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 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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 Veneta McKinney)

R. W. Brewer, father of Col. W. Brewer died in Wilcox on the 9th. (The Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., May 25, 1876)
The funeral of Dr. G. C. Chapman. Remains Laid to Rest in Simpkinsville, Wilcox County, Thursday.
Dr. D. F. Talley, Dr. Mack Rogers, W. J. Adams and Cliff Bondurant, who escorted the remains of Dr. G. C. Chapman to his old home in South Alabama, returned to the city yesterday morning. They arrived at Simpkinsville, where Dr. Chapman's father and mother reside, late Wednesday afternoon and remained until after the burial, which took place at noon Thursday.
    The body was escorted from Pine Apple to Simpkinsville, a distance of twelve miles, by a delegation representing the Knights of Pythias lodge of Pine Apple, and the burial ceremonies were conducted by the Knights of Pythias and the Masons, to both of which organizations Dr. Chapman had belonged for a number of years. Long before leaving his home he became a member of the Masonic order, and until his death retained his membership in the same lodge he had first joined.
    The floral offerings placed on the tier were beautiful and profuse and when the grave had been filled in with dirt they were placed upon the mount, entirely covering it.
    Dr. Chapman's father is a practicing physician at Simpkinsville, and he has a brother who is a dentist at Pine Apple. Another brother is a merchant at Simpkinsville. The mother and one married sister are the only other members of the family.
     Mrs. F. B. Daniels, of Avondale, a cousin of Dr. Chapman, went with the funeral party to Wilcox County.  Source: Age-Herald, March 30, 1901, Transcribed by C. Anthony

(Special to The Advertiser) Pine Apple, Ala., Sept. 24--Dr. R. Z. Chapman, one of the most prominent and well known dentists in the state, was severely burned last Saturday in his office by the explosion of a gasoline tank; lingering in great suffering until Monday, when he died. He was 47 years of age, born and reared near Pine Apple. He had made this his home for 27 years. He leaves a wife and three children: Mrs. Williamson, of Jackson, Miss., Mrs. Lee of Bellefontain, Ohio, and a son, Zolon Chapman, of Moblie. Interment at Pine Apple.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser, September 25, 1920, Transcribed by C. Anthony

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 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

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

Odenville, Ala. Jan. 30 - Sam M. Cummings, a prominent citizen of this place, died here yesterday after a few days illness of pneumonia.  He was 50 years old and an excellent citizen.  He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a teacher in the Sunday School and  a man who had the respect and confidence of the entire community.  His remains were taken to Camden, Ala. for interment, accompanied by his wife and daughter, Miss Sada.  He leaves another daughter, Mrs. Reid, of Andalusia, and two sons, one of Atlanta and another of Seale, Ala. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., January 31, 1913 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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
Camden, Ala., Feb. 28 - Mr. Samuel James Ervin, a life long resident of this place, died at his home here Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Ervin was only sick a few days and his death was a great sorrow to his many friends.  The deceased was 56 years of age.  He is survived by a wife, three daughters, two sons, and one brother, Mr. Robert Ervin of Mobile. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., March 1, 1917 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney
Pine Apple, Ala., June 3 – Mrs. Mary Evans, wife of Mr. R. R. Evans, died last night of blood poison, having been ill for three weeks, at the home of her father, Mr. Ivey Taylor.  Mrs. Evans was married to Mr. Evans about two years ago.  She leaves a two months old child.  The interment was in the city cemetery. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala., June 4, 1911 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Joshua Grace, one of the oldest citizens of Wilcox, died at Allenton last week. (Birmingham Iron Age, Birmingham, Ala., July 22, 1875 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Camden, Ala., Feb. 17 - Mrs. Lou Chambers Hall, a highly esteemed lady of Gastonburg, passed away at the DuBose Sanitarium, Selma, Ala.  She had been in failing health for some time and had been taken to Dr. DuBose for treatment.  She leaves one son and a brother, Mr. William Chambers.  She was laid to rest in the cemetery at Orrville beside her husband, Dr. Hall. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Feb. 18, 1911 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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
Camden, Ala., Dec. 23 - Mr. Isaac Handley, an old confederate veteran who lived near here, died yesterday of Brights disease, and was interred in the Camden Cemetery this morning.  Many relatives and friends followed his bier to its last resting place. He leaves a widow and several children and two sisters. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Dec. 24, 1910 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Pine Apple, Dec. 10--(Special)--This community has suffered a great loss in the death of Dr. S. M. Hawthorne which occurred yesterday morning at 6:30 o clock.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser, December 11, 1903, Transcribed by C. Anthony

