Archive for December, 2007

1880 Census: Dallas Co., AL with NC Origins

It’s interesting to look at the origins of your ancestors. Many of the pioneer Martins who migrated to Dallas County, Alabama came from North Carolina. They were primarily planters, their farms became the hamlets for generations of African-American families, who worked the farms as slaves. Of those families are my own kin, the Martins.

I am interested in further documentation on this topic, here are a few facts I found online:

Extensive white settlement of Alabama followed the War of 1812 and the defeat of the Creek Nation. Most of the settlers came from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, pushed by land exhausted through the over-cultivation of cotton and drawn by the rich soil of the Tennessee Valley and the Black Belt. They brought with them slave labor and the plantation system, which were readily transplanted in Alabama. Steady demand for cotton made this product the nation’s leading export during the first half of the nineteenth century and solidified the planter elite’s sense of self-importance.”
by Dr. Dwayne Cox, University Archivist

“In the Cotton belt, most slaves lived on plantations with less than 50 slaves. They worked in gangs, pressed on by an overseer, for the grueling year-long cycle of cultivation, which culminated in ginning and pressing the crop in January and February. The slave population almost tripled in size between 1790 and 1830. Most slave women had many children, beginning at age 19. Since children were most likely to be sold, this tragedy touched nearly every black family.” Africans in America, PBS:

The conditions in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia were favorable to an immediate expansion of cotton culture. There was a large, well-organized and mobile slave population which could promptly be transferred to new fields….
Many factors operated in favoring a rapid expansion of cotton culture. While cotton culture did not so rapidly exhaust a soil as did tobacco, the prevalent one crop culture without any crop rotation proved exhausting to the soils of the Coastal Plain and, to a less degree, of the Piedmont. Prices of cotton, on the whole, were falling and prices of slaves were rising.* Slavery, with its low economic efficiency, was therefore becoming unprofitable or less profitable in the older regions. The cheap and fertile lands to the westward were a strong inducement to the planter and especially his sons, who, as they set up in business, were lured westward. The Western Cotton Belt was the theater of the greatest expansion of slavery.” GEOGRAPHIC INFLUENCES IN AMERICAN SLAVERY BY F. V. EMERSON, University of Missouri


1880 Census: Summerfield, AL (Dallas County)

Emanuel Martin (b. 1835). farmer
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: Virginia

Spouse: Laura (1852)
children: Henry (12), Mary (9), George Ann (7), Mack (6), Nannie (4), Robert Lee (2)

Jordan Martin (b. 1835)
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: Virginia

Spouse: Jane “Judge” (b. 1850)
Children: Willie (12), Sarah Jane (9), James (7), Agnes (5)

NOTE: Jordan and Judge Martin are my kin. Their daughter, Sarah Jane, is the mother to my great-grandmother. I am wondering if Emanuel Martin is a relative to Jordan Martin.

Other children of Jordan and Jane Martin are: Wes(t) Martin, and Bama M. Martin (Dock)

Any information would be much appreciated on the family or lineage of Emanuel Martin 🙂

Rachel Martin (b. 1835)
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: North Carolina

Spouse: Bob Martin (b. 1825, Virginia, both parents from there). Farmer.
Children: Archie(18), Mary (14), Jimmie (11) , Bella (6)


Moses Martin (b. 1837, North Carolina). Farmer.
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: North Carolina

Spouse: Eliza (b. 1855, Alabama)
Children: Nimby (7), Frank (4), Samuel (2), Lucy (1)

Solomon Martin (b. 1810, North Carolina). Farmer.
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: Virginia

Spouse: Katie (b. 1835, South Carolina)
Children: Wilson (14)
Step-Children: William Moody (15), Susan Moody (13), Thomas Woody (11), Frank Woody (9), Loundes Woody (7), Eliza Woody (3 mos)


John Martin (1830, North Carolina). Farmer.
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: North Carolina

Spouse: Ann (b. 1840)
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: North Carolina

Eliza Martin (1842, North Carolina)
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: North Carolina

Spouse: Widowed, also from North Carolina
Children: Kattarrine Martin (14)


Cherry Martin (b. 1780, North Carolina)
Spouse: Widowed
Occupation: Decrepit
Resides with: Alex (both parents from Georgia) and Violet (mother from AL) RADFORD
and children: Harriet (18), Martin (15), Sherman (14), Paul (10), Silas (10), Amy (8), Martha (6), Hettie (7), Sam (5), Julius (4), Sallie (3), Multum (3 mos)


Richard Martin (b. 1827, North Carolina). Laborer.

Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: North Carolinna

Resides with: Charles Brown (born in Virginia, both parents from there) and Julia (both parents from Virginia)
and children: Stephen (13), Willie (11), Ella (9), Charles (7), Fannie (5)
and a William Petts (22), both parents from Alabama
Note: Henry Martin (b. 1797), a Summerfield farmer, is from North Carolina


John Martin (b. 1832, North Carolina). Farmer.
Father’s birthplace: North Carolina
Mother’s birthplace: North Carolina

Spouse: Charlotte (b. 1830 in Virginia, both parents from there)
Children: Thaddeus (14), Dink (12), Jacob (10)


Robert Martin (b. 1819, North Carolina). White. Both parents from North Carolina.
Spouse: Mary A.C. (b. 1826, North Carolina, both parents from there)
Children: John W. (22), Smith C. (18), Richard H. (15)
Something Other than a Direct Relationship: Robert A. Martin (9). Born in TN. Mother born in North Carolina, father born in Alabama.
Servant: Alfred Ransan (15). Alfred was born in Arkansas, both parents are from North Carolina.

Henry Martin (b. 1797, North Carolina). White. Both parents from North Carolina.
Spouse: Amanda (b. 1832, Kentucky, both parents from there)
Something Other Than A Direct Relationship: Prudence Morrow (47), Widowed. Born in North Carolina, both parents from there.

Atlas J. “AJ” Martin (b. 1821, North Carolina. White. Both parents from North Carolina.
Spouse: Harriet E. (b. 1825, Alabama)
Children: E. Bryant (26), Mary B. (17)

December 29, 2007 at 8:10 am 13 comments

The Honey Web

By My Daughter (age 4) and Mommy, 12/27/2007

Once upon a time a bear was being mean to a unicorn. The bear was trying to eat her (unicorn). The unicorn is a pet to a beautiful true princess. The true princess wanted to save her unicorn so she poured honey on a spider web. The bear was hungry for some honey, and ran to the spider web. He fell on the spider web and then he got stuck.
He says, “Please let me out! Cuz I’m gonna be nice!”
True princess said, “I can’t let you out because you being mean.”
So the true princess threw the bear into the sky, where he is to this day, still caught in the honey web. Only at night can you see the bear, when the golden web glimmers in the dark. True princess and the unicorn are so happy to be free that they go eat ice cream. The end.

In Our Hearts, ©2007

December 28, 2007 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

MCILWAIN: Valley Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dallas, Alabama


This file was contributed and copyrighted by:

Kay Pomeroy & Jean Pickering

June 2003

Valley Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Dallas County, Alabama

On Valley Creek Church Road, off State Hwy 22 North.
When you come out of Selma on State Hwy 22 Noorth right outside the city
limits to the left is Valley Creek Church Road. Turn left on that
road and go about four miles, The cemetery is on the right on a hill and you
really have to watch for it or you will pass it.

Surveyed and recorded by Kay Pomeroy & Jean Pickering

With thanks 🙂


In memory of of Hugh Marshall son of J.H. & M.R. McIlwain born June 23,
2866 died June 16, 1867

Rosa C. Waugh wife of Jno H. McIlwaine died Oct. 20th 1861 aged 1861
aged 23 years 7 months. Rosa C Waugh McIlwaine

John Houston McIlwaine October 28 1835 June 2, 1903

ROW 10

In memory of Margaret N. wife of S.P. McIlwaine and daughter of John K.
and N Callen who was born July 18, 1835 and departed this life March 10,
1862.She leaves a husband, child and many friends to morn her loss. Her
life was that of an exemplary Christian, yet not so long as we would
have desired it. Her death was glorious It was that of the righteous.
in the same grave sleeps our infant. Marharet N. McIlwaine

In memory of James Hugh son of P & M N McIlwaine who was born Sept.
11, 1860 and died March 24 1862

In memory of Hugh McIlwaine who was born in Antrim Co. Irland and died
June 13th, 1880 in the 84th year of his age.He that believeth on Me
have everlasting life.

In memory of Mary Pinckney Russell wife of Hugh McIlwaine who was born
June 24, 1814 and died July 28, 1875. Blessed are they that keep His
testimonies and that that seek Him with the whole heart. Mary Pinkney
Russell McIlwaine

Samuel Pinekney McIlwaine born July 4, 1880 died May 1, 1900 Resr

December 3, 2007 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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