"Covington County, Alabama People" is a long-awaited compilation of the family notes of Judge Richard Henry Jones (1868-1949) of Andalusia. Judge Jones' notes are supplemented with material collected by Ruby Richards Bryan (1901-1982) and additional notes from the editor of the book, Scott R. Smith.
Mr. Jones's family notes were taken from interviews with persons now long dead, and, in almost all cases, they include information on generations earlier than that of the subject who was interviewed. Although very few of Judge Jones's notes are dated, most seem to have been made during the 1930's and 40's; some may date from the 1920's or earlier. Much of what Judge Jones included is invaluable, especially if it is considered as "leads" rather than as incontrovertible evidence.The notes are especially helpful in accounting for marriages and migrations to Texas and other points in the West.With the destruction of the Covington County Court House in the 1890's, tracing the female descendants of the early settlers is virtually impossible without the sort of anecdotal evidence which these notes provide.
Many of the notes deal with families whose local descendants may principally reside in surrounding counties--Crenshaw, Coffee, Conecuh, Butler, Escambia, Geneva and Pike.Of course, Covington County was created from Conecuh County in 1821, so the first families of Covington were also pioneer families of Conecuh.Portions of several adjacent counties, including Coffee and Crenshaw, were formed from Covington County; therefore, a number of their earliest citizens were Covington County natives.
The printed copy of the book is approximately 550 pages and contains over 1000 family surnames. A limited number of hardbound copies of the book will be will be printed and will be available in several libraries in the Covington County area. These include Andalusia Public, Opp Public Library, Pea River Historical Society, Baker Block Museum Library, Alabama Archives and possibly a few others.
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