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Samuel A. Adams died Monday morning at 11:15 o'clock at his residence on the Auburn road.  He had been ill thirteen months.
     Mr. Adams was born near Clanton, Ala., July 8, 1879, and resided there until 1921 when he came to this city.
     He is survived by his wife and three sons, Marvin and Lum Adams, of Clanton, Ala., and Enoch Adams, of Tuskegee; two sisters, Mrs. Julie Hendley and Mrs. Ada Mims, of Clanton, a brother, Albert Adams, also of Clanton, and a number of nieces and nephews.
     The body was carried to the residence of his nephew, Friss Rosser, 1004 Fourteenth street, Phenix City, and will be carried form there to Clanton for funeral services and interment, leaving the residence of Mr. Rosser Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock.  The services at Clanton will be held at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., January 10, 1939)

Notasulga, Ala. March 20 - Mrs. Mollie J. Apperson, aged 70 years, died here at the residence of her son, a conductor on the Birmingham and Southeastern Railroad at 3 a.m.
     Mrs. Apperson was a native of Autauga county, Ala. having also lived in Chilton County for twenty years.  For the last several years she has resided at Notasulga.  After funeral services at the home, conducted by Rev. Henry T. Crumpton, pastor of the Baptist Church, her remains, accompanied by the family, were shipped to Autauga county, where they will be buried near Harmony Church, of which she has been a member for many years.  (Source: Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala. March 21, 1914)

Clanton, Ala., March 16 - Mrs. Rush Baker died Sunday night and was buried in the cemetery three miles west of Clanton, near her home Monday.  Mrs. Baker is survived by a husband and five children. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., March 17, 1915)

Horrible Accident
On Friday night last at about 12 o’clock a man, Cicero Boyd, left the house of Mr. Robinson at Lomax, and proceeded toward his home, the section houses, on the railroad a mile or more above Lomax.  The next morning his body was found on the railroad horribly mutilated.  He was drinking when he left Robinson’s house, and it is supposed he dropped on the track, and being under the influence of liquor, fell asleep.  The 2 o’clock train caught him upon the pilot and carried him next to the track some distance.  Portions of his clothing and one foot were scattered along the track, and his body was literally cut in two.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his untimely end. [Chilton Co. Courier] (The Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 20, 1876)

The remains of Mrs. Annie E. Boykin, who died at the home of her daughter Tuesday night, will be shipped to Clanton at 8:35 this morning. Mrs. Boykin had been a consistent member of the Adams Avenue Baptist Church for many years and Rev. John Bass Shelton, the pastor of the church, will accompany the remains to Clanton, and officiate at the funeral. The two brothers of Mrs. Boykin, H. B. Boykin, of Coretha, Miss., and C. W. Boykin, of Birmingham, arrived yesterday morning and will accompany the remains. Internment will be made in the family lot at Clanton.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Thursday, 21 Mar. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

PLAINVIEW, [Tex] Dec. 3 (Special) - Funeral services for J. E. Busby, 61, a farmer in the Springlake community in Lamb County, [Tex] will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday from Springlake Baptist Church with the Rev. Clifford Foster, pastor and the Rev. John T. Williams, pastor of Anton Baptist Church, officiating.
     Burial will be in Littlefield Memorial Park under direction of Lemons Funeral Home of Plainview.
     Mr. Busby died at 6:30 a.m. today in Methodist Memorial Hospital in Lubbock.  He had suffered a paralytic stroke Tuesday.
     He was born March 29, 1897, in Chilton County, Ala.  Mr. and Mrs. Busby moved to Texas in 1920 and had lived in Quanah for several years before moving to Springlake in 1937.
     Survivors are his wife, Lula; two sons, James H. and V. A. Busby, both of Springlake; three stepbrothers, J. D. Melton of Littlefield, Leonard Melton of Fort Worth, and L. C. Melton of Alabama; a half-sister, Mrs. Jewel _______ of Silvira, Ala., and three grandchildren. (Source:  newspaper unknown, dated December, 1958, transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title.)

Nine-year old Dan Cook of Clanton died at a local infirmary yesterday after an illness of one week.  The child was an orphan, but had been adopted by a Clanton family. The body was sent to that town by Leak yesterday afternoon.  Funeral services will be held there this afternoon.  (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala. Aug. 3, 1913)

M. Davis, a young man from Clanton who came to a local Montgomery infirmary for treatment about one week ago, died yesterday morning at 8:30 o’clock and his remains were shipped to his home at Clanton at 7 o’clock yesterday morning. He leaves a wife and two children and his father and mother. His father was with him at the time of his death. The funeral services will be conducted at Clanton this morning and the internment will be made at the Clanton cemetery.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Wednesday, 19 Sept. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

CLANTON, ALA., Dec. 8. – Mrs. Jolissee Foshee, the aged mother of Messrs. Gilvray and J. Wiley Foshee, both prominent citizens of our town and county, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter in Little Rock, Ark. The remains were brought here for internment and were laid to rest in the old family burying ground at New Salem Baptist church near Thorsby Thursday afternoon. The deceased had spent the ninety years of her eventful life in this community and her friends are numbered by the hundreds. Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Friday, 9 Dec. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

