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  1. My ancestor Edward Cox came to Barbour very early and is listed here. His daughter, Sarah Cox married Solomon Butts, whose pension application in the National Archives stated that he married Sarah Cox on July 4th in 1833 and was located in book 1 on page 1 of the Barbour County marriage book. The marriage book was not present when I tried to locate it in the basement of the courthouse in Clayton in 1999. The LDS had not recorded any of the Barbour county records at the time, but has since been recording some of the records. The application was offered by a prominent Pike County, Alabama lawyer. The application also stated that Solomon Butts fought with the U.S. infantry volunteers at the battle of Hobdy’s Bridge in 1836. His father in law, Edward Cox also fought in that final conflict with the Creek Indians. Solomon was not listed on the 1830 census as far as I can find so he may have been in transition from Georgia to Alabama during that period or just been missed by the census takers. On the 1840 census Solomon and Edward were present near Louisville. His brother, Charles Butts was next to him on that census. Solomon Butts and Edward Cox were From North Carolina.

  2. I enjoy Alabama Pioneers so much, being descended from many of these remarkable, brave and courageous folks. I can’t thank you enough. Your novels have captured many new devotees to our history. ” The Past is Prologue” as carved onto the National Archives building in Washington. The ‘real’ history; life stories, circumstances and events, are more fascinating and inspiring than any novel could ever be. You have accomplished a great mission and we thank you “Lest we forget!”

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your kind words. I hope to discover and share many more stories about our past. A list of all my books can be found at this link. http://amzn.to/1TLWSWe

      Donna

  3. Having relatives from the settlement and later small town of Bakerhill I’m proud of my roots as they apply to Barbour County. I enjoy reading of the history of which small towns get their life.

  4. What was done to the Indian Nation in this country was despicable and a travesty…truly, invaded, destroyed…every American should truly think deep and hard about this.

  5. My paternal grandmother was part Chickamauga Cherokee and part Creek Indian, and from Barbour Co, AL. I am proud of my heritage.

  6. Janice Rush, where I was born in Georgia was the hunting lands for the Creek Indian Nation…that’s why they killed Chief William McIntosh for trading their lands. I also have deep roots in Barbour, Houston and surrounding counties in Alabama and Northern panhandle of Florida…I understand your pride in your heritage! 🙂

  7. Nancy Arnold Wood, My roots run deep in Barbour Co and Pike and Bullock as well.

  8. Nancy Arnold Wood, thank you . Are you of Indian heritage as well? My 3rd great-grandfather was Chief George E “the Otter” Green and was tribal chief of our tribe for over 20 years. He also served in the War of 1812…He was Chickamauga Cherokee. His son, my 2nd greatgrandfather was an Indian Chief who married a full blood Creek.. The tribe still exists and is trying to get federal recognition again. The old Creek Indian village was where Eufaula is today. What are some of your family surnames in the area?

    1. George “The Otter” Green was my fourth great grandfather!

    2. What is the name of the Creek Indian your 2nd grandfather married? My dad’s family are Greens from the Pike County area and I’ve identified someone connected by DNA with Chief George “The Otter” .

  9. My family came to Alabama from North Carolina during the Creek Indian Wars. We were given a land grant in what is now a community called Collins Chapel in Chilton County. It has been handed down all these years over several generations and I have a little over 40 acres of that original land grant.

  10. Joe Baxter Max Baxter Jay Baxter

  11. Do you have any further information on the Rev. Jesse Burch ? Burch is my maiden name and my dad’s family migrated from Georgia and settled in Alabama .

  12. John McInnis Jr. enjoyed reading about his ancestors.

  13. Your Alabama posts are read daily by this Texan who discovered her Alabama roots an Adult. Today, I am in Russell County, planning to look at the Phenix City Library and Cemetery. I found my great grandmother’s marriage record in the County’s first book on my last visit. The recorded marriage was in 1845!
    Later generations were in Henry And Dale Counties and Holmes County, Fl, so I have searched for years there. Thank you for your good words posted so often.

    1. Thank you! Like you, many Texans will discover they have roots in Alabama. I hope you enjoy your visit to Alabama.

  14. My great grandmother was full blooded creek Indian and I would like to know what percent I am.

  15. At the time of the Ft Mims massacre, most of Alabama’s inhabitants were either Indian, Black, mixed race, or White with Indian wives. Many of the victims were mixed race. All in all, peaceful assimilation had begun. Except for the Redstick faction of the Creeks. Had it not been for their attack on Fort Mims, I suspect Alabama today would be a predominately Brown-skinned population.

  16. It was pretty sad how Jackson had the white settlers removed who were barely able to name it and begged to stay to reap their corn harvest during those cold and doubtful years.

    The fraud was uncovered and those would-be squatters and criminals who knew they were shysters were made to leave. They apparently didn’t go very far but they did record their own plea.

    Andrew Jackson wrote that it the blackest of Frauds what was attempted and done to the Choctaw.

    Chief Darby Weaver
    The Tribal Leader

  17. This is why I do not have any good will to Andrew Jackson. He was not good to the Indians and took all of their land.

    1. Joyce Pierce Fitzgerald I have no ill will towards the Creek Indians who massacred 500 people at Ft Mims including my Hoven family .

    2. Joyce Pierce Fitzgerald you have no concept of history

    3. Janice Elaine Smith Beck sorry about your family.

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