NE AL Settlers Excerpt Vol 3 No 3

Bible records are not always available. Newsletters, especially those printed before the Internet, sometimes have such records. That’s the excerpt for this quarterly excerpt — a Bible record from the Clayton family.

“The following information was extracted from the Family Bible of Sampson Clayton. The Bible was published by the American Tract Society, New York, 150 Nassau Street and Boston, 28 Cornhill, entered accordingly to Act of Congress in the year 1857 by O.R. Kingsbury, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. This Bible is now in the possess of Mr. Mark Clifford Clayton, Cedar Bluff, Alabama.

Family Record

  • Sampson Clayton was married to Elisabeth Drain July 20th 1823
  • Sampson Clayton was married to Elisabeth Hill January 20th 1833
  • John Phillip Starling was Born the 15 day of October 1864
  • M.A. Clayton, Son of Sampson Clayton was married to Fannie Sheely the 11th day of Dec 1873
  • Fannie Clayton wife of M.A. Clayton was born March the 11th 1858


  • Sampson Clayton was born August the 1st 1803
  • Elisabeth wife of Sampson Clayton was born in the year 1813
  • Palmer Clayton was born September the 30th 1824
  • Daniel Clayton was born April the 24th 1826
  • James Clayton was born Feby [stet], the 16th 1828
  • W.H. Clayton was born May the 30th 1830
  • Perry Clayton was born January the 28th 1834
  • Mary Jane Clayton was born March the 2nd 1836
  • Matthew M. Clayton was born April 1838
  • Soloman S. Clayton was born March 28th 1840
  • Easter C. Clayton was April the 4th 1844
  • Manervia E. Clayton was born May the 2nd 1846
  • Laura A. and Malinda P. Clayton were born October 18th 1848
  • Nancy G. Clayton was born January 22nd 1851
  • Mark A. Clayton was born December 11th 1853
  • William G. Clayton son of Perry Clayton was born o the 14th of September 1857
  • Lucius S. Clayton was born on 22nd day of February 1860


  • Sampson Clayton departed this life January the 6th 1865
  • Palmer Clayton Died 1842
  • James Clayton Died 27th June 1829
  • Perry Playton Died 9th March 1864
  • Mathew Clayton Died 1842
  • Elisabeth first wife of Sampson Clayton Died Octr. [stet] 8th 1832
  • Daniel Clayton Died July the 5th 1875
  • Perry Clayton Died March the 9th 1864 [listed twice in the list]
  • Permelia C. Sparks wife of T.A. Sparks died 22 Oct 1875
  • Solomon S. Clayton died May the 24th 1876
  • Sampson L. Clayton was born Oct the 6th 1877 [listed in the Deaths]
  • Fannie A. Clayton departed this life March the 5[th] 1879.”

Incomplete information concerning the Clayton family preceded the above excerpt.
Data entered in list format by web administrator for better reading on the Internet.

Comments from the Web Administrator:

Bibles for sale in an antique shop always saddens me I guess because the family associated with it is gone. Or maybe didn’t care. I always pick the Bible up and check the family records. I’ve never found any family that way. But … I’ll still continue to check — just in case.

Consider … Given the publishing date of the Bible, entries prior to sometime in 1857 were done by family members. We also do not know when the Bible came into Sampson Clayton’s hands. The Elisabeth listed in the births as the wife of Sampson Clayton could be either his first or second wife since both were named Ellisabeth. However, we can conjecture that it was his second wife.

Note: Members of NEAGS receive the quarterly as part of their Membership Application.

NE AL Settlers Excerpt Vol 49 No 1

Excerpt from old diaries or journals can be fascinating. Often the writer tells it just like it is. Below is a portion of Lt. Fenton Noland’s Diary of 1835.[1]   Lt. Noland was a regular army officer, a dragon who was dispatched from Washington to perform a preliminary investigation of the Cherokee Indian Nation before their forced removal to reserved land west of the Mississippi.

The diary portion in the NORTHEAST ALABAMA SETTLERS, Vol. 49 No. 1, April 2010, pp. 6-9 begins as he leaves the area of what today is Chattanooga. Lt. Nolan is interested in who is living in the Coosa Valley & along the highlands between the Tennessee & the Coosa Rivers. He also needs to examine the terrain & improvements made to the region. Note: Members of NEAGS receive the quarterly as part of their Membership Application.

