Bullock County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


Passengers over the Montgomery and Eufaula Railroad Thursday night brought the sad intelligence of the sudden demise of Col. P. B. Baldwin, of Bullock county, on Wednesday night.  The physicians who were immediately summoned ascribed the cause of his death to apoplexy, the supposition, however, was the Col Baldwin was poisoned by eating a considerable quantity of pickles late in the evening.  Mr. Jos Rainer, of Union Springs, who also ate some of the same kind of pickles, felt their effects, and is life was only saved by emetics being immediately administered.  (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala, Dec 3, 1874 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Bainbridge, Ga., Sept 5 - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Bethune, 92, of Bainbridge, formerly of Union Springs, Ala., Greenville, S. C. and Macon died here early Monday after a short illness.
      Children surviving are S. J. Bethune, Montgomery; A. J. Bethune, Clayton, Ala; Mrs. R. C. Branscomb, Union Springs, and Mrs. J. M. Nix, Bainbridge; also 16 grandchildren, including Mrs. P. B. Teal, Bainbridge; 14 great-grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.
      She was a member of the Presbyterian church and widow of a prominent middle Alabama planter. (Macon Telegraph, Macon, GA., Sept 6, 1932 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Capt. John S. Burch, a gallant old Confederate veteran died at Columbia, Ala., December 16th at the ripe old age of 77 year.  He was a captain of the Thirty-fourth Alabama regiment Company I. He fought four years in the civil war and received one wound  through  the right shoulder.  After the war he engaged in extensive farming in Russell county, Ala. for several years. He was then elected sheriff of Russell county, which he served eight years, after which he moved to Bullock county where he still engaged in farming. About seven years ago he retired from farming and visited his children.
    He is survived by his wife and ten children, six daughters and four sons. His sons are T G. Burch, of Hurtsboro, Ala.; B. W. Burch, of Midway, Ala.; B. F, and Jno. C. Burch, of Montgomery, Ala. His daughters are Mrs. A. E. Brooks, of Macon, Ga.; Mrs. S. R. O'Neal, of Pensacola, Fla,; Mrs. C. S. Mayes, of Columbia, Ala.; Mrs. A. C. Morton,or Midway, Ala.;  Mrs. Jula Bath, and Mrs. Maggie Detwilder, of Montgomery, Ala. He also has five grandsons and one granddaughter In Macon, Messrs. J. B., J. S. W. C. and T. B. Brooks, and Miss Maggie Brooks.
    The funeral took place at the family burial grounds at Sealy, Ala,, yesterday at 10 o'clock from his former home, "None knew him but to love, none knew him but to praise." Source: Date: 1909-12-19; Paper: Macon Telegraph; Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer.
Mrs. D. G. Blackburn has gone to Union Springs, Ala. to be in attendance upon the funeral of her great uncle, the late Mr. John Carmichael, which will take place this afternoon.  (The Ocala Evening Star, Ocala, Fla., Sept 11, 1915)
At Union Springs on last Friday about noon, Carrie Christian, colored was found dead in the field of Mr. F. C. Hall.   Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, October 22, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
MR. ROBERT EVANS, a good citizen of this county, who lives near the Montgomery line, met his death in a very singular manner of Wednesday of last week.  he had been employed in hauling seed cotton and was returning with an empty wagon, when his team suddenly took fright, throwing him forward over the end of the wagon, the projecting handle, used in raising the front gate of the wagon, striking him in the abdomen, while his hands barely touched the double-tree below.  Unable to extricate himself, he hung helpless in this position until the now thoroughly frightened mules had run some distance.  A negro man, who assisted in hauling, finally succeeded in stopping the team and releasing Mr. EVANS from his painful position.  Mr. E. was severally injured internally and he died the next day.  He was a useful and consistent member of the M. E. Church and leaves a wife and five small children to mourn his loss. - [Union Springs Pantagraph]   Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, October 3, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Dr. William S. Harris died at Union Springs.  He was a physician in high standing. Marion County News, Marion County AL, May 20, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Geo. L. Hardin, Sr., aged 70, died at his home in Union Springs, Alabama Thursday night. He was born in Stewart county, Georgia and was a well known resident of both Alabama and Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Dixie McLendon Harden, four daughters, Mrs. Nathan Smith, Rutherford, Alabama; Mrs. E. L. Blackburn, Tallahassee, Florida; Miss Elizabeth Harden, Union Springs, Alabama; Miss Louise Harden, New Orleans, Louisiana, and three sons, George, Jr., Union Springs, Clifford, Union Springs, and J. O. Harden Montgomery, Alabama; a brother, Will Harden, Bascom, Florida, and a sister, Mrs. George Sapp, Cusseta, Georgia. Funeral services were held yesterday morning at 11 o'clock and interment was at Oak Hill cemetery, Union Springs, Alabama. (Source: Columbus Daily Enquirer [Columbus, Georgia] Sept. 3, 1939 - Transcribed by Dena Whitesell)

