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Queries (2004)

From 1997 through 2008 site coordinator Pat Mahan transferred queries sent to the Lauderdale County Rootsweb email address to this ALGenWeb site.  We have included the names and email addresses for each of the submitters, althoughwe cannot guarantee that these addresses are still valid after all these years.  If you posted a query here and would like to update your contact information, please email us at


Date: 5 Jan 2004
From: Mark Cole
I am looking for information on I believe "Frank" Bull who owned a mill near Bluewater Creek, on the west bank of the Lexington Road, now Co. Rd 71 north of Killen during the 1850s-1870s.  Any information on Mr. Bulls, the type of mill, location, etc would be greatly appreciated.   Thanks,  Mark Cole


Date: 10 Jan 2004
Hello, my name is Bruce Haley. My family comes from slaves who was on a plantation in Florence Alabama we believe to be the forks of cypress, my grandfather who just died 2yrs ago was name Glenden Haley of north-port mother name is Shirley Bruce Haley of Tuscaloosa, Alabama........can anyone tell  of any Haley of northwest Alabama i think im part of the haleys alex haley talked about

Date: 5 Feb 2004
From: Billy Joe Sledge
I am looking for information on a John Bethel CHANDLER after 1880. 

Date: 7 Feb 2004
From: Lee Freeman 
Desperately seeking any information on Mary M.? Jones, born March 14, 1805, in NC. or S. C., married    ?    Freeman, March 29, 1804, baptized Jan. 21, 1838,  died June 24, 1874. Mary Jones Freeman was enumerated in the 1850, and 1860 federal population and 1860 agriculture census of Lauderdale County, AL., as well as the 1866 state census and the 1866 Lauderdale County tax list. In 1850, she was enumerated in the house of William and Sarah Freeman. By 1860, she’s bought land from the gov’t. (1857) and moved to Hines, now Zip City, in Sec. 27 of in T 1S R 11 W. In 1860, Wiley Francis Freeman, born ca. 1847, appears, enumerated in Mary’s house. Mary Jones Freeman is recorded in the Bethabara (now Bethel Berry) Church of Christ membership ledger, under the date 1869. Any information regarding Mary, Wiley, William or Sarah Freeman desperately needed, and would be greatly appreciated. Will gladly swap information. Lee Freeman, Florence, AL.

Date: 7 Feb 2004
From: Lee Freeman 
Looking for any information on Reuben Patterson (black), born c. 1843, Morgan County, AL. died 1928, in Florence, Laud. County, AL. Reuben was one of three children of  ?     and Julia  Patterson (c. 1807-1907), the slave of Malcolm Patterson, of Summerville, Morgan County, AL. During the Civil War, Reuben served as a body servant to Malcolm’s son, Col. Josiah Patterson, of the 5th AL. Cavalry. Reuben married Abbieville, “Abbie” Thornton (c.1850-1926, b. Franklin Co., AL) 1870, in Laud. County. No known children. Reuben is enumerated in the Laud. 1870, 80, 1900, 10 and 20 fed.censuses, as well as several Confederate veterans’ reunion rosters. Reuben religiously attended Confederate vets.’ reunions, being one of six documented blacks from Laud. County who fought in the Confederate Army.

Date: 10 Feb 2004 
From: George France
Seeking info on JESSE K. PATTON JR, son of JESSE K. PATTON SR., and KATIE O. KEY, born July 1892, Florence, AL. Florence Probate Court records show arriage license issued to Jesse Jr. and MAGGIE THORNTON July 1911 and second license issued to Jesse Jr. and SADIE E. BROWN Dec 1912. Jesse was living in Donaldson, TN in 1910. Family talk was that he probably moved on to TX. Any information would be appreciated.


Date: 20 Feb 2004
From: Jim & Carol Parrish
I am looking for any information on the family of J.C. PARISH/PARRISH
and Sarah J. LONG. According to the Lauderdale Co. Probate records, James C. PARRISH and Sarah J. LONG were married on September 23, 1883 at John LONG'S house.
The 1900 U. S. Census  dated June 8th and 9th shows J.C. and Sarah living
in the Waterloo Pct. #17 with their two children, Fannie E.   b. Mar. 1885  and 
John W.  b. Sep. 1889    John W. PARRISH is my grandfather. Eleven days later on June 21st  the same 1900 U.S. Census shows John W. living with his uncle, W. C. PARRISH the same Waterloo Pct. #17.   I am attempting to find out what happened to J.C., Sarah and Fannie. I will gladly share information.       Jim Parrish


Date: 4 Mar 2004
From: Lynn
I am looking for information on the William H. Key and the John Peters families. Both families lived in the bend of the river in the 1850's and 60's, and also both families have their own cemeteries. Any information will be appreciated. I do not have much information to share, I am just starting out. Thanks, Lynn

