Montgomery County, Alabama Genealogy Trails



Dr. M. P. LeGrand, a prominent citizen of Montgomery died Sunday night at Blount Springs.  J. W. Hale, another estimable citizen of the capitol city also died Sunday.  He and Dr. LeGrand went to Montgomery in 1857 on the same train and commence d the drug business together on the same spot where Mr. Hale has ever since.  It is a singular coincidence that they died within twenty hours of each other.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 21, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


A special to the Advertiser from Daleville, Ala. says: A son of Dr. Joseph Banks and a negro boy were filled by lightning near Montgomery Tuesday afternoon.  The boys were at a grindstone in the yard, when the bolt struck a tree and passed to where they boys were standing.  They were both killed instantly.  Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, July 18, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Death of Mr. Alford - Pine Level, May 15. - (Special) - Saturday, the 13th, at 8 a.m., Mr. Wm. Alford died.  He was in his 74th year.  He was the brother of Mr. Leven Alford, of our village, and Mr. John Alford, near Montgomery.  He was buried at Salem graveyard.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death.  (Montgomery, The Montgomery Advertiser, 16 May 1893, p7.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mrs. Eliza Allen, the venerable mother of General W. W. Allen, died at her home in Montgomery Friday morning.  She was nearly eighty-seven years old. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, February 4, 1892  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died, in Montgomery, March 15, Andrew Alldred. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 7, age 55.  He was one of the oldest and most esteemed physicians of that place, and a valued citizen.    Source: Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

W. A. Andrews of Montgomery committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart with a pistol. (Source; Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Aug 24, 1893- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

David Bar, a well-known stock dealer of Nashville, is supposed to have committed suicide at the Exchange Hotel in Montgomery last Saturday night. Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, November 21, 1889 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died, in Montgomery, March 16, J. N. Beall. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

D.P. Bears, a promising young man of Montgomery, visited Pattsburg the other day, and while there took a fever, became delirious, and wandered off some distance from the house and fell into a creek and was drowned.  (Andalusia, The Covington Crescent, 24 Aug 1889, p2.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Died...December 6th, in Montgomery, Alabama, Mrs. Caroline Beman, aged 70 years, at the residence of her son, Hon. W. I. Yancey.Source: The State, December 13, 1859 - Submitted by Dena Whitesell

BIRD, Mrs.
Died, in Montgomery, March 10, Mrs. Bird. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

BOYLE, Col. B.
The news of the sudden death of Col. B. Boyle, at Opelika, yesterday, created a profound feeling of sadness in this city.  He left here yesterday morning for Opelika.  Arriving there, he was attempting to get off the cars, when he fell between them. The cars being in motion the wheels ran over him and crushed both legs to pieces, besides inflicting other terrible wounds.  He lived but a short while afterwards.  Col. Boyle has been connected with railroads all his life, and is well known throughout the South as a contractor and builder.  He and his associate, Mr. Kelly built many miles of the Montgomery and Eufaula railroad.  They had large contracts on the South and North Road, and are at present interested in the Selma and Gulf and Opelika and Guntersville Railroads.  Col. Boyle was Superintendent of the latter road.  His death is a severe loss, not only to his family and friends, but to the entire State.  He was a public spirited, enterprising citizen and as noble and high-minded and generous a man as Alabama could boast.  Most sincerely do we deplore his loss.  His remains will reach the city this morning from Opelika. [Advertiser, 20th ult.] Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., July 1, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Bob Brady, 90 year old Confederate veteran died at his home at Mt. Carmel Thursday morning.  Funeral services were held there at 10 o'clock Friday morning.  Mr. Brady was widely known throughout the southern part of the county.  He had lived in the house where he died 40 years. (Source: The Alabama Journal, Montgomery, Ala, January 25, 1929) (photo from news clipping)
A Montgomery county Confederate veteran, R. A. Brady, 90, this week sleeps in his native soil.  Mr. Brady died at his home in Mt. Carmel last week and was buried in the cemetery there.  He had lived in that section for 44 years and was one of the most widely known citizens in the Mt. Carmel and Sellers vicinity.  He leaves two sons, three daughters, 25 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  (Source: The Alabama Journal, Montgomery, Ala, January 29, 1929)

