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Subject: [WALLACE-L] WAGON TRAINS to Alabama-WALLACE
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 07:33:14 -0400
One of the main ways that settlers came to Alabama in the early days
was by WAGON TRAIN from the East Coast. If any of you know about
WAGON TRAINS that came to Alabama, take the time to post a message about
TRAIN, giving 1) the surnames of the families you think moved together
train. Also, include 2) an approximate date if possible. And, of
the route the WAGON TRAIN followed, if you know it. Pooling our
about WAGON TRAINS might help us all.
I'll begin by mentioning a WAGON TRAIN that left Carteret County, NC
and traveled in sixty days to Marengo County, AL in 1823. The story
Joseph Nelson, born 1773, the son of William and Elizabeth
Nelson, accompanied by Caleb Dana, sailed from Hunting Quarters (now
Atlantic, NC) in Carteret County, NC, to Mobile Bay, Alabama and
Marengo and Baldwin Counties, prior to 1820. Apparently Joseph so liked
new area that thoughts of moving there entered his mind.
By this point in time Hunting Quarters had changed
considerably. Present day Sea Level, then a part of Hunting Quarters,
been held by family Nelsons, Hamiltons, and Wallaces. The families
multiplied and brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins had
and brought in new people. Joseph's father, William, had been selling
his 395 1/2 acres inherited from his father, James. So, what had been a
791-acre plantation at the beginning of Joseph's life began changing to
group of smaller farms. From a population of about 40 in 1790, the area
to a population of about 150 in 1820. In Joseph's eyes, it was getting
Others from Carteret County felt the same as did Joseph. So,
in 1823 they organized a wagon train and left Carteret County for
Originally they settled in Marengo County, AL, but eventually they
Baldwin County, AL. The descendants of these travelers have some family
memories of the trek. Oxen pulled the wagons which carried all their
belongings and each person walked as much as they were able, some making
journey on foot. Naturally some married along the way, bringing other
surnames into the group and there were children born along the way.
Those families known to have been on the WAGON TRAIN are:
WALLACE, NELSON, BISHOP, FULFORD, ROBINSON, STRONG, STIRON (or Styron).
were from Portsmouth, Ocracoke, and Hunting Quarters, North Carolina.
Those individuals known to have been on the WAGON TRAIN were:
William Fulford, Clifford Fulford and his wife Alice of Portsmouth
and their daughters Abigail, born 1806, and
Joseph Nelson, Sr., and his wife Abigail Stiron, born 1778, the
daughter of Samuel Stiron and Hannah Hamilton Hill of Portsmouth, and
Thomas Nelson, born 1795, married in NC in 1815 to Katurah
Hall, born 1797, the daughter of Simon and Phebe Hall
Abisha Nelson, born 1795, married in NC in 1819 to Elizabeth
Lovey Nelson, born 1797, married in 1823 (during trip in
Perry County, AL) to Metzger A Litchfield,
Samuel Nelson, born 1800, married in Alabama in 1851 to Nancy
Elisha Nelson, born 1804, married in Alabama in 1830 to Eliza J.
Fulford, daughter of Clifford and Alice Fulford of NC,
Amosa Nelson, born 1806, married in 1832 in Alabama
to Stephen J. Robinson.
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