BALLARD, JOHN RUSSELL, farmer, was born March 17, 1867, in Tallapoosa County; son of William and Prances Pennella (Russell) Ballard, the former who was born near Newnan, Coweta County, Ga., moved to Alabama with his parents when quite young; was elected Justice of the peace In Tallapoosa County, served In the C. S. Army as private, lieutenant and captain of Co. C, Forty-seventh Alabama regiment, and spent the last year of the war as a prisoner In Port Delaware. Hit paternal grandfather came from Indiana to Coweta County, Ga., about 1826 or 1827, was married there, and a few years later moved to Alabama, settling near Dadeville, in Tallapoosa County. His mother's parents emigrated from Henry County, Ga., to Chambers County, later moving; to Tallapoosa County. He was educated in the common country schools of Tallapoosa County, and became a farmer. He was elected Justice of the peace, 1892, 1896, and 1900; was beat chairman of the People's Party from the time of its organization until the party united with the Democratic party In Tallapoosa County, at which time he became beat chairman of the latter party. Mr. Ballard was chairman of a committee of citizens appointed to erect a school in his community, and after its erection was made president of the board of trustees of the M. I. academy. He is a Missionary Baptist. Married: December 21, 1882, near Youngs Ferry, to Dannie Hardy, daughter of Daniel and Julia Ann Elisabeth(Allen) Hardy, of Tallapoosa County; granddaughter of Robert Hardy, who came to Alabama from South Carolina about 1830. Residence: Alexander City. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
BANKS, MICHAEL JOSEPH, physician, was born July 27, 1867, in Tallapoosa County; son of Dr. Wilson L. and Parmela (Bulger) Banks, the former a native of Chambers County, born March 24, 1832, and died September 30, 1890; grandson of Joseph and Mary (Briscoe) Banks, the former, born June 6, 1811, in Dublin, Ireland, came with his parents to America in 1818, settling In Georgia, moved to Alabama In Tallapoosa County, and died in 1863, and of Gen. M. J. and Parmela (Donald) Bulger, the former a native of Columbia, S. C. born February 13, 1806; great-grandson of Joseph and Margaret Banks, Sr., the former was born in Ireland in 1779, and died In Alabama in 1868, and of Pierce and Annie (Adams) Bulger; great-great-grand-son of John and Jane Banks, the former, born 1758, in Dublin. Ireland, died in 1833, and was buried In Bride's Churchyard, Dublin, Ireland, and of Mike Bulger, a native of Ireland, and the brother of Lord John Bulger. The progenitor of the family in America, Mike Bulger, came to this country with Baron DeKalb to join the Revolution, remained a member of his staff as long as DeKalb lived, and was by his side when the latter was killed at Camden. Dr. Banks was reared in Tallapoosa County, attending the common schools there, and later took up the study of medicine in tbe Atlanta Medical College. He was graduated M. D., 1889, aud began to practice medicine the following year at Jackson's Gap, where he has continued a successful practice. He is a Democrat, and a Missionary Baptist. Married: (1) in 1880, Beulah Henderson of Jackson's Gap, who died in 1893; (2) In 1895, Vada Burroughs of Dadevllle, who died In 1899; (3) January, 1903, Linnie Shank, of Glass. Children, by first marriage; 1. Lula; 2. Esther: 3. Graves, deceased; 4. Ruth; 5. Joseph T.: 6. Wilson L.; 7. Beulah; by third marriage; 8. Dona. Residence: Jackson's Gap. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
BOONE. WILLIAM J., member of the constitutional convention, 1865, from Tallapoosa County. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
BRIDGES, BLUFORD BUTLER, lawyer, was born August 12, 1848, near Cross Plains, now Piedmont, in Benton, now Calhoun County; son of Billings and Arabella (Smith) Bridges, who lived in Benton County, the former came with his mother from Campbell County, Ga.. to Benton County after his father's death, the latter a native of Wake County, N. C, came with her father to Benton County about 1837, was married in the latter part of 1847, and after Mr. Bridges death, married L. B. Holcombe, December 1851, and died in Calhoun County, September 1867; grandson of Benjamin and Elisabeth Bridges, who lived in Georgia, and prior thereto, in South Carolina, and of Hardy and Elisabeth Smith, who lived in Wake County, N.C., and moved to Benton County, Mr. Bridges obtained his education principally in country schools, immediately before and just