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Prisoner wore a dress to escape & other news from Birmingham in 1877

Birmingham Iron Age


July 25, 1877

Birmingham Iron Age

Escaped Prisoner

The “Cherokee Advertiser” gives an extended account of the escape of Lafayette Weaver from the jail at Centre, in Cherokee County. Weaver was charged with the murder of a cousin in that county, and for whose arrest the Governor offered a reward of three hundred dollars. The scheme for Weaver’s release was laid and carried out by Weaver’s mother, sister, and brother-in-law. The three went to town in a wagon. The mother and sister, who had a child, were admitted upstairs into Weaver’s cell. The sister had prepared herself with two dresses.

Weaver put on one and took his sister’s child in his arms, and the mother and himself went down the steps together, pulling their bonnets over their eyes and sobbing. They went out and got in the wagon with the brother-in-law, who was waiting for them at the gate. They drove rapidly away. After they had been gone about half an hour the jailor went up to look after his prisoners and found the sister in the brother’s place. The alarm was given and a pursuit commenced, but no capture was effected. The sister was retained and the mother and brother-in-law were arrested and gave bond for their appearance at the next term of the Circuit Court. Upon the whole, it was a well-laid scheme and succeeded admirably.

Cherokee County, Alabama

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  • Rev. Dr. Ceaveland, and R. H. Sterrett, Esq., of Selma, gave us a call on Thursday last. These gentlemen had been attending the Baptist convention which met at Gadsden.
  • We have had the pleasure of meeting during the past week, Mr. Turtott(?) of Pensacola, Fla., who is visiting his father’s family in this city.
  • Prof. John F. Lanneau, of Tuskaloosa, was in the city Friday and Saturday last.
  • Major R. Randolph, of Springville, was in the city a few hours last week.
  • Messrs. Jolly, Pearson and Martin will address the citizens of Birmingham, on the political issues at the Courthouse, at early candlelight, next Saturday.
  • Col. Jolly will address the citizens of Warrior Station on Saturday evening before the election.
  • Ho! for Texas – A good tract of land in one of the most populous counties in Texas, can be had for Birmingham property. For particulars, apply at this office.
  • Notice. The Trustees of the Oxmoor School district will receive application in writing from this date, until the next meeting of the Board on the first Wednesday in August next, for two teachers, one for the white Public School, and one for the colored Public School. Payments to be made at the end of each month. R. C. Bradly, Sec’y.
  • An advertisement of the University of Alabama, appears in our columns this week. This institution of learning under the guidance of its able and learned president Dr. Carlos G. Smith, and his able corps of assistants, is fast assuming its proper place as one of the best institutions of learning in the country. The facilities for education which are offered by it cannot be excelled, and it behooves everyone to encourage this, a home institution, above all others. The expenses are very reasonable. For full particulars send for a catalogue.
  • Frank P. O’Brien has the contract for building the splendid storehouse of Dr. Jos. R. Smith, to be erected on 1st Avenue. The work is to be commenced at once.
  • The new furnace at Oxmoor has been started and is succeeding admirably. We are informed that the run for the first twenty-four hours was twenty-seven tons. Hurrah for Oxmoor and its indefatigable superintendent.
  • Blount Springs News – Everything looks gay and festive around here. The Jackson House is filled with guests from Alabama, Georgia, Louisana, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee.―Mobile, Montgomery and New Orleans are ably and largely represented by their best citizens. The young folks trip on the “light fantastic toe” every night; the lights are delightfully pleasant, and everybody, his wife, and his mother-in-law, (including those in search of that very important appendage to a well-regulated establishment), are apparently happy.

Jackson House – Blount Springs

Blount springs jackson house hotel

  • There has been three deaths in Nashville, Tenn., recently from hydrophobia.
  • Died in this city on Tuesday, July 24th of consumption, Mr. Geo. Winfield Blackburn, aged 25 years. (Blount County Papers copy.)
  • Mrs. S. L. Robertson desires a few Music scholars. Prices same as charged by other teachers in this city. Residence near the public school.
  • We hear it rumored on the streets that Jim Harper, colored, is a candidate for coroner on the independent ticket.
  • The trestle work which approaches the Warrior River bridge on the A. & C. Railroad gave way last Saturday, while a train was upon it, letting the train down and killing the engineer and fireman. It is reported that Mr. Wm. Reagan, a well-known conductor was also killed.
  • We had a pleasant call last week from Maj. Abner Williams, of Selma. Also yesterday from Mr. E. W. North from the same city. Both gentlemen represent first class cotton houses. Miss Lulan North accompanies her father and is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Steele, at Elyton.
  • At the late commencement of the University of Alabama, the honorary degree of M. A. was conferred upon Dr. James Little, a graduate of Oakland College, Miss; M. Shelby Kennard, of La Crosse, Ark; Dr. J. Paul Jones, of Camden and R. C. Jones, Esq.,, of Camden. The degree of LL.B. was conferred upon Powhatan Lockett, Esq., of Marion. The degree of LL.D. was conferred upon Dr. E. D. McDaniel of Wilcox County.


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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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