Geneva County, Alabama Genealogy Trails

Four men were drowned while trying to arrange a bomb in a stream near Geneva on last week.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, March 20, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Samson, Ala. Jan. 21 - Special - R. R. Alford, 86, died at the home of his son, "Bink" Alford, six miles east of here Saturday night.  "Uncle Rich" as he was familiarly called, was a Confederate Veteran and a charter member of the local Camp No 1660.  He entered the Confederate service at Guinea Station, Virginia in Sept. 1862.  He was twice wounded.  He surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox.  When the order to "stack arms" came on that never to be forgotten day, "Uncle Rich" was the only member left of his gallant company, "K", Fifth Alabama Infantry.  He stood his gun beside a small tree, took a last look at his beloved commander and began his journey back to his beloved Alabama, where he has lived since, an honored and respected citizen. 
    He is survived by four sons and one daughter, J. H., Ed, and Bink Alford, of Samson,  T. M. Alford, of Mobile, and Mrs. Monroe Griggs of Euchee Valley, Fla besides numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Internment will be at Piney Grove Cemetery Monday morning beside his wife who preceded him to the grave many years ago. - (Montgomery Advertiser, Jan. 22, 1929 )

Jesse Bell was accidentally killed at the log camp of Mr. Drew Morris last week.  He was sawing a tree down, and in its fall by some means a limb was broken, and, flying back, struck him with great force, crushing his skull.  Mr. Bell was a very industrious young man, and the unfortunate termination of a useful life is much regretted – [Geneva Record] Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 1, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. Jon I. Bludsworth of Samson went to the Lord on May 22, 2009. He was 46.
   Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, at the Shady Grove Asseembly of God Church with the Rev. Donnie Earles officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home of Samson direting. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shady Grove Assembly of God Youth Ministry.
   Raised in Elba, Mr. Bludsworth was born in California on July 30, 1962. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, two sons, J. W. (Sabrina) and John I. (Mekayla); two daughters, Jessica and Jamie, all of Samson, mother and father, Luther and Lavinia Bludsworth of Elba; three brothers, Reb, Vic and Rick; two sisters, Shirley and Linda; four wonderful grandchildren that were loved by their granddaddy, Adian, Alexa, Kelsi and Makenzy.
    Pittman Funeral Home of Samson 334-898-7171, is in charge of arrangements.  Source: The Dothan Eagle, May 23, 2009, Submitted by Renee

Geneva, Ala. March 13 - (Special) - W. D. Campbell, 83, died of a lingering illness at his home in Geneva Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock and was buried in the Geneva Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. J. F. Ford, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, assisted by Rev. T. C. Mahan, pastor of the Baptist Church and Rev. C. A. Cornell, pastor of the Methodist Church conducted the funeral services.  Hugh Ward, George Jerkins, J. B. Tiller, A. B. Byrd, W. S. Bryan, and J. P. Watson were the pall bearers.
   The deceased was a native of Barbour County but moved to Geneva in his early youth, being one of the early settlers in this section.  He was tax collector for the county when the taxes were a mere pittance.  He also served as Sheriff of the county when a young man.  He joined the 39th Alabama Regiment at Troy in 1861 and served his country there for the duration of the War Between the States.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Geneva.  He was preceded in death by his first wife in 1919.  In 1921 he was married to Mrs. Margaret Justice, who survives him.  To his first union were born six sons, all of whom survive him.  They are: W. W., of Homestead, Fla.; M. A. of Satauma, Fla.; C. O. of Geneva, Ala.; A. D. of Louisville, Ky; and A. L. of Brewton, Ala. (Source: Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala, March 14, 1929)

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 )

