GEOGRAPHICAL GENEALOGY

GENEALOGY BY COUNTY

FAMILY NAMES:


GILLEY
GUNTER
PATE
SHEFFIELD
SNELLGROVE
TRANT
TUCKER

This began from notes taken by my uncle during a mini-pilgrimage to cemeteries in south Alabama and north Florida about 1997. I supplemented them after a later trip with him with my photos and with county records and other information from his research. The counties I added are in pale aqua.The historical information about the counties is mostly from the wonderful Historical Atlas of Alabama, Volume I: Historical Locations by County, edited by W. Craig Remington and Thomas J. Kallsen, Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1997.

You can navigate by clicking on one of the Surname or County Links below, or browse through the entire text (it's not THAT long). It's not complete, but it makes a good starting place for anyone who shares one of our ancestors in searching for your roots. And, it is always good to have just one more record. If you have corrections, additions or suggestions, please email me: rdobson@bama.ua.edu

LINKS TO COUNTIES

COFFEE
CONECUH
DALE
HOUSTON
MONROE
PIKE
RUSSELL
HOLMES, FL
MUSCOGEE, GA
always more to come!


COUNTIES, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

COFFEE COUNTY
"Coffee County was formed from Dale County in 1850." (WCT)

from Register of Certificates, Sparta Land Office, 1836-52, Book 505:
Fair Gunter, August 16, 1844, Township 6, Range 22.
(also, Israel, Jacob, Joshua Gunter nearby)
from Homestead Certificates, Sparta, Elba, Book 508:
Jesse Snellgrove, October 12, 1854, Township 6, Range 22.

from Military Bounty Land Warrants - Elba Land Office, Book 342, for those engaged in military service: Jesse Snellgrove, November 17, 1852, certificate number 24880, Section 6, Township 6, Range 23.

Clintonville - first settled in the 1830s as Indigo Head (indigo grew at this site), PO established 1849, renamed 1860. Birthplace of Caroline Gunter (1828-1898; died in Longstreet; married Jesse 2). Historical marker states this was the cultural and educational center of the county. The Gunters were one of the pioneer families mentioned.

Elba - also known as Bridgeville and Bentonville, chosen county seat 1852, incorporated in 1893. Some records from Elba Land Office Books.

New Brockton - PO established 1898, incorporated in 1902, named for Hugh Brock. At New Brockton, you go to the traffic light in town and turn west. Go a couple of miles on 514 and on the right stands a large white house and cattle (before 516). Behind it lies Richburg Cemetery. Here lie Jesse Sephus Snellgrove (2) (1862-1920) and a son and daughter: Charles (1897-1933) and Augusta (1902-1919).

Spinks PO - (located in NE sector, north of Victoria) established in 1900. (I wonder if there's a connection with Judge Spinks who married Augusta Snellgrove Spinks.

Snellgrove's Mill - (listed in atlas as "Shellgrove Mill" - a typo?) on the Pea River in the northeast sector of Coffee County. There is another cemetery (there?) about 13 miles from New Brockton according to a man called at Sheriff's office.

 
CONECUH COUNTY


Sparta - founded 1818, county seat 1820-1866, on the banks of Murder Creek. The fact that Sparta was the county seat must explain some of why ownerships of land tracts in Dale, Coffee counties, and Washington County, Florida are recorded in Sparta Land Tracts 1822-1850, Book 501


DALE COUNTY
" Dale County was formed from Henry County in 1825." (WCT)

from Sparta Land Tracts 1822-1850, Book 501:
Thomas Sheffield, January 28, 1836, Township 7, Range 23.
Thomas Sheffield, January 7, 1837, Township 7, Range 23 (book 505?).

from Register of Certificates, Sparta Land Office 1832-56, Book 505:
Jeremiah Pate, November 11, 1836, Township 3, Range 23.
Daniel K. Trant, October 21, 1850, Township 7, Range 23.

from Homestead Certificates, Sparta, Elba, Book 508:
Daniel Trant, October 19, 1854, Township 7, Range 23.

Ariton - called Dean's Station ca. 1880s, then Charleston in 1891, PO established in 1903. Birthplace of Eleanor Buchanan Trant Snellgrove (1864-1936).

Pinckard - first known as Crossroads, PO established 1892, incorporated in 1893.
("Cross Roads," listed as "variant for Pinckard, ca. 1889"). Birthplace of all of the children of Jesse2 and Eleanor Buchanan Trant Snellgrove(1864-1936).

Ozark - first called Merricks then Woodshop ca. 1843, Ozark PO established in 1859, County seat in 1871. (Need name of cemetery if there is one) From Highway 231 near Ozark take County Road ___ to Ebenezer (west??) (Marley Mill is on this road). Here lie Jesse1 (1827-1898) and Elizabeth Howard Snellgrove (1790-1884), Jesse2 (1827-1898) and Caroline Gunter Snellgrove (1828-1898). In addition:

W. R. Snellgrove (1817-1901) (son of Jesse1 and Eliz. Howard), and his wife ________.
W. R. Snellgrove (1868-1955) (son of William James Snellgrove, who was son of Jesse and Elizabeth Howard), and his wife.
Louis Snellgrove (1867-1932) (brother of Jesse3), and wife Nancy Metcalf (1860-1935).
W. M. Snellgrove (1860-1922) (brother of Jesse3), and wife Martha King (1859-1929).

Ebenezer -no listing in Dale or Coffee counties.

Snell Mill - in southwest sector of Dale County, southwest of Daleville. (R's insert)

Snells Crossroads - in northeast sector of Dale Co., bordering on Henry County. (R's insert)


MONROE COUNTY


Long Street - variant for Tunnel Springs, in northeast sector. Caroline Gunter Snellgrove died here.


PIKE COUNTY


" Pike County bordered Creek Lands in the southeast until 1832. There was a Handy Peters in Pike County, February 2, 1855.(Uncle) Handy Bryant's grandfather was Tom Peters." (WCT)


RUSSELL COUNTY


Seale - former county seat of Russell County. An early name of Seale was Silver Run.
(Seale) Cemetery - please click on the link for names of ancestors buried there.

Porter Cemetery - please click on the link for names of ancestors buried there and a photo of the cemetery.


FLORIDA - HOLMES COUNTY


Poplar Head - At the light in Geneva (AL), turn right, go a short way to a Race Way service station. Bear left at the fork. Go across bridge and take second black top on left after bridge. Follow it into Florida about a mile. Cemetery on right. Here lie:

Daniel Kelly Trant (1822-1899)
Sarah Winnie Sheffield (1832-1908)
Alla Elizabeth Trant (Aunt Sis)
Thomas Franklin Trant
Dr. James Buchanan Trant
of LSU, son of Thomas
grandson of Thomas F. Trant
Plymouth Rock Cullefer, daughter of Patience Trant, sister of Bucky (1864-1936)

GEORGIA - MUSCOGEE COUNTY


Columbus - Riverdale Cemetery - please click on the link for names of ancestors buried there.


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