Who's Who of Lamar County History
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Lewis Columbus Blakeney, physician, was born November 7, 1851, in Chesterfield County, S. C.; son of Lewis and Elizabeth (Funderburk) Blakeney, the former a native and life long resident of Chesterfield County, S. C.; grandson of John Blakeney, a soldier of the Revolution, of Chesterfield County, S. C., and of Irish descent, and of Jacob Funderburk, of Lancaster District, S. C., and of Dutch descent. Dr. Blakeney received his early education in the public schools of South Carolina and Alabama, and graduated with the M. D. degree from the University of Alabama, in 1874.

He practiced in Pickens County for three years, removing from that place to Millport, Lamar County. He has served as county commissioner of roads and revenue and as justice of the peace. He is a Baptist; Democrat; Mason; and an Odd Fellow. Married: in 1876 to Rachel Rebecca, daughter of Hiram Vail, of Lamar County. Children: 1. William Waller; 2. Elizabeth Mariliza; 3. Lewis Oscar; 4. Myrtle May; 5. Thomas Columbus; 6. Trannie. Residence: Millport. (History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume III. Page 160.)

Dr. William Lyles Box (Oct. 14, 1882 - April 1, 1958) was born in the Bedford community of Lamar County and practised medicine for 53 years in that area.

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Judge Bradley of Vernon, served as State Senator, State Treasurer, and Probate Judge for 18 years.

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William Arthur Burns, physician, was born June 3, 1870, four miles north of Vernon, Lamar County; son of George Caruthers and Margaret (Rush) Burns; grandson of George Lasley and Nellie (Enloe) Burns, and of William Phillip and Emily (Coons) Rush. All ancestors are of South Carolina Stock, except Mrs. Rush, who was a native of Tennessee. George L. Burns served in the War of 1812, and was the son of a Revolutionary soldier. George C. Burns was born in Tennessee, but now lives at Vernon, of which place he was the first settler.

Dr. Burns was educated in the common schools of Lamar County, took his degree in the Memphis hospital medical college, M. D., 1891; at once opened an office in Vernon, where he practiced until 1895, spent a year, 1895-96, at Ravenden Springs, Ark., after which he returned to Vernon; 1898 he located at Sheffield, and later removed to Birmingham. He was an alderman of the town of Vernon, 1892; city physician of Sheffield, May 1899 to March 1907; and a member of the Alabama national guard, 1889 to 1894. He was appointed physician inspector of the convict board, March 1907, and served four years. He is a Democrat; a Methodist; Knight of Pythias, and a Woodman of the World. Married: January 23, 1894, at Vernon, to Anna Desire, daughter of Rev. Wm. A. and Margaret E. (Roper) Montgovery, the former an itinerant Methodst minister for over half a century. Children: 1. Mattie Kathleen; 2. Margaret Desire; 3. Dorothy Lucile. Residence: Birmingham.(History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol ume III. Page 264.)

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B. L. Falkner was the first probate judge of Lamar County, Alabama, serving from 1866 to 1867 while the county was named "Jones". He was again appointed to this post after the death of Judge Thomas Morton, who died in office in 1872, serving until the next election in 1874.

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Judge Falkner was born July 27, 1827, in the eastern part of Tennessee.  His parents were Isaac Dickerson Faulkner and Mahala, the daughter of James and Lydia Redus.  Judge Falkner, along with his parents and his mother's father and brothers, moved from Grainger County, Tennessee to Lamar County probably around 1830.  B. L. Falkner married Susan Ann Cannon in 1850 and to this union ten children were born.  Judge Falkner owned land southwest of Vernon and was a farmer.

Judge Falkner died April 24, 1897.  He and his wife are buried at Shiloh (Pinhook) Methodist Church Cemetery, south of Vernon in Lamar County, Alabama.      (J.Redus)

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Acklin Upright Hollis, farmer, sheriff, representative in the legislature, was born June 11, 1865, at Moscow, Lamar County; son of Daniel William and Margaret (Miller) Hollis, the former served as orderly sergeant in the 16th Alabama infantry regiment, C. S. Army, was twice wounded, represented Lamar County in the legislature two terms, and died at Sulligent in 1902; grandson of Darrill Upright and Mary Elizabeth (goodwin) Hollis. He was educated in the public schools of Lamar County; was sheriff of that county, 1900 - 1907; mayor of Sulligent, 1908 - 1914; and was a member of the house of representatives of 1919, from Lamar County.

