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Have you hit a brick wall in your family research for Marion County? Can you help somebody else with answers to their questions? Well, you've come to the right place! Just send me your Marion county ancestor's information that you are stumped on by email and I will post it on the "Brick Walls" page for other researchers to see. Somebody else may have the answers you've been waiting for!


I am not sure if this is the right County or not. My brick wall is my great, great grandfather; William Henry Ayers, born about 1815 NC or SC. He was in Alabama; Franklin & Colbert Counties by the 1860's.

After that & before that I have not a clue. I know his son, William Henry Ayers was born in 1858 in the Leighton area & married Lydia Ann Ayers in 1880. William & Lydia raised their children in the Colbert County area. But there is no more mention of his father Wm Henry. I have searched all cemeteries I can find, all census records.....and I keep running into that brick wall.

Contact: Shirley Hartley Submitted Feb 14, 2011


Hello, I am trying to research my family and have come to a stand still.  The family name is Bishop, from Marion County AL.  I am looking for my Grandfather's family.   His name was James H. Bishop.  His father was Early Dan Bishop and his mother was Julie O. Bishop.

The problem I seem to be having is that I can find them, but nothing really linking my Grandfather to them. I can also find his brothers and sisters but again nothing linking them.  I have met his sister Dollie before she passed, but if I hadn't, and if I hadn't known my Grandfather I would swear he never existed.

Any info that anybody could find would be great.  I also believe His grandmother's name was Temperance or Tempy.

Contact: Jason - Submitted May 2015


I'm looking for more information about Amanda Burroughs.  She was the second wife of Jacob Jabez Palmer and they were married in Marion County, Alabama on November 15, 1868. Together they had two children: Eron Belle Palmer b. 7 September 1869 and Moorman Terrell Palmer b. 2 April 1872, both in Marion County, Alabama.  Amanda Burroughs is reportedly born on 22 April 1849; however, I have no documentation for this.  She also reportedly died in Marion County in 1877; however, again, I have found no burial records or other death record for her.  Jacob Jabez Palmer was born 12 September 1818 in Newberry, North Carolina.  His first wife was Mary Jane Lawhorn and they were married 22 June 1843 in Bibb County, Alabama.  Together they had 13 children. Mary Jane died on April 19, 1868 and is buried in the Barnesville Cemetery in Marion County.   Jacob Jabez Palmer married his third wife, Martha Woods, in 1876.  There were two children born to Jacob Palmer and his third wife, Martha.  Jacob Jabez Palmer died on April 9, 1900 and is buried in the Barnesville Cemetery in Marion County.  His third wife Martha is also buried in the same cemetery; however, her birth and death information is not on her gravestone.  I'm not sure why Amanda Burroughs is not also buried in this cemetery or, if she is, why she doesn't have a gravestone.  I do not know who Amanda Burroughs parents were or any other information about her.  I'm hoping to learn more about Amanda Burroughs.

Contact: Juliet Morgan - Submitted October 11, 2013


Married Ella Hamilton 1888-honeymooned in Bham - she was daughter of Capt Albert Hamilton-James was newspaper editor of Marion Herald from ca Feb 1887 to August 1888 - supposedly was going to Hartselle after marriage to be on paper there. Know he was at Guin paper for a period of time -sold their home in 1897 and went to Gatesville, TX -supposedly his wife and daughter were to follow - She was daughter of Capt Albert Hamilton - she and her daughter Ida Belle lived with her father in 1900-he died 1901 and left her the home-she is listed as widow but know husband James was alive.  I haven't been to courthouse yet to look at deeds for sale of house and Cpt leaving his home to his daughter Ella.  I found him, James, in 1910 census m. for 5 years with children - this is him - also he is widowed in 1920 - has 4 children-found a James in 1900 in Courtland AL - working as a compositor-might be him  Cannot find his birthplace and family - any help appreciated.