Date: 7 Mar 2004
From: Barbara Lawson
Caswell LEE born 1812 N.C. married Anne J. SHARPE born 1814 N.C. They were from
Giles County, TN. In 1850 they lived in Lauderdale County. Their children Narciss LEE born 1834 married John C. CHAMBERS md.1856 and after her death John married her younger sister Vina LEE md. 1876. Nancy Ann LEE had 6 children Francis LEE / and Rosanna LEE probley died around 1900 and living after was Matthew LEE married Daliah HOLBART / Pleasant LEE Sarah Alice LOVELL / Adeline LEE married R. C. COTTRELL /Josie LEE married Richard Chambers CASWELL and Anne other children was William 
born 1838 ] Julia born 1840 md. Joseph CARR 1854 / Ginetta/Jennetta/ Jenetty born 1843 / Ebinezer born 1846 / Vina born 1852 / Jackson born 1854.  I am looking for information on any of these folks.  Thank you, Barbara J. "LEE" LAWSON.  Pleasant LEE is my grandfather.

From: Barbara Lawson
Date: 7 Mar 2004
Caswell LEE born 1812 N.C. married Anne J. SHARPE born 1814 had 9 children
Narcissa b.1834 
Nancy Ann b. 1836 
William b. 1838
Julia b. 1840 
Ginetta / Jennetta / Jenetty ''not sure'' b.1843
Ebinezer b.1846
George b.1849
Vina b.1852
Jackson b.1854
Need information on all these folks.  Thank you, Barbara J. "LEE" LAWSON

Date: 17 Mar 2004
From: Howard Bryant

My great grandfather, Elisha Herrin (Heron, Herron) moved to the Wrights area some-time just before 1880. The photo at the left was taken from an old tin type photo. He was dressed in a formal suit ant this may have been a wedding portrait. Guessing at his age at the time, it was probably made in the 1850’s or 60’s. I have located his census record there in 1880, as well as his 1870 record in Lincoln County, GA. He had a number of children, two of whom were born in Lincoln County, William E. or Lee and Lila or Sarah L. Most of the others were born in TN, believed to be in the Big Sandy area of Benton County, GA. One was born in Lauderdale County.
Most of the children remained in Lauderdale County at least up until the 1920’s, including my grandfather, Charley Marshall Herrin/Herron, seated on the right. Seated in the center is Elisha’s wife, Louisa or Lizzie Hancock Herron. I don’t know the date of this picture but my speculation is that it may have been made at Elisha’s funeral but judging by the age of the youngest of his daughters, t may have been the mid to late 1890’s. So far I have not been able to locate the burial place of either Elisha or Louisa in the Lauderdale cemetery records. I’ve located census records from 1900 to 1920 for all of the family members except his oldest son, William E (or Lee) Herron. So far I can’t find a match anywhere – I don’t know what given name he used or where he might have moved.    

At the left is a photo, almost certain to be William E/L Herrin/Herron and his family. Judging by the age of his children, it must have been made in the early 1900’s. the ages of his children, 6 sons and one daughter. (I also have pictures of Elisha, his wife, and all the children at different ages, except William.) I would like to post this information in the hope someone may be able to give me a lead to follow up on William.
My mother was the daughter of Charley Herrin/Herron of Wrights; my father’s family lived across the river in Riverton. My mother’s brother also married into the Bryant family.
I would appreciate any information about William E/L Herrin/Herron and the burial places of Elisha and Louisa. I would also appreciate any information about Elisha and Louisa’s descendents who may still live in the area.                   Howard Bryant

Date: 17 Mar 2004
From: John Wintter
I have a grandfather, Ernst (Earnest, Ernest) Ulrich WINTTER and a grandmother, Lidia Louise Carline ( Lena) KACHELHOFER (? HALBERG) who lived in Florence, as reported in the 1880 census (for Earnest WINTTER). No report of Kachelhofer's
in Lauderdale Co. was found in that census. Earnest was married to Martha Susan REDDIN who died later in the year after the census was taken in 1880.
Earnest married Lena Halberg (Kachelhofer) in  1881 and they moved to Brighton (Lipscomb?) AL and were found in the 1900 census there.  I am interested in finding something about Lena's marriage to Joseph Halberg prior to her marriage to Earnest WINTTER.  Earnes was born in Wuerttemberg Germany 18 45 and emigrated to the USA in 1863.  Lena was born in 1858 in Interlaken, Bern Switzerland and emigrated to the USA in 1868.  Any information about the Lauderdale residency of these two (or their parents, siblings, etc.) would be appreciated.     Thanks    John Ernest Wintter

Date: 20 Mar 2004
From: Lou Domino Sr
Seeking information on Oliver Thompson formally from Georgia. His wife was Sarah Ann from Hanover Co. Va. They had at least two sons Druez b.. 1834 and Melville C.b.1846 both born in Alabama.  Any help appreciated  Louis Domino


Date: 9 Apr 2004
From: Janice Howard
I am seeking anyone that is researching John, Samuel, Henrietta, Lubrucey Bentley. They were in Lauderdale in the 1850-1860's.

