Walker County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


BOTH ARE DEAD - Carbon Hill, Aug 7 - There was a bad shooting at Shaft No 2 Galloway, yesterday evening about 6 or 7 o'clock, in which two men were killed under the following circumstances.   JAMES MCDONALD and HIRAM LOVELADY have for a long time been at ours over some matter and yesterday met at JAMES DAYS Store.  McDonald wanted Lovelady to drink with him and upon his refusing to do so McDonald drew his pistol and shot Lovelady in the right side, the ball ranging across his body, lodging under his heart.  Lovelady was drawing his pistol as he fell and shot McDonald four times, each shot taking effect in some part of McDonald's body.  Meantime McDonald was shooting but only the first host hit Lovelady.  McDonald fired five shots and Lovelady four and all after he was shot down. Both men died without speaking and only four feet apart.   McDonald was about 30 years old and leaves a family.  Lovelady was 20 or 25 years and single and was a very sober, steady young man.  McDonald was a drinking man and was drunk yesterday.  Lovelady's weapon was Smith and Wesson 38 and fell from his hand as he fired the fourth shot. Both were dead before the reports of the pistols had died away.  (Hamilton Times, Marion County Ala, August 21, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


An accident occurred in Ivey Leaf mines at Horse Creek Saturday in which two miners were killed.  They were Joe Clark and John Mugridge. There was a cave-in in the "room" in which three men were at work and Clark's body, which has been recovered, was badly crushed. About 40 men are working hard to recover the body, but it is not known when it will be found as about an acre of the mine has fallen. (Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, June 1, 1893 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

A BLOODY TRAGEDY - Harvey Speck Puts three balls Into Berry Adair - The Carbon Hill Dispatch tells of a tragedy at that place;   On last Tuesday evening about half past four o'clock HAVERY SPECK shot BERRY ADAIR three shots, two of them taking effect in his bowels and the other one in his left arm, from which Mr. ADAIR died about 8 o'clock the same evening. The killing of Mr. ADAIR was the result of a quarrel between the two parties SPECK and ADAIR which originated from a small debt due from ADAIR to SPECK. - (Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, August 22, 1889 Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

BELL, J. W. G.
Killed by Train
Cordova, Ala, - J. W. G. Bell, a well-known citizen of Birmingham, also known throughout the county, was killed Tuesday afternoon at this place by being struck by a fast train of the Frisco system. (Fayette Banner, Fayette, Ala, May 11, 1905 – vm)
At Hewitt, Walker County, one night last week, William Blackwood was shot through a window in his home and killed by an unknown assassin. (Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL, March 23, 1893  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
BROWN, Judge
Died, at Jasper, March 2, Judge Brown. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Mrs. JOHN BROWN died at her home near Eldridge last week. We extend to the bereaved family our heart felt sympathy (Winfield Enterprise, Marion County AL, March 9, 1899)
FOUGHT HAND TO HAND - Jeff Van Horn and Bud Clarke, miners in Walker county, had a desperate hand to hand encounter on an east bound Frisco train last week near Horse Creek.  The trouble grew out of recent efforts to unionize certain mines in that county.  Clark, it is said, called Van Horn “black leg.”  The men fought with beer bottles and other missiles. Clarke either jumped or fell from the train, and had the top of his head torn off, death resulting.  (Marion County Democrat, Marion County Alabama, Spetember 10, 1903  - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney)

