Talladega County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


ELEVATOR FALLS – And Two Are Killed and Another Seriously Injured - An accident occurred at the Talladega furnace Sunday morning which cost two, probably three lives. The elevator hung in the shaft and S. H. Jones, L H. McMillan and a negro were on it trying to get it down. Suddenly the rope broke and the elevator and three men shot down 85 feet.  Mr. Jones and the negro were instantly killed, the former’s neck being broken.  Mr. McMillan’s leg was broken in three places, his jaw factored and internal injuries received.  He will probably die.  Mr. Jones was foundry man and McMillan assistant electrician
L. H. McMillan, who was hurt a the furnace, died at 4:30 pm.  Source: Marion County Democrat, Marion County AL, June 18, 1903 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney


[Talladega Reporter, 18th] - Small Pox - All the first cases that occurred in this neighborhood have died.  No cases have occurred in our town. The man Louis Porche, who first brought it to this neighborhood, went out to Mr. Kings, near the old Garrigus Forge, about eight or nine miles due east of town and died there.  Since then Kings' family have taken it, and one or two cases have occurred at Mrs. Crow's, a near neighbor of Kings.  We hear it rumored that several new cases have occurred at Oxford.
     We shall endeavor to keep our readers advised as to this disease. The fatality which has attended it thus far should make the public use every precaution against its spreading.  It is said that Porche has had small pox before, and that Kings who now has it had the disease several years ago.
     We have heard with sorrow of the death of J. A. Coney, our former Telegraph Operator here.  Mr. Coney died at Oxford Saturday morning last of small pox.  Mr. Coney was a kind, accommodating gentleman and was much liked by those who had formed his acquaintance. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 25, 1875 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Hugh G. Barclay, one of the oldest citizens of Talladega, Ala. died in that place on the 18th inst. (Source: The Chattanooga Daily Rebel, Chattanooga, Tenn., Sept 28, 1862 )

A Murderous Uncle - Anniston, Jan 19 – Duff Blocker, a young white man, died at his home near Sylacauga yesterday from injuries inflicted by his uncle, Jno. Blocker, several days since.
    The latter was cutting wood from the land of his brother and Duff’s father, Bird Blocker, when Bird discovered it and remonstrated with him. John threw rocks at him and made him leave.  Duff heard a few hours later how his father had been treated and went to his uncles to demand satisfaction when the latter assaulted him with a stick of wood and beat him into insensibility.  The murderer made his escape. – Birmingham News] - Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, January 24, 1895- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Samuel J. Boggs, born in Madison county, Ala., July 4th, 1833; moved to Talladega county, Ala., in 1835 where he united with the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, when a young man moved to Bossier parish, La., in 1856; went into the organization of Chalybeate Springs Missionary Baptist Church, which took place the 28th day of August, 1859, where he lived a consistent member until his death, which occurred at his home December 6th, 1897.
    On the 8th instant his remains were carried to Salem graveyard where a large number of relatives and friends had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the one who had been so highly esteemed as a father, husband, Christian and mason.  The funeral services were conducted by Elder L. F. Barnett.  He was then buried with masonic honors.
    We can truly say another good man has passed away; but our loss is his gain.
    S. Daws, J. L. Cochran, M. H. Brock, Committee (The Bossier Banner, Bellevue, Bossier Parish, La., Dec. 30, 1897)

A Falling Tree - Sylacauga, Ala., April 21 – Thursday afternoon while A. J. Bowden, of this place, his father-in-law Jeff Baker, and two farmers, and six year old son John, were riding through the woods in a wagon a storm arose.  They whipped up their horses to escape from the forest where trees were being blown down, when the top of a big tree fell upon the wagon, instantly killing Mr. Bowden and perhaps fatally injuring the other two occupants. The boy it is believed will die.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, April 26, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

IN VAIN – A Doctor’s Trip To See A Dying Patient – [Anniston Hot Blast] - A few days ago Dr. Battey, of Rome, was summoned to Talladega to the bedside of the wife of State Senator Cecil Brown, who was lying very low. It was an urgent case, and Dr. Battey ran through on a special, with only an engine and caboose. The distance is eighty-nine miles, and it was made in just ninety minutes.
   This is probably the fastest time ever made, distance considered, on nay road in the South, and it will equal any made on any of the great trunk lines of the North and West.
   Mrs. Brown, however, was beyond medical skill, and died one day last week. Just before dying, she called her husband to her, and in whispered tones, asked him to promise her to unite with the Methodist Church of which she had long been a devoted member. The heart-broken husband, in that solemn hour of parting, made the last promise he could to his living companion, and last Sunday he fulfilled it by taking upon himself a public union with the people of that God his dead wife had so beautifully served while on earth. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 27, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Miss Loui Burns, 65, of Eastaboga, was killed when an automobile in which she was returning from a funeral was in collision with another automobile near Anniston. (Macon Telegraph, Macon, GA., Dec. 24, 1934)