SHIRLEY BRAGG COMMITTS SUICIDE - Dr. Shirley Bragg state jail and cotton mill inspector, too his own life at his home, No 814 South Perry Street, Montgomery. The means of death was a 38-calibre revolver.  The bullet evidently entered at the mouth, as there is only one hole, just back of the left ear,.  It is thought by some that this hole might have been made form the outside, and the theory is advanced that after all the shot may have been the result of an accident, as it would have been rather unlikely for him to have reached so far back when the temple was in easy access.  No note or letter or word of any kind was left.  Mrs. Bragg found him across the bed with life extinct shortly after he had spoken of feeling exceptionally well. She had not heard the shot, nor had any of the people about the house.  Blood was flowing from the wound in the head and the body was yet warm. She gave the alarm, and Dr. Robert Goldwaithe was called to the house.  In a short time the residence was filled with friends of the family and the news spread sorrow about Montgomery where he was loved as few men have been loved in the community. (Source: The Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, November 4, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Hon. Woodley C. Campbell, city alderman from the first ward in Montgomery, coroner of Montgomery County, captain of a Montgomery Cavalry company and a prominent business man, died at 7 o’clock Thursday morning in Atlanta.  He had been there several weeks under treatment of specialists.  He had been in failing health for more than a year, as a result of an abscess on his liver.  Source: Gazette Appeal, Marion County AL, December 3, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Judge David Clopton, of a number of years justice of the supreme court of Alabama died at his home in Montgomery on the 5th inst.  A good man and a great lawyer has passed away.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, February 11, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

John K. Collins, foreman of the Louisville and Nashville switching crew at Montgomery was run over and killed last week while attempting to make a coupling.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, December 2, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Hon. John L. Cobb ex-state treasurer of Alabama died at his home in Montgomery Wednesday night.  He was 56 years old and had been prominent in business circles for years.  Source: Gazette Appeal, Marion County AL, December 3, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Civil War Veteran Buried in Elmore County - The body of Henry Warren Cooper, 84, Confederate Veteran, who died at the residence on Highland Avenue Thursday afternoon was sent to Mt. Hebron cemetery in Elmore County at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon.  Funeral services and internment took place there with D---y's (can't read) Funeral Home in charge.  Rev. L. W. Chalker officiated.
   Mr. Cooper had lived in this city for eight years and was a member of the Methodist Church.  He is survived by one son, Henry Warren Cooper,  Jr., of Opelika; four daughters, Mrs. Annie Welch and Mrs. M. Fisher, both of Montgomery; Mrs. E. G. Welch, of Savannah, Ga; and Mrs. E. C. James, of Birmingham. (Source: Montgomery Journal, Montgomery, Ala., January 11, 1929.)

COWAN, Mrs. J. G.
AGED WOMAN DIES IN UNION SPRINGS - Funeral Services Will Be Held Wednesday Afternoon for Mrs. J. G. COWAN - News has been received here of the death of Mrs. J. G. Cowan, widow of the late Major James G. Cowan, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Eva Haynes, in Union Springs  yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
   Major and Mrs. Cowan made their home in Montgomery for many years until the death of Maj. Cowan several years ago, when she moved to her old home in Union Springs.  During their residence in Montgomery, Major and Mrs. Cowan made many friends who will be grieved to learn of her death.  They took a leading part in the activities of the First Presbyterian Church of this city, of which they were for many years consistent and faithful members.
    Mrs. Cowan was 81 years of age and the larger part of her life was spent in Montgomery.  Besides her niece, Mrs. Haynes, with whom she made her home for the past few years, she is survived by several other nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Presbyterian Church in Union Springs and internement will be in Union Springs. - (Source: Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala.  March 14, 1929)

Pat Wilson, white, shot and killed a negro burglar named Jim Davis in Montgomery on last week.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, April 30, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

J.C. Fincher, engineer on the Western of Alabama railroad, was instantly killed near Montgomery when his train, a heavy freight, crashed into a switch engine of the same road that had backed onto the main line.  (Starke, Bradford County Telegraph, 12 Aug 1910, p2.  Transcribed by HEH)

OLDEST DEACON OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IS DEAD - William Gamble, 86, died late last night at the home of his nephew, Charles Giddens, South Lawrence Street,.  He had  been ill only for a short time.  Mr. Gamble was the oldest deacon in the First Baptist Church and was a Confederate Veteran.  He had made his home here with his nephew and at Grady, Ala. with his only sister, Mrs. Bettie Giddens, for a number of years.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.  Besides his nephew here and his sister at Grady, he is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. (Source: The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., March 11, 1929)

