Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friends of Friends Friday: Baptism Records of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Pickens, Alabama


While researching family in Pickens County, I found the following listings of pre-Civil War baptisms at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

18 Mar 1856, Tom, a colored man, belonging to John Summerville

29 Jul 1856, Ben, a colored man, belonging to James Cunningham

1 Mar 1857, Molly, a colored woman, belonging to W. H. Summerville, age about 24 years

6 May 1860, three colored children of Jiles, belonging to Mrs. James Siammerville (Summerville) - Jiles, Jack and Nancy, age 1 year, 4 years, 5 years

21 Oct 1860, Jack, a colored man belonging to Capt. James Summerville, age about 24 years

21 Oct 1860, Jane, a colored woman about 24, belonging to John Billups

31 Mar 1861, two colored children belonging to B. B. Salmond, by Rev. A. M. Watson

Marker at original site of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church



Monday, January 9, 2017

Military Monday: 1891 Reunion of Co. K, 10th Alabama, CSA


Co. K, 10th Alabama Infantry, held a reunion at Odena Plantation in Talladega, Alabama in 1891.  John "Piney" Oden, a Captain in the unit, is standing in the middle of the front row with a cane.  His wife Kate (Crumpler) stands next to him.

John Oden designed and built Odena, including a church and cemetery.  The home was later known as the Oden-Sanford farm.  The house burned and the only thing Oden was able to save was a mantle clock given to him this day.  (The home was rebuilt some time later, but demolished in 2013.)

Odena was a small community near Sylacauga with a few stores, a school, a sawmill and grist mill.

John Oden (left) and his brother Dempsey Oden

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday's Child: Joshua and Netta Boyd


Cousins Joshua H. Boyd, died in 1859 at age 4 months, and Netta Boyd, died 1870 at age 5 months.  Buried at Boyd Family Cemetery in Newton, Missouri.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Salathiel Meek Neighbour, 1834 - 1864


Capt. S. M. Neighbour, Co. D, 52nd O.V.I., was mortally wounded and died on the battlefield at Cheatham Hill during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.  A marker shows the spot where he is said to have fallen.


The marker is in front of the Illinois Monument (erected by veterans of the Illinois army in the early 1900's) and faces the field where the Confederate and Union armies fought in June 1864.  The area is now near the hiking trails in Kennesaw Mountain National Park in Marietta, Georgia.