after the War of Secession. He read law at home while working in a wagon and blacksmith shop, and was admitted to the bar, June 1886, at Edwardsvllle, Cleburne County. He practiced law at EdwardsviIle until 1900, then moved to Dadevllle, Tallapoosa County, and entered a law partnership with J. Percy Oliver, under the firm name of Bridges & Oliver. He served as Justice of the peace, 1882-1886. He is a Democrat; a Methodist Episcopalian, serving as steward in the church, 1892-1900; and a Royal Arch Mason. Married: (1) December, 1871, in Calhoun County, Susan Matilda, who died April, 1884. In Cleburne County, daughter of Solomon Jefferson and Julia A. (Holcombe) Geer, the latter born in Union District, S. C. died in Piedmont, Calhoun County, 1905, granddaughter of Benjamin and Susan Holcombe; (2) 1884. Hudson Alice Howell, born June, 1864, in Cleburne County, daughter of Hudson and M. Jane Howell, the former of whom was killed in the battle of Atlanta, July, 1864, the latter died October 1892, at Anniston. Children, by first marriage: 1. Julia Bell. m. 1890. Asa McDaniel Dodd, Columbus, Ga.; 2. William Howell, m. 1899, Lelia Garrett, Cedartown, Ga.: no children by second marriage. Residence: Dadevllle. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
BULGER, MICHAEL JEFFERSON, planter, brigadier general, C. S. Army, State senator, was born February 13, 1806, in Richland District. S.C., and died September 11, 1900, in Tallapoosa County; son of Pierce and Sarah A. (Adam) Bulger, of Richland District, S.C., the former a mechanic by trade, a soldier in the War of 1812, in which he was wounded, and a resident there until his death in 1818; grandson of Michael Bulger, a native of Ireland who came to America during the Revolution as a member of General DeKalb's staff, was in the battle of Camden, where DeKalb was killed and he himself left wounded on the field, recovering, he married, and settled in Richland District where he reared a family. When seventeen years of age General Bulger, with his brother Charles, located in Montgomery, where he was apprenticed to a gin-maker with whom he lived several years. In 1834 he removed to Nixburg, Coosa County, and thence in 1838, he moved to Tallapoosa County and followed the occupation of a planter the remainder of bis life. He was elected to the State legislature, 1851-57. He had a fine understanding of parliamentary law, especially that part which was of use to a minority. He was elected brigadier general of militia, and held that position until 1861. During the years he held this office he labored diligently to infuse and maintain a military spirit among the people. He waa a delegate to the Charleston convention of 1860, but withdrew with the Alabama delegation and took no further part in the proceedings, except that of an onlooker, deeply interested in final results. In the division of the Democratic party, he adhered to the national organization, canvassed the State extensively for Douglas and was a candidate for election on the Douglas electoral ticket. Upon the call for a convention, following Lincoln's election to the presidency of the United States, General Bulger was elected from Tallapoosa to that body, and opposed the secession of Alabama from the Union on the grounds that it was "unwise and impolitic," and urged steps looking to co-operation with the other slave-holding states. When the ordinance of secession was reported by the committee of thirteen, he voted for a proposition to submit it to the people, being one of three men who refused to sign the ordinance. A mob formed and threatened to hang him for what they regarded as disloyalty to the section, but upon hearing his defiant retort that according to his opinion a man who refused to vote according to the wishes of his constituents deserved to be hanged, and that ihey should come and do their work, the mob became an orderly mass that entered the hall to stare at a man with so much courage. He remained in the convention throughout the whole session, taking part in its proceedings, and assisted in the re-organization of the state government under the new order of things. In 1861 he was defeated for the senate. When war came General Bulger felt it his duty to do everything to uphold the Southern cause. His first work was to assist Governor Shorter to re-organize the cavalry. He recruited and organized a company and went into camp at Loachapoka, and with his assistance a regiment was raised, but on his failure to be elected colonel he accepted a