Funeral services for William Gamble, Confederate Veteran, who died at a local infirmary Saturday night, will take place from the Leak Chapel Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Dr. Charles A. Stakely, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate.  Internment Oakwood. (Source: The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., March 11, 1929)

With the passing Saturday of WILLIAM GAMBLE, 86, beloved pioneer citizen of Montgomery county, there is, as far as can be learned, but one surviving member of the First Alabama Cavalry regiment who participated in the historic battle of Shiloh during the Civil War..........Mr. Gamble was in Company 9 of the [Montgomery County Mounted Rifles].   Funeral services for Mr. Gamble were held Monday. (Source: The Alabama Journal, Montgomery, Ala, March 12, 1929)

W. L. Garner, a prominent citizen of Montgomery county, Ala., dropped dead Saturday night.  (The Bolivar Bulletin, Bolivar, Tenn., July 12, 1895)

M. A. Graves a prominent citizen of Montgomery is dead.  (Source; Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 15, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

The death of Mr. Duncan Grayham last Thursday the 11th, at Orion, was received with sad hearts by his many friends in this place.  (Montgomery, The Montgomery Advertiser, 16 May 1893, p7.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mountain Creek - Green, George W., 87, Confederate Veteran, buried Wednesday. - (Source: Alabama Journal, Montgomery, Ala, Jan. 21, 1929)

Died, at his plantation in Montgomery county, November 19, S. L. Harris. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 10, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

J. W. Hopper, a section foreman on the L. and N. railroad, was run over by a construction train about thirty miles north of Montgomery on the 16th inst, and instantly killed.   Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, June 21, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Haley Hutchinson, one of the oldest and wealthiest planters of Montgomery county, Ala. died on the 25th ult.  He leaves a large fortune and no direct heirs. (The Yazoo Democrat, Yazoo City, Miss., Dec. 18, 1858)

William Irwin, who has run a ferry across the Alabama River at Montgomery for many years, was knocked off the ferry boat one day last week and drowned. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, April 27, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A DISTRESSING STORY - A Young Lady Commits Suicide by Hanging Herself with a Sheet
Montgomery, Ala, Jan. 5 - Miss Susie Kavaugh, an intelligent and attractive nineteen-year-old girl, committed suicide about daylight yesterday morning by hanging herself from the banisters at the Watkins sanitarium, near this city.  The young woman lived at Shorters Station and for some months had been suffering from the effects of melancholia. Several weeks ago her parents sent her to Dr. Watkins' Institution with the hope that he could restore her to her normal condition. She appeared to be improving, but yesterday morning when the nurses came into the hall they found Miss Kavanaugh's body swinging at the end of a sheet from the first landing of the stairway.  She had apparently been dead for several hours. The young lady comes of an excellent family and her unfortunate disease and its distressing culmination is greatly deplored Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 10, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

John Lewis and Hardy Jackson, negroes, living in Montgomery county, had a quarrel about some land, and John closed the argument by shooting Hardy dead with his little musket.  He was arrested and committed to jail without bail.  (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, AL, June 11, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Drowned. This day, the body of a young man, named James F. Jones, formerly of Smyrna, Delaware, was found in the river at Montgomery, Alabama. He was a coach-maker, and worked in the latter place. His remains were decently interred.  Source: Sunday, May 27, 1860, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register, by Frances Vincent, 1860. -  [Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Mrs. M. B. Judkins Dies
She was the Wife of a Well Known Planter of Montgomery County
News reached Montgomery yesterday of the death Sunday evening at her home in Mt. Meigs of Mrs. Mollie B. Judkins wife of L. D. Judkins, a well known and prosperous planter of Montgomery county.  Mrs. Judkins had been ill about two weeks and the end was not unexpected.
     Mrs. Judkins was 49 years old and had been for many years a faithful member of the Methodist Church.  She was a daughter of the late Dr. R. S. Williams.  Mrs. Judkins is survived by her husband, five sons and one daughter.
      The body was taken to Wetumpka for interment and the funeral services were held at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. (The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 3, 1901)

Eben Bell Kirk, Montgomery, Ala.: University of Alabama, Mobile, 1885; died in a hospital in Montgomery, March 10.
[Journal of American Medical Society 1920 – Transcribed by Tina Easley