Died, at Talladega, November 10, of pneumonia, James Coleman, aged 36. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala, Nov 26, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

R. T. Conley, a prominent citizen of Talladega county, died recently.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Janaury 5, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

We are pained to learn this christian lady departed this life on Monday night, 11th inst.  She was beloved by all who knew her, was for many years a true, faithful and consistent follower of Jesus, and was one of the most active and efficient members of the Baptist church in the community in which she lived. Wherever there was distress to be alleviated, sorrow to be comforted, or charity needed, she was ever ready to administer material aid to the extent of her means, and to speak of the consolations of religion when all other hope failed.  We know not how she died, nor is that any great matter, her beautiful christian life is known and read by all who knew her.  Her deeds of christian charity and benevolence have long gone up as a memorial of love and peace before her God. (Our Mountain Home, Talladega, Ala., Aug 13, 1879)

Mrs. Mary Curry is dead.  She was a southern matron of the ancient type, than whom none purer or nobler survives.  She lived to raise a large and interesting family,a ll of whom have reached mature age, and was the stepmother to the celebrated J. L. M. Curry, of Richmond, Va. – [Talladega Times] – (Source: Birmingham Iron Age, April 8, 1875)

Talladega. Ala., June 17.— (Special) — Hon. Joseph E. Edwards, former sheriff of Talladega county and mayor of the city and brother-in-law of Hon. S. D. Mallory of Selma, died at his home ?, Monday afternoon at 5:30.  Source: Anniston Star (Anniston, AL) Tuesday, 17 June 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

A man named Embry, living near Lincoln, twenty miles west of Anniston, while walking along the road stumped his toe against a stump and fell to the ground, breaking his neck.  He was 40 years old, and in the very best of health.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, Dec 15, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

A negro brakeman named Steve Gray was found near Syllacauga crushed by a train, and he said, "Charley pushed me off." And died. (The Weekly Age Herald, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL., Nov. 19, 1890)

Talladega Home, May 31st: A man by the name of Hargrove was shot at Munford on last Friday evening while at supper at the hotel of Mr. Camp.  We hear that Hargrove has since died.  No reason given for the shooting but whiskey.  The murderer’s name is Smith and he is said to be a desperado, defied the whole community, mounted the best horse and escaped, and is still at large.  Another piece of reckless deviltry with whiskey at the bottom. (The Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., June 8, 1876)
TALLADEGA - Funeral service for Margaret Merrymon Hollis, 79, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home chapel in Pell City with the Rev. Ted St. John officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
    Mrs. Hollis died April 12 at Talladega Health Care Center. She was a member of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church and was a lifelong resident of Pell City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee Hollis; a son, Jack Hollis; and grandchildren, Jeff Hollis and Teresa Hollis.
She is survived by three sons, William R. Hollis of Talladega and Bobby Joe Hollis and Wayne L. Hollis of Pell City; one daughter, Violet Patricia Hollis of Pell City; one brother, Charles Merrymon of Pell City; two sisters, Mildred Wright of Pell City and Gail Trammell of Ragland; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
   Kilgore Funeral Home in Pell City will direct the service. [Daily Home, The (Talladega, AL) - April 12, 2000 - submitted by yarbrough_hunter @yahoo.com]
Miss Cynthia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hopkins, died at her home near Munford, and was buried at Eastaboga. Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, February 18, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Obit: Oxford - Funeral services for Frances J. Horton, 63, of Oxford, will be today, March 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Coldwater Baptist Church. Dr. Pete Frames will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 1 p.m until service time at the church. Mrs. Horton passed away on Sunday at Regional Medical Center. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Horton; sons, Hubert W. Horton, David L. Horton; sister, Kathy Martin; brother, Kenneth Tarwater; grandchildren, Tyler Wayne Horton, Stephanie Ann Horton; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Horton was a native of Talladega County. She was a resident of Oxford. Mrs. Horton was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Gladys Tarwater; brothers, Thomas Tarwater, Roy Tarwater, Howard Tarwater, Clint Tarwater, Cecil Tarwater, Freddie Tarwater, Jimmy Damone, and a sister, Judy Tarwater. Miller Funeral Home (The Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, Mar. 19, 2013, Submitted by Candi Horton)
Obit: OXFORD - Funeral services for Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Horton, 78, who passed away, July 29, 2009, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home Chapel, Oxford. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Trussville. The Rev. Jim Etheredge will officiate. His family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight. T.J. was born on October 19, 1930, in Columbiana. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean War and there receiving the Purple Heart while on the U.S.S. Cacapon. Upon leaving the Navy, T.J. went to work for Vulcan Materials where he remained for 38 years before retiring as the superintendent of the Oxford Quarry in 1993. After retiring from Vulcan, T.J. spent his leisure time doing all kinds of work in his yard, keeping up with the lives of his children and grandchildren, and spending long hours in the shade of his birthday oak tree with his neighbor, "watching the world go by." He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, but memories of him will linger in our hearts for a long, long time. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Edna Spates Horton; brothers, Levi Marion Horton and Lawrence Eugene Horton; and father-in-law, Richard Peterson. Mr. Horton is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gloria P. Horton; children, John Thomas Horton, Richard Evan Horton (Renee), Tommie Anne Kirby, Eve Ann Wallace (Bryan); grandchildren, Adam Kirby (Carmen), Nicki Howard (Cullen), Whitney Ann Wallace, Tyler Scott Wallace, Addyson Dale Horton; great-grandchildren, Ryann Grace, Ragan Nicole, and Erin Ruth Howard, and Tyler Lauren, Ayden Wade and Trenton Alex Kirby; sister-in-law, Rosalyn P. Horton; mother-in-law, Evelyn T. Peterson; nephews, Lawrence Eugene Horton (Meredith), Richard Earnest Horton; four great nieces and two great nephews; his dog, Shine and cat, Fuzzie. Pallbearers will be Shad Williams, Larry Horton, Ricky Horton, Hunter Horton, Monty Wallace and Adam Kirby. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Heard and Royce Kirby. (Source: The Anniston Star, Anniston, AL, July 31, 2009, Submitted by Candi Horton)

