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Queries from the past – Abel, Bryan, O’Bar, Manning, Rogers, Reid, Calvert, Posey, Roberts, Walker, Collins, Perry, Gunter, Farris


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The Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 08, No. 01, Spring Issue 1946.

The authors of these queries have probably passed on but they still may provide clues for researchers today.

MANNING—Ancestry of Hillary Manning who married Sarah Lewis in North Carolina in 1779 and of Elijah L. Manning who came to Butler County, Ala., in 1818. Elizabeth Ann Wright, 2818 Shelby St., Dallas, Texas.

ROGERS—Information about Wyley Rogers who was born in North Carolina about 1781. His wife, Lurany, was born in Virginia about 1785. They came to Lowndes County, Ala., about 1818 and went from there to Arkansas about 1832. Who were their parents? Elizabeth Ann Wright, 2818 Shelby St., Dallas, Texas.

REID, READ, REED—Information about Lydia Reed, daughter of Elijah Manning and his wife, Lydia Little. Her husband was a doctor, I think. Elizabeth Ann Wright, 2818 Shelby St., Dallas, Texas.

CALVERT or CALVIT—Thomas Calvert or Calvit and his son William who settled in Alabama between 1800 and 1820, near Vance, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Thomas Calvert’s daughter, Jane, married James Hill, and lived in the same vicinity. They came from Washington and Sullivan Counties, Tenn. Information desired. John A. Deterly, Jr., Box 1222, Baltimore, 3, Md.

POSEY—Jane Calhoun Posey was the daughter of James Willis Posey, born in South Carolina, died in Mobile, Ala., and wife, Mary Elizabeth Rutledge; granddaughter of Charles Posey and wife, Matilda Calhoun. Ancestry desired. Mrs. Henry L. Hood, Box 220, Russellville, Ala.

ROBERTS—Richard Roberts and first wife, Elizabeth, lived in Albermarle County, Va., 1733-1740, when they moved to Bertie County, N. C., where she died. He again married but name of wife unknown. By this first marriage he had a son, Davis Montgomery Roberts, who married Elizabeth Allen. Davis Montgomery Roberts and wife, Elizabeth Allen, had a son, Richard, who was a Revolutionary soldier, and a daughter, Elizabeth who married James Walker. Richard moved to Granville County, N. C., where he and his wife died. They were Quakers. Marriage, birth and death records desired. Mrs. Harry L. Martin, Ozark, Ala.

WALKER—John Grover Walker settled in Montgomery County, Ala., sometime around 1820-30. His brother/James Walker, was supposed to have been sheriff of Montgomery County. John Grover Walker was a Baptist preacher. Assistance greatly appreciated. Floyd Walker, Hamburg, Ark.

ROGERS, PERRY, GUNTER and FARRIS—Nancy Rogers, born at Muscle Shoals, daughter of Thomas Rogers. Nancy married William Shearn at Muscle Shoals. Isiah Perry lived on the Tallapoosa River out of Montgomery. He married a Miss Chandler. Jane Gunter married John Farris and were the parents of Edward Donaldson Farris. Any information on these Alabama people appreciated. Mrs. Kathleen S. Wilkerson, Box 1887, Port Neches, Texas.

ABEL—James Abel born March 5, 1807, in Tennessee, moved at an early age to Alabama. Married June 26, 1828, Ann Alvis Madison. About 1843 they removed to Grenada, Miss. They had nine children all born in Alabama: William D., Margaret Sarah Unity, Elizabeth Susan Eglatine, Evalina Arabella Frances, James Madison, Ann Eudora, Jane Alabama, Amelia Ann, Franklin E. Information desired by Mrs. Henry B. Montgomery, 303 Hurley Ave., Hilton Village, Va.

COLLINS—Isaac McLinden Collins born August 10, 1934, in Alabama, married Mary Eliza Wright in 1866. Parentage desired. Mrs. Guy Pennington, 3295 Guernevetle Rd., Santa Rosa, California.

BRYAN—John McKinley, born May 1, 1780, Culpepper County, Va., died July 19, 1852, Louisville, Ky., was senator from Alabama, 1826-1837. In 1815 he married Julia Bryan or Julia Bryant. Her parents and ancestors desired. Richard S. Russell, Manchester, Mass.

O’BAR—John O’Bar was a native of Ireland, born near Dublin, came to Virginia where he died in 1806. His son, Alexander, born in Ireland, settled in Marshall County, Ala., and married Nancy Burks or Burkis. Any assistance gratefully received. Miss Ollie Belle O’Barr, 216 Twin City Federal Bldg., Minneapolis 2, Minn.

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