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James Wardlaw

James Wardlaw (1767-1842), of Abbeville District, South Carolina, father of Elizabeth Amanda Wardlaw Bonham Ramsey. Unfortunately, we do not have a picture of  Jamesí brother, William, also one of our ancestors on the Burson side. William (1764-1839) and their father, Hugh (1740-1792), were Revolutionary War veterans.



David Wardlaw Ramsey(1848-1916), son of A.C. Ramsey, at Kentucky Military Academy before he served in the Civil War as Captain.

Elizabeth Amanda Wardlaw Bonham was left alone in Alabama, hundreds of miles from her family when in 1835 her husband, Simon Bonham, died and then the brother-in-law who had followed them to Alabama. In 1834, her brother-in-law James Butler Bonham had moved to Montgomery, Alabama and set up the practice of law. 

The story of this brother-in-law is the story of one of the most moving and heroic acts in the history of our country, a story of friendship compared to the story of the Jonathan and David in the Bible. Bonhams, Bowies, Travises and Wardlaws grew up close to one another in South Carolina.  The following is a quote from Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas:

"But about September, 1835, there was wafted to him whisperings, and then audible sounds, of the impending revolution in Texas.  While the correspondence is lost, it is certain that earnest and loving letters passed between him and Travis.   Communications was slow and at distant intervals compared with the present time; but by November the soul of Bonham was enlisted in the cause of Texas.  He abandoned everything and came--came with such endorsements as commanded the confidence of Governor Henry Smith, the leader of the party of independence, Gen. Houston, and all the prominent men who advocated an absolute separation from Mexico.  At San Feline he met and embraced his loved Travis.  Texas had fallen.  Wild schemes not untinged with selfishness, and consequent demoralization, were in the air.  Governor Smith sent Col. Travis to take command at San Antonio, after Johnson, Grant and their self-organized expedition to take Metamoros had depleted San Antonio of its military supplies and left it as a defenseless outpost.  Travis hastened to his post of duty, preceded a short time by a friend of his youth, Bonham.  Travis, grand in intellect, unselfish in spirit and noble in heart, organized his force as best he could, determined to hold the advancing enemy in check until Gen. Houston could collect and organize a force sufficient to meet and repel them in open field.  He trusted that Fannin, with over four hundred thoroughly equipped men at Goliad, would march to his relief.  He sent appeals to him to that effect, and finally, after Santa Anna's cohorts had encircled is position in the Alamo, he sent Bonham for a last appeal for aid, with instructions also to his lifetime friend to proceed from Goliad to Gonzales in search of aid.  This mission was full of peril from both Mexicans around San Antonio and Indians on the entire route of his travel.   As things were then, none but a man oblivious of danger would have undertaken the mission.  James Butler Bonham, then just twenty-nine years of age, assumed its hazards.  He presented the facts to Fannin, but the latter failed to respond.   Thence Bonham, through the wilderness, with out human habitation between the points, hastened from Goliad to Gonzales, just as a few volunteers began to collect there.   In response to the appeals of Travis thirty-two citizens of that colony had left a day or two before, under Capt. Albert Martin, to succor the 150 defenders of the Alamo.   The siege had begun on the 23rd of February.  These thirty-two men had fought their way in at daylight on the 1st of March.  Bonham, supplied with till the information he could gather, and satisfied he could get no further present recruits, determined to return to Travis.  He was accompanied by John W. Smith.  When they reached the heights overlooking San Antonio and saw that the doomed Alamo was encircled by Santa' Anna's troops, Smith deemed it suicidal to seek an entrance.  That was the ninth day of the siege and the doom of the garrison was inevitable.  Smith, by his own honorable statement afterwards, to both Gen. Sam Houston and ex-Governor Milledge L. Bonham, in Houston in 1838, urged Bonham to retire with him; but he sternly refused, saying:  "I will report the result of my mission to Travis or die in the attempt."  Mounted on a beautiful cream-colored horse, with a white handkerchief floating from his hat (as previously agreed with Travis, he dashed through the Mexican lines, amid the showers of bullets hurled at him--the gate of the Alamo flew open, and as chivalrous a soul as ever fought and died for liberty entered-- to leave no more, except in its upward flight to the throne of god.  The soul communion between those two sons of Carolina--in that noonday hour may be imagined.  Sixty-six hours later they and their doomed companions, in all 183, slept with their fathers."

We are told that South Carolina went into mourning over Travis and Bonham."

A.C. Ramsey was a Methodist circuit rider.  On August 3, 1837 he became Elizabeth Amanda's husband. They had 7 children to add to Elizabeth Amanda's daughters by Simon Smith Bonham.  A. C. Ramsey wrote his Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider recording some of the story of his life with Elizabeth Amanda Wardlaw Bonham Ramsey.

Copy of a Letter Written by Capt. D.W. Ramsey to his Father, April 19th, 1862

Note--to Editor of Wilcox Era

Rev. A.C. Ramsey

On Sept. 15th, 1929 there appeared in the newspapers an article stating that a large number of letters written during the War between the States by Confederate prisoners in Camp Chase Columbus, Ohio had been found. These letters had never been sent through the mail. The Legislature of Ohio in recent years gave permission for them to be turned over to the U.D.C. in the published list was made of the above letter from Capt. D.W. Ramsey to his father Rev. A. C. Ramsey, Allenton, Alabama. W.W. Benson sent the newspaper article to Mr. Hawthorne Ramsey, Dothan, Alabama, a son of Capt. Ramsey and he apparently sent to the proper authorities and secured the letter, of which the above is a copy. All parties mentioned in this old letter art interesting to Wilcoxians. W.W. Benson, Supt. of City Schools, Decatur, Ala. Grandson of Rev. A.C. Ramsey.

We wish to thank Professor Benson for the above as Capt. D. W. Ramsey was well-known and greatly beloved by many of our readers.

Camp Chase near Columbus O, April 19th, 1862


Via Fortress Monroe

Care of General Wool

Dear Father:

Knowing that you are exceedingly anxious to hear from us, I this evening having a favorable opportunity will write you a short letter. I am only allowed to write but one page. The officers of our regiment have been in this prison since the 2th inst. We were surrounded at Island No. 10 on the 8th inst. A history of which you have doubtless received before this. We were separated from our men the day after the surrender. They were sent either to Chicago or Springfield I have not ascertained yet which place. Although we have written to both Joe McCracken and Bob were both well when I parted with them. It was certainly a sore trial to be so separated. But of course we could say nothing. Joe Benson is now sick in the hospital with Rheumatism and Erysipelas, but is improving fast. I have not been perfectly well since I left Pensacola. I have not been confined to my bed but very little and hope soon to be perfectly well since I left Pensacola. I have not been confined to my bed but very little, and hope soon to be entirely well. We are very treated here, and, in truth, as a general thing all Federal officers with whom we have been thrown have treated us kindly and gentlemanly. It is important for me to give you here an account of our surrender were I so diagnosed. It is impossible for me to give you here an account of our surrender were I so disposed and I can only ask you and all other friends to the company to assist us bearing our misfortunes patiently. Write to me immediately and let me know whether any members of my company have ever reached home. Also if Lee got home. I left at No. 10 and have never heard of him since. I will write to you again soon. Give my most affectionate love to all. I expect to see them again. Your affectionate son, DW Ramsey

Everything above Robert Wardlaw is conjecture. 