captaincy in the 47th Alabama Infantry regiment; at the battle of Cedar Run he was in command of the regiment and during an attack on the flank he was wounded in the arm, but he bound his arm tightly, laid it in his bosom, and continued to command his regiment. A little later he was shot in the leg and an artery severed, but he stopped the flow of blood by placing a corncob on each side which he bound with a suspender that was given him by one of the soldiers, and then persisted in the fight until exhausted from the loss of blood he was compelled to desist. He was borne to the home of a Mr. Tusby where he was cared for. He returned home and while confined to his bed from his wounds he was elected to the State senate to fill a vacancy. After his recovery he returned to his regiment and was made lieutenant colonel. At the battle of Gettysburg he was in General Law's brigade in the charge on Little Round Top, and while commanding the regiment was shot through the chest with a minie ball, which lodged under the shoulder blade where it ever after remained. He was left on tbe field and reported dead, but was cared for by the Federals during his stay at Gettysburg. He was later removed to Baltimore and thence sent to Johnson's Island, where he spent the winter. Tbe following spring he was exchanged, and returning to his command was commissioned colonel. Returning home for a surgical operation he waa again elected to the State senate. While waiting to recover sufficiently to return to the field he was commissioned brigadier-general in the Confederate Army, but before he could assume his new office the Confederate armies had surrendered. Upon returning home he became a candidate for governor, bnt was defeated by Robert M. Patton. He was a member of the State senate, 1866. After this last public service he retired to the home of his daughter, at Jackson's Gap. He waa a Presbyterian. Married: (1) in 1829, to Parmella, daughter of Rev. Matthew Donnell of Rea County, Tenn.: (2) In 1887, to Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Nathan and Harriet Boseman, of Tallapoosa County. Children, by the first wife: 1. Pierce D., Baptist minister; 2. Mary A., m. Dr. James T. Shackleford, Trenton, Tenn.; 3. Michael; 4. Parmella, m. Dr. Wilson T. Banks, Tallapoosa County; by the second wife: 5. Nathan; 6. William D.; 7. Catherine T., m. John P. Burns, Dadevllle; 8. Thomas L. (q. v.); 9. Carrie. Last residence: Jackson's Gap. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
BULGER, THOMAS LAFAYETTE, lawyer and 8tate senator, was born In Dadevllle, Tallapoosa County, August 16, 1855; son of Michael Jefferson and Mary Elizabeth (Boseman) Bulger (q. v.); and grandson of Nathan and Harriett Bozeman, of Brooksvllle, Coosa County. Senator Bulger's early education was received in the common country schools; he attended the Roanoke college in Virginia four years, and later entered the U. S. military academy at West Point, but did not graduate. Since 1877, Mr. Bulger has been a practicing lawyer at Dadevllle; was a member of the State senate, 1886-87, member of the house of representatives, 1898-99 and 1900-01; member of the constitutional convention of 1901; again a member of the house. 1907; and a member of the State senate, 1916, of which body he was president pro tern. He is a Democrat; a member of the State executive committee ten years; a Bryan presidential elector; a Methodist, and a Knight of Pythias. Married: December 16, 1880, at Wetumpka, to Mollis Cade, daughter of Col. John G. and Sarah (Hutcheson) Bass, of that place. Children: 1. Hentell T., m. O. P. Carlisle, of Dadevllle; 2. Bessie Cade, m. Joseph B. Rylance (q. v.); 3. Michael J. Jr., unmarried. Residence: Dadevllle. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
BULGER, WILLIAM DOUGLASS, lawyer, was born March 1, 1843. near Rook ford, Coosa County, and died at Dadevllle, December 5, 1884; son of Michael and Elisabeth (Bowman) Bulger (q. v.). He was educated in the county schools, and spent five years in the office of the "Dadevllle Banner," owned by his father. He entered Maryvllle college, Tenn., and was a student there in 1881, when he left school to become a member of a company assigned to the 38th Tennessee Infantry regiment. On receiving bis discharge, in April 1862, he enlisted in Co. A. 47th Alabama Infantry regiment, commanded by his father; participated in tbe battles of Cedar Run, Second Manassas, Chantilly Farm, Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg and Chlckamauga; was