Wilcox County, Alabama Genealogy Trails


Three Men Killed
Pine Apple, Ala., Dec. 26 - Three men were killed and as many more wounded as the result of a fight in the lower part of Wilcox county on Christmas day.  A score of young men had arranged for a cock fight in a secluded spot in the woods.  Whiskey flowed freely and a crap game followed the chicken contest.  Ephriam Sumter accused Abram Page of cheating.  This precipitated a quarrel, in which each man's friend took sides.  Soon pistols were drawn and a general shooting followed.  When the battle was over Sumter lay dead on the ground, Albert Livingston and Abram Page were mortally wounded and afterwards died.  Three others received slight wounds. (Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, TN., Dec. 27, 1896)
Died: Aug. 16, at Camden, Wilcox Co., Ala. Prof John C. Andrews, formerly of Troy, and for many years Professor of Music, in the Troy Female Seminary, aged 66 years. (Commercial Advertiser, New York, NY, Sept 11, 1858)
Mr. Pickett Boggan, a respected citizen of more than forty years residence in this county, met a most singular death at his home near Pine Apple, a short time since.  He was sitting in the piazza of his house, in a rocking chair, and near the railing or banister, his feet resting at the edge of the flooring.  In this position his feet slipped off the floor towards the ground, his body being allowed to follow on account of the moving forward of the chair on the rockers; his chin caught on the upper railing, and the back of the chair came up against the back of his head and so remained, so that he was suspended in this singular manner.  Being quite old and infirm, he was unable to extricate himself, and the weight of his body resting on his chin prevented his opening his mouth to call for help, and he thus died form strangulation before any one knew of the terrible accident.  Doubtless his neck was pressed tightly against the railing [Greenville Advocate]  (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., November 11, 1875 – Transcribed by VM)

R. W. Brewer, father of Col. W. Brewer died in Wilcox on the 9th. (The Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., May 25, 1876) 

Died: Near Magnolia, Wilcox Co, Ala on Sept 10th, 1861, Mrs. Mary Ann Craig, consort of Lieut. Harnet J. Craig, and daughter of Daniel McRae of Richmond Co., N. C. (Carolina Observer, Fayetteville, NC., January 27, 1862)

Died, in Wilcox county, November 21, Mrs. Mary Jones Craig. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 3, 1874 )

