Noble Davis, Barbour County, AL

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Noble’s parents were Henry Davis (Davies) and Emma Thomas. He married Mamie (?Bishop) 11/30/1905 in Barbour County. She is listed in the marriage record book as “Minnie Bishop” and on the 1910 census as “Mimie” Davis. Noble and Mamie had two children; Harry (H.B.), and McKinley (Mack). Noble was born approximately 1885, Mamie, approximately 1885, H.B. was born approximately 1908 and McKinley (Mack), was born in 1909. H.B. was misspelled as “Aitchbue” on the 1910 census.The family later moved to Chicago, IL. where my great uncle, Elisha “Honey” Davis took him under his wing.

Nobel worked for the railroad as a Fire Knocker for many years. He died in 1975 in Chicago. Harry died around 1985 and McKinley died in 1991. Mamie died sometime prior to Noble. No info is known about Noble’s parents Henry or Emma (Thomas) Davis.

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Frank Dudley Smith

My name is C. A. Smith and I am researching Frank Dudley Smith, b 12-30-1895/6 in an area called Three Notch in Union Springs Alabama. His parents were Frank Andrew Smith and Mattie/Mollie Haynes. Unable to locate the family in 1900 US Census. A 2005 trip to Bullock County Courthouse didn’t reveal any info.There is a hint that he may be in Midway in 1910 but I can’t confirm it. Ilocated him in the 1930 US Census in New Jersey and he indicates both his parents were born in Alabama. I would appreciate suggestions on where to look further. I am going back to Union Springs in Jan 2014 to dig deeper. Please reply to site or to

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Fluellen Decendants

Looking for descendants of Rebecca Fluellen Davis of Springhill, AL (Barbour Co.)
Married Elijah Davis. Family is on the 1866 Colored Population Census and the 1870 and 1880 census.

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Laura Davis (Boykin, Marshall) Booker

Elijah and Becky Davis had a daughter named Laura Davis.  Laura is the sister of my great grandfather Charles (Charlie) Davis.

Laura had one child, Webster L. aka Buddy by Sam Boykin. I have not found a record to confirm if married.

Laura had a second child, Morrell, born November 25, 1878. The father was a Mr. Marshall. To date, I have not been able to confirm if Laura and Mr. Marshall were married. Morrell Marshall married Reuben Benjamin Langston III on December 10, 1894 in Barbour County. They had seven children; John Henry, James, Jessie, Willie Mae, Benjamin Earl, Evalina aka Evelyn and Laura Bell. Morrell died October 28, 1948 in Chicago, IL.

Laura married William “Billy” Booker on February 3, 1887 in Barbour County. They had three children, Maude, Edmond and Otis Booker. Either Edmond or Otis as a nickname of “Tish”.

In 1910 Laura and Billy were still in Springhill (Barbour Co., AL) They soon moved to Meridian MS. where she remained until her death in August 1913.

In March 2008 I put a query for assistance on Afrigeneas and was introduced to a Linda Rudd who did lookups in Mississippi. She pulled Laura’s death certificate and sent it to me.

The Mississippi Death Certificate included the following information for Laura Booker:
born April 20, 1866-Alabama; married, died August 21, 1915 in Meridian (Lauderdale Co.); housewife; buried August 22, 1915 in Masonic Cemetery by Frank Berry; Father-Elijah Davis; Mother-Rebecca Fluellen; Informant was son Ed Booker whose residence was listed as 13th Ave Bel 18th and 19th St.

On October 21, I received a picture of the headstone from Katie Inge Clawson. The headstone has a different date of death than the death certificate. The headstone reads: Laura Booker age 58; Died August 28, 1915; In Loving Memory of Our Dear Mother; At Rest. I cannot explain the difference in the dates.

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Looking for Tabor/Berry Family Members – Union Springs


I found my maternal great grandparents, Harrison and Mandy Berry Tabor in the Bullock County Court
House. There is a wealth of research information there. Documents include marriage records that date back to 1882, birth records, death records, Poll Tax records from around 1880, bound newspapers dating back to around 1915, jail records, probate records, institution records, voter registration records, and much much more.

