Marshall County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


The Hartselle Index says the mail rider from Guntersville to Huntsville, a white boy 17 years old, was frozen to death while riding the mail one day last week.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL - January 21, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney


Murderer Overcome by Ammonia and Dragged to the Gallows
Guntersville, Ala. April 26 - Bob Watts, a young white man, was hanged in the jail yard here under tragic circumstances.  He had become possessed of a knife and resisted to the end. Ammonia was thrown into his cell and he was thus overcome and dragged to the scaffold by force, coughing and moaning piteously.  Watts was hanged for the murder of Perd Winkles, an old Confederate soldier, in the fall of 1904.  Winkles had drawn his pension money amounting to $30 from the state and was enroute home when he was murdered.  The dying man said that Watts had shot and robbed him.  (Woodbury, NJ, April 26, 1907)

     Cpl. Raymond Walden, was buried on Wednesday, with services at the Arab Methodist Church.
     Pvt. Virgil Casey, 23, killed in North Africa, April 6, 1943, was buried at Gilliam Springs, Wednesday, Revs. Miller and Kelly officiating. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Casey of Arab, route 3.
     Pfc. Ralph E. McDaniell, 22, was buried at Arab on Wednesday. (See full article under Military News) Source: The Cullman Democrat, (Cullman, Ala), June 10, 1948; Submitted by SueAnn McKnight

LITTLE BOY CREMATED - The little three-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Miles Bradford was burned to death at Merigold, Marshall county, one night last week, while asleep in bed.  Mr. Bradford and wife left the little fellow asleep in the bed and went over to a neighbor's house for a visit.  In some manner the house caught fire and was consumed with the baby and all the contents.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL - March 3, 1904 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

Mrs. Nancy A. Brown was born in Marshall county, Alabama August 23, 1860; professed religion in 1879; joined the C. P. Church in 1884; was left a widow, with one little boy.  On the 17th day of October 1886, she was married by E. W. Holeman to J. H. Brown, with whom she lived up to her death, which occurred August 18th, 1887.  She was a kind, loving wife and mother.  All she said about death, after much suffering, was that she would get to Heaven before her grandmother, Martin.
      Sister Brown leaves a broken-hearted husband, little boy, sweet babe, and her step-children to mourn her loss, but their loss is her great gain.  "And I heard a voice form Heaven saying, "Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from hence-forth.  Yea, said the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them."
      E. W. Holeman (San Saba News, San Saba, Tex., August 26, 1887)

The dead body of Huge Bunyon, a log man, was found in the bottoms near Manchester, and about six miles from here, late yesterday afternoon. There were no signs of violence, nor any indications that the deceased had come to his death by any such means. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition and he had evidently been dead several days.
     Bunyon had not been seen by any one since Monday morning last, when he left his home several miles from where he was engaged in cutting logs until Thursday night.
     His absence from home therefore created no alarm. His dinner, which he carried from him Monday morning was found untouched. His death therefore most likely occurred some time in the forenoon of that day. He was a very stout and healthy man, not at all subject o any thing like apoplexy, epilepsy or heart disease. The only explanation that is offered is that he was probably bitten by the deadly moccasin snake which abounds in the bottoms, and grow to large proportions. And this view is corroborated by the fact that when found, his handkerchief was tightly wrapped around his arm – [Guntersville Democrat]  Source: Marion Herald, Marion County AL - Sept 19, 1889 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

Rev. M. E. Butt will on the first Sunday in July preach at Union Grove the funeral of the late Mrs. B. F. Cadenhead, who died on the 27th of March.  (The Guntersville Democrat, Guntersville, Ala., May 21, 1896 – vm)

A telegram from New York City announces the death of Thomas J. Cochran, a prominent merchant of Guntersville.  Mr. Cochran was a member of the firm of Jordan, Manning & Co and had gone to New York for treatment for Bright’s disease.  Source: Vernon Courier (Lamar County AL) - Feb. 2, 1893 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney

[Guntersville Democrat] – Marshall County News:  After remaining in an unconscious state from Sunday night till Wednesday night at 8 o'clock, Mr. Hiram Cooley died from the effects of two blows on the head, given by James and Thomas Neely.  Mr. Cooley was a good citizen, had the friendship and confidence of his neighbors, leaves a wife and family of small children, and his untimely death is very much regretted by the whole community.  The murderers have not been arrested.    (The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery  Ala, Nov. 20, 1883 – vm)

We are informed that Rev. Ben Harris, a Baptist preacher, living near Arab in Marshall County, while plowing one day last week suddenly came to the conclusion that “the game was not worth the candle” unyoked his oxen, took a trace chain and hanged himself. – [Morgan County News] - Source: Vernon Courier (Lamar County AL) - March 4, 1887 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

Mrs. J. B. Lecroy died on the 14th at her home near North. (The Guntersville Democrat, Guntersville, Ala., May 21, 1896 – vm)

PARKER, CHARLES and family
The shotgun quarantine has resulted in the death of four people in Marshall county, Alabama. When the yellow fever broke out in Decatur, among the refugees who left were Charles Parker, his wife and two small children. Parker was a carpenter and had little money. He had relatives near Oak Mountain and decided to go there. When within about 15 miles of the house he was confronted by the shotgun quarantine guards, and could not obtain shelter.
   After being driven away from a number of homes, Parker and his family camped at a spring at the foot of the mountain. That was the last time they were seen alive, as the people in the neighborhood would not go near the camp. Sunday a physician heard of the circumstances and determined to ascertain the fate of the family. On reaching the spot he was horrified to find the dead and decomposing bodies of Parker and his family. Parker and his wife had evidently died of yellow fever, while the children, about two and four years old, died of starvation and exposure.  Source: “Minster Home Light,” Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio, Volume 1, Number 21, October 13, 1888; transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team

