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1820 - Defining Marion County boundaries **

" That Lemuel Bean, Jabez Fitz-gerald, Barnes Hollaway, senr. George White, William Metcalf, and William Davis, be, and they are hereby appointed commissioners to fix on the site for the public buildings in said county; which site they shall place at the center thereof, or at the nearest eligible place thereto, not exceeding three miles in each direction from the center; and the said commissioners are hereby authorised to fix on the temporary site for holding the courts in said county, in which county an election precinct is hereby fixed at the house of William Davis, on the Sypsey fork of the Buttahatchie river, and one precinct at the house of Joel Dixon, on the head of Tooksapililoa."

1822 - To establish a Turnpike Road leading from Lawrence county, to intersect the Military road at Pikesville, in Marion county.

...to commence at Martin’s Gap, in the south west corner of Lawrence county, running thence the nearest and most direct way, so as to intersect the Military Road, leading from Nashville to New Orleans, at Pikesville in Marion county...... And be it further enacted, That Joseph Burleson, and his associates, are hereby empowered to mark and cut out said road, making the same sixteen feet wide, clear of stumps and grubs, and put the same in complete repair, against the first day of October, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-three.

1823 - Amend the turnpike road ** to intersect with the Military Road at Pikeville

1827 - An act to incorporate ** the Pikeville Library Company.

"  That John D. Terrell, William H. Ragsdale, William H. Duke, John White, De La F. Roysden, Isaac T. Tinsley, James S. Ewing, Harley Tuttle, and their associates, be, and they are hereby, created a body corporate, by the name and style of the Pikeville Library Company."

1827, Jan 12 - Act to Incorporate the town of Pikeville**

1848 - The Western Farmer and Gardner, by E. J. Hooper.  Published by J. A. and U. P. James, Cincinatti, 1848. - Submitted by Veneta McKinney

Southern Tour—No. 3.

From Columbus to Florence, in Alabama, is about 120 miles; of this, I rode the first day about 48 miles, over a sandy and hilly country, not much cultivated, and the attempt, wherever I met with it, of the meanest kind. As a specimen I intended to stay at the stage-house that evening, six miles south of Truelove's, but could get nothing in the world for my horse to eat; the person at the place telling me, he had been two days over the country endeavoring to buy fodder for the stage horses, but with no success. I was compelled in consequence to push on, and my horse fared the better for so doing.  The next day I rode 46 miles, to Smith's at the foot of the mountain. The whole of the ride this day was over a mountainous region, and literally a range of sandy hills. I passed through Pikeville about noon.—This is the county town, and consists of about 10 houses, every one exhibiting the most squalid wretchedness. I forded Buttahatchee creek, about one hundred yards wide—the effect of the rain which we had a night or two previous, described in my last letter, had not subsided. The stream ran with immense strength, and roared wilh terrific grandeur. The country, though almost incapable of cultivation, is beautifully romantic, and, to a lover of the picturesque, well worth traveling through. In the afternoon I crossed Bear creek, but the waters had risen here so as to make it necessary to resort to the ferry boat.  From Smith's I had twenty-six miles to Florence, but this was a more tedious -journey than either of the two previous days. I had again got into the valley, and had five miles of mud, every step up to the horse's knees.

1855 - Act of the Legislature to Create the Seat of Justice at Pikeville

No 76 - AN ACT - To Locate permanently the Seat of Justice in the County of Marion -


1866 - Thomas B. Nesmith began his law practice in 1866 at Pikeville, then the county seat of Marion County and for ten years, met with unvarying success and enhancing reputation; in 1876 he removed to Vernon, the county seat of Lamar county..... Source: From Memorial Record of Alabama. By Hannis Taylor, Brant & Fuller, Publishers, Madison, Wis. 1893. Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney - found at HeritageQuest.

1867 - WEBSTER - engaged in mercantile business at Pikeville- (see below)

1879, Aug 8 - The Vernon Clipper (Lamar County, AL)



MRS. MOLLIE HUGHES, wife of THOMAS HUGHES of this county, died on the 28th of July.  Deceased leaves a family of five children, the youngest an infant only two weeks old.  MRS. HUGHES, who was a daughter of REV. R. D. BOLIN of Lamar, was a very estimable lady beloved by all who knew her.

         The proceedings of the August meeting of the Marion County Teacher’s Institute will be furnished for publication next week.

Heavy rains have fallen throughout this section during the past week, and the farmers are apprehensive that they will injure the cotton crop.

