Children of James Dodrill (1 2):
1 2-1 James Daughdrill, 1779-1827?.
First son of James Dodrill (1 2), who fought in the Revolutionary War, was born May l4, 1779 and died some time prior to 1827 in Greene County, Mississippi. Married Sealy Turner, daughter of William Turner in S.C. 1803. She was born in S.C. on April 24, 1779 - died February l0, 1868 at or near Old Spring Hill in Marengo County, Ala. She moved there from Mississippi, after her husband's death, with all of her children, except William Turner Daughdrill and his sister, Martha at or about 1832, settling on government lands conveyed through deeds signed by Martin Van Buren, then President of the United States.
1 2-2 John Daughdrill, 1782-1831
John Dodrill was the second son of James Dodrill (1 2), who fought in the Revolutionary War. The records of "The Daughters of the War of 1812" located in New Orleans indicate that he was born in 1782.
He was born in Bertie County, N.C. and raised in Barnwell District, S.C., where his father had settled after the Revolutionary War. Barnwell District was in the low country between Augusta, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. The Daughdrill land was on the Indian Branch and Back-Swamp-Waters of the Savannah River, known as "Cracker's Neck." Life was exciting there after the Revolutionary War. The thirteen colonies, for whose independence his father had fought, had just become the United States of America with the ratification of the Constitution.
The family changed the spelling of its name from Dodrill to Daughdrill sometime between the Revolutionary War and 1807. A record of real estate transfers was found in the records of Barnwell District, S.C. in the names of John Daughdrill and his brother James in 1807. (For many years thereafter branches of the family in Mississippi pronounced their name as if it were still spelled "Dodrill." Family tradition has it that the name was changed from Dodrill to Daughdrill to make it closer to the original family name in France. This information came from disconnected branches of the family unknown to each other living in Louisiana and Mississippi in 1952.)
Unlike his brother James, John Daughdrill did not marry during his early years in the Barnwell District. In 1808, when he was 26, John left South Carolina along with his brother James, James' wife, and their three children, to go to Tennessee to take possession of the tract of land located on the "Big Bend" of the Tennessee River, in Humphreys County, TN., about 40 miles west of Nashville at Cuba Landing. To make the trip they had to follow Indian trails through the Alabama Territory. Due to the hostility of the Indians along their proposed route, they were compelled to abandon their trip to Tennessee.
They settled near old Fort Mims in the Alabama Territory. Rumors of an attack by the Creek Indians, which eventually culminated in the Massacre at Fort Mims, caused the Daughdrills to move on to the Mississippi Territory. They settled about 1811 in what is now Greene County, Mississippi, about 40 miles northeast of Mobile, Alabama, with State Line as the nearest frontier post office. John Daughdrill was listed on the Greene County census of 1820 with age "over 45."
John Daughdrill (1 2-2) and his brother James (1 2-1) were imbued with a kind of tough pioneer spirit, so neccessary to survive in undeveloped country. And true to their father's example, both were patriotic. They enlisted in the War of 1812 and both fought with General Andrew Jackson at New Orleans, serving in Lt. Colonel Nixon's regiment of Mississippi Militia.
They conveyed their 100 acres in Tennessee to "Willis Norsworthy, Assignee of the heirs of James Dodrill on February 20, 1812, a conveyance signed by William Blount, Governor of Tennessee." (Book G, page 98, General Grants.) This was the land located in the "Big Bend" of the Tennessee River, today known as Cuba Landing, in Humphreys County, Tennessee.
After the War of 1812, the enterprising brothers built a thriving business in turpentine and lumber, taking advantage of transportation on the Leaf and Pascagoula Rivers. They were also engaged in farming and cattle raising.
John Daughdrill, affectionately called "Jackie," returned to his native Barnwell District, S.C. and married his cousin, Winnie Harrell, daughter of Zachariah Harrell. Winnie was a native of South Carolina born in 1790. They were married by a Justice of the Peace, Thomas Newton.
After their marriage, the bride returned with her husband to live in Greene County, MS. They traveled under a passport issued on Feb. 11, 1811.