wounded in the last named battle, and was assigned to duty at Mobile and appointed lieutenant colonel of the Third Alabama reserves. Upon tbe cessation of hostilities he returned borne and at once began the study of law; in 1866 admitted to the bar and located at Dadevllle, where be remained until 1888, when he removed to Birmingham; in a short time became associated with Judge John T. Heflln, and upon the latter's death, became associated with John J. Altman and Harrington P. Heflln. He was a member of the house of representatives from Tallapoosa County, 1870-81. and an unsuccessful candidate for cougress from the fifth district. He was a Democrat and a Baptist. Married: December 8, 1866, at Dadevllle, to Amanda Elizabeth, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Crabbe) Crabbe, of McDonough, Ga., the former a Confederate soldier. Children: 1. Emma. m. James A. ONeal: 2. Henrie, an artist, resides in Dadeville; 3. Frances, resides in Dadevllle; 4. Bozeman, a newspaper writer of wide reputation, m. Louie Strane. of Athens, resides in New York; 5. Ruby, m. Alexander M. Parker, resides in Tucson, Arizona; 6-10 all died young. Last residence: Dadevllle. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
Burks, Rev William Carroll
Rev. William Carroll Burks, who for many years was actively engaged in the work of the ministry of the Primitive Baptist church, is now living retired at Pottsville, Texas, enjoying a well earned rest. He was born on the 7th of March, 1818, and is the son of James Lyon and Lydia (Robinson) Burks. The father was a native of Lincoln county, Georgia, served as orderly sergeant under General Jackson in the war of 1812, was for a number of years a member of the state legislature, and was colonel on the staff of Governor Sleigh. In 1845 he became a resident of Scott county, Mississippi, where his death occurred in 1866, at the age of seventy-six years. He was also a faithful member of the Baptist church.
At the age of twenty-two years our subject started out in life for himself, operating his father's farm until 1843, when he removed to Russell county, Alabama. At the end of a year, however, he went to Chambers county, that state, where the following three years were passed. The next four years he spent in Tallapoosa county, whence he removed to Leake county, Mississippi, but in November, 1872, he became a resident of Comanche county, Texas, where he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land on Holmes creek, all wild. He at once began its improvement, erecting a house, and there made his home for three years, when he sold out and bought two hundred acres nearer the town of Comanche. After living there for four years, he exchanged that place for one east of the town, but three years later removed to his present home in Pottsville.
On the 22d of December, 1840, Mr. Burks was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Weathers, who was born in Georgia. October 11, 1819, and is the daughter of Daniel and Sarah ( Malney) Weathers. Her father served as a member of the state senate from Talbot county, Georgia, and died there in 1882, at the advanced age of ninety-three years, being at that time the oldest man in the county. Our subject and his estimable wife became the parents of the following children: Daniel, born November 19, 1842, died in August, 1862, from effects of Confederate service in the late war; James, born July 20, 1845, also died in the same month in 1862; William Milton, born June 27, 1847, died while a member of the Confederate army in the fall of 1865; Jesse, born March 12, 1850, is living in Comanche county, Texas; John Franklin, born August 31, 1852, makes his home in the same county; Thomas Jefferson, born November 22, 1854, owns and runs a cotton gin at Pottsville (see sketch elsewhere in this work); Sarah
Frances, born July 22, 1855, is the wife of Benjamin Lassette, of Taylor county, Texas; Lainey was born December 13, 1857, and died between seventeen and eighteen years of age; Andrew Jackson, born , i860, is living in Callahan county, Texas.
In early life, Mr. Burks became a member of the Primitive Baptist church, of which he was ordained deacon in 1845, and on the 27th of November, 1858, was ordained a minister, and has engaged in preaching ever since. He has been a faithful and conscientious worker in the Master's vineyard, doing all in his power for the uplifting of humanity, and the world is better for his having lived. His political support is given the Democratic party.