Jimmie Pinson died at Albertville from what was said to be hydrophobia, after most intense suffering for more than two weeks.  He was a small lad and had been bitten by a dog that was supposed to have been made. Soon afterwards he began to show symptoms of the rabies and suffered intense agony.  He was given every attention but nothing benefited him and he died in great agony.  Source: Marion County Democrat(Marion County AL) - July 16, 1903 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

PURCELL, Infant of Mr. and Mrs.
Near Guntersville the infant of Mr. and Mrs. Purcell died from the effects of a rat bite.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL - May 21, 1891 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

Burned to Death - On the 12th inst., Rhoda C., a little son of Mr. A. G. Russell, near Missionary Station, Marshall Co., Ala., was so badly burned in the cotton field that she died in a few hours. She was aged seven years. (Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Ga., Dec. 19, 1860)

Samuel Scott, working in his father's field near Guntersville, Alabama, went to a spring and lay down to drink.  While drinking a rattlesnake that was coiled there struck him in the face and clung there until the boy tore it away and stamped it to death.  Then he ran home and died in eight hours, in spite of all efforts to save his life. (Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Ga., July 8, 1887)

Thos. D. Starnes, a well known citizen of Scottsboro, died at Dr. Elrod's in DeKalb county on the 13th whither he had gone with his wife two months ago thinking the change would benefit his health. (The Guntersville Democrat, Guntersville, Ala., May 21, 1896 – vm)

A horrible accident occurred near Friendship on the 23 at Lewis Turners saw Mill.  Joseph Turner the father of Mrs. Lewis Turner, was on a visit to his daughter and son-in-law, and on Saturday he was helping the men at the saw mill.  While bearing off lumber from the saw a slab he was carrying caught on the rapidly-revolving saw and threw Mr. Turner directly where his head and arm were cut off in an instant.  Poor fellow!  Hurled into eternity without a moment’s warning. – [Guntersville Democrat] -  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL,  April 4, 1889 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

A Good Man Taken Away
Joseph W. Vann died at his home near Columbus City, Marshall county, last week; age about 50.  He was one of the best of men, and his loss is felt by a great many outside his own connection and immediate family.  He was a zealous christian and a good citizen.  His old home was on the road leading from Larkinsville to the river.  His father, Joseph Vann, died many years ago.  His mother was a sister of Mr. Joe McCutchen, of this county.  Mr. Vann's first wife was a daughter of Mr. Daniel Freeman, and his second wife was Miss Ligon, a cousin of Mrs. R. Hollis of our town.  He had three brothers.  Two are living.  Tom was a Confederate soldier with Co. K, Jackson Guards, 4th Alabama Inf. And fell in one of the battles in Virginia.  One of his daughters, Miss Lizzie, married Wm. A. Brewer, living in Mississippi.
     Mr. Vann was a cripple through life, from a hurt to his foot in childhood.  For a nubmer of years he was in the employ and family of Capt. J. H. Young, at Larkinsville, and he was held in highest regard.  (The Scottsboro Citizen, Scottsboro, Ala., Aug 29, 1895)

Near Manchester, in Marshall County, about the same time, JNO. WALKER, a tenant on the farm of PRESS COUCH, while taking shelter from the rain under a tree, was instantly killed from a bolt of lightning which struck the tree.  Walker was about 25 years old and leaves a wife.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, April 22, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney


A few days ago Jacob Wilbanks shot and mortally wounded his nephew, Robert Wilbanks, in Marshall county.  It seems to have been an unprovoked attack.
      Near New Hope, in Marshal county, Jacob Willbanks, waylaid and shot Robert Willbanks, his uncle. The trouble arose about something the uncle was reported to have said about his nephew.  Young Willbanks made good his escape.  Source: Vernon Courier (Lamar County AL) - June 29, 1893 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney
      Jacob Williams, a farmer of Marshall county had heard that his nephew, Robert Williams, had connected him in some way with the recent burning of a barn in the neighborhood. He took his shotgun and loaded it with slugs and went in search of his nephew.  The farmer found him near his house and halted him and told him what he had heard. Robert told him to wait a minute, and he would go with him to the parties.  Jacob' said, "No, Ill settle with you here by shooting your head off."  This he did.  (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 29, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

WILLINGHAM, Daughter of J. W.
News has reached Gadsden of a distressing accident at Martling, Marshall county.  J. W. Willingham was killing hogs Saturday, and he took his little 8-year old daughter out to see the work of scalding and scraping the hogs.  Mr. Willingham’s attention was attracted elsewhere for a moment, and he was called by the screams of his child.  She had gone near a pot of boiling water and in some manner fell in headforemost.  Mr. Willingham rushed up and seized the child by the feet and pulled her out. She died in about five minutes afterwards, being burned and scalded in a terrible manner.  Source: The Marion County News (Marion County, AL), February 25, 1897 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

WYTHE, Judge
Judge Wythe of Guntersville died recently, a great and good man has gone. Source: The Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL, July 25, 1889 - transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney








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