John Daughdrill (1 2-2) died in Greene County, Mississippi on August 11, 1831. His widow, Winnie, applied to Washington D.C. for bounty land because of her late husband's service in the War of 1812. In the application she stated that she was married in Fall of 1810 or 1811, by Justice of Peace Thomas Newman, in Barnwell District, South Carolina, and that her name was Winnie Harrell before she married John Daughdrill.
She lived to see the devastations of the Civil War, living with their married daughter Winnie Daughdrill Turner. After the death of her husband John Daughdrill, she married John Bradford Vaughn, but was again a widow in 1851. There is on file in the marriage records, WML Book 3, Page 181, Mobile Co., Ala., note that John Bradford Vaughn applied July 9, 1839 for a license to marry _______ Daughdrill. The recorder failed to list the first name. There is also a note: "License never returned." This must be Winnie Harrell Daughdrill's second marriage record. John Bradford Vaughn's first wife was Sarah Singleton.
1 2-3 Elizabeth Daughdrill, 1786 - ?.
The third child of James Dodrill (1 2). She married James Davis, Jr. on February 21, 1801.
The first residence of James Davis, Jr. and Elizabeth Daughdrill Davis was in an area commonly called "The Upper Pascagoula River District." It was not far from Mt. Vernon and East of Fort Stoddert in what is now the State of Alabama. They were living there when the Massacre took place at Fort Mims. They then moved to a place near Mobile Point, which later was called Barnwell. This was a part of the Mississippi Territory at the time they lived there but became a part of Alabama when the State was created. This family later moved to Perry County, Mississippi.
The children of James Davis, Jr. and Elizabeth Daughdrill Davis born before 1816 all said they were born in South Carolina up to 1810, and from 1810 to 1816 said they were born in Alabama. This family must have moved to Perry County, Mississippi, in or after 1816.
In 1858 Elizabeth Daughdrill Davis applied to obtain Bounty Land on her husband's record in the War of 1812. She stated in her application that she was Elizabeth Daughdrill before she married James Davis in Barnwell District, South Carolina, and that she was age 72 and a resident of Perry County, Mississippi. She stated that her husband died on the Black Warrior in the State of Alabama. Their last child was born in 1826 and the name of her husband James Davis, Jr. is missing from the 1830 U.S. Census of Perry County, Mississippi.
1 2-4 Nancy Daughdrill.
The fourth child of James Dodrill (1 2). She married ______ Robinson.
NOTE: Records indicate that there may have been at least one other child. An unnamed child accompanied the mother, the widow of James Daughdrill (1 2), to Mississippi with other members of the above families.
THE STATE OF TENNESSEE - GRANT NO. 3754
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME * GREETINGS:
KNOW YE, That in consideration of military service performed by James Dodrill to the State of North Carolina, Warrant No. l52, dated the 16th day of December 1807, and entered on the 6th day of September 18l0, by No. 5055 - THERE IS GRANTED BY THE SAID STATE OF TENNESSEE unto Willis Norsworthy, assignee of the heirs of the said James Dodrill, a certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred acres part of said warrant, lying in Humphreys County in the first district on the north fork of Blue Creek: Beginning at a sugar tree and beech, marked as Southwest corner to Reuben Mise's occupant survey; running East one hundred and seventy-seven and one half poles to a white oak; thence North ninety poles to a black gum; thence West one hundred and seventy seven and one half poles to a black oak; thence South ninety poles to the beginning. Including the improvements said Mise made. Surveyed July 27th, 18ll by Dansey Hudson, D.S.
WITH THE HERDITAMENTS AND APPURTENANCES, to Have and to Hold the said tract or parcel
of land with its appurtenances, to the said Willis Norsworthy and his heirs forever.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Willie Blount, Governor of the State of Tenn., hath hereunto set his hand and caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed, at Knoxville, on the 20th day of February, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twelve, and of the Independence of the United States the Thirty Sixth.