Contact: Joy Holder - Submitted Oct. 5, 2011


My family story goes we are descendants of Chief Levi Colbert. He suppose to be a  ggggg grandfather. My grandfather is Andy Colbert. His father is James Thomas Colbert b. 1908 d. 1958. His father was James William Colbert b.1880 d. 1949. His father was Velone Harris (Benjamin) Colbert. B.1845 d.1916. His father was Samuel James Colbert b.1828 d. 1859. His father was Mason Colbert (also found a name same time period James M Colbert) b 1800 d 1857. Trying to determine who his parents where any help is much desired and appreciated.

Contact: Amber Nicole Colbert Mardis - Submitted Sept 9, 2014


I have been searching for Elmer S. Cole born approximately 1870 to 1885.  He married Maudenia Branholm (actually Maude Branon/Brannom) April 8th, 1902 in Tuscumbia, Colbert County Alabama.  That is the only actual record I have seen for him in any index.  He was my paternal grandmother Lucy Cole's Father.  According to her stories to my Dad, her mother, herself, and other siblings lived with Elmer and His mother named Marinda/Mirindi Cole in Bear Creek, Alabama until about 1918.  My great grandmother Maude Branom Cole had insisted that they move out on their own but Elmer wouldn't leave his mother.  Elmer worked on Southern Railroad, so one day when he was away, Maude loaded up the kids and removed back to her Brother's house for a while in Colbert County Alabama and eventually settled in Wolf Springs, Alabama for the remainder of her life.  They never saw Elmer again.
S.T. Harris (Deceased) of Hamilton Alabama told my father that he remembered Elmer and his Mother living in Bear Creek when he was a very small child.  Also, my dad saw a cemetery record for Elmer in Bear Creek at one point but didn't get a copy and I have been unable to find it.  I have another relative that researches Genealogy that told me she ran across Elmer's family several years ago as well, but since it wasn't her family, she didn't obtain the information.  I would very much like to find anyone who has any information on this brick wall

Contact: Barry Sutton - Submitted July 1, 2012


I'm looking for the parents of Charles A. Corbell b. about 1805 and need original sources to back it up.  I see parents attributed to him on  a family tree that cannot logically be his parents based on information from original documents my sister has seen.  Thanks,

Contact: Casualene Meyer - Submitted Feb. 20, 2013



I am looking for  the parents of  NANCY ANN CUNNINGHAM.  Her obituary lists her birth as 14 Apr 1909 in Hamilton, Alabama.  I have not found any census data with her listed or any other data on the Cunninghams.  Any help would be much appreciated.

Contact: Vern Gledhill - Submitted: Oct. 5, 2011



My gg grandfather, Wm Deaton/Denton b in NC abt 1794, was married in Tenn abt 1830 and moved to Marion Co. AL abt 1833. He is on the 1850 and 1860 census indexes as Denton. His eldest son, James -married and with children, is living next to him in 1860 and listed as Deaton. My grandfather, who knew nothing about his father's family, went by Deaton. James is listed in a book on early settlers as an early land owner in Marion Co. I have his land records. Wm and wife, Martha/Patsy b Tenn (listed differently on '50 and' 60 census) had 13 children. I think that James' wife is on the state 1866 census with four children and husband is shown as killed. My g-grandfather, Wiley T. Deaton - 7th child of Wm's, fought in the Civil War from AL - I have those records. He is married and living in Lafayette, Mississippi on the 1870 and 1880 census. He died abt 1881 in Mississippi. Other than Wiley, I cannot locate any of Wm's other children after the 1860 census except the person I believe to be James Deaton's wife and children on the 1866 AL state census. If any of my information would be helpful to others, I would be more than pleased to share. I would so like to make some connection with any of Wm's other descendants. Perhaps, your Marion Co. web site is the means to an end for my search. Thank you,

Updated - 4/13/12 - This was posted in 2010.  I did not give the names of the children.  I do feel that some of the girls married in Marion Co.  They were Lisa b abt 1833, Tempsey b abt 1835, Martha b abt 1837, Mary b abt 1839, Ann b about 1847, and Averet b abt 1859.  The boys were Wiley, Mathew, George, Henery and James who is married in 1860 to an Elizabeth with son Wm b 1855, daughters Mary b abt 1858 and Martha b in  Sept 1859. All, but James, were born in Marion Co.

