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The Clifford E Darrington Family of Clarke County, Alabama

Updated February 4, 2003

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In the 1700s Richard Darrington of Clairmont County ,SC purchased a large track on land in Clarke County, Alabama. The land, approximately 7000 acres, was situated near Gainstown along the Alabama river, including Choctaw landing, now called Choctaw Bluff.

Upon his death Richard Darrington left his holdings to his wife:Ann; daughters, Ann Prudence, Mary,Eliza,& Mariah; son:John, and brothers Robert & Thomas.

The Darrington and James Families settled the Choctaw Bluff community in 1788. Mary Darrington married Samuel James. They are buried in the old Darrington-James cemetery. Col John Darrington is also buried there.

John Darrington (April 29, 1786 - September 12, 1855), was probably the wealthiest man for a time to live in Clarke County. He came to Clarke County with about 350 colored people,(slaves), and gained control of the Cedar creek Plantation. He kept thorough-bred colts there in 1836, and sold wood to the steamboats traveling the Alabama River. At the time of his death in 1855 John Darrington's estate comprised about 7000 acres of land, horses, and 150 Negros. The Estate was divided between his wife:Rebecca, who'd moved to Mobile two years before his death, his son Robert, his daughter Eliza & her husband John J Carter, his daughter, Mariah Deslonde & her husband Edmond A Deslonde, and his brother Robert.

According to the 1860 Alabama census Tom Darrington, a freed man(mulatto), owned a farm valued at $6000. Tom was born around 1820, we can only speculate who his parents were for now.

We also found a Sarah Gorman who sold land in the area in 1887-1888. we are told that "ole man free Tom" and Sarah Gorman are the parents of Richard,Tom,John, & Robert"Bob" Darrington.

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