BY THE GOVERNOR: Willie Blount
W. G. Blount, Secretary
Recorded July l4th, 18l3, in Book "G", Page 98, General Grants.
Legend slips away down through the years and it is difficult to reconstruct our lineage, but there are many rewards derived from our ancestral quest. Carl Sandburg said, "When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from." With a history of our family in hand, there is no forgetting, no sense of coming to an end. Because there is no end, there is only the sense of continuing.
Mr. Charles T. Dodrill in his "Heritage of a Pioneer" (l967), the story of William "English Bill" Dodridge and his wife Rebecca (Lewis) Daughtery, mentions the Dodrills found in the records of North Carolina; James Dodriel, a soldier in the Revolution; and the census records of Virginia and Pennsylvania showing the name "Dodrill." Mr. Charles T. Dodrill makes the follow observation:
"There seems to be no doubt that the Dodrills of West Virginia and the branches of the North Carolina Dodrills whose names were changed to Daughdrill, are of English origin.* Nor is there much room for doubt that the West Virginia family and its branches originated with the Doddridges of County Devon in England"
*This confidence is not supported by proof. It is listed here as an alternative theory.
Three children of James Dodrill (1-2) and his wife (name unknown), all born in Bertie County, North Carolina before 1800 are found living as neighbors in Barnwell District, South Carolina, shortly after 1800. The marriage records of all three being in Barnwell District, South Carolina. They are:
1 2-1 James Daughdrill (Dodrill) born May l4, 1779 (d in or before 1827), married February 20, 1803 to Sealy (Celia) Turner, born April 24, 1779, in South Carolina, daughter of William Turner. She died 2/l0/1868 near old Springhill, Ala.
1 2-2 John Daughrill (Dodrill) born 1782, d 8/ll/183l, married in 18l0 Winfred "Winnie" Harrell, a cousin, daughter of Zachariah Harrell and his wife (name unknown).
1 2-3 Elizabeth Daughdrill (Dodrill) born May l, 1786, married February 2l, 180l James Davis, Jr., born before 1775.
1 2-4 Nancy Daughdrill, another daughter known, was evidently living with her parents at that time. Her marriage was in Mississippi.
Note: Records indicate that there was at least another child, but no information has been located on this one, who accompanied the mother, Widow Daughdrill, to Mississippi with other members of the above families.
SPELLING CHANGE: DODRILL TO DAUGHDRILL
Why did our ancestors change the spelling of the name? Family tradition has it that they were descendants of Count Jean DeAughdrill, a member of the French royal family (no proof), who migrated to Ireland. Many mambers of the family living in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana in l982 related this story as having been passed down to them, stating, "I know because Grandpa told me so."
One source states that the name was changed from Dodrill to Daughdrill when James Dodrill (Daughdrill) (1-2), who had probably been born in Ireland, became a U.S. Citizen, before 1800. When? Where?
The earliest records in the U.S. show the spelling as "Dodrill." The family changed that spelling to "Daughdrill" sometime between the Revolutionary War and 1807. For many years thereafter branches of the family pronounced their name as if it were still spelled "Dodrill."
Searching would have been easier if the name had always been spelled the same way, but that was not the case. These variant spellings have been found: Dodrill, Dodell, Doddrill, Doughdrill, Dottle, Dorrill, Dodriel, Daughdrell, Doddle, Doodrel and Daughdrill.
An estate proceeding was filed in Barnwell District, South Carolina on March 28, 1808, naming Sealy Turner (Daughdrill) (1-1) as administratrix of the estate of her father, William Turner, who died December 20, 1807. The legal signature of her husband James Daughdrill appears on this document. (This is the first time we find the spelling "Daughdrill.") The appraisers appointed for this estate were Noel Turner (relationship, if any, unknown), John Newman and John Ramsey. Some of the items shown on the inventory of this estate were:
21 head of cattle $115.00; 15 head of hogs $20.00; 1 mare and colt $140.00; 1 branding iron $1.00; 5 weeding hoes $2.50; 2 grubbins hoes $1.00; 1 X cut saw $2.00; 2 hand saws $3.00; 4 carpenter plains $4.50; 4 axes $4.00; 1 tea kettle $2.00; 5 beds and furniture $110.00; potty $4.00; rubbing tub $1.50; 1 loom and gears $3.00; l spinning wheel $1.00; 1 spinning and 2 pr cards $3.00; 2 womans saddles $13.00; 5 empty jugs $2.75; 2 empty hogsheads $2.00. Many other items were listed. The total, exclusive of money, was $620.12 1/2.