Source: History of Texas, Central Texas, Vol I, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1896
Transcribed by Gene P
CARLETON, WILLIAM GEORGE, physician, waa born September 14, 1858, at Cusseta, Chambers County; son of William James Henry and Ava Augusta (George) Carleton, the former bom at Forsyth, Monroe County, Ga., lived much of his life at Cusseta, and removed in 1800, to Walnut Hill, was mall carrier and postmaster during the early part of the War of Secession, later enlisted in Captain Meadow's company, afterwards Captain Wallace's company, being stationed first at Pollard and later on the Gulf coast; grandson of Isaac Henry and Mary (Head) Carleton, and of Banks and Martha (Autrey) George, of Decatur, Ga. He was educated at home by his parents, and in the common and high schools of Tuskegee; graduated from tbe medical department of Vanderbllt university, 1882; entered on practice at Fredonia; located in 1883 at Camp Hill where he resides, practicing medicine and farming. He represented Tallapoosa County in the house, 1915. He is a Democrat; a Methodist; Royal Arch Mason: and Knight of Pythias. Mrried: June 20, 1881, at Lafayette, to Lula A., daughter of I. T. and Mary Jane (Bolton)Talbot, of that place. Children: 1. Claudia, m. Dr. C. C. Ferguson: 2. Mary Ava. m. G. O. Winter; 3. Ruth, m. J. Howard Owen; 4. Kathleen. Residence: Camp Hill. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
CUMBEE, REUBEN ANDREW JACKSON, probate Judge aud Baptist minister, was born June 9, 1833, In Meriwether County, Ga.; son of Reuben and Sarah (McCall) Cumbee, the former a native of Newbeiry District, S. C. who removed soon after his marriage to Meriwether County, Ga., later removing to Alabama, lived In Chambers and Randolph Counties where he was a planter. Sarah (McCall) Cumbee'a paternal grandfather was a soldier of the Revolution. R. A. J. Cumbee was educated in tbe common schools and the high school at Milltown, Chambers County. He was ordained to preach at Bacon Level, Randolph County and preached there and in Heard County. Ga., until tbe beginning of the War of Secession. He enlisted as a private In Co. F, 14th Alabama Infantry regiment C. S. Army, was made third lieutenant, saw service in Virginia, being in the battles of Seven Pines, the seven day fight around Richmond, Salem Church, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg. Wilderness and Gaines Farm. He returned to Chambers County and preached and taught at Fredonia until 1876, when he removed to Tallapoosa County, preaching at Dadevllle and Alexander City, later removing to Clay County, where he preached at Linevllle and Ashland. He was elected probate Judge of Tallapoosa County in 1880 serving six years, defeated In 1886 and reelected In 1892. Married: (1) in 1857, in Heard County, Ga.. to Mary R. Stodghill; (2) In 1873, in Bacon Level, Randolph County, to Catherine E. Trent; (3) November, 1892, at Fredonia, to Fannie, daughter of William Bonner of that place. Children: by first wife; 1. Sarah E., m. S. H. Gillam; by second wife, Annie Pearl. Residence: Tallapoosa County. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
DARBY, STEPHEN JOSEPH, lawyer and editor, was born August 22, 1852, on a farm in Tallapoosa County; son of John West and Susan(White) Darby of Twigg County, Ga.; the former a Democrat and a Secessionist, and when the war broke out in 1861, enlisted as a private in the Forty-seventh Alabama regiment, was discharged because of falling health, re-enlisted In 1862, and died from disease in service; grandson of Isaac and Mary (Lee) Darby, natives of Georgia, who lived on a plantation in that state, then moved to Stewart County, Ga., and finally to Hosier Parish, La., and of Capt. John and Nancy (Tanner) White, who lived in Anson County, N. C. and afterwards in Coosa County, Ala., the former of whom was a captain of militia In North Carolina. Mr. Darby spent his early days on his father's farm, attending tbe common schools in tbe neighborhood. Later he studied in the high school of John McWade in Georgia, and the private school of I. O. Clifton at Summervllle, Tex; For two years after he finished his schooling, he was employed as a traveling salesman in Texas. He returned to Alabama; studied law with Suttle and Kyle at Wetumpka; was admitted to tbe bar in June, 1874, beginning practice at Rockford, Coosa County; was admitted to the supreme court of Alabama, January 3, 1876; established the "Rockford Enterprise," 1877; was elected solicitor of the fifth judicial circuit in 1880 for a term of six years and declined re-election; was admitted to the circuit court of the United States at Montgomery, 1885; moved to Birmingham, November, 1888, practicing law there for eight years, as well as connecting himself with J. C. Westbrook in the real estate business; became secretary of the Birmingham agricultural works, a director of the West Valley street railroad of that city, and attorney for both corporations; represented the department of Justice in connection with the