Re: OLD ACTON CEMETERY , SHELBY COUNTY, AL.
By Ann Poe September 29, 2003 at 06:48:30
We are not close enough to come and help, what you have done is really great.
I am seeking information on the ACTON FAMILY as it relates to the Watkins and Poe's. The Poe's have been close to the ACTON'S in almost every generation. Wiley Thornton POE m. Nancy Josephine Watkins 3 Oct 1871 in Jefferson Co., AL. Wiley is found living with an ACTON on the 1870 Shelby County Census (i've been told).
Nancy Josephine Watkins was the daughter of Stephen Wharton Watkins and Zilpha ACTON (Zilpha was born 1 Jan. 1837 in Shelby Co AL. Zilpha Acton was the dau of the Rev William ACTON b 19 Apr 1805 at Wayne County, KY. and his wife Elizabeth LEE. They were married in Shelby County, AL.
I am trying to find the father of Wiley Poe and I think they may have been in Shelby Co AL. The 1850 Jefferson Co., AL. census:
Dwelling #2 Family #2
No male head of household:
POE, Elizabeth age 60 place of birth VA
POE, Mary age 40 Place of birth TN
POE, John age 20 Place of birth AL
POE, Robert age 13 Place of birth AL
POE, Elizabeth age 10 Place of birth AL
POE, WILEY age 7 (could be 9) place of birth AL
POE, Jesse age 6 place of birth AL
POE, Nancy age 3 place of birth AL
Neighbors on each side named Harris. Allen Harris and Benjamin Harris.
I believe these POE'S were in Shelby Co., AL and closely related to the ACTON'S. The given name Zilpha still goes on.
Do you have any information if these POE'S were possibly in KY with the ACTON'S?
Would appreciate any help. Thank you.