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Location: Perry County AL

Slave Narrative of Perry Sid Jemison

Interviewer: Bishop & Taleman Person Interviewed: Perry Sid Jemison Location: Steubenville, Ohio Place of Birth: Perry County, Alabama Age: 79 Place of Residence: 422 South Sixth Street, Steubenville, Ohio WPA in Ohio Federal Writers’ Project Written by Bishop & Isleman Edited by Albert I. Dugen [TR: also reported as Dugan] Ex-Slaves Jefferson County, District #2 PERRY SID JEMISON [TR: also reported as Jamison] Ex-Slave, 79 years (Perry Sid Jemison lives with his married daughter and some of his grand-children at 422 South Sixth Street, Steubenville, O.) “I wuz borned in Perry County, Alabama! De way I remember my age is, I was 37 years when I wuz married and dat wuz 42 years ago the 12th day of last May. I hed all dis down on papers, but I hab been stayin’ in different places de last six years and lost my papers and some heavy insurance in jumpin’ round from place to place. “My mudders name wuz Jane Perry. Father’s name wuz Sid Jemison. Father died and William Perry was mudders second husband. “My mudder wuz a Virginian and my father was a South Carolinian. My oldest brodder was named Sebron and oldest sister wuz Maggie. Den de next brudder wuz William, de next sister wuz named Artie, next Susie. Dats all of dem. “De hol entire family lived together on the Cakhoba river, Perry County, Alabama. After...

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Slave Narrative of Bob Benford

Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden Person Interviewed: Bob Benford Age: 79 Location: 209 N. Maple Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas “Slavery-time folks? Here’s one of em. Near as I can get at it, I’se seventy-nine. I was born in Alabama. My white folks said I come from Perry County, Alabama, but I come here to this Arkansas country when I was small. “My old master was Jim Ad Benford. He was good to us. I’m goin’ to tell you we was better off then than now. Yes ma’am, they treated us right. We didn’t have to worry bout payin’ the doctor and had plenty to eat. “I recollect the shoemaker come and measured my feet and directly he’d bring me old red russet shoes. I thought they was the prettiest things I ever saw in my life. “Old mistress would say, ‘Come on here, you little niggers’ and she’d sprinkle sugar on the meat block and we’d just lick sugar. “I remember the soldiers good, had on blue suits with brass buttons. “I’se big enough to ride old master’s hoss to water. He’d say, ‘Now, Bob, don’t you run that hoss’ but when I got out of sight, I was bound to run that hoss a little. “I didn’t have to work, just stayed in the house with my mammy. She was a seamstress. I’m tellin’ you the truth now. I...

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A Short History of Saint Wilfrid’s Parish

The following is reprinted verbatim from a pamphlet issued by Saint Wilfrid’s: The Episcopal Church in Marion was established in 1838, the same year in which Judson College was founded. First entry in the parish register tells that the new church was organized at Eastertide by the Rev. John R. Goodman, then residing at Greensboro, under the name of St. Michael’s Parish. St. Michael’s was admitted to the Seventh Annual Convention on May 5, 1838, and was assessed $10.00 for contingent expenses. First rector of the parish was the Rev. Andrew Matthews, who served Cahaba as well as Marion. Since there was no church building, Mr. Matthews held services in the courthouse. To the Diocesan Convention of May, 1839, he reported: “Baptisms 4; Marriages 0; Funerals 0; Communicants 3.” Mr. Matthews remained for only a matter of months, however, and from the time he left there was no Episcopal service in Marion until December, 1847, when the Rev. W. A. Stickney arrived and services were resumed in the courthouse. To Mr. Stickney’s clerical duties were soon added those of schoolteacher, as a parish school was established in 1849. Regarding the school, the name of which became “St. Wilfrid’s School,” Walter C. Whitaker in his book The Church in Alabama, published in 1898, wrote, “The times were especially propitious for such schools, as no scheme of common-school education at public...