The date shown on the petition was "the twenty eight day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and eight and in the thirty second year of American Independence."
In 1807 through a resolution of a Committee on Western Lands of the State of North Carolina, which lands later became a part of the State of Tennessee, the State of North Carolina issued to the heirs of James Dodrill the Revolutionary soldier, a land Warrant No. l52, dated December 16, 1807, for l,000 acres of land for the services of James Dodrill as a soldier in the Continental line of the State of North Carolina. This Warrant was issued through a petition of David Collins, heir at law of James Dodrill. A Certificate is on file in the State records from Amos Thomas of Trentown in Bertie County, North Carolina, certifying that Wm Skinner, Thomas Skinner and James Dodrill were soldiers with him at Trentown. Records have not been obtained to show any family relationship between David Collins and James Dodrill.
Records have been located that a David Collins enlisted in the Revolutionary War the same date, same place, Bertie County, North, Carolina, and served in the same Company at Trentown as James Doddriel.
In 1808, after the land Warrant was issued, the Daughdrill families left Barnwell District, South Carolina to go to Tennessee to take possession of the land located on the "Big Bend" of the Tennesee River. In attempting to make the trip they had to follow Indian trails through the Territory. Due to the hostility of the Indians they were compelled to abandon their journey to Tennessee.
Under the State of Tennessee Grant No. 3754, only l00 acres of the l,000 acres of land covered by Warrant No. l52 were ever claimed by the Dodrill heirs. The l00 acres were conveyed to William Norsworthy, Assignee of the heirs of James Dodrill, on February 20th 18l2, by Willie Blount, Governor of Tennessee (Book G, Page 98, General Grants). This land is located in what is known as the "Big Bend" of the Tennessee River in Humphreys County, Tennessee.
About the year 1800 a brisk migration had begun from Georgia and the Carolinas, through the Creek Indian Country, to the Mississippi Territory. Samuel Dale, then a Georgian, placed three wagons and teams on a wagon carriage road, transporting families westward and taking back to Savannah loads of Indian produce. In 1803 a road was marked out through the Cherokee Nation.
Travel in those days was difficult and dangerous on the blazed trails. Axmen widened these trails to accommodate horses, then made them wider still for wagons loaded with household goods. The wagon was not always the principal way our ancestors traveled. Many of them, believe it or not, actually walked. "Shanks mare," it was called. If the husband was well off, he could afford a horse to carry his wife and a handcart in which to push some of the family belongings. How the Daughdrill's traveled we do not know.
Many of the travelers never made it. There was little protection against severe weather and no protection against sickness. Many died from weariness; yet the promise of something better impelled them to continue their journey.
In 1805, during the Choctaw Concession, Major Sam Dale drew up a treaty with the Cherokee and Creek Indians by which "Passports" could be isued to desirable settlers from over East so that they might pass safely through Indian Territory. These were known as "Georgia Passports."
Usually the Indians honored these Certificates of Good Character. However, a few travelers along the way were robbed.
During the period between 1805 and 1820 Passports were issued by the Governors of Georgia for certain persons to go through the Indian Nation.
The recommendations were from neighbors, friends, and Justices of the Peace, who vouched for the industry, sobriety, and good character of the person wishing to go through the Indian Nation. One purpose of the journey was to "view the country" with an eye on moving. If they decided to move, they asked for passports to go as settlers, some to the "Strange Western Country," others "to the Tombigbee," or "to the Dunbigbee," or "to Bygbee Country," or "to the Mississippi Territory," among others.
