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From: "Ray Isbell" <>
Subject: [ISBELL] Isbells of Talladega, Alabama
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 14:41:20 +0000


http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/hhquery.html

type in "Talladega" and go down to "James Isbell House."
Click on the photos icon.

This was the home of James R. Isbell & wife Rutelia Houston/Huston, on the
courthouse square in Talladega, AL.
It stood next door to the old Isbell Bank building (which is still
standing).
The house was demolished, however, when the new bank was built on the site
next door to the old one.
The name of the new Isbell National Bank was later changed to First National
Bank. Because it was once the Isbell National Bank, the First National Bank
of Talladega claims to be the oldest banking institution in Alabama in
continual operation.
The older bank building still has the name "Isbell" in the pediment but the
building is used for some other business.

The photos were made in the 1930s for the Historic American Buildings
Survey, when the home was being used for the Ussrey Funeral Home.

James Isbell also owned a plantation in the country south of Talladega near
Thornhill Plantation, and this plantation later belonged to his son Thomas
Livingston Isbell.

Also on the list for Talladega, AL. from the HABS is Thornhill plantation,
the home of Maj. James Hardie who married James and Rutelia's daughter
Margaret Discretion Isbell. Mrs. Hardie was a liberal sponsor of Tuskeegee
Institute and fund the research of George Washington Carver.

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