Memorial record of Alabama

Biography of Sterling J. Foster

The article provides a brief biography of Dr. Sterling J. Foster, who was born in 1822 in Greene county, Georgia. Dr. Foster was from a large family of fifteen children, three of whom were lawyers and two were physicians. He graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and became a successful medical practitioner in Union Springs, Alabama. Later on, he engaged in merchandising and eventually became the principal owner and operator of an oil mill. Dr. Foster was married to Virginia C. Heard, and they had ten children, four of whom survived. Dr. Foster was known for his love of sports and bird hunting, and he had lived in Union Springs for a long time, amassing an ample fortune through his industrious life.

Mac A Smith

Biography of Hon. Mac A. Smith

Hon. Mac A. Smith, one of the most prominent and gifted lawyers of Autauga county, and residing in Prattville, was born in Elmore county, Ala., in 1841. His parents were Malcolm and Mary Baker (Graham) Smith, of whom the former was born in Moore county, North Carolina, in 1795, and the latter in Cumberland county, North Carolina, in 1800. They were married in North Carolina, and in 1819 located in Autauga county, Alabama, but later removed to Coosa county (now Elmore county), and in 1840 returned to Autauga county and settled near Prattville, where Mr. Smith died in 1857 and …

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Index to the Tuskaloosa Gazette 1875-1876

Genealogists and local historians will find a wealth of information in old newspapers. The weekly “gossip” columns, wedding and death announcements, court and legal documents, and even the classified advertisements are filled with the names of old Tuscaloosa area residents. The names can be compared with census records and can help family historians document the lives of their relatives. The local businesses, clubs, schools and churches of post-Reconstruction Tuscaloosa were especially important social services, and the newspaper accounts of their activities and memberships are invaluable research sources. The usefulness of a Gazette item to genealogists can vary from zero to …

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Map of Alabama and Mississippi in 1817

British Land Grants in Alabama 1765-1767

An Alphabetical Account of Lands Granted: to whom West Florida from the Commence. Peoples Names The Date When Granted Qunt of Acres Description The date when Serv Remarks Aird, Wm & Gregory Thomas the 13th Augt 1765 1500 Acres being Eastward from the first Point above the Brick ? on the other side the Lagoon in a Right line towards the head of the Lagoon 10th April 1766 Relinquished 1242 Acres the 11th March &had a Warrt of Survey for the remaining 258 Acres Aird, Wm & Benj Wormell Janry 20th 1766 200 Acres Between(?) the Bays of Gull and …

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