Friday near Phillips Ferry in Walker County, Claudie Cole, the 17-year old son of Mr. James Cole of that neighborhood accidently shot and instantly killed himself while hunting in the woods.  (Marion County Republican, Marion County AL, October 14, 1908  - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Mrs. SARAH ELIZABETH COTTON, nee WATES, was born in Cherokee county, Ga, Oct. 26, 1864 and died at Carbon Hill, Ala , Sunday afternoon., Feb 15, 1903
    She leaves a husband, a mother, three brothers, one sister and many loving friends to mourn the loss of one who was so faithful and true and loving in every relation of life.  Her name is indeed like “ointment poured forth” in that part of Marion county, where many years of her life were spent.
    When about sixteen years old she was genuinely and happily converted and joined the M. E. Church, South at Center.  It was one of those joyful occasions when a soul emerges form the darkness of sin into the bright sunlight of God’s countenance, and rejoices in His love shed abroad in the heart.  Her ancestors for several generations were staunch Methodists and in her death the Methodist church at Center has lost one of its most faithful and loyal members.
    For many years she was a constant sufferer, but was patient and gentle amid all afflictions. During her last sickness she spoke often of going to her Father’s house, and met death without a fear, saying she knew the Lord’s will would be done.  Her only regret was that her death would bring sadness to the heats of loved ones. A short time before the end came she sang these two lines of that good old hymn of Zion:
   “What more can He say than to you he hath said
    You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled.”
    Her noble life and triumphant death are an inspiration to all who knew her to pres onward and upward with the hope of one day clasping hands with her in that bright and happy land where parting will be no more.
F. K. GAMBLE - (Source: Marion County Democrat, March 19, 1903 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Thos. Covin, son of Rev. Simeon Covin, of Covin’s Switch, fell from a trestle in Walker County on the 13th inst, and was instantly killed. (Lamar News, Lamar County, AL - April 21, 1887 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

DIAL, Mrs.
Our neighbor, Walker county, reports another tragedy this week.  On Tuesday night a Galloway miner named Dunn shot and killed this mother-in-law, Mrs. Dial.  The lady stepped between Dunn and her daughter, who Dunn said he intended to kill, just as the gun was leveled.  The charge of buckshot struck Mrs. Dial's face sideways, tearing out both her eyes.  Dunn escaped.  (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL - Octobe 13, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Mr. JAMES DUNCAN DEAD - Carbon Hill, Sept. 1 – Mr. JAS DUNCAN was killed at the McDonald mines tonight about 7 o’clock.  Mr. Duncan was being hoisted from the bottom of the shaft and when he reached the top the engineer failed from some cause to stop the cage, and Mr. Duncan attempted to jump off at the top and was drawn up into the woodwork of the tower, where he was crushed and mangled beyond recognition.  Mr. Duncan was very popular.  He is a member of the city council.  He leaves a wife and seven children. (Vernon Courier, Sept 8, 1892)
GAMBLE, Judge F. A.
CALLED UP HIGHER - Judge F. A. Gamble, of Jasper, Ala. died at his home in that city last Saturday.  The deceased was a man of large influence and had done much for the development of the material interests of his town and county.  He held for many years the office of Probate Judge of Walker County, the duties of which he discharged with such fidelity and discrecretion as to win the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens.  He was also a local Methodist minister.   (Hamilton News Press, Marion County, AL - October 17, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Died, in Jasper, March 14, Mrs. Jerusha Gamble. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 25, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Mr. F. A. Gilbert died in Walker county, on the 6th inst. (Fayette Banner, Fayette, Ala, Jun 20, 1876 – vm)
D. J. L. Gilder of Eldridge is dead - Source: Marion County Herald, Marion County, AL - May 8, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
We are very sorry to learn of the death of Mr. R. W. GORDON, of Jasper which occurred last Wednesday week.  Mr. GORDON was one of Jasper's best citizens and a man who made and retain many friends.  We extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs. GORDON and the children. May the Good Shepherd watch over them.  Source: Winfield Enterprise, Marion County, AL - February 9, 1899 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

GUNTER, Col. S. M.
Jasper, Oct. 28 - [Special] - Col. S. M. Gunter, a prominent attorney of this place, and well known through the state, died at his residence last night at 10 o'clock.  He had been in bad health for several months and while his death was not unlooked for, yet it cast a glom over the entire community  he will be buried at this place tomorrow. Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL - October 30, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Col. S. M. Gunter, for many years editor of the Mountain Eagle and a prominent lawyer died at his home in Jasper on the 27th ult.  Walker county has lost one of her best citizens.  Peace to his memory.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County, AL - November 13, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