Descendants of Robert Wardlaw

1-Robert Wardlaw b. 7 Dec 1671, in Glasgow, or Dumfermline, Scotland, d. , 
  Augusta, Virginia
 +Jeanette Hutson b. Abt 1673
|--2-William Wardlaw b. Abt 1700, Scotland, d. , Augusta Co VA
    +Jane Harper b. 1710, Ireland
   |--3-James Wardlaw b. 1735, Rockbridge County, Virginia, d. 2 Mar 1816, 
   |    Lexington, Kentucky
   |   +Martha Steele b. 1735
   |--3-John Wardlaw b. 1737, Augusta County, Virginia, d. 1791, Abbeville 
   |    County, South Carolina
   |   +Lydia (Heard) Logan 
   |   +Peggy Moore 
   |--3-Hugh Wardlaw , Capt. American Revolution b. Abt 1740, Staunton, Augusta 
   |    County, Virginia, d. 16 Nov 1792, Rockbridge, Long Cane Creek, 
   |    Abbeville S.C.
   |   +Elizabeth (Polly) Coalter b. 1748, Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, 
   |    d. 11 Dec 1790, Rockbridge, Long Cane Creek, Abbeville S.C.
   |  |--4-William Wardlaw b. 2 Sep 1764, Abbeville County, South Carolina, d. 
   |  |    Oct 1839, Harris Co., GA.
   |  |   +Margaret McCully 
   |  |  |--5-Mary (Polly) Wardlaw b. , b: in Georgia, d. , d: in Monterey, 
   |  |  |    Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butler County, Al
   |  |      +David McWhorter 
   |  |     |--6-Elizabeth Jane McWhorter d. , Monterey, Mount Moriah Cemetery, 
   |  |     |    Butler County, Al
   |  |     |   +William Watson 
   |  |     |  |--7-John Watson 
   |  |     |  |   +Nanny Gulley 
   |  |     |  |  |--8-Sallie Watson 
   |  |     |  |  |--8-Mary Ann Watson 
   |  |     |  |  |--8-Joseph Watson 
   |  |     |  |  |--8-Elizabeth Watson 
   |  |     |  |--7-James Watson , Civil War d. Abt 1861, Civil War
   |  |     |  |--7-Regina Watson 
   |  |     |  |--7-B. W. Watson , Dr. 
   |  |     |  |   +Lola Curry 
   |  |     |  |--7-Emma Watson 
   |  |     |  |   +John Knight 
   |  |     |  |--7-Rebecca Watson 
   |  |     |  |   +William Skinner 
   |  |     |  |--7-Floyd Watson b. 25 Nov 1851, d. 19 Sep 1856, Monterey, 
   |  |     |  |    Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butler County, Al
   |  |     |  |--7-William Watson b. 20 Mar 1853, d. 9 Oct 1887, Monterey, 
   |  |     |  |    Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butler County, Al
   |  |     |  |--7-Margaret Lucy Watson b. 17 Apr 1861, Furman, Alabama  
   |  |     |  |    Wilcox County, d. 30 Nov 1939, Furman, Alabama  Wilcox 
   |  |     |  |    County
   |  |     |      +Napoleon O. Knight b. 14 May 1856, Monterey, Alabama, d. 2 
   |  |     |       Sep 1941, Furman, Alabama Wilcox County
   |  |     |     |--8-Dewey Knight 
   |  |     |     |   +Hart Addie Bernice 
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Margaret Knight 
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Joyce Knight 
   |  |     |     |--8-Malcomb Knight 
   |  |     |     |--8-Lana Estelle Knight b. 7 Dec 1880
   |  |     |     |   +Will Romell 
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Mallary Rommel 
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Myrtice Rommel 
   |  |     |     |--8-Leon Knight b. 16 Dec 1881
   |  |     |     |   +Lily 
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Thomas Knight 
   |  |     |     |      +Pat 
   |  |     |     |--8-Elizabeth Jane Knight b. 27 Aug 1883, Furman, Wilcox 
   |  |     |     |    County, Alabama, d. 16 Jul 1969, Furman, Wilcox County, 
   |  |     |     |    Alabama, buried in Palmer Cemetery
   |  |     |     |   +Elkanah George Burson , Dr. b. 7 Apr 1882, Furman, 
   |  |     |     |    Wilcox County, Alabama, d. 25 Apr 1970, Furman, Wilcox 
   |  |     |     |    County, Alabama buried in Palmer Cemetery
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Elliece Burson b. 7 Apr 1915, Furman, Alabama, Wilcox 
   |  |     |     |  |    County, d. 1994, Selma, Alabama, buried Palmer 
   |  |     |     |  |    cemetery
   |  |     |     |  |   +Exton Tucker 
   |  |     |     |  |   +Claude Williams 
   |  |     |     |  |  |--10-Claude Burson Williams b. 4 Jan 1935, Greenville, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Alabama, Wilcox County, d. , Madisonville, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Kentucky
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Elkanah George Burson , Dr b. 4 Jul 1918, Furman, 
   |  |     |     |  |    Wilcox County, Alabama
   |  |     |     |  |   +Jean Bronson Gillis b. 11 May 1921, Auburn, Alabama, 
   |  |     |     |  |    raised in Brewton, Escambia Co., Alabama
   |  |     |     |  |  |--10-Sharman Jean Burson b. 15 May 1950, Dothan, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Houston County, Alabama
   |  |     |     |  |  |--10-Sylvia Jane Burson , Dr. b. 31 Jul 1956, Dothan, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Houston County, Alabama
   |  |     |     |  |  |--10-Elkanah George Burson III b. 12 Apr 1960, Dothan, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Al.
   |  |     |     |  |   +Jean Bronson Gillis b. 11 May 1921, Auburn, Alabama, 
   |  |     |     |  |    raised in Brewton, Escambia Co., Alabama
   |  |     |     |  |  |--10-Elkanah George Burson III b. 12 Apr 1960, Dothan, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Al.
   |  |     |     |  |  |--10-Sylvia Jane Burson , Dr. b. 31 Jul 1956, Dothan, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Houston County, Alabama
   |  |     |     |  |  |--10-Sharman Jean Burson b. 15 May 1950, Dothan, 
   |  |     |     |  |  |    Houston County, Alabama
   |  |     |     |  |--9-Elizabeth Burson b. 11 Mar 1920
   |  |     |     |      +James Dudley Hart 
