This is most likely my ancestor, Brigadier General Edmund SHACKELFORD since much of what you have listed is familiar to me. Please send me a copy of this letter. I would love to read it in its entirety. I am also a descendant of Judge James MORGAN, who lived near Fort Mims during the raid. Some Indian friends saved his family from the massacre, and had they not, I would not be here.
General Edmund SHACKELFORD was the son of Pvt. John SHACKELFORD (Revolutionary soldier) and Frances Wade Butler. John and Frances Wade Butler SHACKELFORD had ten children, of which there was an Ann and a Frances. Frances “Fanny” Wade SHACKELFORD was born in Hanover County, Virginia around 1791. She was married in Hanover County, Virginia on 18 January 1816 to David Edward Butler also of Hanover County. As far as I know they never emigrated to Georgia or Alabama, so I assume that they lived their entire lives in Hanover County.
Ann SHACKELFORD never married, but lived a long time (2 April 1776-22 October 1862). I believe she was born in Virginia, and may have died near her parent’s home in Hanover Co., VA, which is also where her sister Frances and her husband lived out their lives. Since the letter is addressed to both women, perhaps Anne lived with her sister and brother-in-law.
Most of the information on the Generals parents and siblings can be cited from:
1. “Shackleford Clan Magazine: Genealogy of Shacklefords and Shacklefords”, Editor: T. K. Jones 716 Ave. A Lubbock, Texas.
2. Franklin Shackleford Moseley, of Montgomery, AL, Methodist minister and historian in the 1950’s for The Shackleford Family Association. Moseley collaborated with Arnold M. Hood, of Ethel, MS, a Shackleford descendant then in possession of James Shackleford’s bible.
3. Mildred Seab Ezell, is writing a second book in a series on the Broadnax family that intermarried with the Shacklefords of Georgia and Alabama. In 1995 she published a wonderful book entitled “Broadnax: The Beginning” on the Broadnax History going from Jamestown back to the 1500s in England. The new Broadnax book will have a chapter that discusses the Broadnax- Shackleford connection of Autaugaville, Alabama.You may contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Official records and James Shackleford Bible. Submitted by James A. Brewer, P. 0. Box 910, Senatobia, MS 38668-0910.
5. “Heritage of Autauga County, AL” by the Heritage Publisher Consultants, Inc., Clanton, AL 2001 pg 211-212. ISBN 1-891647-34-2.
6. The book “Kinfolks” by General Harllee, Vol. 1, page 836. Harlee cites the following: "The following is from a paper dated April 20, 1891 and sent to Mrs. Martha (Shackleford) Harllee, and preserved by her daughter-Miss Elizabeth Ashby Harllee. Its authorship is not stated. It is headed: " Shackleford --Copy of original papers at Fort Reid, Florida".
Brigadier General Edmund SHACKELFORD (26 September 1786 Hancock Co., GA - 1 March 1857 near Clay Landing, Levy County, Florida but his body was brought home by his son to Autaugaville, Autauga Co. AL). His tombstone is in Old Town Cemetery, Autauga County, Alabama of which I have a photograph. He was married on 15 December 1814 in Putnam County, Georgia to Rebecca Power Brodnax (ca 1788 – 20 May 1821), daughter of John Brodnax (ca 1748 in Virginia -28 February 1829) and Martha Rivers (ca 1760 Hancock County, GA – Before 1820).
Some people claim that General Edmund SHACKELFORD first married Rebecca Power, then second married in 1821 to Mary Broadnax (1786- ante 1850) Daughter of John Broadnax, and Martha Rivers.These records claim there was no issue from the second marriage.My Great-aunt Libby Powell said the DAR accidentally left off the “Broadnax” for Rebecca Power Broadnax in her application for membership, thus the source for this error. Her DAR number was #279799, which was accepted on 1 February 1935.I believe that people have found the erroneous DAR record, then later found legal records for Rebecca Broadnax, so they have assumed that he must have been married twice, thus the fictitious second wife. There is only one marriage, to Miss Rebecca Power Brodnax.
Rebecca Power Brodnax SHACKELFORD’s father, John Broadnax was a wealthy man Brunswick County, Virginia, where he is recorded as giving aid to the Revolution by providing supplies on several occasions. After the Revolutionary War ended he moved to Mecklenburg Co., NC, then Hancock and Putnam Counties in Georgia. In 1821, he made what is probably a final sale of Georgia land in Putnam Co. and soon moved to Alabama. He made further deeds of gifts to his children to include his slaves before his death in Autauga Co. 28 Feb. 1829. He left no will, but an inventory and sale of his personal property were recorded in probate and orphans court records.
