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SUMTER COUNTY ALABAMA-JOHN CHILDERS/CHILDRESS

Updated July 28, 2009

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HEY THERE, HI THERE__ Maybe you are a Childers/Childress descendant. Well, this is how MY STORY goes...........I've
always wondered why one of my father's uncles spelled his name as
CHILDRES, and said he wasn't changing it because his father had told him that their name was spelled with only 1 (S). Well, my father had always known his name to be spelled with 2 (s) so that's the way we spell it.. GO figure. Now, I'm curious, I had to find out about the history of my family name.

I started looking in the only place that I was aware of, and that being Fort Smith, and Earle Arkansas. However, It all began around Sumter County, Alabama, as CHILDERS with my GGGrandfather JOHN and wife JULIA CHILDERS. Julia & John had Six Children in 1870's Alabama Census Records (John, Julia, Amanda, Louisa, Andrew, Robert). I Found no listing for John and Julia Childers in Alabama's 1880 Census: However, In the 1880 Carroll County, Mississippi Census, John was not listed but found Julia as Head of Household, as a Widow, with 3 of the six younger children plus 2 Grandchildren, Louis Alexander & Jane A. My GGrandfather Andrew being one of them. In 1900 the name was spelled by Census takers as CHILDRESS, and that's the way it remained with the siblings, except of course for my GreatUncle WILLIE CHILDRES.
Here's what I have Found, so far. Rita CHILDRESS

 
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