   |  |     |     |--8-Laura Gulley Knight b. 18 Oct 1884
   |  |     |     |--8-Willie Currey Knight b. 18 Oct 1884
   |  |     |     |--8-Patti Lee Knight b. 4 Sep 1887
   |  |     |     |--8-Conrad Walne Knight b. 18 Nov 1888
   |  |     |--6-Margaret McWhorter 
   |  |         +Floyd Watson 
   |  |        |--7-Mack Watson 
   |  |        |   +Ella Thygpen 
   |  |        |--7-William Mallory (Dock) Watson 
   |  |        |   +Mary Thygpen 
   |  |        |--7-Leah Watson 
   |  |        |   +Purifoy 
   |  |        |--7-Thomas Edwin Watson 
   |  |        |   +Dora Gulley 
   |  |        |--7-David Wardlaw Watson 
   |  |        |   +Civility Jackson Simpson 
   |  |        |  |--8-Kathleen Watson 
   |  |        |      +Fuller 
   |  |        |   +Dovie Finklea 
   |  |        |--7-Luther Boardman Watson 
   |  |        |   +Mary Gulley 
   |  |        |  |--8-Luther Boardman Watson 
   |  |        |--7-Jesse Hartwell Watson 
   |  |        |   +Annie Gulley 
   |  |        |  |--8-Gladys Watson 
   |  |        |      +Knight 
   |  |        |--7-Mirvin Watson 
   |  |--4-Infant Wardlaw b. 22 Mar 1766
   |  |--4-James Wardlaw b. 6 Dec 1767, d. 12 Apr 1842, Abbeville District, 
   |  |    South Carolina
   |  |   +Hannah Clark b. 28 Jun 1778, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 14 Nov 
   |  |    1823, Abbeville Court House District, South Carolina
   |  |  |--5-David Lewis Wardlaw 
   |  |  |--5-Robert Henry Wardlaw 
   |  |  |--5-Mary Caroline Wardlaw 
   |  |  |--5-William Alfred Wardlaw 
   |  |  |--5-Jane Eliza Wardlaw 
   |  |  |--5-Joseph James Wardlaw 
   |  |  |   +Mary Ann Witherspoon 
   |  |  |  |--6-Joseph George Wardlaw b. 4 Apr 1859
   |  |  |      +Sallie F. Carroll b. , Aiken, South Carolina
   |  |  |      +Emmie D. Sams 
   |  |  |     |--7-Joseph George Wardlaw 
   |  |  |--5-Francis Hugh Wardlaw b. 16 Dec 1800, Abbeville Court House, South 
   |  |  |    Carolina, d. 29 May 1861, Columbia, South Carolina, buried 
   |  |  |    Edgefield Court House, South Carolina
   |  |  |   +Ann Gresham Lamar 
   |  |  |  |--6-Francis H. Wardlaw 
   |  |  |  |--6-J. Lewis Wardlaw 
   |  |  |  |--6-Daughter 
   |  |  |  |   +J.W. Hill 
   |  |  |  |--6-Lieutenant T. Lamar Wardlaw 
   |  |  |--5-Elizabeth Amanda Wardlaw b. 23 May 1805, Abbeville, South 
   |  |  |    Carolina, d. 1889, Oak Hill, Butler County, Alabama
   |  |      +Simon Smith Bonham d. 1835
   |  |     |--6-Hannah Bonham 
   |  |     |--6-Ann Smith Bonham 
   |  |     |--6-Margaret Caroline Bonham 
   |  |     |--6-Elizabeth Amanda Bonham 
   |  |         +Hodnett 
   |  |      +Abiezer Clark Ramsey b. 25 Nov 1807, Jackson County, Georgia, d. 
   |  |       23 Jan 1891, Forest Homes, Butler County, Al
   |  |     |--6-Robert Clarke Ramsey , CIVIL WAR d. 17 Jun 1862
   |  |     |--6-Mary Eliza Ramsey 
   |  |     |   +Benson 
   |  |     |--6-William Andrew King Ramsey 
   |  |     |--6-Cornelia Porter Ramsey 
   |  |     |--6-Abizer Clark Ramsey 
   |  |     |--6-Jane Perrin Ramsey b. 17 May 1838
   |  |     |   +McCrackin 
   |  |     |--6-David Wardlaw Ramsey , CIVIL WAR b. 14 Jan 1848, Oak Hill, 
   |  |     |    Alabama Wilcox County, Civil War, d. 8 Mar 1916, Pineapple, Al 
   |  |     |    Wilcox County
   |  |         +Emma Virginia Hawthorne b. 13 Aug 1844, Belville, Alabama, d. 
   |  |          17 Jun 1893, Pineapple, Alabama
   |  |        |--7-Cassie Virginia Ramsey b. 1866, d. , Pine Apple, Wilcox 
   |  |        |    County, Alabama
   |  |        |   +J. B. Adams 
   |  |        |  |--8-Bertha Adams d. , Pine Apple, Wilcox County, Alabama
   |  |        |--7-Emma Cornilia Ramsey b. 1868, d. 1944
   |  |        |--7-Mary Benson Ramsey b. 1871, d. , South Carolina and Florida
   |  |        |   +J. B. Rabb 
   |  |        |  |--8-John Rabb 
   |  |        |  |--8-Laura Rabb 
   |  |        |  |--8-Virginia Rabb d. , Gainesville, Florida
   |  |        |  |   +O'Donnell 
   |  |        |  |--8-Carlton Rabb 
   |  |        |--7-Arthur Clark Ramsey b. 1872, d. , Carbon Hill, Alabama
   |  |        |   +Lenora Teague d. , Carbon Hill, Alabama
   |  |        |  |--8-Louise Ramsey d. , Birmingham
   |  |        |  |   +Burkholder 
   |  |        |  |--8-Will Teague Ramsey b. 19 Apr 1900, d. 3 Mar 1957
   |  |        |      +Mary Stainback b. 3 May 1910, d. 10 Nov 1990
   |  |        |     |--9-Will T. Ramsey 
   |  |        |     |   +Mary Ann 
   |  |        |     |--9-Mary Stainback Ramsey 
   |  |        |         +John Vincent Jones 
                     8-Arthur Charles Ramsey
			9 Linda
		     8 Joseph Hawthorne Ramsey
   |  |        |--7-Richard Hawthorne Ramsey b. 5 Jul 1874, Pineapple, Al  
   |  |        |    Wilcox, d. , Dothan, Al., City Cemetery
   |  |        |   +Cora Lee Dowling b. 1877, Ozark, Al Dale County, d. , 
   |  |        |    Dothan, Alabama, City Cemetery
   |  |        |  |--8-Frances Ramsey b. , Pinckard, Alabama
   |  |        |  |   +Clyde Ford d. 1995
   |  |        |  |  |--9-Catherine Ford b. , Dothan, Alabama Houston County
   |  |        |  |      +Jim Fancher 
   |  |        |  |     |--10-Crystal Fancher 
   |  |        |  |     |--10-Kelly Fancher 
   |  |        |  |      +Garner 
   |  |        |  |   +Hugh Garner 
   |  |        |  |--8-Cassie Ramsey b. 14 Mar 1899, Pinckard, Alabama, d. 
   |  |        |  |    1995, Dothan, Alabama Houston County
   |  |        |  |--8-Richard Hayward Ramsey b. 26 Feb 1901, Cottonwood, 
   |  |        |  |    Alabama, d. 14 Nov 1981, Dothan, Al. City Cemetery
   |  |        |  |   +Lucille Radney b. 7 Jun 1907, Webb, Alabama (Radney 