THOMAS CARPENTER and his son have been, for several weeks, on a visit to their friends and relatives in Georgia.

        Three arrests for perjury were made in the Barnesville Beat last week, but as the parties have not yet had an examination we withheld their names, because it may turn out on investigation that the charges are groundless.  Some of the people of that section seem to be in a condition of chronic unhappiness anyhow.

1879, Aug 15 - The Vernon Clipper (Lamar County, AL)



           “UNCLE” ANDY MOTES, thinking that last Monday was election day, came to town, but was surprised to find that he was a month ahead of time.  He intends to vote for Pikeville,  

           A singing convention was held at Oak Grove Church on Luxapalila, on the first Sunday, which, we are informed, was the most interesting musical event that has ever occurred in that section.  The singing classes of PROF. MARTIN SHIRAY,   PROF. STEPHEN CAUDLE, and PROF. YERBY, were present, and, with their respective teachers, gave an exhibition of their proficiency in vocal music.  All acquitted themselves most creditably, but the verdict of the crowd seemed to be that PROF. YERBY’S class bore off the palmn (sic) of victory. DR. OSBORNE, of Columbus, was present, and gave a lecture on Music and the best method of teaching it.

          The Barnesville Justice’s Court had three felony cases before it, last Saturday, the offense charged being perjury.  All the accused parties were promptly discharged and the prosecutors taxed with the costs.  SQUIRE JOHN HAMILTON, with whom was associated “Squire Bishop” of Bexar, presided.



PIKEVILLE, ALA.  August 2nd, 1879

                The teacher’s Institute was called to order by the President, Mr. E. VICKERY at 11:30 a.m., after which business was dispensed with as follows:

1st – The subject of Discipline was discussed by Mr. E. VICKERY who gave a few very appropriate remarks to the satisfaction of all who were present.

2nd. – On motion it was agreed that we have no further lecturing today, owing to the small number of teachers present.

3rd – On motion by L. J. CLARK, FRANCIS JUSTICE was appointed to lecture on the best method of teaching English Grammar at the next meeting.

4th – E. VICKERY was appointed to lecture on the best method of teaching Arithmetic.

5th – DR. M. H. KEY was appointed to lecture on Discipline.

6th – L. J. CLARK was appointed to give a lecture on the sound of letters.

7th – On motion, the Institute adjourned to meet on the 5th Saturday in August, at Pikeville.

-          E. VICKERY, Pres.

-          L. J. CLARK, Sec.

1879, Aug 29 - The Vernon Clipper (Lamar County, AL)



       U. S. Commissioner BELL, Deputy Collector MCENTIRE and Deputy Marshal GREEN have been in this section during the week looking after Revenue matters.  We have heard of no arrests made by them, although they have made several vigorous attempts.  Last Saturday, the fired several shots at JONES BOYETT who was fleeing from them, but he succeeded in making good his escape.

         There are twenty-four civil and thirty-six criminal cases on the Circuit Court docket that stand for trial at the next tem of court.

ALEX B. NELSON and his wife, JESSE HANSON and ELIZABETH SPENCE have each instituted suit against MARTIN RITTER for $25,000 for false imprisonment.  These parties were arrested, and NELSON and HANSON lodged in jail for a week, charged with the murder of THOMAS ADAMS, who afterwards came up alive and well.

        The corn crop in Marion County is said to be better this season than it has been since the war.

        It is now generally conceded that the court house at the election to be held on the first Saturday in September.  Nobody seems to be taking any interest in the matter.

       REV. A. M. JONES of the M. E. Church South, will preach at Pikeville on the second Sunday in Sept.; at Hall’s Mill on Wednesday the 17; at Center on the 3d Sunday; at Friendship on the 24, and at Zion on the 4th Sunday in Sept.


1879, Sept 19 - The Vernon Clipper (Lamar County, AL)



       The election that came off in Marion County on the 6th inst., on the question of the removal of the court house, resulted in an overwhelming defeat for Pikeville.  The new point selected as the future seat of justice is eight miles north east of Pikeville on Buttahatchie, about one mile below the Hacelburg ford.  The law provides that the new county buildings shall not be let to contract until one half the estimate cost of building them is paid into the county treasury.  Hence it is not probable that a court will be held at the new place within the next five years.

        The Marion Circuit Court convened at Pikeville on the second Monday in September, JUDGE MUDD presiding, and SOLITICOR NESMITH prosecuting for the State.  The Court continued in session until a late hour Saturday evening, a longer session than has been held for many years.  Quite a number of cases was disposed of, but none of them were of nay considerable magnitude.  HON. G. W. HEWITT, JUDGE JONES, JOHN B. SANFORD, S. J. SHIELDS & J. D. MCCLUSKY were in attendance at court.




