Marion County, Alabama

Family Memories

 

ROBINSON, DAVID MATTHEW

Contributed by Mona Robinson Mills

Information about this family was found in a family file at Itawamba County Historical Society, as submitted by Lionel G. Summerford in 1993. Mr. Summerford’s notes indicate that his information came from his Grandpa Henry Mayfield (Major) Robinson and his mother Vera Cruz Robinson Summerford.

Robinson Family:

David Robinson b 1824 Great-grandpa

Henry Robinson b 1860 Grandpa

Vera Cruz Robinson Summerford b 1890 Mama

Lionel Glenn Summerford b 1925

David Robinson my great grandfather - Prior to the Civil War - probably during 1860 because Grandpa was his youngest son and was born in 1860 (David) was killed in a hunting accident. Passenger pigeons were plentiful. They were killed for food. People would shoot up into a mass of birds and then clean and salt them in barrels. Some birds were sold but most were eaten later. Since the birds were so numerous, they blotted out the sun and made a huge noise. When a gun was fired the shooter could not hear the shot or see the result. Many times a muzzle loading gun would "hang fire". The shooter would blow into a barrel to see if smoke came out. This also helped clear the barrel of any burning embers that would ignite the next powder charge. In this case, the gun finally shot while Great Grandpa Robinson was clearing the last shot. This is all I ever knew of his death. This is said to have happened near Pikesville Community, Marion County, Alabama.

Annise Kennedy Robinson, my great grandmother had eight children. She lived in their home (cabin) at Pikeville near the Bear Creek in Alabama. During the Civil War, 1861-1865, food and other supplies were very hard to find. Salt was an important item to preserve food and to add as seasoning. None was available to buy. She dug soil from beneath their smokehouse and boiled the salt out for their use. Since she was alone with her children she had a very difficult time in raising them. My Grandpa never knew his father due to his early death. He always had an extra strong feeling for his "My Ole Mama".

During the battles of Corinth (Shiloh) and Iuka, they could hear the cannons shooting. One night after that battle was over, they heard a knock on their door. It was a ragged, hungry soldier. He was an uncle of Grandpa's. I do not know his name. His horse was thin and worn out. His uniform was in rags and he was hungry, which was typical of our Southern Army.

MORE information about David Matthew Robinson, collected from various sources:

Patentee: DAVID M ROBERTSON (actual grant indicates David Matthew Robertson)
State: MISSISSIPPI
Acres: 160.1
Metes/Bounds: No
Issue Date: 1/13/1845
Land Office: Pontotoc
Cancelled: No
U.S. Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Nr.: 18460
Accession/Serial Nr.: MS3100__.290
BLM Serial Nr.: MS NO S/N
Comments: LANDS IN ALABAMA

1850 Census
Marion County, Alabama
Living next door to Henry J. Robinson and John E. Robinson
David Roberson 26 SC (born 1824)
Annis 23 AL
Elizabeth J. 6 AL
Missepa 4 AL
Josiah 3 AL
Sarah Ann 1 AL

1860 Census
Marion County, Alabama
Living next to or near the following households: George Emerson, John E. Robinson, James Robinson.
David M. Roberson 36 SC (born 1824)
Annise 33 AL
Elizabeth 16 AL (Elizabeth Jane m Solomon Wigginton Ita Co)
Emelina 13 AL
Joseph 11 AL (Josiah K., married Nancy Angeline Barnes)
Sarah 9 AL (Sarah Ann m James Polk Donham Marion Co)
Salina 7 AL (m William Andrew Jackson Henley)
Eliza 5 AL
John 3 AL (m Sarah, named son Matthew)
Henry 1 AL (m Mary Candace Wiginton)

 

 

ROBINSON, HENRY MAYFIELD

Contributed by Mona Robinson Mills

Information about this family was found in a family file at Itawamba County Historical Society, as submitted by Lionel G. Summerford in 1993. Mr. Summerford’s notes indicate that his information came from his Grandpa Henry Mayfield (Major) Robinson and his mother Vera Cruz Robinson Summerford.

Robinson Family:

David Robinson b 1824 Great-grandpa

Henry Robinson b 1860 Grandpa

Vera Cruz Robinson Summerford b 1890 Mama

Lionel Glenn Summerford b 1925

When someone was writing a history of Alabama in about 1930, they contacted Grandpa Robinson since he was one of the early settlers of North Alabama.

After the Civil War, many southerners moved westward to Texas in order to make a new start after the devastation and defeat during the war. Some of the Robinsons settled in Itasca, Hill County, Texas. Grandpa Robinson later returned to Marion County. The Community of Bexar probably got its name from Bexar, Texas. (Pronounced Bay-har' in Spanish)

Grandpa's family was Wigintons and Kennedys. The Robinson name was sometimes spelled Robison or Roberson. Grandpa Robinson built a log house and raised his family near Bexar. Grandma Robinson died after her last child was born. The Collus Colburn Family, who were black and lived on his farm, helped raise their family after her death.