court of claims under Harrison's administration; was special assistant U. S. attorney, 1889; was admitted to the supreme court of the territory of Arizona, 1898; established the Arizona "Democrat" under the name of "Daily Enterprise," in Phoenix, Ariz.; was elected city treasurer of Phoenix, 1899; moved to San Francisco; edited a newspaper and was connected with a job printing office in that city up to and including the time of the earthquake; returned to Rockford; resumed the practice of law in that city, and established the Rockford "Chronicle," December 4, 1908. Mr. Darby Is a Democrat, has frequently represented his locality in the state conventions of his party, and in 1884, was a delegate from the fifth district of Alabama to the national convention that nominated Grover Cleveland. In 1880, he was a candidate for the nomination for congress in the fifth district, and was defeated by three-fourths of one vote. He is a knight of the Golden Rule, and a Royal Arch Mason. Married: at Kowaliga, Rosalie, daughter of John C. and Elizabeth A. (Lambert) Westbrook (q. v.), who lived at Kowaliga, and later at Birmingham. Children: 1. Stephen J. Jr.; 2. Rosalie, attended normal school at Florence, teaches in the public school at East Lake; 3. Annie Lee. Residence: Alexander City. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
DAWSON, WALTER RALEIGH, farmer, was born December 4, 1832, in Upson County, Ga.; son of Gen. Lemuel Gulliver and Mary (Glanton) Dawson, natives of Edgefield District, S. C; grandson of John Dawson, farmer and soldier in tbe Revolution, who lived and died in South Carolina, and of John Glanton, who also spent his life in that state. His father was educated in tbe common schools of South Carolina, moved to Alabama in1834, settling in Chambers County; became a general in the state militia and in the war of 1836; died In Chambers County in 1848. Mr. Dawson was a brother of W. P. Dawson, a wealthy planter of Elmore County; of O. H. P. Dawson, a planter in Claiborne Parish, La.; of L. H. Dawson, a planter who resides at Waverly; and of George W. Dawson, a merchant at Camp Hill. W. R. Dawson was reared on his fathers farm in Chambers County, attended the common schools of the county and later private schools in Montgomery; taught school for three years, then devoted all his attention to his planting interests. He is owner of several plantations in Tallapoosa aud Chambers Counties, and of considerable property in Camp Hill; has resided in Tallapoosa County since 1869, and in Camp Hill for the greater part of that time. He served in the legislators as representative from Tallapoosa County, 1878-1879; and later as treasurer of Camp Hill. He is a Democrat and has frequently represented his county in state, district and county conventions. He Is a Baptist and a Royal Arch Mason. Married; November 21, 1802, Louisa Lewis Griffith, born January 29, 1835, in Jones County, Ga., daughter of Lewis and Elisabeth (English) Griffith, natives respectively of Philadelphia, Pa., and of Jones County, Ga. Mr. Griffith was a merchant tailor, and died In Jones County, Ga., in 1841, His wife died in Monroe County, Ga. in 1847. Children: 1. Sarah Frances, m. R. T. Parker, resides in Dadevllle; 2. Mary Elizabeth, m. Benjamin H. Walker, resides at Camp Hill: 3. Kate Alice, m. Mr. Garrett, both deceased, last residence, Atlanta, Ga.; 4. Martha Portia, m. Henry W. Spinks, resides in Camp Hill: 5. Glennie McCoy, m. Church Corpreny, resides in Dadevllle. Last residence: Camp Hill. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
DENNIS, SUMERAL - Sumeral and Mary (Hanchett) Dennis, natives of South Carolina came into Alabama in 1832; removed thence to Tallapoosa County, and died at Dadeville. He was a captain in the Mexican War, and also in the late Confederate Army. Source: Northern Alabama - Historical and Biographical by Smith & De Land, Birmingham, Ala 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
FUQUAY, ALDRICH PARTIN, business man, was born March 25, 1801, at Fuquay Springs, Wake County, N. C.; son of David O. and Louisa (Partln) Fuquay, the former of Fuquay Springs, N. C. was a soldier from North Carolina in the C. S. Army, the latter was of Piney Grove Baptist Church, Wake County, N. C.; grandson of Stephen Samson and Sarah (Ausley) Fuquay, and of John and Elizabeth (Rowland) Partin, of Piney Grove Baptist Church, N. C; great-grandson of William and Mary (Hall) Fu Qua—the original French spelling of the name—tbe former came with Rocbambeau from France to Newport, July 10, 1780, was a Revolutionary soldier, and an eyewitness to Cornwallis' surrender, settled in Dinwiddle County, Va. where he became a farmer and Baptist, removed to Wake County, N. C. about 1810, and of Jesse and Amanda (Trulove) Ausley, the former a Revolutionary soldier from North Carolina, who was in the battles of Briar Creek and Cownena, and of Louis and Rhoda (Bagget) Rowland, the former was in the Revolutionary army, and at West Point when Benedict Arnold betrayed his country. Mr. Fuquay