While digging a sewer on Decatur Street, Montgomery, two colored workmen were submerged by the caving in of the loose dirt.  One, George Lamar was killed. The other escaped with but slight injuries. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, April 18, 1895- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

LEE, DR. J. C.
Dr. J. C. Lee a well known South Alabama physician, died at Montgomery the other day. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 4, 1892- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died, in Montgomery, March 13, Dr. Paul C. Lee. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

The body of Mrs. Mary McIntosh Leigh, 71, who died at her residence in Birmingham Monday afternoon at one o'clock, will arrive in this city Wednesday morning at 10:20 o'clock.  Funeral services and internment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery on arrival of the train.  The Rev. T. B. Thompson will officiate, the Leak Company in charge.  Mrs. Leigh was the wife of the late John Henry Leigh, Confederate veteran and at one time tax collector of Montgomery County.  She is survived by three sons, George, Houston, and John Leigh, all of Birmingham; two brothers, Geo. F. Clark, Tuscaloosa and John A. Clark, of Waycross, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. R. C. Rives of Strata and Mrs. H. A. Sandlin, of Thomasville, Ga., and two nieces, Mrs. W. W. Marvin of Snowdoun and Mrs. J. F. Tillery of this city. (Source: The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 20, 1929) - (Note on news clipping: Not on pension roll)

The wife of Charles Linn of this city, died at her residence in Montgomery on Monday last.  Her husband and other members of the family residing here were summoned unexpectedly to witness her death and left on the 4:30 am train Monday morning. Mr. Linn has the sympathies of the entire community in his repeated and painful bereavements, having since his removal to this city lost several members of his family in New Orleans and Montgomery.  (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 25, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Died, in Montgomery, March 21, Mrs. Charles Linn. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 25, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

We learn through a private letter to a friend that Mr. T. P. Ludgate, formerly of this place, but late of Montgomery, Ala., died at the latter place on last Sunday morning, after a lingering illness.  His death was the immediate result of dropsy of the heart. (The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, Pascagoula, Miss., Feb. 4, 1887)

Dr. Frank Lynch a well known and highly respected citizen of Montgomery, died in that city on Wednesday last. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, AL, June 4, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney))

Hon. Abram Martin, a distinguished lawyer and eminent and respected citizen, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Dr. W. O. Baldwin, in Montgomery, 1st inst. at the advanced age of seventy-six years.  He had been in declining health for several months, although previous to that time he was remarkable for his health and vigor (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 7, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Died, in Montgomery, February 11, Mrs. M. S. Marvin.  (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Feb 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Marjorie P. May, 84, died Dec. 28, 2008, at her Montgomery residence. She was a native of Salitpa. A member of the Rigby Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, she was a homemaker and member of the Eastern Star.
     Survivors include a son, Charles O. May of Montgomery; daughter, Linda Cherry of Montgomery; two sisters, Tennie Lankford of Wagarville and Claudine Skipworth Hemrick of Mobile; three grandchildren, Lowery D. Wilson of Maubry, Jeffery Wilson of Florence and Sherrie Nichols of Birmingham; three great-grandchildren, Hannah Wilson of Florence and Haley Nichols and Clayton Nichols, both of Birmingham; and two stepgreat grandchildren, Jay Keaton and Bradley Keaton, both of Florence.
    Funeral services were Dec. 31 at the Peniel Baptist Church in Jackson.
    Active pallbearers were Jeffery Nichols, Jeffery Wilson, Lowery Wilson, Johnny Skipworth, Otis Tarver and Johnny Counselman. Honorary pallbearer was Roy Rice.  Source: The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009, Submitted by Sabrina Roberts

Amzi McDaniels a 14-year-old white boy was bathing in the river at Montgomery with three companions when he got beyond his depth and was drowned.  Source: Gazette Appeal, Marion County AL, September 24, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died, in Montgomery, March 12, Mrs. Eliza E. Mims. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