Contact: Gay Deaton Roden - Submitted June 2010


Looking for a list of the children of Joel Lewis Foster (b. 1766. d. Marion Co. AL 25 Aug 1834).  I know there was a son, Benjamin F. Foster who went to Texas and a daughter, Hannah, who married George Franklin Hamilton in 1813 and moved to Oktibbeha Co. Miss, but need a document to link the two generations.  HELP!

Contact: Jan Buvinger  Submitted: August 11, 2013


My cousin Samuel Fretwell (b. ca1760 North Carolina 0 d. after 1830 Alabama) was the head of household on the 1830 federal census in Marion County, Alabama.  He left North Carolina and moved through South Carolina and Georgia before settling in Alabama.  No marriage record found. His family had two sons and three daughters.  Any information would be appreciated.

Contact: Shela Fretwell  - Submitted June 2016


On the web site "Find a Grave",  I found a grave stone with the following on it:

Mary Jane Hall
Mother of Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie
June 4 1813 - Dec 18 1894

I need as much information as I can get on the above two.  I have a Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie with parents being John P. McKenzie and Mary Gumby McKenzie nee Sharp.  Sarah was born about 1938 in Carroll County, Georgia.  She did marry Millican.

Contact: Fred McKenzie - Submitted Aug 22, 2012


After 40+ years of searching, we have not been able to get past the brick wall of Thomas Levi (middle name also reported as Luis or Lewis) Johnson.  He was born in Newton County, Georgia around 1833  (several other dates were reported on census and military records).  He married Sarah Abigail Carpenter in Talladega County Alabama in 1858 and they moved back and forth between Alabama and Georgia until his death in Bear Creek, Marion County in 1924.  His death certificate lists his father's name as George W. Johnson.  We would like to hear from anyone who might know more about Thomas Levi's parents.

Contact: Sherilyn - Submitted Sept 11, 2016


My grandmother, Amanda Isabelle Kennedy was the daughter of Dock Riley Kennedy. His father was David S. Kennedy married to Elizabeth (Littrell) Kennedy. They are supposed to be buried in Marion County. He died Oct. 1, 1862, and she died 9/24/1868. Dock Riley's wife was Sarah Jane Tyra. I have found many Tyra's but can't pinpoint her family. Thank you,

Contact: Pat McMillan - Submitted: March 26, 2011


I am searching for information on Amanda Elizabeth Nichols, whose birth date would be about 1867 and death date January, 1931.  Her maiden name might be Amanda Pippins ? She was married to my great grandfather F.D. Nichols, also known as Farrel Nichols. I think she may be buried in the Nichols Cemetery in Weston, Ala.?  If you have any information on either of these two individuals please contact me. Farl, as it is sometimes written, was born 2-1863 and died dec. 1947.
Contact:  Margaret Nichols Lovett - Submitted January 4, 2013


Was my great great grandfather who lived in Marion Co, around Hamilton and Pikeville.  He served in the Civil War, not sure which side and I understand that his name is listed in the 1866 Al State Census as deceased of disease around 1864. He left a widow, Mary Ann Pollard Pace and several children.

I would like to know when he died and where he is buried and what side he fought for.  I have located his son who died at age 18 also of disease in the Civil War.

Contact: Barbara Bailey, Corpus Christi, TX - Submitted June 22, 2013


Bettie Terrell dau of Henry and Babe Terrell was my grandmother.....she was married to William H. "Will" Melton. They had children: Mollie Melton married to R. Claude Gann, Emma Melton married to John Cornelius Franks, Henry Wiley Melton unmarried, Carl D. Melton (my dad), John D. Henry Harrie/or Harris "Terrell" Melton married to Flora Smith. I think Babe Terrell was L.J. or Lishey/Letitia Cantrell who married a Henson the second time. Would like to find out where Bettie is buried. Was told could possibly be around Pikeville. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Contact: Karen Manasco Submitted June 2015


My great grandfather was James Knox Polk Tidwell from Marion County Alabama. He was called Polk & J. P. I know he was living with his son Thomas Jefferson Tidwell in the 1920’s. Thomas died in a tree trimming accident. I believe Polk died in the late 1920’s, but can’t find a record of his death or burial. His wife Mary A. Tidwell & their baby George are buried in Burnt House Cemetery. Anyone with information about Polk or his family please contact me.