was educated in the common schools of Wake County, N. C. at the Oakwood academy and Holly Springs institute, and was awarded a gold medal at the latter. He attended the University of North Carolina, but was not graduated; taught in the common schools of North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama from 1886 to 1894; since 1894 has been in the Insurance business at Alexander City; was mayor of that city, 1903-1905; representative from Tallapoosa County in the house, 1911. He is a Democrat; Methodist; and Knight of Pythian. Author: "The Selfish Prayer," and "Does yer call It stealln' now," Married: December 30, 1891, at Dolen, Worth County, Ga. to Emma, daughter of David and Martha M. at Perry Champion, of that place; grand-daughter of Henry H. Perry, first of North Carolina, later of Twiggs County, Ga., soldier in the War of 1815, and of Micajah F. Champion, of Halifax, Va., a soldier in the War of 1812, and in the French and Indian War; great-granddaughter of Isaac Perry, also a soldier in the War of 1812. Children: 1. Rewana Ethlyn; 2. James Aldrich; 3. Margaret Ruth, deceased; 4. Janice Partin; 5. Martha Louisa. Residence: Alexander City. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
GILLAM, HARRY JOHNSON, lawyer and legislator, was born January 4, 1852, near Dadevllle, Tallapoosa County, and died suddenly at Wetumpka, August 12, 1904; son of Harry and Mary Ann (Johnson) Gillam, who resided near Dadevllle. He waa educated in the schools of his native county; attended Virginia military institute, 1870-71; University of Alabama, 1871-71; but left the latter institution to enter business. In 1875 he was admitted to the bar, and practiced at Dadevllle and Alexander City. He waa mayor of Dadevllle, 1878-90; city councilman, 1878-1895; and a member of the legislature from Tallapoosa County, 1900-01. He was a Democrat; and a Methodist. Married: May 22, 1879, in Coosa County, to Pamela Newton Parker. Last residence: Alexander City. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
GREATHOUSE. EARLY, member of the constitutional convention of 1865, from Tallapoosa County. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
JOHNSON, JOSEPH HENRY, farmer, was born January 6, 1851, at Dudleyvllle, Tallapoosa County; son of Joseph Alexander and Lucy (Moore) Johnson, the former a resident of Maryland and Georgia before removing to Alabama, and who was the clerk of the first court held In Tallapoosa county; grandson of James Alexander and Amelia (Dyer) Johnson of Maryland and of James and Fanny Moore, who lived near Horseshoe Bend before the battle of Horseshoe and afterwards at Dudleyvllle, Tallapoosa County, the latter who was a Creek Indian. Mr. Johnson received his education in the common schools at Dadevllle and at Howard college, bat did not graduate. He is a farmer; was probate judge of Tallapoosa County from 1886 to 1892; and represented Tallapoosa County in the State legislature, 1919. He Is a Democrat, and a Missionary Baptist. Married: to Harriet Crawford, daughter of Jesse and Martha Fitzpatrlck. of Chambers County. Children: 1. Kathleen, m. Lovick Pierce Anthony; 2. George Bailey, m. Nellie Johnson; 8. Eugenia Parnelle, m. Samuel Henderson Wallace; 4. Carey Shaffer, m. Mary Leslie Johnson; 5. Judson Brewer. Residence: Dadeville. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Transcribed by C. Anthony
LACKEY, WILLIAM MARTIN, lawyer, was born March 31, 1856, in Tallapoosa County; son of James M. and Elizabeth (Wiley) Lackey, who were married in Talladega County, and lived in what is now Clay County, the former a soldier in Hilliard's legion, C. S. Army, who served about a year, then contracted a fever and died in a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., the latter who married Judge Hiram M. Evans of Clay County, after her first husband's death; grandson of Adam Lackey, who emigrated from South Carolina to Tennessee when a young man and settled near the Alabama line, was married there and moved to Tallapoosa County in 1836, moved to Jackson County in 1866, and later to DeKalb County, where he died in 1891. Mr. Lackey obtained his early schooling at Lineville, Clay County; began the study of law under W. J. Pierce; and was graduated from the law department of the University of Alabama, LL.B., 1880. He began the practice of law immediately after his graduation, and has been practicing in Alabama since that time. He resided at Ashland for some time and later moved to Dadeville. He was elected to the State senate from the eighth senatorial district, composed of Talladega and Clay Counties, 1890-1894. He is a Democrat. Married: January 5, 1896, to Imogene Disharoom. Residence: Dadeville. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer
THOMASON, ROBERT P., Merchant and Banker, Oxford, was born in Harris County, Ga., December 21, 1851, and is the son of John Thomason, a planter, who came to Alabama in 1853, lived in Tallapoosa County till 1868, and removed thence to Elmore County, where he now resides.