General Edmund SHACKELFORD and Rebecca Power Brodnax had four children:
1. Pembrake Carnot SHACKELFORD (13 August 1815- 7 September 1815) According to Aunt Libbie, she was listed in the Carew Family bible.
2. Dr. John Henry Power SHACKELFORD, b 22 Oct 1816 Putnam Co. GA, d 6 Jan 1850, Autauga Co. AL, bur Old Asbury Cemetery, Autaugaville, m in Autauga Co. (William N. Thompson, bondsman) 1 July 1840 Clarissa Motley, b Dec 1823, Autauga Co. AL, d Aug 1853, dau of Robert and Penelope Motley.She m 2nd in Autauga Co. 16 Oct 1851 (Dr.) Benjamin F. Davis.Could this be the Dr. Benjamin Davis, who was the brother of Dr. John Williams Davis the husband of John Astoria SHACKELFORD?If So, then I have sent you his lineage.
3. Edmund M. SHACKELFORD, b 1818 Putnam Co., GA, d after 1850 AL. I did not know this man existed.
4. Rebecca Elizabeth Ann SHACKELFORD, (26 February 1819 Putman Co., Georgia - 17 February 1872 Montgomery, Ala) Rebecca Elizabeth Ann SHACKELFORD was born “Elizabeth Ann SHACKELFORD”, but her father changed her name to “Rebecca Elizabeth Ann SHACKELFORD” on 20 July 1821 the same day that her mother Rebecca Powers Broadnax SHACKELFORD died. She married Major Ebenezer Goddard Carew,(3 Jul 1811 Stonington, Conn. - 2 Sep 1884 Montgomery, Ala) According to family history, and some of his old correspondences, Major Ebenezer Goddard Carew was a Confederate Blockade runner during the Civil War, but I have not found any official War records for him.“Captain E. G. Carew, member of a colonial family of Stonington, Connecticut, who married General SHACKLEFORD’S daughter under romantic circumstances.He came to Mobile as master of a clipper ship in 1835 and made a trip up the Alabama River as far as Wetumpka in a steamboat.Meeting the General’s daughter, he went back to Mobile, sold his ship, returned to Wetumpka and married her, settling in Autauga County and establishing a home famed for an art collection, library of first volumes and articles of vertu collected from the intellectual centers of Europe.” From the Obituary of Mrs. Rebecca Carew Powell, in 1924.
Emma Palmer Carew, General SHACKELFORD’s granddaughter wrote c1901:
“Prattville, Alabama. Grandfather married the daughter of John and Fannie Brodnax, does not state where, though he lived in Hancock County, GA.His children were born in Putnam Co. My Grandmother Rebecca died when mother was only 2 years of age, so the SHACKELFORDs had charge of her.Grandfather SHACKELFORD and his brother married two sisters, which made Mother and the Robt. SHACKELFORD of Greensboro were double first cousins.Dr. SHACKELFORD of Prattville is a son of Robtert SHACKELFORD.”
General Edmund SHACKELFORD was in the Georgia Volunteers, and then became a part of the Alabama State Militia. Edmund SHACKELFORD was a 2nd Lieutenant in the War of 1812.He served under Capt. William E. Adams in his company of riflemen of Major William Alexander's rifle Battalion in the Georgia Militia from 23 August 1812 - 6 March 1814.On 19 September 1813 he was promoted to Brigade Inspector. He fought at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama. He also Served under Jackson at the Battle of Pensacola and New Orleans.Mrs. Margaret Ezell claims that on 10 November 1817, he received his commission as Brig. Gen. in Putnam Co., GA, War of 1812. I would like to see this original record, because I wonder if this is not his commission date, versus promotion to General.
I am uncertain when he reached the rank of General, but he certainly was a General in 1828, when he was with the Alabama State Militia. He was appointed by General Andrew Jackson to replace General Scott during the Indian Wars (I assume the 2nd Creek War?).General SHACKELFORD served as the military Governor for the Creek Nation.Another reference to him is made by the Autauga Genealogical Society web page, http://www.autaugaheritage.com/Kingston.htmhttp://www.autaugaheritage.com/Kingston.htm, “Kingston in Autauga County, is best known as the old home of General Edmund Shackleford, who was long associated with the State militia and was once in command at Tuskegee, when cooperating with Generals Winfield Scott and James Jessup during the Indian troubles of 1836.”
