SELF,
SHEPHARD, SMITH, and TURNER.
Family of Marion and Fayette Counties
- Virginia native Thomas HARPER moved to Alabama from Tennessee
in the early 1840s. He settled in southeast Marion County but was
a leading member of the Hopewell Church in present Fayette
County. He was married at least three times and had 15 known
children. Associated surnames include BERRYHILL, GILREATH,
GRIGGS, HYDER, LANE, LYLE, McWHIRTER, TUCKER, WHITE, and WHITEHEAD.
in the Bluff Community
- Uriah H. HOLLIMAN was born in South Carolina and married in
Tuscaloosa Co., AL, in 1836. He and his wife, Mary "Polly" LUCAS,
later settled in Fayette County. Uriah and two of his sons died
while in the service of the Confederate army. Two other sons
survived the War and reared large families. Related Fayette
County surnames include BUCKNER, COPPRELL, CORBETT, GOULSBY, HOLLIMAN,
McCLUNG, PINION, POWELL, SMITH, STEWART, and WALKER.
Hollingsworth Family of Fayette County
- John HOLLINGSWORTH and wife Matilda WHITE arrived in Fayette
County in 1824, settling near present Ford's Mountain. After
Tildy's death, John married Zilpha GALLOWAY. The two unions
produced a total of 21 children! Associated surnames include
EVANS, FORD, FOWLER, GALLOWAY, McCALEB, McCOLLUM, REYNOLDS, ROBERTS,
STEPHENS, and many more.
- Descendant Tree of James Hubbert, Colonel
- Robert HUBBERT and his second wife, Sarah HOLLINGSWORTH, moved
from Tennessee to Marion Co., AL, in the 1820s. At least two of
their children, George and James, settled in Fayette County in the
following decade. Related surnames include PORTER, SPARKS,
STEWART, THOMPSON, WOOD, and others.
- Starling JOHNSON established himself in the Pilgrim Rest area
of Fayette County in the 1840s. Allied families include CROW,
GRIFFIN, HAMBY, HUGHES, and WILSON.
- Thomas Johnson Family History
- Thomas Johnson arrived in Fayette County at least by 1830 and
settled about two miles west of Pea Ridge. He had eight known
children. Associated surnames include BERRY, BLANKENSHIP, COTTON,
HALL, and PHILLIPS.
- William Jones Family
- William JONES was a recent widower when he died in Fayette
County in October 1849. He had five known children.
Connected surnames include HARKINS, LINDSAY, and WINTER.
- Lawrence Family of Pearidge
- The family of Alexander LAWRENCE have been roaming the hills
and hollers of Pearidge (Pea Ridge) since at least the 1830s, and
probably earlier. He was twice married and had 10 or more
children, the last arriving after his death in 1866. Related
surnames include BYNUM, EDMONDS, FROST, GILLION, MORRIS, TREADAWAY,
WHITLEY, and others.
- Descendants of Benjamin Lee
- Married in Georgia in the 1820s, Benjamin LEE and Margaret
STEADMAN settled near Bobo in northern Fayette County in the
1850s. Associated surnames include BERRYHILL, CHAMPION, EARNEST,
HUGGINS, KNIGHT, MILLS, and more.
- Lindsey – McNees [offsite
- Levi, William L., and Jacob LINDSEY (probably brothers) arrived
in Fayette County beginning in the 1820s. Related surnames
include ASHCRAFT, BELK, BLAKENEY, BROWN, DOUGLAS, McNEES, SHACKELFORD,
SHEPHERD, STOKES, WALDEN, and more! Use the "Index" feature at
top of the page to search for specific surnames.
of Ellis Logan
- Capt. Ellis LOGAN, born 1815 in Blount Co., TN, married twice
before settling in southern Fayette County at least by 1871. He
married a third time in 1892 and fathered two children, bringing his
total offspring to 24. Related surnames include DAVIS, GUNTER,
JAMISON, SMITH, and SWANGIEN.
- The Maddox Family
- William Wiley MADDOX was born in South Carolina but grew up in
Alabama. He was married about 1857, probably in Fayette County,
and settled in what is now Lamar County. Associated families
include, among others, HANKINS, HARRISON, HOLLIS, NEWELL, POWELL, and
Marchbanks: A Southern Stalwart
- Elijah MARCHBANKS "came out
of North Central Tennessee ... into the fertile farmlands of northern
Alabama" at least by the early 1820s. He married Mary
Adeline BANKHEAD of Marion Co., AL, about 1824. They eventually
settled in an area of Fayette County that is now part of Lamar
County. Elijah served in both houses of the Alabama legislature
in the 1840s. By 1850, he had moved his family to Monroe Co., MS.
Adaline Bankhead Marchbanks: A Staunch Southern Spouse
- Daughter of George BANKHEAD and Jane GREER of Union Co., SC,
and wife of Elijah MARCHBANKS. Mary was "every bit as resilient as ... her
- The McClung Family
- This pioneer family settled in the Bluff community of Fayette
County in the 1830s. Jonas McCLUNG and wife, Rebecca REED, reared
10 children. Related surnames include DODSON, LANGSTON, NEAL,
POWELL, STREET, TATE, and many more!
