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BIOGRAPHIES OF COOSA COUNTY ALABAMA
 

ALLISON, FRANK M.

Cuthbert, Georgia - FRANK M. ALLISON, of Cuthbert, Ga., was born in Harris County, Ga., December 10, 1842.  His father, Green A., was born in Jones County, Ga., in 1808, but moved to Harris County at an early date, where he lived until 1849.  He then located in Coosa County, Ala., where he died July 4, 1866, at the age of fifty-eight years.  He was a farmer by occupation and a highly respected citizen.  He served in the Indian war of 1836 in Florida, under Gen. George Nelson.  His wife, Jane F. (Scott) Allison, is a native of Putnam County, Ga., and a descendant of Gen. Winfield Scott.  Frank M. was reared on the farm in Alabama.  In 1862 he joined the Confederate service as a private in Company C, Second Alabama cavalry and soon afterward was elected lieutenant of the company, and was in command the greater part of the time.  At the close of the war he was left with nothing, and he was compelled to go to work at anything he could find to do to make an honest living.  He worked at the carpenter’s trade at Verona, Miss., until 1866, when he went to Cuthbert, Ga., and clerked in stores until 1871.  Through his industry and economy he then had a small capital to start business, which he accordingly did.  His business has prospered well since that time.  December 16, 1869, he was married to Miss Ellen Slaughter, daughter of Bradley and Emma (McGrooder) Slaughter.  Mr. Allison is a member of the F. & A. M. and the Baptist Church.  [Source: Biographical Souvenir of Georgia and Florida by FA Battey & Co., 1889 - Transcribed by LA Bauer]


 
BAGGETT, MRS. ALICE,
 
Educator, born in Soccapatoy, Coosa county, Ala., 184-. Her maiden name was Alice Phillips. On her mother's side she is descended from the Scotch families of Campbell, McNeill, Wade, and Hampton, of Virginia. On her father's side her ancestors were the Dowds and Phillipses, of North Carolina. Her father, James D. Phillips, was a Whig who clung to the Union and the Constitution, doing all that lay in his power to avert the Civil War. Alice, just out of school, was full of the secessionist spirit, but a strong advocate of peace. Her early desire to enter the profession of teacher was opposed by her parents, but she resolved to follow her inclination, when, at the close of the Civil War, her family shared in the general desolation that lay upon the South. She became a teacher and for several years made successful use of her varied attainments. In 1868 she was married to A. J. Baggett, continuing her school work after marriage. In a few years her husband became an invalid and Mrs. Baggett then showed her mettle. She cared for her family of three children and assisted her brothers and sisters to get their education. Her husband died in 1875. Since that time she has served mainly as principal of high schools in Alabama. She has done much work for the orphans of Freemasons, to which order her husband had belonged. Wherever she has worked, she has organized, systematized and revolutionized educational matters. She now resides in St. Augustine, Fla., where her work is highly successful. Her family consists of one surviving daughter.  [Source: American Women Fifteen Hundred Biographies, Volume 1, Publ. 1897, Submitted by Marla Snow]
 

  
GOZA, Miss ANNE
 
Humorist, born in Hatchett Creek, Ala., 4th July, 1872. Her home has always been in her native town, excepting the time spent in school. Although one of the very youngest of the rising writers of the South, Miss Goza has already acquired a wide reputation as a writer of humorous and dialect stories. She has chosen the dialect of the people of the Alabama mountains, and she has made skillful use of that peculiarly interesting jargon. She is a regular contributor to the Burlington "Hawkeye," the Atlanta "Sunny South," the Cleveland "Plain Dealer," the New Orleans "Times Democrat," and many other prominent journals. Her success has been marked and remarkable. She is a prolific writer, and in the quaint people around her she has abundant-material for her future work. She is distinctly original, and her sketches record much that will be of interest to the future students of American folk-lore. She has published one volume, "The Fall of Queen Prudence."  [Source: American Women by Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Vol. 1, 1897. Submitted by Marla Snow ]
 

 
TATUNS, JOHN W.
 
John W. Tatuns was born in Calhoun County, Ala., in 1835, came into Cherokee County in 1868, and in January of that year married the widow of M. J. Alexander, a daughter of Dr. William and Rebecca W. (Parker) McElrath. Mr. McElrath was born in Spartanburg District and his wife in Tennessee. The Doctor graduated in medicine from the Cincinnati Medical College, and in 1836 located in Coosa County, Ala. In 1839 he came into Cherokee County, and settled within three miles of Centre, where he practiced medicine until 1837. In that year, his wife's health having become impaired, he gave up his practice and turned his attention to farming.   The Doctor was a public-spirited man, noted for his charity, and for his interest in the general good of his neighborhood, he died in 1885 at the age of eighty-seven years, leaving a large estate. His wife had died the year before. His father was a native of Ireland.   John W. Tatuns at his death, in 1884, left three children: Samuel C, Leonora I., and Westly S. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a highly respected citizen.   Source: Northern Alabama - Historical and Biographical by Smith & De Land, Birmingham, Ala 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney