Clay County, Alabama Genealogy Trails



Two Men Suffocated - Accident On Railroad In Clay County - Said That Nine Men Have Met Death by Premature Explosion Since the Line Has Been Under Construction Anniston, Oct. 30 – (Special.) – A man here this afternoon from Clay County told of a terrible accident that occurred yesterday on the Eastern railway of Alabama in which two men were killed.  Their names are Allen Ore and Will Weeden and their deaths were caused by a premature explosion of dynamite, which caused a large amount of dirt to fall upon them while working in a cut completely covering them.  They died from suffocation. The men had assisted in making the blast ready, and the fuse, when lighted, burned faster than was expected. The accident occurred about two miles east of Riddles Mill, near Casseys Camp. This is the third accident of the kind that has occurred on the railroad since beginning its construction a few months ago.  Up to date, nine men have lost their lives by premature explosions on the road.  The line extends from near Ironaton to Prayton in the mountains of Clay County.  Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated October 31, 1902: - Transcribed by Densie Burge.

A child was recently scalded to death in Clay County from pouring a pot of coffee on himself. Source: Lamar News, Lamar County AL, December 2, 1886 - Submitted by Veneta McKinney.

Mr. James Barnhill of Clay county was over 70 years of age and was to have been married last week to a Mrs. Clayton.  A few hours before the ceremony he was taken ill and died. (Weekly Age Herald, Birmingham, AL, Sept 11, 1889)

B. L. Bellamy Special to The AdvertiserGadsden, Ala., Aug. 7 – Judge B.L. Bellamy, aged 82 years, who for many years was a clerk in the courthouse, died this morning of heart failure.  Judge Bellamy came here from Clay County about thirty years ago.  During the civil war he was a school teacher in Clay County and later became probate judge of refinement and had hundreds of friends in Gadsden.  He was a life-long member of the Methodist church and took a prominent part in church work here.  Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated August 15, 1915 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

Opelika, Ala., April 16 - Funeral services were held for C. A. Branch, 53, who passed away at his home on the Auburn highway Tuesday night, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from Eagle Creek Church.
    Mr. Branch was born in Clay county, Alabama and was a member of the Christian church.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. C. A. Branch; one daughter, Miss Jessie Mae Branch; one son, Cleveland Branch of Alexander City; one brother, Ed, of Little Rock, Ark; one sister, Mrs. Ada Royal of Sylacauga; two nephews, Steve and Will Duncan, and one niece, Mrs. Ester McKendree, all of Opelika. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., April 17, 1937)

Miss Cornelia Brassfield, of Horse Creek, drowned herself a few days ago in a pool of water that was only two feet deep. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 18, 1893 - Submitted by Veneta McKinney.

Gladys Marie Carter, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Carter, 2020 Comer avenue, died Saturday night at the home of her parents.  Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the New Hope Baptist church, in Lineville, Ala.  (Source: Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., April 11, 1939)

Mrs. Susan Duncan died at her home here Thursday.  She was found dead in her home and was supposed to have died suddenly.  She was 90 years old and had lived in Clay County all her life.  Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated January 30, 1910 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

Anniston, Ala., Feb. 21 – The body of Mrs. Fannie Gann, aged 96, who died Wednesday, was taken to Clay County Thursday for interment, the funeral services being conducted at Shiloh Church by Rev. Frank Ingram.  Mrs. Gann died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.A. Morrison, 600 South Noble.  Tueday night, when she retired, she seemed to be in her usual health.  At 12 o’clock she awoke, lighted her pipe, took a smoke and went back to sleep.  From this sleep she apparently never awakened.  Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated February 22, 1913 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

(Special to The Advertiser)Lineville, Nov. 19 – Bryan Giles, injured in a fight which occurred during the Clay county fair at Ashland in September, died in an Atlanta hospital last night as a result of his wounds.  The remains have been brought here and interment was made today.  A widow and two small children, as well as his mother, survive.  Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated November 20, 1919 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