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Choctaw Indians

Choctaw Tribe: Meaning unknown, though Halbert (1901) has suggested that they received their name from Pearl River, “Hachha”. Also called: Ani’-Tsa’ta, Cherokee name. Flat Heads, from their custom of flattening the heads of infants. Henne’sb, Arapaho name. Nabuggindebaig, probably the Chippewa name for this tribe, signifying “flat heads.” Pans falaya, “Long Hairs,” given by Adair. Sanakfwa, Cheyenne name, meaning “feathers sticking up above the ears.” Té-qta, Quapaw name. Tca-qtr£ an-ya-df, or Tea-qti ham-ya, Biloxi name. Tca-t a, Kansa name. Tetes Plates, French equivalent of “Flat Heads.” Tsah-tfl, Creek name. Choctaw Connections. This was the largest tribe belonging to the southern Muskhogean branch. Linguistically, but not physically, it was most closely allied with the Chickasaw and after them with the Alabama. Choctaw Location. Nearly all of the Choctaw towns were in the southeastern part of Mississippi though they controlled the adjoining territory in the present State of Alabama. The small tribes of Mobile were sometimes called Choctaw. (See also Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Arkansas.) Choctaw Villages From the earliest times of which we have any knowledge the Choctaw villages were distributed into three divisions: a southern, a northeastern, and a western, though a central group may also be distinguished. The southern division is fairly well defined by our several informants, but there is considerable disagreement with reference to the others. One authority gives but two divisions, an eastern and...

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Perry County, Alabama Census Records

  1830 Perry County, Alabama Census Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at – Ancestry Free Trial  1830 Perry County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Perry County, Alabama USGenWeb Archives Project 1830 Census (alphabetical) Perry County, Alabama — 1830 Federal Census Hosted at Tracking Your Roots 1830 Perry Co., AL Census Images (pdf) 1830 & 1840 Perry County, AL Census Records Hosted at Census Guide 1830 U.S. Census Guide 1840 Perry County, Alabama Census Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Hosted at – Ancestry Free Trial  1840 Perry County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Perry County, Alabama USGenWeb Archives Project 1840 Perry County, Alabama Census Index Hosted at Tracking Your Roots 1830 & 1840 Perry County, AL Census Records Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 Perry County, Alabama Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Hosted at – Ancestry Free Trial  1850 Perry County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Perry County, Alabama USGenWeb Archives Project 1850 Federal Census Perry County, Alabama (Transcriber’s Notes) 1850 Federal Census Perry County, Alabama (Page 1 Of 21) 1850 Federal Census Perry County, Alabama (Page 2 Of 21) 1850 Federal Census Perry County, Alabama (Page 3 Of 21) 1850 Federal Census Perry County,...

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Perry County, Alabama Cemetery Records

Most of these cemetery listings are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Hosted at Perry County, USGenWeb Archives Project Antioch Church Cemetery, Perry, Alabama Bethesda Cemetery, Aka Wallace/Wherry Cemetery, Perry, Alabama Bethlehem Cemetery, Perry, Alabama Civil War Cemetery, Perry, Alabama Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Perry, Alabama Heard Family Cemetery, Perry County, Alabama Hobson Cemetery, Perry County, Alabama Marion Cemetery, Perry, Alabama Medline Cemetery, Perry County Al Perry County, Alabama – Ocmulgee Church Cemetery Headstone Inscriptions Pine Flats Church Cemetery, Suttles, Perry County, Alabama Salem Church Cemetery, Perry County, Alabama Sardis Cemetery, Perry County, Alabama Shiloh Cemetery – Perry County, Alabama Smith-Campbellite Cemetery, Perry Co., Al Woolley-Edmonds Cemetery, Perry County, Alabama Hosted at Perry County, ALGenWeb Medline Cemetery, Perry County AL Smith-Campbellite Family Cemetery Hosted at Tracking Your Roots (all cemeteries on same page) Perry County Cemeteries Heiberger Methodist Church Cemetery St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church Cemetery Flynn Cemetery Chapman Cemetery Fuller Cemetery Uniontown Cemetery Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal Church Cemetery Miree Ford Cemetery Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery Curry Cemetery Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery Poole Family Cemetery Marion Cemetery Crenshaw Cemetery Unknown Cemetery Hopewell Church Cemetery Harper Family Cemetery Jemison Cemetery Benson Cemetery De Yampert Family Cemetery Shiloh Cemetery Ocmulgee Church Cemetery Sardis Church Cemetery Averett/Barnett Cemetery Bethany Church...

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