15th. Feb. 1835
Left Mr. Woods at 9 oclk [stet], A.M. passed over a ridge, White Oak Mountain roads bad, country rocky, hilly and very broken. … Entered the state of Georgia. Between…and Taylors (Walker County) a miserable specimen of the state. …

20th. Feb.
Left Mr. Holloways[2] at the usual hour. Passed up Wills Valley, little or no good land, country broken, many white clay swamps. Fine improvements. Saw thin deer. Passed very fine spring, reached Mr. Bells, halt for the night, a good house. Hills run in close to the creek. Country well adapted to rail roads or MacAdamyd [stet] roads, but the soil too poor for a dense population. Sun sets white, like Indian Summer. Distance today 26 miles. Much said last night about Robbers and Murders, feel somewhat uneasy today, while passing through long reaches without houses. Mr. Holloway and Mr. Jack Rossi the only good farms today. The Line Creek four miles from H forms the Cherokee boundary line.

The mouth of Wills Creek[3] is low and marshay [stet], but does appear to be the points at which the intersection of roads and canals must take place. Wills Valley which is bounded on the East by Lookout [Mountain] and on the West by Raccon Mountain, is narrow, varying from one-half to three miles. The plain of the valley continues from the Coosa River to the Tennessee, without interruption, is favorable to railroads and canals. The most probable rout [stet] of convention of these two rivers will be from Gunter’s Landing on the Tennessee river, and the mouth of Wills Creek on the Coosa.

Lt. Noland states that most of the Cherokee people in the area he covered were “poor and lazy, dirty and slothful, particularly in Georgia.” Remember at the beginning of the post I wrote that diaries/journals were frank. However, he also noted that “tricks and dishonesty in all its distorted forms” were being used to dispossess the Indians of their lands. He wrote “The government is bounded to protect these poor people, yet, alas with shame I have to confess it , it is aiding and abetting these vultures in human form, to draw the last drop of blood in the veins of these unfortunate people.”

Note from Web Administrator: If your ancestors came to the area transversed by Lt. Noland in 1835 or within a few years, this diary can give you a lot of information on what they encountered in the terrain, living conditions, the type of people who lived there, etc. There are entries about various ferries, travel, church services that were conducted. To understand your ancestors, you also need to know how they lived, the challenges they faced.

[1] Original Source as published in the quarterly: The Authentic Account of the Cherokee Removal Treaty of 1835, as told in the Diary of Lt. Fenton Mercer Noland, Disbursing Agent, United States Government for the Removal. Edited by Mildred E. Whitmire, The Reprint Company, Publishers, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1990.

[2] The quarterly stated that Holloway’s was near the Lake Rhea Bridge in Attalla, Alabama.

[3] The Ferry over Wills Creek is about where Uncle Sam’s BBQ is located on Rainbow Drive in Gadsden is today according to the quarterly.

NE AL Settlers Excerpt Vol 50 No 4

A series of Death Notices from The Bessemer Journal, which was published in Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama from 1902-1909[1] were part of the January 2012, Volume 50, No. 4 NORTHEAST ALABAMA SETTLERS, the NEAGS quarterly (pages 23-26). Members of NEAGS receive the quarterly as part of their Membership Application.

Death notices & obituaries in those days provided far more information. Sometimes it can bring tears to your eyes. But such things can provide a lot of information to a family researcher.

July 16, 1903 – Jimmie PINSON died at Albertville from what was said to be hydrophobia, after most intense suffering for more than two weeks. He was a small lad and had been bitten by a dog that was supposed to have been mad…

Note from Web Administrator: Jimmie would have been listed in the 1900 census but missing in the 1910. If a school record was found for 1902-03, he would have been listed but missing from the 1903-04 roster.
What could be done 1903 re rabies?

January 30, 1904 – CHARLES LUMPKIN, a boy 12-years old, fell dead while at work at his machine in the Dwight Mills at Alabama City, Ala. The boy was at his work and had not complained of even feeling bad, when he fell dead by the side of his machine. About ten days ago his sister died after a few hours’ illness. She was about 18 years old. It is supposed to have been heart trouble.

Note from Web Administrator: Note the age of the boy. He was working in January which means he probably was not in school. And while this does not list his sister’s name, you now know her death date was January 20, 1904. A check of the 1900 census will probably list her name. It should also indicate the financial situation of the family.

[1] Source: About The Bessemer Journal.