   |  |        |  |    Station)
   |  |        |  |  |--9-Richard Hawthorne Ramsey b. 11 Jun, Dothan, Al.
   |  |        |  |  |   +Betty Norton b. 21 Oct 1932, Hazelhurst, Mississippi
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Richard Ramsey b. 18 Aug 1956
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Roberta Ramsey b. 3 Aug 1958
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Rhonda Elizabeth Ramsey b. 14 Aug 1961
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Rebecca Ramsey b. 6 Nov 1964
   |  |        |  |  |   +Ann Borland 
   |  |        |  |  |   +Ann Boland 
   |  |        |  |  |--9-Lester Ramsey b. 29 Oct 1928
   |  |        |  |  |   +Annie Mary Phiffer b. 29 Sep
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Radney Phiffer Ramsey b. 4 May 1964
   |  |        |  |  |--9-Joy Roberta Ramsey b. 25 Sep 1939, Dothan, Al., d. , 
   |  |        |  |  |    Memphis, Tennessee
   |  |        |  |  |   +John Doggett 
   |  |        |  |  |   +Samuel Mossman Nickey , V. b. , Memphis, Tennessee
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Lucille Ramsey Nickey b. 26 Jan 1966
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Elizabeth McKella Nickey b. 3 Dec 1968
   |  |        |  |  |  |--10-Samuel Mossman Nickey b. 14 Oct 1971
   |  |        |  |  |--9-Jon Allan Ramsey b. 25 Sep 1939, Dothan, Al.
   |  |        |  |      +Jane Horn b. 16 Aug 1945
   |  |        |  |     |--10-Margaret Ramsey b. 19 Aug 1966
   |  |        |  |      +Luana Granger b. 16 Mar, Marianna, Florida
   |  |        |  |--8-Joseph Robert Ramsey b. 26 Jul 1906, Pinckard, Alabama, 
   |  |        |  |    d. Nov 1979, Dothan, Alabama Houston County
   |  |        |      +Hilda Pearl Hawkins b. 18 Nov 1912, Headland, Alabama, 
   |  |        |       d. 26 Jan 1988, Dothan, Al.
   |  |        |     |--9-Joseph Robert Ramsey b. 1938
   |  |        |     |--9-Philip Hart Ramsey b. 20 Apr 1940
   |  |        |     |   +Patricia Prendergast 
   |  |        |     |  |--10-Cathy Theophilus Ramsey 
   |  |        |     |  |--10-Robert Theophilus Ramsey 
   |  |        |     |--9-Edward Lawrence Ramsey b. 7 Dec 1941, Dothan, Alabama 
   |  |        |     |    Houston County
   |  |        |     |   +Pamela Thuss b. 1950, Birmingham, Alabama
   |  |        |     |  |--10-Matthew Edward Ramsey b. 25 Apr 1975
   |  |        |     |   +Nancy 
   |  |        |     |--9-Joel Wardlaw Ramsey b. 3 May 1947, Dothan, Houston 
   |  |        |     |    County, Alabama
   |  |        |     |   +Sharman Jean Burson b. 15 May 1950, Dothan, Houston 
   |  |        |     |    County, Alabama
   |  |        |     |  |--10-Cecily Cathryn Ramsey b. 2 May 1974, Dothan, 
   |  |        |     |  |    Alabama, Houston County
   |  |        |     |  |--10-Andrew Allen Ramsey b. 13 Mar 1976, Dothan, 
   |  |        |     |  |    Alabama Houston County
   |  |        |     |  |--10-Bethany Brooke Ramsey b. 20 May 1980, Dothan, 
   |  |        |     |  |    Alabama Houston County
   |  |        |     |--9-William Allen Ramsey b. 15 Aug 1948, Dothan, Alabama 
   |  |        |     |    Houston County
   |  |        |         +Joyce Walker b. 1947, Fayetteville, Georgia
   |  |        |        |--10-Elizabeth Hawkins Ramsey b. 1 Oct 1981
   |  |        |--7-Laura Ramsey b. 1879, d. , Ozark, Alabama
   |  |        |   +H. R. Smith d. , Ozark, Alabama
   |  |        |--7-David Wardlaw Ramsey b. 1879, d. 1925, Birmingham, Alabama
   |  |        |   +Annie Coleman 
   |  |        |  |--8-James Wardlaw Ramsey 
   |  |        |--7-Bertha Ramsey b. 1881, d. 22 Nov 1921, Little Rock, Arkansas
   |  |        |    
   |  |            +Willie Curry Kyser 
   |  |           |--8-Mary Emma Kyser 
   |  |           |   +Jim Humphrey 
   |  |           |--8-Mildred Kyser 
   |  |           |--8-Conley Kyser 
   |  |           |--8-John David Kyser 
   |  |--4-John Wardlaw b. 12 Jan 1770, Abbeville County, South Carolina, d. 3 
   |  |    Jul 1848, Pontotoc, MS
   |  |--4-Margaret Wardlaw b. 4 Dec 1773, Long Cane Crk, Abbeville, SC, d. 29 
   |  |    Mar 1853, Anderson Dist. SC
   |  |   +James Wardlaw 
   |  |--4-David Wardlaw b. 2 Dec 1774, Abbeville County, South Carolina, d. 3 
   |  |    Jun 1840, Monterey, Friendship Church, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butler 
   |  |    County, Al
   |  |--4-Joseph Wardlaw b. 20 Feb 1776, Long Cane Crk, Abbeville, SC, d. 30 
   |  |    May 1852, Abbeville County, South Carolina
   |  |--4-Robert Wardlaw b. 28 Apr 1778, Long Cane Crk, Abbeville, SC, d. 6 
   |  |    Apr 1812, Abbeville County, South Carolina
   |  |--4-Jane Wardlaw b. 27 Nov 1781, Abbeville County, South Carolina, d. 16 
   |  |    Apr 1826, Abbeville County, South Carolina
   |  |--4-Hugh Hutson Wardlaw b. 24 Jan 1785, Abbeville County, South 
   |  |    Carolina, d. 1812, Abbeville County, South Carolina
   |  |--4-Elizabeth Wardlaw b. 1787, Abbeville County, South Carolina, d. 1 
   |  |    Dec 1807, Abbeville County, South Carolina
   |  |--4-Agnes Wardlaw b. Mar 1789, Abbeville County, South Carolina, d. 3 
   |  |    Mar 1807, Abbeville County, South Carolina
   |--3-Joseph Wardlaw b. 1742, Augusta County, Virginia, d. 5 Oct 1795, 
   |    Abbeville County, South Carolina
   |   +Nancy Moore 
   |--3-William Wardlaw b. 1745, Augusta County, Virginia, d. 7 Feb 1819, 
   |    Brownsburg, Va.
   |   +Mary Coalter b. , Augusta County, Virginia
   |--3-Robert Wardlaw b. 1748, Augusta County, Virginia, d. 3 Aug 1820, Scott 
   |    Twp, Brown Co., Ohio
   |   +Janet Downey 
   |--3-Margaret Wardlaw b. 1750
       +Robert Kennedy 