Run Over and Killed
An Old Man Killed on the Georgia Pacific Railroad - An old gentleman 95 years of age, named Reuben Hudgins, was killed Tuesday by the Georgia Pacific passenger train.  It seems the old gentleman was walking the railroad track, and when he reached Choccoloc creek lost confidence in himself and sank on his all-fours, trying to crawl over the trestle.  A young man near by went to his assistance, and was endeavoring to lead him across when the train hove in sight, and the young man jumped from the trestle to save his own life, finding he could not lift the old man.  The trestle is situated at a curve in the railroad.  The old man was lifted up by the cowcatcher and thrown some distance, mutilating him in a horrible manner.  Those who witnessed the affair attach no blame to the engineer.  (Anniston Hot Blast, 15 Dec 1883, p1.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Thos. W. Huey, formerly of Talladega, died in Texas recently. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., July 1, 1875 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Martin Jenkins, a highly respected negro carpenter, was found dead at his home in Talladega by his family, who had been attending church, with his head nearly severed from his body from a razor cut.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, October 6, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Died on the night of the 16th inst. in Birmingham, from injuries received some three or four weeks since, from an accident on a hand-car, Mr. J. G. Mayfield, of Talladega county.  His age was 25 years. (Birmingham Iron Age, July 23, 1874 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Rev. A. B. McCorkle, aged 80 years, died at Talladega, after being pastor of the Presbyterian church in that place for a quarter of a century. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 23, 1886 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
[From the Talladega Register] - Died, at the residence of Col. WILLIAM CALDWELL, in this county, EDMUND McGEHEE, aged about 26 years - of a protracted attack of billions fever.  In the death of this young man, we are called to weep over the remains of one of no common worth or merit; his warm heart, his bland, candid and kind feelings, won for him the esteem and respect of all who knew him.  He was full of hope and of promise.  The vigour of his constitution and age, promised long life and happiness.  The buoyancy of youth and hope gave to his feeling uncommon vivacity and sprightliness.  Little did he think, but a few weeks ago, that so soon would his body moulder in the tomb.  He made no profession of religion in health, but during his illness, he was impressed with the necessity of religion.  He prayed much and asked others to pray for him.  He was convinced he would never recover.  He exhorted those around him, to seek religion and meet him in Heaven.  We believe he entertained a hope that his sins were pardoned, and that he would go to Heaven.  O! How uncertain is life.  How wise to prepare in health and youth for the solemn hour of death, for "to comes like a thief in the night" and the long night of death is near when we think least of it.
    Our young friend was amongst us but a short time since in all the manly vigour of his youth - but alas he now sleeps in his grave.  We shed over his untimely fate, the tears of sorrow and regret and long shall his memory be embalmed in our hearts. Source: Jacksonville Republican, Benton (now Calhoun) County, Ala - Dec 21, 1837 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
The Talladega Home has the following which deserves a careful ready by every Republican in the land:
    "Sam McWilliams, one of the best colored men we ever knew, died at his residence near this city last Sunday.  He was about thirty-five years of age, and everybody white and black was his friend and especially did the children claim him as their friend, for many a ride did he give them on this drag and haul their bundles when he was going their way.  We will miss Sam, and are sorrowful over his death. - (Marion County Herald, Marion County AL, August 16, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
OFF ON A LARK – Talladega, Sept. 15 – Pleas Morris and Ben Mobley both colored, left town last hilarious on account of bug juice.  When about eight miles out, a quarrel arose, Plaes severed the artery of Ben’s left arm, and Ben went off to glory. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 19, 1889- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Talladega Reporter:  Died, Nov. 26th, MR. JOHN MOSS.  If he had lived nine days more he would have been one hundred years old. Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, December 26, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