General SHACKELFORD is cited in “Pickett’s History of Alabama”, Chapter 39, Battles of Tallasehatche, Talladega And Auttose, on page 559:
“Nov. 29, 1813
Many concealed themselves in caves cut in the bluff of the river, here thickly covered with cane. The admirable plans of General Floyd for the extermination of the foe were not properly executed, owing to the failure of the friendly Indians to cross the Tallapoosa to the west side, and there cut off all retreat. The difficulty of the ford and the coolness of the morning deterred them, as they stated; but fear, in all probability, was the prime cause. They now irregularly fell back to the rear of the army. However, the Cowetas, under McIntosh, and the Tookabatchas, under the Mad Dragon’s Son, fell into the ranks, and fought with great bravery. The hour of nine o ‘clock witnessed the abandonment of the ground by the enemy, and the conflagration of the houses. From the number of bodies scattered over the field, together with those burnt in the houses and slain on the bluff, it is believed that two hundred must have perished, among whom were the Kings of Tallase and Auttose. The number of buildings burned, some of which were of fine Indian architecture and filled with valuable articles, amounted to about four hundred. The Americans had eleven men killed and fifty-four wounded. The friendly Indians had several killed and wounded.
Important services were rendered by Adjutant-General Newnan, the aids Majors Crawford and Pace, and the surgeons Williamson and Clopton. Major Freeman, at the head of Irwin ‘s cavalry and part of Steele ‘s, made bold charges upon the Indians, completely routing them. The companies led on by Captains Thomas, Adams, Barton, Myrick, Little, King, Broadnax, Cleveland, Cunningham, Lee and Lieutenant Hendon, fought with gallantry. BRIGADIER-GENERAL SHACKLEFORD performed efficient services in successfully bringing the troops into action, and Adjutants Montgomery and (John) BROADNAX exhibited activity and courage. The battalion of Major Booth was properly brought into action, and that of Major Watson fought with commendable spirit. The cavalry under Irwin, Patterson and Steele, charged with success when opportunities were afforded. Great heroism was displayed by Quartermaster Terrill, who, though badly wounded, escaped after his horse was shot under him. The horse of Lieutenant Strong was shot under him, and he made a narrow escape. In seven days the troops had marched one hundred and twenty miles, and fought this battle.”
I believe he once commanded a cavalry unit. In the listing of “Volunteer Soldiers in the Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815-1865” there is a man named I. W. L. Childers who was a private in Colonel SHACKELFORD's 1st Regiment Of Mounted Alabama Militia in the Creek War. There is also a Private George Powell who listed his unit as the 1st Regiment Mounted (SHACKELFORD) Alabama Militia, in the book, “Index to Compiled Service Records of Alabama Units in Creek War 1836-1837” by Benjamin Achee and Margery Wright, Shreveport, LA 1971. Metro B’ham Library. The Swem Library in Tyler, Texas (Swem 3, 4. Also #89 Folder 5-114) has a copy of a letter sent to Dr. John W. Brodnax from Ed W. Brodnax of letter from his first cousin, Henry Lewis Golson Sr., that states, “My father was captain in Indian War under GENERAL EDMUND SHACKLEFORD, but think war was ended before they were in any engagements of note.”
After leaving active service, General Edmund SHACKELFORD, settled on his plantation near Kingston., an extinct town near Autaugaville, Autauga County, Alabama. He had 26 slaves, valued from $200 to $1100 each and 280 acres of land.In 1859 his estate was valued at $21,325.66. I have the original slave records.
After he retired, General Edmund SHACKELFORD was elected the Sheriff of Autauga County, Alabama in 1831. Source: "Old Autauga: Portrait of a Deep South County". Purchase Contact: Vicki Kes, Director, Museum & Education, Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama, 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla, AL 35111, phone 205 477 5711.
He was an active leader in the Whig Party at Kingston, Autauga County, and was the Chairman of the Autauga Railroad Committee. General SHACKELFORD Chaired the Committee for judging miscellaneous entries at the Autauga Agricultural Association’s Agricultural Fair held at Robinson Springs from the 7th through 9th November 1854. There are numerous abstracts of his involvement in the Kingston, Independence, and Autaugaville communities in the following sources:
1. Source: “The Autauga Citizen” Vol. 1, Thursday 21 April 1853, No. 12, As published in the book “Genealogical Abstracts from The Autauga Citizen 1853 in Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama” by Charlene Vinson. Heritage Books, Inc., c2000. ISBN: 0788415530. Page 56. Birmingham Lib.