In 1809 and 1810 many passports were issued to citizens of North and South Carolina, who were passing through Georgia in large groups with their families, their household goods and pack horses, their slaves, and their mothers-in-law whose names they always failed to mention.
The Georgia Department of Archives advised that the applications for these Passports have been lost or destroyed but a record of the Governor's Orders has been retained. Valuable information was found on the Daughdrill family, who had abandoned their journey to Tennessee, by consulting these records. The Daughdrills must have been "desirable settlers." At least someone vouched for their industry, sobriety, and good character, because at various times they were issued Passports:
"On Friday 31st March 1809 On the recommendation of several respectable inhabitants of the State of South Carolina
That a Passport through the Creek Nation be prepared for Thomas Wimberly and John Daughdrell - which was presented and signed."
John Daughdrill (1 2-2) probably made this trip to "view the country" to consider moving. He returned to Barnwell District, South Carolina and we later find him applying for a passport with the family to again pass through the Creek Nation.
The next passport information we found was for Noel Turner and his family. Noel Turner's relationship to Sealy (Celia) Turner Daughdril (wife of James Daughdrill, 1 2) has not been established. One source stated that in South Carolina he married Sarah, daughter of John Turner (no relation) and another source stated that he married Sarah Clarke.
"On Monday 27th November 1809
That passports be prepared for the following persons to travel through the Creek Nation of Indians, to wit - One for Isaiah Parker and Nathan Parker from the County of Baldwin and one for Noel Turner with his family, from Barnwell District in the State of South Carolina - which were presented and signed".
Noel Turner was born in Northhampton, North Carolina, May ll, 1764, moved to Orangeburg District, South Carolina, before he served in the Revolutionary War. On March 8, 1808, in Barnwell District, South Carolina, he was named as one of the appraisers appointed for the estate of Sealy's father, William Turner. The Noel Turner family was in Fort Mims, Alabama in 18l0. He was on both the Leaf and the Chickasawhay Rivers at different times. This family is shown in Jackson County, Mississippi, in the 1820 and 1830 U.S. Census. He moved to Mobile County, Alabama in 1835 and died there Jan. 2l, 1837. The children were Enoch, Charles b. ll-7-1790 in S. Car., Mary, Coley, Sarah, Necey, William, John, Noel, James and Henry.
Continuing our search through the Georgia Passports we find the Daughdrill/Davis families moving westward.
"On Thurs. 29th March 18l0 on Application
That passports be prepared for the following persons to travel through the Creek Nation of Indians, to wit - one for James Doddrill, John Doddrill and James Davis, the former with his wife and five children, and the latter with his wife, four children, his mother-in-law and two children from Barnwell District in the State of South Carolina - which were presented and signed".
The omission of the names on the Passport applications of those traveling with them was a disappointment since we still have not been able to find the name of the mother of James, John, Elizabeth and Nancy Daughdrill. Shown on the above Passport application is the mother-in-law of James Davis, husband of Elizabeth Daughdrill Davis. The Widow Daughdrill is shown with two children - one of these must have been Nancy. No information has been located on the other one.
The Indians became so threatening that the Daughdrill - Davis families stopped in the Mississippi Territory near Old Fort Mims, (now Alabama). Rumors of an attack to be made by the Indians caused the Daughdrills to move farther on into the Mississippi Trritory. They settled in 18ll in Greene County, Mississippi, with State Line as the Post Office Early records of the inhabitants of the Natchez District of the Mississippi Territory in 18l0 shows:
Daughdrell, John - Greene County
Daugherity, James - Pike County
The Daughdrills made the right decision to move on because the attack by the Indians eventually happened and was known as the "Massacre at Fort Mims." On August 30, 1813, in the Fort, a stockade around the house of Samuel Mims, were gathered over 500 Americans, over 200 of who were soldiers and the remainder, refugees. Only 36 Americans escaped.
John Dodrill (1 2-2) returned from Greene County, Miss. to Barnwell District, SC. to marry Winfred (Winnie) Harrell. After the wedding a Georgia passport was issed to them on February 7, 1811 to return to Greene County, Miss.
