Crenshaw County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


Luverne, Ala., February 19 - Mrs. Bozeman, who lives at Searight, yesterday discovered her baby in the cradle on fire.  She carried the child into the yard and deposited it in a tub that was partially filled with water.  She then ran to the well, her clothing burning, and in her excitement either jumped or fell into the well, and was killed by the fall or drowned.
   Dr. Parker, of Searight, saw the tragedy and called assistance.  Mrs. Bozeman being a very large woman, almost two hours was required to remove the body from the well.  The mother and charred remains of the child were buried this afternoon near Searight. (Charleston News and Courier, Charleston, SC., February 20, 1906)

BROOKS, POPE, and family
FOUR PERSONS CREMATED - Pope Brooks, his wife and child and an unknown man were cremated by a fire which destroyed the Brooks residence at Luverne last week. The charred remains of the four persons were found the next morning.  It is thought no foul play was done, but the coroner will investigate.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, December 3, 1903- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.

Died in this city on Wednesday morning, last, the 7th, inst. Mr. Jessie E. Brundage, in the eighty-second year of his age.  The deceased came to Greenville from near Leon, Crenshaw county something more than a year ago, to make his home with that of his son, Mr. Henry Brundage.  He had been in very feeble health ever since he came to Greenville, and for several months was suffering from dropsy which was the immediate cause of his death.  Mr. Brundage was a devoted Mason, and knowing that he would not live long he wrote to the lodge of which he was a member and had them to request the Lodge in Greenville to bury him with Masonic Honors when he died, and in obedience to that request Eureka Lodge took charge of the remains and the beautiful ceremony of that ancient order was gone through with at the grave.  (The Greenville Advocate, Greenville, Ala., Sept. 14, 1898)

BUSH, Mr. and Mrs.
MURDERED IN THEIR BED – A Respectable Alabama Couple Assassinated While Asleep by Robbers
Birmingham, Ala, Feb. 2 – At Luverne, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. Bush, respectable people, living about five miles from the station were murdered in their home yesterday morning.
   The neighbors saw the windows of their house open and, on examination found Mr. and Mrs. Bush in the bed, weltering in blood, their bodies riddled with bullets.
   The crime was committed but a few hours before, as the wounds were fresh.  Who the assassins were is not known.  The cause is thought to be robbery, as the Bushes were known to have considerable money and none of it can be found.
   The crime is the worst that has occurred in the settlement in a number of years.  All means are being resorted to, to capture the murderers, and if such does occur, Judge Lynch will hold court. (Unknown source)

Father of Dr. F. L. Cosby Died at Home of Son Last Night
After an illness of several weeks, Mr. H. H. Cosby of Brantley, Ala. died last night at 8:45 o'clock at the home of his son, Dr. F. L. Cosby, on East Highlands.
    Mr. Cosby was born in Warren County, Georgia, in 1830 and moved to Talbot county, in 1836, where he resided until 1892, when he moved to Crenshaw county, Alabama.  For about thirty years he was in the employ of the Central of Georgia Railway company, but for the past few years has been in the sawmill business in various parts of Georgia and Alabama.  He was a devoted member of the Methodist Church and was prominently connected with the Masonic fraternity.
    The deceased is survived by two children, his wife having died about two years ago, and they are Dr. F. D. Cosby, of this city, and Mrs. M. P. Heath, of Brantley, Ala.
    The funeral will take place this morning at 11:15 o'clock from the residence of Dr. Cosby, the services to be conducted by Rev. Mr. Blevins, pastor of the East Highlands Methodist church.  The remains will be taken to Geneva, Ala for interment. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus Ga., Oct. 31, 1909)

A prominent young lawyer of Crenshaw County Alabama named Culver fell off a train on the Montgomery and Mobile railroad Thursday and had his head completely severed from his belly by the car wheels.  Source: Macon Weekly Telegraph, May 3, 1870.

HORN, W. E. G.
We regret to announce the death of Mr. W. E. G. Horn, who died at his home in Luverne Wednesday night last, at 8:30 o'clock.
    Mr. Horn was a brave Confederate soldier, and had been a citizen of Crenshaw county substantially all his life.  He was a man of character, industry, and worth, and his whole life was spent in helping further the best interests of society. He will be greatly missed in Luverne and throughout the whole county. (Crenshaw County News, Luverne, Ala Aug 12, 1920)

Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 17 – A special from Brantley, Ala. Says: Charles Hurt, a negro, who yesterday attempted to assault Mrs. Stephen Battle, a widow, was taken from the Brantley jail last night by a mob of 100 men and shot to death in the woods half a mile away. (Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, N. M., Aug 17, 1899)

Hit by Four Bullets - Dead
Luverne, Ala., Oct. 4 - Dr. W. P. Knight was shot and killed by Byron B. Hill, of Rutledge, Ala on a downtown street here today.  Knight, it was claimed by Hill, insulted Mrs. Hill.  Hill fired five times, four shots taking effect.  Hill surrendered to local authorities. (Charleston News and Courier, Charleston, SC., Oct. 5, 1916)

Greenville: This morning the news got abroad that a gentleman had died on the Louisville & Nashville platform, attached to the waiting room at the depot.  A Herald correspondent investigated it, and found it to be a fact.  Mr. Lowe, a resident of Crenshaw county, had driven in to catch the train due here at 2:55 a.m.  He was a consumptive, and the long ride in the night air from Crenshaw county was too much for him; he grew worse as he reached here and died a few minutes after he reached the depot, not ten minutes after he had alighted from his wagon.  He was on his way to Warrior Station, Ala. (Weekly Age, Birmingham, Ala., May 23, 1888)

Watchman Odom was killed on a trestle, near Luverne Thursday.  He had fallen asleep during the watch and a passing train struck him, killing him almost instantly. Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, October 21, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.

A son of Mr. Wesley Potter who is a resident of Crenshaw county was killed by lightning a few days ago.  The little fellow was about 13 years old. Source; Marion Herald, Marion County AL, July 7, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.

THE GIBSON BOYS - Greenville, March 22 – Ben and Sam Gibson, brothers, were convicted of the murder of John Smith in the circuit court at Ruthledge Ala and each sentenced to twenty years in the state penitentiary.  The Gibson boys are white men, 36 and 45 years of age.  Smith was also a white man, aged 23 and was murdered during August 1889.  This makes three convictions for murder in Crenshaw county at this term of court, and the aggregate sentences of the three is sixty long years. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 27, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.

C. D. Summerlin was shot through the stomach by C. M. Barksdale at Brantley Wednesday, and will probably die. Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, September 23, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney.

S.R. Tyner, one of Crenshaw county's best known farmers, died at Dozier last week.  He is survived by a wife and five children, Dr. James T. Tyner of Brundidge; Robert Tyner of Andalusia; Mrs. Treag Merrill of Dozier; Homer Tyner and Kendrick Tyner of Luverne.  (Andalusia, The Andalusia Star, 08 Apr 1909, p1.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Suicided in Tree Top
Luverne, Ala, Nov. 27 - W. J. Vann, a white man, fifty years old, and married was found dead in a tree top by possum hunters last night.
     He bought morphine and strychnine the day before, saying he had family troubles and was going away so that no one would ever hear from him. (New Orleans Items, New Orleans, La., Nov. 27, 1901)

Strange black spots appeared on the body of Jeff Wallis, just before he died, at Luverne, Ala.  Similar black spots also appeared on the floor, under the bed, and all efforts to scour them out have been useless.  (The Cape Girardeau Democrat, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Aug 8, 1896)








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