 Descendants of Robert Wardlaw


Generation No. 1

1. ROBERT7 WARDLAW (ANDRO6, WILLIAM5, HENRY4, HENRY3, HENRY2, WARDLAW OF1 TYNESDALE , NORTHUMBERLAND) was born December 07, 1671 in in Glasgow, or Dumfermline, Scotland. He married HUTSON ?.


1 AUTH Reverend Ralph Wardlaw, D.D. famous Scotch preacher

1 AGNC came to America in 1725


Child of ROBERT WARDLAW and HUTSON ? is:

2. i. WILLIAM8 WARDLAW, b. Abt. 1700, Scotland; d. Philadelphia, PA.


Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM8 WARDLAW (ROBERT7, ANDRO6, WILLIAM5, HENRY4, HENRY3, HENRY2, WARDLAW OF1 TYNESDALE , NORTHUMBERLAND) was born Abt. 1700 in Scotland, and died in Philadelphia, PA. He married JANE HARPER 1728 in Augusta County, Virginia.



i. JAMES9 WARDLAW, b. 1735, Rockbridge County, Virginia; d. March 02, 1816, Lexington, Kentucky; m. MARTHA STEELE.

ii. JOHN WARDLAW, b. 1737, Augusta County, Virginia; d. 1791, Abbeville County, South Carolina; m. (1) LYDIA (HEARD) LOGAN; m. (2) PEGGY MOORE, Abt. 1759.

3. iii. HUGH WARDLAW , CAPT. AMERICAN REVOLUTION, b. Abt. 1740, Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia; d. November 16, 1792, Rockbridge, Long Cane Creek, Abbeville S.C..

iv. JOSEPH WARDLAW, b. 1742, Augusta County, Virginia; d. October 05, 1795, Abbeville County, South Carolina; m. NANCY MOORE.

v. WILLIAM WARDLAW, b. 1745, Augusta County, Virginia; d. February 07, 1819, Brownsburg, Va.; m. MARY COALTER, Augusta County, Virginia.

vi. ROBERT WARDLAW, b. 1748, Augusta County, Virginia; d. August 03, 1820, Scott Twp, Brown Co., Ohio; m. JANET DOWNEY, 1770.



Generation No. 3

3. HUGH9 WARDLAW , CAPT. AMERICAN REVOLUTION (WILLIAM8, ROBERT7, ANDRO6, WILLIAM5, HENRY4, HENRY3, HENRY2, WARDLAW OF1 TYNESDALE , NORTHUMBERLAND) was born Abt. 1740 in Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia, and died November 16, 1792 in Rockbridge, Long Cane Creek, Abbeville S.C.. He married (1) ELIZABETH (POLLY) COALTER, daughter of JAMES COALTER and MARGARET HUTSON. He married (2) ELIZABETH (POLLY) COALTER September 22, 1763 in Augusta County, Virginia, daughter of JAMES COALTER and MARGARET HUTSON.


1 AUTH Judge of the county court of Abbeville, 1797-1800

1 AGNC Land grant signed by George III ( 1771) to Hugh

1 DEST Genealogical and Occasionally Somewhat Biographical History of the Family of D.L

1 MEDI Wardlaw. Compiled and published by Press and Banner Print, Abbeville, 1891



Fact 1: Buried in Greenville Presbyterian Church, just northeast of Abbeville.


4. i. WILLIAM10 WARDLAW, b. September 02, 1764, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. October 1839, Harris Co., GA..

ii. INFANT WARDLAW, b. March 22, 1766.

5. iii. JAMES WARDLAW, b. December 06, 1767; d. April 12, 1842, Abbeville District, South Carolina.

iv. JOHN WARDLAW, b. January 12, 1770, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. July 03, 1848, Pontotoc, MS.

v. MARGARET WARDLAW, b. December 04, 1773, Long Cane Crk, Abbeville, SC; d. March 29, 1853, Anderson Dist. SC; m. JAMES WARDLAW.

vi. DAVID WARDLAW, b. December 02, 1774, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. June 03, 1840, Monterey, Friendship Church, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butler County, Al.


Tombstone reads:

Here lies the body of David Wardlaw

Born December 3, 1774

Died June 3, 1840

A native of Abbeville District, So. Ca.


He lived there in distinguished respectability and usefulness until 1820 when he moved to this neighborhood where he afterwards dwelt in ease and contentment; Industrious, cheerful, benevolent, and esteemed, he lived in the affection of numerous friends and acquaintances and so p assed his days in celibacy, having neither wife nor children to mourn after him. The regard which his amiable qualities, his solid worth, sterling integrity, pure morals, and stern principles secured him have endeared him. He sleeps here beneath the tomb.

David Wardlaw apparently moved to the area to be near his sister Elizabeth Amanda Wardlaw Bonham whose husband died and she remarried Abiezer Clark Ramsey. David Wardlaw took sick during one of the pregnancies of Elizabeth Amanda and he promised her that if she would name her child, if a son, after him, he would leave him his estate. She named her child David Wardlaw Ramsey. David Wardlaw got well and the family did not think it seemly to remind him of his promise. From the length of the epitaph upon his tombstone much of that estate went for the tombstone. A.C. Ramsey did serve as executor for David Wardlaw's estate.

Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 140.

