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May 2004:

I'd be grateful to anyone who could find for me the death date and obituary of the following person who lived in Walker County:

James Arthur Atchley died July 1980 Walker County AL

Scott Swanson
Department of History
Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3485

I really appreciate your willingness to do this!

Many thanks for your help, and best wishes to you.

Scott Swanson 5-2-2004

A grave at Shepherd Cemetery in Fayette Co., AL, has an old marker at one end "Mary A. Winsted"---at the other end is a newer marker with "Mary Ann Brooks Winstead Jones". Mary Ann (from Marshall Co.) was the wife of Giles C. Jones of Walker County (until his death in the 1850's) and the mother of William W. Jones, M.D., who moved to Fayette Co., soon after the Civil War. She was the grandmother of Tarley William Jones, M.D., also of Fayette. My question: who was this Winsted/Winstead who must have been Mary's next husband?
Any help would be greatly appreciated...

Ed Jones 5-2-2004

My great-grandfather George Harvey Polk was born between 1849 and 1861. His parents were Joseph Polk and Nancy Couch, and his siblings were Nancy, Belle, Frank, William, and Seliam. He may have been born in St. Clair, County, Illinois or St. Louis, Missouri. The earliest census I've located him in is in 1900 in Calhoun County, Mississippi. He moved there in 1900 after having lived and married in Mississippi County, Arkansas. He lived in several counties of Mississippi before moving to Walker County, Alabama before 1920.

His marriage to my great-grandmother (nee: Pittman) was his second marriage. He had two children from his first marriage named Pearl and Connie. Pearl was born in Tennessee and Connie in Kentucky, their births being possibly between 1895 and 1899. I have not been able to locate Pearl or Connie in any census year except 1920 where they are young adults living with their father, George Polk, in Alabama. Either Pearl or Connie may have married and moved to New York.

I'm trying to find the link between George and his parents, his siblings, the daughters from his first marriage, and earlier Polk ancestors. Any information on this line would be greatly appreciated!

Kathy Faulkner 5-2-2004


I am looking for information about my grandfather, Richard B. Thomas.  The information that I have about him from family members is that he was born about 1870 in the Jefferson-Tuscaloosa-Walker County area.  In about 1910, he married a widow, Octavia Parsons Donaldson, the mother of four children.  Richard and Octavia had children Vivian, Richard C., Vida, Garland, and Cloa.  Cloa is my mother.  Richard died during the Depession, about 1935.  Richard B. and Octavia are buried in Littleville Cemetery near Haleyville, Alabama.  Richard's ancestors are not buried there, as far as I know.  I have not had an opportunity to visit the cemetery since becoming interested in death dates.

I am making this query to the Walker County site because the 1880 United States Federal Census has an entry for Walker County that might be Richard B. Thomas.  Richard Thomas is listed as born in 1869, in Alabama, to Frank Thomas who was born in South Carolina.  I would like to hear from anyone who has information about the Richard B. Thomas mentioned in the census and, of course, anyone who has information about my grandfather whether or not he is the one mentioned in the census. 
Also, I would like to learn about cemeteries in Walker County or the region that have Thomas burials.
Thank You,
James W. Mayhall, Jr.      5-2-2004
I am looking for information on the old Red Mill school.

My grandfather, G.W. Benson was the teacher and principal for many years. I believe he was there in early 1900's.

My name is William T. Benson.

E mail is

Thanks very much. 5-2-2004

My Grandfather , Stephen W. Williams, married my Grandmother, Sarah M. ( Sallie) Harbin,  in September, 1886 in Walker County. They later lived and raised their family in Oakman. Both are buried in Day Cemetery.

I have a copy of their license which is in the courthouse annex in Jasper.

I have been able to trace my Harbin side back several hundred years to England, but, at every turn, can not break through the wall on Williams. No obit, no death certificate, nothing in the 1870 or 1880 census, etc.

Is there anyone who has knowledge of the "Williams" families that lived in the area from 1850-1900?

Williams, Edwin []  5-13-2004

Looking for Lum Williams who married Savannah Sellers in Walker County.  They had 2 children Mavis and Cora. Savannah was later married to A. B.  Cunningham. The girls evidently used the Cunningham name. On Mavis' marriage license the name Cunningham was marked out and the name Williams was written in. Savannah was the daughter of Samuel Sellers. Is Lum a nick name for Columbus?

KD Brimer [] 5-16-2004