A MONTGOMERY TRAGEDY - Montgomery, March 30 – At 8 o’clock tonight Knowles Mitchell, aged 18 years, and one of the best known and most popular young men in the city, suicided on the sidewalk in front of the Exchange hotel.  Mitchell had been drinking somewhat during the day, just before the fatal shot was fired he was apparently sober.  He walked into the Exchange bar, took a drink and calling a friend he walked to the curbstone.  He then told his friend that he proposed to kill himself, and gave him the names of six or eight of his intimidate associates who m he desire should be his pall-bearers.  With this he pulled his pistol and raised it to his head, but his friend knocked it up as he pulled the trigger and the ball did not touch him.  He stepped back and placing the pistol to his head sent a ball crashing through his brain. The staggered backward about 20 feet and fell dead on the pavement.  No cause can be assigned for his act except that he had been on a spree today.   Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, April 5, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Robert H. Molton, one of Montgomery’s best citizens, died in that city on the 8th inst.  He was about 65 years of age and was much esteemed throughout the state of Alabama. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, August 15, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Fireman Killed at Monahans, Tex.
Hubert Moore, Formerly of Montgomery, Ala., Falls from Engine While Train is Moving
Big Springs, Tex., June 21 – Herbert Moore, of Montgomery, Ala., a locomotive fireman of the Texas and Pacific railway, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon at Monahans, Texas, when he fell to the track beneath the wheels between the engine and tender, while the engine was in motion. The remains were brought to Big Springs and will be turned over to a local undertaker to be prepared for burial.  Mr. Moore was a single man and his only relative is a sister, Mrs. E. T. Shepherd, residing in Georgiana, Ala. (El Paso Herald, El Paso, Tex., June 21, 1913)

Last Thursday Miss Mattie Murdock, while standing near the edge of the depot platform at Mount Meigs, was struck by a passing train and instantly killed. Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, October 24, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died at the residence of Mr. James Chappell, at 1 p.m., 6th inst, Mrs. Winifred Murphy, wife of P. H. Murphy, late of Renovo, Pa. (The Weekly Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala, Jan. 13, 1880 – vm)

Died, at Montgomery, December 11, Rev. James M. Newman. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 17, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

B. F. Noble, an old citizen of Montgomery, died recently.  Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, February 6, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Robert James Oliver, 52, died Dec. 25, 2008 at a local hospital. A native of Jackson and resident of Montgomery, he was a transportation technologist senior with the Alabama Department of Transportation and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church.
     Survivors include his wife, Linda C. Oliver of Montgomery; two daughters, Cinnamon Oliver and Annie Oliver, both of Montgomery; two sisters, Charlene B. Siegel of Belleville, Ill. and Kathy K. (Mike) Lammers of Goodland, Kan.; grandmother, Josephine Tillman of McIntosh; and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts.
     He was preceded in death by parents, Agnes Hall Oliver and John Ellis Oliver; daughters, Lacey Oliver and Daisy Oliver.
     Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 2, 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Jackson.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial be made to Mountain View Baptist Church Budget, Building Fund and Bus Barn, 1025 Rifle Range Rd., Wetumpka, AL 36093; or Asera Care Hospice, P.O. Box 1281, Jackson, AL 36545. Arrangements are being directed by Lathan Funeral Home of Chatom.  Source: The South Alabamian, January 1, 2009, Submitted by Sabrina Roberts<

A SENSATIONAL TRAGEDY - The most sensational tragedy in which negroes have figured during recent years occurred here yesterday morning.
 Prof. P. H. Patterson, a teacher in the State Normal School, colored, and one of the leaders of his race in the South, was brutally murdered at the foot of the altar of the First Baptist Church on Columbus Street.
 George W. Pritchett is charged with having fired the shot through Patterson's brain.  He is in jail and among his fellow prisoners are several alleged accomplices, all prominent negroes, who are said to have been parties to the crime.
 They are Rev. A. J. STOKES, pastor of the First Baptist Church, colored, Rev. J. T. BROWN, the lately deposed pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist church, Rev. W. M. Bracy and Rev. John Barham, also Baptist preachers, who have churches near Montgomery; Forest A Micon and C. J. Micon, Jno. Williams and Mace Coleman. Warrants were sworn out by William Watkins, a reliable negro contactor and builder, and the father-in-law of the deceased.
 Watkins declares that these persons were in a conspiracy to get rid of Patterson, or at least protest Stokes from any one opposed to him in any trouble that might arise.
 The murder occurred in the presence of over a thousand people, the occasion being the first annual conference of the Alabama Baptist Congress, colored, in which about a hundred ministers from all parts of the State were participating.
 Undoubtedly the crime was the outcome of a bitter strife between two factions of Montgomery negro Baptist,  Patterson was the leader of one side, and Rev. A. J. Stokes and Rev. J. T. Brown stood at the head of the other faction - [Montgomery Advertiser] (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, Aug 5, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney) <