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
B. J. Kittrell, a former resident of Camden, died. Source: Wilcox News, September 8, 1881;  Submitted by Peggy Thompson
Mr. A. C. Luckie, Jr., died Monday night at 9 30 o'clock after a lingering illness of several weeks at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Luckie of Pine Apple. Funeral services were held from his parents' residence, Wednesday morning. Mr. Luckie is survived by his wife and two sons, Charlie and Robert, his parents and one brother, Mr. H. E. Luckie, of Canton.
     Interment will be made in the family cemetery.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser, October 6, 1910, Transcribed by C. Anthony

McNEIL, Mrs. J. R.
Mrs. J. R. McNeil, 35 years old, and a resident of this city for the last ten years, died late Monday night at her residence, 415 Dexter Avenue, after an illness of short duration.  She was born and reared in Camden, Ala. She was the wife of J. R. McNeil, who died several years ago.  The body of Mrs. McNeil is being held at the parlors of Tice, Moore, and Diffly, pending information from her relatives at Camden.  (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL, Feb. 5, 1913 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
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

Pine Apple, Ala., June 20 - Mrs. J. A. Mills, aged 26 years, died at her residence Monday morning at 10 o'clock after an illness of about four weeks. Mrs. Mills was a daughter of Mr. W. H. Grimes of this place.
     Besides her husband, Mr. J. A. Mills, she is survived by four sisters and three brothers.  She was a member of the Christian Church. The funeral took place from the residence at 10 o'clock. The interment was at the Baptist Cemetery. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., June 21, 1911 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Camden, Ala, Feb 17 - Mrs. D. A. Philiphot, daughter of Mrs. Samuel Oswalt, after a short illness, died at her home in this county.  The burial service was conducted at Bear Creek Cemetery.  The deceased leaves a husband, four children and her mother.  (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Feb. 18, 1911 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
(Special to The Advertiser) - Lower Peachtree, Sept. 12--After an illness of only a few hours E. C. Sheffield died early Monday at his home there.
    Mr. Sheffield was born and reared about ten miles north of here at Yellow Bluff, Ala. and was 62 years old. For more than thirty years he has been a resident of this place.
     Besides his wife five daughters survive, Mrs. H. Gates of Gainestown, Ala., Mrs. Grady Priman of Coy, Ala., Miss Nellie Sheffield of Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. John Baker and Mrs. Myrtle Donaldson of this place.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser, September 13, 1917, Transcribed by C. Anthony
Camden, Ala, Aug. 15 - The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stewart died at their home on Friday evening.  The baby had been ill for some time and its death was not unexpected. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Aug 16, 1913 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Pine Apple, Ala., Oct 9 - Miss Rosa Walton died this morning at the residence of Mr. and Mr.s J. A. Matheson.  Miss Walton was a lovely young lady, her admirable ways and kind disposition won the hearts of all who knew her.  She is survived by two brothers and numerous other relatives.  The funeral services will take place tomorrow at 10 o'clock at the Adams Cemetery. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Oct 10, 1912 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
Pine Apple, Ala., Oct. 9 - Miss Rosa Walton died here about 5 o'clock this morning.  She had been ill two months.  Burial will be at 10 o'clock Thursday.  (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL., Oct 10, 1912 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
(Special to The Advertiser) Pine Apple, Ala., Oct. 20--The home of Mr. H. H. Watkins was visited late Tuesday afternoon by the death angel, when God called the husband and father home to rest. He was one of Pine Apple's oldest citizens. He served in the war between the states. He was 84 year old. He leaves a widow, four sons, Clarence, Nathan, and Brutus Watkins of Pine Apple, Howard Watkins of Burnt Corn, Ala. Two daughters, Susie Watkins of Pine Apple and Mrs. Herman Haas, and one sister, Mrs. Mosley, of Burnt Corn.
    Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon. The cortege went from his home to Bethlehem, where his remains were laid to rest.
    There are a large circle of friends who extend their deepest sympathy to the family in their bereavement.   Source: Montgomery Advertiser, October 22, 1921, Transcribed by C. Anthony
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 Veneta McKinney)
Theodore Wiltze died at his residence near Rehobeth, on October 5, 1881. Source: Wilcox News, September 8, 1881;  Submitted by Peggy Thompson
WOLFE, Infant
(Special to The Advertiser) Selma, Ala., June 5,--James Robert Wolfe, nine-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Wolfe, died at a Selma hospital Sunday night. The remains were shipped to Pine Apple Monday morning, where interment will be made. Rev. Father Stagg, of Selma officiating.  Source: Montgomery Advertiser, June 6, 1922, Transcribed by C. Anthony







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