Winston County, Alabama Genealogy Trails

Pvt. Thomas Bradley of Addison, son of Mr. Lee Bradley of Columbia, Tenn., and husband of Mrs. Christine Alcorn, was buried at Sardis, Wednesday, June 9th at 2:00 P. M. with Rev. Buford Hightower officiating. American Legion Post, Addison 106 has charge of services. Mutual service in charge. Source: The Cullman Democrat, (Cullman, Ala), June 10, 1948; Submitted by SueAnn McKnight

HENDERSON, Deputy U. S. Marshal
Deputy US Marshal Henderson was shot and killed at his home at Haleyville near Russellville by one of his tenants.  A dispute arose over some trivial matter that resulted as stated.  Source: Hamilton Times, Marion County Ala, July 6, 1893 - Transcribed  by Veneta McKinney

HITLER, Child of H. J.
Sad news reaches Double Springs that one of Mr. H. J. HITLER'S sons was drowned in Mr. LACY'S mill pond in Beat 5 last Saturday. - [Winston Herald] - Source: Marion Herald (Marion County AL) Aug. 4, 1887 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

HULSEY, Daughter of JOHN
A little 4-year old girl of Mr. JOHN HULSEY who lives about one mile north of Haleyville, was burned to death day or two ago The mother had left the child in a room by an open fire place to go to a spring near by and when she returned the little child was enveloped in flames its clothing having caught fire.  Its body was burned to a crisp and it lived about three hours. Dr. TAYLOR was called and did all he could to relive the little sufferer, but his efforts were of no avail – [Winston Times]  Source: Marion County Democrat (Marion County AL) Mar 12, 1903 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

FELL DEAD IN HIS PULPIT - A Colored Exhorter in Alabama Gets Into a Fatal Frenzy
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 9.  A singular death occurred in the colored Baptist church near Double Springs this morning. The pastor, the Rev. Greenleaf Lee, a young man, strong and healthy, was preaching on death. He worked himself into a great fervor describing the tortures of hell and quoting from the scriptures. As the words: "There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth," issued from his lips, he fell to the floor, and in a few minutes was dead. Doctors pronounce the cause of death the rupturing of a blood vessel caused by excitement. (Source: Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA) -? June 10, 1895 - Submitted and transcribed by Sandra Davis)

A special to the Age-Herald from Double Springs says: “J. K. PAYNE, a highly respected citizen of that place, was shot from ambush, and killed by an unknown assassin.  He was a witness against moon shiners in the United States Court at Huntsville and the deed is laid at the door of one of them.  Much indignation is expressed over the cowardly crime.”Source: Hamilton Free Press (Marion County AL) Nov. 8, 1893 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney

SEALS, Children of JIM
FOUR CHILDREN DROWNED - JIM SEALS, an emigrant from Double Springs, Ala. attempted to cross Yellow Creek, four miles north of Barnesville last Friday, while the water was very high, and his wagon bed floated off down the rapid current, capsizing and drowning four little children, ranging from two to ten years old.  His team, two splendid mules, was also drowned. The children were buried Sunday at Pryor’s school house.  The family is penniless and the mother is heart-broken – [Corinth (Miss.) Herald] - (Marion Herald, Marion County AL, Feb 27, 1890 - transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

KILLED BY A BOY - Double Springs, Oct. 8 – News reached here this afternoon that R. J. Taylor, one of the county commissioners of this county, was accidentally shot and killed while out hunting near his home, about ten miles from this place, by Millird Berry, a boy, yesterday.  No particulars. - (Vernon Courier, Lamar County, AL, October 15, 1891)

MORTALLY HURT IN A GRAVE - Double Springs, Ala. - Dispatch 23rd - JAMES WELTON was one of the pallbearers yesterday at the funeral of JULIUS ROBERTS, a farmer.  As soon as the coffin was lowered into the grave, the strap held by WELTON and antoher man snapped.  Welton lost his balance and fell headlong into the grave, which was six feet deep.  At the same time, the rear end of the coffin, which had been held by the broken strap, plunged downward. The coffin struck Welton on the head and knocked him against the side of the grave, which was of hard soil. He died two hours afterward. (Charolette Observer, Nov. 26, 1896)

Grady C. Westmorland, 19, died at his home on Addison, Route 1, Wednesday, March 11. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 p. m., at Friendship with Rev. Duford Hightower officiating. McAfee, Howell and Young in charge of interment in the adjoining cemetery.
    Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Westmorland, five brothers, Elbert, Orval, Chester, Henry, and Cleo Westmorland; two sisters, Mrs. Tessie Bishop and Mis Edith Westmorland. - Source: The Cullman Banner, Cullman, AL, March 12, 1942. Transcribed by SueAnn McKnight








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