Bibb County Alabama: The First Hundred Years, 1818-1918

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University of Alabama Press, 1999 - History - 304 pages
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This model county history chronicles one hundred years in the life of a representative Deep South county.  

The history of Bibb County between 1818 and 1918 is in many ways representative of the experience of central Alabama during that period. Bibb County shares physical characteristics with the areas both to its north and to its south. In its northern section is a mineral district and in its southern valleys fertile farming country; therefore, its citizens have sometimes allied themselves with the hill counties and sometimes with their Black Belt neighbors. 

Both sections of the county developed in step with the surrounding counties. Bibb's foundries were established during the same time and by the same iron masters as Shelby County, and its coal mines in the same decade as Jefferson County. Its farmers planted the same crops and faced the same problems as those in Perry, Autauga, and Tuscaloosa counties. Like Tuscaloosa, Bibb endeavored to promote river transportation for both its industrial and its agricultural products. 

This carefully documented history is based on a variety of original sources, from personal letters to government records. It is generously illustrated with early maps and with old pictures of Bibb landmarks, many of which have now vanished. 

 

  

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Contents

The Land and Its Indians
1
Cahaba lilies
4
Arrival of the Squatters
12
An original settler
14
Rock and mud chimney
19
Early County Government
23
Mrs Chotards River Town
32
Search for a Permanent County Seat
40
The CoalMining Towns
168
Beehive coke ovens Blocton
170
TCI school Blocton
171
Little Italy
172
Photographer Albert Lebourg
173
Belle Ellen Band
175
Tipple at Coleanor mine
179
Main Street West Blocton 1909
181

MayberryMorenEngland house
48
Green plantation house
49
Pioneer Life and Occupations
51
Early Churches
60
Cahaba Valley Baptist Church
62
Randolph Methodist Church
66
Green Pond Presbyterian Church
69
Antebellum Schools
71
Centreville Academy
75
Typical country school Antioch
80
Slavery
82
Economic Growth 18351860
94
Fourth courthouse
104
Culture Changing and Unchanged 18351860
105
In the Confederate Army
116
Two Confederate soldiers
121
On the Confederate Home Front
128
A woman of the countys first century
136
Conflicts during Reconstruction
143
Oath of allegiance 1865
144
Lieutenant Governor E H Moren
152
Revival of Agriculture and Industry
155
Typical moving day scene
158
Brierfield Furnace
163
Bob Hayess general store Woodstock
166
The Turbulent 1890s
185
East Court Square showing 1898 additions
193
Snead boardinghouse Centreville
194
Brent Mercantile Companys original store
196
Brent Banking Companys original building
197
Logging with oxen at Belcher sawmill near Eoline
198
The County Seat in the Early 1900s
199
County officers 1902
201
Courthouse during freeze of 1899
203
Principals in the execution of Tolley Mason
204
At War with the Kaiser
220
Conclusion
232
Revolutionary Soldiers Who Settled in Bibb County
234
1819 1820 1821
235
Charge Customers of James C C Wiley before 1829
237
Patients of Dr David R Boyd 1829 and His Successor 1836
239
Owners of Slaves 20 or More in 1850
244
Citizens in Certain Vocations in 1860
245
Muster Rolls of Certain Confederate Companies
247
Bibbs State Militia Roll November 25 1865
261
County Sheriffs 18181982
266
Bibliography
293
Index
304
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About the author (1999)

Rhoda Coleman Ellison is a native of Centreville in Bibb County, and is Professor Emerita of English at Huntingdon College. 
 

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