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.

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.

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)

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.

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)








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