The Tabor and Berry families date back to the 1870 Census in Union Springs, AL. On the 1870 census, Harrison’s father, Robert “Tables”, listed his birthplace as the District of Columbia. He was 48 years old. They family was living in Sardis, Beat 9. Robert’s wife Rilda, age 40, was born in Virginia. They
were farmers. Children James-18; Harrison-22; George-17; Matilda-12; Mack-10; and Nicie-5 were all listed as being born in Alabama. Rilda died October 22, 1910 at the age of 80.

Harrison Tabor married Mandy Berry on October 7, 1878 at King’s Place. The minister was Robert Tabor, M.G. Robert’s signature was acknowledged by an X, which indicates that he could not write. Robert may be the father of Harrison.

Harrison died of Malarial Fever on August 26, 1899. He is listed as being 50 years old. However, in 1870, he is listed as 22 years old, which would make him around 47 years old at death.

The 1900 census, published shortly after Harrisons death, shows Mandy Tabor age 43, and her children living in Union Springs. Children living at home were Robert-born February 1880; Rilda-born January 1882; Arrine-born April 1884; Eliza-born January 1886; LadyBug aka Elberta-born December 1887; Joseph-born October 1883; and Fayette-born November 1895.

Mandy (Berry) Tabor
The 1910 and 1920 census’ show Mandy living with her daughter and son-in-law Addine (sic) and John Vanhoose and their children on Union Springs Rd and Baskin Street respectively.

Mandy had moved to Beaver County to live with her daughter, Luvenia Fayette, and son-in-law, Tom Jones, in the mid 1930’s. Mandy died November 7, 1938, and was buried November 10, 1938 by Spratt and Brother Funeral Home. She is buried in the Beaver Falls Cemetery.

Death Notice – Mrs. Harrison Table (Tabor)
Mrs. Amanda Table, 76, widow of Harrison Table, died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Jones, at 336 7th Ave, New Brighton, of complications. She leaves the following children Joseph and Mrs. Jones of New Brighton, Mrs. Solomon Estelle of Pittsburgh, Irene Jones of Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. Elizabeth “Eliza” Davis, Mrs. Atline Van-Hoose and Robert Table of Union Springs, Ala.; 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Beaver Falls Review 11-10-1938, Pittsburgh, PA

Historical records can be found under both the “Tables” and “Tabor” surname.


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Laura Davis

In July 2006, Kim Williams (Chicago) responded to my post on Elijah and Becky
Davis.  Since that time, it has taken us almost a year to actually talk and
share information. Kim was looking for a connection to a Morrell Marshall whose
mother was Laura Davis.  During the conversation, she explained that an aunt and
her daughter had passed away within a month of each other.  Unfortunately, we
did not find any family names in common to confirm a relationship.

A day later, I received an inquiry from a Jennie (Chicago) who had seen
the same post and was also looking for a connection to a Laura Davis.  I emailed
her my phone number.  Jennie called within two days and during the conversation
mentioned that her mother and sister had passed away within a month of each
other.  She was also looking for a Morrell Marshall whose mother was Laura
Davis.  Could this be the same family that Kim was speaking of?

Jennie had her mother’s phone book and stated that her mother had written
“cousin” by some of the names.  Jennie read a couple of names, Charles and Elisha “Honey”, and addresses. The addresses were the homes of my grandfather’s
brother and his son.  She then mentioned a name (Noble Davis) that I had never
heard. Since I knew Elisha’s daughter, Cora (80+), who also lives in Chicago
still at the same address that Jennie had, I did a 3-way call and asked her
about Noble.  Sure enough, she knew Noble as a family member.  Halleluiah!!
Cora’s confirmation connected our families to each other. I also learned that Kim and Jennie were related and that Kim was speaking of Jennie’s mother and sister as the person who had passed away.

A few days later, I talked to Kim again and confirmed that we were related.  I have
sent them my family tree, what I have written on Elijah and Becky and a picture
and story on Elisha. What a coincidence that two people from Chicago would
contact me via this post within a couple of days of each other looking for the
same person.  They have never visited Barbour County, AL. We have made a promise to talk again soon and to visit together.