KILLED AT HORSE CREEK - At Horse Creek, Walker county on last week, WESLEY MCCARTY shot and instantly killed DAVE HALL.  Both were white miners and had been at work in the mines at that place.
   The exact cause of the shooting is not known.  MCCARTY was arrested and lodged in jail at Jasper. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, November 27, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Died, at Jasper, February 28, W. P. Hamilton. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., March 18, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney) 

Fanny Hogan was shot dead just after she had been married near Jasper, Ala.  A discarded lover is suspected. (Mexico Weekly Ledger, Mexico, Mo., Jan. 15, 1891)

MURDER IN WALKER COUNTY -  A correspondent of the Jasper Eagle, writing from Partridge, gives the following particulars of a recent murder in Walker County:
 "I have concluded to write you a few lines to inform you of one of the most cold-blooded, uncalled for murders that has ever come under my observation.  Yesterday being Christmas, the youngsters of the neighborhood concluded that they would serenade the citizens and have a little fun.  Some nine or ten of as good boys as there were in the settlement had congregated and had serenaded three citizens with bells, horns, and guns with blank cartridges, and went to the fourth, one GEO. S. CAMP, and had gone around the house twice, with bells ringing, horns tooting, and an occasional discharge of guns, and it being convenient for them to make their final exit through an open passage of the house, when Camp pulled his door shutter ajar, and deliberately discharged a loaded gun into the crowd of young men, hitting young WM. JAMES below the right shoulder blade and near the spine, passing in the direction of the heart.   - The young man said, "O, Lord, I'm shot!" and asked to be carried home.  He walked about forty steps and fell dead.  Young James was about 19 years of age, a boy well respected, a son of the widow JAMES, whose father died in the Southern army.
    Camp tells many tales for the crime.  One, that he was trying to overshoot them to frighten them, but his gun being hard on trigger, wobbled down on them; another that he was so frightened that if he shot he did not know it; and another, that his gun struck the door and discharged itself.  But my opinion is that he did just what he aimed to do.  The young men were perfectly sober, not a drop of whisky among them, and were behaving themselves, only with their noise and jingle.  There has nothing been done yet in the premises. (Vernon Clipper, Lamar County, AL, January 16, 1880 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

William Ellison and James Johnson fought in the road near Carbon Hill and Ellison shot and killed Johnson. (The Weekly Age Herald, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL., Nov. 19, 1890)

R. D. King, a well-to-do farmer of Walker County, was killed by a Kansas City train near Towney on last Sunday night. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Feb 5, 1891 - Transcribed by Venetea McKinney)