His Death

This took place, if my recollection be correct, in the spring or early in the summer of that y ear , and his remains wee interested in the grave yard at Fellowship Church, Mount Moriah, Wilcox County, Alabama.

It now become necessary, in the absence of a will, that his Estate be put into the hands of a n Administrator, for final adjustment and settlement. I corresponded with some of his relative s, particularly my wife's father at Abbeville South Carolina who insisted that I should become administrator and take it in charge at once. The responsibility danger an labour of such a charge was so great, that I hesitated for some time; but it being the wish of my wife and her r elatives, besides the advice of some of my intimate friends, viz John McReynolds, Willie Williams, Thomas Armstrong an others, several of whom voluntarily offered to be my bondsmen; I consented and took the business in hand.

The Estate was large, consisting in real and personal property and a considerable amount of money loaned at sixteen percent. And in it distribution, had to be divided between his brothers and sisters, several of whom were dead, and left large families of children' and some of these dead leaving children as their representatives, so on ascertaining the exact number of distributees, I found it amounted to thirty-six, and scattered over five (if no more) states from South Carolina to Texas.

vii. JOSEPH WARDLAW, b. February 20, 1776, Long Cane Crk, Abbeville, SC; d. May 30, 1852, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

viii. ROBERT WARDLAW, b. April 28, 1778, Long Cane Crk, Abbeville, SC; d. April 06, 1812, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

ix. JANE WARDLAW, b. November 27, 1781, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. April 16, 1826, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

x. HUGH HUTSON WARDLAW, b. January 24, 1785, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. 1812, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

xi. ELIZABETH WARDLAW, b. 1787, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. December 01, 1807, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

xii. AGNES WARDLAW, b. March 1789, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. March 03, 1807, Abbeville County, South Carolina.


Generation No. 4

4. WILLIAM10 WARDLAW (HUGH9, WILLIAM8, ROBERT7, ANDRO6, WILLIAM5, HENRY4, HENRY3, HENRY2, WARDLAW OF1 TYNESDALE , NORTHUMBERLAND) was born September 02, 1764 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, and died October 1839 in Harris Co., GA.. He married MARGARET MCCULLY 1806.


The name William Wardlaw and Wm Wardlaw of Jackson County, Georgia appear in the 1820 Georgi a Land Lottery. William Wardlaw drew land in Irwin County, Hamilton's Militia District, Lot 1 78, Section 13. Wm Wardlaw drew land in Habersham County, Lot 13, Section 11. .

Children were: Hugh Cornwall WARDLAW , Alexander WARDLAW , James WARDLAW , Elizabeth WARDLA W , Temperance WARDLAW , Frances WARDLAW .

Children were: Mary WARDLAW, Absalom WARDLAW , Samuel McCulley WARDLAW, David Lewis WARDLA W , Jane Russell WARDLAW , Robert Hilliard WARDLAW , Micajah WARDLAW, Lucinda WARDLAW Willia m Jackson WARDLAW , John Baptist WARDLAW , Joseph WARDLAW, Francis Marion WARDLAW .


i. MARY (POLLY)11 WARDLAW, b. b: in Georgia; d. d: in Monterey, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butler County, Al; m. DAVID MCWHORTER.


The original letter which follows is now with Mrs. Charles R. Rein of Panama City, Florida . It was written by David McWhorter (3rd child of John and Elizabeth McWhorter) to his brother, John McWhorter (1st child of John and Elizabeth McWhorter), in 1838. The penmanship is very good and legible in most places.

Alabama Willcox County

October 14th 1838

My beloved Brother I now sit down to wright you a fiew lines in answer to youre letter date d 16 August and to let you know that I am still injoying the blessings of God in helth and m y children injoys a reasonable portion of helth this yeare for which I have great reason to b e umbel and truley thankful to God who provideth all things for the best to them that love hi m. brother my broubels which I have met with has been light but my sins has been hevy and bu rdensom to mee and the neglect of duty towards my God and Saviour beares me down and if not f ree grace and free pardon through the atoning blood of the lamb of God I must sink beneath his friends but hop review sometimes and makes my burdens somewhat lighter. brother don't leave me out of youre prairs and secret thoughts to God and Christ and my children also that the y may bee brought in and saved with an everlatsting salvation. My tears would bath your letter if it would do any good but drops of tears can near repay for my crimes. brother my hear t is with you but my body is not but time will roll us together if not in this world of troubles I trust we will meet in Christs his where wee will prase redeeming grace and dying love through an never ending aturnity. I wrote to you in my letter that perhaps I would com to se e you this winter perhaps not. I have been feeding myself upon that notion for some time bu t I now have to give it out. My imployer seems loth to give mee up yet. He chooses to finance me in provisions next yeare besides the wages he has been giving which has been three hundred Dollars anueley. I have not been abel to lay aney thing up for another time and I find I had better stay with him another yeare but if I can get the opertunity of coming to see you this winter I will come and if spared to another fall or winter I shal visit your countr y and if I like your cuntry I shal better be abel to settle myself. I would like to buy som e small place neare to you all with a mill sceat on it and watter plenty to support a saw an d grist and could bee got on tolerabel turmes. I think that would suit me as well as aney wa y I lik Alabama p tolerabel well at this time except the helth of it that is particular objection I have to it. The spearet of farming is very high crops of corn is tolerabel good but co ton is not so good as has been made upon account of its been so dry all the latter part of the summer and fall. I am making tolerabel crop of corn and cotton . I shall make 14 or 15 hundred bushels of corn and 25 or 26 bales of cotton weighing from 4 to five hundred pounds . I have written 2 letters to brother William and recd answer to both of them. The last ha s been since I recd youres. He says he is wel and fameley and he states he has bot land an d has hired the bilding of him a house and expects to get it this month and is teaching schoo l and preaching once a month at his apointed places and that his income is about twelve hundr ed dollars and his expenses is about the same in purchase of land and bilding and suparting and rent paying for the youce of a house in pantatock and he writes to me that he has a notion to wright to brother Samuel to come to that cuntry to teach school but rather scrinks to do o it but if he does I should like to see brother Samuel as he passes through for I think my cuntry is as good as that for a teacher and equaley as helthy as that we have some peopel living herare that has lived theare and as respects health Alabama is as good as Missippia and if he leaves a helthy cuntry I should like to see him in my cuntry for tuition is as high hear e as aney whare and a great call for them but contentment is better than riches and helth better than fortune. brother let the rest of my brothers and sisters see these lines after you read them and that broth Samuel will wright next brother Jameses hand has got so stiff he can't moove his pen to write a line or too to mee

D McWhorter

Wright to me if you see aney place that would suit me and be convenient to you and be neare to some presbyterian church sose that I can bring my children up under the eye of the church t hat I desire them to be brought up in. Don't forget to wright. So Farewell til I heare from some of you.

