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BURRUSS Jan. 2003
Rev. John C. Burruss lived in Courtland, AL from roughly 1833-1848. He lived at a Plantation called Locust Grove. He was a Methodist-Episcopal Minister educated at the Univ. of Virginia. Prior to Courtland, he lived in Woodville, MS for a few years. After Courtland, he moved to Caddo Parish, LA where he died in 1863. I have never been able to determine where he was buried. the rest of his family is buried in Woodville, MS at the Bowling Green cemetery, but he is conspicuously absent. I was wondering if the Burruss surname or Locust Grove might be familiar to anyone in the area.Thanks mjohnson@gene.COM

Looking for a marriage date and anyother info on JOSEPH CLARK and SUSANNAH NORWOOD    They first show up in Lawerence Co, Ala census in 1830------Joseph b/1809 Susannah b/1804----They lived there until just before 1860 where I find the in Itawamba Co, Ms 1860 census---by 1870 they were in Chickasaw Co, Ms where they died------Looking for info on any of this family

I am looking for information about AMANDA MELVINA EASLEY HALLMARK b. 1825 Blount Co., Alabama d. abt 1895 in we believe Lawrence Co., Alabama.  married Wilborn W. Hallmark  7 Oct 1841 Blount Co., Alabama.  We have identified most of her children but are missing the following children DANIEL C. HALLMARK b. 26 April 1853 death date unknown believed to have married Nancy McPerson.  Believed to be buried, Bellview Cemetery, Lawrence Co., Ala.   SERENA (CYRENA)  ADALINE HALLMARK b. 14 August 1855  1918 Believed to have married Thomas FULLER 4 May 1876 Lawrence Co., Alabama   WILLIAM M. HALLMARK b. about April 12, 1863   OPHELIA HALLMARK   b. about 1863  last known to be working at age 17 working her sisters farm in 1880 in Tishomingo Co., Mississippi but believe she may have gone to Lawrence Co., Ala with her mother Amanda Melvina Hallmark.   I have information of the other children of Wilborn and Amanda Melvina Hallmark to share.  
Frieda Glenn Bennett    

JONES Jan 2003
My husband's Great Grandfather:
George Washington Jones and Mary Jane Long were married March 5th, 1859, at Moulton, Lawrence Cnty, Alabama.  soliomized by Charles Gilson J.P. I obtained copy of marreage at Moulton Al. 
My husband is George Allen Jones, son of Allen Jones, Son of George Pinson Jones,son of George  Washington Jones and his 2nd wife. Mary Ann Pinson Brown,
Mr. Jones Divorced Mary Jane after the end of Civil War and married Mary Brown in
1870,at Athens, Limestone Cnty, Alabama, and migrated to Giles Cnty, Tn.
Wilma Jean Jones

WASHER Jan 2003
Marriage certificate issued June 20, 1878, Union co., Illinois  to Needham C. Pender and Mary E. Washer, dau. of John Washer and Elender Mordos (the spelling is very hard to decipher) Mary was 25 at the time, her birthplace is given as Larrance(?) Alabama. They were married at the home of her father, John Washer, of Union co. Mary died of childbirth fever in

FEARS Jan 2003
I have come into information that my 4th Great-Granduncle, JAMES FEARS,born in 1758 in Virginia, and later the first pastor of the Flat Lick Baptist Church in Pulaski County, Kentucky, died in 1846 in Lawrence County, Alabama.  I am interested in any information that might confirm that he died there and any leads as to his burial place.  If you have
any infromation about this JAMES FEARS, I would love to correspond. Have information to share.
Ewing Fears Best  [Mary Ewing Fears Best] 

Melton Feb. 2003
My ancestor Merrida Melton is listed on the 1820 census along with a Thomas Melton below him.  I don't have anymore information about them and I know that Merrida's son, Jesse Carter Melton was born in AL in 1821.  I know that Melton's Bluff is in LCA and thought it was possible it could be more ancestors.  I'm at a dead-end when it comes to AL.  
Ann (Melton) Duzansky