ASSASINATION - WILLIAM LEE, A Coal Mine Boss, Shot and Killed
 Another foul murder was committed at Galloway mines near Carbon Hill on last Sunday night.
     WILLIAM LEE, the pit boss at Shaft No 2, went to start the men off with their work and while standing underneath the boiler shed was shot by some one in the darkness and instantly killed. The bullet was from a Winchester rifle.
      Suspicion at once rested on GEORGE PRINCE, a while man, whom Mr. LEE sometime ago discharged, and who has since been prying around.
 PRINCE was arrested and taken to Carbon Hill where he was given a preliminary trail and held without bail.
      The prisoner is now in the county jail at Jasper. (Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, Dec 1, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
We extend our sympathies to Dr. G. H. MAXWELL of Carbon Hill, in the loss of his wife who died last Friday and was buried in the Bexar cemetery on Saturday. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her departure, besides scores of friends as she was loved by all who knew her. - (Marion County Democrat, October 29, 1903 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
From the Jasper Mountain Eagle
Early last Thursday (13 inst) morning news reached here, that on the evening before, young MR. JAMES KING had shot and killed MR. JOHN MILLER.  Both are well known in this and adjoining counties.  An inquest was held on Thursday, but as we have not an official report of the same, we will give a brief account of the affair as we heard it related by one who was present.  Of course it is not given as evidence, one way or the other, and a rigid examination of the case may reveal such facts as to materially change the legal aspects.
      It seems that Wednesday was the day set for the sale of some property by the Constable of Holly Grove Beat, to satisfy a claim in the hands of Mr. King.  Mr. Miller was interested in some of the property, and he too attended the sale.  The day passed off quietly, and toward sun down Mr. King started to go home, when some one called him back to arrange some business.  While he was in the house, Mr. Miller held hold his (own)horse'’ bridle, tapping him in the flank and causing him to prance around him.  The horse had gone around him two or three times, when Mr. STACKS caught the horse by the tail and held him.  Just as Mr. Stacks turned the horse’s tail loose, Mr. King came by in a fast walk again starting home, when Mr. Miller’s horse gave another quick turn, and came very near striking him.  Then Mr. King said, “Well by G-d, don’t run over a fellow!” or something to that effect.  Mr. Miller replied:  “Well, get out of the way, by G-d, if you don’t want to get run over!” King said:  “Well, if I do get tun over somebody will get hurt in the time of it.”  Whereupon Miller caught King by the ears and hair, and being much the stoutest, crushed King to the ground, and in an instance King drew his pistol, placed it up to Miller’s breast and fired, the ball passing through the lower end of the heart, came out behind, and he gave one long breath and expired.  King immediately got on his horse and went home, not taking time to get his cap, and told what was done.  He then left home and has not been seen since.  Mr. Miller was buried on Friday.
       It is a very unfortunate affair, though no one has expressed surprise at the occurrence – not that it was any premeditated act, at all, but knowing that animosity existed between them and the disposition of each of them, some fatal result was naturally expected, if they ever came in contact with each other.  We only say what is well known to our citizens, for we do not wish to bias the opinions of any, one way or the other.  Both of the young men were kind-hearted and liberal friends to us, and we not less deeply regret the event than all the community in common. - (Vernon Clipper, Lamar County, AL - Nov 28 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
An Intoxicated Miner Also Seriously Wounds a Bystander
Birmingham, Aug 22 - Today is pay day at the mines around Carbon Hill, and considerable whiskey drinking was indulged in by the miners.  John Linhan (sic), a miner from McDonald's mines, it si alleged, while intoxicated, was creating a disturbance when Albert Oakley, the town marshal, commanded him to keep quiet. Linham told him he had done nothing disorderly. This led to a dispute which ended in Linehan (sic) pulling a pistol and firing two shots at Oakley. The first struck the marshal in the heart killing him instantly, and the second took effect in the hip of Jim Roden, a bystander, producing a serious wound.  Linehan's friends, it is reported, claim that Oakley made a motion to pull his pistol, which caused Linehan to shoot.  Linhan was has not been arrested. (Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 27, 1896 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Annerson Oaks, alias Jack the Bear, was hanged at Jasper, Walker County on the 15th inst for the murder of Mr. Wooten. (Marion Herald, April 26, 1887, Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
O’REAR KILLED - B. M. O’REAR was shot and killed by J. T. WAKEFIELD at Carbon Hill.  The homicide is said to have been caused by family trouble.  O’Rear was the husband of Wakefield’s sister.  It is stated that O’Rear had been drinking heavily for the past two week, and that his wife left home and went to that of another brother, G. L. Wakefield to reside.  Source: Marion County Republican, Marion County, AL, Dec 16, 1908 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

One day last week WILLIAM ROMINE, an aged farmer, was knocked off the approach to the iron bridge that spans Loss Creek one mile east of Carbon Hill by a west bound freight train and instantly killed.  The deceased was about 80 years old.  He was sitting on the track and did not move until the engine signaled, and then was hit before he coud get out of the way.  Deceased was a good citizen and had lived in the country over fifty years. (Marion County News (Marion County AL), June 24, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