Mrs. Tanner Grisham, 42 of 3010 Sixth ave, died last night at 8:00 o'clock at the City hospital after an illness of fifteen days.
    She was a native of Clay county, Alabama, but has made her home in Columbus for the past five years where she has many friends who will learn of her death with sincere regrets.
    She is survived by her husband W. B.Grisham, one son Marvin Grisham; one brother, Butler Mitchell, of Potashridge, Alabama, and several aunts and uncles.
    The funeral services will be held Tuesday at 12:00 noon at the Church of God at Bealwood, with Rev. W. H. Black officiating.  The body will be taken to Lanett, Ala. by private conveyance, where internment will be in the Lanett cemetery.
    The following will serve as pallbearers.  George Carmichael, Gordon McDonald, Marvin Bland, Adron Rhodes, Frank Taylor and R. L Alford. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., Dec. 13. 1937)

KILLED BY A MULE - Louis Grobin, a sturdy German citizen of Lineville was killed by being kicked and dragged by his mule.  The mule had been tied to graze and after kicking Mr. Grobin started to run and Mr. Grobin, being entangled in the rope, was dragged for some distance.  “Uncle Louis” as he was familiarly known, came to this country after serving his time in the German army He married in this country and served in the Confederate army.  His neighbors loved him for his many good traits of character and for his honesty.  He was 89 years old and was active for an old man.  He had a number of sons and daughters.  Source: The Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, November 4, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.

In Clay county, Alabama, Oscar Hill, a prominent farmer, died of hydrophobia, suffering the most horrible agony before he died. His death was the result of a bite on the finger by a negro. Symptoms of hydrophobia developed and Hill rapidly grew worse until he died. The negro, Davis, was what Is known as a "blue gum negro," his gums being blue in color, and there is a general belief that the bite of such negroes is always fatal. Davis Is under arrest charged with murder.   [Source: Janesville Daily Gazette March 19, 1890; Submitted by Janice Rice]

Beloved Woman of Clay County Dies - Wife of Only Surviving Member of Secession Convention is Buried Sunday (Special to The Advertiser)Asheville, Ala., Aug. 1 – Mrs. Sarah Pope Inzer, age 74, died at her home in Ashville, Friday night after a lingering illness.  She was the wife of Judge John W. Inzer, the only surviving member of the Alabama Secession Convention of 1861 and who served as a Lieut-Colonel with the 22nd and 58th Alabama Infantry in the Confederate Army. Mrs. Inzer was a daughter of Wiley Hill and Carolyne Bowden Pope of Columbiana, Ala.  She was born there October 25, 1847.  Early in life she was received into the Ashville Baptist Church where she was has until late years taken an active part in their work. Judge and Mrs. Inzer would have been married exactly 55 years on August 2, all of which time they have made Ashville their home. Funeral services were held at the Ashville Baptist Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. John W. Inzer, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, Tenn., in charge.  Dr. Inzer was a cousin of the deceased. She is survived by a brother, Robert S. Pope, of Atlanta, Ga., her husband, two daughters, Mrs. James P. Montgomery, of Ashville, and Mrs. Watt T. Brown, of Birmingham, one son, John Manly Inzer, of Ashville [illegible], Manly Inzer, Jr., Rowland Crowe Inzer, William Robinson Inzer, of Ashville, John Inzer Freeman, Miss Kathryn Brown, Miss Elizabeth Brown and Watt T. Brown, Jr. of Birmingham, Ala.   Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated August 2, 1921 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

Tom Pear shot Sam King near Ashland on last week.  (Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, April 9, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Candidate For Bench Is Stricken Down Talladega, April 27 – (Special.) – J.D. Lewis of Ashland, candidate for Probate Judge of Clay county, died today as the result of heart disease, according to news received in Talladega tonight.  Mr. Lewis was fifty years old and was prominent in political circles.  Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated April 28, 1910 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

Mr. James F. Messer, the eldest brother of M.P. and John B. Messer, well-known citizens of Birmingham, died at his home at Ashland, Clay county, Wednesday.  His was the first death of a family of eight, and the many friends of his brothers of this city sympathize with them in their hour of bereavement.  The interment took place at Millerville yesterday. Source: The Age-Herald (Birmingham, Alabama), dated February 15, 1895 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