Union Springs, Ala., Dec. 18 - Mrs. S. M. McMillan, prominent resident of Union Springs died this morning at her home here.
    She was born in Bulloch county, Ala., the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Sellars.
    Mrs. McMillan is survived by three daughters, Mrs. H. K. Stewart and Mrs. Jere Boyd, of Montgomery, and Mrs. Guy Rutledge of Northport, Ala; four sons, C. F. McMillan of Union Springs, Walter McMillan of Akron, Ohio; Fred McMillan, of Los Angeles and Leon McMillan of Columbus, and two brothers, Dr. W. A. Sellars and W. L. Sellars of Montgomery.
    Funeral serves will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in Union Springs.  The rev. Mr. Parnell of the local Presbyterian church officiating. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., Dec. 19, 1936)

Mr. Preston Millard, son-in-law of Mr. Geo. M. Drake, formerly of Union Springs but now of Chattanooga, died at Bristol, Tenn., last week, after a lingering illness of consumption. (Union Springs Herald, Union Springs, Bullock county, Ala., Mar 19, 1890)
Union Springs, Ala, Jan. 8 - L. Marion Moseley, prominent Union Springs attorney, died Wednesday in a hospital in Montgomery.  He was a member of one of state's best known families.  He is survived by a widow and two children.  A son resides in New York. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., Jan. 9, 1931)
ANOTHER FRATRICIDE. - At Union Springs, Alabama, a few days ago, Augustus Paulk, after breakfasting with his brother, Thomas A. Paulk, at the residence of their mother, left the house, and returning shortly afterward with a double-barreled gun, and entering a room in which Thos. was quietly conversing with another brother, said, `You have threatened to kill me; I will kill you first,' and, leveling his piece, fired, killing the former instantly. The murderer and his wife then fled and effected his escape. The two brothers had previously quarreled. It is stated that no less than three out of six brothers have come to an untimely end.   [Douglas Monthly, Rochester, N.Y., May 1861 - Contributed by a Friend of Free Genealogy]
Henry Robinson, the negro murderer who cruelly murdered an old negro man named Adam Owen, in Bullock county last June was hanged at Union Springs, Ala on 4th Inst.  Robinson was given a fair and impartial trial before twelve of his countrymen as jurors, and they returned a verdict of guilty and fixed the penalty of death by handing. the sentence set apart the 7th Oct as the day for the execution but the Gov. granted a respite of thirty days. Robinson met his fate cool and undaunted, protesting to the last moment that the killing was wholly accidental. (Marion Herald, Marion County, AL, Nov 17, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
 The subject of this sketch was born in Columbus, Ga. in 1843.  Later he moved to Salem, Ala. where he resided at the outbreak of the Civil War.  Enlisting as a private at the beginning of the trouble he served the entire four years as a Confederate.  He was wounded in the battle of Bull Run.  Shortly after the close of the war he moved to Union Springs, Ala where he was married to Miss Suell of that place.
     About 1867 he moved to Marshall, Texas and entered the employ of the Texas and Pacific Railway Co and later was employed by the International Great Northern Rail Road in whose employ he remained for thirty years and covered the entire system.   A part of this time he resided in Galveston and Houston, Texas.  During this time he lost his wife, and was later married to Miss Thiza Wright of Harrisburg, Texas, whom he also laid to rest before leaving Texas.
      He came to Welsh to reside about four years ago, where he has since been a familiar figure, winning many friends to whom he was known as "Uncle Shearer."  He was an active and enthusiastic Mason, and requested that his body be laid to rest in the Masonic lot.  He was a member of the Congregational Church here, and came into the Presbyterian Church by letter two years ago.  He was devoted to the church, loyal to her principles, and faithful to her services.
      He died peacefully about three o'clock Saturday morning, August 16th, 1913, at the home of his niece, Mrs. R. S. Greer, and was buried from the Presbyterian Church, and laid to rest with Masonic honors Sunday morning. "Blessed as the dead who die in the Lord." - A Friend  (The Rice Belt Journal, Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, La, August 22, 1913)
