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June 2004:

Is there anyone out there who would be kind enough to get me a copy of an obit for Bessie A. Aldridge, died August 20, 1967 in Dora, AL, her residence in the SS index is shown as Cullman, AL.

Please respond directly to wend@bellsouth.net
Edna Stephens 6-2-2004

Are you having a difficult time finding ancestors or their descendents who may have been in the west central part of Alabama? Queries are needed for the newspaper column "The Family Tree" maintained by the Walker County, Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc. Send queries to jlane@sonet.net or Walker County Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 3408, Jasper, AL 35502-3408. Please include your name and mailing address with your queries. You may view this column online each Friday on the Lifestyles page of the Daily Mountain Eagle at www.mountaineagle.com.


Hello to everyone,

I have finally finished the story. Many thanks to all who contributed and helped.

This story is a Civil War account of Winston County (mainly the Curtis brothers who were killed), which builds up to Winston's Union soldiers and sympathizers raiding the town of Jasper, releasing the prisoners in the old jail (which I might add is EXTREMELY near where the jail is now!), and then burning said jail. This event has been recreated just about the best it ever will I'm afraid, and all the details have been combined into one factual document. So as to not confuse anyone, this is what happened two months BEFORE Wilson's Raid into Jasper, which finished burning and raiding Jasper.

To read this story, please visit http://wcgs.ala.nu and click on the "Stories (And People)" link, and then click on "Free State Civil War Events and the Jasper Raid."

Peter J. Gossett


I need information on the descendants of Charles Aaron, born about 1796 in Orangeburg, S.C., who married Mary A. Minor about 1818 in S.C. Mary was born 1800 in S.C. His family came from Franklin, Ga., about 1834-35 and settled around Ryan's Creek that was then a part of Walker County and later divided into what is now Cullman County. Their known children were John born 1818, James D. born 1819, who married Sally Sarah Chambers, William Green, born October 5, 1821, who married first Margaret Powell, then Jane Catherine Key, Samuel C. born October 29, 1829, who married Sarah Martha Jane Light, Charles M. born July 7, 1833, who married Margaret Johnson, Elizabeth born 1835 and Jasper Aaron born 1843. Contact Peggy A. Young, 377 Cooke Road, Pontotoc, Miss., 38863 or peggy1@network-one.com. 6-21-2004

Does anyone have the cemetery listings for Walker Co., that would be willing
to do a lookup?

I'm trying to find what cemetery my gg-aunt and her husband are buried in
and the dates on their tombstone. I was told that she was buried in or near
but I'm not sure if her husband is buried there as well. This is
the information I have for them:

Alice J Kelly/Kelley b. January 30, 1860 AL
Samuel J "Bud" Johnson b. Bet. 1854 - 1856 AL
Married on May 27, 1877

Alice was the daughter of William T Kelley and Mary S Roberson who lived in
Romulus, Tuscaloosa Co.

Richard Graham
OKC  [ncmoalok@sbcglobal.net] 6-21-2004

I'm trying to locate the family of John F. and Mary A. Matson in the 1910 census. Mary died there in 1936. I would expect any Matson surname listed in the census would be related to me and thus have an interest in any Matson  info you could supply.


Doug Matson   Austin, Texas  6-21-2004      Doug Matson [dougmatson@hotmail.com]

I am seeking info on Volley Townley who married Minnie Gill in possibly the early 1900s. Later, they lived in or near Townley. They are possibly buried in Holly Grove Cem. Does anyone have info on their descendants and, hopefully, their ancestors? Thanks
 Matt McDonald  subzero914@charter.net  6-21-2004