Date: 17 Apr 2004
From: Janice Switcher
I am looking for family of Edward James (E. J.) Watson, born 1869 in Al .He had a brother named Rube. E. J. married Sarah Elizabeth Martin @ Lauderdale Co. Al March of 1898.She had been married to a Martin and had a daughter, Daisy Evon Martin. Sarah's maiden name was Byford. Any help finding other family members would be so appreciated. 
Janice Switcher

Date: 26 Apr 2004
From: Sharon Berry
I am looking for information on George White. He is in the 1830 census living next door to Coleman Hardy. I am trying to find out who his family members were. I have no information on him except that he may be the father of a David White living in Lawrence County, Tennessee. He received a pension in 1834 from Giles County, Tennessee. Any information would be helpful.

Date: 16 May 2004
From: Lois Laudie
            Looking for information on William Hammond, born around 1785 in NC or SC. He married a second wife, Sarah Riley, in 1825 and lived in Wayne County, TN for a while. She died in IL. 
            I would like to find the first wife and his children by her. I think he had a son Andrew. William may have died in Lauderdale County.     Thanks. Lois Laudie


From: Lee Freeman
Date: 19 May 2004
            Seeking information on the connection between the family of William Henry Nance (1845-1903), of Russellville, AL, and the families of Orlando Halsey (c. 1839-aft. 1910), of Tuscumbia, AL, and William Lee Reeder (c.1865-1918)), of Florence. One of W. H. Nance’s obituaries states that Orlando Halsey’s wife, Mary Katherine Jones (1841-1929), a daughter of James Oscar and Elizabeth Benham Jones was a sister of W. H. Nance, another says she and her sister, Mrs. W. L. Reeder, were his nieces. We know William Henry had two brothers, Lucas (c. 1848-1890) and John A. (b. ca. 1851), but do not have any information on a sister.
            Mary Katherine had a sister, Patti Jones (c. 1869-aft. 1920), who married William Lee Reeder of Florence, and at least one brother, J. Oscar Jones. According to her obit. Mary Katherine Jones Halsey was born in Marion County. In 1892, W. L.. Reeder worked for W. H. Nance, who was a cotton buyer. What is the relationship of Mary Katherine Jones Halsey and Patti Reeder to W. H. Nance? Any information would be greatly appreciated.          Lee Freeman. 


From: Brad McLauchlin
Date: 1 Jun 2004
Does anyone know how/where I can get a copy of the Morgan print "Richardson's Mill"?
     Sonya R. McLauchlin

Date: 5 Jun 2004
I am looking for any information on Thomas Harvey or Harvey Thomas Bennett. He was a barber in Florence,AL for many many years. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Young from Sheffield,AL (Colbert co.) They divorced in 1927 she ran a boarding house in Sheffield and he was still a barber in Florence. I know nothing really of either. They are my great grandparents. I do know that Thomas Harvey remarried and had more children. So if anyone can help with these two familes I'd appreciate it! Thanks!!!

From: Betty Pennington
Date: 18 Jun 2004
Could someone tell me where St. Florian school was located. I have been told that my picture no. 32  was a picture of this school does anyone know anything about the school.   Betty Pennington


From: Betty Pennington
Date: 20 Jun 2004
Does anyone know where Mt. Zion school was in Lauderdale County?

From: Bill Snell
Date: 20 Jul 2004
Trying to find WB Bayless' parents DOB 1852 AL WB (William Butler Bayless) was a Methodist preacher. He married at least 18 couples in Lauderdale County and married his second wife Catherine Rosa Munn (Katie) in Lauderdale County. He lived in Colbert County with his first wife Martha D. she and six of their children are buried in Mhoontown Cemetery. Any help would be welcomed....Thanks Bill Snell 1010 Cope Dr. Paris, TX 75462

Date: 30 Aug 2004
Looking for info on John T.Greer B-1880 and sister Mary Greer B-1871,her 1st.marriage was to a Lemay do not know first name.her 2nd marriage was To John C Futrell in 1897 in Florence,Lauderdale county AL.She is supposed to have lived in Rodgersville I am seeking any info on them and their father and e-mail is


Date: 9 Sep 2004
From: Wendy Joyce Cabler ( )
I am looking for ANY of the descendants of the Claiborne Washington Wesson family. I am looking specifically for any old bible records, photographs, personal family information, etc. My husband is a direct descendant of this family and we would desperately love to know more about this family. Thanks!


From: Bill Davis
Date: 9 Oct 2004
My father was Henry Franklin Davis, born 6/8/1906 in Lauderdale co Al. His parents were Simpson Davis and Geneva Moore Davis. I think my GGrandfather was Benjamin Franklin Davis, I also know that dad had an uncle who he went
to for guidance since my Grandfather died when he was about 11 whose name was Chisholm "Chis" Butler. I would appreciate any info on these (Davis, Butler, Chisholm) families. I have information I will share with any one researching Shook, McCafferty, Griffin, Conway, and Crowder families of Tn and N Ala.

Date: 7 Dec 2004
Marie Katharine Kathman was born Jan 17, 1902 in Florence, the daughter of Louis William and Mary E. Kathman. Does anyone know anything about the deaths of Louis and Mary Kathman? Their childen, Louis (born 1898) and Marie were orphaned by 1906. Thank you,Suzanne Flowers

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