- A native son and prominent farmer of Fayette County, Benjamin
F. McCLURE served in many of the important battles of the Civil
War. He was married twice but had only one child. Related
surnames include MILES and ANDERSON.
- Newman McCOLLUM moved his family to Fayette County in
1824. He was a successful farmer and businessman in the community
that originally took his name – McCollum's Mill (now Hubbertville).
of William Layfette McDade
- William L. McDADE married Maretta E. JOHNSON sometime before
1890. She and several of her children were buried at Pleasant
Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Fayette County. Was William
related to the McDADE's of Montgomery Co., AL? Allied surnames
- Thomas McGILL was an early settler of Fayette County, having
lived previously in Tennessee (possibly Giles County). Associated
surnames include BURNUM, MASON, POWELL, RENNELS, ROYCROFT, and VAN
- Attorney Joseph McGUIRE and wife Seleta J. ANDERSON settled in
Fayette County about 1879. He established a profitable law
practice at Fayette Court House and also held "several official positions" in the
- John W. MELTON and second wife Elizabeth FLURRY moved to
Alabama from Georgia in the early 1860s and again in the 1870s.
They eventually settled near Winfield, leaving records in both Marion
and Fayette counties. Their son William H. MELTON married (1)
Bettie TERRELL and (2) Sallie CONNER.
- Mize Genealogy [offsite
- Looking to exchange Civil War-era family information for North
Alabama families? Then, you MUST see this database with 11,000
names of people connected to Fayette County and adjoining
counties. The following Fayette County families and many more are
listed under Surname Detail
or under 1st Alabama Cavalry:
ANTHONY, KUYKENDALL, McMINN, SMITH, TIDWELL, TUCKER, and WHITEHEAD.
- Lewellen Moore and Priscilla Thornton
- Lewellen MOORE entered land several
miles north of Fayette Court House near the Hopewell Baptist Church in
1821. He and Priscilla "raised
a large family, all of whom were men and women of high respectability."
Allied families include BROCKMAN, PADEN, and THORNTON.
- William Moore, Abbeville South Carolina
- William MOORE (1786-1871) moved his family from South Carolina
to Alabama, settling in the Fayette-Tuscaloosa county area. At
least two of his five known children made their home near Berry,
AL. Related surnames include MADDOX, REED, and WILSON.
- Descendants of Calvin Panter
- Calvin PANTER arrived in Fayette County at least by 1833, when
tradition says that he married Lucinda LAWRENCE. The couple
settled in the Pea Ridge area and had 10 known children.
Associated surnames include BISHOP, CASTLEBERRY, EIDSON, FILES, NORRIS,
TIDWELL, WHITLEY, and many others!
- Robert F. PETERS was reared in Fayette County and received his
early education from his father, a popular minister and public
servant. He earned a law degree in 1887 and later served as
circuit clerk and county solicitor. He married Lena JONES in 1891.
of Stanton Alonzo Powell
- Stanton Alonzo POWELL (1883-1933) was reared in the Bluff
community. He married twice before moving west in the
1910s. After a brief stint in Oklahoma, the family settled in the
southern tip of Texas. Related Fayette County surnames include
DOLLAR, ROMINE, and THOMPSON.
- John Rainey
- Born in Georgia about 1829, John RAINEY (RANEY) settled near
Fowlers Crossroads in Fayette County sometime in the 1850s. He
was married twice and had nine children. Associated surnames
include BERRY, DOBBS, FORTENBERRY, HOLLINGSWORTH, MOORE, NELSON,
POWERS, SANFORD, SPARKS, and STEPHENS.
Rainwater Family of Fayette County
- Nancy EDWARDS RAINWATER moved to Alabama in the 1840s, some 20
years after the death of her husband, the Rev. Miles RAINWATER
Sr. The children who accompanied her settled on both sides of the
present Fayette-Lamar county line. Related families include BOBO,
CROSSLEY, HINDMAN, WALDROP, and others.
- Descendants of William Ray
- Elijah RAY, the great-grandson of Ireland-native William RAY,
was an early settler of southern Fayette County. Connected
surnames include CARAWAY, COX, EDNEY, JONES, NELSON, VICE, and more.
- James J.
- James Jasper RAY, attorney-at-law of Fayette Court House, was
Fayette County in 1857 and attended law school at the University of
Alabama. He married Ida JONES in 1884 and, after
her death, Ella EDNEY in 1890.
- John B. SANFORD was sent to the state legislature from Fayette
County in 1882 and later served as mayor of Fayette. He and his
wife, Marguerite ROBERTSON, had six children.
- The son of Elijah SPARKS and Judith (Juda) HUMPHRIES, William
Jackson SPARKS married 1822 in Franklin Co., GA, Naomi PRICKETT.
