Bullock County Alabama Genealogy

Bullock County Alabama Genealogy 1

Created in 1866

Bullock County was named in honor of Col. Edward C. Bullock, of Barbour County, colonel of the 18th Alabama Infantry Regiment, C. S. A., who died later in the War.

Bullock County, Alabama was created by the legislature, December 5, 1866, but at the same session, February 8, 1867, its boundaries were rearranged. Its territory was taken from Barbour, Macon, Montgomery and Pike counties. The county contains 610 square miles, or 390,400 acres.

Bullock County lies in the southeastern section of Alabama, south of Macon and Montgomery counties, bounded on the east by Russell and Barbour, on the south by Barbour and Pike, and on the west by Pike and Montgomery counties. Chunnennuggee Ridge divides the county into two parts. This ridge is an important physiographic feature, forming the watershed of three river systems. It also separates the two main topographic divisions of the county, that Is, the “prairie region” or northern section, and the “sandy-lands region” to the south. North of the ridge is a belt of low hills and irregular ridges with a network of V-shaped valleys and wet weather streams. This is locally known as the “hill-prairie” country. The true prairie lies to the south, and its typical development from Union Springs northwestward to the Montgomery County line is one of low relief. The elevations along the Central of Georgia Railway vary from 260 to about 530 feet above sea level. High Ridge in the southwest section is apparently the highest point, and the place where Line Creek leaves the county is probably the lowest. The drainage is mainly through the several cracks forming the head waters of the Conecuh and Pea rivers, and several bold streams flowing northward through Macon County into the Tallapoosa River. The headwaters of Cowikee Creek are also in this county. The first and second bottoms comprise soils of alluvial origin. Thirty-two soil types, representing 17 different series, with the miscellaneous classification meadow, are found in the county. These soils cover a wide range and are all capable of a widely diversified agriculture. The forest growth consists of long leaf pine and short leaf pine, spruce, hickory, the several species of oak, cedar, gum, maple, birch, willow, magnolia and dogwood. The mean annual temperature is about 65° F. The winters are mild, with occasional frosts, and snow flurries. The average annual precipitation is about 54 inches.

Settlement and Later History

The early history of the county is identified with that of the counties from which it was formed. Settlement followed the final Creek cession of 1832. An excellent citizenship filled its rich lands, coming from other states as well as from adjacent counties. Handsome homes were located on the plantations and in the nearby villages.

In January, 1837, the Creek Indians then being removed from the country, committed some depredations, which brought about an engagement between them and the whites, about three miles west of Midway, then in Barbour, but now in this county. One white man, Walter Patterson, was killed, and Judge W. R. Cowan lost his left arm. A few others were slightly wounded, and several horses were killed. General William Wellborn was in command. It is not known that any Indians were killed.

What’s New

Barbiere’s Cavalry Battalion, Local Defense Troops
Major Joseph Barbiere’s Cavalry Battalion was organized in 1864 from several independent companies, which had themselves been created as supporting forces for the Conscript Reserves. The battalion served principally in central Alabama during the fall and winter, 1864-1865 as local defense troops.

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Bullock County Alabama Genealogy

Biography of R. E. Wright

This article provides a biographical sketch of Capt. R. E. Wright, a planter in Barbour County, Alabama, who was born in Taliaferro County, Georgia, in 1838. The article notes that Capt. Wright’s father, John Wright, was a planter and a Freemason who opposed secession but nonetheless contributed five sons to the Confederate army during the Civil War. Capt. Wright himself fought in the war as a second-lieutenant in the Fifteenth regiment of Alabama infantry, was promoted to captain, and was wounded at the second Battle of Manassas. After the war, he worked as a teacher and farmer before embarking on…
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Biography of William A. Walker

This article is a biographical sketch of Dr. William A. Walker, a prominent physician and prosperous druggist in Bullock County, Alabama. Dr. Walker was born in Harris County, Georgia in 1832 and graduated from the State University of Georgia in 1850 before attending medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He returned to Georgia to practice medicine for three years before relocating to Perote, Alabama, where he built a successful medical practice and engaged in planting. During the Civil War, Dr. Walker served in the Confederate army and was wounded in several battles. He married Mary V. Pitts, daughter…
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Biography of David C. Turnipseed

This article provides a brief biography of David C. Turnipseed, a successful planter and fruit grower from Flora, Alabama who has passed away. He was born in 1846 and received his education at home and at the state university before the Civil War broke out. He married Orleania E. in 1877 and started his business with about $1,200 given by his father. Over time, he acquired over 5,000 acres and was known for his fruit-growing, experimenting with many varieties of fruits and vegetables. He was a thorough horticulturist and was well qualified for making a success of his undertaking. He…
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Biography of James Monroe Tarver

The article provides a brief biography of James Monroe Tarver, a planter and retired merchant from Enon, Bullock County, Alabama. Tarver was born in Georgia in 1821 and was the youngest of eight children. He received a good education from private tutors and began his business career at the age of 21. In 1845, he married Rachel Banks, and they had six children. Tarver served with the state troops during the Civil War and resumed farming after the war, eventually becoming a successful merchant. Tarver has done public service as justice of the peace and major of the militia and…
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Biography of Biography of James D. Rumph

The article provides a brief biography of Dr. James D. Rumph, a prominent physician and surgeon from Perote, Bullock County, Alabama. It mentions his family background, education, and professional achievements. The article also discusses his sons, including Christian Wilber Rumph, who served in the Civil War, and his daughters. Additionally, the article briefly mentions some of the activities and accomplishments of Christian Wilber Rumph, including his involvement in the mercantile business, planting, and state politics.
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Biography of James H. Reynolds

This article chronicles the life and career of Dr. James H. Reynolds, a distinguished physician and surgeon born in Anson County, North Carolina, in 1833. He was part of a family with a history of medical professionals, and he graduated from Nashville Medical College in 1854. After settling in Alabama, Dr. Reynolds married Sarah Striven and had eight children, six of whom survived to adulthood. He owned a 2,700-acre plantation and practiced medicine for over 38 years, serving a wide area in the early days of his career.
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