Some Alabama Pioneers - Madge Pettit. This is a collection of genealogies of some of the very earliest Alabama settlers, many of whom arrived before Alabama attained statehood in 1819, and lived among the Indians until their removal in 1836. Most of the pioneers settled in the central Alabama area where the land was too poor to grow cotton, so the farms were generally small. Great prosperity did not come until later, when the vast mineral deposits under the red clay soil were exploited. Coming from several mid-Atlantic states and being of fairly diverse ethnic origins, some pioneers married Indian women, further expanding the diversity of southern heritage.
Each family is treated in its own chapter in a pleasant narrative style that includes local history, biographical sketches and family legends, followed by genealogical information which is numbered in an outline-style format. Some family origins are traced back to Europe. The families covered include Ammons, Atchison, Bevill, Carter, Clark, Coburn, Cost, Dooley, Gibson, Harmon, Honeycutt, Horton, Kimbrel, Madoc, Porter, Thomas, Thompson, Seale, Smith, Sturdivant, Tyler and Wilkerson. Sources include the National Archives, Georgia State Archives, DAR Library, many county probate records and court records, newspaper archives, military archives, and census records. The book includes a full name index.
(2001), 2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 254 pp.