He is a Democrat; Methodist; and Mason. Married; October 4, 1887, to Fannie Elizabeth, daughter of Peter and Caroline (Knowlton) Lowe, who lived at Cherry Valley, N. Y.; great-granddaughter of Peter Lowe, who came from Holland, and served as first lieutenant, in Capt. Jacob Ten Eyck's company, 1st battalion, Somerset County militia, during the War of the Revolution. Children; 1. Knowlton Lowe, served with 47th regiment coast artillery corps, A. E. F.; 2. Peter Miller. Residence: Sulligent.(History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume III. Page 829.)

John Daniel McCluskey, lawyer and legislator, was born Ausust 6, 1841, at Newburg, Franklin County, and died at Vernon, Lamar County; son of James and Amanda Fitz Allen (Chiles) McCluskey, the former a native of Londonderry, County Derry, Ireland, who migrated to Alabama, the latter a native of Virginia; grandson of Samuel and Fannie Chiles, of Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia, and of Bartholomew and Mary (McLeod) McCluskey, of Londonderry, Ireland; great-grandson of Henry Chiles, a soldier of the Revolution, who lost an arm while engaged in carrying dispatches from Washington to Lafayette.

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He attended the common schools of Lawrence and Franklin Counties, and the LaGrange college in North Alabama. He enlisted in the 38th Tennessee infantry regiment, C. S. Army; was wounded at battle of Perryville, later placed in command of a company of sharpshooters and assigned to Col. Jeff Forrest's command; later attached to 5th Alabama Cavalry Regiment; was captured at Selma, and carried to Macon where he was paroled. He was admitted to the bar in 1868, at Aberdeen, Mississippi; practiced six years there and then removed to Vernon, where he resided until his death. He was at one time mayor of Vernon and was a representative from Lamar County in the legislature of 1892 and 1903.

He was a Democrat; Baptist; and an Odd Fellow. Married: August 9, 1874, to Matilda Catherine, daughter of William and Leodice (Springfield) Kuykendall, Children: 1. Fannie Fits, deceased, m. Charles V. Thompson; 2. Thommie Pocahontas, deceased, m. William Zach Huggins; 3. Johnnie Dave, now resides in Arkansas. Last residence: Vernon.(History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume IV. Page 1095. Photo from Notable men of Alabama: personal and genealogical, Volume 1.)

The experience of Doctor McDaniel as a physician and surgeon covers almost a quarter of a century. Twenty years ago he came to Oklahoma and practiced in several different localities, but since 1908 has been well established in his profession at Byars, and in point of service is now the oldest physician and surgeon of that town.

He represents an old colonial family. The McDaniels, Scotch-Irish people, on coming to America located in South Carolina. Doctor McDaniel's grandfather was Britain McDaniel, who was born in North Carolina in 1784. He reached a remarkable age, passing away at Kennedy, Alabama, in 1883, at the age of ninety-nine. He was one of the early settlers at Kennedy, Alabama, and followed the occupation of farmer and stock raiser.

It was at Kennedy, Alabama, that Dr. William B. McDaniel was born December 6, 1868. Practically all his native career was spent as a farmer and stock man near Kingsville. He was a Confederate soldier during the war, and from exposure contracted a disease which impaired his vitality the rest of his life and eventually resulted in his death when only thiry-six years of age. He was a democrat, an active member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. B. B. McDaniel married Nancy Guin, who was born near Kennedy, Alabama, November 18, 1844, and died at Kinsville, January 1, 1891. A brief record of their children is: A. J. McDaniel, a farmer at Kinsbille, Alabama; G. G. and Dr. William B., twins, the former a farmer at Kinsville; J. B., a teacher at Paris, Texas; M. V., a druggist at Big Cabin, Oklahoma; and Abbie, wife of John Duke, a farmer near Kingsville.

While Doctor McDaniel had the advantages of a good comfortable home during his youth, he had to depend upon his own exertions to promote him into a learned profession. The first twenty years of his life were spent on his father's farm, and his education came from the public schools at Kennedy. For six months after leaving home he clerked in the store of S. E. Ware and Company. he took two courses during the years 1891 - 1892 in the Louisville Medical College at Louisville, Kentucky, and in the following year began practice at Kinsville, Alabama. During 1894-95 he was a student in the Birmingham Medical College of Alabama. He practiced at Reuben and for one year at Lubbub, Alabama, and in 1895 he removed to Oklahoma. His first location was at Baum, where he remained until 1899, and during the following year his home was at Zena. In 1900, Doctor McDaniel entered the Barnes Medical College at St. Louis, where he graduated M. D. April 12, 1901.

Being thus especially equipped by practical training and experience for increased efficiency as a physician and surgeon he resumed practice in 1901 at Big Cabin, Oklahoma. From there in 1908 he removed to Rosedale, but in a short time located at Byars. He is now the oldest physician in point of continuous residence in that town. His offices are in the State Bank Building.

