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These early settlers generously transcribed and submitted by Delilah Evans
unless otherwise noted.

ALDRIDGE, Reubin was born in N.C. in 1770. His father James moved his famiy to S.C., then to Columbia Co. in 1776. Here Reubin married Sara Liverman in 1795. In 1810 he moved to Baldwin County, Ga. In 1818 he moved to Autauga Co. In 1828 he moved back to Talbot County, Ha. In 1836 he moved to North Russell Co. Al. Here he bought land and slaves and was a very successful farmer. He gave land for County Line Baptist Church and Cemetery. He died in 1847 and is buried in this cemetery, which can be found in Lee County, eight miles east of Opelika.

GOLDEN, James M. William  (1883-1915) m. Ellen M. Hornsby (1842-1915) lived in Walnet Hull [submitter note-I think this is in Chambers County]; Joined Company B. 47th Ala. Inf. April 7, 1862. Children: Moses Clopton, John, William L. Louisa, Joseph, Andrew Harrison, Camella, Jasper Crawford, Robert Fulton, Austin, Beulah.  William Golden's entire family came to Texas in 1883.

Submitted by Mrs. Jake Cherry

Transcriber Note: These two Golden lines seem to descend from Seaborn Golden and Lavina Hudgens. Both ended up in Texas.

GOLDEN, Seaborn (1798-1859) m.Lavina Johnston Hudgens (1805-1885); settled in Tallapoosa County in 1837. Children: Sarah A. Joseph, Benjamin Franklin, John Mark, Jackson (Red Jack) William, Newman, Seaborn Jr., Mary Ann.

Submitted by Mrs. W.C. Ross

SOURCE: Lee County and her Forebears, by Alexander Nunn, copyright 1983

Seaborn Jasper GOLDEN had two sons - William Moses GOLDEN & James Marion GOLDEN.  Wm. Moses GOLDEN m. Ellen HORNSBY.  James Marion GOLDEN m. Ellen's sister, Frances Catheriine HORNSBY.  The info. below applies to William Moses GOLDEN and not James Marion GOLDEN.  For more info. please contact me.  

Submitted by Donna Wall  GA, USA

GORHAM, James Allen b. Oct 6, 1819 - d.Aug 19, 1858. Mahalia Gorham, his wife b.Oct 4, 1921 - d. Oct, 1871. He settled in North Russell County in the late 1830's nine miles southeast of what is now Opelika in Lee County. His son Manaccie Gorham m. Cynthia Ann Story and their son James Allen Gorham m.Mary Eliza Jamison, daughter of Pryor F. Jamison and Lois Isabelle Rudd.

Source: Mable Ross

GRAVES, Jerry (1854-1910) resided in Little Texas area of Macon County.  Was slave of plantation of T.T. Graves in 1850's. His children: Charley, Ida, Ioler, Abtarlis.  Only Charley has known descendants (sons:) John, Will Charles): (Grandsons: John Henry, Hardy, John Robert, Charles Jr.: [Willie Lee granddauhter] living in Lee County. Submitted by Lt. Col Hardy Lee Graves, U.S. Army Ret.

SOURCE: Lee County and her Forebears, by Alexander Nunn, copyright 1983

GREENE, Rinaldo McKeene (1837-1907), moved to Opelika from Florida in 1847; Capt. Confederate Army; one of organizers, first president of what today is Bank of East Alabama [see note below]; m. Martha Ann Bullard, sister Gen. Robert Lee Bulard. Their children: james Benjamin m. Julia Casey; Daniel Arthur m. Margaret Jordon Morrow; Rinaldo McKeene, Jr., m.Anna Dorsey; Mary Anna m. John Allen Jones; Raleigh Williams m.Lela Phillips; Charles Gordon m. Zula Watkins; Susan Love m. Edward McCurdy Jones; Mattie Cawford m. Clarence G. Caldwell; Walter Lee m. Mary Winnie Harris. Descendants living in Opelika include Mrs. O.A. Lowe [Fannie Merritt Jones], Mrs. Herbert Vaughan [Susie Love Jones], E.M. [Ebbie] Jones, 111, and their families. by Mrs. Emma George Capps Jones

Note: Not sure the Bank of East Alabama was a bank in that time frame, thought it came along much laer, it may of been named something else.

HASTY, Thomas Jefferson (Oct 23, 1836-July 9, 1911) b. in now Lee County. His father Thomas J Hasty had a wife named Elizabeth Powell. Both buried in Lee County graves not located. Thomas Jefferson Hasty and his wife Carrie Harris Hasty (Aug 14, 1947-May 11,1907) buried in LaGrange, Ga. The story has been handed down that he worked with an Indian Doctor and that a lot of his friends called him "Doc" or "Doctor Hasy". His wife, an Indian, we do not know whether she was the Indian Doctors daughter. Grandmother told me once before her death in 1950 that the Hasty family came from Bahama Islands and settled in Lee County.

Source William A. Woodham

LEDBETTER, Osburne, b. 1780 Brunswick Co., Va. M. [1} Mary Delbridge 1809. Moved Tallapoosa County, Al. 1835. Children: Roanna, David, William, Thomas, John, and Alexander Hamilton b. 1819. M.[2] Nancy Elliott 1841. Children: Augusta Osborne, John, Sarah, Mary, William, Thomas Riley b.1855, Charles, Lawson and Eliza. Thomas m. [1] Ardecia Arant 1874. Children: David, Elizaberth, Henry Samuel b. 1886, Kittie, Mame, Marshall, and Birdie. M .[2] Allie Golden 1894. Children: Vinnie, Herbert, Virgil, Jack, and Ozella. Henry Samuel m. Victoria Richardson 1905. Children: Ethel b. 1906, Vivian, Crawford, Harvell, Hosia, Lena and Willis. Ethel m. Olin L. Hill 1926. Children: Victoria, Clifford, Carl and Olene.

Source Olin Hill Sr.

RICHARDSON, Hyram - came from England with one brother and a sister by way of Florida. Moved to Tallapoosa County near Thornton. There m.Mary Pulliam. Children: David R.[May 13, 1860-Jan 16, 1941] m. Isabelle Yarbrough {Feb 6, 1889-Jan 16, 1941]. Their children: Sara Alma, Benjamin Franklin, Jimmie, Vivian [who preceeded mother to grave], Mary Belle [Lucas] and William Hyram ("Rich") named for his grandfather. "Rich" married Ruth Waller. their children: Sybil, John Burnie, and Ruth Waller [after her mother].




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