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Many children had no parents left after the War Between the States ended

There were many orphans in Alabama after the War Between the States and this is one of the Homes set up to provide them with a home. Rev. James Hazen, a Presbyterian minister, played the primary role in establishing the Tuskegee Orphans’ Home. Later, Rev. James King Hazen was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Prattville, Alabama. The Tuskegee Orphans Home was later moved to Talladega.1 Rev. Hazen attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where he became friends with future president James A. Garfield.


Transcribed from The Shelby Guide, Columbiana, Alabama May 4, 1868

The Executive Committee of the Orphans’ Home of the Synod of Alabama having decided to open the Home for the reception of Orphans, at as early a day as possible, notice is hereby given that applications for the admission of Orphans to the Home will be received from now until the first of June.

Under Ten Years of Age

By the rules adopted by the Committee, the Orphans of Confederate soldiers under ten years who have lost both parents will have the preference, afterwards those who have lost only the father and those over ten years of age. Every application must state the age of the child or children – for whom it is made – the county of residence, the name of father, and whether he was an Confederate soldier when he died, whether the mother is living; and also the circumstances showing that there are no other means of support, and be addressed to Mr. A. R. Holderby, Superintendent of Orphans’ Home, Tuskegee, Alabama, and be accompanied with assurances from one or more reliable persons, satisfactory to the Chairman of the Committee.

All persons having articles of any kind for the use of the Orphans’ Home are requested to forward them either to Mobile, care of T. A. Hamilton, or to Montgomery, care of John Whiting, at the same time sending a list of the articles to the Chairman, Rev. J. K. Hazen, Prattville, Ala.

The different Ladies Associations are requested to communicate with the Chairman in regard to these operations.

By order of the committee, Jas. K. Hazen, Chairman.


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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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  1. Is anyone aware of a documentary film about Dallas Mill in Huntsville?
    My Aunt showed it to me in the 80’s and I would love to see it again.

    1. You might check and ask that at Huntsville Revisited website, or at Growing Up In Huntsville website.

  2. Melanie Stickler Falconer

  3. This home was beautiful.

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