Besides his private practice Doctor McDaniel is local surgeon for the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads, and is examining surgeon for the following insurance companies: New york Mutual, New York Life, Bankers, Missouri State Life, Kansas City Life, Northwestern Mutual of Milwaukee and the Equitable Life. He is also a member of the Garvin County Medical Society.

In politics Doctor McDaniel is a democrat, is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and is affiliated with Byars Lodge No. 261, A. F. & A. M. and with the Woodmen of the World.

At Vinita, Oklahoma, in 1899 he married Miss Tommie L. Norris. Her father was the late Tom Norris, an Alabama farmer. Doctor and Mrs. McDaniel have a fine family of seven children: Alta, now in the eighth grade of the public schools of Byars; Claudius, also in hte eighth grade; John, in the fifth grade; Madge, in the fifth grade; Leo and Lando, twins, both in the second grade; and Wykoff, who has not yet reached school age.   (Thoburn, Joseph B. A Standard History of Oklahoma, Volume IV. Chicago and New York. The American Historical Society.

Metcalfe, Lee S., farmer, was born November 9, 1862, in Lamar County; son of Wiley S. and Virginia E. (Bradley) Metcalfe, of Alabama and Virginia; grandson of James and Elizabeth (Bankhead) Metcalfe, natives respectively of North Carolina and Tennessee, and of William R. and Ellen S. (Covington) Bradley, of Virginia. He was educated in Lamar County and began farming at an early age, a calling he still follows and was sheriff of Lamar County, 1888-1892. He is a Methodist. Married: in 1889, Jola Guin, daughter of Jason Guin. Children: 1. Wiley L.; 2. Jason S.. Residence: Sulligent.   (History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume IV. Page 1195)

John Cooper Milner, lawyer, was born May 28, 1868, at Georgiana, Butler County; son of John Ashley and Sallie (Cooper) Milner, the former a native of barnesville, Ga., who moved to Alabama and lived at Georgiana, Calera, Pine Apple, Monroeville, Leeds and Birmingham, and during the War of Secession was employed by the Confederate government in Making iron; grandson of Pitt Sanders and Pamelia N. (Parker) Milner, who came to Georgiana from Barnesville, Ga., and of Peter and Symantha (Moncrief) Cooper, who lived at Cooper's Station. The Milner family originally came from England. One of that family, Capt. John Milner, served in the Carolinas in the War of the Revolution. Mr. Milner attended public schools in Various parts of Alabama; Moore's business university in Atlanta, Ga; and was graduated from hte law department of the University of Alabama, June, 1889. He began the practice of law in Birmingham in 1889; was county solicitor of Lamar County, 1891 - 1892; mayor of Vernon, 1895 - 1896; served as a private in Co. M. Alabama State Troops, 1892 - 1894; represented Lamar County in the State legislature, 1911; and was a State senator from the twelfth district, 1915. He is a Democrat; has served as chairman of the campaign committee of Lamar County; as beat commissioner, 1896 - 1898; has been a delegate to many State conventions; a member of the State executive committee, 1908 - 1910; and a member of the congressional executive committee, 1906 - 1910.

He is a Methodist; a Mason; an Odd Fellow; and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega college fraternity. Married; June 29, 1892, in Vernon, to Adine Pearl, daughter of Roland Wallace and Laura Chappel (Price) Cobb, of that place; granddaughter of Alexander Cobb who was a member of the Alabama legislature from Fayette County, 1861 - 1865, and probate judge of Lamar County from 1874 to the time of his death in December, 1887. Children: 1. Adine Ashley, m. Elonzo R. Harris; 2. Laura May, deceased; 3. Sallie Cobb; 4. Annie Mildred. Residence: Vernon.   (History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume IV. Page 1206)

Terry Bluford Moore, born May 27, 1912 in Vernon, Alabama, was a Major League Baseball player who played for the St. Louis Cardinals for eleven seasons in the 1930's and '40's.

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Guy Morton, Sr., "The Alabama Blossom", was from Vernon, Alabama and played Major League baseball for the Cleveland Indians from 1914 through 1924.