SUICIDE OF AN ENGINEER - Wm. Raplee, a railroad engineer from Minnesota, died in Montgomery last week from the effects of an overdose of morphine taken with suicidal intent. Raplee was despondent over failure to secure work, and after a weeks' spree ended his life.  His mother lives in St. Paul.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, December 31, 1903 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney<

The large brick parapet on top of the front of the large store building of Goetter, Well & Co, Montgomery, fell without threat or warning on the street below Wednesday, killing Lon Reese and perhaps fatally injuring Thacker Colder, a popular young clerk in the store. Source: Marion Gazette Appeal, Marion County AL, September 24, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney<

Col. Warren S. Reese, twice mayor of Montgomery, and one of that city’s most popular, most enterprising and most valuable citizens, died Thursday night from the effects of heart failure.  He had been in excellent health until the previous day, when he was taken sick.  He drove to his home in this carriage, and Thursday morning appeared to be improved in condition, but after nightfall a relapse set in and the end came.
    Colonel Reese was the nominee of the populists for United States senator against John T. Morgan., and contested the seat.  He was colonel of the Twelfth Alabama Calvary during the war.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, December 30, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney<

CONFEDERATE VETERAN ANSWERS DEATH CALLS - JOHN MILTON RILEY, 82, died yesterday afternoon at a local infirmary following an illness of ten days duration.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon at Leak's Chapel at 3 o'clock, Dr. Donald McGuire , pastor of the  First Presbyterian Church, officiating. 
   Mr. Riley was a native of Montgomery, and was widely known as a Confederate veteran.  He was a member of Camp Lomax and also a member of the Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge.  For several years he had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
   Internment will be made this afternoon in Oakwood Cemetery with the Leak Company in charge.  (Source: Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala, Feb. 20, 1929)<

Died, On Thursday last, at the residence of his brother Willis Roberts, in this city.  Mr. John E. Roberts, aged 43 years, for the past twenty years a citizen of Montgomery.  Mr. Roberts had been in ill health for some time and went gently down the decline of life, although his death was sudden and unexpected.  He was an ingenious and skilled mechanic and has left many evidences of his art as mementos to his relatives.  He served the country in the war as a member of the Montgomery Blues.  In the private walks of life he was an affectionate and faithful friend and an honest upright man.
“Seek no further his merits to disclose,
Nor draw his failures from beneath the sod
There alike in trembling faith repose,
The bosom of his father and his God.
            A Friend - (The Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., June 29, 1876 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

CONFEDERATE VET DIES - J. F. SANSOM, 89, Passes at Home of Nephew at Sellers - Sellers, Ala.. May 1 (Special) - The funeral of J. F. SANSOM, aged 89, well known Confederate Veteran, who died yesterday afternoon at the home of his nephew, J. B. SANSOM, will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at Bethlehem, and will be conducted by the Rev. Mr. McCloud, of the Primitive Baptist Church.  Mr. Sansom is survived by four daughters, Mrs. P. M. McMahon, Mrs. Bertha Wallace, and Mrs. L. D. Barfield, of Montgomery, and Mrs. Norah Brown of Sellers. (Source: Montgomery Journal, Montgomery County, Ala., May 1, 1928 - NOTE: Hand written note on clipping: Entitled to July 1928 Warrant<

COL. CALVIN L. SAYRE DEAD - Montgomery, Nov 2 – Col.Calvin L. Sayre, one of the best known men in Alabama, died here this afternoon. He had been in failing health for two years and his death was no surprise to his friends. Colonel Sayre has had an eventful career.  He was the man who first unfurled the flag of The Southern Confederacy when Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the steps of the capitol building here. He was the first Confederate soldier wounded in the war.  For a great many years he was a professional lobbyist atWashington and has engineered some big deals through the nations; capitol. He has made fortune after fortune by speculation.  He leaves a wife and several children in good circumstances.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL. November 8, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died, at the Dexter House in Montgomery, December 5, C. H. Scott (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 10, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mrs. Caroline Stark, of Montgomery, is dead.  (Anniston Hot Blast, 01 Dec 1883, p1.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