The subject of this sketch spent the first seventeen years of his life on his father's plantation in Tallapoosa County, and by dint of perseverance and application to study, without the aid of professional instruction, acquired something like an elementary education. He began life for himself as a salesman, at the age of seventeen years, and at the age of twenty-one embarked in business. From 1879 to 1883, he "drummed" for a New York grocery house, and in the latter year established the wholesale grocery business over which he now presides at Oxford. This was the first jobbing concern opened up in this part of the State, and from a limited affair, with a capital of $10,000, it has grown until its trade roaches throughout Northeastern Alabama and into Georgia, and now employs a capital of $100,000. The style of the company at present is C. J. Cooper & Co. In addition to his mercantile business, Mr. Thomason is largely interested in real estate at Oxford and Anniston, and in the banking house recently established in connection with his grocery concern. Remembering the fact that young Thomason came to Oxford penniless, the preceding details need no comment at our hands to elaborate his success as a business man. Mr. Thomason in July l875, at Talladega, married Miss Mary Scott, the accomplished daughter of Wm. Scott, Esq.
The senior Mr. Thomason was a gallant Confederate soldier during the late war: his father served through the war with Mexico, and his grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier. His great-grandfather, Cooper Thomason, came from Scotland prior to the War for Independence, and settled in Virginia, where he lived to the remarkable age of 104 years. Old Cooper Thomason had eight or nine sons in the Colonial Army during the Revolution. It might be remarked that the war record of the Thomasons is also a matter that needs no elaboration at the hands of the writer. They all appear to have been well-to-do planters. Source: Northern Alabama - Historical and Biographical by Smith & De Land, Birmingham, Ala 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
WADE, JAMES AARON, farmer, was born July 10, 1876, near the Tennessee River, Marshall County: son of John Washington and Sarah Elizabeth (Woosley) Wade, the former who was a native of Rome, Ga. Both the Wade and Woosley families were early settlers in Marshall County. J. A. Wade was educated in the public schools at Alston, Ark., and in 1901 graduated from the high school at Cook- ville, Tex. He taught school in Cookville, 1903-04; at Naples, Tex., 1905-06; in 1906 entered the U. S. department of agriculture as a special agent and in such capacity served from 1906-1907 in Texas, and from 1907-1910 in Alabama; was active in the boll weevil campaigns both in Texas and Alabama; in 1906 began a series of experiments which resulted in the development of the Uncle Sam cotton, for which he received prizes at the state fair, 1910 and in 1912 the award of one thousand dollars offered by the American land and irrigation exposition in New York City, for the best short staple cotton developed to that date in the United States; in 1907, located in Alexander City; during the next three years organized and conducted farm demonstration work throughout Ine central and northern parts of the state; in 1910 resigned his position with the govern - ment; entered upon farming on his own account; and on November 3, 1914, was called to the position of commissioner of agriculture and industries, defeating Norris Wood, Republican, Sid Berry, Progressive, and F. A. Genaty, Socialist. He is a Democrat; a Baptist; and a Master Mason. Married: on December 2, 1906, at Mt. Pleasant, Tex., to Abbie A. Stephenson, daughter of John Mann and Cora (Glass) Stephenson of that place. Residence: Near Alexander City. Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer
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