D McWhorter

If sister Martha is neare give my brotherly love to hur and Hugh Rogers

(This letter is written on a wide sheet of peper then doubled to form an envelope and address ed to: John McWhorter

Lafayett County


Lafayette Court House

On the back, it looks like: Womack, Ala. Oct 15, 1838



5. JAMES10 WARDLAW (HUGH9, WILLIAM8, ROBERT7, ANDRO6, WILLIAM5, HENRY4, HENRY3, HENRY2, WARDLAW OF1 TYNESDALE , NORTHUMBERLAND) was born December 06, 1767, and died April 12, 1842 in Abbeville District, South Carolina. He married HANNAH CLARK June 09, 1796 in Abbeville Court House District, South Carolina, daughter of FRANCIS CLARKE and ALICE RICE.


1 AUTH he and his son held one ecclesiastical office for 95 years

1 AGNC Surveyor, school master, merchant and weaver.

1 DEST Quay-Wardlaw-Jones House in Abbeville


Burke's Peerage and Baronetage v. Wardlaw.

This Anglo Saxon family was among those that fled into Scotland at the period of the Conquest and being hospitably received by Malcom Glanmore, settled in that kingdom. Of the Wardlaws , Cardinal Wardlaw compiled a genealogical account from their first coming from Saxony into Eng land about the beginning of the 6th century up to his time. A copy was in the Royal Library o f France until the French Revolution.

In 1631 Henry Wardlaw of Pitrowie County Fife was by Charles I crested a Baronet of Nova Scotia and from him have descended the rest. The last Baronet died in 1828 leaving only a daughter .

Henry, William, Robert, Andrew, David and John are repeatedly found in the families of the Baronets.













vii. FRANCIS HUGH WARDLAW, b. December 16, 1800, Abbeville Court House, South Carolina; d. May 29, 1861, Columbia, South Carolina, buried Edgefield Court House, South Carolina; m. ANN GRESHAM LAMAR, April 22, 1835.


1 AUTH educated common English schools of Abbeville

1 AGNC attended Dr. Waddell's famous Classical Academy, Willington, in Abbeville Dist.

1 DEST studied under Captain William Robertson

1 MEDI Wrote in Clerk's office under his father, then Clerk of the Court for Abbeville


2 PLAC William Garret, D. L. Wardlaw, and William C. Morange,

1 GEDC ed. of newspaper, elected to House of Representatives of South Carolina Leg. 183

1 REPO partner of R.H. Spann's ion 1850 and Judge in Court of Appeals, Dec. 21

Member of the Secession convention and one of the signers of the Ordinance of Secession. Married at "Airville" near Hamburg, in Edgefield District, Wednesday evening, April 22ne, 1835, t o Ann Gresham Lamar died at home of Major Theodore Stark.

viii. ELIZABETH AMANDA WARDLAW, b. May 23, 1805, Abbeville, South Carolina; d. 1889, Oak Hill, Butler County, Alabama; m. (1) SIMON SMITH BONHAM, November 20, 1822, at father's home in Abbeville, S.C.; m. (2) ABIEZER CLARK RAMSEY, August 04, 1837, Oak Hill, Butler County, Alabama.


1 AUTH 7 children by second husband Ramsey


Ramsey, A. C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 126

One important event in my history occur with me that year. On the 4thday of August I was united in marriage with Mrs. Elizabeth Amanda Bonham, a widow with four children, a fearful and responsible undertaking I knew, but so it was, I voluntarily assumed the position, influence d I think by no other motive than pure affection for the object of my choice, and probability o f placing myself in a condition to be able from declining health to be more useful; to do or e good to the cause of Christ and my fellow man, than I otherwise were doing, or could do; I s elected her and the position with the knowledge, and apprehension of the dangers involved; subjecting me to the misjudged opinion of many at the time, that mercenary or sinister motives, we re the ruling principle that governed my action. Yet while I was aware that probably I might incur burthens and responsibilities, too great for me in caring for her and her children, man aging a business with which I had but little acquaintance, and thereby make a failure, and rin g upon me the abuse, and anathemas of those who were intimately connected, by ties of relation ship with the family; besides the slander and gossip of others; I of course, feeling conscious of the honesty of my motive could but enter into such an alliance with fear and trembling . But believing and knowing that Ishould have the aid of a woman, of sense, of principle, o f managemen care and industry, and the best of all, one of devotion and affection for me I married her; and took charge of her business, and which so managed afterwards, I believe, in ever y instance, as to not only meet her approval, but likewise the approbation of her friends, an d those more directly interested in is proper adjustment. And while I had many annoyances, an d much harassing labour to perform and scenes to pass through found her as I expected her to b e, a helpmete; a loving sympathetic companion through life. Among one of the most domestic, careful, business housekeepers I ever knew. She was a religious woman; never opposed me in going where I thought I ought to preach, or to attend to any work connected with the church to which I was called; but was to her a great pleasure to know that I was trying to do all I could f or because of Christ.

She lived to be the mother of seven of my children and after suffering for a considerable length of time, died June 30, 1854 at our home at Oak Hill in Wilcox County, Alabama where her remains now lie at the graveyard at that place. Gave satisfactory assurances in her affliction , that her peace was made with God, and had a bright hope of Eternal life.


1 AUTH Followed brother and died.

1 AGNC lawyer and planter in Alabama



1 AUTH on file at Birmingham Southern College


Ramsey, A.C., Memoirs of a Methodist Circuit Rider, p. 1.

Abiezer Clark Ramsey came to Alabama "In the fall of 1807 or thereabouts, Father hearing that a fine country was ahead and that it was found in the New Territory, that the United State s had just acquired from the Choctaw Indians, in what is now South Eastern Mississippi, and a part of which is included in what is now Wayne; Green, Jackson, Hancock and Harrison Counties; determined to move to it; so as soon as he could arrange for the trip, packed up and start ed. This was I presume in the early part of 1808, when I was but a few months old. I think sometime in January of that year.

His outfit and conveyance____

This consisted of three horses; upon two of which he packed his bedding, clothing, camp equipage & c as much as the strength of his Locomotives could bear. The other horse was appropriate d, to Mother's use, to convey her; brother Andrew, and myself, to the land of promise. Upon t his horse she rode, carrying me before, and brother behind her the entire trip; while Father an d the Negroe girl Dinah walked, and managed the packhorses.

The Perils of the trip___

Having to pass nearly the entire way through an Indian country (now Alabama) were often and al most constantly exposed to depredations and dangers from the savage tribes, yet strange to think they were the most of the way treated kindly at least friendly; with some few exceptions. An other difficulty met them frequently at different points on their route. Swollen creeks and rivers often retarded their headway; andhaving to make their way through; following Indian trails, no roads, ferries, or bridges, (as now) were frequently dependant upon the Indiansf or aid , and the use of small skiffs, or rather dugouts, in making the crossing over many streams which they encountered.