MARTIN Feb. 2003
I am looking for information on a Joseph Martin who lived in Lawrence County Ala. 1820 to 1850  and moved to Arkansas . He was borned in 1787 in N.C. and moved to georgia then to Tenn. and then to Lawrence County Ala. He came to Alabama with a family by rhe name of George Walton and married his sister they had three children one Caroline who married a Merchant by the name of Gallagher . After his first wife died he married a Sallie Fitzgerald and had at least one son by the name Thomas Lyles Martin then moved to Cross County Ark. and died in 1863.Any information on this Martin family would be appreciated and thanks in advance for any information, Samuel A.Martin

I am trying to locate any information on on the families of Lucy Emeline SMITH (1894-1985?) and Fred CARPENTER (1891-1961) who were married in 1910.  Lucy's parents are Epsie Lucinda BUTRAM and William Fernando SMITH.  Fred's parents are Anna Liza LYNN and Joshua CARPENTER.(d. 1930)  All but Anna Liza are listed as living in the Hatton Precinct, Lawrence Co. on the 1930 census.  Thanks for any help! Cathy Lawrence

RIGGS Feb 2003
Does anyone know the names of the parents of the following RIGGS
children?  Many of them migrated to TN.They appear on the 1850 Census, Tishomingo Co., MS, with a Melinda RIGGS, who may not have been their mother:

1. Henry RIGGS, b. abt 1826, AL
2. William George RIGGS, b. 11 Mar. 1828, Birmingham, AL
3. Thomas J. RIGGS, b. abt 1829, AL
4. Isaah Calvin RIGGS. b. Feb. 1834, AL
5. Mary J RIGGS, b. abt 1836, AL
6. Samuel W. RIGGS, b. abt 1838, AL
7. Sarah A. RIGGS, b. abt 1840, AL.
Any Help is greatly appreciated.
Peggy Riggs Kopp

SPIRES Feb 2003
James Spires is listed in the 1880 census as widowed.  His children are listed as Lelia, Elizabeth, Jane and Hanford.  Does anyone know his wife's name?  I am looking for a Virginia Spires that came from Grainger County, TN and born in Virginia 1838.   Larry Mills

VAUGHN March 2003
He was born 1818,  Place:  ?  (1) M: SARAH ESTHER DANIEL      1840   Morgan Co., Alabama
                               (2) m: MARY A. WILLIAMS NEWSOM    1858   Lawrence Co., Alabama
Died:       7 DEC 1868   Lawrence Co., Alabama,
Buried: Bald Knob Cemetery, NW Moulton, Alabama (This has not been confirmed)
Related families:
Daniel, Shoemaker, Holland, Herbert, Watkins, Byars, Fahey,  Williams, Newsom, & John C. Geise Family.
Please contact me if you are familiar with this family. Thank You,
L. Scruggs

ROBERTSON March 2003
James Robertson, b. 1758, Wake County, North Carolina, d. 1830, Lawrence County, Alabama, m. 1782, to Temperance, b. 1766, Virginia, d. January 1845, old Tishomingo County, Mississippi. Children are: Lot, Willis, Pollie, Higdon, Candice, Winnie, Amy, James Harlow, Sarah, Nancy, and Berlinda D., all b. in North Carolina.    
Jim Robertson


I"m trying to find a marriage record for my grandparents.There names were Lucy Bonner and Clement Twilley.I"m guessing between 1927 and 1932.I would greatly appreciate any help.Thanks,Becky Gast

MOORE March 2003
I would like any info on Robert (Bob) MOORE b.1870 d.1926.  He was married 2nd
to Ada GOINS 30 Dec 1899.  Robert had a sister Lue MOORE b.1865 d.1921 who was
married to Andy MCGEE b.1852 d.1921. Robert, Lue, and Andy are all buried in
Town Creek at Donald/String Cem. Robert and Ada had 9 children.  I have some
info on Robert but I do not know anything about his parents or his siblings
other than him having this one sister Lue. Also in the 1910 census it mentions
that he was married twice. If that is true, then I do not have any idea who his
first wife was. Any info would be appreciated.