2. “The Autauga Citizen” Vol. 1, Thursday 9 June 1853, No. 19, As published in the book “Genealogical Abstracts from The Autauga Citizen 1853 in Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama” by Charlene Vinson. Heritage Books, Inc., c2000. ISBN: 0788415530. Page 92-93. Birmingham Lib.
3. “The Autauga Citizen” Vol. 1, Thursday 7 July 1853, No. 23, As published in the book “Genealogical Abstracts from The Autauga Citizen 1853 in Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama” by Charlene Vinson. Heritage Books, Inc., c2000. ISBN: 0788415530. Page 109-110. Birmingham Lib.
4. “The Autauga Citizen” Vol. 1, Thursday 18 August 1853, No.29, As published in the book “Genealogical Abstracts from The Autauga Citizen 1853 in Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama” by Charlene Vinson. Heritage Books, Inc., c2000. ISBN: 0788415530. Page 133-134. Birmingham Lib.
5. “The Autauga Citizen” Vol. 2, Thursday 26 October 1854, No. 39, As published in the book “Genealogical Abstracts from The Autauga Citizen 1854 in Prattville, Autauga County, Alabama” by Charlene Vinson. Heritage Books, Inc., c2000. ISBN: 0788416871. Page 173-174. Birmingham Lib.
There are two more letters written by General Edmund SHACKELFORD in the public records. I believe the originals are kept Alabama Archives Manuscript Room at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. I have photocopies of the original handwritten documents. There is also a copy of the letter from Abram Martin on-line at ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/al/montgomery/military/abram.txt
Col. Edmund Shackleford, Creek Nation.
18th May 1836
A little before ten o’clock we preceded down the road by General Woodward’s, intending to go in the direction of Collins.As we passed Woodward’s house a man motioned to us to come in that direction who proved to be Alfred Williams, a stage driver who was so exhausted that he could not reach the house.It appears from his relation that on Monday about one o’clock the two stages were coming on from Columbus, Ga. when at the house just before Thorn’s they discovered a party of Indians firing the houses. .. They came on to Thorn’s and were attached by Indians from both sides of the road at the same time two balls were at the first fire shot, through the coach.The driver and passengers left the coach immediately .. Some endeavored to get the horses, and some, attempted to escape in any manner possible.Mr. Williams says he jumped from the stage and run off into the reed brake just by Thorn’s in which he concealed himself .. And has been from 1 o’clock until today just before eleven getting to Woodward’s.He says a short time after he left the stage, he heard a voice cry out “O Lord O Lord” and immediately succeeding he heard the War Hoop of the Indians .. Repeated several times.He supposes there were 25 or 30 Indians all painted.He has not seen any of the company that was with him nor can tell any thing about them.He fully believes some, if not all of them have been murdered .. And no doubt such has been the case or they would have got in by this time.Mr. Williams also informs us that another stage which had preceded them with which he was coming, had been taken and burnt before they got to this place so that now there are three stages captured by the Indians.
I wrote a letter this morning to John Martin in which I stated that there was a rumor here that the stages were burnt and forgot to mention that the information had been derived through the friendly Indians.
There was in the stage Alfred Williams (Our Informant) Haynes Barton, William Adams, Mr. Murphy, and Kingsberry Agents, William Green, Robert Davis and others .. There were no females.The whole country is laid waste .. Houses burnt and many homes destroyed.
We have this from Williams himself.It may be implicitly relied on.
/s/ Abram Martin
General Andrew Jackson, Hermitage, Near Nashville, Tennessee.
May 30th 1845
You are no doubt aware of the charges made against me for several years past of having by a course of intrigue obtained the Command of the Army in the Creek War in 1828 and of having in the same way caused the removal of General Scott from the command of that army, and also from the direction of affairs in Florida.
These charges I understand have been recently revived.To put them down I have to appeal to you for a statement of facts as you know them to have existed at the time, as well in regard to my being placed in Command, as to the removal of General Scott after he had the command.I therefore respectfully request you to state whether you did not, yourself, designate me for the Command of the Army employed against the Creeks without consulting me, and without solicitation on my part or that of my friends on my behalf.
Whether General Scott was removed by your order from the Command of that Army as consequence of any influence used or attempted to be used by me, or in consequence of his own acts, as admitted in his official reports, and which acts you disapproved, and whether I had any agency in his removal from the direction of affairs in Florida.