But they finally reached their destination, and settled down on the Chicksawha River, near o r at the line, then dividing the Choctaw Nation, (as it was called) from the newly acquired territory of the United States; and the place is near if not at the present location of the town of Waynesborough in Wayne County, Mississippi. They arrived here on the21st day of February 1808. Their Estate consisted now, of the three horses, what baggage they had brought, the negro girl Dinah and twenty-one (21.00) dollars in cash.

Now as might be supposed; discouragments of a trying character met them; being late in the sea son; a cabin to build; land to clear; provisions to look after; very little to be had near the m; but few neighbors, and those like themselves newcomers; no corn nearer than St. Stephens on the BigbyRiver, forty or fifty miles distant; and when obtained there cost four dollars pe r bushel; and requiring several days travel to get it and having such small capital upon which to depend, and provisions of all kinds, being in proportion to corn; we may well imagine these difficulties could but produce sadness and discouragements; so much so they often wished themselves back in Georgia. These were emphatically,in the strict and true sense of the term "Hard Times." about which the present generation know but little. And it may be presumed, yea reduced to acentily that the luxuries of living were not, and could not be indulged. Bread an d meat, milk and butter, were the constant bill offare, even among those who could obtain the m. Yet none of us perished,we struggled through. But how could we at the present day get al ongunder such disadvantages; many failing hearts I fear would be the result.

Mode of clearing and planting

This consisted in cutting down the cane in the swamp with a cane hoe or hatchet, which he procured in some way, letting it lie on the ground until dry, then burning it off; and such was the efficiency of this mode, that the burning did not only consume the dry cane, but a great portion of the timber and debris on the ground, would also burn up, so that the clearing would b e in good order for planting; besides much of the green timber was deadened by the intense heat. The planting was done by making holes at proper distances, depoiting the seed covering wit h the same earth taken out in making the hold. Nor fences nor plowing necessary, all that it neded was to keep down the mutton cane, butter weeds & c. with the hoe.

But this preparation required time and labour, so that on the 4th day of July Father finished planting his corn and pumpkins. Such was the richness and character of this loam soil at that time that it required a short time for corn to mature; early killing frosts were also uncommon; so that although Father was late getting his in the ground, yet ingathering it in the fal , he not only made a plenty for home consumption ut a surplus for market, and as to his pump kin crop I recollect distinctly to have heard him say repeatedly that he :could nearly walkal l over his field stepping on pumpkins."


During this period, he had to provide means and facilities for clothing the family as well a s feeding them; consequently he obtained in some way a spinning wheel. My recollection is, i t was made by one of his neighbors, old Mr. Rogers, who I think worked at the business of chair and wheel making. Father made some of his own chairs, which lasted us in the family for a number of years. He also got a pair of cotton cards; and then made a loom on the Georgia Style , then called the Georgia loom, I believe to this day. This was made by placing two pieces of timber; generally a log of the right size split into two halves at the side of the base, as t he receiver of thread cloth and breast beams, and an additional arrangement above for harness, batton, stay& c. the machine was complete, and ready for operating. This rough structure formed in those times, and long after, the "modus operandi" of manufacturing all such goods an d clothing as were worn by males and females. These manufacturing implements being furnished it was next in order to put them to work. Accordingly Mother being the operator, went to work. First bought the cotton in the seed and had to pay for it in pinning or weaving. The cott on had to be picked by hand, with the fingers which was generally done at night, by the whol e family, old and young. Subsequently, however some improvement was made in this direction o f what was called the hand gin, which required two hands to operate it; so thats one nights ginned cotton would be obtained to run the wheel the next day. This little simple machine was generally operated by the smaller or younger members of the family. And O it makes me sad to think now, of the many unpleasant nights I have passed, astride the ench turning the skreaking rollers; I nodding; and the pile of seed cotton getting no smaller; Mother sometimes scolding u s a little; and at others cheering us up; the task must be finished; all this was not only annoying, but often have I wished the old gin in the fire; but such was life then.

With these facilities; rough and unhandy though they were, Mother not only clothed the family , but made a surplus for market, which Father in the fall of that year carried to Mobile and s old for $2.50 per yard. Mobile was then under Spanish control and country produce or manufactures were very high.


During that year the Indians stole one of their horses a second fell off the river bluff and w as drowned, the third one Father had sold for cattle; but whether all this occurred that yea r 1808 or the next I do not remember, distinctly, but think the sale of one was the first yea r and the losses the second. This was to them a sad misfortune. And the question now would naturally arise how did they manage to live and get along, with these disadvantages, mishaps an d misfortunes and such a small capital to operate on? Well, I do not know; but where there i s a will there is a way, and by constant, unceasing industry, and economy close saving, hard living, frugality, and care, and with it all, an abiding trust in, and firm reliance upon the Providence of God, they were sustained and lived independent of debt.

With this unpromising commencement at their new home; they managed to live, and accumulate some little means, and gather together those and afterwards some little stock, buy attention to which and its increaseconnected with their energy and correct habits of life, they were enabled to raise their children, five in number in credit and respectability;bestowing upon them al l such intellectual culture and education, as theirmeans and the facilities of the country wo uld justify. But above all,"training of them up in the way they should go," and fixing in th eirmines, while young such convictions and lessons of moral truth and piety,that led them to : remember their Creator in the days of their youth..."


During this year they were often much annoyed with the Indians; althoughno violence was eve r attempted by them. But living as they did immediately on the trail leading from the: Six To wns: in the nation to Mobile which was their market; going there sometimes in great crowds, and making it a point generally to camp near the houses of the whitesettlers, especially on their way home; and bringing great loads of whiskey; and caring but little for anything else in th eir purchases at market, but powder, lead, and whiskey; a good supply of the latter was generaly laid in, and conveyed in kegs and as a consequence fighting scratching and yelling was gene rally kept up as long as the whiskey held out, and that greatly to the annoyance and confusion of the whites around and about their campfires; at which they would stay several days and nights. They had a system, however, in their drunken sprees. One would remain sober to protect and keep the drunken ones out of the fire, and prevent them from killing each other in their fights, and do police duty in general , whose duty also required keeping them from interrupting the white people especially the ladies.

Hence, Mother at first was considerably alarmed, but was told by the sober sentinal not to be uneasy, they should not "hurt her"; and so it proved no violence or insults allowed to be offered. They alternated in doing guard duty, the one on watch today would take his turn drinking tomorrow, and one of the drunken ones today would take his place and soon...


This document is chock full of information on the times and the family.



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