Parker April 2003
I am searching for a obiturary or death record for Catherine Hardin Parker, who died after 1878, when her husband
William D. "Will" Parker died, she was born about 1825 according to census records. I do not know if she married after "Will" died or not. She was the second wife of William D. Parker, and daughter of William B. Hardin of Lawrence Co AL. She had known sisters  Docia Ann who married Redden Garrison and Jane who married  D.M. Turner and another sister who married Joel Simmons.  Any information greatly appreciated. Calista Parker

Tanksley/Tankersley April 2003
Looking for any information on the descendants of my ggg Grandfather Milton L. Tanksley, thur the following wives:
(1) Mary H. Kitchens (Children: James R. Tanksley married Frances E. Chinault, Charles Hickey Tanksley married (
(1) Martha B. Parker , 2) Hetty McVay)
(2) Sarah M. Dutton (my ggg grandmother) (Children: Henry Edd (Never married), Solomon P. married Harriet K. McVay,
(Steven J., married Leona Demastures, S.(Sarah?)T. married W.T. Sheets)
(3) Zenia Tidwell (Children: one unknow according to obituary on this page)
Any information would be greatly apprecaited, and I am willing to share what Info I have with other family members reseaching this family. Charity Goodwin

MATHIS May 2003
Looking for information on the death and burial of Maudie Octavie Coggins Mathis who died some time aft 1896 in Hillsboro, ALA.  She was the wife of James "Jim" Allen Mathis.  They were married 5-1-1880.  I do not know in ALA or where.  Would love information on that if married in ALA too.  Also looking for any information on the Mathis' who lived in Hillsboro, ALA
Linda Miller- or

I'm looking for info on these names. JAMES PARK WATSON &
(1) Temperance Heflin – m. circa 1803 in Greene County, Georgia.  She probably died circa 1822 in Lawrence County, Alabama.  She was the daughter of James and Bethania (Davis) Heflin and had siblings Wiley,Wyatt, Julia Abigail (m. Samuel Rhodes), and Sarah (Sally) (married James Holt; they appear to have settled in Lawrence County, Alabama by 1830 after having lived in Franklin County, TN). James and Temperance had nine children.
(2) Elizabeth Coopwood - 6 March 1823 in Lawrence County, Alabama.  She was born about 1805, probably in Smith County, Tennessee, and died after 1860.  She was the daughter of Benjamin and Millie (Thomason) Coopwood. James and Elizabeth
had 13 children.
Other names of interest include:
Orra McBride
Fayette J. Brown
Martin Rigsby
Isaac Redfern
Stovall family
Narramore family
Any info on these families will be greatly appreciated. There also is a possibility of a Cherokee connection with the McBride family. Thanks in advance for any help.

Jones, Long June 2003
Am trying to contact living decendants of  George Washington and Mary Jane Long Jones married March 5th 1859, Moulton, Lawrence County, Al. There were 3 daughters born to this union. Daughter  Laura Elizabeth married Darius Clark. Morgan County,Al 1886. Have no information or names of the other daughters.I would appreciate hearing from anyone having knowlege of this family. My husband, George Allen Jones is great grand son of George Washington and his 2nd wife, Mary Ann Pinson Brown.jonesjj109@Aol.Com

Wallis, Wallice July 2003
Trying to locate my 3rd great-grandfather, Tyrie (could this be Terry) Wallis b. 1834 in Georgia. 1880 census shows spelling of his name to be Tira and he is living in Colbert County, Alabama with wife Mary and children: Josephine Florance Ora Samuel Oscar and Luther. At least two other children (maybe by a first wife), John Robert and William B. Wallis are not living in the home.  John Robert is married and living nearby but what happened to William B? I also found a "Tiney" Wallice in Franklin County in the 1860 census that could be him.  Does anybody know anything about this Wallice?
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
Billie Molder Millsap

Long July 2003
Does any one have information on this family?
In 1850 Lawrence Cnty, Al census :
Family consisted of: Henry 36, Elizabeth 37, Children S or L.  D. 14, Mary 11, Andrew 8, Hiram 5, Henry 3, and Elizabeth 2/12.Any reply is appreciated, I will share any information I have.
Wilma J. Jones

Fuller, Godby July 2003
MARTHA FULLER GODBY, daughter of ISHAM FULLER. Martha born 1836 in AL was married to Calvin Godby.
I am trying to find where Martha is buried... Any help appreciated. Thanks,
Glenda Godbey