COLD-BLOODED MURDER - Stanton, April 3 - [Special] - This morning about 8 o'clock near Welch's mill, Mr. JIM HARRIS was shot in the head and instantly killed by Alex Shelton, a negro
      Shelton had taken 20 dollars from a colored woman, who had papers issued for his arrest.  The papers were in the hands of Deputy Sheriff Letcher and he fearing the negro would recognize him and run got Jim Harris to assist him,.  Letcher remained behind and sent Mr. Harris to make the arrest.
      Shelton had a shot-gun and drew it on Harris, and it is though Mr. Harris, to make him drop his gun, fired off his pistol.  Immediately Shelton discharged his gun, the contents tearing off one side of Harris head, resulting in instant death.
      Shelton succeeded in making his escape, though Letcher fired several shots after him.
      Bloodhounds have been telegraphed for and are expected to arrive this evening, and in all probability the murder will be caught tonight.
      Mr. Jim Harris is a single man about 28 years old, and well liked by all who knew him.  There is considerable feeling over the murder, and should Shelton be captured it is very likely that Judge Lynch will take charge and dispose of the case in short meter. (Source: Hamilton times, Marion County AL, April 6, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Hon. William E. Johnson, member of the Legislature from Chilton county, died at his home in Clanton recently.  [Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL - April 5, 1888 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney]

Last Friday night Mr. Lige Lewis a well known and respected citizen, formerly of Coosa county, but more recently living in Chilton county, was waylaid and shot dead within 100 yards of his house, about half past 9 o’clock last Friday night.  Mr. Lewis was riding along the road in company with a friend of his returning from Clanton, to which place he had been in attendance upon a session of the grand jury, of which body he was a member.  The assassin fired from behind a tree with a double barrel gun, loaded with buckshot, completely riddling, Mr. Lewis and killed him instantly.  A man named Martin Bates has been arrested charged with the murder. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., October 21, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Clanton, March 13. – W. O. Logan, a merchant of Clanton, died this morning of pneumonia. Mrs. Logan, of Talladega, the mother, and Mrs. Green, Mrs. Strock and Mrs. Pope, sisters of the deceased, were present at his death. Source: Age-Herald (Birmingham, AL) Sunday, 14 Mar. 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz

Dr. John S. Pitts died Thursday at his home at Verbena, Ala. after an illness of several months. Dr. Pitts had been ill for several months.  He was born in 1832 in Halifax County, North Carolina.  He moved to Alabama when a young man and married Miss Mary Sophronia Allen, daughter of the late Edwin W. Allen.
    He served in Wheeler's cavalry, 51st Alabama Regiment, through the war between the States as assistant surgeon. He practiced medicine after the war until he retired a few years ago.
    He is survived by two sons, William E. and John S. Pitts of Montgomery, and two daughters, Mrs. L. E. Ward of Searcy, Ala., and Miss Fannie E. Pitts of Verbena, Ala.  He is also survived by two brothers and four sisters, all living in Texas.
    The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Friday morning at Oakwood Cemetery.  Rev. C. E. Holt, pastor of the First Church of Christ, will officiate. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., June 27, 1913)

Benjamin K. Ponder, of Verbena, Ala, died at a local infirmary last night at 9:30 o'clock.  The funeral services will be conducted from the home of his sister, Mrs. George D. Noble, 301 Alabama Street.  Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, following which interment will be at Oakwood.
     Mr. Ponder never was married.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. George D. Noble, and Miss Sue Ponder, of Verbena, and one brother, John F. Ponder, of Los Angeles, Cal. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 27, 1911 )

William Rudolph a colored miner, was shot and killed by an unknown party at Clanton one night last week.  [Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL - January 16, 1890 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney]

Clanton, April 28. – Will Van Derveer, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Van Derveer of Clanton, died last night in Kansas City, Kan., of typhoid fever. Mrs. Van Derveer was with her son at the time of his death, having been sent for several days ago. She will bring him back here, his boyhood home, where he will be buried Wednesday. Mr. Van Derveer was married a little more than a year ago and leaves a young widow to mourn his loss and that of a young baby which died only a few weeks ago.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Monday, 29 Apr. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

CLANTON, ALA., Dec. 22. – Mrs. John Vines, an estimable old lady of 65 years, died at her home in Clanton December 21, and internment was made in the Clanton cemetery. Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) Wednesday, 23 Dec. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

Clanton, Ala., March 16 - Jackson Williams, one of the most energetic farmers of Chilton county, died Sunday night at his home west of Clanton, and was buried Monday afternoon. The deceased leaves a wife and eight children, sons, Marlowe, George, Grady, and Luther; daughters, Mrs. Rebecca Foshee, Daly Checkler, Olive Barrett and Miss Alpha Williams.  (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., March 17, 1915 )

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