Excert from History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography
By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie (Bankhead) Owen
Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921

Settlement and Later History.—The history of Baldwin County is inseparably associated with two great Indian tribes, the Alibamos and Creeks, with three great European nations, France, Spain and England, and at different times and under peculiar circumstances, with the Americans, as friends or enemies. The first American settlements in the county were made on Lake Tensaw and on Tensaw River, mostly by Tory families which migrated from Georgia and South Carolina during the American Revolution, although some came after that struggle, leaving their homes in consequence of Whig intolerance. Intermingled with these Tensaw settlers, however, were Whig families. Some of the family names of the settlers have been preserved— Byrne, Easley, Hall, Kilcrease, Linder, Mima, Pierce, Sibley, Steadham, Stockton and Holmes. Of these, Captain John Linder was the most prominent. He was a native of Switzerland, and was in the British service for several years as engineer and surveyor. During the Revolution, Gen. Alexander Mc- Gillivray assisted him in removing his family and numerous negro slaves, and in settling them on Lake Tensaw. The settlers were later reinforced by the arrival into their midst of several Indian countrymen, with their Indian wives and halfbreed children. Benjamin Durant was a type of these newcomers. He was a Carolinian who had married Sophia, a sister of Gen. McGillivray.

The first saw mills in the county were owned by Byrne and by Joshua Kennedy. They were in existence in 1813, but no doubt had been erected several years previously. The first cotton gin was established in 1803 by John and William Pierce at the Boat Yard on Lake Tensaw. Another cotton gin was built at McIntosh's Bluff on the Tombigbee, but the year of its erection is not known. (page 86)


Post Offices and Towns.—Revised to December 31, 1916, from U. S. Official Postal Guide. (page 88)

Barnwell
Battles Wharf
Bay Minette (ch)-
Blacksher
Bon Secour
Bromley
Carney (present-day Stapleton)
Caswell
Daphne
Davies
Dyas
Elberta
Fairhope
Foley
Fort Morgan
Gasque
Gateswood
Hurricane
Josephine
Latham
Lillian
Little River
Lottie
Loxley
Magnolia SpringsMiflin
Montrose
Oak
Orange Beach
Palmetto Beach
Perdido Beach
Perdido Station
Point Clear
Robertsdale
Roscoe
Scranage
Seacliff
Seminole
Silverhill
Stapleton
Stockton
Summerdale
Tensaw

Delegates to Constitutional Conventions.-

1819—Harry Toulmin
1861—Joseph Silver
1865—J. H. Hastie
1867—Stephen Moore
1875—Henry C. Lea
1901--B. F. McMillan


Senators.—

1819-20—Robert R. Harwell.
1821-2—Julius Haines.
1822-3—Francis W. Armstrong.
1824-5—James Taggert.
1825-6—William Crawford.
1826-7—Willougby Barton.
1828-9—Jack F. Ross.
1831-2—John B. Hogan.
1835-6—James F. Roberts.
1838-9—Theophilus L. Toulmin.
1839-40—Girard W. Creagh.
1842-3—Girard W. Creagh.
1845-6—B. L. Turner.
1847-8—Girard W. Creagh.
1849-50—Cade M. Godbold.
1851-2—Lorenzo James.
1853-4—James S. Dickinson.
1855-6—James S. Jenkins.
1857-8—Noah A. Agee.
1859-60—Stephen B. Cleveland.
1861-2—Origin S. Jewett.
1862-3—Robert Broadnax.
1865-6—John Y. Kilpatrick.
1868—R. N. Barr.
1871-2—R. N. Barr.
1872-3—J. D. Driesbach.
1873—J. D. Driesbach.
1874-5—J. D. Driesbach.
1875-6—J. D. Driesbach.
1876-7—R. C. Torrey.
1878-9—R. C. Torrey.
1880-1—W. Y. Titcomb.
1882-3—W. Y. Titcomb.
1884-5—J. M. Davison.
1886-7—J. M. Davison.
1888-9 Daniel Williams.
1890-1—Daniel Williams.
1892-3—W. B. Kemp.
1894-5—W. B. Kemp.
1896-7—C. S. Lee.
1898-9—C. S. Lee.
1899 (Spec.)—C. S. Lee.
1900-01—D. D. Hall.
1903—Daniel Dillon Hall.
1907—O. O. Bayles.
1907 (Spec.)—O. O. Bayles.
1909 (Spec.)—O. O. Bayles, deceased; and district not represented. 1911—E. M. Lovelace.
1915—H. H. Holmes.
1919—Riley Kelly.

Representatives.—

1819-20—Thomas Carson.
1820-1—Joseph Minis.
1821 (Called)—Joseph Mims.
1821-2—Elijah Montgomery.
1822-3—Lud Harris.
1823-4—Samuel Haines.
1824-5—Silas Dinsmore.
1825-6—Edward J. Lambert.
1826-7—James F. Roberts.
1827-8—Origen Sibley.
1828-9—David Mims.
1829-30—David Mims.
1830-1—James F. Roberts.
1831-2—Joseph Hall.
1832 (Called)—Joseph Hall.
1832-3—Joseph Hall.
1833-4—Joseph Hall.
1834-5—James L. Seaberry.
1835-6—Joseph Hall.
1836-7—Lee Slaughter.
1837 (Called)—Lee Slaughter.
1837-8—Cade M. Godbold.
1838-9—Cade M. Godbold.
1839-40—David Mims.
1840-1—Gerald B. Hall.
1841 (Called)—Gerald B. Hall.
1841-2—Richard Singleton Moore.
1842-3—William H. Gasque.
1843-4—Richard Singleton Moore.
1844-5—Gerald B. Hall.
1845-6—J. H. Hastie.
1847-8—Reuben McDonald.
1849-50—Reuben McDonald.
1851-2—William Booth.
1853-4—William Wilkins.
1855-6—P. C. Byrne.
1857-8—Joseph Nelson.
1859-60—T. C. Barlow.
1861 (1st called)—T. C. Barlow.
1861 (2d called)—Reuben McDonald.
1861-2—Reuben McDonald.
1862 (Called)—Reuben McDonald.
1862-3 Reuben McDonald.
1863 (Called)—R. B. Bryers.
1863-4—R. B. Bryers.
1864 (Called)—R. B. Bryers.
1864-5—R. B. Bryers.
1865-6—G. W. Robinson.
1866-7—G. W. Robinson.
1868—A. L. Holman.
1869-70—A. L. Holman.
1870-1—O. S. Holmes.
1871-2—O. S. Holmes.
1872-3—James M. Vaughn.
1873—James M. Vaughn.
1874-5—Joseph Nelson.
1875-6—Joseph Nelson.
1876-7—W. H. H. McDavid.
1878-9—Louis Dollve.
1880-1—J. H. H. Smith.
1882-3—H. A. Tatum.
1884-5—James M. Vaughn.
1886-7—Dan Williams.
1888-9—H. A. Tatum.
1890-1—Richard A. Moore.
1892-3—H. P. Hanson.
1894-5—R. H. Moore.
1896-7—C. W. Joseph.
1898-9—J. H. H. Smith.
1899 (Spec.)—J. H. H. Smith.
1900-01—George H. Hoyle.
1903—David Crawford Byrne
1907—S. C. Jenkins.
1907 (Spec.)—S. C. Jenkins.
1909 (Spec.)—S. C. Jenkins.
1911—S. C. Jenkins.
1915—I. B. Thompson.
1919—Sibley Holmes.