Wallace, Wallis July 2003
WALLACE, WALLIS  Need mother and father of Edith Wallace of Brickville, Lawrence Co., AL, who married Amzi Love in 1846 as well as any newspaper write-up  of wedding or information that might have appeared in Presbyterian church bulletins, etc.  Edith is buried in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, MS and in that plot is a monument that is inscribed "In memory of Logan D. Wallis, born 2 Sept 1815 Smith Co., TN, died 21 Nov. 1844"  Who was Logan?  Also, where is Brickville (I couldn't find it on my AL map)?  Thank you for any help!  Sara Bowers

Smith July 2003
Looking in the Lawrence County, AL 1850 Census for Samuel L. Smith, born in S.C. and his family.  Wife, Mary G. (Dean) Smith, and children Nancy E., William A. and Elbert S. born in Alabama.  Thank you.  Nancy Stell

Moore, Norwood July 2003
MOORE family, NORWOOD   Looking for information on an early settler in Lawrence County named James Moore.  He appears to have arrived there about 1820.  Is he the father of siblings Ebenezer Scott Moore, William K. Moore, and Armanella Moore Davis who live in Lawrence Co. from approximately 1822 on (and later William and Ebenezer move to MS)?  Is this James Moore connected to a Moore and Norwood trading post in the area?

Gray July 2003
My name is Larry Gray and I live in Birmingham but am from Sheffield.  My Gray side of the family is from Lawrence County in particularly around Town Creek and Leighton.  My GrandFather was Wm Arthur Gray and he lived on Mt Stanley Road.  His father was Wm Bill Gray and his father was Greenberry T Gray.  At this point I think Greenberry's father was a Joseph Linn Gray. 
I realize there are more than one branch of the Gray family in the early 1800s in Lawrence County.  I am asking for any assistance on locating any information on Greenberry Gray and his wife Mary Brown.  They were married about 1832 and are in the 1840 census but not the 1830 or 1820 census.  Another source told me that Greenberry's father was a Joseph Linn Gray but I cannot verify this.
Larry Gray

HAMMOND(s) & GARY  August 2003
Looking for information on James H. HAMMOND and Mary Ann Louisa (GARY) HAMMOND living in Lawrence Co. (Mt. Hope) in 1870.  James and Mary had six children, Elijah Bartholomew, Martha Caldonia, Elizabeth Louisa "Bettie", William Jordan, Ambrose McCord, and James Manson (these last two are twins born in Mt. Hope in 1867 other children born in Tennessee).  The children's mother died sometime between 1870 and 1877.  James is found with the children in 1880 living in Arkansas. 
Any leads greatly appreciated.
 Sharon Hammon Cords  

Searching for descendants of Abner Davis and Sara (or Matilda) Grant, raised family in Randolph or Chambers Co.,Al.  Children are Lucinda Davis Parker, born 1884, died 1967, at Moulton, Law. Co. Lula Davis Norton (married Doc), born 1889, died 1978, at Town Creek,  Law. co. These are siblings of my grandfather, Wm Thomas Davis, born 1876, died 1957, in Randolph Co. Other siblings are Fannie Morgan, Tom Daviss, and Dave Davis. This has been a brickwall for a long time. Any help is appreciated, will trade inf.

Looking for information on Emma (Maiden Name)McGill Etheredge b. 07/06/1881 d. 08/07/1955.  Mother of Gilbert Nate Etheredge who resided with Oscar And Lula Terry in Moulton, AL.  All are recorded to have headstones at Blackground Cemetery.  Lula McGill Terry was Gilbert's sister.  He also had a half brother Charles Andrew McGill.
Thank You,
Angela Thompson( Has been confirmed that Emma's maiden name was REED)

NICHOLS August 2003
I am looking any information on my great-great-greatgrandfather, John Bankhead Nichols from Towncreek. He was born June 4, 1863 Or 1864. I am particularly interested in who his parents were.
Thank you,
Allison Crawford

DUTTON August 2003
I am researching Samuel and Elenor Owens Dutton.  If anyone else is researching this family, would you please contact me.  Linda Green

NICHOLS September 2003
I am researching the Nichols family that came to Lawrence county inca 1820.a  My Ransom Nichols married Phoebe Gilliam there that year and then by 1830 had moved on.  I am sure he is part of the William Nichols, the old REV War Soldier who came that same year and died there. Lee Stockman

