ALFRED PELHAM AGEE
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Dallas, Monroe, and Calhoun county, Alabama
Alfred Pelham Agee, lawyer, was born August 6, 1862. at Claiborne, Monroe County; son of Noah Alfred Agee and Annie Caroline (Hunley) Agee, of Selma, the former represented Monroe County in the legislature, 1853-54, and was State senator from Monroe, Escambia and Baldwin Counties, 1857-58; and under the nom de plume of Senex, wrote for the “Montgomery Advertiser” a series of letters from 1900 to 1912, descriptive of early times in Alabama.
He was the grandson of William Raiford Agee and Winnie (Hill) Agee, who lived at Claiborne, and of Ransom Gayle Hunley and Caroline (Forney) Hunley, who lived near Hayneville, Lowndes County; greatgrandson of Noah Agee, who in 1810 migrated from Anson County, N. C., to Clarke County, and of Gen. Peter Forney, of Revolutionary fame in North Carolina.
Through the Forneys Mr. Agee was related to the Forney, Johnston, Webb, and other Alabama families. The Agees were French Huguenots, early seated in Rockingham County, Va., whence members of the family migrated to North Carolina.
Alfred Pelham Agee’s early education was received in schools at Claiborne and the boy’s school at Talladega; graduated from the United States naval academy, in 1883, and his final graduation took place after two years’ service in foreign waters, in 1885. In 1887, he graduated from the University of Alabama, receiving the degree of LL.B.; practiced law in Montgomery, and in 1888 moved to Anniston, in which city he continued to practice: was city attorney of Anniston, 1888-90 and 1906-08; solicitor city court of Anniston 1893-97, and president of the city council, 1910-12. He was cadet midshipman in the United States navy, 1879-85, second lieutenant, “Montgomery True Blues,” 1887-8, and captain of Co. E, Second regiment, Alabama State troops, 1888-91.
He was a Democrat; and an Episcopalian. Alfred married: April 6, 1899, at Montgomery, to Ellie Shepherd, daughter of John W. Shepherd and Mary (Sommerville) Shepherd, the former a graduate of Yale university, who removed from Huntsville, to Montgomery, was reporter for the supreme court, and author of Shepherd’s Alabama Digest.
Their children in 1921 were:
- Caroline Hunley Agee;
- Ellen Dougla Agee
They resided in Anniston, Alabama in 1921. Alfred Pelham Agee passed away October 22, 1937 and is buried in Edgemont Cemetery, Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama.
- History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
- Find A Grave Memorial# 41085026 # 41085027
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