The couple settled in Fayette County soon thereafter. Allied
families include RAINEY (RANEY) and WYLY.
- Descendants of David Studdard
- Samuel STUDDARD, the son of David and Martha STUDDARD, married
twice in South Carolina and produced at least 12 children. The
family arrived in Fayette County in the early 1840s, eventually
settling near what is now called Studdards Crossroads. Associated
surnames include ALEXANDER, BIGGERS, EDMONDS, GODDARD, HENDON, JEFFERS,
KILGORE, ROBY, SHAW, and more.
- Samuel Studdard of Laurens District, SC,
and Fayette County, AL
- This article primarily examines the sources that identify the
two wives of Samuel STUDDARD, the son of David and Martha STUDDARD (see
M. Thompson Family
- John THOMPSON married Nancy M. VANHOOSE (VAN HOOSE) in Fayette
County in the early 1840s. They had seven known children — all
girls — between 1843 and 1863. Related surnames include BENTON,
DODSON, FOSTER, and WHITE.
Descendants of Nathan and Elizabeth Thompson
- Nathan THOMPSON and wife Elizabeth WEAVER were recorded in
Fayette County on the 1840 U.S. census. They began their married
lives in Jefferson Co., TN, in 1794. Fayette County surnames
include HAM, LANE (LAIN, LAINE), and MUSGROVE.
for Richard and Agnes Thornton
- "I have been trying to make a
connection between the Richard THORNTON family of Fayette County, AL,
and that of the David THORNTON family of Fayette County, AL. If
we can discover the family connection, if any exists, between Richard
and David, perhaps we can then learn who Richard's father, grandfather,
etc., are." Both men arrived in Alabama about 1820.
Surnames related to the David THORNTON family include DUKE, FOWLER,
GOYNE, HENDRICK, HUBBERT, MOORE, MURRAY, POWELL, RAY, RANDOLPH, and VAN
- The Treadaways of Fayette County
- Mary (RAGSDALE) TREADAWAY, consort of Moses TREADAWAY of Anson
(later Union) Co., NC, moved to Fayette County in the 1850s. She
was accompanied by several of her children and probably a
brother-in-law, Wade Hampton TREADAWAY. Related surnames include
BAKER, JOHNSON, LAWRENCE, NEAL, and PICRON.
& Sarah (Shepherd) Trull
- Griffin TRULL and wife Sarah SHEPHERD settled near present
Newtonville in Fayette County in 1847 and reared a large family.
They moved to neighboring Lamar County 30 years later. Associated
families include COOK, FREEMAN, GARDNER, GUIN, KIRKLAND, PRICE,
SUDDUTH, WALDROP, and WOODS.
- Stephen Jackson Trull (1815–1909)
- Around 1846, Stephen J. TRULL and his wife Lydia migrated from
North Carolina to Fayette County with a group of family and friends
that included Stephen's older brother Griffin TRULL (above). The
family lived in Alabama for only 5 to 7 years before moving to Monroe
Tucker: Revolutionary War Soldier
- George TUCKER served in the Wilkes Co., GA, militia during the
Revolutionary War. He and his second wife, Martha NICHOLS, moved
to Fayette County sometime before 1826. They settled on 160 acres
of federal land in present-day Bazemore. "Most of today's Fayette and Marion County
TUCKERs, and those residents who have TUCKER ancestors, are descendants
of Old George and his [first] wife, Rebecca LEVERETT."
of John Vice
- The VICE family can be traced from the Colony of Virginia to
North Carolina, to South Carolina, and ultimately to Alabama.
Morgan VICE, the grandson of John VICE, established his family in
Fayette County before 1850. Allied surnames include GILLILAND,
RAY, WALDEN, and WILSON.
Family of Wesley Chapel
- William Wilburn WALDROP and wife, Jane Amanda RAINWATER, moved
to Fayette County soon after their marriage in Spartanburg, SC, in
1845. They settled in the Wesley Chapel community near the
present Fayette-Lamar county line. Related surnames include
GODFREY, SMITH, STILLMAN, THOMAS, TRULL, WINDHAM, YARBROUGH, and more!
- Roland WATKINS married Melinda ROBERTS in the late 1840s and
settled on land spanning the Fayette-Tuscaloosa county line. The
family (including 12 children) later moved to Conway Co., AR.
Associated surnames include ANDREWS, HOWELL, HOPSON, JACKSON, MORRIS,
PAPAZAN (PAPISAN), and POE.
- Descendants of Henry Clay Whitley
- Henry C. WHITLEY and his wife, Nancy BRIDGES, moved from North
Carolina to Georgia, then into Fayette County in the early 1850s.
Related surnames include HAMNER, JENKINS, KILGORE, LAWRENCE, PANTER,
TREADAWAY, WILLIFORD, and more.
- This Fayette County native earned a medical degree in 1882 but
gained prominence as a farmer and merchant. He married Fanny COLE
in 1877 and had four children.
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