"On Thurs. 7th February 1811
That a passport be prepared for Messrs. John Daughdrill, Samuel Page and John Harry, the former with his wife, all from Barnwell District, South Carolina, to travel through the Creek Nation of Indians - which was presented and signed."
These families traveling by land found the overland trip almost endless. There were few roads or trails in the Territorial period.
There were at least four routes by which people came from the Eastern seaboard to Mississippi. One was down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Most of them settled along the Mississippi River. There was the Natchez Trace running from Nashville to Natchez. It brought in settlers from North Carolina and Tennessee. The Jackson Military Road ran from Nashville to New Orleans, bringing settlers from North Carolina and Tennessee. It ran near Taylorsville, Miss., west of Seminary, Miss. and on to New Orleans. "The Old Post Road" from Augusta to Columbus, Georgia, was one of the few available trails leading into Alabama, then an Indian Territory. The most important route was the Three Chopped Way, originally marked in 1807. It came across Georgia via Millegeville and on across Alabama. It entered Mississippi through what is now Clarke County and came on into the Jasper area via Paulding, crossing Leaf River where the Ichusa Creek flows into Leaf. Through Fairchilds, the first county seat of Smith County and then turned up slightly to Raleigh, turning westward across Cohay to White Oak Spring and on to Martinville, passing between Weathersby and Sanatorium, on to Westville and crossed Pearl River just below where Strong River flows into the Pearl River and on to Natchez. This trail consisted mostly of paths established by Indians. But by 18ll, portions of this trail were evidently widened so that ox carts could travel. It was the only direct route from South Carolina and Georgia used by settlers who came to Mississippi.
1 2 JAMES DAUGHDRILL (DODRILL) AND HIS WIFE (NAME UNKNOWN)
1 2-1 James Daughdrill and Sealy (Celia) Turner
1 2-1-1 Ann Daughdrill and Asa Whitlock
1 2-1-2 John Daughdrill and Frances Gilder
1 2-1-3 William Turner Daughdrill and Dorinda West
1 2-1-4 Martha Daughdrill and Josiah Moody
1 2-1-5 Elizabeth "Bettie" Daughdrill - unmarried
1 2-1-6 James Daughdrill, Jr. and Isabel Pistole
1 2-1-7 Sarah Daughdrill and William Hunter
1 2-1-8 Mary Jane Daughdrill - unmarried
1 2-2 John Daughdrill and Winfred "Winnie" Harrell
1 2-2-1 James Harrell Daughdrill and Elizabeth J. Rawls
1 2-2-2 Rev. John "Jackie" Daughdrill and Sarah L. Breeland
1 2-2-3 Zachariah Daughdrill and Caroline Davis
1 2-2-4 Henry Daughdrill and Elvira (Elmira) Davis
1 2-2-5 Winnie Daughdrill and Louis Turner
1 2-2-6 Lott Daughdrill
1 2-3 Elizabeth Daughdrill and James Davis, Jr.
l 2-3-1 Sarah Davis and John Anderson
1 2-3-2 Harrison Davis and ____ Head
1 2-3-3 Jane Davis and Robert Brown
1 2-3-4 Elizabeth Davis and Thomas Batson
1 2-3-5 Harietta Davis and Brantley Bond
1 2-3-6 James Davis, III, and Jane Swetman
1 2-3-7 C. Eddings Davis And Virginia Stewart
1 2-3-8 William Davis and Sarah Bounds
1 2-3-9 Caroline Davis and Zachariah Daughdrill
1 2-3-10 Elvira (Elmira) Davis and 1st) Henry Daughdrill,
2nd) Rev. Edward Fortenberry
1 2-3-11 John H. Davis and Rebecca Stewart
1 2-4 Nancy Daughdrill and Mr. Robinson - No children
NOTE: There was an unnamed child listed on the Georgia Passport with the widow Daughdrill, wife of James Dodrill (1 2).
Also, a David Collins, heir at law of James Dodrill (1 2) was shown on the petition for land for James Dodriel's services in the Revolutionary War.
