Lower Salt Works in Clarke Alabama

1862 Alabama Salt List

To understand the Alabama Salt Lists, one must first grasp the significance of Salt as a factor in the Civil War. To do this, the reader must transport himself back in time. Back to the period of the Civil War. Back to a time when life was much simpler and Salt was a definite necessity. To impoverished individuals and families, salt, a basic necessity of life, was extremely difficult to come by cheaply beginning in 1862. Alabama developed a system by which they purchased salt and distributed it to the poor directly, and others who could distribute it to the poor, in order that the people of Alabama would have sufficient salt for their usage. While doing this, Alabama developed lists of people who received the salt. This is such a list.

Old Bible

Orston Auston Beasley Family Bible

Orston was born August 1, 1807 in New Hanover, North Carolina the son of Solomon and Nancy (Henderson) Beasley. He lived for much of his life in Butler County Alabama where he would die. Orston Beesley, his Holy bible is on front Binder. First Page Everett Beck married Gracy Wasdin 21, May 1829 Henry Orston Mason was born 14, February 1862 Selia Mariah Mason was born 2, January 1865 Mary Elizabeth Lord was born 22, November 1869 Orston Beasley married Elizabeth Hay 20, May 1830 Orston Beasley married Selia Moore 9, January 1840 Viola Beasley was born 26, August 1878