Grandpa had about 100 bee hives and a shop where he made and repaired the hives. The sale of honey was one source of income. He had a blacksmith shop and did blacksmithing for other people. He maintained a grist mill run by steam engine and later converted it to diesel engine for power. He farmed and raised cotton, corn, peanuts, watermelons, pigs and cows. He was the casket maker for the community and his daughters sewed the lining for the caskets. Once a year he made a trip to Aberdeen, MS to buy supplies for the coming year. During this trip, he purchased material for his daughters to make their dresses.

One time when I was about four years old (1929) Mama took me with Uncle Elbert (her brother), Mary Ellen Robinson, Elbert's daughter, Ray and Clinton Lindsey, first cousins of mine, to Texas to visit Aunt Genera, her sister, and Uncle Cliff Goggins. They lived in the vicinity of where Grandpa Robinson lived many years before. We went in a large touring car (make not known). As I recall, we went on U.S. 78 to Memphis. We crossed the Mississippi River on the Old "Harrihan" Bridge. Later we crossed several other rivers by ferry boat. Each night we camped near the road. We cooked food over an open fire. One of the men stayed awake to guard us from robbers. They had a pistol and a shotgun. They kept the fire bright.

Aunt Genera lived in a house in an open field typical of this area of Texas. Water was scarce. They had a cistern in which the rain water was drained from the tin roof into this area for their use. Their cistern was like a large dug well lined with timbers and with a tin cover over it.

After Grandpa died in 1945, at this time I was serving in World War II and was stationed on Guam, Uncle Elbert and Ray Lindsey burned the house and all of the contents. The house was old and believed to be germ laden. [end of Mr. Summerford's notes]

BACCUS, WILLIAM B. "BILL"
MATTHEWS, KIZZIAH "KIZZIE" CHARITY

Submitted by Bob Baccus

William B. (Bill) Baccus was born October 7, 1843, in Morgan County, Georgia. He enlisted as a Private in the 5th Alabama Cavalry in the spring of 1862, and he listed his address as Baccus, Alabama, which is in Marion County. In the 1907 Confederate Census he mentioned that he was a Bugler. He was discharged at the end of the war at Columbus, Mississippi, in 1865. After he was discharged, a shoe store in Columbus offered him a job selling shoes in Alabama and he started out selling shoes from a train. At each station he would go to the back of the train, blow his bugle, and attract a crowd. The other sellers on the train finally objected to this tactic and forced him to go to the middle of the train to sell his shoes. He blew his bugle there and still attracted a crowd. He later sold shoes from his buggy in West Alabama.

While out selling shoes, he received a message: "If you want to sell shoes and get a wife, come to our house and sell them cheap" from a young Matthews' girl. He managed to end a day of selling shoes at their house and was invited to spend the night. He had spent the previous night at the Holcomb residence and found the house dirty and full of bugs, so he didn't take any chances at the Matthews house. Before getting into bed, he looked under the bed, between the covers, and under the furniture to see how clean the room was. He commented that this was the cleanest house that he had ever been in. He did not marry the girl who was interested in him, but he did marry her sister Kizziah.

Kizziah (Kizzie) Charity Matthews was born October 8, 1852, in Baccus, Alabama, and she married Bill Baccus December 2, 1868. Bill started a business and store in Baccus which greatly prospered. He would get up each morning fussing and carrying on until everyone was at work, and then he would settle down for the rest of the day. The two oldest girls would help their mother cook each day, and if one of them got married, the next oldest girl would take her place in the kitchen. Any person who was in the store shopping during lunch time was invited to have lunch with the family. Often there were more than 20 people eating lunch at the store. During the evening, Bill would sometimes hitch up the horse and buggy and would ride around and see all the neighbors while having a drink along the way. He could often be heard calling out to his friends for miles around. Several times a year he would take the Ox Cart to Biloxi, Mississippi, to get salt, and he would trade along the way. Bill's business prospered as he supplied farmers with seed, fertilizer, horses, and other farming equipment. When the crops came in, it was payday for Bill and his son John, who helped run the business.

Bill was reported to be a diabetic, along with two of his children (Belle and Martha Ann) and grandchildren. In Bill's Will, he stated that he wanted a "suitable monument to be placed at my grave", and it is the tallest monument at Griggs Place Cemetery. Bill died on December 8, 1910, and Kizzie died on April 10, 1926, after breaking her hip in a fall. They are buried beside each other at Griggs Place Cemetery.

On November 19, 1990, a Confederate Marker Dedication Ceremony was held in honor of Bill at Griggs Place Cemetery. Over 250 relatives and friends of the Baccus family attended, including 4 grandchildren of Bill and Kizzie, and 58 direct descendants of them. A Confederate Honor Guard from the 19th Alabama Infantry Reenactment Unit fired a 21-gun salute, and William R. "Bob" Baccus played Taps in his honor. - Submitted by Bob Baccus

WILLIAM M. EVANS

Graciously Researched and Donated by Mona Robinson Mills

William was the son-in-law of John Madison Woods Pearce, of Pearce’s Mill, but William lived in Itawamba County, below present-day Tremont.  It is believed that William, his wife Sarah, and firstborn child, Martha, moved along with Sarah’s parents and siblings, and William’s brother Thomas, to Marion County around 1846.  William and Thomas, along with some of Sarah’s brothers, settled around Bexar first, while J.M.W. and Elizabeth “Betsey” (Skinner) Pearce bought land and settled in the eastern part of the county.  William and Thomas later moved across the state line into Itawamba County where William became a large landowner.  As evidenced by the 1887 mortgagee’s sale reported in the Marion Herald, William also apparently owned land over in Marion County. 
 
