Patron Past Stories

PATRON – Pollard, Alabama courthouse burned to the ground in 1879

(Transcribed from Evergreen Star, Evergreen, Conecuh County, Alabama, September 11, 1879)


September 9th, 1879

FRIEND MONROE – Our little town was alarmingly shocked last night just after twelve o’clock to learn that the Court House was on fire. I suppose the fire did not last but little over an hour, when the building was burned to the ground. It must certainly have been the work of incendiaries.

Some of my records were saved, also all civil cases (except 5 which Mr. Davison had), all indictments on which parties had been arrested, and all writs of arrest were saved, but all State cases, civil and criminal trial, Civil and State subpoena and motion Dockets, Minutes, civil and state Fee books, complete Record B. Order Book and others were destroyed. Most of the Probate Records and papers were saved badly damaged, but papers all right.

Mr. Davison lost the entire contents of his office, which is a heavy loss. I cannot tell the loss in the Sheriff’s office, as he has been quite sick for a week, and I have not seen him to-day, but presume nearly all his books and papers lost by the fire. It is indeed a terrible calamity, and a bad state of affairs that such a low-down and rascally act should have been committed.

Our Jail all O K. No other building fired from the heat, but it was due to the vigilance of the citizens in rendering assistance to adjoining buildings. I hope Judge Henry will come down, as we certainly need Court. JOHN RUPERT, Clerk


J. Williams, Jr., Ed Rhodes, Jerry Johnson, R. Briggs and Z. T. Clark, of Covington, were arraigned before Commissioner Hunter, yesterday on the charge of cutting timber from government land, situated in that county, and A. Terry and John Mancill were arraigned on the charge of retailing liquor without license. The persons arraigned and those brought as witnesses, numbered twenty-one. The examination commenced at 10 a. m., yesterday and continued during the day, and will be concluded to-day. ADVERTISER

Dr. W. J. Grissett, of Evergreen will take as many as four boarders during the session of Col. Tate’s school.

J. W. Townley, advertising agent, 31 and 33 Park Row, N. Y., is a fraud.


This book is the 3rd Volume in a series of books which includes genealogical and biographical information on some Revolutionary Soldiers who were in early Alabama and/or collected military pensions for their service. Some of their descendants still remain on the bounty land they received. The soldiers in this volume include: ASA CASTELLAW ALEXANDER, JEREMIAH ALEXANDER, DAVID ALLEN, ANNANIAS ALLEN, JESSE ALSOBROOK, LEMUEL J. ALSTON, JOHN AMINET/AMONETTE, THOMAS ARNOLD, CAPT. RICHARD BACON, FREDERICK BAGWELL, ELDRIDGE BAILES, MOSES BAILEY, REUBEN BAILEY, SAMUEL BAKER, JOHN BALLENGER, MORDECAI BARBOUR, ROBERT BARCLAY, NATHANIEL BARNETT, THOMAS BARNETT, WILLIAM BARNETT, WILLIAM BARRY, JAMES BURWELL BASS, URIAH BASS PETER NEWPORT BRAGG


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