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MONDAY MUSINGS: Earliest pioneers to Alabama had few farm tools to tame the wilderness

The early settlers of Alabama found themselves surrounded but the dense forest had to be felled and the fields cultivated. From History of Conecuh County, Alabama 1881 by Rev. B. F. Riley, we learn that in Conecuh County, the farmers did not have the implements to make the task easier.  They had a few axes,  grubbing hoes, few shovels, spades and an occasional scooter plow that were brought with them from their distant homes to conquer the vast forest land.


Farm implements 1772 (Library of Congress)

To cultivate the land, the only implement used by even the wealthiest farmers for several years was a sharply-flattened hickory pole, made somewhat in the shape of a crowbar to make holes for the seed to be planted. At first, there was even an absence of a Blacksmith which greatly hindered the farmers.  Finally, in upper Conecuh County, Alabama, Joshua Betts was in possession of a few blacksmith tools and when his brother Isaac Betts joined him in Conecuh County with his complete set of blacksmith tools, they opened a Blacksmith shop.

Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past This book is a compilation of some of the funny and helpful tips from our past history. Some recipes and tips date back to 1770s. One or two sound a little dangerous and I would never try them myself, but I’ve included then in this book for their humorous and historical value. A few are useful, especially for our ‘green’ society today

Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past

By (author): Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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