I found the following notice in the October 27, 1887 issue of the Marion Herald:
 
MORTGAGEE's SALE
 
By virtue of, and pursuant to the provisions of a certain mortgage executed on the 8th day of February, 1886, by J.C. Camp, and his wife R. E. Camp to Wm. Evans, to secure the payment of certain indebtedness therein mentioned, due and payable to Wm. Evans on the 1st day of January, 1887; and of record on pages 220 and 221 of Volume A of the land record of Marion County, Alabama, the undersigned as each mortgages will on
 
Tuesday, November 1st, 1887
 
between the hours of 11 o'clock a.m. and 3 p.m. at Camp's Mill, in Marion County, Alabama offer for sale at public venue for cash to the highest bidder the following described property conveyed in said mortgage, situated in Marion County, Alabama, viz:
 
[land located in Township 11 Range 16, Sections 23 and 24]
[various equipment including grist mill, saw mill, cotton gin, cotton press, thresher, log cart, etc]
 
WM. EVANS
Mortgage
 
Marion County, Alabama
Deed Book 2, Page 200
October 4, 1888
Indenture between William Evans of Itawamba County, Miss. and Henry J. Robinson of Marion County, Ala., for and in consideration of the sum of $1500, the parcel of land lying in the County of Marion and State of Alabama known as the East 1/2 of SW 1/4 of Section 18, Township 10, Range 15 also the West 1/2 of SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 19, Township 10, Range 15, and all of the SE 1/4 of Section 18, Township 10, Range 15, lying north of the Pikeville and Fulton road, east of a line through said quarter running due north to the spring on said quarter except twenty acres on the eastern part of the said tract, also one and one-half acres to include School house and the house now accepted by J. R. Pearce, also a lot < cut off > and all of the SE 1/4 of Section 18, Township 10, Range 15 near the residence of Henry J. Robinson, also the East 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 18, Township 10, Range 15.   This the 4th day of Oct. 1888.   Wm. M. Evans {seal}    Witness:  Geo W. Maxwell, Justice of the Peace  
 
This is the same tract of land that William bought from his brother in 1877:
 
Marion County, Alabama
Deed Book 2, Page 202-203
Date of deed:  November 29, 1877
Deed recorded:   October 10, 1888 (courthouse burned)
Indenture between Thomas Evans and Mary F. Evans his wife, of Marion County, and William Evans of Itawamba County, in consideration of the sum of $1800, the following tract of land known as the East 1/2 of SW 1/4 Section 18, Township 10, Range 15, also the West 1/2 of SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 19 (or maybe it reads 18), Township 10, Range 15, and all of the SE 1/4 of Section 18, Township 1, Range 15, lying north of the Pikeville and Fulton road, except twenty acres on the eastern part, also one and one-half acres to include school house and the house now accepted by J. R. Pearce.   Also a lot of land of said quarter where Bexar Lodge No. 230 now stands, and all of the SE 1/4 of Section 18, Township 10, Range 15 west of a line ... near the residence of the said Thomas Evans.... also the East 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 18, Township 10, Range 15.   This the 29th day of November 1877.   Thomas Evans and Mary F. Evans {seal}
 
ABOUT William M. Evans:
 
The following information appeared in the 1891 edition of Goodspeed’s History of Mississippi:
 
"One of the most prosperous planters, as well as one of the largest landowners in the county of Itawamba, is William M. Evans, who was born in Georgia in the year 1818. He is a son of William and Sela (Dunn) Evans, who were members of old families of Georgia, his ancestry having     settled there about the beginning of the present century. He was reared on a plantation and given the advantages of a common-school education in his native state. He began to do for himself at an early age, and has been so successful that he is regarded as one of the self-made, wealthy men of the county. In 1844 he married Sarah A. Pierce, a daughter of John and Betsey (Skinner) Pierce, and she was a native of Georgia. Her parents were also natives of Georgia and members of well-known families there. To Mr. and Mrs. Evans seven children have been born -- two sons and five daughters -- of whom two died young. Those living are Martha A., Elizabeth, John T., Susan F. and William D. Mrs. Evans died in 1862. She was a model wife and mothers, and for long years a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In 1863 Mr. Evans enlisted in Col. John M. Simonton's regiment, but was soon sent home on account of disability and detailed to provost duty, which he continued till the close of the war. Politically he is a democrat, standing high in the estimation of his party and fellow citizens generally, which is attested by the fact that he has been five times elected a member of the board of supervisors of Itawamba County. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church South, and is liberal in his contributions to schools, churches and to all worthy objects. He is the oldest settler in his part of the county, and has lived on his present plantation since 1865. He is the owner of four thousand six hundred acres of land, the largest amount owned by any one man in the southern part of the county of Itawamba."


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