[Note from the transcriber - The first name is actually spelled ADALPH according to his tombstone.]
Funeral to be conducted today for Alolph Crutchfield, 18, Farmer of Near Geneva
   Fatal Shooting Said to Have Grown Out of Ill Feeling of Three Years
   GENEVA, Ala. Nov. 28 - (Special) Funeral was to be held today for Adolph Crutchfield, 18, farm of near Geneva, who is alleged to have been shot and fatally wounded yesterday by Clyde Dickson, 20, also a farmer living near Geneva.  Clyde Dickson and big brother, Harold, 23, are both being held in the Geneva County Jail and face first degree murder charges.  Crutchfield was said to have been shot once with a pistol.
   The fatal shooting took place about three miles east of Geneva near the Spring Creek bridge on the Geneva and Bonifay road.  Crutchfield lived long enough after the shooting to tell who shot him, Sheriff J. A. Driver of Geneva County said today.
   Crutchfield and a man named Pridgen were riding to Geneva on a wagon loaded with wood when the two Dickson men ordered them to halt, according to pridgen.  Pridgen is then reported to have told them to come to the bottom of the hill as he could not stop his wagon on the slope of the hill.
   When the men reach the bottom of the hill, Harold struck Crutchfield and when the latter threw a stick at his assailant, the younger Dickson shot Crutchfield.  Sheriff Drive quoted Pridgen as saying.  After he was shot Crutchfield is said to have asked to be taken to the home of his sister nearby.
   The shooting was reported to have grown out of ill feelings of about three years standing, according to Sheriff Driver.
   The two Dickson young men will probably waive action of the grand jury, the Geneva County sheriff said.  The pistol, which is said to have been the weapon used in the death of Crutchfield is being held as evidence by the Geneva County officers, according to the sheriff.
   Crutchfield is survived by his widow and a ten-day-old daughter. The Dothan Eagle, Saturday, November 28, 1931 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil
Geneva Brothers Held for Murder
   GENEVA, Ala. Nov 28 (AP) - Two brothers were in jail here today charged with first degree murder in the death yesterday of Adolph Crutchfield, age 18, a Geneva farmer.
   Clyde, age 20 and Harold Dickson, age 23 were accused by Crutchfield of being his assailant just before he died, Sheriff J.A. Driver said.
   The young farmer was killed on the highway three miles from Geneva.  Sheriff Driver said after a fight brought on by ill feelings of three years standing between the Dickson brothers and Crutchfield. The Dothan Eagle, Saturday, November 28, 1931 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil

Murder charges against Clyde and Harold Dickson, Geneva youths, are expected to be considered by the grand jury.  The two youths are accused in the death of Adolph Crutchfield, 18, young farmer who was fatally shot Friday near Geneva.The Dothan Eagle, Saturday, November 30, 1931 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil

Geneva notes: Mr. Henry Currington died at the home of Mr. John Dickenson Sunday afternoon.  Mr. Currington had been in bad health for many years. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., April 9, 1911)

Mr. Marvin L. Duke, aged about thirty-five years, and a resident of Geneva, Ala. died in a cab yesterday while being conveyed from the Union Depot to the Louisville and Nashville Depot, at the foot of Canal street.  It appears that Mr. Duke was on his way home from San Antonio, Tex., where he had gone in search of health.  On reaching the city yesterday Mr. Duke was in a very weak condition.  He was carried to the cab driven by Joseph Barr who discovered that the man was dead.  Barr conveyed the body to the morgue, where Coroner O'Hara held an inquest and found that death had resulted from tuberculosis.
      Mr. W. D. Duke of Geneva, Ala., has been notified as to the death of Mr. Marvin L. Duke.  The body will be held pending instructions. (New Orleans Item, New Orleans, La., May 8, 1907)

Oct. 1 - A. J. Eldridge was shot and killed by Robert Bryan several miles from Geneva this morning according to information received here.  The details are not available but it is understood the men quarreled over the division of some cotton. - Source: The Dothan Eagle, October 2, 1915 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil

A. N. Godwin Killed as Truck Hits Pole
by Karol Latimer
GRACEVILLE – Almon Nance Godwin, 41, of Geneva, was killed instantly five miles east of Graceville Friday evening when the furniture truck he was driving struck a telephone pole.
     Florida highway patrolmen said Godwin apparently ran off the side of the roadway, lost control of his truck and smashed into the pole.  Cause of death was listed as a fractured skull.  He was alone in the truck.
     The accident knocked the pole down, temporarily disrupting telephone communications between Graceville and Campbellton.  The truck was completely demolished.
     Investigating officers said the time of the accident was around 5:45 p.m. – almost the same instant that a Columbia, AL man died when his car crashed into a truck near Ardilla, just south of Dothan.
     Highway Patrolmen  Jackson Dorsey and Sgt. O. L. McArthur, Constable Leo Kirkland and Sheriff Ernest Barnes of Jackson County conducted the investigation.  The Jackson County judge ordered no inquest into the death.
     Godwin is survived by his widow, Voncille  Godwin of Geneva; one son, Otho of Geneva; five daughters, Fay, Frankie, Jimmie Lou, Shirley Ann and Ginger, all of Geneva; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Godwin of Lockhart; two brothers, Felix of Lockhart and David of Blackman, FL and one sister, Mrs. Alma Bryant of Blackman.
     Funeral services will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at the Lockhart Baptist Church with the Rev. B. M. Willis of Opp officiating. Burial will follow in church cemetery with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva directing. The Dothan Eagle (Dothan, AL) Sunday, January 30, 1949 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil

St. Andrew, FL -  P. N. Hutchinson, West Bay, was called Tallahassee last week on account of the death of his brother, Joseph Hutchinson, proprietor of the Leon hotel. He accompanied the remains to Hartford, Ala., where the burial took place.  (Source: Panama City Pilot - Panama City, Washington County, Florida - January 9, 1908 - Transcribed as written by D. Donlon)

Name of Deceased: Charles Tommy Johnson
County Name: Geneva
State: AL
Newspaper: Geneva County Reaper
Date: 12\07\1990
Submitters Name: Daniel Clark
Obit: long illness

Last Saturday evening this community was much shocked on hearing of the death of Mrs. Johnnie McKinnon, wife of Luther McKinnon. These young people were very popular here, where they have lived since their marriage, some six years ago. Mrs. McKinnon was buried in the cemetery here Sunday evening. The funeral service was largely attended and were conducted at the Presbyterian Church by Mr. Erwin, a Presbyterian minister of DeFuniak, Fla. This good woman led an exemplary life, was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a teacher in the Sunday School. She leaves a large number of relatives, including twin boys two weeks old.  (unknown source)

A telegram from Geneva, Ala. says that Mrs. E. Oden, wife of a farmer who lives in the western part of this county, was burning some trash, when a spark ignited her skirt, and burned her so she died.  While she lay suffering agonies, she was forced to witness three large hogs devour her three-months-old child, which she laid on the ground while she worked. (Weekly Journal Miner, Prescott, Az., March 11, 1896)

HARTFORD, ALA., Oct. 30 – Charles Radford of Black was accidentally drowned yesterday in crossing Choctawhatchee River about Cerro Gordo, ten or fifteen miles below Geneva, together with his little 10-year-old son.  In driving out of the ferry boat on which he had crossed the river, the flat had somehow not been secured when he drove out and the car kicked it away from the banks.
The car went into the river and as the boy was on the rear seat. Mr. Radford undertook to rescue him and both were drowned.  They were found and taken out of the river in about one hour.  The funeral of both together was held at Wesley Chapel a few miles west of this place this afternoon.  Rev. R. E. Wilson and Dr. C. P. Atkinson, of this place, participated in the burial service. Source: Montgomery Advertiser, October 31, 1922 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil

Will Simmons Killed by Bolt at Geneva
GENEVA, ALA., June 13 – Will Simmons, a prominent farmer living near here, was killed by lightning late yesterday afternoon during a heavy thunder storm.  He was in the barn of a neighbor when the lightning struck the barn, killing him and two mules instantly. Source: Montgomery Advertiser, June 14, 1916 - Transcribed by Jeanie Neil

The remains of Rev. B. D. Williams who died in Atlanta Monday, were brought here Tuesday morning and interred at the O'Neal burial ground at Kingsboro Tuesday afternoon services being held at the home of Mr. J. T. Davis and conducted by Rev. R. C. Granberry of Columbus.  Accompanying the remains from Columbus were: Mrs. J. E. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. O'Neal, and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Sam O'Neal and family. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., April 9, 1911)








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