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  1. Lynne McNair

    Linda McNair Cohen Kirk McNair Cecil McNair listed as a source for this article.

  2. This is ineteresting to me because my grandfather, Dr. William Henry Harrison was a physician in Midway and passed away in 1928. He died from TB, which he got from a patient.

    1. This is interesting to me because Mrs. Emma Harrison and my great grandmother, Mary Eugenia Turman Alston, also of Midway, Ala. were friends.

      I have the following information on your family. Do you have photos of their home?

      Dr. Wm. Henry (b. 2/13/1870, d. 12/22/1928) and Mrs. Emma Houston (b. 1/06/1874; d. 12/22/1928] Harrison, lived on the left hand side of Old Troy [Dirt] Road going towards the intersection with Depot Street..Their property was located on the opposite side of the road from the Midway Methodist church. The 1930 Midway, Ala. Census showed that Dr. Harrison’s real estate was valued at $5,000.
      Iona Pruett McMillian of Midway, Ala. commented that they had a very fine home & large garden.
      [Iona has a wealth of information on Midway & its families.]
      They had a daughter, Cathleen Harrison, born abt. 1901 and a son, William T, born about 1909.

      “Mrs. Harrison and my great grandmother, Mary Eugenia Turman Alston, competed with one another to see who could have the biggest and most unusual plants in their gardens. As one approached the Turman/Alston Midway, Ala. home, named ‘Alston Heights’ by Eugenia Norwood Alston Branscomb, one could circle around a palm tree, growing in the driveway. Mrs. Harrison also had one growing in her garden.”

      Look forward to hearing from you!
      Eugenia Branscomb Hobday [email protected]

  3. nice article – thanks.

  4. This was a very interesting article. Being from Union Springs it was very enlightening. Thanks!

  5. This was of interest since it talked about the last Creek Indian battle in Ala just north of Hobdy Bridge, which is in Pike County, Al. I own the land near this site that is now marked with a Historical marker on Al 130 near Hobdy Bridge that crosses Pea River.

    1. I am trying to photograph the ‘Hobdy’s Bridge: Last Indian Battles in Alabama’ historical marker that is supposed to be on the Pike County side of the bridge but can’t seem to find it looking on Google street view. Is it still there? Thanks…

  6. I am a fairly new reader of your wonderful email newsletter. I really enjoy it and wonder if I have missed earlier articles about northwest Alabama in Colbert and Franklin County. My roots are there and my family considered Crooked Oak and Littleville as the home place. I have generations of relatives buried in Russellville, Osborne Cemetery in Littleville, and Tuscumbia. Family stories tell of early arrivals in Alabama before the Indian Removal and involvement in the Civil War and service with Forrest and Roddy.

    My father A’Delbert and my Mother Gertrude Willett Bowen were teaches throughout the area including Mynot (south of Cherokee) and Bellgreen in the early 19teens and through the 1940’s. I lived in Tuscumbia until I left home in 1951 to go to school and Georgia but I still feel a deep affection for the area.

    Have I missed anything or do you have any suggested reading for me?

    Thank You,

    Tom Bowen

  7. How do I get a copy of Elizabeth Griswald’s term paper. Interested in the Graham family from Bullock County.

  8. Major James Madison Feagin was my gggrandfather.

  9. Kinda reminds one of the old Union Station in Mobile which was immediately below old Baldwin County.

    There are Feagin’s nearby too.

    Seems Alabama today really didn’t begin being the Alabama we know till after 1901-1907.

    Even the land records from Federal Sources which Kat some earlier records neglect to mention that Congress nullified land patents prior to 1835 due to fraud.

    Wonder how many people are left being squatters relying solely on adverse possession?

    So far it’s been hard to get a complete title search beyond the 1950’s in Mobile County…

    As a public land State that means all land should orignate in a Federal Land Patent with a complete and accurate title search being possible.

    If not, the title may be subject to turnover.

    Hmm…

    Any comments on how to secure legal title legally in Albama?

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