EX-GOVERNOR PARSONS Died at Talladega Yesterday
Montgomery, June 8 - A special to the Advertiser from Talladega, Ala says:
Ex-Gov Lewis E. Parsons died in this city today.
 He was appointed provisional governor of the state in June 1865 by President Johnson. When the Legislature met in December of that year he was elected United States senator but was refused his seat because of the opposition Congress made to the reconstruction policy of Mr. Johnson. Since that time he has devoted his time to the practice of the law.  He had been a member of the State Legislature before the war and served in the same capacity after the war, being speaker of the Republican House Of Representatives in 1872 when the state had a dual legislature. As a lawyer he stood among the foremost in the state. (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, June 13, 1895 - Transcribed  by Veneta McKinney)
A tragedy occurred near Eastaboga, fifty miles east of Birmingham, on Friday.  John Foster shot and killed Barney Patterson, whom he suspected of improper relations with his sister, and then beat his sister terribly with a stick. Foster escaped and has eluded capture. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, GA., Oct. 26, 1888)
"Died this place (Talledega) on Wednesday morning last, Capt. James E. Peebles, Post Quartermaster of the Tax-in-kind for this district.  He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss.  His remains will be carried to Jacksonville for interment." - From the June 30, 1864 edition of ALABAMA REPORTER newspaper - Submitted by Gwen Jackson
Little Turner Curry, of Talladega, let a gun go off and accidentally killed Jimmie Reed. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., November 25, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Sarah Scott, colored, died at Talladega on last week at the advanced age of 103.  She is said to be the oldest woman in Alabama. Source: Hammilton Times, Marion County AL, June 26, 1890  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Killed by Lightning.
Tobe Snow and Ophelia Nolan, tenants on the plantation of J. H. McClarkin, at Silver Run, Ala., 12 miles south of Anniston, were instantly killed by lightning. The two were standing under a tree in the Nolan woman's yard when the fatal bolt came. [Aug 26 1893 The Lafayette Advertiser - submitted by Janice Rice]
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
SUDDUTH, Son of H.
The 3-year old son of H. Sudduth living at Fayetteville was playing with matches one day last week when his clothing caught fire, burning him so badly that he died in a few hours.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, May 18, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Col. Samuel Toole, a highly esteemed citizen of our city, died Tuesday night and was buried today.  Col. Toole was an uncle of Mrs. Judge Martin, of Columbus, Ga and a brother of Dr. B. W. Toole of this place.  He had many friends here. (Columbus Daily Enquirer, Columbus, GA., Jan. 23, 1898)
ACCIDENTALLY KILLED - Talladega, Ala., Nov. 27 – Mr. Shep Weathers was killed near here this evening by the falling of an embankment.  He was hauling sand by himself and was found sometime after the embankment had fallen.  He was a good citizen and leaves a wife and two children. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, November 30, 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
TALLADEGA - Funeral services for Robert Cruse Yarbrough Sr., 66, will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. at Usrey Chapel in Talladega with Bro. Ken Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Trussville at 1 p.m. Mr. Yarbrough died Thursday, Nov. 3, at his residence. He was a native of Trussville but had lived most of his life in Talladega. He was retired from the Coast Guard. He is survived by his wife, Polly Yarbrough of Talladega; sons, Robert C. Yarbrough Jr. of Anniston and Russell W. Yarbrough of Talladega; brother, Steve Yarbrough of Trussville; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Lakeside Hospice in Pell City. Usrey Funeral Home in Talladega will direct the services. [Daily Home, The (Talladega, AL) - November 4, 2005 - submitted by yarbrough_hunter @ yahoo.com]








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