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Quarterly Newsletters

 

Summaries

2011, January/February/March

Where Alabama Began

Brief history of Alabama's colorful beginnings.

Membership Listing

A contact list of all current members of the Washington County Historical Society.

2008, January/February/March

Marriage Records

Excerpts are provided from Washington County, Alabama Marriages Book A, 1826 - 1837.

 

2007, October/November/December

Old St. Stephens Families

A complete listing of all of the original families is listed and the Washington County Genealogical Society is requesting descendants of these families to any information you may have on these earlier settlers.

 

2007, April/May/June

Society Member Presents Reading at AHA

On Friday, April 13, during the 60th annual meeting of the Alabama Historical Association meeting, Ellen Williams of Washington County presented a reading from her new book, Prey for us all, the Confederate War Letters of Benjamin Franklin Porter.

Marker Dedication

On May 5, a marker dedication was held at the Fruitdale Union Chapel.

 

 

2007, January/February/March

Washington County Historical Society Meeting

Provides an overview of the presentation given by Mr. Edward P. Turner, Jr., at the February 18th meeting.

Bicentennial of Burr Capture Near McIntosh

Ellen Williams summarizes the capture of Aaron Burr two hundred years ago in Washington County near present day McIntosh.

 

 

2006, October/November/December

Notes on the Early School System

This edition of the Quarterly contains a detailed summary of the Washington County school system. From it's founding on December 17, 1811 through the present. Nine pages of very informative details are provided.

2007 Calendar

Our 2007 calendar is now available for purchase.

 

 

2006, July/August/September

Washington County Historical Society Met August 13th

Our quarterly meeting was held at the Jordan Genealogy Library in Chatom with Mrs. Doris Brown, President, presiding. The program was about "Family Memoirs". Artifacts presented dated from 1863.

Descendants of Benjamin Eramus Williams

Three generations of this family are shared beginning with Benjamin Eramus Williams born about 1789 in Georgia. Detailed information is provided.

 

 

2006, April/May/June

Charter Members

A brief overview of the charter members of the Washington County Historical Society

Jay Higginbotham

Mr. Higginbotham spoke to the Washington County Historical Society on May 21. A brief bio is provided on Mr. Higginbotham's numerous accomplishments.

Solomon Anderson Descendants

Three generations of this family are shared beginning with Mr. Solomon Anderson born abt 1779 in the Mississippi Territory. Detailed information is provided.

Grimes Family History

Mr. Victor S. Grimes Sr. of Huntsville, AL publishes a book on the Grimes Family. The book contains 301 pages of text and 774 photos.

 

 

 

 

2006, January/February/March

Executive Board Announced

Members are: Doris Brown, Ellen Williams, Edith Wilcox, Wanda Braun, Barbara Waddell (offices, Wayne Blackwell and Adelle Rivers (members).

Happy 80th Birthday

Gilbert Moody celebrates his 80th birthday.

Turpentine Industry

The conference room of the Washington County Library was the setting for the First Quarterly Meeting in 2006 for the Washington County Historical Society. Following a short business session, Mrs. Doris Brown, President, introduced the speaker, Mr. Mike Prine of Deer Park (Washington CO) AL. Mr. Prine has the distinction of being the last person to commercially harvest turpentine in teh State of Alabama. Mr. Prine carried the audience through the turpentine process from hanging cups to streaking the tree.

Descendants of Michael Loper III

Three generations of this family are shared beginning with Michael Loper III born about 1730 in Colleton Co., SC. Detailed information is provided.

 

 

 

 

2005, October/November/December

Andrews Chapel by Adelle Rivers

Mrs. Rivers presents a detailed overview of the historic Andrews Chapel located on Highway 43 in McIntosh, AL.

Mr. Gilbert Moody by Chris Henley, Call News Editor

A reprint of an article about former Washington County resident Gilbert Moody and his service as a Merchant Marine during World War II.

 

 

2005, July/August/September

Ravenwood Plantation (Slade Family Home) by Mr. Morgan Slade

Mr. Slade provides us with a history of his family home built about 1898. This home having replaced the original plantation which burned in 1897.

This issue also includes:

  • The Slade Schoolhouse

  • Historical Markers Placed by he Slade Family in Washington County, AL

  • Descendants of Henry Blount Slade

 

2005, April/May/June

Washington County Historical Society Met at the Old St. Stephens Museum and Visitor's Center by Mrs. Ellen Williams

The program focused on Wilson's Guards, a Confederate infantry company which formed and signed into the Confederate States Army at the old Washington County Courthouse, currently used as the Stephens Museum Building.

Old St. Stephens, Rodney, Franklin and Tombigbee River Settlers

A request from the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society for descendants of these areas who had a Spanish or British Land Grant. The society would like to hear from you as soon as possible as they will soon be publishing a book on these earlier settlers. The deadline for submission of information is January 1, 2006. 

 

 

2005, January/February/March

Washington County Historical Society Meets in Historic Hunter/Garris Home by Ellen Williams

The society held it's first meeting for 2005 in the historic Hunter/Garris home in Leroy, AL. This beautiful home was built by Andrew in Fannie Hunter in 1904 in the Prestwick community and was purchased by Mr. John Franklin Garris in 1918. Mr. Garris had the home completely dismantled, each board numbered and stored and later re-errected it in Leroy in 1920.

A Mother's Visit

During the society meeting Mrs. Williams presented an original dramatic monologue inspired after visiting the Shiloh, TN National Military Park.

Museum Needs Nominations for the Hall of Fame

Mr. Wayne Blackwell and Mrs. Barbara Waddell requests nominations for this years inductees.

Old St. Stephens, Rodney, Franklin and Tombigbee River Settlers

A request from the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society for descendants of these areas who had a Spanish or British Land Grant. The society would like to hear from you as soon as possible as they will soon be publishing a book on these earlier settlers. The deadline for submission of information is January 1, 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

Some back issues are available for a small charge from the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society. Please contact Mrs. Barbara Waddell to place your order.

Barbara Waddell

P.O. Box 421

Chatom, AL 36518