I regret, General, this to be compelled to trouble you.With my personal affairs in the present state of your health, but there is no other recourse left me for the defense of my reputation against the reiterated of my enemies.
With the highest Consideration
And regards I am,
Your Obliged Servant,
/s/ General SHACKELFORD
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This is a copy of a newspaper article recently written about the graveyard where General SHACKELFORD is buried.
Woman Fights for Endangered Cemeteries
By Nick Lackeos,
The News Record of Autauga & Elmore Counties
Wednesday, 6 August 2003
Walking amid knee-high palmetto palms shaded by moss-draped wateroaks, Joyce Nicoll stopped at a tombstone and read aloud the Biblical scripture carved in 1857 -“Earth, guard what here we lay in holy rest. Ecclesiastes, Chapter Twelve.”
“I read the inscriptions on the tombstones of husbands and wives - things like, We’ll meet again someday in Heaven, and it just brings tears to my eyes,” said Nicoll, 79, of Montgomery, president of the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance.
“I feel like all deceased people should be honored, and their graves cared for and not just thrown away,” Nicoll said recently as she walked among the stone and brick ruins at Old Autaugaville Cemetery beneath canopies of oaks, mimosas and Catawba trees. “We have thousands of rural cemeteries across the countryside throughout Alabama and most of them are just forgotten. Usually the descendants have long since moved away or have died.”
Standing near a crumbling cemetery wall built with slave-made bricks, she looked at the name on the tombstone.
“A general was buried here, but it doesn’t say which war he fought in,” Nicoll said, guessing the War of 1812 as she read the slab - Gen. Edmund SHACKELFORD, born in Hancock County, Georgia, Sept. 26, 1786, died in Levy County, Florida, March 1, 1857.
Nicoll, oblivious to rivulets sweat on her face, was accompanied by Lee a Anne Hewett, cemeteryprogram coordinator at the Alabama Historical Commission, and Nicoll’s longtime friend, Martha Phyllis Armstrong, a Montgomery-based genealogist and cemetery researcher.
“Joyce’s husband, Wilbur, always tells me to go with her on her cemetery outings in the woods and he tells me to just be sure that I watch out for her and bring her back safe,” said Armstrong who assists Nicoll on their rough-terrain hikes and carries their ice water jug, a necessity when the heat index approaches 100 as on this outing.
Nicoll has such a strong feeling for neglected, rural cemeteries that she founded the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance in January, for which she hopes to recruit members.
She often hikes through woods, scouting for abandoned cemeteries she hopes to preserve. The neglect and destruction of rural cemeteries is such a widespread problem that the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Preservation Alliance have placed all rural cemeteries across the state on their “Places in Peril” list for 2003, Hewett said.
The commission and the alliance have sponsored Places in Peril since 1994, a program to highlight some of Alabama’s most significant, endangered historic sites, Hewett said. The commission considers a cemetery a historic burial ground if the cemetery is at least 40 years old and many of its burials are that old, she said, adding it may be a family cemetery, a churchyard cemetery or a community cemetery.
Hewett said an endangered rural cemetery is any cemetery threatened by neglect, abandonment, vandalism, and commercial operations, including logging, construction, installing a pipeline, and building a road.
Alabama law states it is a Class A misdemeanor to willfully or maliciously damage, deface, remove or destroy tombs, gravestones, fences and other enclosures there, Hewett said.
Nicoll said she hopes to encourage the Alabama Legislature to eventually “strengthen the law.”
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My great-great-grandfather was Judge James MORGAN (Abt 1761 - 29 August 1822 Near Claiborne, Monroe Co., Alabama) was in Alabama during the Massacre at Fort Mims. The following was written on 9 April 1925 by Richard Williams Powell (1889-1970) and Mary Powell Westcott (1825-1892):
“Judge James MORGAN was of Scotch descent. In 1794 he married Catherine Elizabeth Whatley of Georgia, contrary to the will of her family, who also were of Scotch descent. Elizabeth Whatley had a brother named Jesse Whatley. James MORGAN and his wife first settled at St. Stephens, Alabama, afterwards moving their family to Fort Claiborne on the Alabama River. Four sons and six daughters were born to them. Matilda was the ninth child and was born at St. Stephens in 1807. Judge James MORGAN and his sons fought in the Indian Wars. They were with Jackson on his famous march to the South and at Horseshoe Bend.
He and his bride, with their Negro slaves came in 1794 into the wilderness of what is now South Alabama, settling among the Indians, French, and Spanish, who then comprised its only inhabitants. The Indians became very fond of him as he taught them the Bible, French, and Spanish.