The venerable Judge John A. Cuthbert of Mobile, died night of 22nd in 9th year of his age.  Source: Wilcox News, September 29, 1881; Submitted by Peggy Thompson
DUNHAM, Children of Mr.
Claiborne, Alabama, July 22
Dreadful Accident
On Tuesday, the 6th inst. in the county of Wilcox, happened one of those horrid catastrophes which are terrible to relate.  The circumstances as related to us were these.  There stood a hollow tree in the yard of a Mr. Dunham, whose children were in the daily habit of sheltering themselves from the heat of the sun and playing in its capacious trunk.  On the day above mentioned, there came up a severe thunderstorm, and three of the children, as usual, took shelter from the raging elements in the hollow of the tree.  They had not been there long before the gale grew stronger and blew down the tree, which instantly killed one of the children and the tow others were taken out mangled in a most shocking manner, one of whom died of his wounds in a day or two.  The other has recovered having one of his legs broken to atoms from its knew down.  A caution to fathers to protect their families from unsound trees. Source: Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, September 7, 1830 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper  
Pine Apple, Ala., April 12 – J. F. Fore, 73 years old and a resident of Pine Apple, Ala. for a number of years, died Wednesday afternoon at his residence in this city after an illness of short duration.  He was born in Monroe County, December 5, 1840.
    Mr. Fore joined the Confederate army and served continuously, until the battle of Lebanon, Ky., where he was wounded in the right foot, causing the amputation of his right leg.  He returned to the army shortly afterwards, but was later honorably discharged at Ringgold, Ga., by Captain Longnecker.  Mr. Fore was member of Forrest’s Cavalry and was aide to General Forrest at the time he made his famous dash across Black Creek Falls, near Gadsden, guided by the illustrious Emma Sanson.
    Mr. Fore was mustered into service by Company A, 4th regiment Alabama Volunteers, at Montgomery, Ala., and drilled upon the ground that is now occupied by residences at the rear of the State Capitol.  Mr. Fore was foru times elected Mayor of his home city, Pine Apple.  He was a member of the Baptist church.
    He is survived by three brothers, J. E. Fore, and T. M. Fore, of McWilliams, Ala., and P. D. Fore, of Nacogdoches, Texas, his wife, Mrs. A. L. Fore and four sons, J. A. Fore, Whistler, Ala., G. B. Fore, Anniston, Ala., A. H. Fore, Calera, Ala. and J. H. fore of Tuskegee.  He was a brother-in-law of J. A. Holloway, of Montgomery. The funeral services and burial were held Friday. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., April 13, 1913)
Joshua Grace, one of the oldest citizens of Wilcox, died at Allenton last week. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., July 22, 1875 – Transcribed by VM)
Joseph Andrew Hall, class of 1824, died in 1844, at Canton, Wilcox Co, Ala.  He was at one time editor of the Richmond, (Ia.) Palladium.  After removing to Canton, he was appointed judge of the county court.  He was a native of Conway, and prepared himself for college at Adams.  (Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA., August 14, 1856)
H. P. HANLEY, publisher of the Wilcox Banner, was assassinated, Sept. 6th., while traveling the public road, by some unknown person. Source: Vernon Clipper, Lamar County AL, September 26, 1879 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Mr. Joseph Henderson, a brother of Mr. Thomas Henderson, one of the editors of the Talledega Mountain Home died in Allenton, Wilcox County, last week. Source: Vernon Pioneer, Lamar County AL, May 3, 1878 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Last week Isaac Jenkins one of the oldest and best negroes of Apenton, Wilcox county, was killed by lightning.  He was on horseback and was just leaving the depot.  He and his horse were killed instantly.  Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, August 27, 1891 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Death of Maj. Thos. F. Jenkins - It is with regret that we announce the fact that Maj. Tom Jenkins, as he was known to everyone in this county, died at Geneva on the 29th of January, 1897, of pneumonia.  The information was received here by letter from Rev. E.A. Dannelley to Capt. James Hawthorne, in which he adds that "Maj Jenkins died fully prepared to meet his God.  His death bed talk was inspiring."
    Upon the succession of South Carolina in December 1860, military companies rapidly organized throughout the South. Among those first to respond to this war spirit was Maj. Jenkins, who was elected captain of the company called the Wilcox Mounted Rifles. They went into service at Pensacola, in April, 1861, and thence early, in 1862 to Corinth, Mississippi, where as the bodyguard of Gen. Bragg they were engaged in active service, and participated in the battle of Shiloh. He became Maj. in 1862 of the 53rd Mounted Regiment commanded by Col. M. W. Hannon, and was in continued and active service until his capture in North Alabama in 1863, after which, until near the close the war, he was held a prisoner on Johnson Island, Lake Erie. He was a quiet, undemonstrative man, a faithful and brave soldier; over his grave every true soldier of the Lost Cause will drop a tear and commemoration of his patriotic services. – Wilcox progress.
    Capt. J.J. Hawthorne of Wilcox County furnishes The Tribune the following facts touching the war record of Major Jenkins: "He was elected the first Captain of the Wilcox Mounted Rifles, on its organization in 1860. This Company left Camden for Montgomery on April 25th, 1861. Thence they were ordered to Pensacola, where said Company remained until March 1862, when they were ordered to Corrinth, Mississippi. During this campaign as Senior Captain, he commanded some four or five Companies. He, with this command, brought up the rear the army, on its falling back from the field of Shiloh. He resigned in April 1862, after the battle of Shiloh, returned home, and in the fall of 1862, raised a Company of mounted men from Wilcox, Butler and Covington counties, and was elected its Captain. With this Company he joined the Mounted Regiment of Col. M. W. Hannon and was elected Major. This regiment went into service in North Alabama, and in the spring of 1863, near Florence, he with Capt. Leonard E. Locke who succeeded him in the rank, were captured. They remained in prison until the early spring of 1865, and were exchanged not long before the falling of the Confederacy.
    Maj. Jenkins was a modest, unpretentious man; was fond of the life of a soldier, and was a faithful and patriotic officer. His father was one of the first settlers of Wilcox County and a minister of the gospel of the Methodist Protestant church, whose work covered the almost entire State of Alabama, from the Chattahoochee to the Tombigbee rivers.  (Geneva, The Geneva Tribune, 02 Mar 1897, p1.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)
B. J. Kittrell, a former resident of Camden, died. Source: Wilcox News, September 8, 1881;  Submitted by Peggy Thompson
Mr. Jules Miller committed suicide at Pine Hill yesterday by taking laudanum.  He was a young man of promise and was the son of Jules L. Miller of that place.  He said to a friend Thursday that he was tired of life and was thinking of committing suicide but nothing was thought of the remark. The remains were buried at Pine Hill today. Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, September 24, 1896 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

From the Camden News: The painful duty again devolves upon us of announcing the death of another worthy and prominent citizen. Hon. John Moore breathed his last at his residence near Wilcox landing, early on the night of Saturday the 15th inst. In his death the community has sustained a heavy loss, which will be seriously felt and realized by us all. He was a public benefactor – benevolent and charitable, even to a fault.
   Mr. Moore was elected to the Legislature from Wilcox county in 1863, and served his term out, making a faithful Representative. He was buried on Monday last by the members of Dale Lodge, No. 25, of F. and A. M., of which fraternity he was a consistent and useful member, in the presence of a very large number of persons. A wife and several children are left to mourn their loss. (The Weekly Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, Jan. 1, 1878)

WEIR, Rev. J. C.
A Good Man Has Fallen
The Camden Vindicator says: The Rev. J. C. Weir, is no more; he breathed his last at his residence in this town on last Monday at 1 o’clock A. m. in the morning.  Camden mourns the loss of one of her best and purest citizens, the county a just and noble man; and the church and Christianity one of their most devoted followers. His death has been expected for several weeks, and it was announced was received with mournful submission and deep sorrow by all who knew and loved him whilst living.  (Birmingham Iron Age, July 2, 1874 - Transcribed by VM)
Theodore Wiltze died at his residence near Rehobeth, on October 5, 1881. Source: Wilcox News, September 8, 1881;  Submitted by Peggy Thompson







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