Contact: Janice Allen Submitted January 2018


I am researching the Vaughan/Vaughn Families of Marion County, AL.  I would appreciate any assistance in locating the following named Vaughan/Vaughn:

Stephen Vaughan migrated to Marion County around 1819 from TN.  He is last recorded in the 1850 Census of Marion County, AL.  He was located in Beat 6, age 64, vocation farmer, born in NC, married to a Mary born in TN, family of 3 males (Washington age 26, Jonathan age 22, Matthew J. age 21) and 7 females (Elizabeth age 24, Sarah P. age 20, Martha E. age 19, Susanda age 14, Lucinda age 4, Drusilla age 3, and Nancy E. age 1) This family is believed to have lived in Pikeville, AL.  I have no record of his death of place of internment. (Hunter age 32 and Samuel age 39, children not listed in this Federal Census, (probably moved out due to age and not found in census).  

Hunter or Newton Vaughan was born in 1818 in TN and migrated with his father Stephen Vaughan to Marion County, AL around 1819.  He is last located in the 1870 Federal Census of Marion County, AL, located in Western District, township Pikeville, age 54,  wife Martha J. Vaughn age 56, mother Mary wife of Stephen age 76, dependents 2 males (James age 21 and Terrell A age 16, and 2 females (Nancy E. age 23 and Margaret age 19).  Spelling of name changed to Vaughn in the 1840 Federal Census.  I have no record of death of place of internment for this relative. I have been researching these families for about 20 years.  Any help in locating any information on these families would be greatly appreciated.

Contract: Paul W. Vaughn - Submitted Feb 20, 2012


Emsley H. Woods born abt 1822 in Alabama. Moved to Lafayette Co., Mississippi shown in the 1850 census  to be 28  living with a John F. 30 & Sarah E. C.  Powell 19 and their son John H. Powell 2.   Emsley marries Alsey Pearcy while in Mississippi.  They had five children before they die of some illness in Arkansas.  The children were Henry Bradford, John J., Sarah Jane, William Alexander, Martha Caroline.  John J appears to have possibly died the same time as his parents just prior to the end of the Civil War.  I listed the children’s names because I hope the names of their grandparents, uncles or aunts are weaved in as many families of the 1700’s – 1800’s practiced.  How I landed on this web site is according to your 1830 census page 168 list Mary Woods with 2 males (10-15) and page 170 list John Woods with 1 male (5-10).  I have also considered that John F. Powell may be a brother-n-law or friend but have found no evidence of that so far since I have no immediate family names for Emsley H. Emsley may be more common than I think but I’ve been looking for this man for many years off and on and have only found the name a few times in the Wood/Woods family one of those being Emsley Woods born 8/1888  in Fayette Alabama to James and Catharine Woods which I can’t help but wonder are some relation.  James was born in 1861 which could be a nephew of Emsley H. If anyone can help me or give me a clue it would be much appreciated.  My name is Sidney Woods and my email is sidkbwoods@sbcglobal.net Thank you for your time - Submitted June 24, 2012


Looking for info on John Marion Woods, a Poarch Creek Indian, b. abt. 1830-1835 in S.C. buried in Judson Indian Cemetery Parch Al. He married Mary Hadley Weatherford b. abt 1841-42 in Baldwin Co. Al.  and they had 9 children…Marion Jr., Mary b. 1864, Margaret Ann, Ellen, Leona, George Washington, Albert, Sidney ( my gr grandfather) and Jane. I have found a census with Marion County as their place of residence. I cannot find any other info on John Marion other than what is listed… If you have anything, please help!!!!

Contact here - Submitted January 15, 2016


Looking for any information on Richard or William Wylie or Wiley, born abt 1813 in GA.  He was married to Mary?. He lived at Allen's Factory in the 1860 Census. He had 1 son - Josiah - and several daughters, which included Matilda Clementine -  born 1845. Any information would be appreciated.

Contact: Veneta - Submitted: March 16, 2011 


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