SHELTON, Daughter of JOB
Died From Burns
A young woman by the name of Shelton, daughter of Job Shelton, a miner, met a horrible death at her home in Carbon Hill last Wednesday. She was literally burned to death. She and her sister were engaged in cleaning up and around the house and had some rubbish burning in the yard. The grass in the yard becoming dry caught on fire and the unfortunate woman endeavored to stamp it out when her clothing caught fire. No one being near to render assistance her clothing burned off and the young woman was so fatally injured that she died a few hours later. (Greene County Democrat, Eutaw, Ala., Mar 12, 1902 – vm)
HORRIBLE ACCIDENT – A Woman Killed and partly Eaten by Hogs - Jasper, Ala, Nov 2 – Mrs. Emma Shepherd, widow of the late Probate Judge of Walker County went into her lot this morning to feed her chickens. She did not return in time for breakfast and her daughter went to find her, when her eyes were met by the horrible spectacle of her mother’s mangled body lying on the ground with a lot of hogs feeding on her head.  It is thought a vicious boar knocked her down trying to get at the pan of meal in her hands and the rest of the swine trampled her to death and munched at the parts of her body on which the meal fell. (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, November 8, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Mr. O. N. Smith, aged 22 years, died of consumption at his home with his father, Rev. S. A. Smith, May 8th, 1886 (Mountain Eagle, Jasper, Ala, May 12, 1886)

Master CLAUDE VICE, little son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. VICE of this place, died March 14, about 10:30 a.m.  Little CLAUDE has been sick only a few days with congestion of the stomach and bowels, when the Master called his spirit to the God that gave it, and it will only be for a short season, at best, when we will be called to follow. Grieve not fond parent, for little CLAUDE is now happy.  Burial will take place today at the Day cemetery.  M., Days Gap, March 15, 1893 (Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 23, 1893) transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Denies Murder But Admits Gambling with the Dead Man Same Day
    Ben Johnson, a young white man is charged with the murder of G. W.  Wall, near Cordova, Ala, Friday afternoon.
    The theory is that Johnson killed Wall and put the body on the tracks of the Frisco railroad, where it was run over and mangled.
    A watch belonging to Wall was found in Johnson's house and Wall's knife was found on Johnson's person. 
    Johnson gave this statement: That he met Wall at the Frisco railroad depot, and that he proposed a game of cards with him, and that they went up the railroad track about half a mile from Cordova and engaged in a game, he (Johnson) winning several dollars from Wall, and that he left Wall about 3 o'clock, Johnson returning to Cordova, Wall going toward Jasper.
    Wall is said to be from Flat Top mines, having held the position of chief powder man.  He was well dressed and looked to be in good circumstances. (Fayette Banner, Fayette, Ala, Jan. 21, 19904 – vm)

Mrs. Woodson, wife of F. P. Woodson died at her home in North Jasper, on Tuesday of last week and was buried near Gravleeton the following day.  She leave a husband and several children to mourn her death. (The New Era, Double Springs, Ala, Aug 30, 1901)
YOUNG, Unknown
A white man by the name of Young was killed on a trestle near Cordova, Wednesday by a Kansas City train.  His head was knocked from the body. (Hamilton Times, Marion County AL, October 13, 1892 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Mrs. N. C. Young, wife of Mr. F. B. Young died of consumption September 20.  She was born July 4 Walker county, Ala., married to F. B. Young December 31, 1865 in the state of Texas.  There were five children born to them, four sons and one daughter.  The husband and four sons mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and mother.  Mrs. Young has been a faithful christian in the Baptist church since '66.  Mr. and Mrs. Young are old settlers in Kansas having lived here since '66.  Their many friends join in sympathy with the family and relatives.  (Source: The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, Sept 27, 1901)








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