Senator Pepper's Father Succumbs
Tallahassee, Fla., July 8 - Joseph Wheeler Pepper, 72, father of Senator Claude Pepper (D-Fla) died in Johnston Sanatorium here tonight of a kidney complication.  Pepper was admitted to the hospital Tuesday night.
   A native of Millerville in Clay County, Alabama, Pepper was employed by the Florida State Department of Agriculture at the time of his death.  In his native state, he was a merchant, farmer, school teacher and served as deputy sheriff and chief of police.
   In addition to his wife and the Senator, Pepper is survived by two sons, Major Joseph B. Pepper, Army Air Forces in England, and the Lieutenant F. W. Pepper, of the navy, in the Pacific.  A daughter, Mrs. B. H. Willis, of Jacksonville, also survives. (Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, Va., July 9, 1945)

Delta: We have just learned that Mr. John G. Preston, who has been sick for near 6 months, died Sunday evening at 8 o'clock.  The bereaved wife and four children have the sympathy of their many friends. (Clay County Advance, Ashland, Ala., Jan. 29, 1892)

Well Known Clay County Man Dead
Lineville, Ala., Jan. 12 - W. F. Strickland, age 50, one of Clay county's best known citizens, died suddenly at noon today at his home three miles east of Lineville.  The deceased and his son had gone a short distance from the house to cut wood when he told his son that he had a pain in his side and believed that he would go to the house.  He had gone only a few steps when he called his son Howard and said that he did not believe that he could make it, and dropped dead.
     The deceased is survived by his widow and six children, all of whom reside at Lineville, except Luther Strickland, who is in the government service at Washington. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., Jan. 13, 1922 )

Lagrange, Ga., Dec. 18 - Services for Mrs. Leila Mae Thornton, 79, who died Sunday, Dec. 15, at the home of her son, L. O. Thornton here, were held Monday afternoon, at the Lineville, Ala. Baptist Church with burial following in the churchyard.  Rev. Willis Howard, pastor of the First Baptist Church of LaGrange, assisted by the pastor of the Lineville Baptist Church.
   Mrs. Thornton, a native of Roanoke, Ala. had made her home here for fourteen years.  She was a member of the Lineville Baptist Church.
   Surviving her are: Two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Slapp, of Franklin, Tenn., and Mrs. John Denman, of Brownwood, Texas; one son, L. O. Thornton, of LaGrange; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., Dec. 19, 1940)

Clay County Killing - Thomas Waldrop is Slain by George Hammers Ashland, Dec. 27 – (Special.) – Last Saturday evening at Bell’s store about twelve miles southeast of Ashland, George Hammers shot Thomas Waldrop three times, from the effects of which the latter died in about an hour. No details of the affair are at hand.  It is understood that the difficulty arose from a dispute between some other parties.  Hammers has not yet been arrested. Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated December 28, 1904 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

W. J. Ware, of Ashland, Clay county, 78 years old, died last week of brain fever. Source: The Age-Herald (Birmingham, Alabama), dated July 28, 1897 - Transcribed by Denise Burge.

Funeral services for William David Webb, 76, of 5611 42nd Av. S. W. will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon in the White Funeral Home, with burial in Forest Lawn.
   Mr. Webb died Thursday in the home of his son, Bill S. Webb, 11640 Occidental Av., after a long illness.
   A native of Clay county, Alabama, Mr. Webb had been a resident of Seattle for 46 years.  He retired from the Seattle Transit System in 1948.  He was a streetcar motorman for many years.
   Mr. Webb was a member of the Fairmont Congregational Church.
   Survivors in addition to his son include his wife, Margaret; a brother, Thomas Webb of Everett; two sisters, Mrs. Texannie Slaten of Seattle, and Mrs. Marie Cousins of Scottsdale, Ariz., and four children, and four great-grandchildren. (Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, Wash., Nov. 28, 1959)

Talladega, May 26 – S.H. Woods died at his home here early Wednesday morning.  The body was taken to Millerville, Clay County, his former residence, for burial.  Mr. Woods was 71 years of age and was one of the best known men of this section of Alabama.  He had lived in Talladega only nine months, but while here he made many friends.  He is survived by his wife, four daughters and four sons.  Source: The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), dated May 27, 1910: Transcribed by Denise Burg.








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