The family line is as follows:
Elijah and Becky Davis had a daughter named Laura Davis.  Laura had a daughter
named Morrell Marshall (Father unknown).  Laura married Sam Boykin and Billy Booker. She moved to Meridian MS.  where she remained until her death.  Morrell Marshall married Ben Langston
(Langton) and had seven children (John Henry, James, Jessie, Willie Mae,
Benjamin Earl, Evalina and Laura.

We are still looking for descendants of sisters, Sama and Margaret.

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Effects of Slavery on the White Population

According to a citizen of Eufaula


ITEM #22972
October 17, 1850
Washington, D.C., Vol.
IV No. 198 p. 166


We had occasion to comment lately upon the bondage imposed by the Slave Power upon the white race in the South – referring to a recent attempt by the people of Eufaula, Alabama, to eject one of their own citizens, not because he was an abolitionist, but because he was a subscriber to the National Era, in which we had published an extract of a letter received from his, (but not intended for publication) speaking of the injurious effects of slavery on the white population. The sentiments were truthful, but moderate; the language was kind and unexceptionable, and it was written by a man born and raised in the South. But Slavery took offence and demanded his expulsion.

The principal mischief-maker in the case was the postmaster at Eufaula. He wrote us a note, stating that he had refused to deliver the copy of the Era, Read the rest of this entry »

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“Southern Man with Northern Feelings”

Captain Elisha Betts Ordered to Leave Eufaula

ITEM #22901
October 3, 1850

Washington, D.C., Vol. IV No. 196 p. 158


The Slavery of the white race in many parts of the South is as ignominious, if not as cruel, as that of the blacks. The following is from the Southern Press, which seems to sympathize with Lynch Law as the proper remedy for Freedom of opinions:
“We find the following account of a ‘summary process’ case, in the Columbus Times. The climate of Georgia is getting uncomfortably warm for Southern men with Northern feelings. – Southern Press.

“NOTICE TO QUIT. – ‘At a large public meeting at Eufaula, Ala., last week, one Captain Elisha Betts, of that place, was ordered to leave on short notice – he having been discovered as the author of an abolition communication from that city to the Washington Era, abolition paper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Elijah & Becky Davis

My Davis ancestors can be traced back to the 1870 Population Census for Barbour County, Alabama.  On this census, Elijah is listed as 54 years of age, which would indicate that he was born circa 1816. The census further lists Georgia as his birthplace.  Although Georgia is listed as Elijah’s place of birth, various family members have stated they heard that he came from the West Indies.

The slave trade with Africa was supposedly abolished in 1808; however, we know this was too profitable a business for some as well as a way to provide free labor to wealthy farmers. As a result, traders continued to bring slaves into the country via Cuba and South America.

The unknown history of my ancestors generate many questions for me. Was Elijah a slave or free person of color? Was he sold into slavery in Africa and bought to the West Indies or was he born into slavery in the West Indies? Was he sold to a slave trader or to a plantation owner?  How did he get to the United States? Did he purchase his own freedom or was he manumitted? Did he become a free person with emancipation?

The 1870 census identifies Elijah’s wife as Becky, born in Virginia.  This information also raises many questions such as how and where did they meet? But most importantly how did they end up in Springhill, AL (Barbour County-Township 12 Range 28)?

Elijah and Becky had at least six children born in Alabama starting circa 1855. They were Margaret,  Laura, Henry, Sama, Charles, my great grandfather, and William. 

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AL Enforces US Laws Against Slave Trade

Below is an extract from the Acts of Alabama, 1818 to 1828, found online.  This is one of many Acts pertaining to people of color that will be posted on this blog. The original documents are at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, AL. 

  • View the Acts of Alabama in Color (Index) on this blog.
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  • To carry into effect the laws of the United States prohibiting the slave trade. (1823) 

    Session: Annual Session, 18 November 1822 – 1 January 1823

    Page: 62-63             

    AN ACT

    To carry into effect the laws of the United States prohibiting the slave trade.

    Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the Governor of this state be, and he is hereby, authorized and required to appoint some suitable person, as the agent of the state to receive all and every slave or slaves or persons of colour, who may have been brought into this state in violation of the laws of the United States, prohibiting the slave trade: Provided, that the authority of the said agent is not to extend to slaves who have been condemned and and sold. Read the rest of this entry »

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