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Glennville – a history of the people of by-gone days with pictures of some of their houses

GLENNVILLE, ALABAMA

(Transcribed From Smartt, Eugenia Persons..History of Eufaula, Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.: Roberts & Son, printers, 1930, c1933. – Some of the homes mentioned may no longer be standing)


McDonald-Smartt house Eufaula, Alabama ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)McDonald – Smartt House by W. N. Manning, Photographer, May 16, 1935. – 315 North Randolph Street, Eufaula, Barbour County, AL (Library of Congress)

In the name of this city is history of by-gone days, where wealth and beauty of southeast Alabama held sway. In speaking of its former greatness the familiar names of Dr. J. M. Raiford, A. C. Mitchell, Brown, George Thompson, T. H. B. Rivers, Graves, Dr. Evans, dentist; Sanford, Tyson, John Treutlen, Judge Cochran, Mac Glenn, Dosh Glenn, Colonel William Ivey, Malichi Ivey, Walker Richardson, Douglass, Howard, Foster, Captain Griffeth, Screws, E. C. Perry, Sam Eberhardt, Raiford Logan, John McGough, John Bass, Dr. Burke, Dr. W. A. Mitchell, Dr. J. B. Henry, Dr. A. W. Barnett, Dr. Joseph Jones, Dr. Dawson, Dr. Lomax, Dr. Dave Johnson and many others formed a part of the great commonwealth of Barbour County and were known far and wide in the South.

Mrs. E. C. Perry's home in Glennville, Alabama According to a note on the back, the house wasE. C. Perry’s home (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

These men owned an cultivated the broad acres of the Cowikee and the Hatchachubbee, and were professional men, or mercantile business men whose wealth was used to beautify and elevate.

Two colleges once flourished there, the Glennville Female College and the Glennville Military College. These were two to the finest in the South.

The location of Glennville is lovely; situated on one of the highest points in southeast Alabama, and surrounded by rolling lands with high ridges on either side, it is quite picturesque. No wonder the children of those grand old residents ofter turn their thoughts to the lovely old place with beautiful memories.

Most of the fine residences, business and public houses have gone to decay or have been destroyed by fire, while some have been moved away, but their grandeur still lives in the memory of the children scattered far and near, many being residents of Eufaula today.

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Judge Logan and Captain E. C. Perry lived longest in this spot so dear. A company of young men marched from the city with Captain Perry as their leader and did valiant service in the War Between the States.

J. H. Bass’ beautiful home is still standing and on these grounds were probably the first paper shell pecans that were grown in Alabama.

F. H. Elmore has, within the past few years remodeled the home of Mr. Mac Mitchell, and it is today beautiful ‘Elmoreland.’ To Mr. And Mrs. Elmore are due credit for the St. Stephens Mission which was built largely through their efforts.

Glennville plantation1Elmoreland 1935 Glenville, Russell County, AL

Dr. John B. Henry’s home was moved to Pittsview and is today the some of Mr. Sam Pitts.

Samuel R. Pitts, Pittsview Plantation home (Wikipedia uploaded by SaveRivers

Samuel R. Pitts, Pittsview Plantation home (Wikipedia uploaded by SaveRivers)

Mr. Douglass was president of the Glennville Female College, which was on of the South’s leading colleges. Mrs. Douglass taught in the musical department. (Mr. And Mrs. Douglass were grandparents of Mrs. E. C. Motley (Nellie Ballowe) and Mrs. John A. Des Portes (Katie Ballowe).

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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 www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com 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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3 comments

  1. Rachel Beau

    Funny song with the video!

  2. […] Glennville – a history of the people of by-gone days with pictures of some of their houses […]

  3. The Elmores and Motleys married in to the Jordans line where I connect with them through Thomas Jordan of 1634 Virginia. The John Archer Elmore home in Coosada, Alabama is still in good condition. Google Reuben Jordan of Coosa Co. Ala.

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