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

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

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

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)

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

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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