Tennille Toney, 68, well known Union Springs, Ala man died Monday morning at 3:10 o'clock at the city hospital, after an illness of three weeks.
     Mr. Toney was visiting his lifelong friends, S. A. Bethune, 703 Broadway, when his illness caused his removal to the hospital. Mr. Toney had visited in Columbus on numerous occasions and had endeared himself to a host of friends who learn of his death with sincere regret.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church.
    Surviving him are four nieces, Mrs. Earnestine Smith, of Montgomery, Ala; Mrs. Will Lake and Mrs. Mamie B. Paisley, of Birmingham, Ala and Mrs. Jack Freeman, of Albany, Ga., and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
    The funeral party will leave the Britton & Dobbs mortuary, 1114 first avenue, Tuesday morning at 7:30 o'clock by private conveyance for Union Springs, Ala.
     Funeral services be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the graveside in Oak cemetery at Union Springs, with Rev. Sam Wilson conducting.  (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus GA., August 13, 1935)
BOILED IN MOLASSES - Union Springs, Dec. 14 – Handy Walters and his 19-year old son were last night engaged at their home hear here in boiling cane syrup in a huge old-fashioned molasses kettle. The boy was leaving over the kettle to sniff the aroma, which grew more and more welcome as the cane juice thickened into molasses, when suddenly his balance was lost and he tumbled heard foremost into the boiling liquid.  He was taken literally preserved to death, and though alive, he soon breathed his last in great agony.   Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, December 19, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
She Had Been Ill Quite A While - Funeral And Interment At Union Springs, Ala Saturday Morning
     Mrs. Ossie K. Wilson died this morning at 3:15 o'clock, at her home, 331 Twelfth street, after being ill for quite a long while.  She was about 35 years of age and was the widow of Mr. W. H. Wilson, of Union Springs, Ala. who died about two years ago.
     Mrs. Wilson was a member of the First Baptist Church at Union Springs and was a thoroughly devout and consecrated Christian woman, whose many deeds of pity and kindness will be sadly missed by those who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. In all her associations with neighbors and friends, she was kindly in disposition and cheerful in assistance and her death will be sincerely regretted by all.
      The deceased lady leaves one little girl, Irene; two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Dawson of Columbus, and Miss Mapel Kennedy, of Kinston, N.C. and one brother, Mr. W. T. Kendrick, of Oklahoma.  She also leaves her mother, Mrs. D. W. Cooper, of Kinston, N. C.
      The remains were carried to Union Springs, Ala this afternoon, where the funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock, and interment will be in the cemetery at that place.
      The Columbus relatives of the deceased, as well as those in other places, have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement. (Columbus Ledger, Columbus, GA., Feb. 17, 1911)
Mrs. W. C. Wilson of Union Springs, Ala died Friday evening at 9:15 o'clock after a brief illness.
      She married Captain W. C. Wilson in 1859, she was Miss Orddie Battie, daughter of the late Colonel and Mrs. Henry Battle of North Carolina.  She was very prominent in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, and was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Woman's Missionary Society of the Baptist church.  She was 87 years old.  Her husband, Capt. Wilson, died in March 1925, he was among the first settlers of Union Springs, Ala.
     Mrs. Wilson is survived by five daughters, Mrs. L. P. Dowdell, Columbus; Mrs. J. S. B. Crossman, Columbus; Mrs. Claude L. McMillan, Cordele, Ga., Mrs. Edmond Cardlett, Midway, Ala; Miss Mitte Wilson, Union Springs; two sons, Senator James Nesbit Wilson, Sneed, Fla., and Walter C. Wilson, Union Springs, Ala; a sister, Mrs. P. B. Vann, Union Springs, Ala and a brother-in-law, J. T. Wilson, Dothan, Ala.  (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., Aug 16, 1925)

News has been received by Mrs. Joe Merritt of the death of her grandfather, Major Wright, of Union Springs.  He was an old and highly respected citizen of Bullock county.  (Geneva, The Geneva Tribune, 02 Mar 1897, p1.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)








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