Looking for information on Emma Reed McGill Etheredge. I have found her maiden name to possibly be Reed since my last query. B-07/6/1881 Lawrence Co., AL  D-08/07/1955 Blackground Cemetery, married 1.) Unknown McGill about 1889, poss. in MS, two McGill children Charles Andrew McGill and Lula Mary McGill Terry (w/o Oscar B. Terry s/o Oakley Terry). married 2.) Greenberry Etheredge abt. 1909, two children Nate Gilbert Etheredge and Orlando Etheredge.  Found Reed's in 1870 Wolf Springs Census who were close neighbors to Etheredge's. John and Nancy Reed(Mary in some records?). 
All leads are better than no leads.  Thank You,
Angela Thompson ( Has been confirmed that Emma's maiden name was REED)

OATES, GRIFFIN September 2003
Seeking information on Samuel K. OATES Sr. of Lawrence County Alabama born 1796 North Carolina died 1854 perhaps in Lawrence County. His  wife was named Amelia GRIFFIN. If there is anyone
doing research on this family please contact me, Jacob Bateman

Rodgers October 2003
Researching the Rodgers /Rogers family 1850 Lawerence Co. Al.
Looking for Joseph Rodgers family brother may of been Jesse Rodgers/Rogers served in the civil war. Joseph is my direct line.
Joseph P. Rodgers 1846, His Wife: Emily Elizabeth Smith/Rodgers/Lemons 1843, who were her parents? She lived with her grandparents George and Mary Ann Smith.Patricia Mills
Particia Mills

I am looking for information on Byrd, Ashford, Elgin, Burrus in Lawrence County, Alabama, near Courtland.

I am trying to fill in missing information and find out more. Fred E. Rowe

SPANGLER November 2003
I am searching for information about George G. Spangler. Is it possible that he and Granville G. Spangler (Civil War veteran, b. 1845-46) are the same man? George G. Spangler was born about 1847 in Alabama. He is counted in the 1880 census as an unmarried farmer living alone in his own household near Leighton, Alabama.I believe that his parents are Daniel Spangler (born 1812 in Virginia; died 1895 in Alabama) and Nancy Mullins/Mullens (born 1813 in Alabama; died before 1880). In 1880, Daniel Spangler (married to a much younger wife, Georgia) and his sons James H., John W., and Daniel L. are all heads of their separate households in Township 5, Lawrence County, Alabama. Can anyone confirm that George G. Spangler is a son of Daniel and Nancy? If not, who are his parents? What is his relation to the other Spanglers living near him? What is George G. Spangler's full name? Does anyone know his story? What became of him? Apparently John, James, and Granville  (George's older brothers?) fought in the Civil War, but he stayed at home. He would have been about eighteen in 1865 as the war ended.Was he one of the merchants of Spangler Brothers store? I've seen references to a Spangler's store in Town Creek, Alabama in 1909; also a Colbert County store in Leighton that was rebuilt on Main Street in 1897.Any information you're willing to share would be appreciated. With thanks, Harryette Mullen

GAILEY/GALEY November 2003
I am trying to establish the relationship between Moses Gailey and John P Gailey.  Moses died in 1852 without leaving a will.  His widow, Margaret (Keyhill) Gailey survived him and received a widow's portion of the estate.
John P. Gailey married Mary Ann Rucker in 1840.  He died before 1870.  I need a copy of a will probated for Margaret, John P or Mary Ann Gailey or a copy of an obituary for either one or all three.  I don't know when Margaret or Mary Ann died.  Any help will be appreciated. Ray Shirley

LONG November 2003
I am looking for any information about a Mary Jane Gantt Long.  She probably died around 1914-1924.  She would have been my Great-Grandmother - My grandfather was orphaned as a small child so we do not know exactly where she is buried.  It is our understanding that she is buried in a cemetery near Hillsboro with some Terry's that were years ago keeping up her grave site.  Does anyone remember seeing a Long buried in a Hillsboro cemetery?    It is our understanding that she did have a grave marker with her name on it.   Thank You, Dana Long-Terry