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William W. Ogden, merchant, was born June 8, 1859 at Fayette; son of Frank and Minerva Ogden. He received his education in the high school of Lamar County and soon after completing his education he engaged in hte mercantile business in which business he has since continued. He is president of the Bank of Sulligent and president of the Sulligent Cotton Oil Company. He is a Democrat; Knight of Pythias; Mason and a Methodist. Married: December 20, 1888, near Sulligent to Miss Ida T. Henson, daughter of H. T. and Sarah Henson. Children: 1. Frank, m. Miriam Zellers, December 28, 1918, d. January 24, 1919; 2. H.T.; 3. W. L.; 4 F.S.; and 5. Leita. Residence: Sulligent.   (History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume IV. Page 1295)

Thomas Walker Springfield (June 6, 1825-August 26, 1903) came to Lamar County, Alabama from South Carolina in 1835 with his parents. He was a Freewill Baptist Minister who organized Springfield Church near Vernon. He was the first postmaster at Vernon and served at that post for four years.

His grandfather was Thomas Springfield (July 15, 1766 - March 21, 1845) of the Carolinas and his grandmother was Laodicea (Dicy) Langston (May 14,1766 - May 23, 1837), a Revolutionary War heroine, whose life was the basis for the historical fiction book, "The Patriot Wore Petticoats", by Marnie L. Pehrson.

T. W. Springfield and his wife, Emily Woods Springfield, are buried in Oakland Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama.      (J.Redus)

Judge Cecil Howard Strawbridge of Vernon, Alabama served 24 years as the Circuit Judge for the district composed of Fayette, Lamar, and Pickens Counties.

Judge StrawbridgeJudge Strawbridge was born February 24, 1906 in Lamar County, Alabama to Samuel Robert and Tezzie Ann Strawbridge. He graduated from Lamar County High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1929 and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1931.

After a period in private law practice in Vernon, Strawbridge was elected District Attorney of the 24th Judicial Circuit in 1942 and after service in the U. S. Air Force, was re-elected for two more terms. He was elected in 1952 as Circuit Judge for the same district and served in that capacity for the next 24 years.

Judge Strawbridge passed away June 30, 1999. He and his wife of 58 years, Autense Rector Strawbridge, are buried in Vernon City Cemetery in Lamar County, Alabama.     ( J.Redus)

Charles Melvin Stripling (8/8/1896 - 1/19/1966), born in northern Pickens County but living most of his life in Kennedy, Lamar County, Alabama, was one of the country's most renowned fiddle players.

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Charles William White, merchant, was born July 17, 1856, at Conyers, Newton County, Georgia; son of David Thomas and Susanna (Plunkett) White, the former who was of Irish parentage was born in Buncombe Coun, North Carolina, emigrated to Georgia in early life, and during and after the War of Sucession represented Newton County in the State legislature, and the latter who was a native of South Carolina, later removing to Georgia; grandson of Robert and Martha Plunkett, who were natives of Ireland.

Charles W. White received his education in the common schools of Conyers; engaged for twenty years in the railway construction business; later engaged in merchandising; in 1905 was mayor of Millport; was for five years local editor of the Conyers "Weekly"; and was a member of the State legislature, 1907. He is a Democrat; a Methodist; and an Odd Fellow. Married: on August 20, 1887, at Conyers, to Georgia Langford, daughter of John William and Mildred (Cook) Langford. Children: 1. Samuel Langford; 2. Morie; 3. Georgia; 4. Annie; 5. Charley; 6. Grace; 7. Fannie. Residence: Millport.  Vernon.   (History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume IV. Page 1754)

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William A. Young, lawyer and judge, was born October 22, 1857, in Lamar County, and died at Vernon, May 17, 1904; son of James P. and Martha (Box) Young, natives of South Carolina and Alabama respectively, the former a farmer and tanner who came to this State in 1836 locating at Fayette; served in the C. S. Army and was at one time president of the Veteran's association of the county; grandson of Alexander and Ester Young, of South Carolina, and of Lyles and Mary Box of Tennessee. He was educated in the public and private schools of Lamar County and at Vernon Institute; graduated at the State university, LL. B., 1881; began the practice at Vernon where he resided until his death.

In 1884, he was mayor of Vernon and in 1887, was appointed probate judge of Lamar County, by Gov. Thomas Seay, to which position he was elected in 1892, by a handsome majority. He was a Democrat; and a Methodist. Married: January 8, 1887, to Mary C., daughter of Titus L. and Mary (Crawford) Crew of Crews. Children:  1. Albert L., m. Dura Merle Upshaw; 2. Oliver E., m. Alma K. Newman; 3. Paul T., m. Sarah Rogers; 4. Mary A., unmarried; 5. Lewis O., unmarried; 6. William A., jr., unmarried; 7. Aunie Vivian, unmarried. Last residence:  Vernon.   (History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume IV. Page 1830)

Judge and Mrs. Young are buried in Vernon City Cemetery, Vernon, Lamar County, Alabama.      ( J.Redus)