For the past 35 years, I have been researching the records of Butler County, Alabama for the names listed below. Most of them go back to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The list of surnames that I have researched and continue to research include the following: Austin - Balderee - Barge - Black - Brannon/Branum - Bryan - Burkett - Cheatham - Craig - Davis - Earnest/Ernest - Edeson/Eidson/Hitson - Ferguson - Franklin (Benjamin - Franklin (Josiah) - Gandy - Gibbons - Gray - Hartsfield - Hill - Hillson/Hilson - Jordan - Lee - Marsh - Morrow - Murhpy - Myrick - Newton - Owen - Perry - Pickens - Pinkerton - Pollard - Powell - Reddoch - Rhodes - Seale - Shell - Smyth/Smith (Robert) - Sims - Smith (William Jason) - Smith (George Washington) - Stallings - Stanley - Stinson - Stringfellow - Teat - Thomas - Thornton - Watts - Whittington - Wilson -Wright
All of these families were in Butler County, Alabama during the 1840s-1870s. Some of the descendants are still in the county. Some of them moved westward. For additional information check out the Butler County web site at http://www.geocities.com/bourbonstreet/canal/8924
If you have information on any of these families, I would appreciate an email.