1880, Jan. 30 - The Vernon Clipper (Lamar County, AL)



                There are two vacancies in the court of county commissioners of Marion County, occasioned by the removal of Commissioners JAMES SPARKS and ICCAM BAILEY from the county.

                The warm weather during the winter has caused the loss of large quantities of meat in this section.

                Corn is selling in Pikeville at fifty cents per bushel, cash.

                Rev. MR. CANSLER, preacher in charge of the Pikeville work, has entered vigorously upon the discharge of his duties.

                Several of the Marion County young men are attending the school of PROF. JAMES WHITE at Millville.

                A portion of the people of the Williams’ Creek Country are greatly agitated over alleged lawlessness committed during the holidays.  Prosecutions and counter prosecutions are the order of the day.  ESQUIRES CAMP and HAMILTON, of the Barnesville Beat, are adjusting the scales of the blind goddess for the litigants.

                JERRY GUIN is acknowledged to be the finest looking man that comes to Pikeville.

                The county jail has one occupant, an old man who is indicted for an assault to murder.

                DR. FIELDING CLARK is building a residence at the Toll Gate, whither he purposes removing.  MR. JOHN WHITE, the Blacksmith of this place, is also building near the Gate.

                MAT FRAZIER, our only dry goods merchant, is in Columbus, this week.

                There is a dead calm in political matters in this county.  The congressional race is not mentioned, and the county officers are rarely referred to.

                No steps have been taken looking to the removal of the court house from Pikeville since the late election on that subject.  Some people who profess to know, say that there will be additional legislation on the question when the legislature meets, next winter.  Those who are opposed to a  removal to the Centre(sic) claim to be able to elect a representative who will secure the passage of a bill to run the Toll Gate against that place as the county site.

                The lands of the late JOSEPH ROBERTS on New River were sold at administrator’s sale, on the 21st inst. JAMES P. PEARCE was the purchaser at $3805.


-          J.

1880, Feb. 6 - The Vernon Clipper (Lamar County, AL)

          It is not probable that any of the public land in this section will find a purchaser at the land sales, which commence at Huntsville, on the 17th of February.  It cannot be sold for less than $1.25 per acre, and nobody will give so much for it.  For the information of those who purpose entering land, we will state that no applications for entry under the Homestead law will be received during the continuance of the sales, which will last two weeks.  After that time entries will be resumed as heretofore.
           The Pikeville saloon men have reduces the price of whisky to five cents a glass, and still many of our people are not happy.
           ELISHA VICKERY, our accommodating and efficient County Superintendent of Education, has been reappointed to that office by the State Superintendent.  MR. BOX has put the right man in the right place.
           Pikeville will soon have a daily mail from Aberdeen.
          RILEY S. BOTTOMS, Esq., has been appointed a Notary Public and ex-officio Justice of the Peace in the Hackelburg Beat.  MR. BOTTOMS will make a good officer.
          Mr. ALEXANDER HUEY, a very worthy citizen who lived in the neighborhood of the Toll Gate in this county, died suddenly on the 25th of January.  He was in the woods with some neighbors chopping, and after hauling, sat on a log for awhile to rest, he complained of being thirsty, and rose from his seat, when he fell on his face and expired instantly.  Deceased was a brother of MR. WM. HUEY, of Lamar County.
-          J.

1886 - March 4 - Lamar News

Pikeville, Ala., March 1st ’86
                DR. M. H. KEY of Hamilton was in town yesterday visiting the family of his son-in-law M. M. FRASIER.
                Capt. A. B. HAMLET, U. S. Deputy Marshall was in town Saturday and Sunday.
                Mr. JAMES M. RAY, who lives about a half mile south of town, had the misfortune to get his leg broken one day last week.  He had cut a tree down and it had lodged on another tree and while trying to make it fall, the end flew up and striking him just above the knee nearly broke it in twain.
                Mr. E. W. WESTBROOK who lives about six miles east of town got his leg broken last week in nearly the same manner as Mr. ROY.
                Mr. E. C. BIDWELL, traveling sales man for the “new Home” Sewing Machine was in town last Friday.
                Mr. W. T. GAST, of Hamilton, is in town assisting in running Mr. M. M. FRASIER’S steam engine.