In the Indian Massacre at Fort Mims, a friendly Indian hid James MORGAN’s wife and children in a dry well, covering them with dry brush, thereby saving them from the terrible slaughter. James MORGAN had refused shelter at the Fort on account of the immorality of the Fort, which consisted of French, Spanish, Creoles, Negro Slaves, as well as the American Soldiers. Quite a number to be confined in such quarters, besides the horses and cows that had to be protected. During the time of the Massacre James MORGAN was away from home caring for some of the orphans in another section of the Territory, which was the duty of his office, as Judge of the Orphan’s Court. The Fort Mims Massacre took place on 30 August 1813 when the Creeks killed 500 men, women, and children. This led to Andrew Jackson’s campaign that culminated at Horseshoe Bend on 27 March 1814.
There is a silver service now in possession of Matilda’s Children that was presented to Matilda by a jeweler’s wife of Mobile, Alabama as an expression of appreciation of the kindness of James MORGAN.When she was left as an orphan, alone and homeless, she was made a slave and mistreated by a white woman. Judge MORGAN rescued the child, placing her in the care of good parents, for which she felt grateful to him.”
Judge James MORGAN was a lawyer by profession, and when he moved to old St. Stephens he was Judge of the Children’s or Orphan’s Court. The Court House records of Chatom, Alabama, county seat of Baldwin County, show where James MORGAN bought a Negro woman in June 1804. It is said Governor Bagby of Alabama studied law in his office, and made use of James MORGAN’s law books, which he had brought with him from South Carolina. James MORGAN was often called “Squire MORGAN”. I have seen copies of several of his court orders.The majority of the court orders were destroyed by fire, but the Orphan Court sessions were somehow spared.Judge James MORGAN’s Court orders are available in the “Minutes of the Orphans Court of Monroe County, Mississippi Territory for 1816-1820” on pages 9, 65, 66, 99, 100.[Note: The area that became Alabama was originally part of the Mississippi Territory from 1798 to 1817.In 1816 Monroe County, Alabama was part of the Mississippi Territory. The county contained nearly half of the present State of Alabama. Monroe County was established on 5 June 1815. In 1819, Montgomery, Conecuh and Wilcox counties were established, and thus, reduced Monroe County to its present size.] Governor Bagby of Alabama studied law under him. “James MORGAN died a short distance from Claiborne, AL, age 61 yrs.Aug. 29”(all of the listings on the page were 1822) Source: National Gen. Society Vol. 33,Vital Records from National Intelligencer p. 17
He helped lay out the city of Ft. Stephens in Washington County, Alabama: “An Act authorizing the laying out a Town in Washington County. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council of the House of Representatives of Mississippi Territory…..John Baker, JAMES MORGAN and John F. McGrew be appointed commissioners to lay out a town (the streets of which shall not be less than 100 feet wide) on the lands of Edwin Lewis, near Fort St. Stephens…. Duty of Commissioners to deliver a plan of the said town together with title to reserved land [public] and records plan with the Clerk of county Court. An act to authorize the laying out of a town in Washington by the name of Maconsburg passed 11 Nov. 1803 be repealed.” Source: “Old St. Stephens Historical Records Survey” compiled by Jacqueline Anderson Matte, Doris Brown & Barbara Wadell, St. Stephens Historical Commission, c1997. Ch. VIII, p. 407.. B’ham Library.
Here is a story recorded by George M. Powell, son of John Powell and Matilda Ann MORGAN Powell. Matilda was the daughter of Judge James MORGAN.
“When John and Matilda first came to Montgomery from Fort Stevens (near Monroeville), their first house was on Commerce Street near, the Little Basin. The Big Basin was three or four blocks away at the beginning of the street. These basins were actually artesian wells that flowed freely without pumping. One morning one of the small daughters on the way to school rounded a corner of the picket fence that edged their lot and met a young Indian boy face to face. The startled little girl thrust her lunch basket into his hands, turned, and ran back home. A few mornings later she again sew the Indian boy at the same corner. He was carrying his cap full of blackberries. He picked up the hem of her pinafore and poured the berries into it, then went quickly away.This was after the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.”
I have more records for the General, but most are Court, Census, Bonds, Property, and Slave records for his plantation. I would be happy to e-mail them to you, but I have left them off of this already lengthy response. I have some of his original documents, but I know of no paintings of him. I do have some photographs of his tombstone and cemetery.
Glen C. Beckwith