James Daughdrill James Daughrill and Celia Turner
born May l4, 1779 married Feb. 20, 1803.
Celia Turner Asa Whitlock and Ann Daughdrill
born April 24, 1779 married June 2, 1825.
Ann Daughdrill Josiah Moody and Martha Daughdrill
born Oct. 29, 1804 married December 15, 1829.
John Daughdrill John Daughdrill and Frances Gilder
born July 20, 1806 married October 7, 1831.
William Turner Daughdrill James Daughdrill, Jr. and Isabel Pistole
born Oct. 18, 1808 married May 23, 1858.
Martha Daughdrill J. M. Simpson and Ella M. Daughdrill
born Oct. 6, 1811 married September 13, 1888
Elizabeth Daughdrill James A. Daughdrill & Teresa E. Bolton
born Feb. 23, 1814 married Feb. 9, 1890.
James Daughdrill, Jr. George G. Cuningham & Eunice A.
born Aug. 29, 1817 Daughdrill, married Dec. 11, 1895
born July 11, 1820 DEATHS
Mary Jane Daughdrill James Daughdrill died 1806
born Oct. 17, 1822
William Turner died Dec. 20, 1807
Eunice Alberta Daughdrill
born April 10, 1859 Celia Daughdrill died Feb. 10, 1868
Ella Melissa Daughdrill John Daughdrill died March 28, 1863.
born Dec. 29, 1860
Isabel Daughdrill died March 29, 1863.
James Asa Daughdrill
born March 10, 1863 James Daughdrill died March 16, 1900
Frances Gilder Elizabeth Daughdrill died May l2,1906.
born Jan. 12, 1805
Ella M. Simpson died May 30, 1910
born Oct. 9, 1833 James Asa Daughdrill died Aug. 3,1930
This is a true and exact copy of the old family record from the old family Bible.
(Signed) (Mrs.) Eunice Daughdrill Cuningham
Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 20th day of April, A.D., 1935.
(Signed) EUNICE D. BOLDS____________________
(SEAL) Notary Public, Dallas County, Alabama
Written in the early l930's
History of the Daughdrill Family as given to me by my Aunt Bettie (Elizabeth Daughdrill).
The Daughdrills are one of the pioneer families of Alabama.
James Daughdrill, Born May 14, 1779.
Celia Turner, born April 24, 1779.
Celia was the daughter of William Turner who died Dec. 20, 1807. All of these living in Barnwell District, South Carolina, James Daughdrill and Celia Turner married, Feb. 20, 1803.
James Daughdrill was the son of _______________Daughdrill, who with a brother came from Ireland, fought in the Revolutionary War and was given a "land grant" on the Tennessee River, known then as the "big bend of the Tennessee River", James inheriting this land from his father, a Revolutionery soldier, started there to take possession in 1808 with his wife Celia (Turner) Daughdrill and three small children - Ann, John and William Turner. A brother John Daughdrill, affectionately known as "Uncle Jackie", with them, their way led by Indian trails, passing through Alabama, then only an Indian territory. The Indians became so threatening they stopped near Old Fort Mims.
They returned to Alabama this time (1832) settling near Old Spring Hill, entering government land, deeds signed by Martin Van Buren, then President of the U.S. Here near Old Spring Hill they lived and died - substantial citizens, good christians. James Daughdrill, Jr. was a soldier in the Civil War.
"Jackie," having lost his heart to a cousin, Miss Winnie Harrell, in S.C. went back there to claim her; and brought her as a bride to his new home in Miss. To them was born two sons - James Harrell Daughdrill and Lott Daughdrill. James married Elizabeth Rawls, went to Mobile, accumulated quite a nice little fortune, had a large family of children - John, James Harold, Colie, Bama, Mamie, Julie and Henry.
Lott Daughdrill grew up and went to Texas. I know very little of his family. James and Jackie had one sister, "Nancy Daughdrill", who married a Mr. Robinson, they had no children. Lived and died near their brothers, James and John on Leaf River.
Eunice Daughdrill Cuningham (Mrs. G.C.)