JUDGE STONE DEAD – Alabama’s Chief Justice Passes Quietly Away  - Montgomery, March 12 - Judge GEORGE W. STONE, Chief Justice of the state supreme court, died yesterday about 11 o’clock at his residence in this city. He had been able to attend to his duties until two days ago, when he was compelled to keep himself at home.  Old age was the primary trouble, but the immediate cause of his death was heart failure.  Judge Stone was a native of Virginia, having been born in Bedford County, that state on October 24, 1811.  His parents removed to Lincoln County, Tenn. in 1817.  He read law at Fayetteville and was admitted to the bar in 1834.  He located in Talladega in 1840.  In 1843, on the death of Judge SHORTRIDGE he was appointed to fill the vacancy on the circuit court bench.  In 1856 he was elected to a seat on the supreme bench, serving until 1865.  In 1876 he was appointed associate justice by Hourton, and in 1884 was elected chief justice, serving up to his death.  Source: Hamilton Free Press, Marion County AL, March 15, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died, in Montgomery, December 15, Leopold Strauss. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 17, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Rev. Horace Stringfellow, D. D. for twenty-four years rector of St. John's Episcopal church of Montgomery died at this home in that city the past week. After and illness of about four months.  He has been delegate from this state to every general convention of the church since 1870.  Prior to his removal to Montgomery he was rector of St. Paul Cathedral church at Indianapolis and under his ministration Thomas A Hendricks and Joseph E. McDonald were confirmed as members of his church. There is universal sorrow over his death.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, November 16, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Boilermaker Kills Another.
Montgomery, Ala.-Thomas Summeral, a boilermaker, was shot and killed by W. H. Hunter, another boilermaker, as a result of a quarrel Tuesday night. They had been together all day and friends thought they had adjusted their differences. Hunter shot his companion five times. (Source:  The Catahoula News (Harrisonbury, LA) September 7, 1907, page 1 - Submitted by Robin Line)

A FLAMING WOMAN WAS IN HOT PURSUIT – With flames rising above her head, Jane Thornton, of Montgomery, a negro nurse, ran for Mrs. W. M. Teague, Jr., who was holding her infant in her lap.  Mrs. Teague fled for her life half over the house before the screaming negro turned from pursuit of her to the kitchen, where the cook threw water on her blazing clothing but too late to save the life of the victim. The nurse was preparing milk for the baby in the bed room, when an alcohol lamp blew up. At once her clothing caught fire, and as the flames enveloped her she ran to Mrs. Teague for succor, whose life and the baby’s would have been sacrificed if she had been overtaken. The smell of burning flesh and the excitement came near resulting seriously for Mr. Teague, though she is able to sit up. Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, October 21, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Mr. J. J. Walker, of Montgomery, father of Consul Julien Walker whose serious illness was noted a few days ago, died Wednesday afternoon.  He was 84 years old, and originally from Lowndes county.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, August 26, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

B. B. Warren, a wholesale grocer of Montgomery, and a business man of prominence, died at his residence on Court Street Wednesday morning from the effects of Bright’s disease.  He was 54 years old age and had been a resident of this county for many years.  Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, October 21, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Willie Watts, aged about 14 years, a son of Gov. Watts, was drowned in the Alabama River at the ferry landing at Montgomery while bathing on the 24th inst. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., May 27 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Will Harris shot and killed Philip Williams over a game of cards at Montgomery. Both were negroes.  Harris is in jail. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, September 7, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

KILLED BY ENRAGED BULL - Gored by an enraged bull, with great gashes and wounds in her body from head to foot, Sallie Williams, an aged negress, died in terrible agony near Montgomery last week, before her body was removed from the scene of the tragedy.  There was not a witness to the unequal fight with the maddened animal except Henry Holt, a brother-in-law of the woman, who reached her too late to save her from being literally torn to pieces.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, December 17, 1903- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died, in Montgomery, February 15, Jane Williamson. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Feb 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Hon. J. A. Winnes, formerly city court judge of Montgomery, Ala., died a few days since after a week's illness.  He was seventy-three years old.  He had hardly breathed his last when his wife, an invalid, rapidly sank, and died within an hour.  Both were buried the same day. (Macon Beacon, Macon, Miss., Aug. 23, 1886)

Capt. Wm. F. Witcher, an ex-Confederate, and lawyer in Montgomery, died recently , aged 42 years (Birmingham Iron Age, May 28, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney








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