1887 - Aug 4 - Marion Herald -

Mr. JOHN ALLMON of Pikeville is in town this week. - Mr. JOHN HIGHTOWER of near Pikeville we learn was dangerously ill on last week with congestion

1887 - August 11 - Marion Herald

Miss DELLA KEY of near town, but who is teaching at Pikeville spent part of Saturday and Sunday last at her home.

1887 - Nov. 10, 1887, Marion Herald

Mr. W. W. WEBSTER, of Moscow, Kentucky, was in town on Tuesday. Mr. WEBSTER was once a citizen of this county and for several years was engaged in the mercantile business at Pikeville, but moved to Kentucky about twenty years ago and settled in Hickman County where he has since resided. He remained in town only a short time but while here paid us a visit and subscribed for the Herald.

1889 - Feb. 9 - Guin Dispatch

Mr. A. T. WILLETT, of Pikeville, probably the oldest man in Marion county was on our street last Thursday. Mr. Willett is a hatter by trade, and has follows his profession for seventy-one years. He is well preserved for one so old and to a stranger would easily pass for a man of seventy.

1889 - July 25 - Marion Herald

COMMUNICATED - Ed. Herald:   W. F. GREEN returned from Sheffield on last Saturday and his time is now mostly occupied in nursing his baby girl. Mr. JNO. T. HULL, of Sheffield, passed through our village on his way to Hamilton on Monday afternoon where he was going on business for the Birmingham, Sheffield and Tennessee River railroad Company. Mr. HULL is a noted lawyer and in many respects a distinguished man, though I cannot say he is handsome. He is one of the pioneer citizens of Sheffield and had always entertained and exhibited a strong and abiding faith in her future greatness. He is an agreeable conversationalist , an eloquent speaker and a graceful writer. I might add by way of parenthesis that he is fond of all three. He has been engaged by General Chalmers of Mississippi as counsel in his election contest before the next national house of representatives. Hew as the general's counsel in his noted contest several years ago, and carried him safely through. Farmers in this section are some what behind with their work on account of being delayed by rains should the present fine spell of the weather continue for a short while longer, however, all will happily have their crops laid by and the festive plow hand hoe will be laid away to rest - or rust. - WRONG FONT

1891 - February 5 - Hamilton Times

Jan 25 - Editor Hamilton Times
        Find some place in an obscure corner for this and perchance it will attract the attention of some reader and cause him or her to glance down life's history and reflect.
        Sixteen years have elapsed since your writer pressed the soil of Alabama, yet memory leads us back to that period and a pleasant reverie ensues which we would willingly indulge to the uttermost but the reality of the present looms up and dispels the illusion. It is not self aggrandizement, nor to elevate the standard of your valuable paper, that I offer this, but thinking, should it evade the clothes of the waste basket, the signature would catch the eye of some readers and cause some chord of memory to vibrate with just the lest ripple of pleasure.
       I am the same identical J. TAYLOR RESPESS who once tore rags for A. J. HAMILTON, and dished out coffee, sugar and tobacco to his host of friends and customers.  Yes, in 1873-4 I witnessed Pikeville's prosperities and adversities; I saw it street fights and its unions of pleasure.  I witnessed its games of marbles when the young and the aged, the illiterate and the talented engaged in this health invigorating game, and reveled in the shade of the friendly alanthus from early noon until the dewy eve.  But why revert to this folded page of history which only brings back memories that can never again be realized?  the writer, one of the actors in the drama we are now transpiring, is now located on one of the broad prairies of this noble state, where buffalo, deer and antelope once roamed at large unmolested, and the red men practiced his skill and treachery with impunity. And later the cattle king with his herds of thousands of cattle reaped rich rewards from the rich and nutritious verdure of these prairies, but now the husbandman has entered on the scene, and the green and verdant prairies have given place to farms of immense magnitude, and the sound of the lowing herd is replaced with the hum of machinery, and where once the prairies schooner plodded its weary wary across the endless prairie the iron horse now plows his way alike through farm and pasture, prairie or jungle.
        Sixteen years ago the writer struck hands with the Pikevilleites for the last time, got aboard of a wagon propelled by a yoke of oxen, with G. W. MARTIN, to yield the goad stick and embarked on the tedious but pleasant journey to Aberdeen, Miss there to connect with the M. & O. R. R. and there to bid adieu to everything dear to him in the old country, lord of nothing save his hat and trunk he now finds himself at the head and a progenitor of and responsible for the care, protection and support of a family, consisting of a wife and five children and surrounded by the average luxuries of a common clod-hopper.  Thus fate has served us.
       This is a prairie county, land black waxy and as rich as can be.  Plenty of water, climate healthy, society good. Mill, gin, school and church facilities good. Markets near and good; lands very high indeed; grass almost a tradition.  
       Very respectfully