CRAIG Revolutionary War Soldier, born May 24, 1764, died May 24, 1852 in Limestone Co. AL; married Martha WHITE February 18, 1834 in Limestone Co, AL.   Son William E. CRAIG born about 1800, died September 2, 1839 in Lawrence Co, AL; married Sarah MONTGOMERY September 27, 1817 in Madison Co. AL, born about 1800, died in Lawrence Co, AL after 1870.   Son James Houston CRAIG born April 14, 1824 in Lawrence Co, AL, died February 24, 1897 in Mt. Hope, Lawrence Co, AL;  married Mary Caroline "Polly" SUTTON March 23, 1848 in Lawrence Co, AL, born October 4, 1825 in Lawrence Co, AL where she died May 24, 1899.
Son William Jackson CRAIG born January 29, 1849 in Lawrence Co, AL, where he died August 18, 1918; married Clarissa FERGASON/FERGUSON March 4, 1874, born September 28, 1856 and died April 21, 1906.
Son Edger Lee CRAIG born December 1874 in Lawrence Co, AL, died March 2, 1940;  married Emma Susan SMITH before 1896 in Lawrence Co, AL, born February 1878 in Lawrence Co, AL and died in 1973.
  Any info, please.  LuAna Drake Craig, LuAna Drake Craig

Kitchens November 2003
Desperately seeking Parental info on James Matlock Kitchens Sr. We know that he came to Lawrence Co around 1816. There is a Christopher listed on the Walker Co. Census 1850 listed with his household age 70 blind, inmate, born Virginia. This could be his father. We have no info on his mother. He married Sally Brown in Lawrence Co ca. 1816. I have been searching for over 25 years and other family members have been searching longer than that.(40+years). One of my family members is now ill and I would love to be able to tell her who her GGG Grandparents were.
Any info could help. Karen Kitchens Murphy

HOUSTON December 2003
John Russell or Rubin Houston was born 01/19/1860 in Talledega Co.Al.son of James R.& Nancy G.Pearson Houston.John
died in Mt Hope,Al.Lawrence Co.of T.B.07/05/1912. He is buried in Rock Springs Mt.Hope.He married in Lawrence Co.Al.on 12/20/1887 to Myrtie Virgina Wear born 03/08/1868 Lawrence Co.Al.Died 04/27/1928 in
Morgon Co.A.Buried in Decatur City Cem. Myrtie was the daughter of Rev.Robert Tipton  & Sarah Mirah Frances
Wallace Wear.  Myrtie was unable to have children; a child dropped her as a baby down some stairs & broke her back.My Aunt remembers her & she was hunched back. John had one son my grandfather Burnie Houston born out of wedlock to somone named Ida,maybe Fowler or Flowers Surname.My grandfather was born 08/ 08/1892 in Mt.Hope Al.Died in Morgon Co.Al.01/13/1965.Married in Mt.Hope 08/14/1915 to Margaret Irene McLain born 11/30/1893 Eldrige,Al.Walker Co.Died in Morgon Co.Al.05/15/1970.They are buried in Union Hill Cem.Morgon Co.Al. I found in Lawrence Co.a birth certifiate for a male child born to John & Ida Hewston on 01/18/1892 at Mt.Hope.I believe this is my grandfather's  birth certifiate even though the month & date is wrong.There was one other
John Houston in Lawrence Town Creek. He married Elizabeth Ann Maudlin.They had a child born Sept.1892 but
1900 census shows this child to be a girl.I believe my grandfater's birth mother Ida raised him untill about 1899.
I don't know wht happened to her but grandaddy went to live with his daddy John
& his step-mom Myrtie aboutthe time he was 7. When his dad died in 1912 Myrtie moved to Decatur to hr brothers &
grandaddy was left with his dad's sister Lila Houston Bartlett. Margaret Murphy

SIMMONS Dec 2003
William J.Simmons sheriff Law Co 1872
I came across a 1998 posting from "Ed" on the Simmons GenForum site seeking a possible photo of the above gentleman for inclusion in previous sheriffs of the county; I have no photo but would be interested in finding out additional information on him as he is possibly our William Jared SIMMONS born in TN ca 1820.
Does anyone have information re the history of sheriffs (possibly in a county history book?) or access to the 1870 census for Lawrence Co? Any help appreciated. Aileen Watson Aileen Watson