The full title to this manuscript is A glance into the great south-east, or, Clarke County, Alabama, and Its Surroundings, from 1540 to 1877. He called the title “A glance into the great south-east” in part because the reader should be able to form a full and correct idea of the early settlement, the productions, and the present  condition of that larger region characterized by the growth of the long leaf pine, and of that still larger region known as the cotton-growing belt of the United States, at least of that portion of it lying east of the Mississippi river. As such, this work is largely an historic writing which should shine light on your ancestors situation in Clarke County, Alabama during the time period up to 1877. It gives fodder to the stories you will want to write and tell. Sprinkled throughout the manuscript, however, are tidbits about this person or that, and in those tidbits you may find out things you never knew about your family.
The Spanish took a number of censuses during their periods of colonial control (1565-1763 and 1783-1821). The following is an extraction of the 1789 census for the area known as Tombigkee District or Tombigbee District.
Dr. John W. Davis, a retired physician and surgeon of Autauga county, Alabama, was born here in 1838, the son of Benjamin, born in Brunswick county, Virginia, in 1789, and Martha (Taylor) Davis, born in Oglethorpe county, Georgia, in 1797. Maj. Benjamin Davis was a soldier of the war of 1812 and was one of the pioneer settlers of Autauga county, having come here in the year 1818 or 1819; here he married, and became quite popular — at one time representing Autauga county in the state legislature and at another time serving as tax collector. He was a well-to-do …