1895 - February 14 - Hamilton News Press

FROM PIKEVILLE -   Mr. RAN SHIREY and family of near Winfield have been visiting the family of Mr. H. L. HUGHES the past week, returning home Saturday. Mr. GEORGE S. MCKAY has been quite sick for some time but is now about well again. A Sunday School will be organized at Philadelphia Church soon. We may also have one here. The people here hope that Representative DAVIS will succeed in getting his bill to establish an Agricultural School at Hamilton enacted into law. In your correspondent's opinion nothing that could be done would be more beneficial to the county. WRONG FONT, Pikeville, Feb. 11

1895 - March 21 - Hamilton News Press

PIKEVILLE ITEMS - Mrs. VINEY HALEY of near Guin is visiting her son, Mr. H. L. HUGHES. Rev. R. D. BOLIN spent a part of last week with relatives near this place. The Sunday School organization project at Philadelphia church was frozen out at last meeting, but is expected to go through all right at next meeting. The freeze Saturday night was pretty rough on small garden truck. I think letters like those two from the little girls at Winfield are very appropriate in a county paper and are also very interesting. Why don't more of the school children write such letters? Our community is very thinly settled, and our school and church facilities are consequently very poor. But it is the intention of our people to get together this summer and build a nice school and church house at the old grave yard, near the forks of the Military and Old Aberdeen road. WRONG FONT, Pikeville, March 19

1895 - March 28 - Hamilton News Press

FROM PIKEVILLE - Rev. Mr. ELLIOTT preached an able sermon at Liberty Church yesterday. Mr. ELLIOTT is the regular pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church at that place, and preaches there every fourth Sunday and Saturday preceding. After preaching, the church selected Messrs. GEORGE C. ESTES and JAMES W. PYRON as delegates to the district meeting which will convene Saturday 30th, instant, at Mount Joy church. Rev. Dr. SPRINGFIELD will preach at Liberty Church next Sunday. There will be singing in the morning before preaching. "Uncle JIMMY" GANN, who has been in bad health for the past year or so, is growing worse. His condition at present is quite serious and it is feared he can not last long. Mr. A. T. WILLETT, who has long enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest man in the county, and also one of the healthiest, is very feeble. He had an epileptic attack Saturday night which left him much worsted. Our "old batch" says he is going to provide against a future time when he might possibly have no mother and sisters to look after his button-sewing and sock-darning. In other words, he says he is going to engage some other fellows' sister to take the job permanently. Some say thy have heard the "old batch" talk before; also, that "it takes two to trade." WRONG FONT , Pikeville, Ala. March 25

1895 - April 4 - Hamilton News Press -

FROM PIKEVILLE- Mr. JOHN HOMER has been sick for some time. There will be preaching at Philadelphia church on next Sunday morning and at Liberty Church in the afternoon by Rev. P. K. MCGLAWN, the Methodist circuit rider. Ur is the name of a new post office just established about eight miles east of here, with JOHN R. WILSON, Jr. as postmaster. Mr. JOEL W. JOHNSON was killed by a falling tree while working in his new ground at his home a few miles west of Pikeville on Tuesday evening. WRONG FONT, Pikeville, Ala. April 1

1895 - April 18 - Hamilton News Press

FROM PIKEVILLE - Mr. W. F. CANTRELL had the misfortune to cut his foot very seriously last Tuesday. It is healing rapidly and it is hoped he will soon be able to be out. Mr. JOHN HIGHTOWER has been quite sick for several days. A Sunday School was organized at Philadelphia Church yesterday, with the following officers: L. G. AKERS, superintendent; W. F. GREEN, secretary, Teachers: Primary class – Miss VIRGIN AKERS; Intermediate Class – Miss FLORENCE STANFORD; Senior Class – W. F. GREEN. Plenty of money was raised to purchase the necessary literature, about forty-five members were enrolled, and the school starts off with bright prospects. For the present the school will meet at 11 o’clock a.m. every Sunday. Before the organization of the school Dr. SPRINGFIELD preached a splendid sermon designed specially for the children, but abounding in valuable instructions for adults as well. A number of the good people of Guin attended the services and their presence was highly appreciated. Mrs. L. G. AKERS has been quite sick for some time. Mr. FRANK KING has a new baby at this house. WRONG FONT, Pikeville, April 15




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